Giants figure to stick with P Dodge

Posted Jan. 15, 2011 @ 9:52 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

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

• The Giants continue to maintain their confidence in P Matt Dodge, who had a wild ride as a rookie, and believe that an offseason of hard work and technique improvement could serve him very well. They have stood by him despite his struggles with consistency and figure to give him a great shot to earn the starting job again in 2011.

• Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg told PFW he expects WR Riley Cooper and TE Clay Harbor, two nice surprises as rookies, to make even bigger impacts in their second seasons after another offseason of work. "(Cooper) didn't have the opportunities that (Jeremy) Maclin and DeSean (Jackson) had when they were rookies," Mornhinweg said. "We have a specific plan with him this offseason, and it's small-details stuff. We'll get that ironed out with a bunch of reps. With Clay, he's sort of like a wild stallion: big, tough, physical, fast and athletic. This offseason will be big for him to just corral it a little bit. Both guys have bright futures."

• The Redskins are expected to try to re-sign WR Santana Moss, who flourished in Mike Shanahan's offense and remains the clear-cut go-to guy in the passing game. His value is enhanced by the fact that there are no other reliable receiving targets at wideout other than Anthony Armstrong, who at the moment is a one-year wonder. Moss will get attention from other teams once free agency opens, but he has stated his desire to return.

• Cowboys LB Bradie James will have his left knee cleaned up this offseason, but not the right knee that caused him pain throughout the season and required him to rest during weekly practices. Although Sean Lee emerged as a viable ILB candidate, the position remains a need because of a lack of depth and the age of Keith Brooking at the other interior spot.