Let's catch up on some news from around the NFL this morning by checking what many of the other fine SB Nation football blogs are talking about. It's a little feature we call "Touring the Nation."
Some Brandon Boykin chatter
When slot cornerback Brandon Boykin was released a few days ago by the Carolina Panthers, we wondered if the New York Giants should be interested in signing him. Back in his days with the Philadelphia Eagles, Boykin proclaimed himself the best slot corner in the league.
Well, it's been a weird journey for Boykin recently. Since the end of the 2014 season he has been traded by the Eagles, buried on the bench for half a season by the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed as a free agent by the Carolina Panthers and then quickly cut.
What gives? Well, Behind the Steel Curtain wonders if Boykin is perhaps a locker room problem and adds that "To say all of Steelers Nation saw red flags popping up is an understatement." The other possibility, of course, raised the other day by Louis Roddick of ESPN, is that Boykin isn't actually as good as he thinks he is, or his reputation may suggest.
About a couple of ex-Giants
"[I'm] loving it. [It's a] great organization. Just to come here and be a part of this right now, really exciting for me of course," Kuhn said.
About his time with the Giants?
"Great experience. I can't really say anything bad about it. I had great coaches down there. It was another great organization," Kuhn said. "I was happy that I was able to play and was drafted to an organization like the Giants and now I'm moving on to an organization like the Patriots so yeah, it was definitely a great time and to come from a place like that to now a place like this, I'm very happy with my career so far."
Around the NFC East
It's all Sam Bradford all the time around the Eagles these days. SB Nation says the Bradford drama is over ... at least until it isn't. Our friends at Bleeding Green Nation are trying to put a happy face on the situation.
From the inside here, the Eagles are excited about the quarterback picture. They've got a veteran in Sam Bradford who showed in the last half of the 2015 season that when the rust was knocked off his game and he gained confidence in his legs and in driving the football, he played well. Head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich believes that Bradford has the necessary skill set to thrive in this offense. ...
Behind Bradford is Chase Daniel, who is not going to wow anyone with his stature or his arm strength or the beauty of his passes. He's a thinking-man's quarterback, a coach on the field (as he's been referred to many times by Pederson). Daniel has been invaluable helping the rest of the offense understand the Pederson/Reich version of the West Coast offense. ...
Then there's Wentz, who is in the developmental stage of his career. He's got all the makings of being a special quarterback, but the Eagles know that he's started only 23 games in his college career at North Dakota State. ... He has so much to learn about the game - not only the offense and all of its language and checks and nuances, but about the complex defensive schemes he is going to see and the pressure packages that teams are going to throw at him.
NFL defenses are getting smaller and faster to combat the increasing emphasis of offenses on the passing game. With an outstanding offensive line in front of rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott, Blogging the Boys wonders if Dallas is "looking to turn the clock back and play smash-mouth football."
The Cowboys were able to make it work to some extent in 2014 when they had DeMarco Murray. Without Murray, and without the threat of a passing game in 2015 because of the injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, the offense wasn't as successful. This year, if all the key elements can stay injury-free, we should get a good look at a team that is trying to exploit the "new" defenses in the pass-happy NFL with some very definitive "old school" football.
It does actually make sense to exploit smaller, quicker defenses by simply trying to overpower them.
BTB also looks at some veteran Cowboys who may or may not be on the roster bubble.
Our friends at Hogs Haven have gone a little hog wild in an in-depth look at tight end Jordan Reed.
Jordan Reed was simply the best receiving tight end in the NFL last season. And if he can find a way to stay healthy then he might not just be remembered as the best tight end of 2015; he might go down as one of the best tight ends in NFL history.