Monday, June 3, 2013
Breakfast links: Can Cowboys lock up Lee?
By Dan Graziano
Morning. Welcome to another offseason week in the NFC East. I'll be headed to Philadelphia Eagles minicamp later this week, but in the meantime it's business as usual, beginning of course with links.
Dwayne Harris came on strong as a good No. 3 wide receiver option for the Cowboys in 2012. But after the team drafted Terrance Williams in the third round, Harris is ready to fight for his job.
The Cowboys picked up $2 million in cap space over the weekend because the post-June 1 cut of Marcus Spears took effect. Calvin Watkins speculates that the savings could help lead to talks with Sean Lee about a new contract.
New York Giants
Aaron Curry says "proving people wrong is not a motivation," though he admits the motivations that helped him become a top college linebacker disappeared when he got his big first-round NFL contract with Seattle. Curry believes renewed focus and determination can help him be a help to the Giants, who felt his talent warranted taking a low-risk chance.
If fullback Henry Hynoski has to miss significant time with his knee injury, Bear Pascoe's value as a tight end who can line up at fullback will become even more obvious to Giants fans.
DeSean Jackson has dropped agent Drew Rosenhaus and is the latest NFL player to be connected to Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports. Not sure what it all means for Jackson's future with the Eagles, as he got a long-term contract extension last year, but I know lots of people around the league are monitoring what's going on with Roc Nation and what effect its presence will have on the market.
The fact that Bennie Logan is new should help him as the Eagles' defensive coaching staff continues to throw ever-changing schemes and fronts at the players this offseason.
Mike Shanahan says Alfred Morris' success isn't a product of the Redskins' system and that Morris is a good enough back to gain yards in any offensive system. And that may well be true, but it doesn't change the fact that Morris' running style fits the profile of what Shanahan looks for in a back, which is likely why he was able to get him in the sixth round and why Morris was able to get the chance to be the starter in the first place as a rookie in 2012.
People often ask what the Redskins' plan is at inside linebacker when London Fletcher inevitably decides to stop playing. Keenan Robinson, who was a rookie in 2012, is part of the answer. And he says he's almost all the way back from the injury that ended his 2012 season and ready for more playing time.