NFC East Notes: Cowboys, Lawrence, Giants

Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence is expected to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, though he hopes to be “ready by Week One,” as Mike Florio of PFT writes.

The Cowboys certainly hope that’s the case, though recovery from labrum surgery can be tricky. Lawrence was playing through the injury in 2017 and 2018 and didn’t miss any time due to the injury, so he could bounce back quicker than most from the operation.

Here’s more from the NFC East:

  • Giants tight end Rhett Ellison may be a candidate for release, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com opines. Ellison’s contract puts him in some jeopardy – he’s set to count for a $5.75MM hit with a potential for $3.25MM in savings if he’s cut. However, the Giants tend to rely on two tight end sets and No. 1 TE Evan Engram has suffered four injuries in the last eleven months. Dunleavy also listed outside linebacker Kareem Martin as a potential cut since he was signed to be a starter last year and now profiles as a backup. However, releasing him would save just $1.1MM against $4.83MM in dead money.
  • Melvin Gordon‘s threat to hold out from the Chargers could be a canary in the coal mine for the Giants and Saquon Barkley, Dunleavy writes. Barkley is still on his rookie contract, but when that deal draws to a close, he could very easily stare down the G-Men the way that Gordon is doing to the Bolts. Other teams have downplayed the value of RBs, but GM Dave Gettleman has publicly lavished Barkley with effusive praise, which may impact future negotiations. The GM has said that Barkley has been “touched by the hand of G-d” and has also routinely shrugged off anti-RB analytics.
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  1. WubbaLubbaDubDub

    “Lawrence was playing through the injury in 2017 and 2018 and didn’t miss any time due to the injury, so he could bounce back quicker than most from the operation.”

    Please don’t speculate on things like this. You have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about.

  2. king beas

    Gettleman will lose his job over Barkley. Barkley might be the best rb in the league right now but the way the league is nowadays the value of a rb has never been lower. Jets fired their gm for signing bell

    • lettersandnumbersonly

      You obviously are not familiar with the NY Giants organization. Dave Gettleman will not lose his job over anything related to Saquon Barkely.

      • crosseyedlemon

        His idea that RBs have low value is nonsense. The Patriots payroll commitment to that position is currently third highest and right behind them are the Rams. These two teams played for the league championship so isn’t it possible they know good value when they see it?

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