The NFC East has always been interesting and this season the drama has began before the first preseason game.
Maybe Tony Romo put on some pounds over the offseason. Maybe it was a bad angle. Either way the internet had its fun with his unfortunate picture. Dallas Morning News reporter Jon Machota had a good tweet of Romo’s physique.
But Romo looked pretty good on the field throwing to Dez Bryant.
So relax Cowboys fans, it appears that Romo was just pictured at a bad angle, the real question will be if he can bounce back from his collarbone injury. Another question is how much time linebacker Damien Wilson will miss due to his eye injury he suffered while playing paintball. And no, Wilson did not make a cameo on HBO’s Ballers. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that Wilson he doesn’t think the injury was too serious and that Wilson will be back on the field in ten days.
At camp, three players, including Wilson were on the Non Football Injury List, the other two being rookie Jaylon Smith and Darren McFadden. Benson Mayowa and Maliek Collins were reportedly working with trainers.
A fight at Redskins camp on Saturday marked the true start of NFL training camp season. The scuffle came between tight end Niles Paul and linebacker Martrell Spaight.
Apparently there had been tension with the tight ends and linebackers that afternoon and it boiled over with a skirmish between those two. On the first day with pads, one of the standouts was third-year pro Trent Murphy who packed on 30 pounds over the offseason and also moved from outside linebacker to defensive end. Mike Jones of the Washington Post noted that Murphy had some success power rushing Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, so keep an eye on Murphy at camp.
Jones also mentioned that the Kirk Cousins to Desean Jackson connection looks good so far.
New York Giants
New head coach Ben McAdoo had the Giants off to a fast start in training camp. In fact, the Giants actually ended practice a minute early according to an ESPN article. McAdoo wants to make the practice tempo quicker, and he had no time for silly errors. For example a simple false start by offensive tackle Bobby Hart put him on the sideline. Marshall Newhouse took his spot on the second-team offense. It may not seem like much, but even a false start will put you on the bench in McAdoo’s regime.
The Eagles had the most questions coming into camp, and after Saturday not many have been answered. Wide Receivers were reportedly having trouble catching the ball. However that’s not totally surprising, because other than Jordan Matthews and Rueben Randle, the Eagles really don’t have much experience at wideout. Furthermore, it’s been reported that Carson Wentz hasn’t looked good in camp so far. That makes sense for Wentz, who’s an extremely raw rookie. Sam Bradford was fine, but he was plagued by drops, even from veterans like Brent Celek and Darren Sproles.
Rueben Randle, Nolan Carroll, Ron Brooks and Marcus Johnson left the first full-pad practice with injuries. All of those injuries are expected to be day-to-day. But as for good news, the Eagles had former All Pro Safety Brian Dawkins stop by at camp. Dawkins has also been hired to help in the Eagles scouting department.