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NFC East Training Camp Roundup: Week of Aug. 11- Aug. 16

Dan Ciarrocchi, Mike Harar and Sean Patterson take a look at what's been going on with the Redskins' NFC East rivals this week in training camp:


New York Giants

  • Victor Cruz an Eli Manning picked up exactly where they left off in the Giants' preseason debut versus Pittsburgh. Manning hit Cruz along the seam for a 57-yard touchdown, and it looked like the type of hookup you can envision from them a few more times this season. On the night, Manning went 2-for-5 for 73 yards.

  • This offseason, as you could imagine, Redskins fans have become familiar with the rehab process when coming off ACL surgery. Now imagine having to go through that three times. That's what defensive back Terrell Thomas is going through this offseason, and the veteran stated he is "totally confident" in his surgically repaired knee according to Big Blue View.
  • The Giants are looking for signs of life from their 2011 second-round pick Marvin Austin, who was projected to be a boon to the team's interior pass rush when he was drafted. But injuries have hampered the former North Carolina standout throughout his NFL career, and the third-year defensive tackle finds himself on the team's roster bubble.

Philadelphia Eagles (by: Sean Patterson)

  • Cornerback Cary Williams is worried about the defense's toughness. While he has received a lot of criticism for his comments, I would not exactly say he is wrong. Williams, the former Baltimore Raven, is used to a defense with attitude and, based on what I hear during NFL Sound FX episodes, loud barking noises.
  • Eagles traded offensive lineman Nate Menkin to the Texans for former Oregon wide receiver, Jeff Maehl. The Eagles need wide receivers and Chip Kelly acquired one he is familiar with. Makes sense to me. Check out his combine measures and highlights here.
  • Rookie Safety Earl Wolff had reps with the first team next to Patrick Chung. Wolff is in the competition for the other safety position. Greg Salas is acting like his usual self at this point, impressing everyone all the time. Michael Vick and Nick Foles were both unimpressive during practice on Aug. 12, Bleeding Green Nation writes.

Dallas Cowboys (by: Mike Harar)

  • The Cowboys had their second preseason game on Friday against the Raiders and lost 19-17. The starting defense got off to a great start, with DeMarcus Ware getting early penetration and Jason Hatcher and Sean Lee converging for a sack on Matt Flynn that resulted in a recovered fumble. In his first preseason action, Tony Romo looked solid as he hit Dez Bryant for several first down completions. The much maligned interior of the offensive line held up well against an unimpressive Oakland defensive line, with the team averaging over five yards per carry going into halftime.
  • Back at training camp the following Sunday, cornerback Orlando Scandrick got into an odd situation in which he pushed an official out of frustration and was kicked off the practice field. Rookie cornerback B.W. Webb continued to struggle with punt return duties and on defense as he got beat deep by Anthony Armstrong for a long touchdown at one point. Fellow rookie Terrance Williams, the wide receiver out of Baylor, had a good day in his first practice back from a concussion with two deep catches.
  • On Monday, Bryant continued his stellar play with several nice receptions and Armstrong showed again that he is capable of making the big play when he out-jumped two defenders for a long catch. Cornerback Brandon Carr struggled on the one-on-one drills, allowing three touchdowns. Linebacker Bruce Carter earned praise when he stuffed DeMarco Murray at the 1-yard line during team drills.
  • Bryant continued his busy week by making national headlines on Tuesday when he decided to throw in his two-cents on the Johnny Manziel situation. Bryant, who was suspended for the majority of the 2009 college season after he lied to NCAA officials about his relationship with Deion Sanders, answered "hell yeah" when asked if he would be mad if Manziel is not suspended for allegedly receiving payments for autographs

  • The team had a closed practice on Wednesday. Undrafted rookie left guard Ron Leary, who has been working with the starting unit since Nate Livings was sidelined with an injury, missed the morning walkthrough with a sore knee and underwent an MRI. Later in the day, the team learned Leary will need surgery and will be out three to four weeks. In the meantime, they have offered a contract to veteran guard Brian Waters, who has not played in the NFL since 2011.