Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on May 21, 2012

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 21, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Corner back Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on in disbelief after being called for pass interference in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Cowboys 24-21.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Don't take morning links posts for granted. While they aren't ground-breaking or original at this point, they give new-media journalists and bloggers a chance to tip their hats to colleagues and competitors in a fashion that didn't exist in the newspaper age.

It's a splendid way to maintain or build a coverage community based on sharing and respect. In this case, it'll give NFC East readers a chance to catch up on all of the hottest new content from around the division without having to completely leave B/R.

So join us every weekday morning. As the sun rises in the NFC East, we'll have the goods from Dallas, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.


Dallas Cowboys

With organized team activities getting underway on Tuesday, everyone in Dallas is wondering whether cornerback Mike Jenkins will be in attendance. As David Moore of the Dallas Morning News points out, the team wants everyone there as it launches an "aggressive installation."

There's still a decent chance Deon Grant ends up back in the NFC East this year, but it likely won't be with the Cowboys. The veteran safety told Sirius/XM Radio that Dallas, Detroit and the Giants were interested in him, but Calvin Watkins of shoots the Dallas possibility down pretty hard.

Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher doesn't regret questioning the team's leadership earlier this offseason. In fact, he appears to be patting himself on the back for a statement that he implies has resulted in more leadership in the locker room. 


New York Giants

Despite Osi Umenyiora's best efforts on Twitter (details from Ebenezer Samuel of the NY Daily News), Lawrence Taylor's 1991 Super Bowl ring was sold late Saturday night. Kinda sad. Who pays $230,000 for a ring that someone else earned? 

Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger profiles 26-year-old, German-born Giants rookie Markus Kuhn, who caught the American football bug while on a family vacation to Florida in his high school years. Considering the crowd at defensive line, he'll probably have to defy the odds again in order to earn a roster spot in New York.


Philadelphia Eagles

Despite a jacked up roster, the Eagles won just eight games last year. They say that a full offseason and stronger chemistry will help them live up to expectations in 2012. Good question from Dave Spadaro of How many wins can chemistry bring?

From's Sheil Kapadia: Nnamdi Asomugha says keeping Asante Samuel would have worked just fine for the Eagles. He's right. Samuel took far too much criticism for his play, and there's no guarantee that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie delivers in his place this year. 

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says there's nothing different about the way the Eagles have been conducting business, despite a perception that significant changes have been made to that approach.

However, we are seeing a lot more of Howie Roseman and a lot less of Joe Banner. More on that from Les Bowen of the Daily News.


Washington Redskins

The 'Skins start offseason activities on Monday and, as Mike Jones of the Washington Post points out, everyone seems to be happy that Tim Hightower is back on the team's roster—even if the veteran back still isn't ready to take the field as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn ACL.

Rich Tandler of CSN Washington thinks Santana Moss and Chris Cooley are both fighting for their jobs this offseason. There's obviously quite the crowd in the receiving corps with Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan joining the fray. Niles Paul was converted to tight end, so it would be odd if they cut him, and Logan Paulsen is a better blocker than Cooley.