Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Breakfast links: All eyes on the Prince
By Dan Graziano
ASHBURN, Va. -- Good morning. More fun stuff to come here at Redskins camp today, then it's off to Eagles camp tomorrow as training camp 2012 rolls along here on the NFC East blog. Got to stop and get some links, though.
New York Giants
Should Terrell Thomas have to miss significant time with his latest knee injury, a lot of new responsibility will fall on second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara, the Giants' first-round pick in the 2011 draft. Ohm's practice report from Monday tells us that Amukamara has been looking good.
Paul Schwartz is reporting that Thomas' ACL is only partially torn, though the Giants are saying he'll likely have arthroscopic surgery to determine the extent of the injury to the ligament he's torn twice in the past. It's unclear what a partial tear would mean in terms of Thomas' availability, though the possibility of his missing a second consecutive season is in play.
What Mike Kafka lacks in on-field NFL experience he has been attempting to make up for by studying, Martin Frank writes. Kafka goes into the season as the primary backup for Eagles starting quarterback Michael Vick. And while the Eagles are used to having a backup with more experience, they say they believe Kafka is ready to handle the job in his third year in their system.
Those wondering if one of the rookie running backs would be taking over as LeSean McCoy's backup should know that second-year man Dion Lewis appears determined to be that and is drawing rave reviews so far in training camp.
The Redskins didn't have a second-round pick this year, but they're getting last year's second-round pick back. Defensive end Jarvis Jenkins tore his ACL in the preseason last year and missed his entire rookie season. Now, he's a part of the defensive line rotation and believes he can be a help to the pass rush up front.
Dan Daly believes the Redskins, like a lot of teams, are going to a running back-by-committee approach, and Dan seems to think that's a fine idea. Mike Shanahan has said he'd prefer to identify one starter rather than shuttle backs in and out throughout the game, but given what the Redskins have at the position, he might find that he can't have it the way he wants.
Felix Jones, Andre Holmes and Brodney Pool all failed their camp-opening conditioning tests and won't be able to practice until they pass it. As Calvin Watkins writes, it's obviously surprising when players report to camp and aren't in good enough shape to run 60 yards in 8 seconds. It's especially puzzling if you're a guy like Holmes, who's supposedly trying out for that No. 3 wide receiver spot, or a guy like Pool, who's got competition for the starting safety spot and might not make the roster if he doesn't win it.
Oh, and cornerback Mike Jenkins says he never requested a trade. Whatever. Tomorrow, he plans to show everyone video evidence of the existence of the Tooth Fairy.