NFC East Rumors: Rivera, Sanders, Cowboys

Ron Rivera announced last week he is battling lymph node cancer. The new Washington HC will attempt to coach the team through his treatment process, though Jack Del Rio is in place as the emergency fill-in. Rivera will undergo a mixture of chemotherapy and proton therapy, and John Keim of ESPN.com notes the veteran coach’s treatment schedule will feature five per week over a seven-week period. Upon hiring Del Rio, Rivera prioritized having someone with head coaching experience on his staff — which he did not have in Carolina. Del Rio served as an acting head coach for part of the 2013 season, leading the Broncos while John Fox recovered from heart surgery.

Here is the latest from the NFC East:

  • Gerald McCoy‘s Cowboys tenure may not be over. Despite the organization taking advantage of the injury protection it included in the Pro Bowl defensive tackle’s contract, and releasing him months after he signed the three-year deal, McCoy would like to play for the Cowboys in 2021, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News tweets. The 10-year veteran indicated he will help the younger defensive linemen still on this year’s Cowboys roster, Ed Werder of ESPN.com adds (via Twitter). McCoy underwent successful quadriceps surgery last week, per Watkins.
  • A key component in the fantasy drafts taking place worldwide this week, Miles Sanders is currently not practicing with the Eagles. And the team has been vague as to why. Philadelphia’s starting running back is dealing with a “lower-body injury,” according to the team. However, the second-year back is expected to be ready to play by Week 1, Tim McManus of ESPN.com notes. Having lost Jordan Howard in free agency and seeing the Seahawks sign one of their UFA targets, Carlos Hyde, the Eagles are set to rely on Sanders more than they did last season. The Eagles were also interested in Devonta Freeman, and while the ex-Falcons Pro Bowler remains available, the team is going with Boston Scott and Corey Clement as its backup backs at this point.
  • Graham Gano‘s Giants deal is worth up to $2.5MM, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The Giants guaranteed their new kicker $1MM. This is more money than the team gave Chandler Catanzaro, whose Giants stay lasted barely three weeks. Gano has 10 years’ experience, though he missed all of last season with a knee injury.
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5 comments on “NFC East Rumors: Rivera, Sanders, Cowboys

  1. redskinsfan21

    Doesn’t Del Rio have more HC experience besides his interim Broncos stint? Like with Jacksonville and Oakland?

    • wagner13

      He does indeed, but I believe the writer specifically mentioned his Denver stint to emphasize that he has experience taking over as an interim coach in case of emergency

  2. Wentz It Gonna be my Turn?

    I’m ok with Eagles backfield and I trust our OL coach to get the new look line ready to play together.

    • wagner13

      I agree. Sanders and Scott have contrasting running styles and should complement each either rather well. Don’t discount Clement either, as he was an underrated member of their 2017 Superbowl squad. Best of all, each back is competent from a pass-catching standpoint as well. Lane and Kelce are excellent run blockers and Howard Mudd is a terrific coach. The only real question mark is Dillard. It’ll be up to him to step up and prove he’s improved since a dreadful rookie campaign

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