Breakfast links: Praise for Pierre-Paul

June, 27, 2012
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Good morning. Yes, it's still fantasy week here on the NFC East blog, but today will not be quite as fantasy-heavy as Monday and Tuesday were. We have our "Hidden Treasures" features running this morning, where we focus on one position group for each team that I think has a chance to exceed its preseason expectations. And we will have our weekly video mailbag Vokle chat at 2 p.m., and I hope as many of you as possible show up for that. But I will try and sprinkle in at least one or two fantasy features so we can keep this week's theme going. Consistency is very important to me, you know.

Today's links are brought to you in order of fewest fantasy points allowed, per game, to opposing running backs in 2011.

Dallas Cowboys (14.3)

Calvin Watkins takes his stab at an early Cowboys roster projection. He has Brodney Pool on the outside looking, and he thinks the presence of Clifton Geathers at defensive end means trouble for Adrian Hamilton's bid to earn a spot.

Cowboys rookie Morris Claiborne heard the league's message on concussions at the rookie symposium, and it definitely appears to have stuck with him.

New York Giants (16.2)

Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty not only believes teammate Jason Pierre-Paul is better than the Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware, he thinks he compares favorably to Reggie White. I mean, OK. I get that they're teammates and all. But can we see the young man do it again before we start tossing around these kinds of comparisons? Or is this just the way we roll in 2012?

John Mara was on the radio in New York on Tuesday and reminiscing about the decision to trade up and draft Eli Manning in 2004. It is fun for people to talk about decisions like that when they turn out as brilliantly as that particular one has.

Washington Redskins (16.6)

Robert Griffin III said the extortion-plot story in which he's apparently the target jibed with some of the lessons he feels he's learning at the rookie symposium. "There's vultures out there," the young man tells us.

CSNWashington.com has a very optimistic outlook on Pierre Garcon in Washington, with the help of a film study by analyst Evan Silva. The sense around the league is similar to the sense the Redskins' coaches have -- that Garcon looks like a really good fit for their offense. The question, as Ben Standig raises late, is whether and how much he'll need to adjust to that offense before he can be productive in it.

Philadelphia Eagles (18.3)

Sheil has concluded that the most effective way defenses attack Michael Vick is by sending extra pass rushers, but not too many. Too much risk for him to beat them with a big play once they get to six or seven rushers. Four or five seems to be the number that's most effective against him. Send only three, and you're more or less toast.

As for Vick, he says the Eagles don't talk among themselves about the need to perform this year because last year was so disappointing. He says they're just fired up about how good they're going to be this year and they don't discuss 2011 except in media interviews. Which is the way it ought to be. Why wallow, right?

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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