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Friday, August 17, 2012
Breakfast links: Cooley's chances

By Dan Graziano

Good morning. There were preseason games last night, but not in our division, so I watched some baseball instead. Starting to think it might not be the Phillies' year.

Friday links are presented in order of the current winning percentage of the baseball team (or teams) that play in the same market as the NFL team in question.

Washington Redskins

Chris Baker had to lose more than 20 pounds before training camp (to get to 331) or the Redskins said they were going to fine him per pound. Here's how he did it, and became one of the surprise standouts of camp on the defensive line.

Chris Cooley's relationship with the Redskins and their fans, and his feelings about the team for which he plays, are unique among NFL players. For that reason, he is willing to accept any role at all that keeps him in Washington. Remember, three things had to happen this preseason for Cooley to stay -- he had to prove himself healthy, be willing to accept a reduced role and likely take a pay cut. So far so good on the first two, and I assume he'd agree to the third. But that first one is the one that's most important.

Dallas Cowboys

Here's a very interesting story by Todd Archer on Brandon Carr and the importance of the lower body in cornerback technique. You haven't heard much about Carr this camp, which is probably a good thing if you're a Cowboys fan, since a lot of the news on other people has been bad. Carr has been quite good.

Randy Galloway is worried about Tony Romo's safety and thinks he shouldn't be playing in these preseason games until the Cowboys get their offensive line situation figured out. I can see where he's coming from with this.

New York Giants

Prince Amukamara knows opposing offenses are going to be targeting him until he proves he can stop them. He says that's fine with him. Best way to learn and get better and all that.

The biggest question area for the Giants at this moment is offensive line, and the biggest question on the offensive line is left tackle Will Beatty, who can't seem to get or keep his back healthy. The Giants' fallback plan for Beatty is not well defined. They could move David Diehl from right tackle to left tackle (where he played during the Super Bowl run last year) and use James Brewer or Sean Locklear at right tackle. Or they could always re-sign Kareem McKenzie, though obviously if they'd wanted to do that they probably would have by now.

Philadelphia Eagles

With Nnamdi Asomugha back at practice but not back to full strength following his collision with Nate Allen earlier in the week, the Eagles are a little light at cornerback. Curtis Marsh is supposed to be the next man up behind the starters there, but he's out with a hamstring injury, so you could see Brandon Hughes starting at corner on Monday if Asomugha can't go. In the end, Asomugha is likely to be fine in time for the season, so this would be a chance for Hughes to show what he's got.

Jamar Chaney impressed coaches early in training camp before he got hurt. He has to work his way back to where he was at the time of the injury and fight for playing time at linebacker.