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NFC East Offseason Grades

 

Dallas Cowboys: Obviously the Cowboys feel like they are favorites to make the playoffs again, and they should. Dallas is not, however, as good as their record last year indicated. Dallas overpaid to keep Terrence Williams but got Nolan Carroll at a good price. Byron Bell offers some insurance to injury along the offensive line but that was pretty much it in free agency for Dallas. Dallas took two receivers with their eight draft choices. They also took two defensive linemen and 4 defensive backs, suggesting that fixing their secondary was their main concern this offseason. Dallas, however, lost five starters to free agency. While Ronald Leary is the biggest departure, losing both starting cornerbacks and a starting safety makes for a transitional period. Fortunately Jaylon Brown should be able to play this year which gives Dallas a potential playmaker at linebacker. Taco Charlton has some nice upside as a developmental defensive end who can help immediately in the pass rush. Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis were both good value picks that had some questions marks about their game. Awuzie is consistent enough to possibly win a starting job, though he has speed limitations that might lower his ceiling. Dallas might not have gotten better this offseason. Offseason Grade: C

 

New York Giants: It was a relatively quiet year for the Giants after making a big splash in free agency in prior years. Johnathan Hankins, Victor Cruz, Coty Sensabaugh, and Robbie Gould each signed elsewhere with Hankins being the only major loss. Brandon Marshall replaces Cruz and should be an upgrade opposite Odell Beckham Jr. DJ Fluker was the only offensive lineman the team added this year and the disappointing former tackle looks to have been signed as a guard by the team. Finding a left tackle that can replace Ereck Flowers remains a priority for the Giants, though they don’t seem to realize it. Evan ENgram was an inspired selection by the Giants in many ways, assuming Manning can get the ball out immediately to avoid sacks. I like The combination of Engram, Marshall and Beckham Jr. will give Manning a lot to work with. 4th round pick Wayne Gallman and free agent signing Shaun Draughn might be the two best backs on the Giants roster. Defensively not much has changed. Second round defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson is the only addition of note. The Giants have the potential to be far more potent this year offensively. They also have a big problem at left tackle that went unsolved. Offseason Grade: C

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia reshaped their entire offense during free agency. In are Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery at receiver. Nick Foles returns as the backup quarterback and LeGarrette Blount will be the only power back on the roster, though it will still be a committee situation. Stefan Wisniewski was given starter money which means that either he or Jason Kelce will move over to guard. The Eagles brass seem to be setting Carson Wentz up to succeed this year after a promising rookie campaign. Derek Barnett, Sydney Jones, and Rasul Douglas were the first three draft choices for the Eagles. Barnett will join free agent acquisition Chris Long to replace the pass rush and overall edge play of Connor Barwin. The two rookie cornerbacks will team with former Saints first round selection Patrick Robinson and last year’s seventh round pick Jalen Mills to remake the cornerback depth chart. Nolan Carroll and Leodis McKelvin weren’t very good though so this was a necessary move. Bennie Logan will be a big blow to their defensive line but Gabe Wright and Timmy Jernigan have the ability to cover that loss. Offseason Grade: B-

 

Washington: Washington lost both of their starting receivers in Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. Terrelle Pryor will replace one while last year’s first round pick Josh Doctson will replace the other. Defensively Zach Brown, Terrell McClain and DJ Swearengin were added while Ricky Jean-Francois signed with the Packers. The biggest move was the departure of Scot McCloughan which leaves the Redskins with an owner that impedes the team's success and an organization full of yes men. They drafted well this year but it is difficult to see Bruce Allen and Doug Williams do better than McCloughan would have done. A glaring weakness for the team remains at running back even with the addition of Samaje Perine in the fourth round. Jonathan Allen and Fabian Moreau were both great value picks and potential starters. Ryan Anderson has the Alabama pedigree but looks like the type of player whose best years are in college. The dysfunction in the organization, possibly along with the racist nickname, seems to have Kirk Cousins reluctant to commit to Washington long term, at least not without getting paid top dollar. Cousins, for the record, is not worth top dollar, and the team would have done well to heed the advice of McCloughan and trade him for picks this year. Offseason Grade: F

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