Friday, April 20, 2012
Breakfast links: Eagles QB chatter
By Dan Graziano
It is Friday. These are links. That makes them the Friday links.
Calvin Watkins' mailbag at ESPNDallas.com deals with a number of questions, including whether the Cowboys would pursue free agent running back Cedric Benson to help them in short-yardage situations. Giants fans have also asked about Benson, who didn't like being in a platoon role last year in Cincinnati but seems to have resigned himself to the fact that that's the best he can hope for in 2012. The off-field issues Calvin mentions are going to be a problem for a lot of teams.
Looking for a mid-round possibility to help at center? Cowboys.com raises the possibility of Robert Griffin III's guy, Baylor's Phillip Blake, who'll actually turn 27 during the 2012 season.
New York Giants
GM Jerry Reese says contract extensions for Osi Umenyiora and Victor Cruz are "on his plate," but he said it in such a way as to indicate they're somewhere between the beets and the brussels sprouts while he's way over on the other side locked in on the roast beef and the mashed potatoes. Cruz says in the same story that he won't hold out. Umenyiora says nothing because he's not there. I wouldn't hold my breath if I were either one of those guys.
Michael Boley says he hasn't talked to the team about moving to middle linebacker, though he understands he could have to and he's open to the idea.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman says the team is "all in" with Michael Vick at quarterback, which we already knew for this year and obviously (given that they can basically get out of his contract after this year) isn't a certainty beyond this year no matter what anyone says. I think the point here is what Roseman said about how it's hard to find a franchise quarterback after the first round of the draft. If the Eagles do draft a quarterback this year, it's going to be a developmental guy -- not someone they feel strongly will be Vick's eventual replacement.
That said, there are quite a number of quarterbacks in this year's draft, and it's certainly possible that the Eagles will take a mid-round shot on one they think has some potential. If nothing else, maybe you develop a Kevin Kolb-type guy and end up trading him for something useful.
Dave Sheinin caught up with Robert Griffin III at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, where he was getting a crash course in nutrition in advance of the NFL draft and his pro career. If I know Sheinin, he disregarded it all and went out for a steak dinner after. But it was nice of him to file this report on Griffin for us before he did that.
If the Redskins want to use the draft to help add depth at cornerback, they will have options, and John Keim has some names.