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Thursday, March 28, 2013
NFC East Thursday roundup

By Dan Graziano

Several of our division's teams have made moves today that aren't significant enough to warrant their own posts, but I know you guys want to talk about them so I figured I'd throw them all together in a late-afternoon stew of a post and see what you thought. Hope it doesn't smell too bad.

Item No. 1: Philadelphia Eagles trade fullback Stanley Havili to the Colts for defensive end Clifton Geathers.

Basically, the Eagles traded a guy they weren't going to use for a guy they might possibly use. Havili became expendable after the signing of James Casey, who can line up at fullback or tight end (or wide receiver, actually; he's a versatile guy). So they ship him off and get back something of which they need more -- a body for the defensive line. I have no idea if the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Geathers makes the roster, or how much he'd play if he did. I'll bet the Eagles don't know either. But they did know they had too many fullbacks and not enough defensive linemen, so why not? They saw something in Geathers they liked enough to trade a spare part for him.

Item No. 2: Washington Redskins sign former Eagles pass-rusher Darryl Tapp.

Tapp wasn't going to be a fit in the Eagles' new defense, especially if it's going to run as much 3-4 as we all think it will. For the Redskins, Tapp profiles as a situational pass-rusher from the outside linebacker position. It's possible they see him as someone who can fill in for reserve outside linebacker Rob Jackson while Jackson serves his four-game drug suspension at the start of the season. It's also possible he gets beaten out by someone in training camp and doesn't make the team. Again, these aren't huge moves we're talking about here.

Item No. 3: New York Giants check out former Redskins running back Tim Hightower, according to the New York Daily News.

Ralph Vacchiano reported that Hightower would visit the Giants, who have David Wilson, Andre Brown and Ryan Torain on the roster at running back but are always looking for depth at that position. If his knee is healthy, Hightower is the kind of back the Giants would like. He's known as an excellent pass-protection back and can catch the ball out of the backfield on screen plays. Those are two things the Giants lost when they cut Ahmad Bradshaw. I don't know if they like Hightower, if he's healthy or if he'll end up on the roster. But he could fill a hole or two, and it's worth their time to find out what he's got.