Friday, March 29, 2013
Breakfast links: Cowboys '09 class all gone
By Dan Graziano
Friday links, in order of most recent division title:
Where does Robert Griffin III rank among the young stars on the Washington sports scene in terms of likelihood to spend his entire career in Washington?
This offseason is going to be a lot different for Kirk Cousins, as Griffin's continued recovery from knee surgery makes Cousins the starter once camp opens.
New York Giants
Osi Umenyiora said he understood the reasons but didn't like the fact that his playing time was cut in his final few seasons with the Giants. He also said the Falcons are the most talented team he's ever been on. I think the Falcons are loaded, but I can understand if you want to get outraged about him saying that when he's played on two teams that won the Super Bowl. This is a rare occasion on which I will sanction a moderate amount of outrage, if that's something you feel you need to do. Nothing past lunch, though, please.
The crew at giants.com thinks the Giants' 2013 starting right tackle is currently on the roster. I think they're probably right. Couldn't tell you which one it is, but I believe they have exactly the guys they want at the other four line spots and are content to fiddle at right tackle.
Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor was in Tallahassee, Fla. on Thursday to check out Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel, whom Todd McShay projects to the Eagles in the second round of his most recent mock draft .
The voluntary portion of the Eagles' offseason program begins Monday. Because they have a new head coach, the Eagles get to start two weeks before other teams do. The division's other three teams will begin their offseason programs on April 15.
It was not the worst year to have to wait out the first few weeks of the free-agent market. And while that may not have been the Cowboys' preference, Todd Archer writes that they ended up signing two potential starters for very good prices in Justin Durant and Will Allen.
We all knew at the time that the Cowboys had a rotten 2009 draft, and the four seasons that have transpired since did nothing to alter that conclusion. The signing of Victor Butler by the Saints on Thursday means there are no more players left on the Cowboys from that stupendously bad 12-man draft class.