I'm thinking that Claiborne might be the PR for this year. Anything to keep Dez healthy and rested.
Well, Cowboys with only one pick today at #81. Still possible Jerry makes a move to the 2nd. Assuming they stay with that pick I'm going with S or WR. Broyles would be a great fit in the slot with Dez and Miles out wide.
Last edited by Spurtacus; 04-27-2012 at 04:58 PM.
Kid was a homerun....a pipe dream. Trade Jenks...move Scandrick to Safety. We have Carr and Claiborne..our DB's got this.
Might as well just keep Jenkins for the last year of his contract. I doubt they'll get anything good for him.
ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins reports that Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins is still on the trade block.
Per Watkins, there simply "appear to be no takers." Jenkins underwent a significant shoulder operation in January after separating the joint several times during the 2011 season. While he did show toughness, NFL teams maintain obvious medical worries. Watkins also passes along concern that Jenkins isn't rehabbing at the Cowboys' facility. He's working out on his own in Florida.
Source: ESPN Dallas
The first practice of rookie minicamp for the Cowboys ended, and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan ambled off the field. He stopped to chat with reporters for the first time since the draft, and he made a point of saying he wouldn’t make any outrageous proclamations.
Then, in his first few sentences in front of microphones, Ryan made a bold statement. Outrageous? You can judge that. But he obviously didn’t think so.
“I just think we’ll be better than I think we’re gonna be,” Ryan said a few minutes ago on the field. “We’re gonna be damn good.”
You can’t blame the dude for being optimistic. Dallas had drafted CB Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 overall pick after adding a slew of likely starters such as Brandon Carr and Dan Connor in free agency. The guru patched it together last year, even with an insanely banged up group of defensive backs, but it’s clear he didn’t love how it all went down.
With that said, Ryan was asked if he felt more pressure in his second year, given the influx of talent. Um…. not quite.
“Yeah, I’m extremely nervous,” a laughing Ryan said, throwing the question right back at the reporter. “But I know one thing. When you add some excellent players like we’ve done, makes my job a Hell of a lot easier. We’re looking forward to it… I’m excited. No question. I’m excited to be a Dallas Cowboy and I’m excited to run some of the stuff we’ve been talking about.”
Why will this year be better than last year? Well, for one, there is no lockout. There’s actually an offseason. And Ryan hopes to teach his complex system a little better.
“We weren’t always on the same page,” Ryan said. “We wanted to eliminate some bad football. I think when we look back at ourselves, reevaluate, I think I started too fast. We put in an accelerated program without English 101, which I always struggled with. We’ve always had the players, but we’re taking the time to re-teach everything, get some fundamentals here.“
No wonder Ryan is amped…
Romo a top-5 quaterback? I don't have Insider, so hopefully someone who does could post the whole article. I found this rather interesting.
When a quarterback makes the jump to claim a spot among the top five players at that position, the move is usually accompanied by a high-profile achievement like winning a Super Bowl or breaking a statistical record.
That hasn't been the case for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He has only one career playoff win to his credit, hasn't topped the 40-touchdown or 4,500-passing-yard marks and has never been named to an All-Pro team.
The lack of these achievements has held back the general perception of where Romo rates in the NFL passing hierarchy, but the truth of the matter is the evidence shows that he is now one of the top five quarterbacks in the league.
I also would like to see that insider article... pleeeeease?????
I don't think posting Insider articles is a good idea anymore given what's happening upstairs atm.
I read part of it, and was looking forward to reading it when I got home. Thanks a lot timvp!
LinkFree agent safety Deon Grant said the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are among teams who have expressed interest in his services during an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio via Justin Rogers of Mlive.com.
Grant, a 12-year veteran, started nine games for the Super Bowl champion New York Giants last season. He made 64 tackles, defended six passes and had one interception.
LinkFree agent safety Deon Grant told Sirius/XM the New York Giants, Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are interested in his services.
Multiple sources said the Cowboys are not interested in Grant.
For the Giants last season, Grant was credited by the team with 58 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and six pass breakups.
Grant, 33, plays free safety and with the Cowboys signing Brodney Pool in free agency to pair up with Gerald Sensabaugh it doesn't make sense to sign him.
Also, the Cowboys used a fourth-round pick on safety Matt Johnson from Eastern Washington.
If anything the Cowboys are trying to get younger in their secondary, as evident by the team moving up to draft cornerback Morris Claiborne and signing cornerback Brandon Carr in free agency.
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Cowboys fans have gotten a lot less delusional the last few years, but in 2007-2008ish they were as delusional as it gets.
Lawrence Vickers shocked Texans let him go
June, 7, 2012
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas -- Now that we've gotten over the ants-in-the-pants episode with Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers, we can focus on why the Cowboys signed him and the Houston Texans let him go.
Texans running back Arian Foster rushed for 1,224 yards and 10 touchdowns last season behind starting fullback Vickers. Foster had seven games with over 100 rushing yards and three games with 30 or more carries. Foster is an elite running back, having rushed for 2,840 yards with 26 touchdowns the last two seasons.
Vickers was released by Houston when the season was over. It was an interesting decision by the Texans, given they signed Vickers to a two-year deal after the 2010 season. But salary-cap concerns forced the franchise to make hard decisions, which also included letting star linebacker Mario Williams go in free agency.
"It was a shocker, I was shocked," Vickers said. "I was shocked. Then by Foster getting his (new) deal I would think thereís more reason you got somebody thatís going to protect him. I guess they just didnít value the position. I guess thatís what it is."
It's not like Vickers is a one-hit wonder, either. As Cleveland's fullback in 2010, he led the way for Peyton Hillis to rush for a career-high 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns.
But Vickers hit the free-agent market and signed with Houston for the two-year deal.
After 2011 ended, Vickers was placed on the open market and sought a team that valued the fullback position. Enter the Cowboys, who have always employed a fullback on the roster. When DeMarco Murray emerged as a talented force at running back last season, he praised the work of then-fullback Tony Fiammetta.
There was a thought Fiammetta would return to the Cowboys, but that changed when Vickers became available.
"That's why I'm here, because they value the position," Vickers said.
With Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner and Murray as the running backs, Vickers said he has to adjust his game for them and not the other way around. Developing a chemistry with the running back is key to any successful running game when a fullback is involved. Vickers said he has to see the holes just like the running back does, or create one when there's a wall.
"It's just the same approach, even if I was going to be with the same guy," Vickers said. "You approach it the same way, every year. So it never changes, always approach each year the same way as if weíre just meeting each other and we've got to get on the right page. Chemistry is a must, even being with somebody two or three years, chemistry is still the same. You're going to have different linemen and you're going to be going against different defenses (with) different things going on."
The italicized and bolded parts got me a little psyched about this guy.
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