Breakfast links: Orakpo looking strong

May, 29, 2013
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Three and a half hours to drive 110 miles home from Philadelphia last night in the rain. Three and a half!!! And you guys wonder why I prefer to work from home? Links.

New York Giants

Could the Giants make a run at unsigned veteran pass-rusher John Abraham? Ed Valentine doesn't see it. The money line: "If the Giants wanted to overpay for a one-dimensional pass-rush specialist they would have simply caved in to the big-money demands of Osi Umenyiora and kept him." Yup. At this point, if there's a leftover free agent hanging around and the Giants haven't signed him, you're safe to assume they're not interested.

Asked about the crowd the Giants have at defensive tackle, Mike Eisen correctly answers that there's no such thing as too much at a position where the Giants (and most teams) understand the need to rotate players often.

Philadelphia Eagles

Cornerback Cary Williams missed a month of the Eagles' offseason program for a variety of reasons but is not concerned about being behind. I'm sure there's plenty of the new stuff on which it's important for the defensive backs to get up to speed, but my sense is there's not as much change for them as there is for the front seven guys or anyone on offense.

Kenny Phillips said the reason he missed practice wasn't a setback with his knee but rather caution because Tuesday's practice was on a wet field and he didn't want to risk the work he's doing to get the knee stronger. Phillips' knee is obviously an issue, and the main reason he's no longer on the Giants.

Washington Redskins

It's possible that one of two newly signed veterans, Tony Pashos or Jeremy Trueblood, could overtake returning starting Tyler Polumbus for the Redskins' starting right tackle job. But the pair has a lot of catching up to do.

So far, Rich Tandler says, Brian Orakpo would appear to rank low on the list of Redskins injury concerns. Sounds as though Orakpo has looked pretty good.

Dallas Cowboys

The other day, Jerry Jones said Jason Garrett was not coaching for his job this year, which is what owners always say about coaches. Tuesday, Garrett said everyone is always coaching for (or playing for) his job, which is what coaches always say. The good news is that May is almost over. The bad news is that the season doesn't start until September.

DeMarco Murray says he plans to play all 16 games in 2013. I'll say this: If he does play all 16 regular-season games, I like the Cowboys' chances of playing at least 17 games.

 

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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