Breakfast links: Giants look at Aaron Curry

May, 7, 2013
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Hey, it's Tuesday! That means a chat, though no Power Rankings this week. Gonna have to wait a few more months for more of those. But we'll keep it worth your while, I promise. What do you say we start with some links?

New York Giants

Aaron Curry was the No. 4 pick in the entire NFL draft just four years ago, but he couldn't make it work with Seattle or Oakland and is now looking for work. The Giants are looking for linebackers. They will take a look at Curry, Ralph Vacchiano reports.

It's fascinating to me to talk to people around the league and learn about the different ways different teams evaluate quarterbacks. The Giants took Ryan Nassib in the fourth round of this year's draft not because he's some awesome physical specimen with a huge arm but because they like what he showed in college as a leader. This is remarkable because, in the Giants' ideal situation, Eli Manning remains healthy and productive for several more years and Nassib never has to lead them out of a huddle before a meaningful play. But teams view quarterbacks as commodities, and Nassib has what the Giants think are the makings of a good one.

Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles guard Evan Mathis recently had a minor ankle surgery that will keep him out of action through the OTAs and minicamps. Mathis and the Eagles believe he'll be fine in time for training camp.

This likely means more practice reps this summer for disappointing former first-round pick Danny Watkins, who would take Mathis' first-team reps at left guard with Todd Herremans likely moving from right tackle to right guard to make room for first-round pick Lane Johnson. More reps are a good thing for Watkins, since the Eagles will need depth and would like to be able to count on him more than he's allowed them to so far.

Washington Redskins

People ask sometimes about suspended Redskins safety Tanard Jackson and whether he might serve as the answer for the team this year at free safety. But as Mike Jones writes in his recent mailbag, the earliest the Redskins can even get a look at Jackson is Sept. 1, and that's if his indefinite drug suspension is lifted on the earliest possible date. They need to move on to other options, and Jackson is not likely to play for them.

It may have been a head-scratcher to see the Redskins draft another tight end, given what they have on the roster at that position. But from the Redskins' standpoint, especially in the third round, Jordan Reed is not just another tight end.

Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo will be playing less golf this offseason, which Calvin Watkins and I agree is bigger news than it should be to those who have operated under the unsubstantiated belief that Romo cares more about golf than football.

There was some concern that the Cowboys needed to take a defensive lineman in the recent NFL draft and didn't. But a deeper look shows that they have more defensive line depth than you might think.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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