With the 2019 NFL Draft less than a month away, the flood of free agency moves has abated – so let’s look over the new landscape of the NFC East division after the off-season moves.
ADDED: Jason Witten, Robert Quinn, Randall Cobb, George Iloka
LOST: Cole Beasley
Losing slot stalwart Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills may not affect the Cowboys receiving production as they added Packers veteran wideout Randall Cobb who would figure to put pressure on 2nd year pro Michael Gallup to start opposite Amari Cooper for Dallas.
They also brought back future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten to supposedly reignite his chemistry with Dak Prescott and give Dallas the potentially best offensive skill group that they have had in a few years.
On the defensive side they have brought in Vikings safety George Iloka and Miami Dolphins’ defensive end Robert Quinn to bolster what was an already formidable Dallas defense.
ADDED: DeSean Jackson, Malik Jackson, Jordan Howard, Vinny Curry, L.J. Fort, Andrew Sendejo
LOST: Golden Tate, Michael Bennett, Nick Foles, Jordan Hicks
The Philly Special is no more – quarterback Nick Foles left the team he brought a Lombardi trophy, with hopes to bring the same success to Duval County in Jacksonville for the Jaguars.
After less than a season the Eagles are moving on from receiver Golden Tate who they shipped off to their rivals in the division up in the Big Apple. In his place they brought back a fan favourite in DeSean Jackson who will look to recapture his Philadelphia shine after a lacklustre couple of seasons with the Buccaneers.
They also added Bears’ running back Jordan Howard which looks to slow the revolving carousel of a backfield that the Eagles ended last year with.
On defense there has been no slouching in the city of brotherly love, while shipping off Michael Bennett and Jordan Hicks to the Patriots and Cardinals respectively, the Eagles acquired defensive tackle Malik Jackson from the Jaguars, safety Andrew Sendejo from the Vikings, journeyman linebacker L.J. Fort from the Steelers, and brought back defensive end Vinny Curry to the fold from Tampa as well.
New York Giants
ADDED: Jabrill Peppers, Golden Tate, Antoine Bethea, Kevin Zeitler, Markus Golden
LOST: Odell Beckham Jr., Erick Flowers, Olivier Vernon, Jamon Brown, Landon Collins
The New York Giants have done what none thought they dared to do. Commit to another season of Eli – I’m joking of course… or am I?
No, unless you have been living in a cave for the year so far, you will know that they shipped off their star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. (along with Olivier Vernon) to the Cleveland Browns in arguably the biggest move so far of the offseason.
In return the Giants received the Browns’ 1st and 3rd Round picks from the 2019 Draft, as well as safety Jabrill Peppers and Kevin Zeitler. Golden Tate was brought in from Philly to replace OBJ (hmm…) as well as aging safety Antoine Bethea from the Cardinals to make up for losing Landon Collins to the Redskins.
If you are thinking “downgrade”, I believe you and the people of New York (with the exception of Jets fans) would be of like mind.
Another add from the Arizona desert was DE/OLB Markus Golden, and another departure was guard Jamon Brown to the Falcons.
Given that the Giants decided to move on from their biggest playmakers on both sides of the ball, you could see why some fans would be feeling a little salty (but don’t worry because now you have Peppers to go with that salt!) as most of the slack on offense will have to be picked up by 2nd year phenom Saquon Barkley. Given the lack of help he seems to be being surrounded with it is easy to predict the Giants’ 2019 season (pre-draft) to be all bark and no bite.
ADDED: Landon Collins, Erick Flowers, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Case Keenum
LOST: Jamison Crowder, Preston Smith, Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, Maurice Harris, Ty Nsekhe, Zach Brown, DJ Swearinger
The Washington Redskins decided to address their broken quarterback situation this offseason by adding journeyman Case Keenum under center.
Despite this I would still expect them to look to acquire a prospect in the 2019 Draft or trade for Arizona Cardinals’ Josh Rosen.
As well as adding Keenum, Washington paid versatile Giants safety Landon Collins to replace DJ Swearinger and/or Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix whom they both lost to Arizona and Green Bay respectively.
Along with Collins, offensive lineman Erick Flowers joined from New York to help bolster an offensive line that lost swing tackle Ty Nsekhe to the Bills. Lastly Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was coaxed out of retirement to complete the Redskins additions.
The players whom Washington lost will, in my opinion, come back to bite them. Not only did 2 solid safeties depart, but so did linebacker Preston Smith to the Packers, slot receiver Jamison Crowder to the Jets, and wideout Maurice Harris to the Patriots. Linebacker Zach Brown was also released.
Washington are nowhere near a complete team, and with the exception of the defensive front 3 and running backs, could look to add at almost every position this draft.
Our NFC East reporter is Chris Milner who covers Redskins, Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants. Chris is a Washington Redskins fan who has followed the game since 2011. He is one of our fantasy football correspondents and also co-hosts the ‘Same Level Fantasy Football’ podcast. Follow him on Twitter @chrismilner
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