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Redskins mailbag: Part 2

February, 8, 2014
Feb 8
Tried to get to as many questions as possible; tough to do. But in part 2, the topics include free-agent Bengals who might tempt Jay Gruden; Brian Orakpo; Chris Baker and positions the Redskins might target in the second round of the draft.

Eagles could use help at wide receiver

February, 7, 2013
Zach Berman is going position-by-position with the Philadelphia Eagles' roster, and today's focus is on wide receiver. The Eagles have talent there with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, but in spite of all of their skills neither has proved to be as reliable a performer as the Eagles have long hoped they would be. Could they both snap back to form, stay healthy all year and form one of the top wideout duos in the league? Possibly, but it's unlikely the Eagles can base an offseason plan on that hope, especially since they don't currently know who the quarterback is going to be:
Look for some new additions at both wide receiver and tight end. It’s a loaded free agent class, but the Eagles would need to pay big money to land Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace or Wes Welker. Victor Cruz is a restricted free agent who would cost the Eagles a pick based on his tender. Danario Alexander would be an intriguing option because of his size if he does not garner a high tender.

A big-bodied wide receiver would give the Eagles something they’re missing. Don’t expect the Eagles to spend a first-round pick on a receiver. Virginia Tech’s Marcus Davis is a big receiver who could be taken in a middle round. If the Eagles are looking for the versatile receiver to be used in different roles, few are better in the NFL than West Virginia’s Tavon Austin. Of course, he would require a pick late in the first round or early in the second round.

Much of this of course depends on new coach Chip Kelly's plan for his offense. If Jackson is going to be used, as he himself suggested last week, in a role similar to the one running back DeAnthony Thomas filled for Kelly at Oregon, then it's possible the Eagles could be looking for a more traditional big-target wideout on the outside. They'll need to focus most of their offseason energy and resources on rebuilding the defense, especially the secondary. But if they do something big on offense other than quarterback, wide receiver could indeed be the spot.

How you feeling? Cowboys-Steelers

December, 16, 2012
As the Dallas Cowboys prepare to host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:25 p.m. ET (3:25 p.m. CT) on Sunday, here's one reason for Cowboys fans to feel good about the game and one reason for concern.

Feeling good: The Steelers don't scare you the way they used to. They've lost three of their past four games, including last week's clunker against San Diego, and while Ben Roethlisberger is back from injury and presumably getting healthier by the week, the Steelers have issues at running back and on defense, where cornerback Ike Taylor is injured and won't play. If Philip Rivers and Danario Alexander were able to light up the Pittsburgh secondary last Sunday, there's no reason to think that Tony Romo and Dez Bryant can't do the same -- assuming Bryant can catch with that broken left index finger.

Cause for concern: The Cowboys' defense is in tatters. It appears cornerback Morris Claiborne will miss the game due to his concussion. And while they can fill in with Mike Jenkins and the pleasantly surprising Sterling Moore, it just eats away further at their depth on that side of the ball. They're already playing without their two starting inside linebackers, a starting safety and two starting defensive linemen. Claiborne has been improving as the season's gone along, and without him covering receivers on the back end it'll be very important for the Cowboys' pass rush to get to Roethlisberger and sack him.