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Around the NFC East: Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles Storylines

News, notes and nuggets about the Giants’ NFC East rivals

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With the NFL season quickly approaching, there are headlines across the NFC East. Lets take a look at what’s going on with all of the New York Giants division rivals this offseason in this week’s Around the NFC East.

Washington Redskins

Samaje Perine shining

The Washington Redskins drafted Samaje Perine in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. The former Sooner is displaying insane strength early on in his career in the NFL.

Lifting a car, daredevil pullups: Redskins rookie's amazing feats of strength |

Lifting cars: Late one night in the summer of 2015, Perine noticed a woman with a flat tire in the parking lot of the Bud Wilkinson House on Oklahoma's campus. She didn't have a car jack.

"So I just helped her out," he said.

By lifting the car so the back left tire could be changed. Perine's mom said he would only laugh when she asked him about it, not knowing if it was myth or real. But it was real. Perine sort of shrugged it off by pointing out it was "a pretty small car. A Smart Car." They weigh 1,500 pounds.

"If you lift one side, the whole side is coming up," he said. "It was kind of heavy ... I mean, I wouldn't say it was easy. It's still a car."

Terrelle Pryor Hype

The Washington Redskins signed Terelle Pryor to a one-year deal this offseason. This came after the team lost both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon to free agency. Ken Meringolo of Hogs Haven thinks that Pryor will live up to the hype next season.

Why Washington WR Terrelle Pryor can live up to the hype | Hogs Haven

Secondly, Pryor is going to get a TON of targets. No Pierre Garcon and no DeSean Jackson means there are plenty of targets to redistribute. We didn’t sign Terrelle to keep his jersey clean. At 6’4”, 230 pounds, our offensive strategy is going to be get him the ball. He got 140 targets last season on a terrible Cleveland team that went through quarterbacks like a taco buffet through ih8dallas. Maybe he doesn’t see that many balls his way, but with slightly more purpose and with stability under center, he may be able to catch more than the 77 he caught last year.

Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a tremendous season, taking the NFC East title. They have a good amount of regular season success over the past decade but seem to falter in the playoffs. Former NFL RB DeAngelo Williams said that the Cowboys ‘'Always Disappear in the Playoffs.’

DeAngelo Williams Says Cowboys 'Always Disappear in the Playoffs' | Bleacher Report

According to Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation, Williams named the Cowboys as one of the teams he doesn't want to play for and proceeded to point out their playoff shortcomings:

"The Cowboys, they win. They just don't ever show up during the playoffs, though. Like they always disappear in the playoffs. I got a great depiction of the Cowboys fanbase during the regular season last year. They were on cloud nine. You couldn't tell them anything. Anything. Because they were gonna win the [championship], that's all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying.

And then the minute they lost, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt, the excuses start flowing. It's just amazing to me, that fanbase in general, they can't handle defeat. Still to this day, they say the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch."

The Cowboys drafted quarterback Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Mississippi State and he did not disappoint last season. He has been quite the franchise starter for the Cowboys.

Cowboys News: If you were building an NFL franchise, Dak Prescott is a great way to start | Blogging the Boys

The PFF Foundation Draft: Who would you choose to start a franchise? - Football Focus The staff at Pro Football Focus held an exercise on how they would build an NFL team from scratch, and the fifth player taken was none other than the Dallas CowboysDak Prescott.

Why him? Prescott has been the most accomplished NFL quarterback under the age of 26. He was in the top five in terms of PFF grades for a rookie quarterback that we’ve seen, and this early in the draft a franchise quarterback is more valuable than any other position. – Nate Jahnke.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount and Timmy Jernigan this off-season. Both players were named to The Most Overlooked Addition of the 2017 NFL Offseason on Bleacher Report.

Eagles News: Two Philadelphia players make list of most overlooked NFL offseason additions | Bleeding Green Nation

The veteran's ability to pound the ball between the tackles is still valuable enough to offset any regression due to the dreaded 30-year-old plateau. Furthermore, LeGarrette Blount's game isn't built around speed or quickness. According to Pro Football Focus, the two-time Super Bowl champion broke 76 tackles since the start of the 2015 campaign, which ranked fourth among running backs. Blount can be a successful short-yardage/red-zone specialist in a rotation that features smaller and more explosive options [...] The 24-year-old Jernigan is younger and more explosive than Bennie Logan, which helped him become one of the NFL's best run defenders. According to Pro Football Focus, Jernigan led all 3-4 defensive ends in run-stop percentage last season. The Florida State product also brings a dynamic Logan never did. The Eagles' previous nose tackle managed 5.5 sacks in four seasons. Jernigan had five last season and 13 total over the previous three campaigns.

The Eagles also signed Alshon Jeffery this offseason and Eagles fans are extremely excited.

What they’re saying about the Eagles: Alshon Jeffery is the NFC East’s best newcomer | Philly Voice

Well, all four ESPN NFC East reporters believe that Jeffery is the best addition to any team in the division’s roster. Here is what Giants reporter Jordan Ranaan had to say about Jeffery:

When healthy, he's a Pro Bowl player. He’s a difference-maker who had more than 1,400 receiving yards in his second professional season. That is Odell Beckham-esque production. Jeffery can make a significant impact on the Eagles' offense this season because he's immediately their No. 1 receiver. He's immediately Wentz's go-to guy. Philadelphia didn’t have a strong presence at wide receiver last season.