• Learn what “runnin through the okra patch” means.
• In his Monday Morning QB column, Peter King says there’s “little doubt” RG3 will play Week 1.
• Rich Tandler has a good piece up on Barry Cofield. However, one line caught my eye:
Cofield does not fit the traditional mold of an NFL nose tackle in terms of size. The mold, in fact, is substantially larger than he is. Cofield is listed at 6-feet-4 and 318 pounds, a few inches taller and a few dozen pounds lighter than the prototype.
When the Redskins signed Cofield, the prototype was what Rich is describing. However, that is changing to some degree. Here are the heights/weights of all the 3-4 NTs across the league. Most 3-4 teams still employ the big-bodied space eater, but a growing number of 3-4 teams are gravitating toward smaller, more athletic NTs. Cofield is only 5 pounds lighter than the average.
The Cowboys, Texans, and Skins could be viewed as trend setters at NT. Cofield played at a high level last season, especially during the Skins’ 7-game win streak.
• Hakeem Nicks is alive and will report to Giants minicamp today, per Steve Wyche of NFL Network. Victor Cruz won’t be there, however, because while the camp is mandatory, Cruz does not have a signed contract in place.
• Josh Brent is not “RKG,” which is Jason Garrett’s acronym for the “Right Kind of Guy.” I believe the Cowboys legitimately do want good character guys in their locker room, based on their leaked draft board, which omitted several good players with character issues. Apparently, the Cowboys think Brent can still contribute, which is why he’s still around. Jerry Jones does not like drafting defensive linemen, and if Brent is gone, that’s a position they’d almost certainly have to address in next year’s draft.
• The Cowboys signed DT Jeris Pendleton, who played a few snaps with the Jags last year. Weird player. He was drafted in 2012 and turns 30 in November.
• Calvin Watkins of ESPN listed 5 free agents who could be of interest to the Cowboys and their $9.7 million in cap space. Personally, I think the smart move would be to roll as much of that money as they can into the 2014, to help offset some of their 2014 cap mess.
• Any time you heard Lane Johnson’s name come up during the pre-draft process and somebody talked about him at length, the fact that he played QB in junior college always seemed to come up. It took some digging, but I found his college passing numbers:
He threw an INT every 8.7 passes.
• Tommy shared his thoughts on the Vick-Foles QB competition. Love this line:
We’ve got Vick vs Foles, with a dash of Barkley thrown in. Dixon and Kinne are there, but realistically they are on the outside looking in. So who is winning?Nick Foles.
That’s great news for Foles fans, but it doesn’t mean much. It is the equivalent of leading the Indy 500 after 12 laps.