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NFL Training Camp Reports: NFC East Aug 4 – Cowboys searching for new backup

News and notes from NFC East training camps.

The Eagles and Giants got padded up on Wednesday, while the Cowboys are facing injury concerns out in Oxnard. 

Dallas Cowboys

Bad news out of Cowboys camp starts with backup quarterback Kellen Moore, who broke his ankle during Tuesday’s practice. Moore will have surgery on Wednesday and will be sidelined three to four months. The backup suffered the broken ankle when a defender rolled over his leg after he threw a pass.

Now that Moore is out, the most logical backup option would have been free agent Nick Foles, however his surprise signing with the Chiefs leaves Dallas scrabbling around for other options. The Cowboys are also interested in Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, but they would have to execute a trade to get either of those two.

Right now the only other backup candidates on the Cowboys roster are rookie fourth-round draft pick Dak Prescott and camp arm Jameill Showers, so bringing in someone with more experience would be a good idea, especially considering the Cowboys’ bad luck with backups last year.

The Cowboys don’t just have injury problems with their quarterbacks, as No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliot will miss some time with a sore right hamstring. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that the running back does not have a timetable to return just yet. Free agent pickup Alfred Morris will get most of the carries with Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and now Elliot all injured.

Outside of camp, Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain reportedly tested positive for “purple drank”, a drink comprised of codeine (cough syrup) and Sprite. McClain has gained 40 pounds by abusing this drug and already faces a 10 game suspension for marijuana.

Washington Redskins

Redskins rookie first-round draft pick Josh Doctson was seen wearing a walking boot at practice on Wednesday. Although the receiver had Achilles issues during rookie minicamp in May, Redskins officials did not think that it would be a big issue.

According to Redskins.com, coach Jay Gruden said that the reason the Redskins chose to sign Dustin Hopkins over Kai Forbath was because of his strong leg. On Wednesday, Hopkins connected on a 63 yard field goal and went eight of nine on field goal attempts.

Philadelphia Eagles 

On the first full tackling day of training camp, the Eagles defense played well. The defensive line made big stops in the running game and Bennie Logan, Marcus Smith and Mike Martin all made stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Defensive backs were harassing the quarterbacks during Wednesday’s practice. Aaron Grymes and Rodney McLoed both had interceptions while Jordan Hicks deflected some Sam Bradford passes.

Speaking of Bradford, the quarterbacks were so-so on Wednesday, with Bradford and Chase Daniel both throwing picks and rookie Carson Wentz had some trouble overthrowing targets down the sideline. But all of these QBs had some nice touch passes as well.

The Eagles are short on running backs with Ryan Mathews still out and rookie Wendell Smallwood out with a quad strain, but coach Doug Pederson said that Smallwood will only miss a few days.

New York Giants 

The Giants had their first padded practice on Wednesday, and rookies played well. Wide receiver Sterling Shepard had a good practice, especially in the red zone, cornerback Eli Apple showed his physicality on defense, and running back Paul Perkins “jumped out” to coach Ben McAdoo on special teams.

As for veteran players, tight end Larry Donnell has stood out Giants camp. Coach McAdoo told Giants.com that Donnell has played well at camp.

“Larry’s had a very good camp so far,” McAdoo said. “He’s made some nice catches. He’s improving as a blocker. He had a good day on special teams, too, which is huge for us.”

Finally, good news for Odell Beckham as he is “absolutely” progressing with his injury and should be back on the field soon. Giants beat reporter Art Stapleton shot video of Beckham running during Wednesday’s practice.


NFL Training Camp Reports: NFC East Aug 4 – Cowboys searching for new backup

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