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Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on June 13, 2012

IRVING, TX - MAY 5:  Danny Coale #81 of the Dallas Cowboys works out during rookie minicamp on May 5, 2012 at the Valley Ranch Complex in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJune 13, 2012

One mandatory mini-camp day in the books for all four NFC East teams. Here's what's being talked about on hump day in the NFL's most popular division:


Dallas Cowboys

Rookie fifth-round pick Danny Coale has himself a contract, but he says that didn't magically heal his broken foot so we're still waiting to find out if Coale can win the No. 3 receiver job in training camp. Of course, he's not the only rookie out of practice. They're still waiting on Morris Claiborne, Tyrone Crawford and Matt Johnson, too.

Jason Witten missed the start of the mandatory session at Valley Ranch because jury duty called.

In his observations from practice, Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com says Dez Bryant was the MVP on Tuesday


New York Giants

Those sneaky, shifty Patriots have signed Jake Ballard away from the Giants, who were trying to get the injured tight end through waivers in order to sign him back onto the injured reserve.

Left tackle Will Beatty's eye is no longer an issue at all. The same cannot be said for his back. Something to watch.

David Diehl is saying all the right things in light of his DWI arrest over the weekend.


Philadelphia Eagles

After taking it easy during voluntary OTAs, offensive line guru Howard Mudd is back with the Eagles this week. Andy Reid says Mudd isn't very good at practicing retirement.

Sheil Kapadia always wows me with five stellar stats on the Eagles. I knew Riley Cooper was big at times last year, but I hadn't realized he averaged 80 yards per game in his three spot starts.

The Eagles say that in the red zone, it's about speed rather than size.


Washington Redskins

Day 1 mandatory mini-camp notes from CSN Washington's Rich Tandler. He likes what he sees in Chase Minnifield and Evan Royster.

In his "RG3 Report," John Keim of the Washington Times notes that Robert Griffin is planning on getting together with his wide receivers between the end of mandatory mini-camp and the late-July start to training camp.

Tom Schad of the Washington Times writes that young Niles Paul is drawing comparisons to Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe. Oh, June....

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