Victor Cruz Campaigned for Barack Obama, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistNovember 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08:  U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) poses for photographs with (L-R) New York Giants players Zak DeOssie, Justin Tuck and Eli Manning while welcoming the National Football League Super Bowl champions to the White House June 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Giants defeated The New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XXXXVI.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Some athletes refuse to be publicly political in an attempt to avoid alienating fans or to simply keep their private lives private, and some just aren't political anyway. However, Victor Cruz didn't shy away from stating his support for Barack Obama, even campaigning for the president in the months leading up to the election.'s Ohm Youngmisuk has the details on Cruz's relationship with Obama, which was important to the prez, considering that the Giants wide receiver is such a well-known Latino. 

"I was very excited," Cruz said of Obama defeating Romney. "It is big for our community. It is big for minorities and the Latin culture and the Latin communities. It is big for all of us. I hope he continues to do some positive things for us and I am excited to have him back for another term."

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


Dallas Cowboys

No Jay Ratliff or DeMarco Murray at practice to start the week, per Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News.'s Tim MacMahon writes that this is the Cowboys' opportunity to prove that things will be different under Jason Garrett than they were under Wade Phillips


New York Giants

From Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News: The Giants are taking unique measures to fix what ails the passing game.

Youngmisuk also relays that Eli Manning has called his brother for tips on how to attack the Cincinnati Bengals.


Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Reuben Frank: Now that it looks like King Dunlap and Demetress Bell will start the remainder of the year, the two have switched sides.

From Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News: Michael Vick had a "serious heart-to-heart" conversation with brother Marcus after some errant tweets on Monday night.


Washington Redskins

From Mark Maske of the Washington Post: The league's most frequently penalized team is vowing to draw fewer flags.

Rich Tandler of looks at whether the 'Skins should pursue free-agent cornerback Stanford Routt.