NFC East roundup: Cowboys set rules for Bryant

NFC East roundup: Cowboys set rules for Bryant

Everyone acknowledges Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has crazy talent and on-field potential. It's the at times crazy off-the-field antics that gets the rising third-year receiver with a checkered past into trouble - or at the minimum draws concern from those paying him.

That is why the Cowboys, according to the Dallas Morning News, have drawn up a list of rules the 23-year-old Bryant must adhere too, including:

Bryant will not drink alcohol.

There will be times put in place to restrict how late Bryant is out at night, but he wont necessarily have a specific, drop-dead curfew time. It will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Bryant wont attend any strip clubs and nightclubs unless the nightclub involves a team function and he has a security team with him.

He must attend counseling sessions twice a week.

A multi-member, unarmed security team will be assigned to Bryant, with at least one man with him most of the time.

Members of the security team will drive Bryant to games, practices and team functions.

Sounds like someone was having. Last season Bryant finished with 63 grabs for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. Perhaps a more focused Bryant takes those numbers up to the Pro Bowl levels many expect.

Eagles: There is, has been and will be plenty of second-guessing going on regarding the Redskins right tackle position, maybe even a wistful look back at those available in free agency that ultimately landed elsewhere. One of those big bodies, former Buffalo Bill Demetrius Bell, took up shop in Philadelphia, signing a five-year, 34 million contract.

Yeah, right now that's now looking so hot as CSNphilly's Reuben Frank reporting has former seventh-round pick King Dunlap winning the Eagles left tackle spot. Surprising, perhaps, but Bell was a rather mediocre free agent option propped up by the overall weakness of the class. None of this solves the Redskins issues, but just a reminder that free agency doesn't solve everything.

Giants: What looked like a problematic injury suffered during Friday's preseason game for corner Prince Amukamara, who was carted off the field, is only a sprained ankle. However it remains uncertain whether he can play in the regular season opener though Amukamara is "holding out hope."

Based on what he as thinking at the time of the injury, as reported by the Newark Star-Ledger, missing one game should it come to that doesn't seem so bad.

I just felt something poking out the side of my leg, the Giants cornerback said today in his first session with reporters since getting hurt against the Bears. And I definitely had a flashback of (breaking) my fifth metatarsal from last season so I didnt know what was going on.

Redskins teammates already putting Jordan Reed in elite class

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Redskins teammates already putting Jordan Reed in elite class

Jordan Reed is expected to be front-and-center for the Redskins' offense in 2016, and with good reason.

The athletic tight end had his best season as a pro in 2015, hauling in 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Reed was also the healthiest he's been since he entered the league in 2012.

The organization has made it clear that Reed is a key cog in their machine, signing him to a five-year, $50-million contract extension earlier in the month

Simply put, Reed is a matchup nightmare. He is part of the new breed of tight ends: Physical freaks with uncanny athleticism and unparalleled agility for someone of that stature.

But where Reed really stands out is in his route-running.

Reed's route-running isn't just good, it's great.

Former Maryland standout and two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis was signed by the Redskins this offseason to provide guidance and depth to the position. He's had very little time to work with Reed, but it's clear to him that Reed's ability to run routes isn't just the best among tight ends, but the best among every pass-catcher in the NFL.

"I think Jordan Reed runs routes better than the best wide receivers in the National Football League," Davis told reporters following OTAs on Wednesday. "Route-running is his super power."

It may be hard to fathom given the type of season Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown had a year ago, or just how easy Cincinnati's A.J. Green and Atlanta's Julio Jones makes it look. On top of that Reed has to be compared to Seattle's Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski. But the praise coming from a standout tight end like Davis should be evident to just how good Reed is. But Davis isn't the only teammate effusive in praise.

Kirk Cousins looked Reed's way often last season, and very rarely did the decision to do so end up in an incompletion. During the last four games of the season, in which the Redskins went 4-0 and locked up an NFC East championship, Cousins threw to Reed 31 times, and Reed caught all but two of the passes. 

When asked if Reed still needs to improve, Cousins was quite honest. "Does he have to improve a lot?" he quipped at the pool of reporters at the Redskins' facility.

"Well, he was pretty good last year."

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Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson held out of OTAs

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Redskins rookie WR Josh Doctson held out of OTAs

Everybody wants to see what first-round rookie WR Josh Doctson can do when out on the field with Kirk Cousins and the Redskins first-team offense - but they were forced to wait on Wednesday. Washington decided to keep their prized rookie off to the side working with trainers while the team took part in individual and team drills.

"Just kind of Achilles got rolled up on, and I’m just taking it easy," Doctson said after the OTA session. "It happened back in minicamp, so I’m just trying to take it easy for the day. I’ll be back out there tomorrow."

'Skins coach Jay Gruden echoed Doctson's comments, saying the team was using precaution with the rookie.

"Sore Achilles," the coach said of Doctson. "We're just trying to be smart with him. We don't want it to reoccur."

While Doctson battled a broken wrist last November in college, the Achilles injury is new, though both coach and player did not seemed alarmed. 

DeSean Jackson also missed Wednesday's practice session, leaving the Redskins WR group down two of their most explosive players. 

"I’ll go tomorrow," Doctson said. "Just a small tweak."

As for the missed OTA session, the rookie still tried to absorb as much as he could.

"I’m trying to learn, take mental reps. Everything’s going pretty easy right now, learning from the older guys and just watching them," he said. "I’m not happy I ain’t get to practice today, but I understand I gotta take it easy."

Gruden on DeSean Jackson missing OTAs: He will probably show up

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Gruden on DeSean Jackson missing OTAs: He will probably show up

DeSean Jackson missed Wednesday's OTA session at Redskins Park, though Jay Gruden said he expects his WR to attend, eventually. 

"He will probably show up here, maybe next week, maybe whenever," Gruden said.

Throughout Jackson's tenure, he's had a spotty record of attending voluntary workouts and practices, though he did attend a workout earlier this month.

"He’s been here. He’s popped in, had a cup of coffee," Gruden said with a laugh.

It's important to remember that the sessions Jackson has missed are not mandatory, though his contract contains a $500,000 bonus if he attends 90 percent of workouts.

"Last time I looked up the word voluntary, it's his choice," Gruden said. "He knows what type of shape he needs to come in. He'll be ready to go."

During the OTA session, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense looked choppy, and new Redskins cornerback Josh Norman declared the 11-on-11 drills a win for the defense. Cousins also said that he is using this time - his first offseason as the undisputed starter - to sync timing with his receivers. 

With rookie WR Josh Doctson also not taking part in team drills due to a sore Achilles, the Redskins receiver group - considered by many to be the strongest position group on the team - was down two of its most explosive talents.