Agreed with Keim here – Never really saw Banks as a bubble guy. He’s one of the better returners in the league. On a side note, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I didn’t know that Danny Smith was the Skins’ special teams coordinator, and has been since 2004?!? How’d I not know that? I remember him being the Eagles special teams coach back in the late 90’s and my dad yelling at the TV every week that he should be fired.
This is about the Redskins’ depth at WR. When you think about the best WR corps in the division, the discussion always beings by saying “Well, the Redskins are obviously last, let’s just look at the other 3 teams.” While the Eagles now have by far and away the best group in the division (and maybe the league), the Skins have closed the gap in a major way on the Cowboys and Giants.
The Skins cut K Shayne Graham. You have to have a really bad camp to lose a kicking competition to Graham Gano after just one preseason game.
Brian reviews the Redskins’ bumps and bruises, which is all they really have. The NFC East, as a whole, has stayed mostly injury free this offseason. So far, the only major injury was suffered by CB Bruce Johnson of the Giants, a bubble player. The Eagles also had a bigtime scare with Mike Patterson, but it appears he’ll be a go for the start of the season, and the ongoing Jeremy Maclin mystery sickness episode drags on.
Rex Grossman is going to start Week 1, and not just because he lit up the Steelers this weekend. Love the picture in Jones’ story here, too. It looks like Terrence Austin is saying “I’ll catch this pass, but I’m mad at you and I’m not going to look at you.”
On a side note from these links, I’m very bullish on the Redskins this year. Just thought I’d throw that out there.
(Eagles, Giants, and Cowboys news after the jump)…
All offseason, the mantra about the Eagles D has been that it will be “simplified,” and I think people to take that to mean “less blitzing.” Don’t count on it. In camp, it’s pretty clear that blitzing… a lot… will be part of the new Juan Castillo defense.
Apparently, the Bears kicked off from the 30 instead of the 35 twice in their first preseason game. Coach Lovie Smith said the Bears were merely trying to evaluate their kick coverage team, and not protesting the new rule, which they’ve openly whined about in the past. My official statement on this: Eff the Bears. Eff them right in the ear.
If it comes down to Hunt vs. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, there’s no doubt in my mind that Hunt has legitimately won that battle in camp.
It seems to be a nice mix of personalities.
So far, he’s 2-2 on FG attempts.
An explanation of practice squad rules and which Eagles are eligible. Nice reference post.
Yes, Saturday night’s game was a hard one to watch. The Carolina Panthers are a team in transition with a new coach, young QBs and played without a good half-dozen of their veteran starters. They were expected to be a bit behind in preseason considering those circumstances.
The Giants, on the other hand, have few excuses. The defense played fairly well, but the offense and special teams raised eyebrows with their inefficient play. For a team that has so many returning veterans, this opening game left a lot to be desired.
The Giants looked downright bad in their first preseason game.
“No deal has been reworked,” Umenyiora wrote to the AP. “What has been offered has been unacceptable and shows they don’t really respect the fact I sacrifice my health for the franchise.
“I will play under my current deal because I love and respect my coaches, my teammates, the fans and myself. Not for those incentives.”
We can’t close our eyes to the plight of Osi Umenyiora. Kids, are you noticing all this plight?
He missed an easy one this weekend, but it’s not like Tynes is a bad kicker. With all the bad things happening with the G Men right now, peoplemay be inclined to have a quick-twitch reaction to Tynes, but that’s the least of their worries.
The rookie forced a fumble this weekend against the Panthers. He might be the Giants best addition this offseason. That’s right – An undrafted rookie free agent might be the Giants’ best offseason acquisition this offseason.
It’s about time somebody got this kid on the field. I’ve been impressed with the limited action I’ve seen Butler get in previous years, but for some reason Anthony Spencer never came off the field. It appears that Rex Ryan is going to put Butler, Spencer, and DeMarcus Ware on the field at the same time, which makes sense.
Two for Orsborn today.
Demeaning forms of rookie hazing such as veterans administering bizarre haircuts will not be permitted while Jason Garrett is coach of the Cowboys.
“The young guys are part of our team,” Garrett said, “and they certainly need to get themselves acclimated in a lot of different ways, and our veteran players are in charge of welcoming them to the NFL in a very positive way.
“There’s not going to be anything demeaning in any way that a rookie has to do. We don’t believe in that.”
Wait a second. Doesn’t this stance kind of conflict with the whole “They have to earn their stars” thing?
I don’t think anybody likes the new rules.