With Josh Norman’s supposed demise to Odell Beckham’s injury, the storylines keep ramping up in NFC East training camps.
Reports out of Washington could be concerning for Redskins new cornerback Josh Norman. Norman who signed a five-year deal worth $75 million, has not looked good against Washington receivers Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Norman also got beat on a go route by Pierre Garcon. Josh Norman, the best cornerback in football according to Madden 17.
If you’re a Redskins fan, this performance from Norman isn’t ideal. I doubt that Norman replicates his breakout 2015 season again, considering the level of talent around him in Washington, but he’s still a quality corner. All in all, when the regular season comes around, Norman won’t be as bad as those videos suggest. Let’s just give him some more time to get used to his new team before we declare him a free agent bust.
Staying in the secondary, cornerback Bashaud Breeland was all over the field on Monday, by perfectly timing a fade pass interception, closed the gap on Desean Jackson and even drove a rookie receiver back behind the line of scrimmage.
Veterans DeAngelo Hall and Greg Toler also stood out on Monday.
New York Giants
The G-men had Monday off, which is just as well since Odell Beckham Jr. could use some time off after suffering an injury on Sunday.
According to ESPN, Beckham got injured during a deep pass play where his legs got mixed up with Janoris Jenkins. It appeared that Beckham got cleated in the process and it was described as a “superficial laceration” by ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. Beckham still limped off the field after the collision.
In other training camp news undrafted free agent Greg Milhouse has been getting first team reps with Damon Harrison and Jay Bromley on the PUP list.
On Monday, Carson Wentz made a series of nice throws during the red zone drill. He threw touchdowns to three different receivers and made accurate passes to Rueben Randle and Zach Ertz.
Reports say that Eagles coach Doug Pederson has been rotating receivers in the first team, with the goal likely being to figure out who starts in the X receiver spot. The X receiver is generally for the game-breaker type with the most speed, which the Eagle’s don’t really have at this point. Jordan Matthews is the team’s best receiver but his ideal fit is in the slot. Rueben Randle, Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor and Chris Givens are all being considered. Givens has the most speed, but Randle has proven to be reliable after his time with the Giants.
OG Brandon Brooks and RB Ryan Mathews are still out.
The Cowboys tried an interesting strategy on Sunday, by starting backup Kellen Moore with the first team and giving Tony Romo the day off. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Romo will rest once every three days, giving Moore the opportunity to play with the first team.
After the Cowboys miserable experience with backups last season, giving Moore extended reps could be a good idea if Romo goes down again. Moreover, of all the Cowboys’ backups in 2015, Moore was the best option. Plus, this strategy limits the chance of Romo getting injured in training camp.
The Cowboys website reported that Tyrone Crawford, Maliek Collins, Lance Dunbar and James Hanna were four more players that missed practice on Monday.