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How NFC East is shaping up

The 2020 NFL season is just around the corner as the calendar month rolls into August. With the season expecting to start on Thursday September 10th, 2021 with a primetime matchup between Houston Texans and the defending Super Bowl Champions the Kansas City Chiefs. While most of the conferences around the NFL have big time question marks, none of them have as many question marks as the NFC East Conference. When looking around the NFC East each team in the conference has their own question marks leading up to the start of the 2020 NFL season.

At the front of the list of teams that has the biggest question mark is the Dallas Cowboys who entered the 2020 NFL offseason in hopes of not only signing and building a competing club for the upcoming season but to also sign their quarterback Dak Prescott to a long term deal to keep him with the club well into the future. While the Cowboys managed to bring back star receiver Amari Cooper on a long term deal, the club however failed to sign an extension with Prescott who will hopefully join the team this season on his franchise tender.

As the Cowboys have to face the questions on why they didn’t sign Prescott as well as if they will eventually land him on a long term deal, the rest of the NFC East will face their own question marks with their current quarterback situation. Here is a question each of the NFC East teams outside of the Cowboys will face.

New York Giants – Can Daniel Jones take a huge stride forward in his sophomore season?

The biggest question mark facing the New York Giants leading into the 2020 NFL season is whether second year quarterback Daniel Jones can take a big stride forward while developing into the teams potential future starting quarterback. Jones who replaced Eli Manning at times during the 2019 NFL season as the starting quarterback struggled at times under center. Jones finished the season with 3,027 yards passing to go with 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. If Jones can take a big stride forward and Saquon Barkley can rebound from his down sophomore season, the Giants could be a surprise team within the conference.

Washington Football Team – What direction will the team move forward with at the quarterback position?

While the Cowboys and Giants each have their starting quarterback locked to start the season, the big question mark Washington will be facing is who will the team elect to start in Week 1 of the season? Alex Smith who the team acquired just a few seasons ago has been cleared to return to the football field after suffering a gruesome leg injury during the 2018 NFL season that cost him the rest of that season as well as the 2019 season. In addition to Smith the club will have second year quarterback Dwayne Haskins who will also compete for the starting spot.

Philadelphia Eagles – Can Carson Wentz stay healthy and play at a Pro Bowl level in 2020?

Wentz who appeared in all 16 games for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019, had shown in the previous two seasons he had trouble staying healthy for the entire season. This includes during the clubs Super Bowl run that saw backup quarterback Nick Foles lead the club to the Championship. While Wentz put together a big season in 2019, the question many are asking can he stay healthy in 2020 while putting together a Pro Bowl season to help the Eagles return to dominance in the NFC?

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