Breakfast links: Bruce Carter's emergence

November, 20, 2012
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Happy Tuesday. I know you're eagerly awaiting the Power Rankings, but for now you're just going to have to be content with links.

New York Giants

David Wilson really wants to play more, and he's not shy about expressing this. The latest is that he's defending his pass-protection abilities, which supposedly have been the main reason the Giants have been reluctant to use him more. I think it's less about whether Wilson can pass protect than it is about the very high standard the Giants have for that and an organizational philosophy that says rookies have to wait their turn.

Justin Tuck says the Giants can be the best team in the league if they play their style of football. I guess, but it just kind of seems their style of football is to play well for stretches and badly for stretches and hope it works out in the end and they get into the playoffs.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys' offense is likely to be shorthanded in two key spots for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Redskins the day after tomorrow. Running back DeMarco Murray looks as though he'll miss his sixth straight game with a foot injury, and left tackle Tyron Smith has a sprained ankle.

Even Bruce Carter is surprised by how well he's played since Sean Lee went out for the year with his injury. Carter says the big leap he's made this year is all about learning the playbook.

Washington Redskins

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon played fewer than half of the Redskins' offensive snaps Sunday and says he's not even close to where he needs to be physically due to his foot injury. But he's hoping to do more and more as the weeks go along, and that includes a quick turnaround this week in Dallas.

It has been a trying year, physically, for 37-year-old linebacker London Fletcher. The latest threat to his streak of 234 consecutive games played is the combination of that short week and an ankle sprain.

Philadelphia Eagles

Paul Domowitch's "What Andy Said, What Andy Meant" feature is a bit more entertaining than the transcript of Andy Reid's day-after news conference would be on its own, so here you go.

The review of Jake Scott's first game with the Eagles' offensive line is pretty good overall, in spite of all of the penalties. Have to think he'll be better following a full week of practice with the team.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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