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New York Giants
Ohm Youngmisuk's reaction to the Giants' re-signing of Kevin Boothe is multi-faceted. He believes James Brewer should get the shot at right tackle with David Diehl remaining on the team as a versatile offensive line backup. He thinks it becomes less necessary in the Giants' minds to draft an offensive lineman early (though he still thinks they should). And he thinks the two biggest contract issues the Giants face now are those of their two starting wide receivers. I think Youngmisuk's got it all just about right.
Giants defensive lineman Shaun Rogers had about $500,000 worth of jewelry stolen while he was staying at a very nice South Beach hotel. That stinks.
The Eagles were not a good punting team in 2012, so they went out and upgraded at punter, bringing in two-time all-pro punter Donnie Jones and saying good-bye to Mat McBriar. Not a lot to say on this. If the guy punts well, it's a good move. If not, they'll go get another punter.
Victor Butler couldn't crack the lineup in Dallas as a 3-4 outside linebacker behind DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer and there doesn't appear to be room for him in the Cowboys' new 4-3 scheme. So the free agent is out looking for a new team, and his next stop is in Philadelphia. Can't have too many pass-rushers, they tell me.
Speaking of visits, free-agent cornerback Antoine Winfield, who had a fine year for the Vikings in 2012 but is turning 36 in June and got cut because it's a hard, cruel world out there in the NFL, is visiting the Redskins. Winfield would be a tremendous fit for the Redskins as a one-year stopgap at cornerback while they continue to try not to let their salary-cap penalty problem affect any future seasons. We shall see if they can fit him in the budget. My sense on E.J. Biggers, who signed last week, is that he's more of a No. 3 cornerback, which they also need.
Oh, and in case you're sitting there thinking to yourself, "I'd really like to see some pictures of Robert Griffin III with an elephant and other assorted circus performers," here.
Talent has never been the question with Dez Bryant. Maturity and understanding of the importance of his character off the field have. But as Calvin Watkins writes, those things may be coming into focus for Bryant at age 24. I mean, he's still only 24.
We have discussed the ways in which the Cowboys' switch to a 4-3 defensive front under Monte Kiffin should benefit middle linebacker Sean Lee and defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, but here's a smart look at the way in which it should lead to big-play opportunities for weakside linebacker Bruce Carter.