Thursday, August 23, 2012
Breakfast links: What's the Eagles' key?
By Dan Graziano
Morning. I had this crazy dream last night about what it would be like to have Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton in a fantasy league where you can start two quarterbacks and only have to start one wide receiver every week. There are 11 of you reading this who know what I'm talking about. The rest of you get links.
New York Giants
With all of their injuries at defensive tackle, it's possible the Giants may have picked up a steal last week in Marcus Thomas. Tom Coughlin says he's eager to see the new guy play in a game.
The worst part about the whole Jason Pierre-Paul/Prince Amukamara hazing video incident, from the Giants' standpoint? Mike Vaccaro writes that it may be that they got a taste of what it's like to be the Jets.
With Michael Vick looking good for Week 1, but a major question mark beyond that because of the beating he's already taken in the preseason, Jeff McLane examines the issue of whether or not Vick will ever be the sort of guy who can avoid contact.
Sam Donnellon, bless his heart, is taking the contrarian point of view and saying the defense is they key to the Eagles' season. And I get what Sam's saying, and you know I love contrarian points of view. But I think the Eagles' defense is going to be fine, and that the real key is Vick.
Niles Paul is embracing the challenge of his position switch from wide receiver to tight end, and soaking up every lesson and every bit of advice he can find.
You know you're dying for some advance hype for the big Andrew Luck-Robert Griffin III preseason showdown this weekend. The Washington Post has you covered, all the way from Indianapolis, with a look at the differences between the two rookie quarterbacks.
The fact that there's no clear winner yet in the battle between Dan Connor and Bruce Carter for the starting inside linebacker spot next to Sean Lee indicates that the Cowboys are, overall, much stronger at the position than they were a year ago.
Mike Jenkins has another appointment with Dr. James Andrews next week, and until Andrews clears him and his surgically repaired shoulder, we're not going to know when the Cowboys might see Jenkins back on the field.