Thursday, May 23, 2013
Breakfast links: Opportunity in Philadelphia
By Dan Graziano
Good Thursday morning and welcome to your links.
Damaris Johnson looks at Chip Kelly's offense and sees an opportunity for himself. I look at the Eagles' roster and see 14 wide receivers and four tight ends, and I say Johnson had better play his tail off if he wants to cash in that opportunity.
Almost everyone has an opportunity at safety, where the Eagles are rotating different guys in at different spots in these early practices. Former Giant Kenny Phillips has consistently been running with the second team, Tim McManus says, and Phillips believes he has to prove to the coaches that he is healthy.
Reporters get a look at the Redskins' organized team activities today, so we'll have some news out of there, which is exciting for Redskins fans and those of us who've struggled to find things to write about the Redskins lately. Mike Jones fills you in on what he'll be looking for, including the levels of activity for quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
Lots of speculation, for months now, about Griffin's recovery from his January knee surgery, and the team has made it clear that Griffin won't play until the doctors say he's ready to play. But what will the doctors exactly be looking for in order to make that decision?
Jean-Jacques Taylor thinks Tony Romo blew a chance to assert himself and his new role in the Cowboys' offense when he spoke to the media the other day. I love Jacques, but I disagree with him strongly on this one. I think judging athletes and coaches on their performances in press conferences is a disturbing trend. While I would prefer (for my own sake) that these guys be as forthcoming as possible, many of them have decided the right way to handle press conferences is to reveal little. I just don't agree that Romo's hesitance to get into detail about the team's plans in front of reporters has anything to do with his status as a team leader or a top quarterback. I think you can argue either way on both of those issues, but I don't think a May 20 press conference is worthy evidence for serious conclusions.
Gil Brandt offers 10 reasons he thinks the Cowboys will win the NFC East. I saw this last night when I was on Twitter, and you may have noticed my reaction. I have no problem believing the Cowboys, who made it to Week 17 with a chance to win the division each of the last two seasons, can win it this year. But I honestly don't think I could come up with 10 ways to convince myself to pick any one of these four teams. Perhaps that's an idea for some posts during this ultra-slow time of the year.
New York Giants
There are already enough questions about the Giants' running game. It cannot afford to lose Henry Hynoski, who was one of the league's best blocking fullbacks in 2012. Hynoski had to be carted off the field during Wednesday's practice, and the team awaits word on his knee.
This is interesting. With Hakeem Nicks surprisingly joining Victor Cruz in missing the Giants' OTA practice Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano reports that wide receiver Ramses Barden appears to be headed back to the Giants. Bit of a surprise, but even if Nicks and Cruz are back and healthy, there are question marks on the depth chart behind them.