Sunrise in the NFC East: The Division's Top Links on August 20, 2012

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18: Wide receiver Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a 35 yard catch to the Chargers four yard line over Quentin Jammer #23 of the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Fun fact: I'm not a morning guy. So if it seems like I'm especially negative in this post every morning, that's because I'm usually in a bad mood. I hope that's OK with everyone. And for you morning people: What's wrong with you? 

Excuse the immediate digression. Top links...

Dallas Cowboys

Nick Eatman of and Calvin Watkins of and Brad Gagnon of the Bleacher Report NFC East blog are in agreement: Kevin Ogletree now has a clear edge in the battle to become the team's No. 3 receiver. 

Watkins quotes Jerry Jones, who also seems to be on our page: 

"What I liked about Ogletree was, in tight, when it was a collision to get the ball, he made the big catch," Jones said. "One of the criticisms of him is physically he needs to get better when he has the physically contested ball. I think he's shown that with that big catch. We know he's got speed. We know he's got quickness. I thought he made a statement for himself."

That catch was huge for him. The competition isn't over, and Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris and Andre Holmes are still going to have a chance to fight, but Ogletree might be about to get the first crack at playing a huge role Week 1. 

And considering that Miles Austin's status for the start of the season could be in doubt, being the No. 3 man at the start of the year could be incredibly important.

New York Giants

From Paul Schwartz of the New York Post: Tom Coughlin is unsurprisingly upset that a profane and arguably pro-haze video in which Jason Pierre-Paul dumps Prince Amukamara in a cold tub made it onto Twitter and went viral.

That, obviously, doesn't jibe with Coughlin's mentality.

I'm going to elaborate on this today, but I'm still trying to decide where I fall. I can say for certain that the real shame is that Steve Weatherford would tweet it. The locker room has to be more sacred than that. 

As for the contents of the video, which you can see if you follow the link: Prince isn't happy about what's happening, and that's what bothers me. Dude's not a rookie anymore, and apparently this has become a common practice with him.

He's a man and can stick up for himself, but it still bothers me. 

Philadelphia Eagles

Philly plays its second preseason game on Monday in New England, but because the Eagles play again in four days, they're treating this like the third preseason game. As a result, the starters are expected to play well into the second half. 

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer has five things to watch tonight. And McLane is outdone by his former colleague, Sheil Kapadia of, who offers 100 percent more things to watch (a grand total of 10).

Common themes in both: The left tackle competition between King Dunlap and Demetress Bell, Nnamdi Asomugha (coming back from injury), Jaiquawn Jarrett (coming off a terrible opener) and Michael Vick/Nick Foles.

I'll check in later on Monday with some of the players and battles I'll be looking at during the game. Oh, and the B/R NFC East blog will have a live report card for the Eagles running throughout Monday Night Football.

Washington Redskins

Moving forward from a rocky second preseason game, Mike Jones of the Washington Post has five areas to monitor as Washington gets back to work.

Topping the list, of course, is Brian Orakpo's recovery from a shoulder injury. Orakpo is one of the three most important players on this roster, and Washington would be in big trouble defensively without him.