NFC East Notes: RGIII, Washington, Carter

Washington coach Jay Gruden told reporters today that he’s going to stop criticizing quarterback Robert Griffin III in public. “Early on in the season, when I first got the job, I knew there were going to be a lot of questions about Robert,” Gruden said, according to Tarik El-Bashir of “But I wanted to make this thing about the Redskins and not about him, and somehow we’ve made it more about him than about the team. And that’s my fault.” More from the NFC East..

  • Former Packers offensive tackle Derek Sherrod got a tryout with Washington earlier today, a league source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (on Twitter). Just yesterday, Sherrod auditioned for the Patriots. The Packers, who took the 25-year-old with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2011 draft, waived Sherrod earlier this month.
  • DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant are getting more attention, but Bruce Carter will also be a free agent at season’s end. The linebacker could wind up elsewhere, but he wants to stay with the Cowboys, writes Todd Archer of “I love it here,” Carter said. “It’s been a great organization, since Day 1 when I got the first call when I was getting drafted. So it’ll be a nice place to stay. But it is a business, so we’ll just see how it goes.”
  • In today’s mailbag, a reader asks Bob Sturm of The Dallas Morning News if the Cowboys should add to their strength and take an offensive lineman in the first round of the 2015 draft. While beefing up the O-Line is always a good thing, Sturm suggests that defensive end should be top priority followed by running back and safety. Of course, depending on how things shake out with Murray, running back might not be a real need for Dallas.
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