NFC East Notes: Murray, Eagles, Redskins

With Eli Manning entering a contract year and his age-38 season, the Giants will be connected to a few quarterbacks this offseason. Now that Kyler Murray has spurned baseball for the NFL draft, he may be one of them. But Big Blue is not known for non-traditional quarterback types, and one Giants source told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano that the 5-foot-10 Murray is “probably a little too small” for the team to consider. Murray’s suitor list will become clearer as pre-draft workouts commence, but the Giants are in the thick of the market in holding the No. 6 overall pick and needing a Manning heir apparent. They appear readier to select a passer with a high draft choice this year than they were a year ago, but the Giants have been a traditional quarterback franchise. Manning is 6-foot-3. The Giants deployed 6-5 Kerry Collins and 6-3 Phil Simms. The starting passers that filled the gaps in between the franchise’s three most prominent signal-callers were also north of 6-3. So are top 2019 passing prospects Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones. Pat Shurmur said last year he prefers taller quarterbacks.

This could be music to the ears of quarterback-seeking teams who are intrigued by Murray, who will now be dissected as a prospect after committing to football. Murray could join Michael Vick and Johnny Manziel as the only sub-6-foot-1 passers selected in Round 1 (h/t’s Rich Cimini, via Twitter) in the past 51 years. Here is the latest from the NFC East:

  • Redskins video assistant Jack Gruden, the son of head coach Jay Gruden, was arrested Saturday and charged with being drunk in public, NBC 4 Sports reports (on Twitter). This occurred in Ashburn, Va., at the same area where Washington safety Montae Nicholson was arrested. Gruden, 22, was involved in three separate arguments, according to NBC Sports Washington. The Redskins are looking into the arrest. Gruden has been a Redskins staffer since 2018.
  • The Giants made another addition to their coaching staff, hiring Mike Dawson to be their outside linebackers coach. Dawson spent most of his career, including the past three seasons, at the college level. He followed Scott Frost from Central Florida to Nebraska. His lone NFL coaching experience was a three-year stay on Chip Kelly‘s Eagles staffs earlier this decade.
  • While the Eagles may use 2019 to draft a later-round quarterback and attempt to develop him behind Carson Wentz, the team still likes what it has in Nate Sudfeld, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia writes. Sudfeld should be expected to be Wentz’s backup post-Nick Foles, Zangaro adds. The former Redskins draft choice served as Foles’ top backup after Wentz went down in 2017 and did so again this past season.
  • A five-year, $100MM deal with $60MM guaranteed would be reasonable for DeMarcus Lawrence‘s long-term Cowboys terms, Todd Archer of writes. Lawrence can be expected to slide into the $4MM-plus-AAV gap between Khalil Mack and Von Miller, but with the cap expected to approach or exceed $190MM, the sixth-year defensive end could land a pact closer to Mack’s than Miller’s. Archer’s proposal would guarantee Lawrence 60 percent of his deal; Mack received a 58 percent guarantee. Melvin Ingram signed for 65 percent guaranteed.
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14 comments on “NFC East Notes: Murray, Eagles, Redskins

  1. TheTruth12

    The thing with this QB class is from a pure talent prospective it’s Haskins, Murray and then a HUGE drop off. Lock is a mid/late second, and Jones is a 3rd/4th rounder but obviously both are gonna go higher. Drafting a QB simply cause he’s taller is insanely dumb. Not better, taller

  2. afsooner02

    Baker was the “short QB” last draft….how’d that work out? How’d darnold, Rosen and Allen do? Draft solely on height and not talent and see where that gets you.

  3. GMB 883

    You might be right But way to early to evaluate all those QB’s. Over time they might all end up better than Mayfield. Most QB’s take at least 2/3 years to be consistently good in the NFL.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I would go so far as to suggest that coaching instability is more of a handicap to QBs than a lack of height. I think Tannehill was working with a different OC every year which would not help his development at all.

  4. GMB 883

    Also you didn’t mention Wentz, Goff, Garappolo and Tribuski. All pretty good big QB’s. Not many short QB’s have done well in a while.

    • Polish Hammer

      Really??? And they leave idiotic comments like this up while deleting others…SMFH…

  5. Armaday

    Special Talent…Just watch his highlights, I dont care if he was 3 feet tall.

  6. Let’s pump brakes on these quarterbacks until after the combine. People putting Jones in the third and fourth round are just insane.

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