May 05, 2009
The Dallas Morning News believes the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles have moved past the Dallas Cowboys and are now the class of the NFC East. The Morning News called the Giants and New England Patriots the top two teams in the NFL.
The Morning News wrote: The Giants blew through the regular season with an NFC-best 12-4 record in 2008 despite the absence of their best defender, Pro Bowl pass rusher Osi Umenyiora, who missed the entire year with a knee injury. The Giants added defensive end Chris Canty in free agency this off-season. Umenyiora is back. He bolsters a defensive front seven that finished in the NFL's top 10 in both run defense and sacks. New York also added three veteran starters up front in free agency: end Chris Canty, tackle Rocky Bernard and linebacker Michael Boley. The Giants filled their offensive needs with two draft picks — Hakeem Nicks in the first and Ramses Barden in the third.
As for the Eagles the Morning News reported: The Eagles started building on the foundation of a 9-6-1 wild-card team with the off-season trade acquisition of Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters from the Buffalo Bills. With Demarcus Ware, Umenyiora and now Brian Orakpo roaring off the weak side on the pass rush, you need a quality left tackle to survive in the NFC East. The Eagles now have one of the best.
Philadelphia acquired cornerback Ellis Hobbs from the New England Patriots in a draft-day deal. The Eagles traded disenchanted Lito Sheppard this off-season, so Hobbs slides right in at nickel cornerback. Hobbs has been a Super Bowl starter for the Patriots.
Andy Reid also grabbed offensive weapons with his first three selections of the draft - Maclin in the first round, running back LeSean McCoy in the second and tight end Cornelius Ingram in the fifth. Maclin pencils in as a starter opposite DeSean Jackson and Donovan McNabb suddenly has two dangerous downfield weapons.
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