– Morris Claiborne signed. There really weren’t are good reasons why his deal wouldn’t get done before the start of camp. Still… minor sigh of relief from the Cowboys faithful. More good news for Cowboys fans: Mike Jenkins reportedly won’t be a camp holdout. And finally, on the Cowboys CB front, some relevant news from around the league. Lions projected starting CB Aaron Berry was arrested for the 2nd time in a month. That’ll be a suspension. The Lions probably think they can win this year. I’m sure they lobbed in a call or two to Jerry Jones about Mike Jenkins after the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne. Wonder if they’ll turn up the heat a little there.
– Visanthe Shiancoe is scheduled to work out with the Eagles today, and Jeremy Shockey is reportedly drawing the Eagles’ interest as well. Clay Harbor, you are officially being challenged by the Eagles’ front office. While I’m open about my loyalties to the Eagles, I don’t mention it all that often here, and try to avoid openly rooting for things I want / don’t want their front office to do. However, I’m going to make a quick exception in the case of Jeremy Shockey… DON’T WANT.
– However, one player that would interest me as an Eagle fan is Mat McBriar. McBriar is not a hang-time guy, but he has this weird flip-floppy end-over-end motion (but with a forward rotation) that returners have trouble fielding. This leads to returners calling for a lot of fair catches rather than risk a muff. However, there have been questions as to his ability as a holder. Still, he’s a deserved 2-time Pro Bowl punter, and at the very least, it’ll force incumbent Chas Henry, should he keep his job, to legitimately win the job instead of running unopposed.
– Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com tried to sort out the Redskins’ RB situation. I’ll take exception with one remark:
We went back to watch every Royster snap and he was unremarkable despite impressive numbers.
We’re not talking about Barry Sanders here, so I agree that in some regards he was “unremarkable.” But I happened to watch every snap of Royster’s as well, and he did run very hard and broke a dozen or so tackles. I’m not sure if Rosenthal just prefers a certain style of runner, but I came away very impressed with Royster in those two games.
– New RealRedskins.com and CSN Washington beat writer Tarik El-Bashir spoke with Brandon Banks, who is “ready and excited” to battle for a job in camp. Once again, I’ll take exception with one little nugget:
The 24-year-old is well established as a punt and kick off returner, having filled that role each of the past two seasons in Washington. Now, though, the diminutive fan favorite has about a month to prove he can run routes, overcome his size disadvantage, find openings in coverage and, of course, snag Robert Griffin III’s powerful passes, too.
If by “well established as a punt and kickoff returner,” he means that he’s been doing it for a while, then we agree. However, Banks was a walking disaster waiting to happen all last season as a returner. He muffed or fumbled 7 returns, which is about as awful as awful gets.
– Great comeback by Eli Manning, who made light of Amani Toomer’s comments that Tony Romo is better than Eli. Eli joked that Ike Hilliard was a better receiver than Toomer.