We've got a new week. We've got lovely weather here in the East. And of course, we've got links.
Dez Bryant took part in a celebrity basketball game that included a couple of NBA players over the weekend, and this report indicates that his ankle showed no ill effects.
DallasCowboys.com takes a look at Jay Ratliff, who won't be moving from nose tackle in Rob Ryan's new system but, according to at least one of the site's writers, is one of the players who needs to step it up from last year's letdown performance.
New York Giants
Ohm Youngmisuk checked in with former Giants third-round pick Chad Jones one year after the car accident that wrecked his leg and nearly killed him. Jones still holds out hope that he'll be able to go to training camp with the Giants in 2012.
The Giants are still holding out hope of having their training camp in Albany, though they're a little more than a month away now from its start date and still don't know when or if a resolution to the labor dispute is coming. The Jets and Ravens announced last week that they wouldn't be going away for training camp this year, instead holding it at their team facilities where they practice during the regular season. That remains a possibility, of course, for the Giants and I guess everybody else.
Mark Eckel ponders whether the Eagles could figure out a way to employ more two-tight end sets. Mark says it's something Andy Reid has always wanted to do, since he was a Mike Holmgren assistant in Green Bay, and I have no doubt that Mark, who knows Reid better than I do, knows this to be the case. But I think Reid is smart enough to know how important it is for a coach to coach the talent he has. And with all of the exciting weapons the Eagles have on offense, it's hard to see why it makes a lot of sense to try and force another Michael Vick target into the mix.
Reports out of Arizona have been throwing cold water on the idea that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would be part of the package the Cardinals sent back to the Eagles in return for Kevin Kolb. Sal Paolantonio said on the radio last week that the Eagles were looking to get players, not picks, back for Kolb, which touched off speculation about Rodgers-Cromartie. But from the Cardinals' end, it appears as if the guy is in their plans.
Donovan McNabb continues to be in the news, and this interview he did recently with ESPN Radio in Chicago includes his thoughts on whether teams are holding player-organized workouts for show and why he thinks athletes shouldn't be on Twitter. I don't know why you can't throw a pebble these days without hitting some new McNabb quotes, but perhaps it'll be clear in time. He is going to need a job once the lockout ends.
Sunday's Washington Post had a nice profile of Redskins second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins, who looks as if he's slated to play defensive end instead of nose tackle in Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme.
Enjoy the links. Plenty more to come today and the rest of the week.