Good morning and welcome to another offseason week here on the NFC East blog. The regular season begins four months from yesterday. That's a lot of links. Including these.
The Cowboys' right tackle situation remains unresolved, and one of the more attractive remaining free-agent options left the market Sunday when Tyson Clabo signed with the Miami Dolphins. There are other options still available to the Cowboys if and when they decide to replace Doug Free, including free agent Eric Winston. But I imagine some Cowboys fans had been hoping for Clabo and are disappointed this morning.
Tim Cowlishaw says you can't look at the Cowboys' current roster and say they're better than they were a year ago. But he takes some solace in the fact that it doesn't appear you can say that about the other teams in the NFC East either.
New York Giants
The reason the Giants are looking at running back Tim Hightower is that, with Ahmad Bradshaw gone, they need to make sure they have a running back who can block. Hightower is surely that. The question is whether he's healthy.
Art Stapleton thinks the idea that the Giants need to address the linebacker position is a myth, because he thinks they'll be running less of their base 4-3 this year than ever.
Zach Berman muses on the question of which Matt Barkley the Eagles drafted -- the one who was thought to be a very early pick in the 2012 draft or the one who was still there in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.
The struggles of the Eagles' offensive line in 2012 notwithstanding, Pro Football Focus still ranked Evan Mathis as the best offensive lineman and one of the top six players in the entire league.
Rich Campbell writes that the Redskins want the free safety and the strong safety in their defense to be interchangeable, and that's the reason they were comfortable drafting both Philip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo. I'm sure Campbell is right, but I think they're thinking beyond the immediate here. I know that they brought in Brandon Meriweather last year specifically for the strong safety role, and I don't think they see him as a good fit for the other spot. So if he's healthy, my belief is that it's just the one spot that's open.
One of the attendees at Redskins rookie minicamp was Shawn Morris, whose brother is Alfred Morris, who went from sixth-round pick to one of the top running backs in the league last season.