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By PFW staff

These are several of the whispers that we've heard recently around the NFC East:

• The Cowboys are trying to get WR Dez Bryant up to speed, but it's clear that his high ankle sprain, which cost him most of training camp, also robbed him of valuable time learning the intricacies of Jason Garrett's offense. Bryant has all the tools to excel, even very soon. But right now, he's learning on the job, using his tremendous athleticism to get by.

• The Redskins will be happy to get FS Kareem Moore back. He established himself as the team's best free safety, and moving LaRon Landry to strong safety provided instant results in the opener, as he made 17 tackles. An interesting side note: Landry spoke this week about not being satisfied with one busy game, a gesture that impressed the coaches, we hear. The combo of Moore and Landry should provide nice results.

• The Giants are praying they have no more OL injuries. The loss of reserve OT William Beatty for about two months means that Shawn Andrews, who was unemployed a month ago, will be the top backup at tackle. Eagles head coach Andy Reid always thought Andrews could be a very good tackle, and Andrews thinks it's actually easier playing outside, but he hasn't lined up there with any frequency since college in 2003.

• Kickoff coverage is a concern for the Eagles. They struggled all preseason and in Week One covering kickoffs, and we hear one reason that Bobby April's units have not performed well is that they have shuffled a lot of personnel and have yet to settle on a core group. Poor tackling and bad angles are the biggest culprits on the field.


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