With the week one of the NFL season this weekend, there are headlines across the NFC East. Let’s take a look at what’s going on with all of the New York Giants division rivals in this week’s Around the NFC East.
The Redskins announced a contract extension for RB Chris Thompson that will reportedly keep him on the team through 2019. Thompson was a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Redskins tendered him at the 2nd Round level. Thompson signed the tender in April, and was scheduled to make $2.746 million this season, and become an unrestricted free agent next year.
Now Jay Gruden has on of his facorite offensive locked up for 3 years. Thompson has gotten plenty of action as the Redskins 3rd down back, and in the pasding game. Last year he had 356 yards rushing with 3 Tds, and 349 yards receiving with 2 more TDs.
“He’s going to have a role,” Pederson said, doing his best to finesse the answer on Wednesday’s conference call with Redskins media. “There’s going to be an opportunity for him to be an impact on that team, and that’s something where the staff will have plays specifically for him.”
Pederson admitted that it’s “tough” to prepare for a player such as Doctson, who has next to no NFL game tape after missing all but two contests last season because of a pair of Achilles’ tendon injuries. In those two games, Doctson — the 22nd overall pick of the 2016 draft — logged a total of 31 plays and had two catches on six targets.
So when the Redskins host the Eagles on Sunday to open the season, Doctson very much will be a mystery man to Philadelphia’s defensive coaches.
The Redskins are counting on Doctson to help fill the void created when 1,000-yard wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson departed via free agency. But in truth, the 6-foot-2, 206-pound Doctson remains rather mysterious to the Redskins as well.
Coaches and officials know his body of work from his days at Texas Christian, where he racked up a combined 143 catches for 2,344 yards and 25 touchdowns in his final two seasons. That production and his physical attributes caused the Redskins to view Doctson as the best receiver in the 2016 draft, and so they used their first-round pick on him despite needs on defense.
Philadelphia Eagles Injury Report (Wednesday)
QB Nick Foles (right elbow)
LB Najee Goode (forearm)
DE Brandon Graham (triceps)
S Corey Graham (hamstring)
LB Jordan Hicks (quadricep)
CB Jalen Mills (thumb)
DT Destiny Vaeao (calf)
Washington Redskins Injury Report (Wednesday)
LB Ryan Anderson (neck)
OL Spencer Long (knee)
There are the blatant differences: The Cowboys' five Super Bowl wins to the Eagles' three pre-Super Bowl titles, Dallas' running -- and league-leading -- collection of suspended players, the inexperience of Philly coach Doug Pederson in contrast to the six-year run of ex-Cowboys quarterback Jason Garrett at the helm of Dallas' staff.
Even if they are bitter NFC East rivals, though, the Birds and 'Boys do share some common ground.
Can you believe it? After what seems like an eternity, football is back. The Cowboys will open their 2017 season on Sunday Night at AT&T Stadium against the New York Giants. What could be better than that?
This will be an exciting game as the winner will strike first blood in the battle to take down the NFC East. Even though the Cowboys finished with a record of 13-3 and won the division last year, two of their losses came at the hands of the Giants. Starting off the season with a win is always a good feeling, but having it come against New York would make it even better. Here are five things to keep an eye out on Sunday night.
1. Finish the drives
The Cowboys offense was impressive last season when it came to sustaining drives and turning them into points. Dak Prescott took care of the ball, Ezekiel Elliott would grind out some good yards keeping Dak in manageable third downs, and the offense had the playmakers to finish it off in the end zone.
La’el Collins, making his first regular season start at tackle, matches up against the difficult Jason Pierre-Paul. Last time out for Collins, he was more than able to hold his own battling Khalil Mack in the Cowboys’ final preseason game.
Pierre-Paul might not have the explosive quickness and power of Mack, but his tool belt is just as full when it comes to how to break down a blocker. There was a time for the Giants where Pierre-Paul was the primary rusher off their right side and along the way he had to develop those pass rush skills. With the unfortunate July 4th, 2015, incident that injured his hand behind him, Pierre-Paul is back to the player he once was and that’s what Collins has to prepare for.
Pierre-Paul’s length could put Collins at a disadvantage unless he can get his hands on him first. Where we have seen Collins have his struggles is with his hand placement. He has been inconsistent in placement and that is where rushers have been able to cause him the most problems. Pierre-Paul is a crafty rusher and he will do his best not to give Collins any type of a hitting surface in the hope that he continues to have his issues.