NFC East Notes: Witten 'indifferent' on T.O.
The start of training camp is officially eight days away, and hope springs eternal for all Birds fans looking to erase the memory of a disappointing 8-8 season a year ago.
Though the Eagles will be without All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters (see story)
, the pieces are all in place for them to succeed (see story)
And for those worrying about the defense, don't worry about Jason Babin — he didn't run with the bulls in Spain after all (see video)
Here's what else is going on around the division:T.O. to Big D? Witten doesn't care
The Cowboys are looking for a third receiver and Terrell Owens is looking for an NFL team.
Naturally, with Owens having spent three of his 15 career seasons in Dallas, it suggests the possibility of the 38-year-old receiver returning to his old team. But Jason Witten doesn't care either way.
"It would be indifferent for me," Witten told the Dallas Morning News
, via NFL.com
. "I think it would be hard for me to make a comment on it really. I'm just out of that situation and let those guys handle that."
Owens, who missed all of 2011, most recently played in Cincinnati. In one year with the Bengals, he caught 72 passes or 983 yards and nine touchdowns.
Witten and Owens having a rocky history — Owens once claimed that Witten and quarterback Tony Romo had secret meetings to draw up plays that didn't include Owens.
Though improbable, if T.O. returned to the Cowboys, he would likely sit third on the depth chart behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.Cruz playing off-season smart
Victor Cruz isn’t letting the Giants’ Super Bowl win get to his head. In fact, he’s not even letting his climb to stardom from undrafted rookie to top-five wide receiver get in his way of having another great season.
The 6-foot, 200-pounder out of UMass had a breakout year in 2011, pulling in 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns one season after going a whole year without a catch as a rookie in 2010.
Though the 25-year-old has recently appeared at the ESPYs and released a new book, he passed on a chance to appear on Dancing with the Stars
and is making sure football remains his primary focus this off-season.
“None of this stuff is going to hinder what I do on the field. It’s just stuff that comes along with what I always wanted to be,” Cruz told the New York Daily News
, via ProFootballTalk
. “It was always my dream to be shooting commercials and (doing) photo shoots.”
Going into this year’s training camp, Cruz won’t have to worry about making the team. But he’s not going to change his approach.
“Coach Coughlin tells us that no matter what year we’re in to always treat training camp like you’re a 19-20 year old kid trying to make the team,” Cruz said. “I think that's how I'm going to approach it.”Lichtensteiger good to go
After tearing his ACL and MCL and missing 11 games a year ago, Redskins starting left guard Kory Lichtensteiger will be ready for the start of training camp on July 26, CSNWashington.com
“He’s ready to go,” Lichtensteiger’s agent Rick Smith said. “That’s what we’re expecting.”
Lichtensteiger will be entering his fifth NFL season and third with the Redskins. He earned the starting job in 2010 and started in five games last year before suffering his knee injury against the Eagles on Oct. 16.