NFC East Blog
Chip Kelly continued turning the Philadelphia Eagles into University of Oregon-East on Tuesday. The Eagles acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick, bringing the total of former Ducks on the Eagles' current roster to nine.
Barner is a small-but-exciting player. He was drafted in the sixth round last year but saw only six carries in Carolina. As a senior at Oregon in 2012, Barner gained more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 23 touchdowns while being coached by Kelly.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took several hard hits near the end of scrambles in Monday night's preseason game against the Browns and came away with a bruised leg, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself," head coach Jay Gruden said after the game. "He's got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better."
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham has missed almost four weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury, and now may have re-aggravated the strain. During practice Tuesday, NJ.com's Jordan Raanan reports that Beckham pulled up during 7-on-7 drills, then jogged very slowly over to the sideline and stayed there for the duration of practice. Head coach Tom Coughlin insisted that Beckham didn't suffer a setback, but the beat reporter saw things differently.
Rookie wideout Odell Beckham has been ruled out for the Giants' third preseason game due to a hamstring injury. Beckham appeared to re-injure the hamstring at practice on Monday, despite his coaching staff's denial of a setback with the hamstring injury that had kept Beckham out of practice for almost a month. He has not played in a preseason game.
After the past couple of weeks sidelined due to an ankle injury that had him in a walking boot for a few days, Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is back at practice. He actually made his return to full activity Sunday and followed it up with another full practice Monday.
Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy also went through Monday's practice despite some minor injuries. McCoy reportedly has a "small version of turf toe" while Maclin had been bothered by a sore hamstring.
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy practiced Monday, but that doesn't mean he is entirely healthy. McCoy said he has a "small version of turf toe" after he injured the big toe on his left foot during a joint practice with the Patriots last week.
McCoy underwent an MRI and an X-ray on the toe, which he said was "really, really hurting pretty bad" on Sunday. He also has no problem taking some time off if the pain gets too intense.
"If it hurts too much, I'll shut it down," McCoy said. "I warmed up [Monday] and it felt good. I can feel it still, but I pushed through it. In this league, you have to learn how to play through pain if you can."
McCoy said he expects to play Thursday versus the Steelers, but he likely won't get many reps.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo wants to get WItten the ball "in space" this season, according to CBS Sports. Romo believes that the Cowboys' offensive line is good enough this year to free up WItten from blocking duties. Romo wants to hit the big TE on more short and intermediate routes, and use him for his receiving more than his pass-protection talents. Last year WItten took 73 receptions for 851 yards and eight touchdowns.
Redskins beat writer Rich Tandler has heaped praise onto RB Alfred Morris saying he has looked 'very sharp' throughout training camp and that he's "mastered the one-cut style of running". Tandler goes on to say that "it would not shock me if he has a better year than he did in 2012." This of course is a very bold prediction as Morris was a rookie who had over 300 carries, rushing for 1406 yards and putting up 10 TDs.
Maclin has been beating Revis consistently in 1-on-1 drills at the Eagles-Patriots joint practices this week, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane. Maclin missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL, but appears fully rehabilitated and ready to play. He returns to an Eagles roster that is thin at WR, with former star WR DeSean Jackson departed to the Washington Redskins.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he sees Murray "as the leader of a committee," according to Jason LaCanfora via Twitter. Garrett continued his comments to say that Murray also has "bellcow traits." Murray carried the ball 217 times and caught 53 passes last year, for 1,471 total yards.