With the Hall of Fame Game in the books and the team back in Oxnard addressing the lessons learned during the early start to the season; it is time once again for us to turn an inquiring eye to the rest of the NFC East. Our "friends" around the division are getting ready for their own return to the gridiron, so lets take a quick gander at what is going on behind enemy lines.
As I was able to do last week, I again was able to rely on Ed Valentine and the crew at Big Blue View for some excellent information on our foe from the the Big Apple. They may not have a Rabblerousr or OCC on staff, but the BBV crew does a pretty good job of covering the events of the G-men's camp.
- Jason Pierre-Paul has announced that being ready for the opening week game against our beloved Boys is not that important to him. JPP feels that it is more important that he is 100% when he does make his return. Sam Spiegelman at BBV has the story including this quote of Pierre-Paul:
"I don't know when my return will be," he said. "Right now I'm still in that stage where I know I can't go out there and perform, so I'm not going to try and rush back.."
"At the end of the day, I'm going to go out there when I feel comfortable."
- New York did remove right guard Chris Snee and cornerback Terrell Thomas from the PUP list. Snee is recovering from off season hip surgery, and Thomas will attempt to return from a third ACL surgery to the same knee. He has missed the last two seasons due to torn ACLs. Very few athletes are able to come back from three such procedures. All rivalries aside, best of luck Terrell.
- Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has missed quite a few practices due to a "groin injury" and the coaching staff is getting impatient. Last week I reported on Nicks injury without commenting on Tom Coughlin's growing frustration with the receiver, but now receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride has bluntly added his concerns to the situation. Ed Valentine tells us more:
"I think he needs to practice. He knows it. He and I talk about it all the time and he knows it. In order for you to be ready for the season, you need to have done it and done it over and over and done it wrong, made the adjustment and then have it become part of what you do, the correct way to do it," Gilbride said.
- So far the G-men have been able to avoid the injury bug that has infested NFL camps this summer. The biggest issue to report is that first round selection Justin Pugh suffered a concussion on Friday and now has to complete the league's protocol before returning to practice. Other than a strained groin for Corey Webster, who just returned from a groin strain, and the issues discussed above; the Giants are in good shape health-wise.
- Former Dallas Cowboy Martellus Bennett has left at least one mark on the Giants during his short tenure with the club. He turned Elisha Manning into a rapper. Even worse is the fact that his pizza salesman brother from Denver gets in on the act too. See the video here.
- The Giants will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Saturday afternoon.
Getting information about the comings and goings at the Skins camp in Richmond, VA is not nearly as easy as following up on our New York bretheren. It seems that every report concerning our tomahawk packing foe is about that Bobby Trey guy; and even their mothership is not very helpful.
- Speaking of Griffin, he has stated that he is ready to take the next step in his return to action. Mike Shanahan is still confining him to limited work, mostly 7 on 7 and individual drills. One thing that is starting to become evident, he is finally learning the importance of sliding. CBS DC gives a look at Bob's progress.
- Mike Harar, who is keeping an eye on things in Richmond for Hog's Haven, reports that in RGIII's absence, his fellow sophomore, Kirk Cousins, is looking much more in control of the offense than he did a year ago.
- Kirk Cousins has a definite command of the offense. I saw him take the majority of the snaps in team play and he was mostly on point. He did a great job with the hard counts and drew the defense offsides at least twice.
- Our friends at the piggy palace are starting to identify some positional concerns. Right tackle and to some extent the interior of the offensive line, the defensive line, and the safety slots are keeping the Redskins staff up at night. Does any of this ring a bell? Safety is the biggest concern, but that should allow rookies Bacari Rambo and Phillip Thomas to gain plenty of experience this season.
- The Washington Redskins will test their mettle against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night in the Volunteer State.
"Charlie Foxtrot" seems to sum up the recent state of affairs in Jeff Lurie's bird house; but hey, at least he has a young wife to comfort him at night.
- Finally a detail that even Edward Snowden wasn't able to leak; Chip Kelly may be announcing his starting QB today. According to reports, the coach has scheduled a meeting for after the Wednesday practice where the staff is expected to make their decision. Both Michael
PickVick and Nick Foles have been splitting first team reps, with Vick reportedly being the sharper of the two. This move should let us know which way Kelly will go with the offense; spread or West Coast. Brad Wilson of The Express-Times gives this quote from Chipper:
"We want to get through Tuesday, Wednesday practice, and then we've really got to sit down," Kelly said. "But after Wednesday, we'll probably have a final meeting and then have an idea going back through it. But we'll know by Wednesday what our situation is and kind of have who is going to be able to play in the game, and have it."
- The team from the City of Brotherly Love has been showing a lot of love for Dr. James Andrews' bank account. Three torn ACL's in 11 days is certainly enough to make the good doctor's accountant smile. This week, Arrelious Benn, the best blocking receiver the Eagles have, joined the two ACL victims I reported on last week. Head Bleeder Jimmy Kempski tells us more. In a related note, Jeremy Maclin's ACL surgery has been reported as a success.
- With the loss of Maclin and Benn, the receiver situation in Philly looks grim. Looking at their roster, the only two names I recognized were Jason Avant and DeSean Jackson. Other than the infamous Mr. Riley Cooper, that is. Given the Cowboys depth at the position, I wouldn't be shocked to find them snooping around Garrett's scrap heap once cutdowns begin.
- Speaking of Cooper, he has returned from his exile after being "excused" for four days. Naturally, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding his effect on the locker room, but with the need for someone to play opposite Jackson, at this time, Riley Cooper may be the best option the Eagles have. At least one Eagle has stated that while he will treat Cooper as a teammate, he has lost all respect for him as a human being. In an interview with Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly, LeSean McCoy had this to say:
"Ain’t nothing to prove. He said how he felt," McCoy said. "He’s still a teammate. I’m still going to block for him. I’m still gonna show great effort. Just on a friendship level, and as a person, I can’t really respect somebody like that. I think as a team, we need to move past it. There are some things that are going to be hard to work with, to be honest."
- Philadelphia will open the preseason at home against the New England Patriots, with whom they have held combined practices this week.
There you have it; the latest scuttlebutt from around the BEast. As for me, I'm off to visit the decontamination chamber after my latest venture into a certain "environment" and, for good measure, I think I'll get a penicillin shot as well; but before I go I will leave you with another thought from Sun Tzu:
Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.