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Giants Now: Latest news around the NFC East


With rookie minicamps now in the rearview mirror, here is the latest news surrounding the four teams in the NFC East.

New York Giants

The Giants added their second running back in three days when they were awarded off waivers Ryquell Armstead, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Armstead joins Corey Clement as the new contenders to back up Saquon Barkley this year. Clement, who played the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, was signed Sunday after attending the Giants' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

The Giants concluded their rookie minicamp by signing a pair of free agent…veterans. Running back Corey Clement, who spent the previous four seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, and wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who most recently played in the NFL in 2018, each attended the camp on a tryout basis.

The crew recaps all you need to know from the 2021 rookie minicamp.

Rookie minicamps traditionally cover the fundamentals in terms of schemes, rules and franchise norms, but for all NFL teams the basics included an added dimension this year: player introductions. With the scouting combine, player visits and in-person interviews canceled because of the pandemic, the Giants were among the teams to get the first up-close looks at their draft choices when minicamps were held this weekend.

Safety and special teams standout Nate Ebner is trying out for one of the 12 spots on the United States National Rugby Team that will compete in Tokyo Olympics this summers. Ebner participated in the Games in Rio in 2016. "Technically Nate is a free agent right now, but we fully intend for him to be a member of the Giants," Coach Joe Judge said. "He has to go through Olympic rugby training and we're supporting him with that."

View the best images of the draft class on the field for the first time at the 2021 New York Giants Rookie Minicamp.

Dallas Cowboys

It was only a weekend rookie minicamp featuring only 12 defensive players -- a combination of draft picks, signed rookie free agents and camp tryouts. But two open practices provided a clear picture of new Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's coaching style: Hands-on.

The Cowboys lost Aldon Smith and his five 2020 sacks in free agency. Randy Gregory looks likely to step into that void, but there's no denying Chauncey Golston has an opportunity at playing plenty of snaps in 2021.

The NFL has announced the 2021 strength of schedule rankings, and on paper, the Cowboys have one of the "easiest" schedules in the league: 31st out of 32 teams with a cumulative .452 opponents' win percentage from 2020.

Simi Fehoko seems to stand out a bit more than your average sixth-round draft pick, for a variety of reasons. One of them is quite literal. Fehoko, drafted No. 179 out of Stanford three weeks ago, measures up at roughly 6'4, easily making him one of the tallest players in the Cowboys' receiver room.

Nahshon Wright has nothing but respect for Richard Sherman. That's why the Cowboys rookie cornerback sent Sherman a direct message explaining this draft-night quote that ended up trending on Twitter: "I look at myself as a more athletic and agile Richard Sherman."

Philadelphia Eagles

There was always the highest level of respect, and the most urgent level of concern. When Ryan Kerrigan lined up on the edge for Washington in any game against the Eagles, it was football warfare. Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson always relished the opportunity to line up against Kerrigan, who in 19 games against Philadelphia registered 13.5 quarterback sacks, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and an interception he returned for a touchdown.

The 2021 Philadelphia Eagles roster continues to build, with the team adding a pair of players who arrive here in different ways but will have the same opportunities to impress the coaching staff. How much of an impact either player makes this season and beyond is a question to be answered later, but they're Eagles now and Head Coach Nick Sirianni has made it clear that he wants competition at every position on the team.

Friday was a great day for Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni. He spent 75 minutes on the football field with 26 players – including nine draft picks, seven players signed after the 2021 NFL Draft, five selected veterans, and tryout candidates who are hopeful to impress the coaching staff this weekend – as the team's Rookie Minicamp took full flight and Sirianni was in his element.

The Eagles signed defensive back Nate Meadors on Friday morning. The 24-year-old Meadors spent nine games of the 2020 season on the Jacksonville Jaguars' practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster for one game, but did not play.

The Eagles added to their nine-player draft class on Friday with the addition of the following seven undrafted players who will take part in this weekend's Rookie Minicamp.

View photos of the New York Giants' active 53-man roster as it currently stands.

Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team announced today that they have signed S Bobby McCain. McCain (6-3, 307) is a seven-year NFL veteran who entered the league as a fifth-round draft selection by the Miami Dolphins in the 2015 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 87 career regular season games with 55 starts.

It did not take long for Sammis Reyes to learn what it's like to be coached by Pete Hoener. Reyes and fifth-round pick John Bates were going through individual drills Friday morning when the former basketball player made the critical error of not following Hoener's exact instructions. Naturally, Hoener was quick to point this out to Reyes and gave him an earful for his mistake. But rather than question his coach, Reyes calmly corrected himself and finished the drill.

The Washington Football Team announced today that they have signed T Charles Leno Jr. Leno (6-3, 307) is a seven-year NFL veteran who entered the league as a seventh-round draft selection by the Chicago Bears in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 102 career regular season games with 94 starts.

Ryan Kerrigan was the only player left at FedExField after the Washington Football Team's playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he was not alone. He was surrounded by all the memories he had collected over the past decade.

Last season's offseason program was unlike any other in NFL history, but there are signs of things slowly returning to normal. The Washington Football Team kicked off its Offseason Workout Program Friday morning, starting with a two-day rookie minicamp that saw 16 players, including its 10-player draft class taking the field for the first time in the burgundy and gold.

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