MegaLinky – August 15, 2011 – Was an undrafted rookie free agent the Giants’ best acquisition this offseason?

Eff it... I'm Rex Grossman. I'm going deep.

Bank on it: Redskins returner looking good – John Keim, Washington Examiner

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.

It’s nice to have options – Rick Snyder, Washington Examiner

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.

Graham Gano still has to solidify spot – Mike Jones, Washington Post

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.

Injury forecast mostly cloudy – Brian Tinsman, Redskins Mothership

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.

Back in action, John Beck looks for QB time with Redskins – Mike Jones, The Insider

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)…

Phillip Hunt has looked good in Eagles camp. Could he be another player to make the transition from the CFL to the NFL, a la Cameron Wake?

Eagles D turns up heat – Geoff Mosher, Courier Post

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.

New NFL rule not kicking in for Bears – Mark Perner, phillynews.com

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.

Eagles’ Hunt finds himself behind a pack of experienced DEs – Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari

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.

No static from Eagles ‘big three’ corners – Les Bowen, philly.com

It seems to be a nice mix of personalities.

Alex Henery is filling big kicking shoes in replacing David Akers as Eagles kicker – Bruce Beratti, Express-Times

So far, he’s 2-2 on FG attempts.

Practice squad eligibility – Sam Lynch, IgglesBlog

An explanation of practice squad rules and which Eagles are eligible.  Nice reference post.

The Giants' prize of free agency?

Monday morning hangover: Lots of work ahead – John Fennelly, giantsfootballblog.com

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.

Though still upset, Osi to practice today – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

“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?

Lawrence Tynes injury only a bruise, Tom Coughlin and NYG not shopping for a kicker yet – Ralph Vacchiano, NY Insider

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.

Coughlin lauds Herzlich – Paul Schwartz, NY Post

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.

Apparently it's OK for Jason Garrett to treat the rookies like they're the vets' equals, but nobody else can feel that way.

Cowboys’ Butler is poised to break out – Tom Orsborn, mysanantonio.com

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.

Cowboys crack down on rookie hazing – Tom Orsborn, mysanantonio.com

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?

Tyron Smith: I did average against Denver, I still got a lot of stuff to work on – Jon Machota, SportsDay DFW

Good attitude.

Joe DeCamillis likes the old rules – Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas

I don’t think anybody likes the new rules.

9 Comments

  1. smutsboy says:

    While the Eagles now have by far and away the best group in the division (and maybe the league)

    If this is Madden and you have injuries turned off.

      1. smutsboy says:

        I love the Eagles WR corps, but it’s a different story with Maclin out indefinitely.

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  3. AndrewM says:

    Soooo if a player doesnt earn his star by the first game does he play with a silver helmet? lol

    Also Agreed eff the Bears. just ignoring a rule because you dont like it? crazy talk.

    Henrey is having to fill HUGE shoes. Akers is one of 2 kickers who ive actually seen people wear their jersey. Id be nervous as hell if I was him

  4. Bill Ward says:

    You know, Jimmy, I actually think the Bears thing is smart; after reading that, I’d be doing the same thing in preseason from this point on if I was a HC or the STC.

    The reason is that we know that the good kickers are consistently getting the ball into or through the end zone right now from the 35. Do we need to evaluate our kick teams coverage on kicks that the other team doesn’t even have the opportunity to return? No. But what happens during the season when you start getting the “After the play, unsportsmanlike conduct” penalties for TD or FG issues (or offsides on a kickoff that requires a rekick?) You need to evaluate those sometimes marginal players who are only on the team for deep depth and teams ability. This gives you the opportunity to see them on film, in the real heat of a game (even if it is a preseason one) and with NOTHING really on the line so you can evaluate them. Say what you want about your hatred for the Bears, but that’s smart. I’d expect to see the Belicheks doing some of the same things later in the preseason where he’s trying to evaluate the last few guys making the team for their teams play. And while I recognize that kickoff coverage is only a minor part of the game, every game is guaranteed to require at least once that you do it, and most teams hope to do it MANY times every game.

  5. brisulph says:

    Giants were bad, they were sloppy, and they looked as vulnerable as always in the LB department. At least Canty and JPP looked good… who knows, JPP may turn out to be a good pick after all.

    1. Agreed, JPP looks like a bright spot (a really bright spot) in an otherwise really bad offseason.

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