The beat guys have updates from today on the Eagles' injuries.
Meanwhile, Tom Coughlin shed some light on the Giants' injury situation this evening, and the news was not good.
Defensive lineman Chris Canty is having trouble recovering from a torn hamstring, and Coughlin said it's "not progressing the way we want it to" per Jenny Vrentas of The Newark Star-Ledger.
The Giants have been widely praised this offseason for their depth at defensive line, and Canty was a big factor there. It sounds like Coughlin doesn't really want to hear about that depth anymore.
“For so long we’ve been (reading) ‘We’ve got so much depth,’” Coughlin said, per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I don’t know what you’re watching, but the guys that are supposed to be the depth have hardly even practiced. Some have practiced, but some haven’t played. I think you’re talking about something that looks good but hasn’t really materialized. This depth that we’re talking about really is a non-factor right now.”
Meanwhile, defensive tackle Jay Alford, who was injured during Saturday night's loss to the Bears, has been diagnosed with a torn MCL and a partially torn ACL. Vacchiano says Alford's season is most definitely in jeopardy.
The parallels between the Giants and Eagles are pretty interesting. Both were considered favorites to come out of the NFC all offseason. Many thought the Eagles had upgraded their offensive line, but the unit has not practiced together and will undoubtedly be the team's biggest question mark entering the season.
The Giants still have a strong defensive line, and their success will be largely predicated on getting to opposing quarterbacks, but as Coughlin suggests, the depth is not the strength many thought it would be.
Is this a year the Cowboys or Redskins could sneak up and take the division? I don't know, but I don't really buy the notion that the NFC East is the strongest division in football. It might be the most competitive, but that's different than being the best. Every team has glaring holes right now.
An update from earlier when some of you chimed in on who I should take with the No. 5 pick in my fantasy draft. I ended up taking LaDainian Tomlinson and got Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson on the way back. I know. Real smart. Use an early-round pick on a guy whose team went 0-16 last season.
As for Eagles players, I picked up DeSean Jackson. I figured I've been raving about him on MTC for a month now, so I might as well draft him. If Jackson somehow struggles this season, and I'm extra harsh on him, well, at least you'll know why.