Friday, November 30, 2012
Breakfast links: Dez Bryant, Pro Bowler?
By Dan Graziano
New York Giants
Justin Tuck made it clear after the first time he played against him that he was impressed with Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Tuck said Wednesday that he would actually pay to watch Griffin race Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.
Speaking of fast guys, Giants rookie running back David Wilson is in line for an increased number of carries in the wake of Andre Brown's season-ending injury. Tom Coughlin said he told Wilson it was time to "ratchet it up."
I do not know who will win Monday night's game between the Redskins and the Giants, but I do know the Redskins go into the game with a great deal of confidence about it. They beat the Giants twice last season, had a lead on them in the final two minutes of their Week 7 game in New Jersey this year, and believe they match up well against the Super Bowl champs.
The Redskins are monitoring injury situations with left tackle Trent Williams and linebacker London Fletcher, each of whom sat out practice Wednesday. Obviously, if Fletcher doesn't play, it's going to be stunning national news. Sounds as though they should both be able to recover in time, but like I said, they'll keep an eye.
Can Dez Bryant make the Pro Bowl? This season? Calvin Watkins ponders the question. My guess is that he cannot make up the production and reputation deficit between him and the higher-profile NFC wide-receiver stars, but he's played well enough in recent weeks to warrant a spot in the conversation.
The Cowboys' website writes that "signs point to" running back DeMarco Murray being healthy enough to play Sunday night against the Eagles. Murray has been out since injuring his foot against the Ravens in Week 6.
Whether the Eagles plan to make lineup changes in the secondary over the final five games of this season, no one seems ready to say. But you can expect major changes in the secondary this offseason.
Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews, who played for Chip Kelly at Oregon, thinks Kelly would do well in Philadelphia if the Eagles decided to go in that direction for head coach.