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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
How I See It: NFC East Stock Watch

By Matt Mosley

NFC Stock Watch: East | West | North | South AFC: East | West | North | South

FALLING

1. Joe DeCamillis, special-teams coach, Dallas Cowboys: DeCamillis convinced head coach Wade Phillips that he needed Jesse Holley on special teams, and then the former reality TV show star flopped at a crucial moment. With Brett Favre and the Vikings' offense struggling throughout much of the first half, Percy Harvin opened the second half with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. DeCamillis had vowed that something like that wouldn't happen again following a 73-yard return by the Titans the previous Sunday. Then a nice return by Dez Bryant was wiped out in the second half because of a holding penalty on Alan Ball. The special teams for the Cowboys have been awful this season.

2. Mike Jenkins, cornerback, Dallas Cowboys: He's supposed to be an elite player in the league, but he's being exposed on a weekly basis. He grabs a fistful of jersey when there's no need. And it looks like opposing teams are starting to target him. We were probably too quick to move Jenkins past veteran Terence Newman in the pecking order.

3. Graham Gano, kicker, Washington Redskins: I don't want to let the Skins' secondary off the hook, but that miss from 48 yards at the end of the first half was a huge momentum killer. If you're down a touchdown at the half instead of 10 points, there's a totally different mindset. Gano's had his moments this season, but that wasn't a good one.

RISING

Kevin Kolb
Kevin Kolb had a quarterback rating of 133.6 against the Falcons.
1. Kevin Kolb, quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles: He was 23-of-29 for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Kolb has completed 73.3 percent of his passes over the past two games. He's running Andy Reid's West Coast offense to perfection, and that's why the coach will have an interesting decision to make once Michael Vick's healthy. For now, though, Kolb is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league.

2. Jeremy Maclin, wide receiver, Philadelphia Eagles: When DeSean Jackson had to leave the game following that devastating hit, Maclin took over the game. He and Kolb have had an excellent rapport the past two games. I could see Maclin going off against the Titans on Sunday.

3. Osi Umenyiora, defensive end, New York Giants: I'm not sure how Osi Umenyiora's remarkable season is sort of flying under the radar. He already has eight sacks and a stunning seven forced fumbles. New defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has put Umenyiora in position to succeed, and he's obviously responded. And when Mathias Kiwanuka went down with a neck injury, Umenyiora lifted his game even more. Umenyiora and Tuck are a lethal combination right now.