Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Breakfast links: 23 days to the draft
By Dan Graziano
As we roll into another Tuesday here on the NFC East blog, I think it's important that we all remember one thing: It's a party on the left arm, all business with the right. Anybody who watched Robert Griffin III's appearance Monday night on Gruden's quarterback camp knows what I'm talking about. The rest of you will have to make do with links.
Clarence Hill muses on the list of players scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys in advance of the draft and wonders about the buzz surrounding Dontari Poe as the team's potential first-round pick. Unlike some others, Clarence wisely avoids making any assertions about what the team will do. He's smart. Because remember, almost nothing you hear about teams' plans in advance of the draft is ever true.
Jerry Jones thinks the Cowboys did too much finagling with the offensive line last year and likes having some "established guys" in the mix for the line positions this offseason.
New York Giants
The Giants continue to add pieces to their secondary, as well as players who can help on special teams. They have signed former Colts safety Stevie Brown and had former Patriots cornerback Antwaun Molden in for a visit. Just grinding along, the way the Giants like to grind away the offseason, making their moves and trusting their current coaches and players to put it all together.
Former Giants receiver Amani Toomer thinks the team will struggle to replace wide receiver Mario Manningham, who bolted as a free agent for the 49ers.
Yeah, the Eagles are taking a look at Ryan Tannehill. No, I don't think they will or should trade up high enough (No. 3 or 4 at this point) to take him. I think the Eagles prize the quarterback position well above all others and strive to learn as much as they can about every quarterback they have the opportunity to see and talk to. I think they'll take one at some point in this draft, looking to the future with Michael Vick 32 years old. But I'd be stunned if it were Tannehill.
Paul Domowitch writes that the Eagles won't find their left tackle answer in the draft. I don't think it's that simple. I agree that they won't find it in the first round of the draft, and I think they're most likely to find it in free agency. But I'm not convinced they can't find someone in the later rounds who comes out of training camp as a viable starting tackle.
The Redskins are cutting down capacity at FedEx Field again, in the name of an expanding party deck and some more luxury suites. Hard to get too worked up, if they were having trouble selling the seats anyway. I just always wonder how all of this jives with everything we hear about that Redskins season ticket wait list.
Mike Shanahan says wide receiver Leonard Hankerson's hip surgery was delayed on the advice of his doctors, and that he expects Hankerson to be ready by June 1. The Redskins believe Hankerson is capable of big things if he can come back healthy.