Four Players to Watch in the NFC East

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IAugust 16, 2009

IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 05:  Running back Felix Jones #28 of the Dallas Cowboys runs for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Texas Stadium on October 5, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Every five minutes, the landscape of the NFC East changes.  The four heavyweights are constantly engaged in a game of one-upmanship.  This year, the Eagles, Giants, Redskins and Cowboys all came to camp with aspirations of playing deep into January.

Each team has great players on their rosters.  In Philadelphia there is Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook and Trent Cole. 

Washington has Clinton Portis and Santana Moss as well as Chris Cooley. 

Jason Witten and DeMarcus Ware are perennial Pro Bowlers in Dallas. 

New York has Brandon Jacobs, Justin Tuck and Chris Snee.

But who will be the players to watch in 2009?  Allow me...



No, its not who you think it is (Mr. Vick). Nor is it first round pick WR Jeremy Maclin, although he warrants some attention. too.  For me, its second-year wideout DeSean Jackson.

Jackson is electric, plain and simple. He gives the Eagles the deep threat, the take-it-to-the house threat that Donovan McNabb has been looking for since the departure of Terrell Owens.



No matter how hard you try, it will be hard to not concentrate on big No. 92, Albert Haynesworth, the nine-figure monolith the Skins signed in the off-season to anchor their defensive line. 

Haynesworth, at his best, can turn an already solid unit into a special one. If he plays as advertised, expect great things. If he gets hurt or his production falls off, the Skins will finish fourth.



Felix Jones was hurt most of the 2008 season. If he is healthy, he will burn opponents with his explosiveness. He has the potential to make a big play every time he touches the ball.

The Cowboys will hammer defenses with Marion Barber and try to reign in Tony Romo, forcing him to play more mistake-free football.  That means handing the ball off more.

Jones is the extra dimension that makes the Cowboys a dangerous team.  Even if you know he's getting the ball, he's hard to contain. 


New York

People who know very little about the New York Giants are harping on how much the Giants will miss Plaxico Burress.  They apparently do not know about Ramses Barden.

The 6'6", 230 lb Barden is a bigger, stronger version of Burress.  In camp, the Giants physical secondary looks like Pop Warner Pee Wees trying to stop him. It's ridiculous (almost comical) to watch.

How did this guy last until the third round?  I guess that's why the Giants are at the top the league every year.

Unless teams bring in Yao Ming or Dwight Howard to play safety or corner, this guy is going to be a regular on highlight reels.