Random notes around the NFC East: Barry Cofield & undersized NTs, Nicks/Cruz, possible Cowboys FA targets, and Lane Johnson’s college QB numbers

Redskins

• 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.

NT weights

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

Giants

• 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.

Cowboys

• 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.

Eagles

• 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:

Lane Johnson 3

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.

Good read.

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    Vick was the ultimate tease. Now he is simply a injury prone turnover machine whose best days are long gone. Even if you like Vick to start the season, you know he will not finish it. Not sure he makes the team. Not kidding

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  25. AJ says:

    Maybe this isn’t the right forum for this, but how is Brent still in the picture. He should be facing time somewhere. This just blows my mind when considering what happened to Vick.

    1. SteveH says:

      Yeah… isn’t he pretty much a lock to be going to jail? There’s a pretty air tight case against him for manslaughter. Why would you want him around anyhow? The guy has repeatedly violated the terms of his pre-trial release and just got caught for marijuana too. That after killing one of his teammates. I wouldn’t want this guy anywhere near my locker room.

  26. Pitteagle says:

    Why are the cowboys considered trend setters at NT aren’t they a 4-3?

    1. VRFC8 says:

      You have a NT and UT in the 4-3….

    2. deg0ey says:

      And they spent how many seasons with Jay Ratliff (who would be around the same size as Earl Mitchell) as a 3-4 NT?

  27. you could probably throw in Jesse Williams to your list at NT for NO…….he kinda upsets the trend..makes you think that maybe he thought he needs a space eater at NT to make his system work….

  28. Ryan says:

    Vick needs to undo 9 1/2 years of bad QB play and harness that 1/2 season that was really good. He can do it, he just needs a full off season as the starter.

  29. Dan in Philly says:

    No one knows who will win the QB competition. I suspect, though, that parts of the QB training in the OTAs were designed to highlight Vick and Foles weaknesses. Foles needs to work on the read option,Vick on getting the ball out of hos hands sooner.

    1. VRFC8 says:

      Rather my QB be able to read a D and pass quickly than run faster….

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