NFC East Blog
Wilson is undergoing tests after sustaining a "burner" in his surgically repaired neck during Tuesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Kimberly Jones. Wilson missed 11 games last year after suffering a serious neck injury that had many questioning his ability to ever return to the field. Wilson was cleared last week to participate in camp, but only made it through a few days of practices before this problem flared up.
The Giants aren't expecting a just bounce-back year from quarterback Eli Manning. They are setting a goal for him that most NFL quarterbacks, including his brother, have never achieved: They want Manning's completion percentage to hit 70.
"It hasn't been done very often, so that's the ultimate goal," quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf said Monday. "I think it's been done eight or nine times, maybe? That's an impressive statistic in the history of the league. So that's what we're gunning for, that 70 percent."
Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski had the 411 from Eagles camp on Sunday:
"Eagles running backs are dominating in the passing game in camp so far. Nobody can cover them, and they're racking up an absurd number of receptions. The question then becomes, are they dominating because they're just really good, or because the Eagles' linebackers don't have the ability to stick with them? It's probably a combination of both."
During a post-practice interview Robert Griffin III said, "When you start off Day 1, by Day 5, you need to be a better football team, and I think that's happening. It's not just offense, but defense, special teams. I think we're coming together, and that's what you want to see throughout camp." If last year is any testament, the Redskins have a lot of room for improvement and some of it starts with the quarterback. Offensive coordinator Sean McVay has said, "I think he's done a really good job on working on his mechanics, his footwork and his delivery." The Redskins are coming off a 3-13 season and can only move upward.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden doesn't want to restrain his mobile quarterback, Robert Griffin III. If he needs to run, Gruden wants him to do so. But Gruden has made it clear that most of the plays will call for Griffin to do something other than run first.
Gruden said on "NFL AM" last week that designed runs for Griffin might be "few and far between" this season. However, if the play breaks down, Gruden knows that Griffin will be off.
"As far as [Griffin] running in the pocket, quarterbacks make those decisions, not me," Gruden said. "On game day, it's hard for me to tell them, 'Stay in the pocket -- don't scramble!' But we'll have some designed plays where we get him outside, let him use his legs. Obviously, it would be stupid not to."
This Sunday night the Bills and Giants will be facing each other in a head-to-head matchup. Both teams are required to release a roster and this raises some interesting questions at the tight end position for the Giants. Larry Donnell, the second year tight end out of Grambling state, only caught three balls last year. The sophomore tight end is unproven in the NFL and came onto the team as an undrafted rookie in 2013.
Gavin Escobar is a second year tight end that has been turning some heads at Cowboys' practice. As a 6'6" tight end, he's been lining up as a wideout. In an attempt to get the sophomore tight end more involved in the offense, the Cowboys are doing everything possible. In 2013 Escobar only had nine receptions, but totaled 134 yards and two touchdowns. Escobar is still behind veteran Jason Witten, but the pass-happy Cowboys will be involving Escobar in unconventional ways, possibly opening him up for some big plays.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is already irked that rookie wide receiver Odell Bekcham hasn't been able to practice since Tuesday because of a balky hamstring. In that case, no one should tell him this: Beckham won't practice for at least another week.
Beckham underwent some tests on his hamstring Monday. The good news is the tests came back negative, but according to Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr of NJ.com, Beckham is expected to be sidelined for at least another week.
Playoff failures aside, Tony Romo has been a very productive quarterback over the course of the past seven or eight seasons. But now, at the age of 34 and coming off his second back surgery in as many years, Romo says he has finally become the player he's always wanted to be. Because of that, "I think over the course of the next four or five years, you'll see the best version of me that I've had throughout my career," Romo told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Dez Bryant said in a post-practice interview, "Truthfully, to be honest, I feel like, man, I'm still rising." The fifth year wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is entering a contract year and will be working as hard as ever to keep on improving himself. At 25 years old, he is the Cowboy's oldest wide receiver and is seen as role model to the other wideouts. In the 2013 season, Bryant totaled 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns. In an offense that could very rarely produce at a consistent level in 2013, Bryant was the lone star.