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By PFW staff

Here are some of the whispers we've heard recently from around the NFC East:

• Sunday's game against the Bears ultimately could decide whether the Giants continue on with P Matt Dodge. He was not tested in Week Three, and prior to the Bears game, head coach Tom Coughlin made his strategy to deal with PR Devin Hester clear: The Giants do not intend to kick to him. If Dodge can't handle this assignment after a poor start to his season, the rookie seventh-rounder could find himself unemployed.

• Eagles DE Trent Cole is a terrific pass rusher, but MLB Stewart Bradley is the team's most valuable defender right now. Simply stated: With Bradley out of the lineup, the Eagles have struggled; with him on the field, they have been a solid defense. Bradley not only is intelligent, but he moves well, can take on blockers, hits hard and is able in coverage. He's a three-down linebacker who keeps this unit together.

• The Cowboys are not expecting rookie LB Sean Lee to take over the nickel LB role he was penciled into when he was drafted and Bobby Carpenter was traded this offseason. Head coach Wade Phillips said Lee is not suited for the role, but they do want to find a place where Lee can contribute. It should be noted the coaches are not down on the rookie, but they think he'd be better-suited for other assignments. Keith Brooking will continue in that capacity, but nearing age 35, that might be asking a lot. Lee, in turn, could take a series or two of first- and second-down reps from Brooking to keep the veteran fresh later in games and down the stretch.

• Redskins ORT Jammal Brown still doesn't appear completely comfortable at right tackle, nor does it appear that he's totally healthy after offseason hip surgery. Brown is battling and doing his best, but it's looking like he's not playing at the same level he once did with the Saints as a Pro Bowl left tackle.

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