July 25, 2008

Recent NFL News And Notes

The Redskins spent the day fighting the injury bug as Devin Thomas pulled his hamstring and is expected to be sidelined for the next 10-14 days, meaning he will miss the Hall of Fame Game against the Colts.

In addition, DE Chris Wilson missed Wednesday's afternoon session due to a strained calf muscle while LaRon Landry also tweaked his hamstring.

Leigh Torrence has been making a name for himself this offseason. His training camp performance has been strong by many reports and he might end up making a push to play some nickel corner if Carlos Rogers is unable to play to start the season.

However, Rogers told ESPN 980 this morning that he will be playing in the season opener against the Giants and would like to play some preseason ball as well.

Quotables:

Jim Zorn on Ladell Betts and Clinton Portis.
"I look at Ladell and Clinton as good zone runners and excellent pass blockers. They do a really nice job in pass patterns."

Santana Moss on the new offense.
"No matter who you are, you are going to have a chance to make a big play."

Tomorrow I'll be starting a series of reviews breaking down the team position by position. Stay tuned.

Now for a look at the rest of the NFL.

RB Brian Westbrook and CB Lito Sheppard of the Philadelphia Eagles both reported to camp despite rumors that they would be holding out. This is good news for Eagles fans as Westbrook is the centerpiece of Philly's offense while Sheppard should combine with Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel to form a solid trio of CBs. The secondary will definitely be a strength for the Eagles as they also have Brian Dawkins at safety.

Packers fans today let the sports world know that they are fully behind Mike McCarthy and are willing to let Brett Favre depart. The Packers have been actively shopping him around and some of the possible trade partners mentioned are Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. My pick would be Tampa Bay primarily because the Bucs are reportedly completely enamored by the prospect of having Favre suit up in that hideous orange colored jersey. And they want to add a ninth QB to their roster.

Chargers rookie CB Antoine Cason ended his holdout and signed a deal on Wednesday. He will be learning from Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer so expect Cason to catch on quickly.

The Cowboys have still not signed their two first round picks, RB Felix Jones and CB Mike Jenkins. They also have yet to ink Terry Glenn meaning that the Boys will be missing three key components as they report to camp.

The Packers extended the contract of current starting OLB Brady Poppinga for four more years. Poppinga is considered the weakest link in a strong linebacking corps that includes AJ Hawk and Nick Barnett, but he is still a reliable player who can start games and hold his own.

And finally WR Anquan Boldin, once rumored to end up in DC, has announced he will not resign with the Arizona Cardinals, citing that the team lied to him about giving him a new contract. He told reporters he would finish his contract out if he was not traded, but that is it.

Boldin is a quality receiver who deserves to be treated fairly. Cards' owner Bill Bidwell is not exactly a revered figure in Arizona and his apparent mishandling of this affair will only further fans' views that he won't spend what it takes to win.

More to come.

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