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NFC East roundup: Aggressive versus patience


NFC East roundup: Aggressive versus patience

Cowboys: After starting with the 14th overall pick, Dallas traded up with the St. Louis Rams for the sixth pick - yes, the Redskins old slot - to grab LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, the first defender selected. The Cowboys secondary has been an issue, perhaps the issue when it comes to why they have been a sporadic playoff player and winner. Now with Clairborne and incoming free agent Brandon Carr, the weakness is a strength, on paper anyway...Trade talk began at high noon on draft day (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)Prominent Cowboys football writer calls maneuver risky (Dallas Morning News)Claiborne stunned he's heading to Big D (USA Today)Corner explains reported low score on Wonderlic by saying he "pretty much blew it off." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)Eagles: Defensive tackle was the popular position draft pundits linked to Andy Reid's club - but getting the top-rated option required a trade. So like their NFC East rivals, the Eagles moved from 15 to 12 and acquired Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox. Stout interior presence for deep defensive front.Once again, Eagles make a bold move to get what they want (CSNphilly)Analysis: Cox will slowly work his way onto the field (Sporting News)Meet the new guy (Philly.com)Albert Haynesworth's former position coach with the Titans excited to have Cox in Philly (CSNphilly)

Giants: The onlyNFC Eastteam staying pat in the first round, New York addressed their suspect ground game by drafting Virginia Tech RB David Wilson. Brandon Jacobs left Gotham in free agency and Ahmad Bradshaw will be coming off afoot injury. Still, I didn't think the Giants would take a back in the first. Why?......because they had not selected an RB before the fourth round since 2000. That's why. (Newark Star-Ledger)Patience leads to runner for Giants (New York Times)Wilson's power and versatility irresistible (Sporting News)Giants select "best acrobat" in the NFL (NY Daily News)

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Redskins injury report: Cravens good to go

Redskins injury report: Cravens good to go


Injured reserve

WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—While they wanted to wait until after the bye week to make this determination they sent the top draft pick to some more specialists and the decision was made to put him on the shelf. Jay Gruden said that he could return later in the season. The earliest he could do so would be Week 15.  


TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—The star tight end had symptoms after the Ravens game and it was determined that he has a concussion. This week he did get to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday but he was not on the field Thursday or Friday. This will be the second game missed for Reed.


WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder)—He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but he practiced on Friday and Gruden said “he ran around pretty good”. Both Jackson and Gruden seem to be confident that he will play but that remains to be seen.

Not on injury report

LB Su’a Cravens (concussion)—He entered the concussion protocol immediately after the Browns game. The rookie was a full go in practice on Thursday and Friday and Gruden said that “he’s good to go” after missing two games.


Check back for the Lions injury report when it is released later today.

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Redskins place first-round rookie WR Josh Doctson on injured reserve

Redskins place first-round rookie WR Josh Doctson on injured reserve

When the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson No. 22 overall, the idea was the rookie receiver out of TCU would push DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon for snaps and catches. An Achilles injury limited Doctson's ability to hit the field, and now has landed the receiver on the injured reserve list.

Washington coach Jay Gruden announced the move to IR on Friday and said "It's best for him. For his state of mind it's important to get this thing fixed."

Doctson opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not play in the preseason. He did not open the regular season on the IR, however, and played in the Redskins first two games against the Steelers and Cowboys, both losses.

From there, Doctson was inactive for four weeks before landing on the IR.

"I feel terrible for Josh," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said.

Moving Doctson to the IR had been discussed for a few weeks as his Achilles injury did not seem to improve, but Gruden and the Redskins front office wanted to wait and see if the rookie could rebound from the injury. A myriad of tests have been done on the affected area and did not reveal damage, so the cause of Doctson's pain remains unknown. 

Expect much more information on Doctson and what it means for the Redskins receiving group to come. 

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