Good Monday morning to you all. I trust we're all working to come down from the frenzy of the draft, sorting through grades and all of that. We'll spend today looking back on what happened at the tail end of last week and looking ahead to what it all might mean for 2013. And we'll start, as you might expect, with some links.
So, it turns out part of the new offensive playcalling plan for the Cowboys in 2013 involves quarterback Tony Romo, who will have more input and responsibility than ever in the meeting rooms and on the field. Interesting idea, for sure, and likely not a bad one. It also helps explain why the Cowboys focused the early part of their draft so much on offense. Romo had some input on that as well.
In explaining the Cowboys' fourth-round selection of cornerback B.W. Webb, Todd Archer looks ahead to some of the salary cap concerns Dallas has at that position in the coming seasons.
New York Giants
Eli Manning likes that the Giants found offensive line help in the draft, and he's fine with the idea of having rookie Ryan Nassib as his backup as well. It's tough to find too many things that bother Manning.
Justin Pugh, the Giants' first-round draft pick, didn't set out to be an offensive linemen. When he was a kid, he dreamed of stardom in a different sport. Yes, until he grew to the size he is now, Pugh thought he'd be a hockey player.
Phil Sheridan writes that the success or failure of Matt Barkley, whom the Eagles picked in the fourth round, depends on the coaching he gets from Chip Kelly and his staff at the NFL level. Barkley did play better at USC earlier in his career than later, and a coaching change during his time there may have had something to do with it. So now we'll see how he clicks with Kelly.
And after the first non-Andy Reid Eagles draft in a decade and a half, Reuben Frank says his biggest takeaway was that everybody in the Eagles' braintrust seems to be pulling in the same direction for the first time in a while.
All the work the Redskins did this offseason to keep their division championship team intact -- as well as the fact that they drafted their franchise quarterback a year ago -- allowed the Redskins and Mike Shanahan to swing for the fences with their draft picks this year.
One of those swing-for-the-fences picks was third-round tight end Jordan Reed. John Keim takes a look at Reed and determines that he's not exactly a Fred Davis clone, mainly because he's not remotely a blocker.