Monday, July 22, 2013
Links: Not rebuilding in Philadelphia
By ESPN.com staff
Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was placed on the physically unable to perform list Sunday after suffering a minor hamstring strain during a conditioning test.
DeMarco Murray has his sights set on a big 2013 season. Murray: "This year is going to be a great year for me, I feel. I’ve come prepared, physically, mentally and emotionally. I’m definitely ready. I’m excited about this year and what we’re going to do."
New York Giants
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post: "There’s not a whole lot of buzz surrounding these Giants -- no exciting new marquee additions, no sense from outside that they are much-improved or on the cusp of shedding last year’s inconsistency. Gone are key Super Bowl cogs such as Osi Umenyiora, Ahmad Bradshaw, Kenny Phillips, Lawrence Tynes, Chris Canty and Michael Boley. There is no talk of rebuilding around the Giants -- that never is a consideration as long as Eli Manning is in his prime -- but there is more of a sense of uncertainty than previous summers."
Big Blue View's roster breakdown continues with defensive end Justin Tuck.
Nick Fierro of The Morning Call: "Gone are the old training methods, workout schedules, nutrition plans, teaching routines, roster-building philosophy and play-calling system of [Andy] Reid's regime, which lasted 14 seasons. In is a fresh approach that has the veterans as excited as the rookies, if not more, with scientific research fueling the whole thing. Every single aspect of the Eagles' football operation has been changed.
Don't tell coach Chip Kelly that this is a rebuilding year in Philadelphia. "My job is to win right now," Kelly said. "How do you think I'd be received in Philly if I told them we were going to write this year off? Those people that are waving to me on the streets right now? That ain't going to happen. But that's never been my mentality, either. We're not writing anything off."
Quarterback Robert Griffin III on Wednesday will reportedly be examined by Dr. James Andrews.
In lower-profile injury news, Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch discusses the uncertainty along the defensive line.