Most Intriguing Players in the NFC East for 2019
By Julie Voigt and Russell S. Baxter (VIBE)
Special to Pro Football Guru
Welcome back to the latest series by the team of “Voigt Julie” and “Yours Truly.” With the 2019 NFL regular season roughly two and half months away, it’s a division-by-division look at each club’s most intriguing player. It started with the AFC East, where the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have won a league-record 10 straight division titles.
Now it’s onto the NFC East, where the Dallas Cowboys are coming off capturing their third division title since 2014. But can they become the first team to repeat here since the Philadelphia Eagles turned the trick four straight years from 2001-04?
Here’s Part 2 of the series (teams are in order of 2018 finish):
OLB Sean Lee
BE: The emergence of youngsters Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch made an improving Dallas’ defense even better a year ago. Now Lee, a talented performer who has lost his middle man job to Smith and has had problems staying healthy, will start on the outside. Is this now the best linebacking corps in the NFL?
RB Jordan Howard
VI: Obtained via trade from the Chicago Bears this offseason, Howard hopes to get the Eagles’ running attack back on track. A year ago, only four teams in the NFL ran for fewer yards than Philadelphia. The three-year running back has already proven he can take on a heavy load and that’s good news for quarterback Carson Wentz.
QB Dwayne Haskins
BE: He wound up falling to the No. 15 spot in April’s draft and the Redskins were more than happy to grab the talented Ohio State Buckeye. A year ago, Washington got off to a 6-3 start before disaster struck the quarterback position. Can Haskins win the job this summer and have an immediate impact?
New York Giants
RB Saquon Barkley
VI: Yes, he’s already very well recognized and has proven just how dangerous he can be after leading the league in total yards from scrimmage (2,028) during his debut campaign. In 2018, the second overall pick in the draft captured NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. But will Barkley, who led the Giants with 91 catches a season ago, have to get used to connecting with quarterback Daniel Jones sooner than later?
Julie Voigt (JulieNoted_PFG) and Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) are the co-founders of @pfgVIBE. Julie is also the Colts’ reporter for OurTurf Football while Russell writes for FanSided and NFL Spin Zone.