Breakfast links: Orakpo, Meriweather OK?

August, 20, 2012
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Morning, all. Hope everyone had a fun Saturday night watching three NFC East teams in enthralling NFL preseason action. I know I did. The Eagles wrap up the league and division schedules for the week with a Monday Night Football game tonight in New England. To prepare, I offer links, leading with the team in tonight's spotlight.

Philadelphia Eagles

King Dunlap says he knows what Demetress Bell is going through, because last year he too had trouble adjusting his technique to offensive-line coach Howard Mudd's blocking scheme. Of course, the result of Bell's problems and Dunlap's year of experience is that Dunlap currently ranks ahead of Bell on the depth chart as the starter at left tackle. We'll get a chance to see how Dunlap fares with his chance tonight.

Sheil Kapadia believes the Eagles are using defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins at defensive end (a position he played some in Green Bay) to see how versatile he actually is and whether that versatility can help them with their other, complicated roster decisions at defensive line.

Washington Redskins

MRI results Sunday brought the Redskins good news on Brian Orakpo's shoulder and Brandon Meriweather's knee, as the two defensive starters that left Saturday night's game in the first quarter appear as though they'll be fine to play again soon. Say what you want about Meriweather, but there's not much behind him. And Orakpo is absolutely crucial to the pass rush. The Redskins have reason to believe they'll have both guys for their Sept. 9 opener in New Orleans, and they'll need them both.

John Keim is using a stopwatch to time the dropbacks of starting quarterback Robert Griffin III and backup Kirk Cousins, and Cousins is getting rid of the ball faster. This speaks to the type of offense Cousins played in as a college quarterback versus the type of offense in which Griffin played, and it's encouraging for the Redskins' quarterback situation as a whole and their hopes of eventually parlaying that Cousins pick into something good.

Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones saw a very specific thing he liked about Kevin Ogletree on Saturday night -- the ability to fight and win a physical contest for the ball. Ogletree is the clear leader in the race for the Cowboys' No. 3 wide receiver role, and he's not leading by default, either. He's playing well enough to earn it.

Brandon Carr was, in fact, baiting Philip Rivers into throwing to Robert Meachem on his first of two interceptions Saturday night. Carr said he learned the technique from Deion Sanders. Says something about the guy's intelligence that that's the cornerback he studies. Says something about his ability that he can actually pull off a Deion Sanders play.

New York Giants

Tom Coughlin is not happy about the Jason Pierre-Paul/Prince Amukamara cold tub video, or especially the fact that it made its way onto YouTube. This is a very un-Giants thing to have happened, and I can imagine that whatever details emerge, the reality of what's being said behind closed doors to those responsible is much more intense.

Upon further review, Mike Garafolo writes, Jayron Hosley's interception and subsequent return for a touchdown was a better play than you may have even realized at the time. Hosley looks like a winner of a draft pick, and the Giants hope his turf toe injury doesn't keep him out of action for too long.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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