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Saturday, August 28, 2004 

Quick Hits

After losing Correll Buckhalter to a season-ending injury last week, the Eagles signed Dorsey Levens to add some depth. Levens played mostly a short-yardage role with the Giants last year. Brought in to provide a better compliment to Tiki Barber (while Ron Dayne sat on the bench), Levens did not play until week 7 and was used inconsistently at first. Over the last month of the season, as the Giants season withered away, Levens got 6-8 carries per game with mixed results (3.0, 4.6, 0.7, 2.4 per rush per game). But at 34, his best days are clearly behind him, so the most the Eagles should expect is a few carries in the red zone to spare Westbrook some pounding.

Speaking of the Giants, it looks like Tom Coughlin is going to have to choose between a fumble-prone Kurt Warner and an inconsistent Eli Manning as his starting quarterback. Last night, Manning completed just 4 passes for 20 yards with 2 INTs in a 17-10 loss to the Jets. Warner was an impressive 9 for 11 for 104 yards, but fumbled twice (one recovered by the Giants, the other negated on a penalty). Warner has likely won the job, but given Coughlin's low tolerance for mistakes, this could be a long year in the Meadowlands.

I also wonder if we'll ever get the full story on Quincy Carter's release by the Cowboys. I have a hard time believing that the Jets would have signed him if the drug rumors were true.

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