East Notes: Thomas, Pats, Wright, Barkley

Daniel Thomas, who was once looked at as the best tailback in Miami, may not make the Dolphins‘ roster, writes James Walker of ESPN.com. The former second-round pick has been hampered by a hamstring injury this summer and has to make a big impression tomorrow night to solidify his spot. More from the AFC and NFC East..

  • The Patriots‘ acquisition of Tim Wright doesn’t have much to do with the health status of Rob Gronkowski, tweets Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Wright, a converted wide receiver, doesn’t block the way that Gronk can but will probably be utilized in the passing game.
  • Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer expects the Eagles to retain Matt Barkley at their third quarterback. There had been some speculation that G.J. Kinne could beat out Barkley for the final spot, or that the Eagles could carry only two quarterbacks, but Barkley solidified his standing after a rough spring, and Kinne is probably practice-squad bound.
  • Free agent addition Malcolm Jenkins could be the key to elevating the Eagles‘ secondary, writes Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The Eagles have been searching for a quality safety since the departure of Brian Dawkins six years ago and Jenkins could be just that. Jenkins was displaced in New Orleans when the Saints signed Jairus Byrd, and he’s surely anxious to show what he can do for a new club.
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