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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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Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins shows off competitive spirit, soft touch - at Jenga (VIDEO)

After NFL minicamps end in mid-June, and before the grind of training camps start in late July, players are free to have a little bit of fun and try to relax. For Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins that evidently means a game of Jenga.

Fun at Kirk's 10 year high school reunion!!!

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The video comes from Cousins' wife Julie, and the caption explains that the couple were attending the quarterback's 10-year high school reunion. Looks like a fun scene, and the Michigan waterfront looks even better.

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For anybody that has watched Cousins on the practice field or listened to him mic'd up during a Redskins game, the competitive outburst is no surprise. Cousins likes to win, period. Even at life-size Jenga during his 10-year high school reunion. 

Obviously, contract talks between Cousins' representatives and the Redskins continue, and likely will until the July 17th franchise tag deadline. Last season, Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 passing yards, completing 67 percent of his passes to go with 25 TDs and 12 INTs. He's allowed to have a little fun here and there.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Pressure on Gruden, Galette confident

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.

Days until:

—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70

The Redskins week that was

Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.

Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.

Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.

Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.

Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds. 

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