NFC East: jared green

Redskins mailbag: Part 1

October, 11, 2013
Another round of Friday mailbag questions, ranging from corner David Amerson to Bacarri Rambo's future as an impact player, with some talk on the 4-3 and hurry-up offense mixed in. All questions were compiled via Twitter (using the hashtag #Redskinsmailbag). Part 2 will run Saturday.

Morning. Hey, did you see Vince Young signed with the Packers? Good for him. I'll always remember with fondness and gratitude the contribution he made to the NFC East blog during his brief but remarkably newsy time in our division. May all of his and his team's dreams come true.

On to the links.

New York Giants

Hakeem Nicks said he plans to practice today, after missing last week's practices with a groin injury, and that he's well aware of how much he has riding on a healthy 2013 season.

What can something as simple as an autograph from a professional athlete mean to a fan? Giants punter Steve Weatherford found out, if he didn't know already.

Philadelphia Eagles

The plan is for top draft pick Lane Johnson to play right tackle in Philadelphia this year but left tackle in the long run or in a pinch, which is why he's working at both spots during this training camp.

The signing of Felix Jones could have been the end for reserve running back Chris Polk's time with the Eagles, but Polk has responded with a strong camp as he works to hold off Jones and defend his spot.

Washington Redskins

Two key veterans -- DeAngelo Hall and Brandon Meriweather -- returned to Redskins practice from their injuries. It appears the Redskins dodged a bullet with Hall, whose sprained ankle seemed more worrisome at the time than it turned out to be.

With Robert Griffin III still working his way back from knee surgery, it's going to be Kirk Cousins under center for the Redskins in their preseason games. His teammates are comfortable with that.

Dallas Cowboys

Todd Archer examines the ways in which Sunday's preseason opener was different for Jason Garrett with Bill Callahan calling the offensive plays.

Jared Green, the son of Redskins great Darrell Green, is a long shot to make the Cowboys' roster as a wide receiver, but he and his dad are working on it.
Hope you guys didn't miss me too much yesterday. I was out buying a wedding gift for a professional football player who's making $7 million a year in salary, plus endorsement money from Adidas and Subway, and didn't invite me to the wedding. Oh no, wait. I wasn't doing that. You'd have to have a serious screw loose to do something like that.



Dallas Cowboys

If you thought the Doug Free situation took too long to resolve itself this offseason, don't worry about a repeat. Free's new contract is structured in such a way that requires a much quicker decision by the Cowboys in 2014.

I was in college in Washington, D.C. when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI. Jared Green was 2-years old and sitting on his father's shoulder in a postgame celebration. Darrell Green is expecting his son to return the favor should Jared and the Cowboys find their way to the Super Bowl this season.

New York Giants

Tom Coughlin's recently published book, "Earn the Right to Win," is being studied by college football coaches at Arizona State University. Coughlin has said many times on his book tour that the book isn't football-specific and includes life lessons as well. I personally have yet to read it.

Giants draft pick Cooper Taylor has already overcome a serious health scare on his way to the NFL. He's one of the picks about which I get asked about the most, and he's intriguing for this reason as well as the question of how he fits into the Giants' defense.

Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles took more first-team snaps than Michael Vick did in Monday's practice. This clearly means Vick's hold on the starting quarterback job is slipping away in record time and that his career is nearing an ugly end. I'm kidding, of course. This doesn't mean that. It means it's mid-May, and Chip Kelly's using practices to find out as much as he can about all of his players. But we'll keep you posted.

Running back LeSean McCoy left practice early due to a knee issue of some sort, but again. May. Anything that doesn't feel 100 percent right at this point in the year is reason enough to stop working so as not to make it worse.

Washington Redskins

Redskins GM Bruce Allen says he's hearing positive reports and has reason for optimism, but that it's too early to tell when quarterback Robert Griffin III will be fully recovered from his offseason knee surgery and cleared to play. This is, of course, the responsible thing to say and the only thing anyone should be saying right now about Griffin's knee. No word from Allen on how ticked off he was to go on Griffin's wedding registry and find out that some fan had already bought the food processor.

It's also too early to tell who's going to play free safety for the Redskins this year, though Tarik El-Bashir has the scoop on the candidates for the job.