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NFC East roundup: Cowboys corner passing on OTA's

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NFC East roundup: Cowboys corner passing on OTA's

Maybe cornerbacks not showing for OTA's is the latest trend. While we wait on hearing from DeAngelo Hall or Mike Shanahan as to why the Redskins starter missed Monday's fun, seems pretty clear why Cowboys corner and former Pro Bowler Mike Jenkins is expected to miss the start of Cowboys practice session on Tuesday: the2008 first rounder's role as starter is apparently no more.Dallas signed top free agent Brandon Carr to a mega contract this offseason and moved up in the first round to select LSU corner Morris Claiborne. Meanwhile Jenkins, beset by various injuries last season, enters the final year of his contract. Jenkins played through the pain last year and had shoulder surgery during the offseason.Rarely in these parts does someone utter the phrase, "but in fairness to the Cowboys," but in in fairness to the Cowboys, wow was their secondary brutal. Point to Tony Romo's late game gaffes or the offensive line's leaks, but one could legitimately argue the defensive backfield woestruly turned the Cowboys postseason hopes and dreams into ifs and buts.Jerry Jones says he wants to keep Jenkins in the mix, even though he's already paying Orlando Scandrick third corner cash. If the Cowboys part ways, they expect legitimate compensation back for a young corner with skills. Jenkins wants a new deal and his agent is Drew Rosenhaus. Something tells me this side will downplay the recovery from surgery and point to his decorated past. Not sure inquiring teams will. Yeah, this could be interesting... Nick Foles, the NFC East rookie quarterback drafted between Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, agreed to a four-year deal with Eagles on Monday.The third-round selection is in Philadelphia to battle Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards for the backup role behind the frequently banged up Michael Vick. When you're a team with legitimate playoff aspirations, securing the No. 2 quarterback spot is paramount - and that goes double when the starter is a runner with a lithe frame who constantly takes big hits playing behind a suspect offensive line. The only controversy in Eagles camp regarding the passers will come if Foles somehow flops. Vick's on-field vision allows him to avoid would-be tacklers, but I'm pretty sure the veteran is not paying attention in the least to the competition behind him. Not much news going on with the Giants, but at least any fears of Kellen Winslow solving Big Blue's tight end hole are gone. The Buccaneers shipped the veteran to the Seahawks for a late round pick. Martellus Bennett's chance to shine remains in play.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Where's Galette, Cousins' future

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Where's Galette, Cousins' future

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, November 18, one day before the Washington Redskins play the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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Today’s schedule: AM walkthrough and then travel to New Orleans. No media availability.

Days until:

—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 6
—Redskins @ Cowboys Thursday night (11/30) 13
—Redskins @ Chargers (12/19) 23

Quick Redskins news hits

C Spencer Long tried to play last week and he couldn’t make it more than a dozen snaps before sitting down for the rest of the day. He is out against the Seahawks tomorrow.

With Brian Quick and Ryan Grant questionable with concussions and Terrelle Pryor out with an ankle injury, the Redskins are down to three healthy wide receivers. While Quick and Grant might play, the depth chart could have Doctson, Crowder, and Harris on it.

The Redskins week that was

2 reasons Redskins didn't trade Terrelle Pryor—If you want to know why the deal with the Browns didn’t happen, follow the money. Between his signing bonus and the half of the year’s salary, the Redskins have already paid $4.5 million. Although he hasn’t been nearly as productive as they hoped he would be, there was no point in letting him go to save $1.5 million unless they got a second-day draft pick, or maybe a fourth, in return. See that Jay Gruden said that he didn’t hear of the proposed trade, talks must not have become too serious.

Remember Junior Galette? The Redskins don't seem to—As with Pryor, everyone is waiting for Galette to break out. But unlike Pryor, he’s not an expensive unproductive player. He’s making the veteran minimum. Against the Vikings, he played just 19 snaps. Perhaps a return to New Orleans for a game against his old team will spark a sack or two.

Recent comments from Cousins may hint at future in D.C.—Cousins has been big on making statements about the long-term future with the Redskins (read the post for specifics). That doesn’t mean that it’s a lock that he stays in town. But it should give some pause to those who believe that it is a lock that he will be in another uniform when 2018 or, at the latest, 2019 rolls around. He has never been inclined to go to the highest bidder and if the Redskins make a competitive offer that delivers what he wants he could well stick around.

How the Vikings scored 21 unanswered points against the Redskins—The 21-0 run in about seven minutes of game time that the Vikings used to make a competitive game at FedEx Field a rout was a combination of good offense by the Vikings and bad defense and offense by the Redskins. They couldn’t cover Adam Thielen on either drive. Cousins threw an interception off of his back foot and that set up the middle of the three touchdowns. If the Redskins end the season a game out of a playoff spot that seven-minute stretch will be one of the big reasons why they failed to make it.

Player one-liners, defense— Usually, the offensive edition of the player one-liners tends to be the most popular but this week it was the defense that drew the most interest. The defensive player I’m going to keep an eye on the most in the last seven games is rookie safety Montae Nicholson. He has the speed and hard hitting ability that the secondary needs. When asked what will happen when Nicholson is healthy, Jay Gruden said without hesitation that he is the starter. Nicholson’s health will be important for the defense down the stretch. DeAngelo Hall is better suited to a part-time role at this stage of his career.

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

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Redskins getting thin at receiver with two more injured wideouts out on Sunday

In August, Redskins fans would freak out if they heard Jordan Reed and Terrelle Pryor would both miss a November game.

In November, that news doesn’t carry much worry.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced that Reed and Pryor, along with center Spencer Long, won’t play Sunday against the Saints.

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Reed hasn’t played in a few weeks as he is dealing with a hamstring injury. It seemed he might have returned last week before a setback slowed down his progress.

In his place, Vernon Davis has proved to be a sturdy backup capable of some big games.

Long injured his knee and while he played last week, he did not practice this week.

Not having Pryor is a bit of a surprise. His ankle injury popped up this week and he will see a specialist next week to examine the joint. In the middle of a disappointing season, the Redskins offense won’t lose much with his absence.

Elsewhere on the injury list, a number of players will be questionable for Sunday’s contest against the 7-2 Saints.

Perhaps most important, Trent Williams is questionable but will probably play.

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Receivers Ryan Grant and Brian Quick are expected to play after undergoing concussion protocol, but that will leave the Redskins with only three fully healthy wideouts: Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Maurice Harris.