Breakfast links: Trouble for David Diehl

June, 11, 2012
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Good morning to you all, and welcome to another week on the NFC East blog. We'll be taking the blog on the road this week, heading to Ashburn, Va., to cover Redskins minicamp Tuesday and Wednesday. But have no fear, fans of the other three teams. You know we'll have it all covered. We at ESPN.com will have Cowboys, Giants and Eagles minicamps fully staffed, and I will keep you posted on everything that's going on in those spots as well. Meantime, links.

New York Giants

Giants tackle David Diehl could be facing a suspension in the wake of his arrest Sunday for suspicion of drunken driving in Queens. This is an unfortunate story, as all of the drunk-driving stories are, and the one good thing here is that it appears no one got hurt. I can support all of the stuff in the story about Diehl as a person. He's a good guy. But even good guys make mistakes, and drunk driving is a selfish and inexcusable mistake, especially for NFL players, who have easy alternatives. If Diehl is guilty, his punishment will be warranted. And from a football standpoint, a suspension of Diehl for a game or two or three would be an unwelcome challenge for the already-thin-on-the-line Giants.

Earlier Sunday, Geoff Mosher wrote of his belief that the Giants are entering this 2012 season as a confident bunch for whom distractions shouldn't be a problem as they defend their Super Bowl title. Geoff's point stands, though the first media-availability day for which Diehl is back in the locker room won't be the least awkward in Giants history, either.

Philadelphia Eagles

How will the Eagles be different with Joe Banner out as team president? Jonathan Tamari examines GM Howie Roseman's negotiating style and offers a look at the potential change in the atmosphere throughout the organization under the new management structure.

The pressure being applied by the Eagles' aggressive defensive line during OTA practices so far has been a good test for quarterback Michael Vick as he works to learn when and in what situations he needs to slow down his feet.

Washington Redskins

How is Niles Paul's transition from wide receiver to tight end going? He feels it's going very well. He's drawing inspiration from a conversation he had with Shannon Sharpe, and he's of the belief that he will have a spot on the roster as one of the Redskins' tight ends by the time this season begins.

The safety position will be one of the most closely watched for the Redskins this offseason, and Rich Campbell recently took a look at the new pieces and how they may fit into Jim Haslett's scheme.

Dallas Cowboys

This came out late Friday, after I'd already checked out for the week, but it looks as though the Cowboys are bringing in veteran offensive lineman Pat McQuistan. My guess is he'd be a camp body or insurance in case Mackenzy Bernadeau's injury lingers longer than expected.

I guess I don't watch all the channels or read all of the sites where people are always ripping on DeMarcus Ware. But apparently Ware has himself run into some of that criticism, and he claims it's fueling him. My first thought was: How much Anthony Spencer criticism did Ware have to get through before he found any of himself?

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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