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Rookie Allen making positive impression on Eagles

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By PFW staff

These are some of the whispers we've been hearing from around the NFC East:

• The Eagles are thrilled with what they have seen from rookie FS Nate Allen, who has two interceptions in two games. He has tackled well also and has made a troublesome position last season into an early strength in 2010. Although the Eagles have kept Allen's assignments as simple as possible, the thinking is that his role could expand as the season goes on.

• Our Cowboys sources have believed all along that the experiment with PK David Buehler would be a three-game trial, no matter what he had done during the offseason. Through two games, he has missed a pair of field goals and has suffered through some rough practices. There are enough experienced kickers on the market that the Cowboys would not hesitate to add a veteran to replace Buehler on field-goal attempts. But we hear it's almost certain that Buehler would retain his job as kickoff specialist if the team went that route.

• The Redskins are getting more out of DE Adam Carriker than they expected. Scouts who predicted that Carriker would be a better fit in a 3-4 front are proving to be correct. One underrated element of Carriker's game is his pure strength, which allows him to be such an effective two-gapper, especially when defending the run.

• The Giants have shown through two games that they are not comfortable with their base-defense linebackers being on the field for the majority of the game. Mathias Kiwanuka plays at linebacker in some of the team's packages in order to get an extra pass rusher on the field, but don't expect to see Keith Bulluck for more than 30 snaps in any given contest.

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