How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

October, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Falling

 Manning
1. Eli Manning, Giants WR: It's been a pretty dramatic fall for Manning over the past two weeks. He struggled in a loss to the Saints and then he was turnover machine against the Cardinals. He appears to be too worried about making numerous pre-snap reads. The Cardinals appeared to have the jump on his snap count and they threw him out of rhythm. I think he's capable of snapping out of it against the Eagles on Sunday, but there has to be some concern right now. Where in the world are these delay-of-game penalties coming from? He just can't take those type of flags.

 Randle El
2. Antwaan Randle El, Redskins WR: The Redskins had just trimmed the Eagles' lead to 17-7 and then forced a three-and-out. For a moment, it almost looked like the Skins might climb back in the game.

But for no apparent reason, Randle El allowed a punt to bounce off his facemask. It was a huge mistake by a veteran player from the Redskins. I'd find someone else to put back there on punts. Randle El's just not sure-handed enough at this point.

 Manningham
3. Mario Manningham, Giants WR: When your team is desperately trying to get back in a game, you can't drop wide-open touchdown passes. Manningham's capable of making some big plays, but he's also shown that he can butcher the easy ones. He needs to concentrate more on catching the ball and stop worrying so much about the yards after catch (YAC).

Rising

 Austin
1. Miles Austin, Cowboys WR: Might as well just leave him here every week. His 421 yards and four touchdowns over the past two games is a remarkable achievement. Roy Williams is the No. 1 wide receiver in name only. Austin has emerged as Tony Romo's favorite target at wide receiver. He's really good at using his strength and balance to break tackles before taking off on long touchdowns. He brings a big-play dimension that Romo really needs. If Austin and Felix Jones get going at the same time, watch out.

 Ware
2. DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys WR: Let's give the man his due. He's now one of the highest-paid defenders in the game, but he won't lose his hunger. It appears that Ware is back to his unstoppable self. He picked up two more sacks in Sunday's win over the Falcons. I thought he played his best game of the season against Atlanta.

3. Will Witherspoon, Eagles LB: The Eagles' new middle linebacker played for the Rams at FedEx Field earlier this season. He played like a man who's just been granted a pardon from the Rams, because that's pretty much what's happened.
 Witherspoon
Witherspoon was remarkably active Monday in his first action with the Redskins. He said the linebackers had talked about stripping the ball.

Well, Witherspoon came through with a forced fumble Monday night. Signing Witherspoon might end up being one of the best pickups in recent memory. The Eagles desperately needed a linebacker -- and it appears that Witherspoon will be a good fit.

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