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NFC East Intel: 2.23.15

On this week's edition of NFC East Intel, we look at the Eagles possibly looking to bolster their secondary, Victor Cruz' future and the Cowboys dealing with uncertainty at cornerback.

Philadelphia Eagles

Headline:Eagles May Pursue Top Cornerback In Free Agency


While the Eagles' offense receives the majority of media attention thanks to the style head coach Chip Kelly likes to run with, they may be pursuing soon-to-be free agent cornerback Byron Maxwell, according to a report by CBSPhilly.

What this means for the Redskins: If the Eagles were able to nab Maxwell in free agency, it would give them a cornerback who not only has experienced quite a bit of success in the NFL, but a player who could fill the No. 1 role at the position.

During the last two seasons as a member of the "Legion of Boom," Maxwell has recorded 24 passes defensed, six interceptions and two passes defensed.

The Redskins were able to expose the Eagles' struggles on pass defense this past season, as they threw for 647 yards and Philly's former teammate, DeSean Jackson, had little trouble getting open deep on several occasions.


Headline:The Future With Wide Receiver Victor Cruz Remains Uncertain


Victor Cruz was the Giants go-to receiver for a handful of years, but after suffering a torn patellar tendon in his right knee during the 2014 regular-season, they may be cautious with him for their plans.

What this means for the Redskins:Even before suffering a season-ending injury, Cruz wasn't quite productive as he had been in years past, recording only 23 receptions for 337 yards and one touchdown in six games.  

And with the sudden rise of AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr., Giants general manager Jerry Reese said at the NFL Combine on Saturday, "you can't put 100 percent in that basket."

"Our doctors said he looks good, I see him in our trainers' room working out with our trainers and doctors, he looks good," Reese said. "But until you get out there ‐ his game is quickness ‐ until you get out there and move around, you really never know how he's going to recover from that. We're hoping and praying he comes back 100 percent and be the Victor Cruz that we know."

Rueben Randle stepped up in Cruz' absence last season, recording 71 receptions for 938 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.

The Giants' hope is that Beckham Jr., Cruz and Randle can all remain healthy to form a potent trio of receiving options.


Headline:The Cornerback Situation Remains Fuzzy With Morris Claiborne's Status Uncertain


As the Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray contract situations are surely ones the Cowboys want to resolve quickly, the Cowboys also need to figure out their cornerback situation with Claiborne still rehabbing from injury and Brandon Carr's own contract  situation leaving questions about his future.

What this means for the Redskins:The Cowboys made a splash during the 2012 NFL Draft, trading up to the sixth-overall pick to select Morris Claiborne, the top rated cornerback in that class.

Between injuries and just a lack of performance on the field, though, Claiborne has struggled to live up to the expectations placed on him, as he has just three interceptions in 29 career games.

The LSU product is also expected to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list as he continues to work his way back from a torn patellar tendon.

Carr, meanwhile, is expected to have an increase in pay this season, and if the Cowboys don't believe he's worth the money he's scheduled to make, then they may cut him




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