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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Breakfast links: Cowboys wait on Jenkins

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Good morning. One more day out here in the glorious Southern California sunshine before the NFC East blog must return to its muggy home base. Got to say, Sando and Clayton may be onto something with this West Coast thing. Course, I may have to switch to turkey or veggie links.

Washington Redskins

In his daily RG3 report, John Keim addresses the issue of the time Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is taking on his drops. Yes, Keim does a daily RG3 report in addition to his daily practice report. No, I cannot be sure that Keim is not a cyborg.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder did some talking, which is unusual these days. Pay close attention to the part about "patience." He's bought into Mike Shanahan as a long-term team-builder. Shanahan's in no danger of losing his job any time soon.

Dallas Cowboys

Still no word on when cornerback Mike Jenkins will be able to get on the field. Calvin Watkins reports that Jenkins has still not been cleared to return to practice after Dr. James Andrews took a look at his surgically repaired shoulder. With rookie Morris Claiborne out with a knee injury, the Cowboys' cornerback depth is being tested early in camp.

The release of Brodney Pool on Monday likely made Barry Church a starting safety, and Church to me looked like a fired-up player in practice. Maybe he's made enough strides to be the answer there.

New York Giants

One striking difference this year about the Giants' defense is the depth they have all of a sudden at linebacker. I don't know how soon Mark Herzlich can steal the middle linebacker spot from Chase Blackburn or what Keith Rivers' role will be, and I don't think the Giants know that stuff yet either. But they're excited about the choices their current roster presents for them.

Terrell Thomas is hoping to be back from his current knee injury in a month. Yes, the Giants got good news on Thomas' knee Monday, but listen to Tom Coughlin as he preaches patience and lowered expectations on this. If you were excited about Thomas' healthy return two weeks ago, this latest setback should remind you just how hard it is to do what he's doing. His rehab must be slow and cautious.

Philadelphia Eagles

If you haven't yet read Ashley Fox's column on Andy Reid and the loss of his son Garrett, you should. There's probably no sportswriter more qualified to write on this topic than Ashley, a former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist who's spent tons of time around Reid and this situation. She's done an outstanding job of capturing what this is all about.

The Eagles are practicing, of course, and there's on-field stuff to discuss. But as Michael Vick says here, there's no escaping the effect the Garrett Reid tragedy has had on their team and their camp. Garrett's funeral is today, and the healing process continues at its usual agonizing pace.