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NFC East Roundup: Catching up with the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins

The New York Giants three NFC East rivals all made plenty of news of their own this week. RGIII's knee, Michael Vick's whining and typical Dallas dysfunction were all in the headlines.

Michael Vick
Michael Vick

Let's take a quick Friday afternoon gander around the NFC East and see what stories are making news around the New York Giants three division rivals.

Philadelphia Eagles

The big story around the Eagles this week is that quarterback Michael Vick apparently isn't thrilled about shuffling in and out and sharing snaps with Nick Foles during the team's OTAs and mini-camp.

"Hopefully, (coach) Chip (Kelly) makes a decision before training camp, and we won't have to answer that question," Vick told Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia on Thursday, "so we can go out there as quarterbacks and just focus on this season and not answer questions about competition every day. ...

"It's tough," Vick said after the Eagles' mandatory mini-camp ended. "I have to continue to be a professional and put my feelings and emotions to the side and just continue to compete. But it's hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn't, but that's just what I have to deal with, and I'm going to keep dealing with it until I see otherwise."

Excuse me? As poorly as Vick has played the past two seasons, with 40 turnovers (26 interceptions, 14 lost fumbles) compared to 26 touchdown passes he is fortunate to be be getting ANY first-team reps anywhere in the league. Besides, Kelly can run the team any way he sees fit. If he wants to get long looks at Foles and rookie Matt Barkley that's his prerogative.

Vick's job is to be quiet and play football. Oh, and maybe be grateful someone is still giving him the chance.

The other story out of Philly that Giants' fans are likely interested in is Kenny Phillips and the state of his balky knee. Phillips took part in the Eagles mandatory mini-camp after sitting out several OTAs. Giants' fans know all about Phillips' struggles with his chronic knee condition, and he said it's something the Eagles don't quite have a grasp on yet.

"They don’t quite understand it yet," said Phillips following minicamp practice Tuesday. "It’s kind of building that trust. They are trying to take my word for it, and thus far it’s been working out. But I know it’s been hard on them, just as it’s been hard on me, to get through this process."

"To go out there and try to be a hero right now, it wouldn’t benefit me or the team," said Phillips.

Phillips is a good player, when he can get on the field. I have maintained, and continue to maintain, that the Giants did the right thing by moving on without him. It's just tough to build a defense when you aren't sure you can count on a guy.

-- See Bleeding Green Nation for more about the Eagles

Dallas Cowboys

The dysfunction continued in Dallas this week with the hullabaloo over who would call the plays for the Dallas offense. Owner Jerry Jones said that would be Bill Callahan and not head coach Jason Garrett. Which seemed to be news to Callahan, and a decision Garrett's comments left you believing he was not exactly on board with, even though he said he was.

"We have a plan in place and continue to proceed," he said. "We just finished OTA Day 8 today, so that's what we're focused on and that's what we'll continue to focus on going forward. But we certainly have a plan. We've had a plan in place for some time," Garrett said.

"I'm completely on board with all decisions we make. We make collective decisions in this organization. We always have and we always will. There is no real advantage for us to reveal who's calling the plays explicitly and how we're going to do it in early June. It's just the way I feel about it."

As Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas wrote, "It was all very Cowboys-ian."

Cowboys-ian. Great addition to the English language.

-- See Blogging The Boys for more about the Cowboys

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III continues to sound convinced he will be ready to go from Day 1 this season despite his offseason knee surgery.

If RGIII is indeed ready to go when the season opens that will, of course, improve the Redskins' chances of winning a second straight NFC East title. Something the Giants, undoubtedly, would like to prevent.

-- See Hogs Haven for more about the Redskins