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NFC East roundup: Down on Vick

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NFC East roundup: Down on Vick

Have you've been wondering how it is the Philadelphia Eagles, a team many a pundit predicted to win the NFC East this year, struggled to defeat the supposedly lowly Cleveland Browns inthe season opener?The headlines over at CSNphilly.com provide insight. Vick's fundamentals were lousy Vick needs to stop thinking and just play Reid deflects criticism away from VickEagles quarterback Michael Vick attempted an astonishing 56 passes, but barely completed half of them(29) while throwing four interceptions.Yes, he ultimately threw the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it was the many wayward tosses that nearly derailed the Eagles despite playing a Browns teamdirected offensivelyby an overmatched rookie quarterback. That won't be the case in Week 2 when Philadelphia hosts Joe Flacco -- not to mention ball-hawking defenders like Ed Reed --and the Baltimore Ravens. Vick could be without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who is dealing with a hip pointer. Once you move past the fantasy football type thoughts about the Dallas Cowboys opening game victory - Tony Romo throwing for three scores, unheralded Kevin Ogletree catching two of them, DeMarco Murray running for daylight - the improved cornerback play was a true standout. High profile free agent Brandon Carr and No. 1 draft pick Morris Claiborne more then held their own against the Giants upside receivers and did so without the veteran incumbent Mike Jenkins, recovering from shoulder surgery. The Cowboys hope to have Jenkins ready for the Seahawks in Week 2 - and is it turns out with their depth issues, they need him. As for the Giants, many a sleepless night has been had by "disgusted" defensive end Justin Tuck since Wednesday's 24-17 home loss to the Cowboys. Hard to imagine he's alone considering New York struggled in many facets, from its vaunted pass rush to its potent passing attack. To avoid a 0-2 start, the Giants must defeat Tampa Bay, a team brimming with confidence after opening the season with a win under new coach Greg Schiano."I think every guy in this locker room is disgusted with how we played, and want to come out and have a better showing, considering Tampa is coming off a great win over Carolina,'' Tuck said.

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Video of Terry McLaurin's insane minicamp catch is finally out and you need to watch it

Video of Terry McLaurin's insane minicamp catch is finally out and you need to watch it

Back in a June 5 minicamp practice, Dwayne Haskins threw a touchdown to Terry McLaurin. But this was no ordinary touchdown. It wasn't even an extraordinary touchdown.

It was honestly an extra extraordinary touchdown. In fact, if it happened during a real game, it would've counted for double points.

Unfortunately, the score came during a period of no filming, so none of the assembled media were able to get the highlight on camera. Tweets were sent, but the play deserved far more than the handful of characters on social media it received:

Luckily, a few weeks later, footage from that sequence has finally been released. You know how Taylor Swift will randomly drop a song and music video out of nowhere? This is like that, except it involves two Ohio State rookies making football magic instead of a bunch of veiled shots at other celebrities.

Here's the catch, which is still hard to process no matter how often you watch it:

If you really, really slow the clip down, it appears as if McLaurin reaches around cornerback Deion Harris, hauls in the ball with two hands right in front of the defender, then transfers it to his one hand while securing the grab. It's just insane.

There are almost no circumstances where it's acceptable to full-on spike a ball in minicamp. However, McLaurin mega-spiked it following this TD and deservedly so, too. Hopefully, next time he pulls something like this off, it'll be on a Sunday in front of plenty of cameras. 

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Redskins fans shouldn't forget about Colt McCoy because the coaches haven't

Redskins fans shouldn't forget about Colt McCoy because the coaches haven't

After a third surgery on his leg in April, Colt McCoy did not practice with the team during OTAs or mandatory minicamp. He was in Ashburn for many of the workouts, but did not take any team snaps.

In a normal quarterback battle, that would put McCoy at a distinct disadvantage, but the Redskins quarterback battle is not exactly normal. 

Veteran Case Keenum and rookie Dwayne Haskins got nearly all of the work at signal caller during the spring practice sessions, and both showed signs of being able to take over head coach Jay Gruden's offense. Keenum proved he can handle the huddle and has quickness when plays broke down behind the line of scrimmage. Haskins showed a rocket arm and a ton of potential, but he's also a rookie trying to learn a boatload about life in the NFL in a hurry, like calling plays, and that showed too. 

All of that is a long way to say neither Keenum nor Haskins locked up the top QB job. And that means the door is still open for McCoy.

"We would love for him to take some reps, but obviously his health is more important right now than anything, and that is the most important thing for him," Gruden said about McCoy on the first day of minicamp. "When his time comes it will come quickly. He will be ready."

Gruden's quote speaks to the biggest advantage McCoy will have once he hits the field. He's been with the Redskins since 2014, and knows Gruden's version of the West Coast offense backwards and forwards. 

Throughout the spring sessions, Haskins made clear that his number one goal for the offseason was to learn the playbook and gain mastery of calling plays in the huddle. McCoy already has that.

Speaking with reporters on the last day of minicamp, Keenum explained that Gruden's offense is the seventh or eighth new system he's learned in the NFL. Keenum said each system is like learning a new language, and that "there is no Rosetta Stone for the West Coast Offense."

If there was a translator, its name would be Colt McCoy. 

Once doctors clear the former University of Texas star, he will immediately be the Redskins quarterback with the best understanding of the offense. That will show up on the field right away.

Remember too that Gruden has tried to turn to McCoy as his quarterback at a few different turns, but injuries have always derailed those plans. If McCoy gets fully healthy in time for Richmond, which team sources believe will happen, he has a chance to finally take over this job.

Make no mistake, Haskins is the Redskins long-term future at the quarterback position. He has the talent but needs to learn the speed of the NFL, from playcalling to pass rush. Eventually though, he will be on the field for the Redskins. 

If he wins the job, it's his.

Same for Keenum, who is probably better than he showed last year in Denver but not as good as his career season with Minnesota in 2017. Keenum could certainly start Week 1 in Philadelphia and is probably ahead of Haskins right now. 

But fans would be wise not to count McCoy out of the quarterback competition. The Redskins coaching staff definitely hasn't. 

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