NFC East Notes: Eagles, Mathews, Cowboys

The Eagles failed to invest properly at cornerback, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer opines. At one point in time, cornerback was considered to be a premium position in Philadelphia. Lately, the team has turned to second- and third-tier free agents and it shows in the results. McLane suggests that the Eagles should have gone for young, affordable corners like Prince Amukamara and Morris Claiborne or short-term deal guys like William Gay, Brent Grimes, and Terence Newman.

While you contemplate what could have been for the Philly secondary, here’s more from the NFC East:

  • Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick playing with plantar fasciitis, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes. So far, Scandrick has been able to tough it out and play through the pain, but one has to imagine that he might need some rest. If the Cowboys can clinch the top seed in the conference, he could get that opportunity before the playoffs begin.
  • Eagles running back Ryan Mathews (MCL sprain) will practice today, coach Doug Pederson told reporters this morning. He has missed the last two games but that’s a step in the right direction for him playing this week.
  • Bad news for the Giants as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will undergo groin surgery. JPP will miss a minimum of six weeks, which would rule him out for the first week of the playoffs and possibly the second week as well. There’s also no guarantee that he’ll be able to return if the Giants are able to go further than that in the postseason.
  • Could Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson wind up back with the Eagles? The Eagles are expected to pursue him and we learned today that the interest appears to be mutual.
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