NFC East Blog
Ryan Williams has officially been released from the Dallas Cowboys in the final cutdown of preseason. He was in a battle for third-string duties with RB Joseph Randle, who Owner/GM Jerry Jones spoke highly of, saying "He's really playing outstanding. That's not an exaggeration." Williams might go to the Cowboys' practice squad, although he may eventually get picked up by another team.
ESPN's Ron Jaworski said says that Robert Griffin's mechanics have regressed in a "fundamental way." Jaworski, speaking on Colin Cowherd's radio show, said he believes that Griffin has gotten worse with "his throwing slot, his footwork, his inability to remain consistent." And Jaworski went on to say that he believes it's clear that Griffin needs to "learn to play from the pocket." Griffin has yet to play a full 16-game season in the NFL and was shut down by the Redskins after Week 14 of last year to preserve his health.
The Washington Redskins have revealed TE Jordan Reed has a sprained thumb but "should be OK for regular-season opener vs. Houston," according to the team's Twitter account. It is unclear when the injury happened, but it most likely occurred during Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens. The plan is for Reed and the rest of the starters to sit out Week 5 of preseason, so he'll have a few weeks to heal up.
As good as the Eagles looked Thursday night against the Steelers, they came this close to two helpings of really bad news.
First, star running back LeSean McCoy left during the first quarter with a thumb injury. He had the digit X-rayed and came away with no broken bones or torn ligaments. It's just a sprain, and McCoy should be fine soon.
Later in the first half, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin went down in a heap while coming out of a route. He immediately grabbed his right knee, the same knee in which he tore his ACL last year. However, after a minute or two, Maclin walked off the field under his own power and actually re-entered the game on the next drive, catching a pass on its first play.
On the first Eagles drive of preseason game No. 3, quarterback Nick Foles threw passes low, short and behind his wide receivers. He looked a bit rusty to say the least. The second drive was much better. Foles started 3-of-3 passing and capped it with a 27-yard swing pass to RB LeSean McCoy. On the third drive of the first quarter, Foles returned to his previous form and threw a bad interception to Troy Polamalu. For the night, Foles went 19-of-29 passing for 179 yards with one TD and one interception.
Chip Kelly continued turning the Philadelphia Eagles into University of Oregon-East on Tuesday. The Eagles acquired running back Kenjon Barner from the Panthers for a conditional seventh-round pick, bringing the total of former Ducks on the Eagles' current roster to nine.
Barner is a small-but-exciting player. He was drafted in the sixth round last year but saw only six carries in Carolina. As a senior at Oregon in 2012, Barner gained more than 2,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 23 touchdowns while being coached by Kelly.