Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Breakfast links: Eagles still need secondary
By Dan Graziano
Good morning. It's Wednesday. It's May. Minicamps are around the corner. Links are hot and ready.
The Eagles worked to overhaul their secondary early in the offseason. This was expected, since it was their most significant area of weakness. But it doesn't sound as though they're convinced they've done all they needed to do there.
Jeffrey Lurie's attendance at Geno Smith's workout before the draft was not a smokescreen, Chip Kelly insists. Their interest in Smith was genuine and serious -- they just decided he wasn't worth one of their first two picks. But Kelly says the reason Lurie was at the workout was that they had a meeting scheduled with him that day and he just decided, as billionaires are wont to do, to hop on a plane and take the trip with them and have the meeting that way.
The Redskins appear to be getting the secondary help they want most, as strong safety Brandon Meriweather says he's on track to return from ACL surgery in time for the start of training camp. The Redskins believe Meriweather would have been an impact player for them had he been able to get on the field last year at that strong safety position.
Rich Tandler looks at the ways in which the Redskins still need to balance their roster before camp. He expects to see them add bodies at wide receiver, linebacker and offensive line, maybe subtract at running back.
Calvin Watkins has a bit more on why the Cowboys liked undrafted linebacker Brandon Magee so much that they were willing to give him $70,000 to sign and ignore concerns that he might want to play baseball instead.
Why did the Cowboys pass on defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in the first round? It sounds as though the scouts liked him but the coaches didn't think he was a fit for what they're trying to do in their new 4-3 defense. There were a few people who told me before the draft that Floyd was a very specific type of player who would only fit certain schemes and roles, and it appears the Cowboys agreed.
New York Giants
Tom Coughlin hoped that things would move fast with the Victor Cruz contract situation once the restricted free-agent signing period ended, but they have not, and the Giants coach says that's become something of a concern.
It's been 14 years since the Giants had a first-round rookie offensive lineman, and it sounds as though the veterans have some fun plans for Justin Pugh.