Thursday, March 22, 2012
Breakfast links: All eyes on Baylor
By Dan Graziano
Wednesday wasn't the least interesting day in NFL history. I mean, if you're a fan of one of this division's teams, weren't you glad not to be a fan of the Saints or the Jets or the Jaguars? The most exciting things we had going on here were the Baylor pro day, the DeMeco Ryans news conference and Troy Aikman saying Tony Romo's better than he was. On another day, that last might have been "First Take" gold. But not in this NFL offseason, no sir. We're just hanging out in the shadows with our little NFC East storylines and nibbling on some links.
They did have some fun with the Aikman-Romo thing on ESPNDallas.com, but Calvin Watkins says Romo's got some climbing to do before it's a legitimate question. He prefers to compare Romo to Danny White, rather than to Aikman, who's a three-time champion and in the Hall of Fame. Calvin seems to think Romo's got some work to do just to get to White.
The Cowboys did attend Baylor's pro day, though not to see Robert Griffin III, who'll be long gone by the time they pick. The Cowboys' website looks at three Baylor players who could interest the Cowboys, including wide receiver Kendall Wright, running back Terrance Ganaway and center Phillip Blake, who's apparently got a private workout set up with the Cowboys and new offensive line coach Bill Callahan next week.
New York Giants
The Giants remain one of the league's quieter teams during free agency, which is the way they like it. But two of their own free agents are drawing interest elsewhere. Dave Tollefson is visiting the Seahawks and Jonathan Goff had a trip to Cleveland to visit the Browns. The Giants would like both players back but are content to let them test the market. My guess is they end up bringing Goff back, but that Tollefson leaves, perhaps for a chance at a larger role elsewhere.
The Giants on Wednesday mourned the passing of Ron Erhardt, who served as their offensive coordinator during the Bill Parcells Super Bowl years.
The Eagles are confident that Ryans will play better in his second year back from his 2010 Achilles injury than he did in his first year back from it, Zach Berman writes. By all accounts, Ryans' play did improve as the 2011 season went on and he got healthier. If he's back to full strength, he's a tackling machine at middle linebacker, and yeah, the Eagles could use that.
For his part, Ryans said he's looking forward to returning to the 4-3 middle linebacker position he was playing prior to his injury and before the Houston Texans switched to a 3-4 defense. He says it's more natural for him and that he functions best as a player and a leader from that spot.
Rich Campbell was on hand at the Baylor pro day and writes of how Griffin dazzled observers and fired up Redskins team officials who were on hand to talk with him and watch him work out. It was a day for the Redskins and their fans to dream happily of the future.
Everybody wants to know what's going on with London Fletcher, who was deemed a top priority by the Redskins at the end of the season but has yet to re-sign. Mike Jones writes that Fletcher has a number in mind, but that he remains in limbo while he and the team wait for the free-agent linebacker market to establish what a reasonable number would be.