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By PFW staff

Here are some of the whispers we have been hearing around the NFC East:

• The Giants are getting ex-Eagles OG Shawn Andrews caught up to speed with the idea that he could start for the team at some point this season. The team is OK with OLG Rich Seubert for now, but Andrews is knocking on the door. Our sources believe it's more prudent for the team to potentially replace Seubert with Andrews than to move OLT David Diehl inside to guard and elevate William Beatty to the starting lineup — changing two positions to fix one, in essence.

• Eagles rookie DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim can play inside, and he figures to be one of the team's better interior rushers in the nickel package. The team knows it will be undersized up front, but getting better speed on the field in obvious passing situations could help free up DE Trent Cole, who often gets bothered by tackle-RB double-teams.

• The Redskins kept PR-WR Brandon Banks on the roster because they believe he has explosive return ability that will greatly enhance field position. If there are concerns, they are that Banks had three fumbles in the preseason, he figures to struggle as a receiver and might not be able to hold up long term as a kick returner. It could be a short leash if Banks isn't terrific on punts early on.

• The Cowboys were confident when they cut NT Junior Siavii that rookie Josh Brent, whom the team acquired with a seventh-round pick through the supplemental draft, could take Siavii's snaps. Siavii was a solid backup for Jay Ratliff last season, filling in for a handful of plays per game, but Brent represents a younger, cheaper and perhaps more active replacement. The team is intrigued by his potential.


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