Breakfast links: Alfred Morris' star turn

September, 11, 2012
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Morning, and welcome to Tuesday of Week 2. That means Power Rankings, with plenty of changes likely in store at and near the top, later today. It also means our weekly chat and lots of other goodies. Let's get right to it, if you don't mind.

Dallas Cowboys

Calvin Watkins writes that the adjustments the Cowboys have made in the second year of Rob Ryan's tenure as defensive coordinator were key in beating the Giants. Specifically, they're working more out of their base 3-4, in part because they can trust their cornerbacks to cover receivers. Only one game, of course, but the Giants do have very good receivers.

Tony Romo answered a radio station's call in order to avoid changing a diaper, he joked on the air, then went on to discuss what it's been like to be a new father.

Washington Redskins

Mike Shanahan says rookie running back Alfred Morris is the Redskins' starter at the position, and while he's famous for changing his mind, Morris gave him no reason to do so just yet. Morris would likely have to get injured, or play poorly, in order to lose the spot anytime soon. Of course, Shanahan could see something in an upcoming matchup that he just believes fits Roy Helu or Evan Royster better. He likes all three guys.

Part of the reason the Redskins played more man coverage with their cornerbacks Sunday than they usually do is that they're so thin at safety with Tanard Jackson suspended and Brandon Meriweather injured. It got worse. Rookie safety Jordan Bernstine tore multiple knee ligaments in the game and is out for the year. The Redskins on Monday signed former Carolina safety Jordan Pugh to add depth at the position.

Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin looked like Michael Vick's favorite target in Sunday's comeback victory over Cleveland. But Maclin, like Vick, has shown some difficulty staying healthy so far in his career. He has a hip pointer that could keep him out of this Sunday's home opener against Baltimore. Should that happen, you'd have to think they'd run LeSean McCoy more, right? Right????

Andy Reid says the Eagles would have mixed their run/pass calls better Sunday in Cleveland if they hadn't been called for holding on a couple of big runs. It's part of his mantra that the Eagles' biggest problem is their own mistakes -- specifically turnovers and penalties. This was also the problem last year, of course.

New York Giants

The Giants' battered cornerback corps could get a boost Sunday with the expected return of Prince Amukamara from a high-ankle sprain. And their banged-up defensive line could welcome defensive tackle Marvin Austin for what would be his first NFL game. Both would be welcome additions, Amukamara as a starter where they desperately need one and Austin as a backup at a position that demands in-game rotation for purposes of keeping the starters fresh.

Justin Tuck says the Giants are "disgusted" with the way they played in last Wednesday's loss to Dallas. This is a lot of time they have to sit on that disgust between games.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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