Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on August 9, 2012
Well, the preseason has officially arrived for 50 percent of the teams in the league's most popular division, as the Redskins get set to battle Buffalo and the Eagles ready to host Pittsburgh. We'll have previews and reaction right here, of course. But before we get to any of that, today's links...
From Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com: Injuries to Mike Jenkins and Morris Claiborne are handcuffing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who hasn't been been able to get as creative as he'd like with two of his top corners out of the lineup.
At his camp stop in Albary, Neil Hornsby of ProFootballFocus has a few interesting points: First, he notes that he is still unimpressed by David Diehl and is pleasantly surprised by Jayron Hosley. But the key observation from Hornsby was this one:
I don't see much work for first round pick David Wilson this year. I doubt he'll get much work on third down unless his blitz pick-up skills are superb. I didn't see much from him one way or another yesterday and while he showed tremendous burst on one play in practice he had a number of issues. He dropped a couple of easy passes and also seemed to get caught up in traffic too frequently. In addition, he muffed a kick-off return to make for a very poor all-round day for the rookie.
Wilson is already working with the second team, but this isn't the first time I've read that he's going to be brought along slowly. Tom Coughlin won't put him onto the field on important downs until he's sure he can trust him.
If the Eagles are uncomfortable with Boykin starting the season as the nickel cornerback, Joselio Hanson has a shot to make the team. Hanson is currently ahead of Boykin on the depth chart, but the rookie has looked good and was drafted to win this job.
In regard to Polk, I still think the Eagles will find a way to get him on the final roster, but I have no idea who takes the fall for that to happen. Let's be real, though, there'll likely be at least an injury or two between now and then that gives Polk and either Hanson or Harris a chance.
"I like our group. It's competitive, first of all. It's great competition back there," Haslett said. "I don't know who the starter's going to be, but there's good competition between all five of those [veteran] guys. And I think Bernstine is doing a nice job. He's really athletic, and I think he's going to be a good player. So, you've got six players vying for however many spots, and the practice squad. It's a good situation to be in."
This is a good thing. I don't feel strongly about any of these players, and thus it could be beneficial to throw them all together and let them fight. Darwinian training camp scenes just feel right. Oh, by the way, I'd really like to see DeJon Gomes win a starting role.
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