Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Breakfast links: Minicamp mania
By Dan Graziano
The NFC East breakfast links: A Tebow-free zone since 2011. Enjoy.
New York Giants
We'll know soon enough, but wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be at mandatory minicamp practice today after skipping voluntary OTAs the past two weeks and frustrating coach Tom Coughlin in the process.
Four years ago, Cooper Taylor was diagnosed with a heart condition he feared would take football and possibly more away from him. Today, he's at Giants minicamp, where they're using him at both safety positions and as their weakside linebacker in sub packages. It will be interesting to see how the Giants deploy their fifth-round draft pick and how quickly he's usable in the defense as opposed to just special teams.
The Eagles' minicamp was last week, but one of the players' missions over the weeks between now and the start of training camp is to make sure to stay in shape. Conditioning is clearly a significant part of the Chip Kelly Experience.
Les Bowen thinks the planned changes to the Eagles' home stadium will make Lincoln Financial Field more of a "Philly" kind of place, and that it reflects the team's effort to connect more with its fan base.
Mike Jones gets you ready for the Redskins' minicamp that starts today with his mailbag, which includes a question and answer about how much he expects the Redskins to integrate the option offense into their base offense in Robert Griffin III's second season. Griffin speaks today after practice, by the way. I may go ahead and write about that, just so you know.
One of the happiest Redskins about Brian Orakpo's return from injury is Ryan Kerrigan, his fellow first-round pass-rusher, who should thrive on the opposite side of the defense from a healthy Orakpo.
Bryan Broaddus runs down some things to watch for at Cowboys minicamp when it starts today, including the rotation at defensive tackle with Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher and Sean Lissemore, and whether Phil Costa can beat out first-round pick Travis Frederick this summer for the starting center spot.
The Cowboys aren't combing the free-agent market for help at this time of year, but you never know what might happen. Calvin Watkins has a list of five free agents still on the market who could pique the Cowboys' interest if someone got injured. The names include an old friend at wide receiver and an interesting veteran running back.