Friday, August 3, 2012
Breakfast links: RG3 is a problem-solver
By Dan Graziano
Friday links. They are in a particular order, but I'm going to make you guess what it is. Winner gets absolutely nothing. Go.
The Cowboys have big problems on the interior of the offensive line, as they did last year and actually kind of did before all of this year's injuries set in. So they're bringing in a bunch of guys they had last year for workouts and to see if they can help. I wish them luck with that.
The good thing the Cowboys have going for them on the offensive line is second-year tackle Tyron Smith, who was a complete animal last year as a rookie right tackle and is, in practices, impressing the league's best pass-rusher.
The additions of DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks, the late-season development of Brian Rolle and Casey Matthews and the strong training camp performance so far of Jamar Chaney made some of the linebackers the Eagles used last year expendable, so they traded Moise Fokou and Greg Lloyd to the Colts for cornerback Kevin Thomas and a pick. They needed the cornerback depth more. Trade happened while I was in the car on Route 78 East, so that's why I didn't mention it until now.
Special teams coach Bobby April says the punting competition is dead even between Chas Henry and former Cowboys punter Mat McBriar. They need to see these guys punt in games. McBriar looks great. The only question is if the health of his foot holds up. If it does, he's likely to beat out Henry.
John Keim's Thursday practice report is characteristically comprehensive, and includes notes on the cornerback situation as well as that of Chris Cooley.
Mike Shanahan believes that Robert Griffin III brings enough skills on the field and in the locker room to help cover up potential weaknesses in other areas of the team, Jason Reid writes.
New York Giants
The Terrell Thomas injury situation has reached a confusing stage at which even Giants coach Tom Coughlin says he doesn't know what to believe anymore. And it sounds like there's no definitive answer coming until the middle of next week.
Eli Manning is a funny guy. He said he told David Carr to take his shirt off while running post-practice sprints so the Giants could get some of the same coverage the Jets are getting. The Giants like to bag on the Jets. The Jets make it easy. And yes, Manning really is a funny guy.