Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Breakfast links: Eagles' fourth-quarter woes
By Dan Graziano
Happy Tuesday here in the NFC East. We've got a full day planned, with a chat and a bunch of other mid-June NFL goodies. But we start as always with links.
First-round draft pick Fletcher Cox has agreed to a four-year contract with the Eagles, which means he'll be in training camp on time like all of the other draft picks who haven't signed yet but surely will some time in the next six weeks. Cox also spoke with the media on a conference call and talked about his chances to start and the ways in which he has improved in the offseason. Cox could open the season as a starter, but it's no sure thing given the Eagles' depth at defensive tackle.
Sheil Kapadia takes a look at the Eagles' fourth-quarter numbers from last year. The basics are that they were awful, and that Vince Young led more fourth-quarter comebacks than Michael Vick did. The Eagles know what they need to do better. Right now it's just about waiting three months to see whether they can actually do it.
Yeah, it's time for kicker updates. And no, Graham Gano's job in Washington is not safe. The Redskins brought in Neil Rackers either to replace him or spur him to great things, and it'll be a long time before we see which one of those things happens. Gano held off veteran challengers last year, so don't rule him out just yet.
This one's from last week, but it's about Rob Jackson, who's probably the first option at outside linebacker for the Redskins if one of their starters gets hurt. It's another example of a position at which the Redskins feel they have more depth than they did last year, if only because of the added experience some of their backup players now have.
I wrote Monday that the Eagles should take a run at Browns quarterback Colt McCoy if he really is available for a sixth-round or seventh-round pick. Tim MacMahon thinks the Cowboys should try and get him. I wrote Eagles because I believe their backup quarterback situation is more dire than Dallas' is, but Tim's point is a good one. The Cowboys are more likely to let go of Stephen McGee at this point than the Eagles are to give up on Mike Kafka.
Dez Bryant will be the guy on whom all eyes are locked once Cowboys training camp starts, and he's getting good reviews all over -- including the all-important one from starting quarterback Tony Romo.
New York Giants
Terrell Thomas expects to be one of the Giants' starting cornerbacks once training camp starts. Ohm Youngmisuk expects the Giants to take it slowly with Thomas as he continues to work his way back from last summer's ACL injury. I think Ohm's prediction is the more likely one to come true, though they both agree that Thomas is a starter come Week 1 assuming he stays healthy.
If there's a threat to Thomas' playing time other than his own knee, it's 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara, who expects to be a factor in the cornerback mix for the Giants this year now that he's healthy and has an NFL season under his belt.