Morning. We are 29 days from the start of the NFL regular season and one day from the start of preseason games. Excited? Can't wait? Need something to get you through until the action starts? Well, here are some links.
Felix Jones is going with the Reese Bobby, "If you ain't first, you're last" mantra this year, telling Clarence Hill his goal is to be the best running back in the league. Good stuff, but aren't we still waiting for him to prove he's the best back on the Cowboys?
Josh Brent impressed some people with his performance in the Blue-White scrimmage, and he might be giving the Cowboys a look at their future at the nose tackle position. Jay Ratliff said "there's no drop-off" when Brent comes in the game. Brent was somewhat more humble about the idea of replacing Ratliff. Very least, if the kid's any good, the Cowboys can feel like they have some depth there.
Really no end in sight to the Osi Umenyiora saga. The latest is that he's apparently flying to Atlanta to get a second opinion on his knee, which he has claimed is his reason for not practicing. Clearly, there's some skepticism around the Giants that dissatisfaction over his contract is the real reason he's not practicing. If this is to become a battle over how healthy Umenyiora's knee really is, it's really no closer to a resolution. Personally, I'm not sure how a guy can simultaneously claim to deserve a new, long-term contract and also that his knee isn't healthy enough to let him play. Steve Smith likely would appreciate some tips if Umenyiora is able to pull that off.
There might be no one on the Eagles' roster who's looking forward to Thursday night's preseason opener more than rookie safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. The Eagles drafted him because they liked how hard he hit people, and so far in training camp practices he of course hasn't been allowed to showcase that ability against his teammates. He'll try and take some of his pent-up energy out on the Ravens if he gets the chance, and hope it helps him win a starting job.
The Eagles are also looking forward to seeing how rookie linebacker Casey Matthews handles his first taste of NFL game action. Matthews right now is penciled in as the starter at middle linebacker, which is one of the surprises so far of training camp. If he shows he can handle it, that lessens the team's need to go out and find linebacker help on a dwindling free-agent market.
Rex Grossman isn't even guaranteed the starting quarterback's job for the Redskins, but he still believes the team is capable of big things. He tells CSN Washington, "This offense, from top to bottom, is better than the offense I had in Chicago," the year he and the Bears went to the Super Bowl, and, "I know we're going to be a good team. We don't need people saying we're the best right now, but when all is said and done, I really feel we're going to win the East." So that's Rex's prediction, folks. Do with it what you will.
Jason Reid isn't expecting former second-round pick Malcolm Kelly to be part of the Redskins' plans in 2011. Surely, the number of new receivers the team has brought in this offseason indicates a lack of satisfaction with the group that was already in place. The team once had high hopes for Kelly, but the current regime looks ready to move on.
Back to Giants camp today, but as always I'll have an eye on all four teams. Hit me up on Twitter if something's on your mind.