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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Breakfast links: Hopes high for N.Y. rookies

By Dan Graziano

Good morning. I have a confession to make. We've been having turkey bacon with breakfast lately, not links. Whew. I feel better for having got that off my chest. These here will remain links. "Breakfast turkey bacon" is just going to make the headline too long. Plus, you know ... they're links.

Dallas Cowboys

First-round draft pick Morris Claiborne called into "NFL 32" on Monday and talked about everything from what he's seen in rookie minicamp to how he deals with those silly Wonderlic questions. Claiborne can't participate in minicamps or team activities right now due to his injury, but he's been spending as much time as he can around his new team to learn and get acclimated.

Mac Engel says there's a reason no one has a problem with Eli Manning hosting "Saturday Night Live" or Tom Brady being spotted at the Kentucky Derby but that Tony Romo attending a White House Correspondents' dinner and rubbing elbows with celebs bothers his fans: Because those other guys have accomplished something that Romo still has not.

New York Giants

Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride says the Giants are expecting first-round pick David Wilson and second-round pick Rueben Randle to contribute to the offense right away. He also talked about the offensive line alignment, admitting that David Diehl at right tackle and Kevin Boothe at left guard is the way they'd likely go. I'm a little confused, though, about this part of the line quote: "If we keep Beatty healthy, he's already out now." Was Gilbride saying Will Beatty's hurt again? Because last I heard, he was cleared to go.

Manning was teased about wearing a dress and had bananas thrown at him when he returned to the Giants' locker room Monday. Both were consequences of his appearance last weekend as host of "Saturday Night Live." I can't get into the banana thing here.

Philadelphia Eagles

Jimmy Kempski has crunched the numbers, and yes, he has determined that the Eagles have the shortest group of potential starting linebackers of any 4-3 defensive team in the NFL. (Interestingly, he has the Giants and Bengals tied for the tallest.) I don't know what this means. Guess it could hurt them in pass coverage against tall receivers. Guess it could mean nothing. But I thought it was interesting, especially for May 8, so there you go. Don't thank me, thank Jimmy.

Trent Edwards doesn't know how much of an opportunity his situation as part of the Eagles' backup quarterback mix will present him, but he's thankful for any opportunity at all.

Washington Redskins

Trent Williams says he's learned his lesson from the drug suspension that cost him the final four games of the 2011 season, and that he's resolved to be more of a leader going forward. We shall see, of course, on this. If he gets caught for drugs again, he's going to lose a lot of money this time.

The Redskins believe second-year wide receiver Leonard Hankerson is capable of big things if he can get his hip healthy. Hankerson says he's on track to be ready for the start of training camp. He's a key part of a group of young receivers -- including free-agent signees Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan -- the team hopes can grow up alongside rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, whose name has now appeared in 114 consecutive editions of "Breakfast links."