The 2020 NFL Draft is a wrap, and 90-man rosters are close to settled for most teams. There are a few big names still to be signed, and there will be plenty of minor transactions over the summer, but the largest volume of maneuvering is complete. For the NFC East, no quarterback moves were made, unless Ron Rivera succumbs to his Cam Newton love, which doesn’t look like it is happening anytime soon. But in comparison to other divisions there weren’t any major shakeups.
Back in February, DraftKings Sportsbook released divisional odds, and the Philadelphia Eagles were slight favorites over the Dallas Cowboys. But now, the Cowboys have moved back ahead in the odds race, to take the lead over the Eagles again while the Giants and Washington continue to trail by a wide margin. Below, we’ll break down each team’s divisional championship odds along with noting key additions and departures. (*=rookie)
Dallas Cowboys (Feb: +130, Post-draft: +110)
Notable additions: S HaHa Clinton-Dix, CB Daryl Worley, DE Gerald McCoy, WR CeeDee Lamb*, CB Trevon Diggs*
Notable departures: CB Byron Jones, TE Jason Witten, DT Maliek Collins, S Jeff Heath, WR Randall Cobb, DE Robert Quinn
The Cowboys lost top cornerback Byron Jones and defensive line strength this offseason but managed to land enough replacements to likely keep the status quo defensively. Offensively, their biggest addition was wide receiver CeeDee Lamb out of Oklahoma, picked in the first round. He should quickly become the Cowboys slot receiver and be a huge upgrade over Randall Cobb. If Lamb can make an immediate impact, the Cowboys offense will be tough to stop.
Philadelphia Eagles (Feb: +120, Post-draft: +135)
Notable additions: CB Darius Slay, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, DT Javon Hargrave, WR Marquise Goodwin, WR Jalen Reagor*, QB Jalen Hurts*
Notable departures: S Malcolm Jenkins, WR Nelson Agholor
The Eagles lost Malcolm Jenkins in the secondary, but gained Darius Slay and Nickell Robey-Coleman and together, that makes for a win. And when you consider the Cowboys added CeeDee Lamb to an already strong passing game, they needed an upgrade to compete. Adding receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft along with some other speed guys at wide receiver like Marquise Goodwin and a healthy DeSean Jackson, they should be able to open up their offense much more than last season. The drop in odds doesn’t make a lot of sense to me and I see this as being a neck and neck race for the division.
New York Giants (Feb: +800, Post-draft: +700)
Notable additions: LB Blake Martinez, CB James Bradberry, OT Andrew Thomas*, S Xavier McKinney*
Notable departures: OT Mike Remmers, S Antoine Bethea (for now), C Jon Halapio (for now)
The Giants did well to add some help to the secondary and offensive line this offseason, which was needed with Daniel Jones’ trouble with fumbling. Otherwise, it’s been a pretty quiet offseason for New York. At this point they feel okay with their receivers and if they can stay healthy, that makes sense. This season will depend on Jones and his development. If he can take a big step forward, the Giant could flirt with .500 and in this division, you never know.
Washington (Feb: +900, Post-draft: +1200)
Notable additions: OLB Thomas Davis, QB Kyle Allen, C Wes Schweitzer, DE Chase Young*, WR Antonio Gibson*
Notable departures: OG Ereck Flowers, CB Quinton Dunbar, CB Josh Norman
Washington added Chase Young to their defense, which gives that group a big shot in the arm, but they still are very young and unproven on offense. Dwayne Haskins showed some signs of improvement last season and could be on the right trajectory, but it’s still early and his best receiver is just in his second season. Their odds have dropped into big long shot range to win the division likely due to them not doing a quick upgrade at quarterback. But, if they like Haskins, there’s no reason to push him out this early.
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