NFC East Training Camp preview: Cowboys fist fades

Ryan Dunleavy of The Post breaks down the NFC East facts while going to training camp:

New York Giants

Fitness Trainer: Brian Dabol (first year)

Training camp site: East Rutherford, New Jersey

The main additions: The hood-bound giants chose their only true free-agent investments in G Mark Glowinski and QB Tyrod Taylor. The road to any instant improvement is tied to RT Beginners Evan Neal, EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, WR Wan’dale Robinson and CB Cor’Dale Flott to become quality beginners.

Main losses: In addition to losing his former team in the first round, TE Evan Ingram, and former second coach Will Hernandez to free agency, the Giants also cut two of their best CB players James Bradbury and S Logan Ryan. S Jabrill Peppers and DT Austin Johnson also played major roles for several years before leaving in free agency.

Must-Watch Bootcamp Events: What would crime – trapped in the Stone Age for the past two years – look like when Daboll and attack coordinator Mike Kafka mixed ideas from the explosive Bills and Chiefs? The high school has gone from strength to weakness in the off season, which is worrying defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. Giants beg for patience to build the right track after burning four years of failed quick fixes, so the overall slate depth is too light to withstand the annual rash of injuries.

GM’s New Giants System Joe Schoen and Coach Brian Dabol.
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Washington leaders

Fitness Trainer: Ron Rivera (third year)

Training camp site: Ashburn, Virginia.

The main additions: After inquiring about Russell Wilson, Washington settled on QB Carson Wentz to replace retired Ryan Fitzpatrick. He’ll play behind an offensive line featuring new GS Andrew Norwell and Trae Turner, and pitch to new deep-threat debutant WR Jahan Dotson.

Main losses: A multi-year contract battle with J Brandon Sheriff ended with Sheriff joining Jaguar. DTs Matt Ioannadis and Tim Settle are in the center of the defense. TE Ricky Seals Jones remained in the division, landing with the Giants.

Must-Watch Bootcamp Events: Football in Washington appears secondary to a congressional investigation into allegations of rampant misconduct by owner Daniel Snyder. If that wasn’t enough, defensive coordinator Jacques Del Rio might have some explanation for players for comments that could be interpreted as racist and justify a $100,000 fine. On the field, it is Wentz, now or never, who has been blamed for poor performances by teams in the two cities where he joined his third team in three years. The previous rookie defensive season of the year Chase Young was a disappointment filled with injuries. How does it look back?

AJ Brown
AJ Brown

Philadelphia Eagles

Fitness Trainer: Nick Siriani (second year)

Training camp site: Philadelphia

The main additions: The Eagles made most of their improvements in the draft and beyond, trading for WR AJ Brown and DT Jordan Davis and C Cam Jurgens with first and second round picks, respectively. They then focused on high school by adding CB James Bradberry and S Jaquiski Tartt. EDGE Haason Reddick was earlier signed to free agency.

Main losses: Brandon Brooks has retired, but hasn’t really been a full-time part of the offensive line since 2019. S Rodney McLeod and CB Stephen Nelson left on free agency, but their replacements are an upgrade.

Must-Watch Bootcamp Events: It’s unclear how committed the Eagles are to QB Jalen Hurts. With an additional capital reserve for 2023, Hurts would be wise to spend a big season and convince the Eagles that a replacement is not needed. Two of the Eagles’ basic elements – the offensive and defensive lines – are undergoing changes. The right guard is a hole that must be filled in no time if the Eagles are to become dominant in the running game again. The Bradberry-Darius Slay angle combination could be the best in the NFL.

Cowboys in Dallas

Fitness Trainer: Mike McCarthy (third year)

Training camp site: Oxnard, California.

The main additions: There is no denying that the Cowboys lost more than they gained when the free agency was revealed. WR James Washington and EDGE Dante Fowler lead the class. Freshmen OT Tyler Smith and EDGE Sam Williams were early high-risk, rewarding recruiting picks.

Main losses: There will be new looks to WRs without Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson, and to OLs without La’el Collins and Conor Williams. There are two strengths that look like weaknesses now. S Keanu Neal has not been as good with the Cowboys as he was with the Falcons earlier in his career.

Must-Watch Bootcamp Events: Unemployed Super Bowl-winning coach Sean Payton will cast a shadow over McCarthy’s hot seat all season. The Cowboys Championship window appears to be closing now that the All-Pro offensive streak has been rebuilt and the Dak Prescott-Ezekiel Elliott-Amari Cooper twins have fallen back to two (and possibly one after this season). Will Defense Coordinator Dan Quinn’s magic touch continue? Or was last year’s success relied too heavily on volatile fast food? If Micah Parsons takes the next step in camp, he could be the best defensive player of the year.

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