Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on June 7, 2012
I woke up to news that Joe Banner is officially out as president of the Philadelphia Eagles. Nothing's shocking about this except the timing. Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Banner, who had been seen and heard from less of late, will be able to pursue other opportunities while serving as an adviser to owner Jeff Lurie.
But there were whispers of Banner's demise months ago, and the Eagles played their favorite game: deny, deny, deny. Why wait until now to make it official? Maybe the move was indeed made following the season, but it took an intrepid reporter like McLane to discover the news for us all. Who knows.
Anyway, Andy Reid calls the vast majority of the shots in Philly, and it's been that way for quite some time. This won't dramatically change the organization or anything. Pretty much business as usual, if I had to guess.
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DeMarcus Ware still gets a tingling sensation accompanied by numbness every once in a while due to a lingering neck issue. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm a little worried about him.
Albert Breer of NFL.com writes that the Cowboys are looking for specific types of players who can handle the stage in Dallas. That means fewer "me" guys and more guys like Jason Witten, whom they call the poster boy for what they want.
Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports that Jason Garrett expects disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins to show up for the team's mandatory minicamp next week.
Lawrence Vickers had to leave Wednesday's practice due to ants in his pants. I'll let Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas explain.
Last night, we discovered that Eli Manning is the 31st-best player in the league. That, at least, is according to the players who voted to help NFL Network compile their annual top-100 list. Yes, 31 seems a little low, but it's not too surprising considering Manning didn't even make the list in 2011. I'll have more on this later today.
Rookie Vinny Curry sprained his ankle in practice this week while performing a bull rush. The ankle sprain isn't the news. The news, of course, is that Curry was bull rushing in an OTA session. Considering that the Seahawks just had to forfeit practices for violating contact rules, the Eagles could hear from the league office on this one.
The team will hold a 2:30 p.m. ET press conference to confirm that current COO Don Smolenski will take over as team president.
Starting next year, the Redskins will relocate training camp from Ashburn to Richmond. Rich Tandler of CSN Washington reports that Mike Shanahan actually prefers camp on the road, plus, the 'Skins are making money off of this, so it makes sense.
Jarvis Jenkins says his right knee, which was torn up prior to last season, is stronger than ever. Jenkins is expected to earn a starting spot at defensive end and help make things easier on edge-rushing linebackers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.
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