NFC East Notes: Giants, RGIII, Gruden, Murray

A rash of injuries have forced the lowly Giants to make changes, writes Tom Canavan of The Associated Press. Five players, including offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz and defensive ends Mathias Kiwanuka and Robert Ayers, were placed on injured reserve Tuesday, the single largest number of players that a Tom Coughlin-coached team has put on the list in one day during his career. In total, 20 Giants players have been placed on IR this season, more than any other team in the NFL. Tonight’s look at the NFC East..

  • Peter King of The MMQB senses that we’re headed for something of a market correction at the quarterback position. General managers seem to be getting more hesitant about the idea of a mobile quarterback and with tons of question marks about this year’s new crop, the demand might not be all that high for signal callers. Washington traded a boatload of picks to land Robert Griffin III just a few years ago, but it’s very doubtful that Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston will generate a similar buzz.
  • Washington coach Jay Gruden blames much of the team’s problems on injuries to key offseason additions, as Tarik El-Bashir of writes. “In training camp, we had high hopes, man, we really did,” Gruden said. “We thought we had some pieces in place and then we just hit the injury bug. A lot of the free agents that we signed and counted on …[linebackers] Darryl Sharpton and Akeem Jordan, they’re out. Tracy Porter never practiced.” Sharpton and Jordan were signed to provide veteran depth at inside linebacker but never played a snap on defense in 2014. Porter, who inked a two-year contract to be the team’s third cornerback, played a total of 89 snaps over three games before landing on injured reserve last month with a shoulder injury.
  • The Cowboys are treating pending free agent DeMarco Murray as if he’s playing in Dallas for the final month, writes Bob Sturm of The Dallas Morning News. Murray’s workload has been incredibly high this year and Dallas has indicated that they will continue to feed him the ball.
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