NFC East Roundup: Replacing Rolando McClain

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Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Here’s our weekly look at what’s going on around the rest of the division.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News looks at how the Cowboys will try to deal with the absence of Rolando McClain, who has been suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Jasper Brinkley, a free agent acquisition who started 11 games for the Minnesota Vikings last season, worked at McClain’s middle linebacker spot with the starters in minicamp. McClain underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee sometime in April or May.

If not Brinkley, Sean Lee, the starting middle linebacker who missed the 2014 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was expected to play outside this season, could fill in. Read more »

NFC East Roundup: Cowboys Still Looking For an RB?

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Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Here’s our weekly look at what’s going on around the rest of the division.

Tim Cowlishaw of The Dallas Morning News thinks its a good sign that Greg Hardy’s appeal is taking this long:

I take this as a good sign for Cowboys fans. The league is trying to figure out when they can announce a reduction in games that will get the least attention. The morning of Fourth of July? Final round of the British Open? Actually, it has to be coming soon, it has been nearly a month.

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NFC East Roundup: Wide Receiver Drama

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Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret that Dez Bryant is unhappy with his contract situation, but Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says that both sides are far away from coming to terms for a long-term deal:

“It’s been well-documented that both [Larry] Fitzgerald and Megatron both got their deals based on their rookie contracts because they were high draft picks and the franchise tag dictated that,” Jones continued. “But since then all receivers, the top ones, have pretty much been paid in the $11.5-12.5 million range, and there’s a big disparity there. Read more »

NFC East Roundup: Bryant Reports; DeSean Skips

Andrew Weber / USA Today

Andrew Weber / USA Today

OTAs opened up this week around the NFL. Here are the headlines concerning the rest of the division:

Unlike Evan Mathis, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant reported to the Cowboys OTAs. But he remains unhappy with his contract situation, writes David Moore:

Dez Bryant’s surprise appearance at organized team activities Thursday should not be taken as a sign that progress is being made in negotiations.

Sources said the Pro Bowl receiver went through individual drills but did nothing during the team portion of practice. One source stressed that Bryant’s appearance has nothing to do with any sort of movement in negotiations. He simply wanted to practice with teammates, show his commitment to staying in shape and get some work in with quarterback Tony Romo. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Secondary Shuffle

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

There was a change in approach and personnel Sunday, but the results were in many ways the same.

The struggling Bradley Fletcher was inactive for the regular-season finale in New York (Chip Kelly said he suffered a hip injury in practice during the week), moving Nolan Carroll into a starting role and rookie Jaylen Watkins into the rotation. Because of the new pieces, Billy Davis opted to have Cary Williams shadow Odell Beckham Jr. instead of keeping the starting corners on their respective sides as is custom. And to try and minimize the amount of big plays, Davis went with more split-safety looks.

The Giants, though, still racked up 429 passing yards and the Eagles yielded five plays of 20-plus yards through the air, adding to their league-leading total. Read more »

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