Dallas Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins Activated from PUP, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistAugust 30, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: Cornerback Mike Jenkins #21of the Dallas Cowboys intercepts a pass against Brandon Lloyd #83 of the St. Louis Rams at Cowboys Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images)
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It's been a tremendous offseason for the Dallas Cowboys defense, and it might be about to get a bit better. That's because cornerback Mike Jenkins is on the verge of returning after being removed from the PUP list, according to ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer

Jenkins might not be as important to the Cowboys as he was a year ago, but Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne will take as much help as they can get. This was a subpar secondary the last couple years, but new starters Carr, Claiborne and Barry Church have given new life to the unit.

Jenkins was the best player in the defensive backfield last year. He played very well despite being nagged by injuries. If he's healthy this year, he'll be counted on heavily, even as a backup. You can't have too many good cornerbacks nowadays, especially in the NFC East.

Elsewhere in the league's most popular division...


Dallas Cowboys

From Carlos Mendez of the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram: Jason Garrett is hopeful Jason Witten will practice soon but won't say if his spleen has stopped bleeding.

From Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com: Injuries could make cut day easier on the Cowboys by bursting certain bubbles.


New York Giants

From Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com: Hakeem Nicks says he's "full-go now" after a problem-free preseason debut against the Patriots.

From Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger: Undrafted free agent Adewale Ojomo might have locked up a roster spot at defensive end with another good performance Wednesday night.


Philadelphia Eagles

From Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer: A 53-man roster projection ahead of Thursday's preseason finale. He has both Darryl Tapp and Antonio Dixon making it.

From Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com: How does the Eagles defense stack up to the rest of the league in terms of blue- and red-chip players?


Washington Redskins

From Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog: Robert Griffin III has ditched the headphones he used to wear during the pregame warm-ups. Why? Because a legendary Redskins quarterback suggested so.

From Dan Daly of the Washington Times: The Redskins checked off some more preseason objectives in the finale.


I'll be building on some of those links and points in my quick-hit reviews of all three games from Wednesday night in posts to come later Thursday morning. And stay tuned for my 53-man roster projections for all four NFC East teams Thursday afternoon.