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    The Cowboys and the world found out today that Lucky Whitehead was not guilty of anything in regard to the shoplifting charge in his home town in Virginia. It turns out somebody else did commit the crime and the man arrested didn’t have an ID on him but he gave the police Lucky’s name, date of birth and social security number. It’s disturbing that the perp actually had, and memorized, Whitehead’s SS number. As the facts of the case came to light the Cowboys showed no indication they would undo Whitehead’s release.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...ucky-whitehead

    The article linked above comes the conclusion that Whitehead’s release was a very bizarre move by the Cowboys but, when you look at it, Whitehead was a marginal player as a WR and he was an average, at best, kick returner. They have Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer who are both better players and the Cowboys aren’t going to keep 3 small receivers on their roster. From my view it was inevitable, all things considered, that cutting Whitehead was going to happen. The only thing that would have saved Whitehead is an injury to the guys above him on the depth chart. Stephen Jones said that when you factor in the fact that it’s been one thing after another with Whitehead it was time to cut bait where he was concerned. Apparently, there were a bunch of other incidents the team knew about that never made it to the media and this latest incident was just the straw that broke the camel’s back.
    In Scout’s Notebook Bryan Broaddus looks at several items like Zeke getting more involved in the passing game and Chaz Green getting reps in practice and more………….

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...portunity-more
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    So, my post earlier today was meant to post yesterday so excuse me for double dipping a little bit. I am done talking about Lucky Whitehead, that matter is now dead to me. The Cowboys didn’t make a mistake, they don’t look stupid and the media needs to take a time out because yesterday, especially the local media at training camp, was just too full of themselves. Haters will hate and the media goes overboard trying to manufacture a story.
    The Cowboys are in pads for the first time in camp and the hope that the good things they have been seeing from LB Jaylon Smith will continue with pads on.
    This edition of Scout’s Notebook comes from yesterday as Bryan Broaddus gives his take on how the Cowboys look in training camp practices. Among the items he talks about are his first impressions at left guard and TE Rico Gathers improvement among the topics discussed.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...portunity-more
    There is a bonus with the Scout’s Notebook as Broaddus looks at today’s practice covering subjects like a Taco Charlton sighting as well as observations on Cole Beasley and Chidobe Awuzie among the topics.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-rotation-more
    The Cowboys and La’el Collins have reached an agreement on a two year contract extension reportedly worth $15.4 MM with a $4 MM signing bonus. Contract negotiations are currently ongoing on a long term deal for RG Zack Martin. It’s expected that the contract extension will get done during training camp.
    Finally, flying a bit under the radar was the court case of Cowboys 3rd round pick Jourdan Lewis. Long before the Cowboys drafted Lewis he had been charged on a misdemeanor sexual assault charges. The Cowboys had done their research on the case and concluded that Lewis was not guilty and would be exonerated when he finally had to go to court. Taking two days, Monday and Tuesday of this week, in a Michigan court a five woman, 2 man jury found Lewis not guilty of the charges against him and he was back at Cowboys training camp today a free man.

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    The Cowboys had to make a personnel move the past day or so. They lost rookie RB Jahad Thomas from Temple after he was injured in practice so, Dallas signed veteran Ronnie Hillman. Some are speculating that Hillman was signed as an insurance policy in case Zeke Elliott is suspended for conduct detrimental to the NFL but most of the local beat writers disagree that was the reason. First, Hillman is a damn good player when healthy and second, they lost some of their depth at RB when Thomas was injured.
    Yesterday’s practice was more like a practice two or three weeks into training camp because tempers got a little short. There was a little dust-up between DL Tyrone Crawford and RG Zack Martin. The Cowboys beat writers from DallasCowboys.com talk about this and other things from their ‘Camp Blog’ series.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/2017campblog

    Jourdan Lewis was finally in practice on Thursday after being acquitted in his domestic violence case on Tuesday.

    Thursday’s practice recap;

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...stand-out-more

    Don’t feel too bad about Lucky Whitehead, he wasn’t out of a job for more than two days, as the New York Jets picked him up Yesterday.

    In his ‘Scout’s Notebook’ series Bryan Broaddus talks about Thursday’s practice.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...added-practice

    Broaddus puts his scout’s hat back on to give a scouting report on newly signed RB Ronnie Hillman.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ce-rb-position

    Jaylon Smith was back in practice and in pads on Thursday. He is big and he is fast but, according to the beat writers Smith looked like a player who hadn’t practiced in 18 months. That’s okay because he hasn’t practiced in pads in team drills in 18 months or, to put it another way, since he was at Notre Dame. It’s okay that he is showing a little more Clark Kent than Superman but don’t worry, all that rust will come off soon enough.

    Just to give some perspective here, the Hall of Fame game is next Thursday night. We’re having a football game in 6 days folks!!! NFL Salary cap per team? $167 MM. Having a game on TV in 6 days? Priceless!

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    The Cowboys practices on Saturday and Sunday went well with visitors, Jerry Jones and even visitors to the training camp were impressed with Jaylon Smith. Smith himself is feeling more and more comfortable and he says the only time he thinks about his drop-foot condition and his nerve regeneration is when the media asks him about it. All very good signs.
    Sunday’s practice featured some physical confrontations between three players who ended up getting a 10 minute “time out” from Jason Garrett. Rico Gathers and Kyle Wilburn got into a scrum in a one-on-one drill and Gathers got frustrated and threw his helmet down in frustration. A moment later Wilburn and WR Noah Brown and Wilburn got into a shouting match and Garrett had enough sending all 3 to the locker room for their “time out”. The players came back and Garrett admonished them to stay focused and play ball.
    The play of 3rd year safety Byron Jones has caught everyone’s eye. He has consistently made plays so far in camp and it looks like he is taking a real leadership role. He almost has no choice with the departure of Barry Church and the rest of the veteran DB’s. Somebody has to be a leader in that secondary and Jones is doing his part to fill the void all those veterans left.
    Dallas signed a veteran QB over the weekend. They signed Luke McCown who spent a few years as Drew Brees’ backup and he will add a much-needed element of experience in the QB room that Dallas lost with the retirement of Tony Romo and departure of Mark Sanchez. McCown has been a very good backup in his 13-year career and IMO he will be a better backup than Kellen Moore. If the Cowboys want to keep Moore as the 3rd QB and he will be inactive on game days I have no issue with this.
    I wonder when the Cowboys will be tired of the constant trips to the trainer’s room by OL Chaz Greene. The guy has spent more time hurt than he’s spent in uniform on the sidelines. Green has missed an entire season because of a hip injury and he went on IR last year because of a knee. In 3 years he’s played in 3 games total. That’s it and now he’s missing practice again with a shoulder injury. Dallas needs to find a left guard and a swing tackle and Green is in the competition for these spots. No matter how good a player might be if he’s not on the field he sucks. Green has sucked a lot the past 3 seasons.
    This week will be very interesting as the Hall of Fame game between Dallas and Arizona is just 3 days.

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    No practice today because the team is on the way to Canton Ohio for the annual Hall of Fame game Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals. The practices yesterday were spirited according to reports and thankfully nobody got hurt. Jaylon Smith continues to impress as does his little brother Rod who ended up on the Cowboys practice squad last year as he competed for the fullback job. This year he’s in the mix with the running backs and if he keeps up his good play veterans like Alfred Morris and Ronnie Hillman could find themselves out of a job. With no real news to reflect upon I just want to get a pet peeve off my chest.
    I still feel the urge to write “St Louis” in front of the Cardinals name. Even after all these years I’m not used to calling them the “Arizona” Cardinals. Then, I have to stop and remind myself that there are a lot of people reading this post that never knew the Cardinals came from St Louis. The Arizona Cards are how a lot of people know and relate to the this franchise. When Kurt Warner goes into the Hall of Fame Saturday it will be as an Arizona Cardinal but for me it’s just the universe out of alignment. It’s the same with the St Louis Rams. I never got used to that city/team association. From the time I began loving the pro football game it was always the Los Angeles Rams. In the cases of the Cardinals, Rams, Ravens, Colts, Chargers, Oilers and soon the Raiders the displacement of those franchises sets me to twitching like Sheldon Cooper when the guys won’t let him talk. In my world, it would be the St Louis football Cardinals, The Indianapolis Ravens, the Baltimore Colts, the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland, friggin’, Raiders. The only city who did it right was Cleveland who told Browns owner, Art Modell, “Fine, take your stupid team to Baltimore but we’re keeping our team’s name.” Houston should have followed suit when Bud Adams took his football team to Tennessee. Houston should have forced the NFL to allow Houston to keep its franchise name. There would still be a Tennessee Titans and when Houston got a new franchise they could have become the new and improved Houston Oilers. The Baltimore Ravens sounds stupid to me, it’s just not right. It’s the Baltimore Colts. Jim Irsay, the owner of the Colts franchise, literally snuck out of town like a little you-know-what leaving the Baltimore area like a thief in the night. He relocated to Indianapolis. Baltimore should have kept the name and let the team get the hell out of Dodge. Now, Art Modell would not have been welcome in Baltimore because he was just another rat who jumped off a ship so he would have been the one to go to Indianapolis, in my version of SIM CITY, and taken on a brand-new name for a brand-new NFL city. Irsay couldn’t have gone to Indianapolis but he could’ve gone to Arizona and launched the Arizona Whirlwind franchise because the Cardinals would never, ever have left St Louis. This also means the Rams never would have left LA. The Chargers started out in LA but lasted only one year before they moved down the coast to San Diego. That move happened when I was barely out of diapers so I don’t care, there’s no disconnect for me. For my entire aware life it’s been the San Diego Chargers and my favorite player when I was little was Lance Alworth. The number I always wanted to wear when I played sports was 19 because of Alworth and Johnny Unitas and that’s even into adulthood when I played slow pitch softball. The Raiders moved to LA in the 80’s and even won a Super Bowl there but I never got used to the “Los Angeles Raiders”. It had no zing, no rhythm. It didn’t roll off the tongue like ‘Oakland Raiders’ does. Now, in a couple of years, we will have to try to get used to saying the Las Vegas Raiders. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. It’s just so wrong on so many levels. I need a drink just thinking about that. It’s not only football that freaks me out but baseball and basketball just don’t relocate like the NFL teams do. The exceptions are in basketball. I cannot get used to the idea of the Oklahoma City Thunder, not when I spent most of my life with the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA. I’m not begrudging the Oklahoma City folks a team but not at the expense of the Sonics! The other one is the Utah Jazz. You know the origin of the franchise was in New Orleans, right? The NOLA Jazz had Pistol Pete Maravich who was one of the most exciting players ever in the NBA. The folks in NOLA should have demanded the team name remain in the Crescent City because no team name is more synonymous with its city. What the heck does Jazz have to do with Utah? Nothing, nada, nix. They’re Mormons, people! They don’t know squat about jazz! Their claim to fame is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Donnie and friggin’ Marie! Have you ever heard of anyone making a special trip to Provo for the International Jazz Festival? Heck no! You know why? It’s Utah, they don’t have jazz there! Gosh, I need a shot of tequila and a hurricane to calm down but if I was in Utah I couldn’t drink because the Mormons don’t allow alcohol, or so I’ve heard. No alcohol and no jazz in Utah but their NBA franchise is called The Jazz. Oh, Lord, that Sheldon Cooper twitch is coming back. Has anyone seen my Prozac? I’m thinking of Doc Holiday in the movie Tombstone when he told Wyatt Earp about why Johnny Ringo was dead after their showdown. “The boy was just too high strung. I’m afraid the strain was mo’ than he could bey-ah.” said Doc in his charming southern accent. He’s describing me trying to accept these nomadic franchise changes in pro sports. There is a Shakespearian quote that, “…. a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”, but that person never tried to come to terms with the Baltimore Ravens or the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s like coming to terms with calling an apple and orange just because it’s grown in a different state. It’s like jamming a stick into the spokes of my brain! It's like............oh, you get the idea, I'm crazy.
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    There is football tonight!!! I know it’s preseason and they play often resembles the handicapped Olympics, no offense to the handicapped, because a lot of the players in the game won’t be on the final 53. The Arizona Cardinals have already announced that QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald won’t even suit up. You can bet most starters from both teams on both sides of the line of scrimmage won’t even play, or if they do it won’t be more than a series. We’ll be seeing a lot of rookies, backups, UFA’s and guys looking for one last shot at making a roster. Most of the time the result of a game populated with players like this resembles the activity between a monkey and a football. Not a pretty sight. But, by golly, it’s football and other than the Senior Bowl and the various college all-star bowl games in February prior to the NFL Scouting Combine there hasn’t been football on TV in 6 months. Please don’t throw Canadian Football at me, it doesn’t count, eh. Don’t talk to me about the women’s underwear football league. It’s pleasant to look at but it’s not really football. I know the girls try hard but, c’mon, the ladies are dressed like a Victoria’s Secret catalogue spread and they are twisting and turning and sweating and bending over and ---- oh my God, I need to take a cold shower. So, yeah, no, that isn’t football.

    Hall of Fame game, the beginning of the festivities surrounding the induction of seven men who have helped shape the game led by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, the only non-player going into the Hall this year. Besides Jones QB Kurt Warner, RB LaDanian Tomlinson, S Kenny Easley, DE Jason Taylor, RB Terrell Davis and K Morton Anderson have earned their gold jacket. Pretty distinguished class if you ask me.

    On DallasCowboys.com there is was a 6-part biography of HOF’er Jerry Jones. Linked below is Chapter 1 but when you get to the bottom of the article there are links to go to Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. This is a pretty good series so far and I have enjoyed reading it. The series gives great insight to what makes Jerry, Jerry. Even if you don’t like Jones these chapters could change your opinion of the man or at least they will help you understand what makes Jerrah tick.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/content...fe-chapter-one

    Finally, this link goes to an article that features four of the website’s top writers, Rob Phillips, David Helman, Nick Eatman and Bryan Broaddus as they each give two Cowboys players they feel will be worth watching in tonight’s game.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...watch-hof-game

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    Dallas won last night and the score doesn't really matter. This is evaluation time and this is who I saw do some good things last night.
    > Rico Gathers - He made some nice catches and showed some balance. You could see the athleticism his basketball background would suggest.
    > Rod Smith, Jaylon's older brother, tried making the team last year at fullback but Keith Smith (no relation), who switched from linebacker to fullback in the offseason in 2016, beat him out. He's working at RB in training camp just as he had in the OTA's and he's been really showing up so far and he showed up last night. He ran with effort, and 2nd effort and he was patient with good acceleration when he saw an opening. A short yardage run in the fourth Smith ran with 2nd and 3rd effort as he stretched his arms forward enough to get a first down. Alfredo Morris had better watch out because this kid is coming for his job.
    > Cooper Rush, the UFA rookie QB from Central Michigan, came into the game in the 2nd half and he looked pretty good. He showed nice patience in the red zone in the fourth quarter when he bought a little time in the pocket and waited until his receiver cleared into an open zone. Rush hit the receiver who was open enough to run the ball into the end zone for a go ahead TD. Rush is a red headed kid that resembles a young Jason Garrett.
    > CB Chidobe Awuzie had his moments but he had a pick six there for the taking but he failed to make the catch. He did break up the pass however which is a good thing.
    > The O-line seemed like it did a good job. I have no desire to review film of the game to look but generally speaking the line did a good job opening holes for the runners and protecting the QB's. La'el Collins showed good feet and I know that because Al Michaels and Cris Collingsworth talked about it last night. The Cowboys are looking for a left guard and a swing tackle and these preseason games need to be the stage where those positions will be filled. If the line did as well as it looked the candidates for those jobs are not going to make it easy for the coaches to make a decision. That, is a very good thing.
    > The D-line wasn't very good. They didn't get a lot of pressure on the Cardinals QB's and they did not record a sack. Same song different dance. That, is not a good thing.

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    Jerry Jones speech at his Hall of Fame induction was pure Jerry. By turns he was entertaining, aggravating and off the mark. He did pay homage to Tom Landry saying, “He was the Dallas Cowboys.” as Landry’s son was in the audience in Canton. Jerry also gave props to his old friend Jimmy Johnson. Talking about their days as teammates with the Arkansas Razorbacks which won the 1964 NCAA National Championship and to the co-architect of the Cowboys teams of the 1990’s which won 3 Super Bowls in 4 years, a fete that had not been accomplished before. The Cowboys, who had played Thursday night in the Hall of Fame preseason game were in attendance as was Tony Romo. Jerry gave props to the players of the 90’s as you might expect and he also gave props to the players from recent years and at the top of that list was Romo. I expected to Jerry to say more about him but the fact that he mentioned him and had kind words to say was nice. The most aggravating and off the mark remarks were about Roger Goodell. Jerry complimented the man and the work he’s done as NFL Commissioner and any good will Jerry had developed flew right out the window and the boos in the crowd would attest. It was a decent speech but not one for the ages. There were other better speeches on the night. Like LaDanian Tomlinson’s call for unity and peace. He also admitted his heritage was mixed race as his great, great, great grandfather was white. It was a nice thing to hear a black man calling for peace and understanding and non-violence. On the flip side was a very entertaining speech by kicker Morton Anderson who came to America at 16 as a foreign exchange student and ended up the NFL’s all-time leading scorer. Kurt Warner has the best back story going from grocery clerk to the Arena Football League to NFL Europe in a roundabout journey to the NFL. Kurt has probably got a little freak in him too judging by his wife’s out-there hairdo. For a middle-aged woman to look like she should be a character in an X-Men movie and he’s happy with her look says there may be some kinky stuff going down at the Warner house. The fact they have 7 children shows that they 1) have a healthy sex life 2) don’t give a hoot about birth control.
    The Cowboys should be back in Oxnard today to resume practices as their next preseason game is soon approaching.

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    As Dallas prepares for its second preseason game against the LA Rams this Saturday there are some things going on in Oxnard.

    DT Tyrone Crawford left practice yesterday with an ankle injury that looked like it could be severe. X-rays later revealed there was no fracture but there could be some torn ligaments. The best new is it is not the dreaded high ankle sprain that can keep a player out anywhere from 2 weeks up to 2 months.

    Dallas has been taking a very deliberate approach to working LB Jaylon Smith through his rehab. The Cowboys have taken to alternating days off between him and Sean Lee. Lee gets regular ‘veteran days off’ and the reason they alternate is to make sure when they are at practice they get plenty of reps. It really sounds like Smith is close to full participation even though he still has a way to go before the nerve in his ankle and foot is totally healed. Still no word if he will play against the Rams this weekend or not.

    The Cowboys signed veteran OL Byron Bell this past spring but it was just a numbers move looking forward to filling out the 90 man roster heading into offseason work. The Cowboys also had to be looking at the swing tackle spot because the options are okay but not great. The problem at the time of his signing was his weight. Bell weighed 360 lbs and was slow and sloppy. The link below to the article from DallasCowboys.com talks about Bell’s progress up to this point and it looks like Joe Looney and Chaz Greene need to worry about their jobs.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...eps-left-guard

    Nobody has said so in so many words but considering how well Cooper Rush played last Thursday night I’m thinking Kellen Moore had better watch out because his job could be in jeopardy. I believe Luke McCown will be on the team as a veteran backup and I like what I’m seeing from Rush. It’s not like I’m hating on Moore but I just have never been overly impressed by his play. If the season started today I’m thinking my depth chart would be Dak, McCown and Rush. Needless to say I am looking forward to seeing all three backups play on Saturday.

    Here are some thought from yesterday’s practice from Bryan Broaddus.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-way-back-more
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    The NFL league office is filled with a bunch of stupid people. After their investigation of Ezekiel Elliott’s conduct and the investigation into domestic violence that occurred BEFORE he was drafted last year the NFLLO has handed down a 6-game suspension on Elliott. This comes down after Elliott was cleared of any wrong-doing in the domestic violence case but does include the parade this past spring in Ohio where Elliott pulled a young lady’s shirt briefly exposing her breasts, an event that the young lady in question took no offense to. It also includes allegations that he was involved in a fight at a night club. The police reports on the matter resulted in no charges or fines by the authorities and is yet another non-incident. Basically, Elliott is being suspended because he’s been linked to these stories but has not incurred the wrath of the judicial system. 6 games of a 16-game season is exactly 37.5% of a season and that is way too much of a penalty for a guy who, in the eyes of the law, hasn’t done anything wrong. Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said at his father’s Hall of Fame induction festivities in Canton, Ohio last week the Cowboys don’t see any suspension in Elliott’s future. Apparently, the Jones family doesn’t have a reliable source at the league office for information. Jerry, welcome to the world of Robert Kraft and Tom Brady. It’s ironic that just last Saturday night in his HOF speech Jerry praised Roger Goodell for the job he’s doing as commissioner. I’ll bet Jerry is singing a different tune today. This is another clear-cut example of the NFL league office’s policy of “guilty until proven innocent but we’ll still hang you either way if we feel like it.” In a way, I agree Elliott had to be sent a message because he’s young and immature and reckless and somebody or some entity needed to dial him back a notch but 6 games is too extreme and it doesn’t just punish the player, if also handicaps the team he plays for. This punishment does not fit the crime just as the deflate-gate punishment was extreme. Deflated footballs fall under equipment tampering and the worst punishment prior to deflate-gate was $10K. Goodell and his vigilante committee fined the Patriots $1 MM and suspended Brady 4 games. Hopefully, the Cowboys will get the last laugh by winning the Super Bowl like the Patriots did last year. Elliott has the right to appeal the decision but Goodell is the arbiter for appeals so guess how that is going to go. Basically, Elliott is what you get when you bond two objects together helically around an axis --- screwed. (Thank you, Big Bang Theory!) Here’s the official notice from the NFLLO from the Cowboys website.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...tts-suspension

    The Cowboys have lost DT Tyrone Crawford yet again to injury. Crawford has either been lost or has been handicapped by injuries since being drafted in 2012. The injury isn’t serious but he’s likely to miss a lot of training camp with an ankle injury.
    Sean Lee left practice on Wednesday with a slight hamstring pull. The Cowboys are being ultra-cautious with the veteran players and it’s true in Lee’s case. The team says the hammy is not serious and they are just taking a conservative approach to injuries like Lee’s.

    WR Ryan Switzer has been out because of that conservative approach to muscle pulls. He pulled a hamstring last week but he returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Here are some observations from yesterday’s practice by Bryan Broaddus.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-solid-lb-play

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    The Cowboys lost to the Rams last night by a score of 13-10. It was a fumble-fest last night as the Rams and Cowboys combined to put the ball on the ground a total of 9 times with the Rams losing 2 of them and the Cowboys lost one. Most of the fumbles occurred without contact. Dallas has some bright spots like Taco Charlton's first sack as a pro. Xavier Woods leading the Cowboys with 6 tackles and an assist while the main competition for the fourth safety spot, Kavon Frazier, was second with five tackles.
    There were some iffy performances too like OL Byron Bell who was flagged for holding several times. Kellen Moore played the entire first half and he only managed to lead the Cowboys to 3 point. Moore didn't look good doing it either.
    The first team defense, minus Sean Lee, looked good holding the Rams to just 7 points and that coming off a turnover and some misfortune. At the Cowboys six a quick slant from Jarod Goff to Robert Woods was going to get the Rams a first down, if not a TD, until Anthony Hitchens clocked Woods causing a fumble. The ball rolled into the end zone where the Rams rookie WR Cooper Krupp recovered it for the score.
    In the 3rd quarter Cooper Rush came into the game and really did a good job. He went 9/11 passing including a beautiful 25 yard TD pass to Rico Gathers. Rush looks like a guy who is going to be good in the NFL. It's ironic that it took 10 years to find a quality backup for Tony Romo and it looks like one year into the Dak Prescott era they may have found his successor. Of the three QB's Dallas played, Moore, Rush and Luke McCown, Rush played the best of any of them.
    Dallas didn't score any points of note but they did show signs of rounding into shape. It was a decent game that also featured some hard running by Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris who will be counted on heavily with Ezekiel Elliott being suspended the first 6 games of the season.

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    Dallas has one more practice Wednesday in Oxnard and that was it for the California leg of training camp. The Cowboys will returned to Dallas as they prepare to take on the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night.

    Speaking of Saturday, that game is likely going to feature Dallas’ 2nd round pick from last year, Jaylon Smith. The long-anticipated debut of the guy Dallas took a huge chance on because of the devastating nature of the knee injury Smith suffered on January 1st 2016 in the Fiesta Bowl against Ezekiel Elliott’s Ohio State Buckeyes. Some thought that Smith might never play football again considering the severity of the injury which included nerve damage in his ankle and foot. His rehab has been nothing short of remarkable as the damaged nerves are again beginning to fire. Smith still has to wear a brace to correct the “drop foot” condition but reports are that the nerves are firing more and more and, while nerves heal at their own pace, all indications are he will eventually recover fully and he will not need the brace any more at some point in the future. I will be excited to see the guy play at long last.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...arded-vs-colts

    Who will play left guard? That is the million-dollar question right now. None of the candidates have stepped up and taken control of the job and after Byron Bell fumbled his chance last Saturday night in Los Angeles the job seems to be back in Jonathan Cooper’s court. It might be on Joe Looney if not for the fact he’s been out with a toe injury. Looney was the backup guard and swing tackle last year. Speaking of swing tackle, that job is getting more and more important given the fact that Tyron Smith is having back problems. He just returned to practice earlier this week after missing some time with back soreness but questions about Smith’s condition and the loss of Ronald Leary is looking more and more serious as the training camp days grow shorter. Chaz Green is back at practice after missing a considerable amount of time but he has played in a grand total of 4 games in this 3-year career. All four games came last season before he was again injured and missed the rest of the season. At this point, you can’t say you can count on Green at all given the fact that his injury history goes all the way back to his college days at Florida. It was his injury history that caused Green to drop into the 3rd round of the NFL draft.

    It would be nice if more of the Cowboys 2017 draft could actually participate in training camp. So far, we have not seen CB Jourdan Lewis and CB Chidobe Awuzie and WR Ryan Switzer have spent way too much time in the training room instead of the field. All three are nursing hamstring injuries and Lewis and Switzer have yet to participate in a preseason game. Taco Charlton made a positive impression with his work against the Rams last Saturday. WR Noah Brown is making his presence felt in the WR competition as he is pushing 2nd year player Andy Jones to the limit, which is a very good thing. Joey Ivie finally got back on the field after dealing with an injury issue and he is making positive impressions. S Xavier Woods and CB Marquez White are taking advantage of injuries to showcase their talents and they will push the coaches into making some tough decisions when cuts begin. It’s Awuzie, Lewis and 2nd year CB Anthony Brown who need reps and they aren’t getting them nursing lower leg injuries.
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    The Cowboys won on Saturday but the real win was the play, or non-play, of the players trying to make this roster.
    The first team offense was smooth and unstoppable. Dak was really good and if not for a Darren McFadden fumble the Cowboys would have likely scored two TD’s in their only two drives of the game.
    Jaylon Smith got into the first real game action since January 1st 2016, almost 600 days, and he looked pretty good highlighted by a nice tackle for a 3rd down stop forcing the Colts to punt deep in their own territory.
    The first team offenses and defenses looked pretty good but, as for the defense, they never had to face Andrew Luck who is continuing to rehab his right shoulder which underwent offseason surgery.
    Continued to be totally underwhelmed by backup QB Kellen Moore. For the second game in a row he has really underperformed and if I was part of the Cowboys brain trust I would under way in preparing for his eminent departure.
    Cooper Rush, on the other hand, has been impressive. I realize that he’s facing the other team’s bottom of the roster guys by the time he gets into the game but he has been impressive in all 3 of the Cowboys preseason games so far. I would love to see him come in and play with and against the 1st and 2nd stringers just to see how he does. Assuming Luke McCown’s shoulder comes around right now my depth chart would be Dak, McCown and Cooper Rush. It is quite possible Dallas has hit on QB drafts in back-to-back years.
    So, let’s see what The Scout thinks about the Cowboys win on Saturday night.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...defenders-more
    Nick Eatman, after each game last year wrote about 5 plays that had a definite impact on the outcome of the game. He has been doing that same article in the preseason and these are his 5 plays from Saturday night’s win over Indianapolis.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...comebacks-more
    I am so disappointed in not seeing Ryan Switzer, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. All 3 have been dealing with hamstring issues and only Awuzie has seen any action in a preseason game so far. It would be nice to see your top two CB’s in action from this year’s draft but coaches have not had a chance with them on the sideline. CB Duke Thomas has made the most of his opportunities and he’s making a strong case for making this team. As for Switzer, he wasn’t going to be a big factor in the passing game but coming in he is a better route runner than Lucky Whitehead was but, he was going to have a major impact as a kick returner. That is something Switzer excelled in at North Carolina where he was amongst the top in the nation in kick returns during his college career. An inadvertent grab after a catch in the 2nd week of practice and Switzer has been on the sideline ever since. The Cowboys have another rookie, UFA Lance Lenoir who has been handling the kick return duties. So far in 3 preseason games he has not been able to make an impact outside of 2 fumbles, both lost, that led to opposition scores. Lenoir scares me every time he goes back to field a kick. That is not a good situation. If I’m scared imagine how Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia feels. I’m sure he would love to see what they have in Switzer but there are only two games left to evaluate Switzer. Let’s hope he gets into one of them.

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    I was thinking this morning what a weird movie ‘The World According to Garp’ was. It was a great vehicle for Robin Williams but Garp’s ‘world’ was odd to say the very least. That’s how I feel this past two weeks have been for the Cowboys. A much deserved Hall of Fame induction followed almost immediately by a 6 game suspension of the Cowboys best player. Or is he? In the preseason there have been 3 guys who have looked pretty good making you wonder just how much Dallas is going to miss Ezekiel Elliott. Darren McFadden, Alfred Morris and especially Rod Smith have given the impression that they won’t let Elliott’s suspension hurt the team.
    Then you’ve got a weird situation at QB behind Dak Prescott. Kellen Moore is the pet cat for Cowboys’ OC Scott Linehan and the presumed primary backup to Prescott. The trouble is in 2 of the 3 preseason games Moore has looked like total crap. On the other hand, you have an undrafted rookie free agent, Cooper Rush, who has been looking good in practice and in games. He’s done excellent work in all 3 preseason games and has looked good in practice. Then you have a veteran guy who can’t get on the field because he got body slammed in the first preseason game and he’s been nursing a sore shoulder ever since. If McCown could get reps it would look really bad for Moore. Now, with the training camp days quickly counting down it could be McCown who is the odd man out.
    Lastly, there is the re-emergence of LB Jaylon Smith. He of the torn ACL, MCL and LCL not to mention severe nerve damage that won’t let him flex his foot at the ankle. He made his first appearance in a game since injuring that knee in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. He looked good in the three series he played giving hope that he is recovered enough to join the starting lineup on a regular basis despite the fact his nerve hasn’t fully regenerated from “the injury”.
    The biggest trouble I have had in all this is deciding just who is “Garp”? I’ve decided Dak Prescott is Garp. He’s in the center of the action but he doesn’t have any control of the world around him and he’s sort of resented by fans of his “mother”, Tony Romo’s, ill treatment at the hands of Jason Garrett. I know it’s a stretch but that’s as close as I can get to aligning this analogy. It’s an analogy that is stretched to its limits but, for some reason, the odd world of the Dallas Cowboys made me think of Garp this morning. Maybe it’s the rain. Yeah, okay, I’ll go with that---it’s the rain making me go to odd places this morning. Whew, glad that’s settled.
    Sean Lee returned to practice yesterday and Ryan Switzer also reappeared on a limited basis. Bryan Broaddus gives his Scout’s Notebook view of yesterday’s practice in the link below.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...g-healthy-more

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    The Cowboys did not play their final preseason game with Houston last night because the Texans had an opportunity to get back to their families and homes on Wednesday and everyone agreed that these things were way more important and a meaningless football game. That was a good call by all involved realizing there was something more important than a football game going on.

    Dallas took advantage of the situation to hold their last training camp practice at the Ford Center in Frisco. Not only that, but there was a fund raising telethon being held right on the sideline of the practice field featuring current and former Cowboys players and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders answered phones right on the sideline. The Cowboys raised 2.3 million dollars for the Salvation Army relief fund for SE Texas. One million of those dollars came from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...nate-1-million

    The Cowboys and the rest of the NFL will have to make their one and only cut down of their rosters from the current 90 players to their final 53 man roster. This is something new this year. During training camp there have traditionally been cuts after each preseason game but this year it has all been saved for the end. The big debate is who will make that final 53 and everyone has their own perspective and it's interesting talk but we will all find out who makes that final roster on Saturday. The regular season starts for all intents and purposes Monday when teams begin practice in earnest for Week 1 of the 2017 season.

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