ALL NFC EAST
NFC East cap overview – Brian McIntyre, Football Outsiders
Carl Nicks expects to make more than teammate Evans – Gregg Rosenthal, PFT
Nicks is squarely on the wish lists of Redskins and Cowboys fans. Evans signed a 7 year, $56.7 million deal in 2010.
Redskins aim to accentuate last year’s successful draft class with another – Mike Jones, Washington Post
I know that the general consensus among Skins fans was that their 2011 draft was “successful,” but I’m not sure I see it that way just yet. Kerrigan was obviously a very good pick, and the combo of Roy Helu and Evan Royster might turn out to be a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield, but I don’t see much in the way of production from the other draft picks just yet. Second round pick Jarvis Jenkins tore an ACL and missed all of 2011. This year will essentially be his rookie season. Leonard Hankerson, meanwhile, didn’t get onto the field until Week 7, but the last impression he left on the football field was an 8 catch, 106 yard game against Miami before he was lost for the season with a torn labrum. For now, let’s substitute “promising” for “successful.” Sorry, I’m a stickler for this kind of nit-picky detail.
Tale of the tape: Justin Blackmon vs Stanford – UkRedskin, Hogs Haven
My boy UK has been killing it all offseason with these visual breakdowns. The commentary keeps the Redskins’ needs in mind, but they’re also worth a look from fans of the other teams that care about game film evaluation of this rookie class. Much more to digest in the post, but here’s a quick sampling:
That catch put them in the red zone, where Blackmon saw double coverage.
Blackmon runs in between the two defenders and manages to gain a bit of separation coming out of his break.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden throws a very catchable ball. I believe Blackmon goes at the ball with his hands the wrong way around. Receivers will have a way they prefer to catch the ball, but from my perspective, I feel that he should have his left hand on top and his right hand supporting underneath. That way the nose of the ball would be caught between thumb and fore finger while the rest of the hand naturally wraps round the ball. The way Blackmon attempts to catch this pass means he has to pull the ball into his body to catch it.
The defender manages to disrupt the process of Blackmon bringing the ball back into his body and the ball comes loose. Luckily for Blackmon, the drop didn’t have an impact on the outcome of the game.
Pre-combine mock draft – Matt Alkire, Scouts Notebook
Speaking of Justin Blackmon… the Skins don’t get him here.
Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys after the jump…
Jacobs has a feeling Giants want him back – Justin Terranova, NY Post
I think the Giants would like to keep him too, but not at anything close to his current $4.9 million price tag. A scenario I can see playing out: Giants try to work out a drastic paycut, Jacobs balks, Giants cut Jacobs, Jacobs tests free agent waters, doesn’t find anyone willing to pay him the big bucks, Jacobs returns to NJ for a reasonable deal, everyone slobbers over Jerry Reese.
Bill Sheridan defends track record with Giants – Gregg Rosenthal, PFT
Based on the quote provided by Rosenthal, I wouldn’t classify it as “defending” his track record, but whatever.
Hue (Jackson) was scheduled to meet with Giants – Ohm, ESPN
He would have been interviewing for the QB coach position, but instead accepted a job with the Bengals before making it to NJ.
Looking backward, forward for Asante Samuel – Brian Solomon, McNabborKolb.com
Samuel has had an up and down relationship with Philly fans since he arrived in 2008. First he was an overpaid slacker, then an interception machine with a fun and outsized personality, and then a few more missed tackles landed him back on the negative side of the ledger. Through it all, though, Samuel has been a one of the best coverage cornerbacks in the NFL.
Jamar Chaney tells young players to reach for their dreams – Nicole Rodriguez, tcPalm.com
I wonder if his speech went anything like this (NSFW):
Aikman thinks football could its spot at No. 1 sport – Mike Florio, PFT
His basic argument seems to be along the lines of “Just because,” although I do most certainly agree with his point about over-saturation, with Thursday Night Football and such.
Big Board 3.0 (pre-combine) – Archie Barberio, Blogging the Boys
My boy Archie’s first post at BtB.
Darren Woodson: Rah rah speeches don’t win games – Tim MacMahon, ESPN
Woodson didn’t consider Irvin a great leader because of No. 88’s animated pregame speeches. Woodson considered Irvin a great leader because of his insane work ethic, which Irvin made sure rubbed off on his teammates.
The standard was set in Woodson’s mind one hot summer afternoon before his rookie season, when he watched Irvin run routes on the practice field until he puked, wash his mouth out with water and run more routes.