NFC East Notes: Murray, Maxwell, JPP

Now that the Cowboys and DeMarco Murray have gone their separate ways, Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News isn’t sure if either side is better off. On Sunday, Dallas rushed for 80 yards, 12 fewer than its lowest total last season. The following night, Murray gained 20 yards from scrimmage in his debut with the Eagles. While many view both rushing performances as anomalies, Sabin seems concerned that it’ll be a pattern. Here’s more from the NFC East as the Cowboys gear up for an awkward interaction with their ex..

  • Some believe that the Cowboys let Murray go because they chalked his production up to the play of their offensive line more than the running back himself. Coach Jason Garrett says that the real reason for not matching the Eagles‘ offer was simply about money, as Ed Barkowitz of the Philadelphia Daily News writes. “We had a situation where we had a few different guys [whose contracts were up], who hit free agency at the same time,” Garrett said. “In a salary-cap era, unfortunately, you can’t keep everybody.”
  • Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell hasn’t been living up to the fat contract he signed in free agency but he’s confident that he can “fix” the problems he had in Week 1, as Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes. “I understand that’s what it’s going to be,” the $63MM corner said of the criticism he’s received. “They’re going to react like that. They’re going to love you when you do well and hate you when it goes the other way. That’s part of the business that we’re in. You’ve got to take one on the chin and keep moving. Keep going. You can’t let it bother you too much.”
  • Will Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul be the same player going forward after his fireworks accident? He sure seems to think so, based on a tweet he sent out Thursday morning. “I can’t think of the last time my index finger got me a sack ;),” JPP wrote.
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