Thursday, May 2, 2013
Breakfast links: Hail to the ... Redtails?
By Dan Graziano
The offseason train chugs along here in the NFC East. Link by link.
David Amerson's college position coach tells Rich Campbell that the Redskins' second-round pick is only going to get better, and that he likes the pairing of him with Washington secondary coach Raheem Morris.
The latest in the Redskins name controversy is a D.C. city council member who's trying to get them to change the name to "Redtails." But not much has changed on this. The team still doesn't want to change it and the NFL couldn't care less, and this isn't the first government effort to make it happen.
You know Jerry Jones has a soft spot for Jay Ratliff, and the Cowboys' owner is now on record as saying Ratliff will "flourish" as the 3-technique defensive tackle in the team's new 4-3 alignment. That is one of the things to like about the move to the 4-3 in Dallas -- the number of players, including Ratliff, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Jason Hatcher, who seem as though they could improve due to their new positions.
With the Cowboys likely to use a lot more two-tight end looks this year, Todd Archer and Mike Reiss chatted about the way the New England Patriots use their "12" personnel package and what that might look like in Dallas.
New York Giants
Ohm takes a look at seventh-round pick Michael Cox, who has less of a college production record than the Giants tend to like but could factor into the picture at running back this year.
Speaking of which, the Giants' interest in former Redskins running back Tim Hightower didn't vanish into thin air. They're still talking about bringing in the veteran, who was Washington's starter in 2011 before a knee injury derailed him.
Third-rounder Bennie Logan doesn't mind if he's the overlooked member of the Eagles' draft class. He's used to it. He was one of eight children in his family.
Sheil Kapadia writes that Eagles fans shouldn't worry about Lane Johnson just because the last offensive lineman the Eagles took in the first round, Danny Watkins, hasn't worked out. The main difference, Sheil writes, is experience.