Ezekiel Elliott’s past continues to feature prominently in his present, Carson Wentz took some much-needed time away from football and the Washington Redskins continue to fill coaching vacancies. Not the most riveting stuff, but let’s take a look around the NFC East nonetheless as Super Bowl LI weekend heats up in Houston.
Ezekiel Elliot STILL under investigation | Blogging the Boys
Elliott, widely regarded as the 2016 NFL Rookie of the Year front-runner, is still not out of the woods with league investigators. He was accused of domestic violence by an ex-girlfriend last summer (read the police report here). The Columbus, OH. City Attorney’s office decided not go forward with the charges, but that hasn’t stopped the NFL’s investigation. Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke with reporters Wednesday about Elliott.
"I am not putting any pressure on our investigators," Goodell said. "We have highly trained, highly skilled investigators who are looking into this. We do not put timetables or pressure on them to make these decisions. We want them to be thorough. We want them to be fair and to come to the right conclusion. When they do, they will notify me and then we'll take it from there. But at this point there is no timetable."
Cowboys sign two receivers; Lucky Whitehead should be concerned | Blogging the Boys
Dallas’ return-game, led by Whitehead, left a lot to be desired in 2016. He may be fighting for his job this coming summer.
“The Cowboys return game under Lucky Whitehead and others was poor last season, ranking in the bottom of the league. Whitehead is basically on the team for his skills in that area, so McDuffie would be a direct threat to his position with the Cowboys. Also, we must remember that Whitehead was benched and left home for a game last season after being late for meetings.”
Carson Wentz threw a football for the first time in a month on Thursday | Bleeding Green Nation
Eagles’ rookie quarterback Carson Wentz threw a football for the first time in over a month Wednesday, and one of his passes floored (and appeared to legit hurt) an on-set human prop.
Malcolm Jenkins wins the NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White Award | Bleeding Green Nation
The award is given for “outstanding charitable efforts off the field.”
As the winner, Jenkins will receive $100,000 to the charity of his choice. Jenkins joins Reggie White, Troy Vincent and Brian Dawkins as Eagles who have won the award. Jenkins was a finalist for the award in 2015, and Stephen Tulloch was a finalist last year.
DGB and Treggs “prioritized getting acquainted with the Philly nightlife” | Bleeding Green Nation
Apparently, Dorial Green-Beckham and Bryce Treggs are on the bubble for next season and a penchant for the Philadelphia nightlife is to blame.
Green-Beckham and speedster, rookie free agent Bryce Treggs – are far from locks to be on the 53-man roster when the 2017 season begins. Both made sporadic contributions in 2016 as one-dimensional weapons. According to team sources, both prioritized getting acquainted with the Philly nightlife over outworking their teammates, in practice.
Amazingly, not even the advice of franchise icon Brian Dawkins, who’s been involved in player development since being hired last summer, sunk in for these young receivers.
Redskins-related coaching news | Hogs Haven
News has been slow out of Washington D.C. (at least as far as football is concerned.) The Redskins interviewed Chris Harris and ex-Giants’ cornerback Tim Lewis about their DB coach vacancy. Washington is expected to make a decision soon.
Redskins interested in Eagles’ DL Bennie Logan | Hogs Haven
The ‘Skins are looking to make a play for Eagles’ run-stuffer Bennie Logan, according to a report from Mark Eckel cited on Hogs Haven.
“And although that is roughly six weeks away, rumors are starting to swirl. According to a person with knowledge of the Washington Redskins' plan, the Redskins will target Logan if he hits the open market.”
Junior Galette to re-sign with Redskins | Hogs Haven
5 years of my Prime Left I Promise to give it everything I have...Thankful to be signing another… https://t.co/7wQVDIk7DR— Junior Galette (@JovaisG) January 31, 2017
Is the third-year the charm for Junior Galette? Injuries kept sidelined for all of 2015 and 2016, but the Redskins will again roll the dice on the talented pass-rusher.