Jerry Jones Uses One Word to Describe Difference on D, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

Sep 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) gets behind Dallas Cowboys defensive back Brandon Carr (39) and makes long reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Dallas Cowboys defeat the New York Giants by a score of 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

In order to describe why the defense looks so much better early on this year, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones resorted to one word: corners.

"He's got corners," Jones said of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, via Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. And it looks as though he'll have another one in Week 2 because Todd Archer of writes that Mike Jenkins plans to return against Seattle.

Morris Claiborne will only get better and Jenkins doesn't get enough credit. We're suddenly looking at one of the deepest secondaries in football.

Here's what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division.

Dallas Cowboys

Calvin Watkins of writes that Jay Ratliff is also improving, but there's a lot less certainty there.

And since we're updating injuries, Josh Ellis of notes that Phil Costa has pretty much been ruled out of Sunday's game in Seattle due to a back injury. That means the Cowboys are likely to use newbie Ryan Cook again. 

New York Giants

Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports Justin Tuck was "disgusted," while Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News says Osi Umenyiora simply "felt terrible." Either way, the Giants' top pass-rushers are extremely disappointed that they were held sack-less in the opener.

Ohm Youngmisuk of reports that Prince Amukamara plans to return Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia Eagles

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer says Jeremy Maclin's status for Sunday is up in the air due to hip injuries. Yeah, plural.'s Tim McManus tallied it up, and Michael Vick was indeed hit more than any other quarterback in the league in Week 1.

Washington Redskins

Rich Tandler of CSN Washington lists the reasons why the Redskins are better off today than they were one year ago.

From Mike Jones of the Washington Post: Safety Jordan Bernstine's season is over due to a right knee injury, leaving the 'Skins very thin at that position.