Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Breakfast links: Giants' 'multiple' looks
By Dan Graziano
So people seem to still want the links, so I'll keep rolling them out there for the time being.
Jason Reid thinks Robert Griffin III needs to stop questioning Mike Shanahan's plan for his recovery in public. I mean, I'm not down there, so maybe I'm reading things all wrong, but I don't see all the wrong everyone seems to be seeing in what Griffin said. And I'm really not comfortable with the idea of telling someone what to say and what not to say in their news conferences. Griffin and Shanahan need to get along, obviously, but there's little if any real evidence that they're not. The kid wants to play, and when someone asks him if he wants to play, he says yeah. But it's a terrible idea to play him in a preseason game right now, and it's Shanahan's job to make the right decision for him and for the team. Whether he likes it or not. Griffin appears to know this. I honestly don't see the problem.
And in case you missed this last night, rookie safety Phillip Thomas is out for the season with a foot injury. It's not a certainty that a healthy Thomas would have been a contributor in 2013, but given the Redskins' issues in the secondary it was a possibility. At the very least, he loses a year of development.
New York Giants
This is getting talked about a little bit more as Giants camp progresses, the idea that the Giants could show a few different looks on defense this year, including some 3-4-type alignments in the front seven. It's all in the name of staying flexible and trying to handle the many multiple facets they're seeing from opposing offenses these days. And training camp is about experimenting and figuring out what you can and can't handle.
Justin Tuck says he has a medical exemption to the NFL's new facemask rule, and won't have to change his look.
Dez Bryant remembers being suspended for the final 10 games of his college career for lying to NCAA investigators, and he says he'll be mad if Johnny Manziel isn't suspended over his autograph controversy.
Ernie Sims still believes he has a chance to win the starting strongside linebacker job that appeared ticketed for newcomer Justin Durant.
As the Eagles transition from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 defense, much is justifiably being made of the challenge guys like Trent Cole and Brandon Graham are facing in new positions. But 2012 first-round pick Fletcher Cox is struggling with some of his assignments as a 3-4 defensive end as well, as the system tries to encourage him to do things with which he's not ultra-comfortable yet.
This year's first-round pick, Lane Johnson, is having a great camp on and off the field. He just became a dad.