Thursday, June 14, 2012
Breakfast links: As Mike Jenkins turns
By Dan Graziano
Yeah, back home this morning after my two-day trip down to Virginia. Plenty more to come from Redskins minicamp, I promise, but I couldn't let you guys start your day without your links.
So Mike Jenkins didn't show up for any non-mandatory portion of the offseason even though the Cowboys asked him to come in so they could monitor his shoulder rehab. When he did show up for mandatory minicamp this week, the team learned that he's behind in his shoulder rehab and likely will be placed on the PUP list come training camp. They asked him to stay around in Dallas to continue his rehab, but he went home instead. So it's not going well with Jenkins, who has been rebuffed this offseason in his requests for a new contract and for a trade. And yeah, you can say it doesn't matter because he's the third cornerback. But one of the first two is a rookie, and the plan was to be super-deep at the position, and right now Jenkins is making the Cowboys' life difficult.
You may or may not have heard anyone mention this, but there was no offseason program last year for any team because of the lockout. Cowboys guard/center Bill Nagy, who was a rookie last year, is jealous of this year's rookies because they have one. He also talks about playing guard and center.
New York Giants
Tom Coughlin is not too happy the Giants lost tight end Jake Ballard on waivers to the Patriots. Ballard's knee injury took him out of the Giants' 2012 plans, but he was in their 2013 plans and they assumed no one would claim him because, well, he's not going to play in 2012. Can't tell whether Coughlin just really liked Ballard that much or if he thinks the Patriots did something they shouldn't have done or if it's a combination of things. But it's clear this is one move that didn't turn out the way the Giants wanted it to turn out.
In Ohm Youngmisuk's minicamp observations, we learn that Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan are playing like guys who want in on that race for the No. 3 receiver spot. We also learn that David Wilson looks fast and that Sean Locklear, not "Guy to Watch" James Brewer, is filling in for the injured Will Beatty at first-time left tackle in drills.
Jason Kelce says he's ready to add the protection calls to his list of responsibilities as he prepares for his second year as an NFL center. Apparently, Howard Mudd prefers it this way (as opposed to last year's way, which had quarterback Michael Vick calling the protections) but didn't want to give Kelce too much too soon. I think it'll be a good thing for Vick to have this taken off his plate.
And here's all you wanted to know and more about the Eagles' partnership with the "Angry Birds" video game, which is (a) not a joke and (b) too ridiculous for the Breakfast Links to ignore.
John Keim's notebook from Wednesday's minicamp practice deals with such issues as Brandon Banks (who needs to make the team as a wide receiver this time and not just a return man) and Chris Cooley, who sat out practice with a hamstring injury. Cooley's not a sure thing to make this team, I don't think. To do so, he's going to have to prove he's healthy and probably take a pay cut. So stay tuned through the rest of the summer for the rest of the still-to-be-decided Cooley story.
And here's some more on undrafted cornerback Chase Minnifield and his surprisingly good chances to make the roster.