Notes from around the NFC East: Trent Williams is killing it at Skins camp, and a Miles Austin vs. Mike Wallace debate

– There are a few more additions to the NFC East injury roundup.  Guard/Center Bill Nagy has a high ankle sprain.  He’s not going to practice again “anytime soon.”  The Cowboys are already down a starting guard in Mackenzy Bernadeau, and were already very thin as far as OL depth goes.  Nagy was going to be competition for Phil Costa at center, and failing that, he’d at least serve as depth at guard.

– Giants safety Tyler Sash was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance.  He’ll miss the first four games of the season.  “Deon Grant, Jerry Reese is on Line 1.”

– Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News said that he would trade Miles Austin straight up for Mike Wallace.

Rick Gosselin: I’d trade Miles Austin for Mike Wallace straight up right now. Wallace is younger, faster and, lately, far more dynamic. But the Steelers wouldn’t make that trade. Stop it with the Felix Jones talk. Do you think a Super Bowl contender like the Steelers would trade their best offensive weapon to the Cowboys for a backup running back? C’mon, be realistic with all these trade talks. To get something you have to give something. No collection of backup players is going to land a Pro Bowl wide receiver.

Ignoring contract details and simply looking at the production of both players over their careers thus far, I figured that to be kind of a “No shit, Sherlock” kind of statement (no offense, Gosselin… you’re my boy).  But it kind of upset some Cowboys fans.  Miles Austin has been in the league 6 years.  Mike Wallace has been in the league for 3.  Austin has just 88 more career receiving yards.    As Gosselin notes correctly, “Wallace is younger, faster and, lately, far more dynamic.”  I would also like to add that he has never missed a game, while Austin has struggled staying healthy his entire career.  I like Miles Austin… a lot… but there’s really no debate here… Right?


– Apparently, Trent Williams is killing it at Redskins camp, per Dan Graziano.  A sampling of some RDEs/ROLBs the Redskins’ LT will face this season: Adrian Clayborn (7.5 sacks, 3 FF), John Abraham (9.5 sacks, 4 FF), Jared Allen (22 sacks, 4 FF), Jason Pierre-Paul x2 (16.5 sacks, 2 FF), James Harrison (9 sacks, 2 FF), Charles Johnson (9 sacks, 1 FF), Trent Cole x2 (11 sacks, 1 FF), and DeMarcus Ware x2 (19.5 sacks, 2 FF).  The Redskins need him, badly, to play this season like the star he can be.  Great sign for Skins fans.

– I’ll be back at Eagles camp this afternoon and for the rest of the week.  Apologies to my Cows/Skins/Giants readers for the minimal coverage over the last week or so.  I’ll be at Giants camp next week, and should have a similar level of coverage of them as I’ve had here for the Eagles, and it should even out a bit across the 4 teams as we get into the preseason games.


  1. Clarisse says:

    thank you very much

  2. Juz Saying says:

    Should read Mike Wallace vs Brandon Carr;O but carr Already whoop dat booty!

  3. Dez over Wallace any day,Dez is also a better punt returner than Wallace,Bigger Than Wallace & catches the deep ball & slants better than Wallace but Wallace goes across da middle better than D. Jax.

    1. Gary says:

      Dez over Wallace? Any day? Come on now.

    2. deg0ey says:

      Dude, nobody goes across the middle better than D. Jax!

      1. LucyFur3d says:

        That’s true I (we, Cowboys fans) hate D. Jax for that – but we do have Witten

      2. b roo says:

        Dunta Robinson does…

    3. BBI says:

      What has Dez EVER done (in terms of production) to be mentioned in the same breath as Mike Wallace?…and yes, I realize, Mike Wallace is not Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald.

  4. Free Plax says:

    Dallas needs to stop worrying abourt the shiny hood ornaments and fix the less glamoures positions on the team. If they trade for anyone it should be for an interior lineman. Yes Wallace is great and all but would he really make that much more of a diffrence to them. Is Wallace going to stop Romo from being sacked or is he going to play defense and help close out all those games they lost in the 4th quarter.

    To top it off they have already paid Austin and are getting the team benifits of an affordable contract, they would have to pay Wallace a kings ransom. IF Austin is healthy he and Dez are fine.

  5. McG says:

    Not sure there is a single player on the Cowboys who would provide the Steeler’s with an upgrade that the Cowboys could afford to lose. If they want Wallace they’re gonna have to pony up some draft picks. I’m thinking compensation comparable to what Miami gave up for Brandon Marshall would work (2 second round picks), though Wallace isn’t a basket case so I would be inclined to think they should ask for more than that. There are rumors they were offered a 1st round pick. I’d place Wallace’s value at a 2013 1st rounder + (fill in the blank… Miles Austin a 2014 2nd maybe).

    1. rage114 says:

      Isn’t Dez closer to Wallace in terms of what they bring to the team? I mean, they are both speedy deep threats.

      I know Austin is as well but he is also the guy that will do the dirty work: crossing routes, lining up inside, etc.

      I’m not sure if I want to give up Austin + a draft pick for Wallace. It seems to me that while they definately have a better home run threat, it does nothing for their depth and the only guy of any value on short and inside routes would be Witten….seems like it might be easier to defend them without having to worry about a guy like Austin, even if he isn’t as talented as Wallace.

      1. Trueblue63 says:

        They traded SanAntonio Holmes for a 5th

        Let’s see how desperate they get

    2. b roo says:

      Just goes to show that you shouldn’t believe rumors. Wallace was a restricted free agent with a first round tender. Any team that wanted him and was willing to give up a first just had to give him an offer sheet. Nobody did that. Nobody thinks he’s worth a first. Or at least not a first plus whatever overpriced contract demands Wallace is making. Guys like that have a tendency to drop off after getting big guaranteed money,see CJnot2K as example. I trust the Steelers evaluation that he just flat out isn’t worth how much he’s asking. Miles is a better player for the Cowboys and within their scheme when he’s healthy.

    3. LucyFur3d says:

      Did everyone see that diving catch Miles made against the 49er’s last year? One of the most beautiful catches in football history. Lemmie remind you –

      Wallace might be fast, but he cannot do that. Miles has had some injury issues in the past, but when he’s on, he’s ON. You cannot argue that. Plus he got with Kim Kardashian – I mean, come on. (what’s the sarcasm font?)

  6. Dez Bryant's Probation Officer says:

    Trent Williams lost his mellow?
    Look out NFC East!

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