NFC East Review: Keeping an eye on enemies

PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles helmet sits on a cart during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagle on December 22, 2019, at Lincoln Financial Filed in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The NFC East is never shy with their teams getting involved in the news. Whether it’s top performers playing well in June, or players and coaches getting the spotlight, the East is full of personalities that can’t help but speak out.

Let’s take a look at what has been going on with some of the other rivals of the Eagles over the last few weeks.

Dallas Cowboys

All eyes have been on the players that have struggled or were hurt last year for Dallas. By all reports, starting running-back Ezekiel Elliott has looked “thinner” and better than he has over the last few years. While he may be considered by few as the better running back in the NFC East, Tony Pollard could be the better option now. It will be interesting to see how both of their roles unfold going forward.

Wide receiver Michael Gallup also seemingly continues to ramp up his activities after suffering a torn ACL last season.

Of course, the Cowboys are not without their own sideshow. After franchise tagging starting tight end, Dalton Schultz, the top target for Dak Prescott has decided to sit out of minicamp after contract talks have reportedly not improved.

The Cowboys will be a team to watch in the NFC East after losing Amari Cooper, Randy Gregory and others to free agency. It doesn’t help when their best players are in contract talks though. The Cowboys lost more players this offseason than their rivals around the NFC East.

New York Giants

What’s different from the Giants is that there aren’t any major holdouts at this time after minicamp. Kedarius Toney ended up showing up after staying away from involuntary workouts, and Daniel Jones has had all eyes on him with this being potentially his last year in New York.

Outside of the normal minicamp comments of how good Saquon Barkley has looked through this point in practice, there isn’t much else going out in New York. The franchise has been the quietest this offseason compared to their counterparts in the NFC East.

Washington Commanders

When humanity is long gone, and aliens look back at our civilization, they’ll look at examples of the last week for the Washington Commanders and realize that…you know what….maybe humanity being gone isn’t such a bad thing.

Dear lord what a week in Washington. The small news is that they still don’t have a home after the Virginia General Assembly tabled a bill for a new stadium for the Commanders.

The big news is the fact that their defensive coordinator, Jack Del Rio felt that need, during minicamp, to compare the January 6th insurrection to the George Floyd protests. Not only did the former head coach tweet about it on Monday, but then doubled down and defended his stance on Wednesday.

The situation caused a big controversy that ended up forcing head coach Ron Rivera to fine Del Rio $100,000 for his comments condemning his comments saying how “disappointed” he was.

Ron Rivera has done everything he can to legitimize a franchise that is STILL under congressional and NFL investigations over sexual misconduct and fraud and now a coach HE hired is going off the rails as well.

Washington could very well be a playoff team next year. They have good talent along the OL, superb weapons at skill positions, and a defensive line that can terrorize any team. But it is so hard to take them seriously in the NFC East when, every week, it feels something new comes out about the lack of professionalism within the organization.

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