NFC East Notes: Gruden, Cowboys, Thomas

After the 2014 season, coach Jay Gruden lobbied for help in the Washington front office, producing the hire of Scot McCloughan as GM. Washington now has its first proven team architect since the days of Charley Casserly, but Mike Jones of the Washington Post wonders if the coach will be able to turn things around in 2015 and beyond. Gruden and McCloughan share similar philosophies on how a roster should be constructed, but Washington must show tangible improvement in 2015. Otherwise, Gruden could find himself out of a job. Here’s more from the NFC East..

  • Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News feels that if the Cowboys add another running back, it’ll be someone with size and power who can run the ball in the fourth quarter to close out games. Given the strength of this year’s rookie crop at the running back position, Gosselin expects youngsters to force out several quality veteran backs, freeing up someone of use for Dallas. All in all, the scribe wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cowboys add someone on the cheap in August. Daniel Thomas, he adds, could have been an out-of-house addition, but he went on to sign with the Bears instead.
  • Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler of looked at the running back depth chart in Washington. As of today, El-Bashir sees Alfred Morris, Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, and fullback Darrel Young making the final cutdown, but he won’t rule out Silas Redd finding his way on to the final roster.
  • Earlier today we looked at a handful of items out of Washington, including DeSean Jackson taking shots at his former team, the Eagles.
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