NFC East Notes: Eagles, Claiborne, Redskins

Some Eagles fans are fretting over the loss of DeSean Jackson, but Jeremy Maclin isn’t too concerned, writes Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News. “I think we’ll be fine, man. Obviously, DeSean’s one of the better playmakers in this league, but we’re moving forward, and I think we’ll be just fine . . . I’ve got faith in the guys in the locker room. [Coach] Chip [Kelly] said it himself: The offense is not built around one guy. We have multiple guys out there who can make plays,” said Maclin, who was not critical of his former teammate.

  • If it were up to Giants veteran Victor Cruz, the club would draft Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans at No. 12, writes Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. Cruz told NFL Network that he sees Evans as a possible replacement for the departed Hakeem Nicks and he’s not the only one in New Jersey thinking that way. Several sources have told Vacchiano that Evans, a 6-5, 225-pounder, is up near the top of their draft board .
  • The Cowboys‘ decision to pick up the option of cornerback Morris Claiborne next year isn’t nearly as easy as the one they’ll have to make on Tyron Smith, writes David Moore of The Dallas Morning News. The cornerback, who has been hampered by injuries in each of his first two seasons, took a step back in his second season and lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick. Luckily for Dallas, the club won’t have to cross this bridge until next year.
  • Mark Bullock of the Washington Post looks at three right tackles who could be fits for the Redskins. If Washington wants to tap a tackle early on in the draft, Bullock sees Morgan Moses of Virginia as a good match.
  •’s Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir wonder who will take on London Fletcher‘s leadership role with the Redskins. With Fletcher now retired, El-Bashir believes it’ll have to be a team effort to lead the locker room while Tandler says Robert Griffin III is up to the task.
  • Purdue offensive tackle Kevin Pamphile is visiting the Giants this week, a league source tells Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. The Packers, Bears, Texans, Cardinals, Dolphins, Chiefs, Raiders, Rams, and Jaguars have also shown interest.
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