Good morning. Anyone up for some links? Yeah, I figured.
On the day Riley Cooper returned to practice, the Eagles got another jolt of bad news in their wide receiving corps. Arrelious Benn, who was acquired in a trade with the Buccaneers early in the offseason and had hoped to shed his injury history and reach his promise in Philadelphia, has a torn ACL and is out for the season. Cooper is the third most experienced NFL wide receiver on the Eagles' current active roster, behind DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant.
The Eagles opened a series of joint practices with the New England Patriots in advance of Friday's preseason game between the two teams.
Roy Helu is showing enough as a pass blocker to possibly earn a role as the third-down running back in the Redskins' offense this year. That's fine, and important, but the fact is that Alfred Morris can block well enough to stay in on third downs. The reason to use Helu in the role instead is his explosive playmaking ability as a receiver and the big-play threat he offers when he gets the ball in his hands. What he has to show, I believe, in order to claim this role, is nothing more than health.
Kirk Cousins could see more action in preseason games this year than a typical starting quarterback would, since he's getting starter's reps as well as his normal backup quarterback reps.
The Cowboys have reached an agreement with veteran guard Brandon Moore, who played under current Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan when both were with the Jets and who made the Pro Bowl two years ago. I have to think he's an upgrade for them at guard, though obviously it's worth wondering what he was still doing on the free-agent market on Aug. 6. At this point, it's possible that the Cowboys will have three new starters on the offensive line with rookie Travis Frederick at center and Moore and Ronald Leary at the guard spots.
Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr had to miss practice Tuesday, but it was for a happy reason. Carr's fiancee had a baby.
New York Giants
Bill Pennington examines the differences between the Giants' training camp experience this year at home and what it was like in past years when they'd go away to Albany.
Cornerback Terrell Thomas was back at practice Tuesday, for the first time in a while, as he begins his attempt at a third comeback from ACL surgery. There's no way for the Giants to count on anything from Thomas this year, but they're surely pulling for him to be able to make some sort of contribution after all he's been through with that knee.