The Publish’s Ryan Dunleavy breaks down the NFC East:
Coach: Mike McCarthy (second yr)
Coaching camp web site: Oxnard, Calif.
Key additions: S Keanu Neal is the one notable addition to a secondary that was traditionally dangerous final season. Rookie LB Micah Parsons, DL Brent City and edge rusher Tarell Basham are purported to improve the front-seven.
Key losses: CB Chidobe Awuzie signed with the Bengals and OLB Aldon Smith joined the Seahawks after resurrecting his profession. QB Andy Dalton is competing to be the Bears’ starter after he stepped in successfully for the injured Dak Prescott final yr.
Coaching camp storylines to look at: McCarthy was purported to be the savior final yr. Now it’s purported to be defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who helped orchestrate the Seahawks’ “Legion of Growth” secondary. The Cowboys are loaded at linebacker. Prescott lastly signed his $160 million contract, so now he has to dwell as much as large expectations — whereas coming off of a compound ankle fracture no much less. How lengthy till the Cowboys’ once-great veteran offensive line begins to interrupt down once more? Watch all of it unfold on HBO’s “Exhausting Knocks.”
Coach: Ron Rivera (second yr)
Coaching camp web site: Richmond, Va.
Key additions: After Washington gained the NFC East through the use of 4 completely different QBs final season, Ryan Fitzpatrick arrives because the starter — together with three new WRs: Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries and rookie Dyami Brown. CB William Jackson and OL Ereck Flowers signed massive contracts.
Key losses: QB Alex Smith retired after saving final season and CB Ronald Darby signed with the Broncos. Two Washington mainstays, DE Ryan Kerrigan (Eagles) and RT Morgan Moses (Jets), are gone.
Coaching camp storylines to look at: You gained’t see many reigning division champs make this many vital personnel modifications. The gunslinging Fitzpatrick lastly has a job during which he isn’t just a caretaker for a rookie, and Washington’s offense now not lacks complementary playmakers to WR Terry McLaurin. If Chase Younger improved within the offseason, the preseason would possibly reveal the NFL’s new finest edge rusher. Washington was fined $10 million by the NFL for its poisonous front-office tradition, so possibly Rivera can put these inquiries to mattress and proceed a brand new period.
Coach: Nick Sirianni (first yr)
Coaching camp web site: Philadelphia
Key additions: Failures drafting WRs over time didn’t cease the Eagles from buying and selling as much as choose Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith with decide No. 10. DE Ryan Kerrigan and S Anthony Harris signed one-year offers and needs to be motivated, if they’ve something left within the tank.
Key losses: Buying and selling disgruntled QB Carson Wentz fairly than making an attempt to restore the connection was a daring transfer. Two longtime Eagles, P Cam Johnson and WR DeSean Jackson, joined WR Alshon Jeffrey and CB Jalen Mills in splitting city. It appears the Eagles all the time are quick at cornerback.
Coaching camp storylines to look at: Projections for the Eagles vary from successful 11 video games to being one of many worst groups within the NFL. QB Jalen Hurts’ improvement is the foundation of the uncertainty. Even the Eagles weren’t anticipating their 2020 second-rounder to be the starter this quickly. Is that this a staff that had one hiccup and is able to reemerge as a perennial playoff contender? Or are the Eagles in denial over a stale roster and about to backside out after scapegoating fired Tremendous Bowl-winning coach Doug Pederson? A lot rides on Hurts.
Coach: Joe Decide (second yr)
Coaching camp web site: East Rutherford, N.J.
Key additions: The Giants spent on the high of the free-agent marketplace for WR Kenny Golladay and close to the highest for CB Adoree’ Jackson. TE Kyle Rudolph and rookie WR Kadarius Toney ought to assist in the crimson zone.
Key losses: RG Kevin Zeitler was a salary-cap casualty. Selecting to re-sign DL Leonard Williams at high greenback meant dropping run-stuffing DT Dalvin Tomlinson, who joined the Vikings.
Coaching camp storylines to look at: All eyes are on offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and QB Daniel Jones. After rating second-to-last in factors per recreation (17.5) final season, will Garrett’s playbook embrace extra inventive routes for the speedster Toney and downfield throws? It’s a make-or-break 12 months 3 for Jones’ improvement, however he solely can go so far as the safety permits. Yearly, the Giants say the offensive line is improved. It not often is. This time, it’s 5 starters age 24 or youthful making an attempt to jell. The Giants are unproven at pass-rusher, too.