The Philadelphia Eagles are four practices deep into training camp, and as we continue to dissect all things Birds, let’s take a quick break and take a look at the rest of the division.
Cowboys WR James Washington broke his foot
Washington is expected to miss about two months.
The Cowboys will be without WR James Washington for 6-10 weeks with a broken right foot suffered on Monday, multiple sources say. He is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday in Dallas.
—Todd Archer (@toddarcher) August 1, 2022
Washington has some speed, but was a somewhat disappointing former second-round pick of the Steelers in 2018. He had 24 catches for 285 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2021, before signing with the Cowboys this offseason.
While by no means one of the Cowboys’ best players, Washington is a potentially damaging loss because Dallas is already so thin at wide receiver. During the offseason, they traded Amari Cooper and lost Cedrick Wilson in free agency. Additionally, as noted in our injury/suspension tracker of the Eagles’ opponent, Michael Gallup said Friday that it’s “not a reasonable possibility” he’ll be ready for Week 1 as he continues. to rehabilitate a torn ACL.
So what’s left? The Cowboys still have CeeDee Lamb, but not much else. They selected Jalen Tolbert from South Alabama in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. They also have Noah Brown, who has 425 receiving yards during a five-year NFL career. Otherwise, the other eight receivers on the Cowboys roster have a combination of zero NFL receptions.
The Cowboys’ first two games of the regular season are at home against the Buccaneers and Bengals.
Saquon Barkley receives positive reviews
The Giants worked hard on the running game on the first day of padded training. Saquon Barkley looks explosive.
The first team attack didn’t make many plays in the passing game. Daniel Jones passed 5 of 13. The only big passing play was his first pass to rookie Wan’Dale Robinson, who continues to shine.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 1, 2022
After coming back from a torn ACL suffered at the start of the 2020 season, thus having ample time to recover, Barkley averaged just 3.7 yards per carry and 6.4 yards per reception in 2021, although be it obviously on an absolutely appalling offence. He plays on his fifth-year option in 2022 and is expected to become a free agent in 2023.
Assuming the Giants are very bad again in 2022, as expected, Barkley could be a trade-due chip if he plays the first half of the season well.
How’s Carson Wentz’s camp going?
From Ben Standig of The Athletic:
What has been clear with Wentz through five practices is the difference between throwing fast and holding the ball. The 6-foot-5 setter makes good choices and throws when delivering the ball almost immediately after taking the snap or identifying the perfect jump target. Problems lurk when Wentz is forced to scan the defense or round lay-ups in the flat.
Inaccuracy remains Wentz’s main flaw. He threw at least three interceptions on Monday, including two on back-to-back plays. During a 9-on-9 game, Fuller landed a throw from Wentz that traveled inside its intended target. On the next pass, the ball sailed past 6-foot-6 tight end Cole Turner and into the arms of safety Kamren Curl.
There was also this note:
People in Washington are quick to pick up on Wentz’s game, it seems.
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