Morning. Big day here in the NFC East, as our division gets its turn tonight at 7 p.m. ET on "SportsCenter's" division-by-division previews. Yes, a one-hour "SportsCenter" special devoted to nothing but previewing the NFC East. Much more on that later, along with our weekly chat. But if you're going to start a day this big, you have to start it with links.
The Eagles' team site is doing a "Top 5" series, and the latest entry is on defensive end Jason Babin. The video highlights Babin's top five moments from the 2011 season, from the pair of sacks of Sam Bradford in the opener to the hit that knocked Tony Romo out of the game in Week 16. I figure, with a shortage of links, Eagles fans might enjoy watching the highlights.
Oh, and I figure a lot of you probably saw this, but Michael Vick got married last weekend in Miami Beach. Spent $300,000 on security alone, hiring cops to confiscate cameras and cell phones at the door. I asked my wife if she remembered what we spent on security at our wedding, and she looked at me funny. I'm pretty sure it was less than $300K, though.
New York Giants
Giants 101 muses on whether and how much defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will shuffle Mathias Kiwanuka around between linebacker and defensive end this year. They love to put him up front in pass-rush packages, but he was a very good strong side linebacker last year and likely will stay in that position at least on the early downs. I figure the amount of defensive end he plays will be determined by the health of their other defensive ends. They're working Adrian Tracy and Justin Trattou at that No. 4 defensive end spot vacated by Dave Tollefson, but if neither of them makes strides, that could mean more DE responsibility for Kiwanuka this year. They're also deeper at linebacker than they were last summer when they asked Kiwanuka to change positions, so they have the flexibility to move him around if they want to.
I've received a mailbag question or two on Joe Martinek, the Rutgers running back/fullback the Giants signed as an undrafted free agent. He's this week's offseason Q&A in The Star-Ledger, for those who are interested.
Calvin Watkins wonders if the Cowboys will have any supplemental-draft interest in Josh Gordon, the former Baylor wide receiver who had a big 2010 season before a drug arrest got him suspended and he left the program in 2011. Personally, I don't see it with the Cowboys right now, who have plenty of inexperienced guys for that No. 3 wideout spot and are generally trying to steer clear of potential trouble cases. But you never know if maybe a scout falls in love with something he sees.
The Cowboys' official site checks in on linebacker Dan Connor, who sat out the offseason program while recovering from shoulder surgery but isn't worried about falling behind and remains very much in the mix for that starting inside linebacker job next to old buddy Sean Lee.
Trying to be good neighbors, several Redskins players have taken to Twitter to try and get Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper on the All-Star team. Hey, gotta do something to pass the time, I guess. Harper's a lot of fun to watch, but I seriously doubt this is his last chance to make that team.
And we'll throw a little more love the way of this Cowboys versus Redskins blog, which was debating Monday which team's pass rush is the better one. For our purposes, the Eagles and Giants have the best pass rushes in the division, so this is a fight for third place, but it'd be a fight for first in a few divisions, and it's an interesting debate topic in a brutally slow week, so I enjoyed it.