It is Thursday of fantasy week here on the NFC East blog, and for no reason whatsoever today's links will be presented in order of 2011 fantasy points scored by each team's top-scoring tight end.
Hey, nothing like a little Twitter war between the official Twitter accounts of two division rivals, right? I mean, talk about old-school. The Cowboys "wished" Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a happy birthday with a photo of DeMarcus Ware sacking him and saying they couldn't wait to see him in November. The Eagles, whose best two games of the 2011 season might have been their twin beatdowns of the Cowboys, shot back with a question about whether the poster had burned the 2011 game tapes. How many days until real football again?
If the third year in the NFL is traditionally a player's breakout year, the Cowboys have some candidates, including Dez Bryant, Sean Lee, John Phillips and Phil Costa. The Cowboys' official site has the rundown on potential third-year breakout guys. (And yeah, I know Lee broke out last year. So do they. Don't be so doggone nitpicky, mmkay?)
Yeah, I'm linking to Sheil Kapadia every day. Because how many people besides him are writing fresh stuff on the Eagles every day right now? His latest notes the appearances of Vick and DeSean Jackson on another NFL columnist's "biggest jerk" list, which is one of those lists that makes me ask, "How many days until real football again?"
Jason Brewer wonders if Jason Babin could lose snaps to a healthy Brandon Graham, making Babin a situational pass rusher, and still produce at a starter's level. Jimmy thinks he could, and I agree. It's all Babin likes to do -- pressure the quarterback. Babin himself will admit this if you ask him. I don't think he'd mind being deployed in situations where he had no other responsibilities.
The dude accused of trying to extort money from Robert Griffin III has been on "Judge Judy." It's like day-and-a-half-old news, but I thought you'd like to know if you didn't already. Judge Judy. Have I asked yet when real football starts again?
And here's Griffin posing with the Hall of Fame bust of Sammy Baugh, with links to stories about his and the other NFL rookies' trip to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, while there as part of the rookie symposium. Sammy Baugh has never been on Judge Judy, and to my knowledge made no attempt to extort money from Griffin while this photo was being taken.
Chris Canty, the same guy who compared Jason Pierre-Paul to Reggie White the other day while up in Bristol, is apparently really into comparison. This time, he says Eli Manning is more clutch than Tony Romo. I think we can all basically sign off on that one, no? Two Super Bowl MVP awards, one attained by beating Romo along the way, yada, yada. What I want to know is how Eli compares to Reggie White.
When Mark Herzlich asks how many days until real football starts again, it's not because he's bored with the offseason. To hear Herzlich tell it, he lives for this time of year. You don't have to be a Giants fan to root for Herzlich, who's not out of the mix for a potential starting linebacker spot at some point down the road.