Breakfast links: Nicks already down

July, 29, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Morning, all. One more day here in the City of Brotherly Love, and then I head home. So let's get linkin'.

Philadelphia Eagles

Donovan McNabb was one of the Eagles alumni introduced on the field prior to Sunday's open practice, and he got a nice hand as you'd expect. He'll officially retire today in a news conference at the Eagles' team facility, just a scant 21 months after his most recent NFL game.

Les Bowen took a look at the Eagles' receiving depth in the wake of the Jeremy Maclin injury. They have a wide variety of pass-catching options, even if none is the caliber of player Maclin is.

Washington Redskins

Rich Campbell writes that, for the first time in a while, Super Bowl expectations have a realistic feel to them as the Redskins begin preparing to defend their division title.

The Redskins may sign veteran linebacker Joe Mays to help fill a hole created by the season-ending injury to Keenan Robinson.

Dallas Cowboys

Lots of coaches this time of year say they like their teams to practice in the heat. But it's been unusually cool for Cowboys training camp so far in Southern California, and Jason Garrett thinks it's helping the Cowboys' preparations.

The Cowboys' defense doesn't force enough turnovers. This has been true for many years, as Jean-Jacques Taylor writes, and the problem bottomed out last year. This year's staff is trying to make forcing turnovers more of a priority for the Dallas D.

New York Giants

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who struggled last year with knee and foot injuries, left practice early Sunday due to a problem with his groin. No, you cannot make this stuff up.

If Nicks does struggle to stay on the field this year, the top candidate to replace him appears to be second-year receiver Rueben Randle, who is making a good impression so far this offseason.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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