NFC East: desmond bishop

Links: Matt Barkley's progress

June, 21, 2013
Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have cut ties with defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.

DeMarcus Ware came in at No. 12 on NFL Network's list of the top 100 players.

New York Giants

Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: "Victor Cruz spent his offseason sitting for photo shoots, walking on red carpets, and even posing with a giant donut for National Donut Day. While his teammates were working hard at the Meadowlands, he was a fixture on the celebrity scene. That’s what the public saw during Cruz’s long contract stand-off with the Giants over the last four months. Sean Donellan saw something different. He saw Cruz sweat."

Free-agent linebacker Desmond Bishop said Thursday the Giants have expressed interest.

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur addresses quarterback Matt Barkley's progress this offseason.

Geoff Mosher of Sporting News: "[Chip] Kelly could be the next Bill Walsh -- or the next Steve Spurrier. The Eagles, who have never won a Super Bowl, are willing to take that risk to find out."

Washington Redskins

In case Robert Griffin III isn't ready to go, Kirk Cousins is preparing as if he'll be the starter at quarterback in Week 1. Cousins: “Robert’s looking awfully good for only being whatever it is, six months into the injury. He’s moving around really well, and I have high expectations for him. I know he has even higher expectations for himself, and we’ll just play it as it goes. But my mindset has to be that I need to approach it like I’m gonna start Week 1."

Speaking of Griffin, the quarterback is No. 15 on NFL Network's top 100 list.

Quick Take: Giants at Packers

January, 8, 2012
Three things to know about next Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game between the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

1. So soon? The Giants and the Packers played each other Dec. 4 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It was one of the more entertaining games of this NFL season. The Giants tied the game at 35-35 with 58 seconds to go on a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Hakeem Nicks, but Aaron Rodgers marched the Packers right down the field and into range for a game-winning field goal from Mason Crosby. The Giants’ takeaway from that game is the knowledge that they can score with the Packers, which is no small thing. The key will be to get more pressure on Rodgers than they did last time, because that game also proved that Green Bay’s excellent receivers can burn the Giants’ secondary if given any time at all.

2. Rest vs. repetition. The Packers finished 15-1 to claim the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs and earn a first-round bye. That means they will have had two full weeks off since their last game by the time Sunday’s game kicks off at 4:30 pm ET. Rodgers, who sat out the Week 17 victory over Detroit, will have had three full weeks off. The Giants, meanwhile, had to win their final two games just to get into the playoffs and have therefore effectively been playing under postseason pressure for three weeks in a row. Will the Packers be rusty? Will the Giants be worn out? It’s an age-old debate as to how much rest helps at this time of year. Historically, teams that get first-round byes perform very well in their first playoff games. But last year, the No. 1 seeds in both conferences lost their first postseason games -- Atlanta to the Packers and New England to the Jets.

3. Packing more punch? The Giants rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries in the December game -- one of their most successful rushing efforts of the season. But the Packers that day were without linebackers Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk. The Giants ranked 32nd in the league this year in rushing yards, but have been far more effective on the ground over their last six games. We’ll see if the return of those Green Bay linebackers makes it more difficult for the Giants to run the ball, or if they really did something in that Dec. 4 game that has been working since.