- Jul 28, 2009
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Who's the third wide receiver? When the Cowboys were penalized $5 million in cap space this spring, it prevented them from re-signing Laurent Robinson, and that was a significant penalty. Not only was he productive -- producing 11 touchdowns last season -- he was someone Tony Romo trusted. Now that he's gone, tell me who replaces him? Kevin Ogletree? Please. He's the reason the Cowboys signed Robinson a year ago. The best bets are rookie Danny Coale and Andre Holmes, and both are reaches. You need three wideouts to play in this league, and, for the moment, the Cowboys don't have a third.
New York Giants
How secure are they at running back? Their running game ranked dead last in 2011, but it perked up in the playoffs, and it perked up because Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs started running to daylight. Jacobs is gone, Bradshaw is recovering from foot surgery and that could be a problem. The Giants go nowhere if they can't run, one reason they used their first draft pick on Virginia Tech's David Wilson. They also have D.J. Ware and Da'Rel Scott. But is that enough? Stay tuned.
Is Demetress Bell the answer at left tackle? The Eagles are locked and loaded at virtually every position, but left tackle is the exception. All-Pro Jason Peters suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, then re-injured himself after an initial surgery, and if you're concerned about keeping Mike Vick upright -- and the Eagles should be -- yeah, that's a big deal. Bell replaced Peters in Buffalo and might have developed if he could stay healthy. But he couldn't, and people there tell me they'd be surprised if he holds up for a full season.
How do we rein in expectations for RG3? Answer: We don't. I just heard cornerback DeAngelo Hall say his new quarterback is "light years ahead" of Michael Vick when Vick was a rookie, and that only makes Redskins' fans wonder if they just landed the next Cam Newton or Andy Dalton. Me? I'm not sure. What I do know is that Washington needs a lot of help, and I don't see great skill-position players around RG3. Plus, there's this: Washington hasn't made the playoffs the past four years and is 11-21 under Mike Shanahan. Talk about pressure. It's all on RG3's shoulders.