Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Breakfast links: Too soon to cut Felix
By Dan Graziano
Raining pretty hard out there. Morning commute could be rough. And Power Rankings are just hours away. You'd better have some links.
The loss of center Jason Kelce is a tough one for the Eagles, Jeff McLane writes, because while they have a ready replacement in Dallas Reynolds, the issue becomes one of depth behind the starters on the offensive line.
Safety was the biggest question mark on the Eagles' defense going into training camp. But after two games, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman appear to be filling their roles quite nicely along with the rest of the players on that side of the ball.
Felix Jones does not look like an NFL player right now, and there's much debate in the wake of his performance in Seattle on Sunday as to whether the Cowboys ought to just cut him. But Jean-Jacques Taylor thinks it would be foolish to drop a 25-year-old running back with Jones' physical skills just because he's not good enough to be the starter and he's had a couple of bad games to start the season. I'm with Jacques, but I do think they have to find out what the other backs on their roster look like as DeMarco Murray's backup.
Barry Church and Gerald Sensabaugh are both dealing with injuries, which could lead the Cowboys to seek safety help in the coming week or weeks.
While no one wants to throw cold water on a season two games in regardless of the level of bad injury news they've just received, Jason Reid says the Redskins just don't have backups capable of delivering what Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker bring to the table.
No, of course Mike Shanahan is not going to cut Josh Morgan, one of two wide receivers he signed to long-term contracts in the first hour of free agency to build an offense around franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III. The more sensible move is of course to use Morgan's late-game gaffe as a learning tool that helps Morgan grow as a player.
New York Giants
It was something of a surprise that Andre Brown beat out D.J. Ware for one of the Giants' backup running back spots. Now, with starter Ahmad Bradshaw hurt, first-round pick David Wilson not yet ready and the Giants playing the day after tomorrow, Brown is excited for the chance to build on the positives he showed when he had to go into the game Sunday.
Corey Webster, who's had two rough games in pass coverage to start the season, thinks the Giants' defensive backs need to be more aggressive with receivers at the line of scrimmage. No word from the Giants' coaches on whether that's something they want their defensive backs to do at this point.