NFC East Rookies Looking to Make Impact

Our staff takes a look at some happenings at rookie minicamps around the NFC East.

Washington Redskins

Seventh-round selection Nehemiah Broughton opened some eyes during recent workouts and it's possible that he works in their short-yardage package during training camp. The team is looking to improve in short-yardage situations and the powerfully built rookie could get a real chance to get some carries in that area during the season with a solid showing this summer.

Dallas Cowboys

The coaching staff is working several linemen in at right tackle in hopes to find a starter at the position. The two players to watch at that position are Jacob Rogers who was mostly inactive last season and Kurt Vollers who signed his one-year restricted free agent tender recently.

Rogers, one of the club's two second-round selections from 2004, was supposed to compete for the starting right tackle job last season but only appeared in two games and didn't start any. While he was hurt for part of the season, Rogers still didn't establish himself well enough to get in to the lineup.

Vollers, a former undrafted free agent, has started 11 games over the last two seasons. The team is looking for an upgrade there so they will give Rogers every chance to win the starting job. If they can't find a suitable player on their roster, no one would be surprised if the team signed a veteran free agent tackle to compete for the job.

New York Giants

One of the standout rookies in camp has been running back Brandon Jacobs. The one area where he surprised practice observers was with his speed. The 265-pounder got through the line quickly and showed to have quick feet.

If Jacobs can show the same speed when the pads go on in August, he should easily win the No.2 job. The key area where he'll have to show the coaches that he can handle the job is in pass blocking where many rookies struggle.

Philadelphia Eagles

Rookie wide receiver Reggie Brown did a nice job in the first few days of their post-draft camp and he didn't seem to be confused by the plays but no one should be surprised if the team signs a veteran free agent to come in and compete for the No.3 job during training camp.

While many were glad to see wide receiver Freddie Mitchell go, he became a pretty solid third down receiver and made some tough catches in that role the past few seasons. The team may be high on Greg Lewis but he still has to show the coaches that he's more than a situational receiver and that he can make the tough third down catches.

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