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Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Breakfast links: Eagles' line woes

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Lively day yesterday in the comments, folks! Love the action. Just love it. But after a day of defending my manhood and my ability to do my job, it's always nice to relax with some nice, mellow, reliable links.

Washington Redskins

Phillip Buchanon has had his drug suspension lifted and was back on the practice field Tuesday. It sounds as though he could be worked into the defensive back rotation right away in the team's Week 6 game against the Eagles, which would help deepen a Redskins' secondary that's been the one part of the defense that looks as though it could use a little help.

Ryan Torain didn't mind sitting for the first three games of the season. He says he's used to having to be patient -- that it's the story of his career, really. And he was happy for his Week 4 chance to show the coaches what he could do.

New York Giants

Ohm Youngmisuk writes that Jerry Reese isn't surprised by the Giants' hot start, and we know Reese isn't just blowing smoke because he said in August that he thought he had a playoff team in spite of his relative inactivity in free agency. It has to make Reese feel good to see the Eagles struggle while his team has started 3-1, as much grief has he took for doing nothing while Philly loaded up. Long way to go yet, but so far, Reese looks like the one who knew what he was doing.

The Redskins aren't the only first-place NFC East team adding cornerback depth, as the Giants have signed former Colts corner Justin Tryon to add to the bench mix behind starters Corey Webster and Aaron Ross. I don't think this means anything about the timetable for Prince Amukamara's recovery from his injury, but even once Amukamara is healthy, he'll still be a rookie with a screw in his foot, and depth in the secondary is a good thing for the Giants to be pursuing at this point.

Dallas Cowboys

Tim MacMahon writes that the Cowboys have no choice but to stick with Tony Romo and ride the Romo-coaster through all of its ups and downs. That appears to be what they're doing, though Tim seems to wonder if the team's belief in Romo's talent needs to be weighed against its own high championship standards of years past.

Tyron Smith is a young man of few words, and the few he's using indicate that he's taking that Willie Young sack from Sunday's final minute pretty hard. I don't think he should. Smith's been outstanding for the Cowboys all year and was outstanding all day Sunday until letting Young through on what he called "bad technique." It's good to see him wanting to build off a mistake, but his overall body of work to this point is something of which he should be very proud.

Philadelphia Eagles

Sheil Kapadia's must-read weekly player-by-player review of the Eagles' game reveals that the second half of the 49ers game was the most the offensive line has struggled all season, with right guard Kyle DeVan and right tackle Todd Herremans having a particularly hard time against a strong San Francisco front.

Depth on the defensive line has been a strength for the Eagles, but it's being challenged now by injury. Antonio Dixon is on injured reserve and out for the year with a triceps tear, so the team re-signed defensive tackle Derek Landri, whom they liked in training camp, to replace him. If they can stay deep at defensive tackle, they could conceivably play Cullen Jenkins at end sometimes, especially while they're waiting for Trent Cole's calf injury to heal. They'll lean on that depth now.

I'm going to head over to East Rutherford today and check in on the Giants, see if I can't pick up a Thursday column on them. I'll let you know if anything interesting happens.