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Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on August 2, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 20: Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gives the thumbs up sign to fans in the stands before the start of the Cowboys and Washington Redskins game at FedExField on November 20, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 2, 2012

This is just how Jerry Jones likes it. He's the focal point of 50 percent of this morning's sunrise stories. But in neither case is he being cast in an overly positive light. Something tells me Jerry's still good with it.

Oh, and we also look at a badly banged up defensive line in Philly and a "secondary of misfits" in D.C.

 

Dallas Cowboys

From NFL.com's Brian McIntyre: Jerry Jones tells ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio that if Dez Bryant doesn't shape up, the team will move on

"He's just got to come on, step up and accept responsibility, and I think he can get there," Jones told Mike Florio, who is pinch-hitting for Patrick this week. "I'm demanding that he work through it. He must do it or we can't count on him."

"We will move on," Jones said when Florio asked if the team would move on from Bryant if he doesn't work through his off-the-field issues.

I don't want to call this statement hollow, but I have a hard time seeing the Cowboys moving away from Bryant unless his production tapers off. Jones has always been tolerant of off-field shenanigans when the culprits are helping his team win, so this is either a tactic to get Bryant back on track or an indication that Jerry is changing his approach.

 

New York Giants

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: Giants co-owner John Mara isn't getting caught up in a war of words with Jerry Jones after Jones went after the G-men in a rah-rah speech at Cowboys camp. 

"We'll show up (to play the Cowboys)," Mara said. "But that is actually the first time I've heard that comment. I have been so caught up in the (Tim) Tebow coverage that I haven't had time for anything else."

Simply perfect. Classy, funny, compelling, rich. That's the route to take. This is why it always feels like karma is on the Giants' side.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

From Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News: With Cullen Jenkins now hurt as well, the entire starting defensive line is injured in Philadelphia. While there aren't any long-term concerns about Jenkins, Jason Babin or Trent Cole (Mike Patterson is another story), that's still not an ideal way to start camp.

Babin left the Lehigh fieldhouse Wednesday with a large bag of ice strapped to his right leg. He told reporters he has a definite idea who might emerge from the pack in his absence. He wouldn't provide a name, but said he thinks everyone will be able to figure it out by the end of the week. (The guess here is he's talking about Graham, who has been relentless, on a quest to redeem his first-round promise, as he starts his third season since the Eagles traded up to draft him 15th overall.)

Thank goodness for depth. The Eagles have a second unit that is made up of guys who could start in other cities. Graham, Fletcher Cox, Vinny Curry, Darryl Tapp, Antonio Dixon and Phillip Hunt will be just fine as temps in Jim Washburn's wide-nine.

 

Washington Redskins

From Rich Campbell of the Washington Times: DeAngelo Hall calls his position a "secondary of misfits." None of the four current starters were drafted by the 'Skins, and they've all been dumped elsewhere. 

"We laugh at some of that stuff because we all know that at the end of the day you have to go out on the field and prove it," Hall said. "We feel like this group of guys might look bad on paper, and some guys might rank us badly on paper, [but] at the end of the day you have to go out there and play. We definitely feel like we're ready to go."

Love how candid Hall is. And it should be noted that the misfitting goes beyond the penciled-in starters. Cedric Griffin and Tanard Jackson surely qualify as well. 

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