Breakfast links: Ryans as on-field leader

June, 6, 2012
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Morning, all! It is Wednesday, and you know what that means. No? Oh, sorry. It means we're doing our live video mailbag at 2 p.m. ET. It worked well enough last week that we're going to go ahead and try it again, so please show up, put your headphones on and fire up those video questions. Meantime, to hold you over, we have links.

Philadelphia Eagles

Sheil Kapadia expects much to be written and said about DeMeco Ryans as the leader to cure the ills of the Eagles' defense. But he points out that, in order to fill that role, Ryans will have to prove he can cover well enough to stay on the field for three downs. Certainly, that's the Eagles' expectation.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is among the Eagles players playing for a new contract, as well as to forget the disappointment of last year, and the reviews from organized team activities are very good. It bears stating that almost everyone seems to have good OTAs. But Rodgers-Cromartie has the opportunity to show more of his ability than anyone in Philadelphia got to see last year.

Washington Redskins

Dan Steinberg has everything you need to know about customized Robert Griffin III vehicles. Yeah, apparently license plates didn't take the phenomenon far enough. Hey, the offseason is long.

Anything could happen with the Redskins' alignment of players and positions in the secondary, and cornerback Kevin Barnes is working a bit at safety in an effort to take advantage of potential opportunity.

Dallas Cowboys

Former Cowboys cornerback Dwayne Goodrich wants his tragic story to be an example to younger players today about personal responsibility and the importance of life beyond football. Todd Archer's story is well worth the read.

The Cowboys seem determined to keep all four of their good cornerbacks. The question is, can Mike Jenkins be the No. 3 if Orlando Scandrick is the only one in the group that can play the slot? How will this arrangement work, Josh Ellis would like to know.

New York Giants

Will Beatty is dealing with a back problem. I bring this link up because the name of James Brewer is in it, and I am genuinely curious, as this offseason moves along, to see to what extent Brewer can force himself into the Giants' offensive line mix. As of now, his opportunity is as a swing tackle. But the Giants drafted him in 2011 with high hopes that he could develop into something, and if Beatty and David Diehl are projected as the starting tackles, there are a number of ways Brewer could find himself with an opportunity to play even more. He'll have to prove he can first.

The Giants are going to the White House on Friday, and though he's already been there, Eli Manning says he's looking forward to his return visit as a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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