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    There were reports just before the rookie mini-camp last weekend that Dallas would sign 14 undrafted free agents. They announced on Thursday before the mini-camp that they had signed 13 players, the lone exception to the list was Arkansas OL Dan Skipper. The Cowboys wanted to get some additional blood work done as a result of his physical when he reported to the Cowboys facility. Skipper actually got the blood work done in time to participate in Friday’s first day of the mini-camp but he was there as a tryout player. Yesterday the Cowboys officially signed Skipper to a deal meaning all 14 players that were expected to be sign are now officially Dallas Cowboys. The signing of Skipper obviously makes a person want to ask, where the hell is Gilligan?
    The signing of Skipper came after some other moves made by the Cowboys earlier in the day. The team waived 3 players; Jeremiah George who was on the Cowboys practice squad last season, rookie OT Levon Myers from Northern Illinois and C Michael Coe from North Dakota. They signed two tryout players from last weekend’s rookie mini-camp; TE MJ McFarland from UTEP and DE Darnell Leslie from Monmouth. McFarland actually spent 3 season with Texas before transferring to UTEP and he spent parts of last season with the Jets and Eagles on their practice squads. The moves left the Cowboys roster at 88 players and the signing of Skipper upped that total to 89. NFL teams are allowed 90 players on their rosters until the point in training camp when they need to start making cuts to get down to their final 53 man roster limit.
    DallasCowboys.com’s Bryan Broaddus gives a scouting report on MJ McFarland which is linked below.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...mprove-blocker
    Broaddus began a series of articles titled Scouting the Schedule with a look at the Cowboys Week 1 opponent the New York Giants.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...e-agency-draft
    The Cowboys drafted 3 cornerbacks in this year’s draft and, so far, the first two Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis are getting the most attention from the media. In this article from DallasCowboys.com written by Jonathan Auping looks at one of the Cowboys 6th round draft picks, Marquez White from Florida State.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...rd-cb-selected

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2017 Offseason

    The Cowboys have officially opened a 60,000 square foot fitness facility at The Star of Frisco. The article linked below gives the details of this unique one-of-a-kind fitness club with memberships open to the public. They say you can train along side Cowboys players past and present and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as well. Here’s the article from dfw.com and a link from DallasCowboys.com giving a video tour of the new facility.
    http://www.dfw.com/2016/11/08/115215...-the-star.html

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...ok-cowboys-fit

    Bryan Broaddus continues his breakdown of Cowboys opponents from the coming season. He talks about what these teams have done to improve themselves this past offseason. Yesterday I linked Week 1 opponent the NY Giants. Today Broaddus takes a look at Week 2 and 3 opponents, the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals respectively.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...l-help-qb-play

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...gainst-arizona

    It’s Friday. It’s my daughter’s second to last day of school. It’s the weekend after Mother’s Day and the weekend before Memorial Day. Summer is almost upon us but Greg Bostwick says we have one last cool front before it starts getting seriously hot next weekend. I’m ecstatic about that weather forecast, I love me some cool weather! Oh yeah, OTA’s begin next week on Tuesday thru Thursday, May 23-25. Here’s an article from sportsday.dallasnews.com with the Cowboys schedule over the next month.

    https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dal...-otas-minicamp

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    I have seriously neglected the Cowboys over the past two weeks. OTA's began for Dallas and all the other teams in the NFL last week. Today is actually the 2nd of 3 days this week in Week 2 of OTA's.
    There first week started off with some bad news. Zeke Elliott missed the first week after he was a passenger in a car that got into a minor wreck. He didn't sustain any serious injuries but the Cowboys kept him out of the first week as a precaution. Another item of bad news came prior to Week 2 when free agent CB Nolan Carroll was busted for a DUI. No doubt Coach Chickensh*t wasn't happy about the situation especially since he is an 8 year veteran.

    Bad news always seem to come in bunches especially with the Cowboys. Before OTA's began rumors were going around that DE David Irving would be suspended for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs. At this point I'm just glad it wasn't weed. Turns out the rumors are true but Irving is appealing a possible 4 game suspension. Dallas isn't the only team in the NFL who have had players suspended but sometimes it seems like it. Randy Gregory three times and he's rumored to have failed yet another drug test. DeMarcus Lawrence was suspended 4 games last season. Orlando Scandrick was also suspended for doing ecstacy on vacation. Then there's the Rolando McClain fiasco.

    There is good news too. LB Jaylon Smith has been looking good so far as he does work with the team on Tuesdays and Thursdays while doing rehab work on Wednesdays. That will continue through the offseason work until training camp.

    DL Tyrone Crawford - Rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery. Not expected back until training camp.
    TE James Hanna - Recovering from knee surgery. Not expected back until training camp.
    TE Geoff Swaim - Recovering from broken foot suffered in workouts this spring. Not expected back until training camp.
    DL Benson Mayowa - Rehabbing knee injury. No time table for his return.
    DL Stephen Paea - Rehabbing knee injury. No time table for his return.
    OT Chaz Greene - Practicing like Jaylon Smith. Full participation expected at training camp.
    OL Joe Looney - Injured his back in OTA's. Limited participation.
    TE Jason Witten - Getting the benefit of being a veteran. Just doing conditioning work.
    LB Sean Lee - Same as Witten.
    WR/KR Lucky Whitehead - Missed some OTA practices. Probably pouting over the Cowboys drafting Ryan Switzer.
    WR Cole Beasley - dealing with a pulled hamstring.

    I know it's been a while and you might have forgotten but DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus has a series called Scouting the Schedule. In these pieces Broaddus takes a look at how the teams on the schedule have improved via the draft and free agency and in some cases getting a new head coach. Previously, I have linked the Week 1 thru Week 3 opponents. The links below tackle Week's 4 thru 7.

    Week 4 opponent the Los Angeles Rams. New head coach new look Rams.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ve-talent-work

    Week 5 opponent is the Green Bay Packers.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news?date_filter[value]=&page=1

    Week 6 is the Cowboys bye week.

    Week 7 opponent is Chip Kelly-less San Francisco 49ers.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ew-look-niners

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    If you visit the Dallas Cowboys website you don't see any articles about the Cowboys first three rounds of draft picks. No Taco, no Chido, no Jourdan. What you do see a lot of are articles and references to the Cowboys 4th round draft pick Ryan Switzer. There has been nothing but praise for the young WR from North Carolina. Praise for his work ethic, praise for his route running and just an overall good impression of the player. One great thing about Switzer is he seems to get it. He's not cocky, or arrogant or even brash but what he seems to be, from the 10,000 foot view, is confident. The kid knows he can play but he's not reminding you about it. It's sort of refreshing to see a WR who isn't annoying like that.

    One series of articles I am finding interesting on DallasCowboys.com is the one being done by Bryan Broaddus called Scouting the Schedule in which he is taking a look at the Cowboys 2017 opponents and giving his take on draft picks, free agent acquisitions and losses and just a general feeling about the opponent. I have posted links in previous posts of Weeks' 1 thru 7. Today I'm linking Weeks 8 thru 10.

    Weeks 8 - Washington Redskins. Second division game of the season after the Week 1 tilt against the NY Giants.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...rnover-offense

    Week 9 - Kansas City Chiefs. The 2nd of the four AFC West opponents the Cowboys will face. At home or on the road this will be a tough game for the Cowboys but so far I haven't seen an easy one!

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...alanced-roster

    Week 10 - The Atlanta Falcons - Will the Falcons return as strong in 2017 as they were in 2016 when they went to the Super Bowl? OC Kyle Shanahan is now the head coach of the San Francisco 49er and Dallas will have played them already. If you haven't noticed up to now, the Cowboys have a real booger of a schedule.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-bowl-hangover

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2017 Offseason

    It’s been a long time for me to update any info from Cowboyland so I’ll give a very abridged version of the OTA’s and mandatory mini-camp.
    First of all, the unquestioned star of the offseason work among the rookies is WR Ryan Switzer. For a time in the NFL small wide receivers were not uncommon. In fact, they were the norm. NFL teams wanted small quick and fast guys who could beat tight press coverage and give DBs fits trying to tackle them once they caught the ball. The 80s seemed to be the pinnacle of this era when you have the Three Amigos in Denver that featured Vance Johnson, Mark Jackson and Ricky Nattiel. Johnson was the tallest of the three at 5’11’’. Then you had the Marks Brothers, Mark Clayton and Mark Duper who were both 5’9’’. At one time the Dan Marino-Mark Clayton connection was the most prolific tandem in the NFL. Then there was the Smurfs from the Washington Redskins. That receiving corps consisted of Alvin Garrett, Virgil Seay and Charlie Brown. The tallest of the 3 was Brown at 5’10’’. The Redskins also had Art Monk who ended up in the Pro Football HOF who was definitely not in small WR mode being 6’3’’. It all started to change over the last couple of decades with teams looking for that big WR. Guys like Dez, Megatron, Julio Jones as the prototypical receivers in today’s game. Dallas is sort going old school 80’s with the addition of Switzer. Switzer is 5’8’’ and a buck 80 but paired with the Cowboys veteran Cole Beasley, who is also 5’8’’, Dallas has a pair of receivers who are quick off the ball, quick coming out of breaks and elusive after the catch. Switzer has gotten a lot of reps in the offseason practices because both Beasley and last year’s punt returner Lucky Whitehead have missed due to nagging injuries. Whitehead will be fighting to keep his job because Switzer is, right now, after starting for 4 years at North Carolina a much better route runner than Whitehead and Switzer excelled at kick returns in college as well. He will definitely be one to watch once training camp starts in late July.
    Jaylon Smith is looking good in the brief time the media has had to watch him practice. He is still suffering from drop foot because the nerve damage he sustained when his knee was severely injured in his last college game but he is showing the speed and mobility that would have made him a top 5 draft pick had he not been injured. His one deficiency is his ability to turn and run in coverage. This might lead him to start out as a 2 down LB until he fully heals. The question of whether he will fully heal hasn’t been answered yet but it has been reported that he does have feeling in his foot which leads you to believe that a full recovery is inevitable. Given the reports of what an outstanding person Smith is and his tireless work ethic and his can-do attitude you would certainly hope a full recovery will happen.
    Former Baylor basketball star Rico Gathers was signed as a 7th round draft pick last year. He hadn’t played football since junior high school and he was always seen as a developmental player. I’m sure the only reason Dallas used a draft pick on him was because the scouts were high on him they didn’t want to chance losing him as an undrafted free agent. After one season on the practice squad and now two off seasons to get stronger and more comfortable playing football again, Gathers has been reported as having made tremendous strides. So much so that Dallas might not be able to stash him on their practice squad any more. We’ll be watching Rico this summer too.
    The biggest thing most Cowboys fans are watching is the defense. At least in the offseason work rookie DBs Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Marquez White have already made a positive impression. Throw in LA Tech safety Xavier Woods and the defensive backfield looks like it could be in good hands for years to come. The linebackers could be getting a shot in the arm with Jaylon Smith but his effect on this LB corps remains to be seen depending on the health of that darned old peroneal nerve. Anthony Hitchens has been singled out as a plus player at middle linebacker as he is finally healthy for the first time since early in his rookie season. The most watched position will certainly be D-line and defensive end in particular. Dallas has searched hi and low for a pass rush since the departure of DeMarcus Ware a few years back with no success. Dallas has tried through the draft but the last two picks prior to 2017 were DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory and both, especially Gregory can’t stay on the field because of their love of the herb superb, marijuana. Lawrence showed signs of being a good end in 2015 particularly in the playoffs but between a drug suspension and nagging injuries he was pretty much a no-show last season. Last year the Cowboys thought they got a steal taking Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper in the 4th round of the draft but a back injury sidelined him for the whole season. This past draft Dallas invested their first round pick on Michigan DE Taco Charlton. He was projected as a late round 1st pick and that’s exactly when Dallas chose him. The battle here is who will win the starting nod a right defensive end, the pass rusher side, and who might play the left, run stopping side. Where will D-Law fit in to the mix -- if at all? Yep, we’ll be watching that pass rush pretty darn close.
    The O-line lost it’s right tackle Doug Free to retirement and left guard Ronald Leary to free agency. To counter these losses Dallas has moved former starting guard La’el Collins to right tackle and it seems to fit him like a glove. This move seems to be a done deal so the big problem will be to find a guy who can play swing tackle. Candidates include 2017 free agent signee Byron Bell, last year’s swing tackle Chaz Green or Joe Looney. Dallas also has a guy named Emmitt Cleary who could figure into the mix. That leaves left guard and Dallas did sign former 1st round pick by Arizona Jonathan Cooper. Cooper spent time with 3 teams last season after spending from 2013 to 2015 with Arizona. He was with New England to start the year but a foot injury sidelined him and that resulted in his being waived in early October. Cleveland picked him up and he started 5 games for the Browns but he was waived in December to make room for player coming off suspension. Dallas signed him on January 4th as depth heading into the playoffs and after the season was over he signed a one year deal to stay with the Cowboys. I’m sure that Dallas would love for Cooper to take over that job. It would turn around what has, to date, been a very disappointing NFL career if Cooper can succeed in Dallas. If Cooper prevails Joe Looney could be in the mix as the swing guard/center. All in all, Dallas should still field the best O-line in the NFL this coming season.
    That’s it! Thank God it’s the abridged version, right? Sheesh. Dallas and the rest of the NFL is off now until training camp at the end of July. The NFL will be able to get a week head start with rookies as part of a new agreement between teams and the NFL league office but the full team training camp will begin July 24 in Oxnard CA. So, unless somebody does something stupid, there really shouldn’t be any news until then. This is the longest 5 weeks of the year for me; no news unless it is bad, no football going on and nothing but this damnable SE Texas heat to keep us company. We do seem to have a tropical storm to deal with over the next couple of days. I hope everyone survives intact and unharmed and I hope nobody gets hit with flood waters. Best of luck to all.

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    According to 3rd year DB Byron Jones via NFL.com the Cowboys defense has its arrows all pointing up heading into training camp because of how well first round draft pick Taco Charlton and last year's 2nd round pick Jaylon Smith have been showing up so far this spring and summer.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...ut-for-cowboys

    Speaking of Taco, he has a new endorsement deal with, you guessed it, Taco Bueno.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...ith-taco-bueno

    On DallasCowboys.com they have begun a series called "20 Questions" which refer to the top 20 issues that need to be answered in training camp next month. Here are the first two installments of the series.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...%E2%80%99-role

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ce-make-roster

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2017 Offseason

    The continuation of the series "20 Questions" from DallasCowboys.com continues it's countdown with questions 18 and 17. All the questions are being tackled by the DallasCowboys.com staff writers giving their individual takes on the burning questions going into Training Camp 2017.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-2017-schedule

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ining-camp-mvp

    Bryan Broaddus, that old NFL scout, is now a staff writer for DallasCowboys.com but he regularly puts on his scout's hat and gives us a behind the looking glass look at the NFL in general and the Cowboys in particular. This article Mr Broaddus scared the hell out of me as he recounts the fact that Dallas will been having to protect Dak Prescott in his sophomore campaign from some the truly elite pass rushers in the NFL including a guy the Cowboys passed on to draft Ezekiel Elliott, one Joey Bosa. If this article doesn't give you summer nightmares please check your pulse because you may have a problem.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...s-rushers-2017

    If the previous link didn't scare you. Try this on for size. Here's a list of QB's Dallas will face with a defensive roster made up of 3 rookie CB's, 1 rookie safety, 1 rookie defensive end and one guy who might as well be a rookie because he didn't play at all last season. Are you ready? Check out this murderer's row of QB's - Eli Manning (twice), Carson Wentz (twice), Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, Derek Carr, Alex Smith and Russell Wilson. Throw in Washington QB Kirk Cousins (twice), the Rams first round choice from last year Jared Goff, Cardinals signal caller in Carson Palmer and it looks like the only break will be in Week 7 against the 49ers and nobody knows who the hell their starter will be at this point. Dallas has the toughest schedule in the NFL in 2017 so to think they will repeat that 13-3 record from a year ago is totally absurd. Dallas will be doing good to go 10-6 and that's if the defense gets much needed help from their past two drafts.

    One guy on that defense will miss the first 4 games of the season because he got busted violating the NFL league's ban of performance enhancing substances. At least he wasn't busted for smoking weed, we've seen that scene play out too often recently. Dallas will be without DL David Irving for 4 weeks. This a guy who led the Cowboys in QB pressures last year and who was named Defensive Player of the Week after harassing Aaron Rodgers half to death IN GREEN BAY no less. Too bad Irving couldn't repeat that performance in the playoffs with the Cowboys were ousted by the Packers IN DALLAS. Please don't tell me the NFL isn't full of ironies.

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    I have some news and some articles to share today so let me just jump right in.
    In the on-going series titled 20 Questions the Cowboys website staff writers have identified 20 burning questions that the Cowboys will need to answer when training camp opens on July 24th in the Oxnard, CA. The website is counting back from 20 to the eventual #1 burning question and I can’t wait to see what that might be. Today I will link Questions 16 and 15.
    16) Which Cowboys player will earn his first Pro Bowl in 2017? Some of the answers may surprise you.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-pro-bowl-2017
    15) Should the Cowboys keep Kellen Moore at backup QB or seek and upgrade? I think the answers here are varied and all have merit. Where would you stand if you were the Cowboys GM?
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...r-seek-upgrade
    If it weren’t bad enough with Randy Gregory suspended for the entire year and David Irving has been suspended for 4 games for using performance enhancing drugs now Damien Wilson has been arrested on two counts of aggravated assault. Nice Damien. Kids, thank Mr Wilson for fucking up the Cowboys plans for their linebackers, especially if Jaylon Smith can’t play. Thanks, Mr Wilson. Okay, now you kids go back to water-boarding your friends and don’t break your mother’s pitcher. Here’s an account of the incident from the Dallasnews.com website.
    https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crim...-police-arrest
    This looks bad for Wilson. First the rifle wasn’t a hunting type rifle if was a freaking AR-15 assault rifle. Way different story. Wilson willfully backed into a woman standing in the parking spot and THAT is not good. If the woman was injured it’s even worse. Then Wilson admits to the cops he had road rage???!!! What the hell was he thinking? Wilson will be luckier than I’ve ever been if he only ends up with probation and community service. You can bet your bottom dollar Wilson is getting sued by the woman and IF he gets off with probation he will surely be a regular at Dallas area anger management classes. I saw another article that said 2 counts of assault with a deadly weapon could get Wilson up to 20 years in jail. If the account in the Dallas Morning News article is accurate it doesn’t sound like he should get the max sentence but flashing an assault rifle might be worth some jail time in the eyes of the prosecutor. This is why coaches around the NFL hate, no loathe, the 5 weeks between OTA’s and training camp. It’s five weeks away from team control and prime knucklehead time. Why does this always seem to happen to the Cowboys but never the Texans?

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    The Cowboys will go to training camp in exactly 11 days. Doesn’t seem like a long time but at the same time it feels like an eternity. Still, there is news to talk about so let’s get going.
    Dak Prescott won an ESPY last night as the Best Breakthrough Athlete.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ation%E2%80%9D
    RB DeAngelo Williams wasn’t good enough to remain in Pittsburgh as the Steelers allowed him to hit the free agent market. Here, less than two weeks away from training camp, Williams is still without a job. At 34 years old he may be waiting a while for someone to offer ‘grandpa’ a job. That hasn’t stopped him from reducing his odds of getting that phone call by making his list of teams he definitely doesn’t want to go to public. He doesn’t want to go to Carolina because he doesn’t like the way his release from the team a few years ago was handled. He doesn’t want to go to Jacksonville or Cleveland because he doesn’t want to be a 34 year old RB on a bad team. Don’t look now DeAngelo but Jacksonville has some really nice talent and a new head coach and most importantly they have Tom Coughlin as a mentor to the whole group. If Blake Bortles makes a turnaround under Coughlin’s mentorship these Jags are going to be really good. The most heinous of all is William’s contention that he wouldn’t want to play for the Cowboys because the fans are annoying. Newsflash, DeAngelo, you are annoying.
    The 20 Questions series continues today with questions #14 and #13.
    Question 14 is, “Which veteran player enters training camp on the roster bubble?” The Cowboys website staff writers have some pretty interesting answers that could lead to some interesting water cooler talk.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-roster-bubble
    Question 13 is, “Which player opens the 2017 season as the starting left guard?” To me this is the main question to be answered in training camp. It seems like La’el Collins is a lock as the new starting right tackle replacing the retired Doug Free so Dallas needs to replace the hole left by Ronald Leary who left via free agency this past spring.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ing-left-guard
    It seems like the Cowboys are America’s Team but in the sports financial world they are The Planet’s Team. Forbes magazine has named the Cowboys the most valuable sports franchise in the world. There are more details from this article from DallasCowboys.com.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...anchise-sports

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2017 Offseason

    The Cowboys website series 20 questions continues with today's post with Questions 12 and 11.

    Question 12 is, "Which rookie will be the most productive player in 2017?" The Cowboys website staff writers give their opinion on this question but I wonder about two guys who did not play a down last year which was their rookie season. Jaylon Smith and James Hannah both missed 2016 because of a knee and a back respectively and they are aiming to make their debut's this year. If one or both make a significant impact that would be my choice for the answer to this question.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ve-player-2017

    Question 11 is, "Is Jeff Heath ready to fill Church's shoes and win the starting safety job?" That is certainly the hope and it's also not unreasonable to think the answer is yes. Heath has been coming on the last couple of years and he's been one of, if not, the best playmaker in the Cowboys defensive backfield. It's been Heath who has been making the most plays in limited playing time and I believe he's ready to take the next step as starter. Let's see what the staff writers from DallasCowboys.com think.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...win-safety-job

    That does it for the bottom half of the 20 questions. Tomorrow I will post the first two question from the top half of the list.

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    Re: Dallas Cowboys 2017 Offseason

    The Cowboys series "20 Questions" continues today with the first two questions from the top 10. Questions #10 and #9 are up next as the Cowboy's website staff writers formulate and answers these burning questions as we move closer and closer to training camp.

    Question 10 is, "Looking to bolster pass rush, who leads team in sacks in 2017?" Great question! As long as the team sack leader does better than the last two seasons. In 2014 the sack leader had all of 8 sacks (Demarcus Lawrence) and last year is was all of 6 (Benson Mayowa).

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...eam-sacks-2017

    Question 9 is, "Where does Dez Bryant rank among the NFL's elite receivers?" I think you can safely assume Dez is the stud on the Cowboys staff but he is generally considered elite, but is he? He doesn't have elite speed, he doesn't have elite moves, he rarely gets much separation from a DB. What Dez do better than almost everyone else is fight for the ball. In most contested situations Dez wins those battles. But, is that enough to make him among the best in the NFL? My answer is yes but let's see what the DallasCowboys.com writers think.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...de-receivers-0

    Man, will Zeke ever 'get it'. By that I mean will he ever realize as a Dallas Cowboy he has a target on his back. This latest incident at a nightclub in the story that broke yesterday is evidence that he doesn't 'get it' yet. With a domestic violence hearing on the near horizon, an incident in Florida last year, him being photographed outside a legal marijuana shop in Seattle, the Easter parade in his alma mater's city earlier this year when he pulled down the shirt of a female on the float they were both riding on and now an incident at a bar. Secretly, I'll bet Jerry Jones is throwing a fit. Goddammit, why can't these players pull their heads out of their asses and take care of their own image. Another potential felony on my damn team and certainly another player facing a league suspension. SHIT! Jason Garrett and his 'right kind of guys' mantra taking yet another hit in the gut as part of being a right kind of guy includes some semblance of moral ethics. Just when the Texans had their own scandalous incident with D'onte Foreman Zeke has to one-up Foreman with a bit of stupidity of his own. Good grief, Charlie Brown! This incident occurs one week before training camp. Damn the stupid luck!

    You know, the real shame is all this foo-fer-all over Elliott overshadows the fact that Dallas does, in fact, have one of the 'right kind of guys'. That would be 2nd LB Jaylon Smith. By all accounts Smith is without peer in his work ethic, his positive attitude, the high quality of his character and just what an all around great person he is. This article from DallasCowboys.com is a nice piece chronicling the road Smith has travelled from Notre Dame and the devastating knee injury in his last college football game to his first training camp that he will be able to participate in. Maybe Zeke ought to hang around Smith a little bit instead going out and getting in trouble is some shady night club.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/content...arded-optimism

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    It is getting down to a matter of hours before training camp begins. 48 short hours and the Cowboys will officially kick off their 2017 march to Super Bowl LII. The Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will both get a one week head start because they will be playing each other in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton Ohio. Both teams will be getting the mixed blessing of having an extra week, and an extra preseason game with which to work with to help them decide just who will be the final 57 players who will represent the final roster and practice squad. I made that sound kind of dramatic didn't I? Well, it is dramatic because football is just about to get under way, Baby!!!

    There is still some old business to take care of. The Cowboys.com "20 questions" series still has 8 questions to answer and I need to play a little catch-up here so today I'm posting questions #8 down to #5.

    Question 8 is, "Is 2000 yards rushing obtainable for Ezekiel Elliott this year?" It could have been but I really doubt it now. Why? Because since his alleged altercation at the Dallas area bar people are talking about a suspension. People want to compare Zeke to Dez Bryant in terms of off-field issues but Zeke's are way more disturbing than Dez' incidents ever were. The worst thing Dez did was try to fend off his mother with a cap. I was an incident that was blown way out of proportion by the media and Dez' crazy ass mother. The other things were just an example of his immaturity. Buying jewelry for his "posse", wearing his pants down around his ass at a high end Dallas mall and a dispute about his rental property with a highly placed official in the Texas government which sounded like that highly placed official was trying to rip off Dez. Dez was an immature kid who fell into a windfall of money that he never had before. Dez has grown up a lot since those early days. Then you have Zeke who seems to be his own worst enemy. Most of his off field issues have to do with women. Domestic violence which is still not resolved, pulling down a girl's top while riding on a float in a parade and now this latest incident where he reportedly cold cocked a guy at a night club which was probably over a woman. Zeke could be suspended under the NFL Code of Conduct Policy and if he is it would make rushing for 2000 yards really difficult. Let's see what the writers think.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...l-elliott-year

    Question 7 is, "After 2 losses to the New York Giants in 2016, are the Cowboys ready to beat the Giants?" Yes, I'll bet they are and nothing would please me more than spanking that pouty faced Eli Manning and Gints but, if you tell me Dallas will go 14-2 or 13-3 and lose both games against the G-men, well, I'll take it in a heartbeat!!!

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...dy-beat-giants

    Question 6 is, "What are realistic expectations for Jaylon Smith in 2017?" For me, I hope he's All Pro at the end of the season but that isn't likely to happen.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...lon-smith-2017

    Question 5 is, "Which players will make up the Cowboys starting secondary Week 1 against the NYG?" I haven't a guess here but, realistically, I hope it involves the guys Dallas drafted this year along with Anthony Brown and Nolan Carroll. I just don't have much faith in Orlando Scandrick.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-week-1-vs-nyg

    Damien Wilson will miss the start of training camp as his hearing over the assault and battery charges and brandishing a weapon incident that happened a couple of weeks ago begins Monday. It really doesn't look good for Wilson and I would be surprised if he even plays this season. God knows what his future holds for him. As a mitigation for the loss of Wilson the Cowboys signed LB Justin Durant yesterday to a deal. Durant has been with the team for a several years now but he became a free agent this past spring. Nobody had signed Durant up to his signing yesterday so Dallas got a reliable player on the cheap that is completely familiar with the Cowboys system. It is one time the Cowboys are lucky, or is that good?

    The Cowboys have produced a mini-documentary about Dak Prescott called "Dak Prescott: A Family Reunion". Not a bad little piece. Maybe mini is the wrong word for this film. After all it is just over 40 minutes long and it goes back to his days at Mississippi State. It's too bad that MSU has had its problems with their head coach cheating at recruitment. The two items are separate but it's hard not to let the coach's transgressions spill over on Dak. Too bad.

    The buzz in Cowboyland that doesn't involve off field issues is centered around 2nd year LB Jaylon Smith. This will be, for all intents and purposes, he rookie season because he could not play a down for the Cowboys in 2016 as he was rehabbing his knee. He's still rehabbing his knee and it is, by all accounts getting better. The torn ACL and MCL is healed but the nerve that was damaged has been slow to recover. Reports are that the nerve is starting to fire again but it may be several more months before it is completely healthy. In the meantime he is wearing a brace to help compensate for the "drop foot" condition that won't allow him to flex his foot properly. The hope is Smith will be able to contribute this season in a significant way and when you see what a good person he is in the video linked below you will root for him even harder.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...-1-1-interview

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...on-documentary

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    The Cowboys left for Oxnard on Saturday as they prepare to begin training camp on Monday. The other good thing about that is the Cowboys players will have a hard time getting into trouble for the next 6 weeks. Not too much consolation when the team has two players, Damien Wilson and Jourdan Lewis missing the beginning with legal issues.

    The Cowboys website series "20 Questions continues today with questions #4 and #3.

    Question 4 is, "Do the Cowboys still have the most dominant offensive line in football?" I would have to say yes and it could be even better with La'el Collins moving to right tackle he should be an upgrade over Doug Free who retired this offseason. The biggest piece of the puzzle will be who will replace Ronald Leary at left guard. It will be hard to replace Leary who proved himself to be a very good guard with a nasty attitude to go along with his skills as a lineman. I think Dallas has that guy on their roster it will just be a question of him stepping up and taking the job over.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ive-line-nfl-0

    Question 3 is, "With personnel changes can this defense be better in 2017?" Damn good question and that will be answered in training camp.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...be-better-2017

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    The Cowboys begin training camp today in Oxnard California! Football isn’t being played just yet but football has begun, in my mind any way, but everyone knows I’m crazy to begin with. No more speculation about who is doing what and who will step up and who will fall off the wagon will all be played out over the next 6 or 7 weeks leading up to the regular season. It’s all going to take play on the field. The real nitty gritty has begun, at least for the Arizona Cardinals and the Cowboys who begin training camp a week earlier than the rest of the NFL because they have an extra preseason game in Canton, Ohio during Hall of Fame week. Hell yeah!!!
    With the start of training comes the conclusion to the “20 Questions” series on DallasCowboys.com with questions 2 and 1.
    Question 2 is, “Can Dak take his game to a new level and avoid a sophomore slump?” This is actually two questions disguised at one question. The questions should be, can Dak take his game to a new level and will Dak suffer a sophomore slump. Whatever the answer to the first question is the answer to the 2nd question will be the opposite so that is why it can be considered one question. Clear as mud, right? The short answer is this, there is nothing in Dak’s history that points to any possibility of a sophomore slump. He maturity and work ethic are such that he just naturally avoids such things as slumps. That said, don’t expect him to perform to the same level as last year because TD/INT ratio was sick. Hell, his completions/INT ratio was off the charts. Dak can still have a lot of success but not approach the numbers he put up last year. That’s my take, what do the DallasCowboys.com think?

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ophomore-slump

    Question #1 is, “Is the Super Bowl a realistic expectation for the Cowboys in 2017?” My take without first reading the DC.com staff writers opinion is another question, “Who gives a crap what is realistic or not?” We’re fans! Even the Cleveland Browns fans think they are going to turn things around and go to the SB when training camp begins. Every fan has unrealistic expectations for their team. In the Cowboys case coming off a 13-3 season and a disappointing loss to the Packers in the playoffs you know the Super Bowl is on Cowboys fan’s radar. A lot of questions have to be answered before the expectations meter changes much. So, that said, do I think the Cowboys can go to the Super Bowl? My answer would be a resounding, “Hell Yes!!!”

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...n-cowboys-2017

    Here are a couple of training camp links from DallasCowboys.com;
    The first link is to David Helman’s article about the added scrutiny focused on the Cowboys team character especially referring to Ezekiel Elliott.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...team-character

    After a year of rehab on his surgically repaired knee former Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith will finally get to take the field for the Cowboys. Now, Smith is not 100% recovered because the nerve in his ankle is still not firing like it ultimately will and he has to wear a brace to compensate for the “drop foot” condition as a result but, he participated in the OTA’s and minicamp this offseason and hopes are high he will be a major contributor to the team this season. The Cowboys website staff writer Rob Phillips takes a look at how the Cowboys will approach Smith’s practice schedule as well as injury updates as training camp gets set to begin today.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...first-camp-day

    DallasCowboys.com is doing a “Camp Blog” to report on the activities and issues in training camp. This includes on why Jerry is having his wife Gene present him at his Hall of Fame Induction next month. It’s pointed out by Jerry that even Gene asked him, “How in the world is Jimmy not our coach?” You kind of like her already, right?

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/2017campblog
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    Earlier today I posted that one reason I was glad training camp was under way was because the players couldn't get into trouble. Boy, was I wrong. Lucky Whitehead is alleged to have been arrested in Virginia on June 22nd for shoplifting. The story broke today by TMZ that Whitehead was going to be arrested for not making the scheduled appearance in court for his case earlier this month. This coming after the Cowboys opening training camp presser in which Jason Garrett talked about the quality of players on the roster in answer to questions about all the off-field issues Cowboys players have had. The Cowboys say that Whitehead never told them about his arrest, they learned about it from the TMZ release. As a result Whitehead was released by the Cowboys this afternoon.
    The real kicker to the story is Whitehead claims he didn't know about any court appearance because he wasn't the one who committed the crime in the first place. Whitehead claims he was nowhere near his hometown in Virginia on June 22nd. He claims he was in Dallas until almost noon that day. Whitehead's agent claims that Whitehead knew nothing about an arrest or a court date. It remains to be seen how that deal plays out but one thing is for sure, Lucky Whitehead won't be able to claim the Dallas Cowboys is his employer.
    It really appeared the handwriting was on the wall anyway when Dallas drafted North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer back in the spring. Switzer is a polished receiver and a cracker-jack kick returner. What was even more damaging to Whitehead's ability to hold off Switzer taking his job was a double whammy of Whitehead's inability to participate in the OTA's and mini-camp and incumbent slot receiver Cole Beasley had injuries of his own that enabled Switzer to get a bazillion reps in the OTA's and mini-camp. What's worse for Whitehead was that Switzer did not disappoint but rather he excelled with all the extra work so much so he was one of the clear stars of the offseason program. The odd saga of Lucky Whitehead is not over but his involvement with the Cowboys is. I think I already said that.....................

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