Breakfast links: Sticking up for Eli?

June, 24, 2011
6/24/11
8:00
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Morning. Let's make this quick. I have a lot of posting to do before the 1:40 pm showing of "Cars 2." We'll start, as we always do, with the links:

Dallas Cowboys

Matt Mosley throws cold water on the idea of Nnamdi Asomugha to the Cowboys. Doesn't think they'll sign him, doesn't think they should. Regardless, I'm certain Matt is super-excited to be linked from here. I hope he likes the job I'm doing with the blog he built. Hi, Matt!

Jerry Jones' attorney went hunting and bagged a 14-foot, 880-pound alligator. This has nothing to do with the Cowboys but (a) it's Friday, (b) links are scarce and (c) come on! 880 pounds? If I even saw an alligator like that, I might not sleep for a month.

New York Giants

Giants.com offers a review of the performance of the Giants' special-teams units from 2010. It's pretty Lawrence Tynes-heavy, which you'd expect if you assume Giants.com wants to focus on the positives. Giants special teams were an embarrassment last year, particularly the punting game (as Michael Eisen mentions). Knowing the little bit I know about Tom Coughlin, I'm anticipating that being a point of emphasis during training camp.

And I got a kick out of this item about an "anonymous opponent" sticking up for Eli Manning in a magazine's NFL preview issue. It's as if you're not allowed to say anything nice about Manning if you put your name to it. What's a football cop gotta do to get a little respect up in here?

Philadelphia Eagles

Nate Allen tells the Asbury Park Press that his knee is "about 85 percent" as he continues to recover from surgery. Getting that percentage up will be critical as it pertains to the Eagles' place in this situation right here.

Our man Sal Paolantonio went on the radio and said he thinks the Eagles want players, not draft picks, in return for Kevin Kolb. This lends credence to the idea that they could get someone like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Cardinals in a Kolb deal -- something that's been speculated since the Cardinals (who needed a quarterback, not a cornerback) selected Patrick Peterson in the draft. The good thing is, Eagles fans, you can wait a few more weeks to see how this plays out, right? Hahahahahaha.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins' team site takes a look at the right tackle situation, where Jamaal Brown could leave and would need to be replaced by someone from the outside. Makes me think we should do free-agent tackles at some point soon. ("Yeah, Dan, we've been saying that!" "OK, OK, settle down, there's plenty of time to get to every position...")

Seems like the lockout is getting rookie receiver Niles Paul down. In a column he's writing for the Washington Post, Paul makes this revelation: "I currently sleep on my parents' couch in the basement because I didn't re-sign the lease on my apartment. I was optimistic that things were going to get figured out sooner than later, but I guess I was wrong. I love spending time with my family, but I don't know how much longer I'm going to be able to do this. No bed, no room and chores doesn't sound like the life of an NFL player to me." Hey, it's better than living in a van down by the river. (Sigh. Paul's probably way too young to get that reference.)

Lots of fun Friday stuff planned before the movie starts. Hope you all enjoy!

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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