NFC East: Anthony Montgomery
With the Redskins bringing in several veterans, including former Cowboys wide receiver Joey Galloway, apparently Mitchell was expendable. Expect to see him coming to a roster near you. Pro scouts around the league take a close look at preseason film and Mitchell was quite impressive.
Running backs Anthony Alridge and P.J. Hill, receiver James Robinson and defensive lineman Anthony Montgomery were also released. Former personnel chief Vinny Cerrato once attributed an interesting quote to Shanahan regarding Alridge's speed.
Hill, a former star at Wisconsin, spent time on the Saints' and Eagles' practice squads before joining the Redskins. Robinson, 27, played for the Florida Frenzy of the National Indoor Football League and then spent time in the Arena Football League with the Las Vegas Gladiators ('07), South Georgia Wildcats (AFL2), Toronto Argonauts (CFL), Kansas City Brigade (AFL), Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns (NFL).
Montgomery was a fifth-round draft pick out of Minnesota who had some promise as a defensive tackle, but apparently did not fit into Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme. OK, I think we covered everyone.
Potential unrestricted free agents: G Montrae Holland
Potential restricted free agents: NT Junior Siavii, WR Miles Austin, DE Stephen Bowen, CB Cletis Gordon, DE Jason Hatcher, WR Sam Hurd, T Pat McQuistan, C Duke Preston, G Cory Procter, S Gerald Sensabaugh, DE Marcus Spears, S Pat Watkins, K Shaun Suisham.
What to expect: Anything is possible with Jerry Jones in charge, and the Cowboys could make a big splash after an underwhelming offseason a year ago. But in terms of team needs and what is required to take the next step, Dallas really doesn’t need much. A big-time impact safety makes some sense and could make a very good defense great, but that might be a project for the draft in a trade-up scenario for someone like Earl Thomas. But Darren Sharper might pique their interest. They also need to get younger along the offensive line, particularly at tackle, but that seems like a draft-day project, too. Maybe Jones gets real aggressive in the wide receiver market, as Roy Williams certainly is not living up to his billing, but the Cowboys are still rather stacked with pass-catchers. All in all, this is a team that is sitting pretty and doesn’t have a prominent unrestricted free agent who is poised to leave.
New York Giants
Potential unrestricted free agents: QB David Carr, LB Danny Clark, P Jeff Feagles, DT Fred Robbins
Potential restricted free agents: WR Domenik Hixon, TE Darcy Johnson, DE Dave Tollefson, G Kevin Boothe, S C.C. Brown, DT Barry Cofield, CB Kevin Dockery, WR Derek Hagan, WR Sinorice Moss, T Guy Whimper, LB Gerris Wilkinson.
What to expect: Big things could be in the works here, as there are already rumors swirling that New York could be a prime suitor for linebacker Karlos Dansby. An impact linebacker is certainly near the top of their wish list and Dansby fits the bill. Plus, he is extremely versatile. Getting faster on defense is a huge priority with new coordinator Perry Fewell stressing the ability to cover a lot of ground. However, Dansby isn’t really the thumper they need in the middle and is more of an outside linebacker for this system, although he would be great on passing downs. This is a group of decision-makers who might be starting to feel some heat, so do not rule out a big move or two.
Potential unrestricted free agents: DE Jason Babin, S Sean Jones, LB Jeremiah Trotter, LB Tracy White
Potential restricted free agents: LB Akeem Jordan, P Saverio Rocca, WR Jason Avant, C Nick Cole, LB Omar Gaither, LB Chris Gocong, CB Ellis Hobbs, G Max Jean-Gilles, TE Alex Smith, FB Leonard Weaver.
What to expect: There are questions on the offensive line, but overall, the Eagles are in a prime situation to improve their defense, particularly up front and at safety. Remember, they have quarterbacks to dangle as trade bait and really do not have any unrestricted guys that they need to bring back. This is a possible landing spot for Julius Peppers and he would be terrific on the opposite side of Trent Cole, who is among the most underrated players in the game and could blow up with someone taking pass protection attention away from his side. Count on the Eagles being aggressive in the free-agent and/or trade market. It might just be enough to get them that ever elusive Lombardi trophy. Stranger things have happened.
Potential unrestricted free agents: LS Ethan Albright, DE Phillip Daniels, T Levi Jones, C Casey Rabach,
P Hunter Smith, T Mike Williams, DE Renaldo Wynn, TE Todd Yoder.
Potential restricted free agents: DE Lorenzo Alexander, T Stephon Heyer, LB Chris Wilson, QB Jason Campbell, S Reed Doughty, DT Kedric Golston, LB Rocky McIntosh, DT Anthony Montgomery, C Will Montgomery, CB Carlos Rogers.
What to expect: This is a difficult team to get a grasp on in terms of what they might do in free agency, but I think it is safe to say that ownership will not hold Mike Shanahan and company back from opening up the check book and signing (and even overpaying) players whom they desire. It would be wise for Washington to have an excellent idea of what they are going to do with the fourth overall draft pick in terms of going quarterback or offensive tackle before really devising a free-agency plan. Rebuilding the offensive line is a must and Shanahan needs lighter, quicker (and younger) linemen than are on the roster. A running back they can trust wouldn’t hurt either, although it looks as though Clinton Portis will return, which they may regret. But don’t forget, this is a team that -- unwisely in my opinion -- is switching to a 3-4 scheme, so inside linebacker help is required, as are defensive linemen who fit the new scheme. The Redskins have a long wish list, but also have the ownership to endorse big spending when free agency opens.
LANDOVER, Md. -- Greetings from the biggest NFC East game of the evening. I've just been handed tonight's incactives, so let me pass them along:
Redskins: Kevin Barnes, Quinton Ganther, Robert Henson, Chris Samuels, Chad Rinehart, Marko Mitchell, Anthony Montgomery, Renaldo Wynn
Eagles: Kevin Kolb (third quarterback), Dimitri Patterson, Joe Mays, Mike McGlynn, Max Jean-Gilles, Kevin Curtis, Victor Abiamiri, Omar Gaither
Eagles coach Andy Reid obviously has a lot of faith that left guard Todd Herremans is fully recovered. I'll be interested to see if Stacy Andrews gets any reps at right guard. Something tells me that we won't see tonight.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants will be thin at cornerback and heavy on wide receivers. I just secured a copy of the inactives and it appears that Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster and undrafted rookie Bruce Johnson will be the only cornerbacks in uniform Sunday.
In a surprise move, the Giants will take six receivers into today's game. Rookie Ramses Barden is the only receiver on the 53-man roster who's not active. Here's the complete list of Giants inactives:
WR Ramses Barden, CB Aaron Ross, T Adam Koets, T Tutan Reyes, T Guy Whimper, DL Leger Douzable, LB Clint Sintim
The Washington Redskins put reserve running back Marcus Mason on the inactive list. He's had an excellent preseason, but Jim Zorn decided he couldn't take more than three running backs to the game. Here are the other inactives for the Redskins:
RB Marcus Mason, CB Kevin Barnes, C/G Edwin Williams, LB Robert Henson, G Chad Rinehart, T/G D'Anthony Batiste, DT Anthony Montgomery, Renaldo Wynn.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Washington Redskins defensive tackle Kedric Golston has signed his tender with the club, according to The Washington Post. Golston and Anthony Montgomery will provide depth behind Albert Haynesworth and Cornelius Griffin.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
The Redskins could end up playing short-handed on defense Sunday against the Giants. Starting defensive end Andre Carter and middle linebacker London Fletcher both had MRIs on their feet Monday and left Redskins Park wearing walking boots.
Fletcher has a contusion and sprain in the lower part of his left foot and Carter has a sprain of his right plantar fascia. The Redskins need both players to have a shot at slowing down the league's best rushing offense. From talking to people with the team, Fletcher's experiencing more pain than Carter. That said, I'd be surprised if they didn't find a way to play Sunday.
In other injury news, defensive tackle Kedric Golston could miss Sunday's game with a bone spur in his foot. We already know that linebacker Marcus Washington (ankle) will miss the game, but defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery should return to the lineup.
There's a much better outlook on offense, but it won't matter if the Redskins give up 30 points to the Giants. And the Giants score 30 on pretty much anyone. Ask the Ravens, Cardinals, Eagles and Cowboys about that.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Even though I'm attending Camp Marshmallow with Wade Phillips and the Cowboys, that doesn't mean I've forgotten about the other three teams in the division. Let's take a virtual trip to the Northeast to catch up with the Eagles, Giants and Redskins:
- "Longtime" Hashmarks reader Clark Judge checks in from Bethlehem, where he bumped into veteran safety Brian Dawkins. Clark thinks the Eagles' best hope of a playoff run is to improve on defense.
- There's been a Jerome McDougle sighting at Eagles camp. Nick Fierro of the Gloucester County Times says the former first-round pick is clawing at a final roster spot.
- Phil Anastasia of the Inquirer says the Eagles' young linebackers have the ability to make plays, but it's time to take the next step.
- Les Bowen takes a break from Eagletariat duties to discuss two backup defensive ends who need to break through this season. And I love it when Les writes about unicorns.
- The Giants have somehow managed to retain the chip on their collective shoulder. Donnie Banks stopped by camp in Albany and talked to several players who aren't feeling the love. It's exactly what center Shaun O'Hara told me in the offseason. He heard ESPN analysts ranking the Cowboys ahead of the Giants, and was baffled by it. Haven't we been down this path before?
- Tom Coughlin thinks Plaxico Burress' ankle injury is legit. Wouldn't you like to know what he really thinks? It just seems so unbelievably convenient to be nursing an ankle injury during a contract dispute.
- George Vecsey talks about how Coughlin made some important changes last offseason that paid huge dividends. I'm still shocked that Coughlin actually asked local media members what their perception of him was. Do you think Tuna would've ever done that? But whatever he did worked.
- When in doubt, go talk to Antonio Pierce. He's one of the best quotes in the game.
- Eli Manning is working on the deep ball, and my man O'Hara isn't particularly excited about that.
- Starting defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery suffered a broken bone in his right hand during a scrimmage Saturday. He's expected to be out for 10 days. In practices, you hear coaches screaming for players to stay on their feet. When you see a big pileup, it's easy for someone to have their hand stepped on. You have a lot of awkward falls when you mix veterans with a lot of young players. There's a rhythm that occurs when an offensive line and a defensive line have practiced against each other for a while. That rhythm is usually absent early in training camp.
- George Solomon of the Post talks about the star power that Jason Taylor brings to D.C.
- Safety Reed Doughty has overcome a hearing problem that nearly short-circuited his career.