NFC East: Allen Bradford

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.

The News of the Day: This Friday the 13th is an unlucky one for Giants linebacker Dan Connor, who was placed on season-ending injured reserve Thursday with a neck injury. (Clearly, as we have already noted here, he wasn't faking.) The Giants won a waiver claim on former Seahawks linebacker Allen Bradford, who was a running back in college and fails to address the linebacker problem the Giants refuse to admit they have. They'll open and spend most of the game in nickel again Sunday, and they'll continue to de-emphasize the linebacker position, and tight ends will likely continue to have big games against them. Not to say they can't win like that, especially once the pass rush is at full strength. Just my $0.02, is all.

Behind enemy lines: While the Giants are down to Mark Herzlich at middle linebacker, the Broncos are getting healthier at that spot. Wesley Woodyard, who injured his ankle in Denver's opener, returned to practice Thursday and says he's expecting to play in Sunday's game at MetLife Stadium. A case of the extra time between games (Denver opened on a Thursday) helping out.

Around the division: The Eagles beat the Redskins on Monday night, in part, by blitzing them more than teams tended to blitz Robert Griffin III in his rookie season. Could be a recipe for rattling Griffin, though the Redskins bravely insist they hope the trend continues because they believe it will play into their hands.

Around the league: The Detroit Lions spent a portion of their Thursday working to refute a report that their stadium charges the highest price per ounce for beer in the NFL. Must be nice to be 1-0 and have this be your biggest problem, right?

NFC East links: Prince coming to Dallas

April, 8, 2011
Dallas Cowboys

Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara is scheduled to visit the Cowboys next week.

According to the Dallas Morning News' Bob Sturm, cornerback Mike Jenkins' mentality was the biggest variable in his uneven performance last season.

New York Giants's Ohm Youngmisuk sizes up the Giants' running backs and looks at backs the team could target in the draft.

Page 2's Patrick Hruby has the excuses Giants owner John Mara should have used to get out of jury duty.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are considering a couple of cornerback prospects: Utah State's Curtis Marsh, whom the team has already worked out, and Southern Illinois' Korey Lindsey.

USC running back Allen Bradford worked out for the Eagles on Thursday, according to the National Football Post.

Washington Redskins

Tight end Chris Cooley has been keeping busy during the lockout with one of his hobbies: pottery. “I love pottery. I’ve always loved pottery,” Cooley told the Washington Post's Mike Wise.'s Rich Tandler considers whether Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones would be a luxury pick for the Redskins in the first round.