The VRR: Tony Romo Chats, Bradie James and Cory Proctor Help Out

Tony Romo did a live chat today on NFL.com. Thanks for not answering any of my questions, Tony. Anyways, he had a little to say about Roy Williams, more to say about Jason Garrett, and even shared some thoughts on Free Reign.

Roy has worked really hard this offseason. Think it’s shown so far in OTAs and minicamps. He’s going to have a good year this year. He’s been very good so far this offseason.

On Garrett:

I think that Jason has a great feel for the game. He’s a very intelligent individual, and he still maintains a certain level ... There needs to be good, open lines of communication between the QB and the coordinator and the QB coach. They need to trust you as a QB, and you need to be able trust the coaches.

I think we have a great relationship in that regard. He allows me to voice my opinions, and i always like it when he’s coaching me up and we’re doing the things that we need to do to get better as a group. That’s the key -- to improve collectively as a group. He’s an ex player, so he looks at himself through my perspective. He’s always going to try to improve the same way that I do as a player.

I’m lucky to have him around me -- he’s helped make me a better player.

On metal:

Free Reign? Those are some good guys. They love music, and they love getting out there and jamming to hard rock. I think they’re a bunch of good guys. I like it. They do have some good songs ... but they’re still young. They’re still growing.

More VRR after the jump.

DC.com's Rob Phillips speculates that 7th-round pick, Manny Johnson, may have Razorback "potential".

We never saw Johnson work as the point man in practice, but he is yet another skill player with passing experience (a la Patrick Crayton, Tashard Choice and Stanback). The Gilmer, Texas, native led his high school to the state title in 2004 as a quarterback before committing to Oklahoma as a wideout. He threw for 48 touchdowns in his high school career -- and by the way, he led Gilmer past sixth-round pick Stephen Hodge's team during those '04 playoffs.

"He always wanted to be a wide receiver," Gilmer head coach Jeff Traylor said. "I always thought he was crazy. I thought he’d have been an amazing quarterback."

The Star-T did a little Q&A with new Cowboys tight end, Scott Chandler. Here's their bio on him:

Born in Bedford, Chandler starred at wide receiver for Southlake Carroll in high school. He went to college at Iowa where he moved to tight end to take advantage of his 6-foot-7 frame and was a fourth-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

But his pro career hasn’t gone as he wanted. He was inactive for all but one game during his rookie season and spent 2008 on injured reserve with a toe injury.

He hopes to change his fortune this season after signing with the Cowboys on May 30. He’ll be battling it out with Rodney Hannah, John Phillips and Jamar Hunt for the third tight end spot behind Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett.

The first two Cowboys to go in KFFL's Fantasy Football Analysis Draft are the team's #1 and #2 running backs, who were 'drafted' in Round 2.

6) Marion Barber III, running back, Dallas Cowboys 

Reason: Even though there is a three-headed monster in Dallas, and they may use the "Razorback" formation, Barber is clearly the team's No. 1 running back as well as their short-yardage runner. He was slowed by a toe injury last season but is fully healthy and has reached paydirt at least 10 times in two of the last three seasons.

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10) Felix Jones, running back, Dallas Cowboys

Reason: I realize this was a little early to draft Jones, considering his uncertain role with the team along with last year's toe injury. In 2008, Jones played in only six games all year, and started none, but averaged 8.9 yards per carry. Reports are that Jones will have an expanded role in 2009. There has even been word out of Valley Ranch that Barber could go back to the more limited role he played under former head coach Bill Parcells, and Jones could be implemented as the featured back. It's a gamble, but I think Jones will be a much bigger part of the Cowboys offensive in 2009, amassing a lot of yards and scoring a lot of touchdowns.

Others Considered: None Standards Set: I don't know that Jones could have the kind of production that, say, Houston Texans running back Steve Slaton had last year, but I think Jones' knack for big plays will make it difficult for the Cowboys to keep him on the bench for too long. I expect to see Jones touch the ball up to 20 times per game both on the ground and through the air, ending the year with approximately 1,500 total yards and 12 touchdowns.

1,500 yards?!? That would be awesome!

Staying in fantasyland, Bradie James helped me win an FF championship last year. This article says he's a "must-have" for this year.

His ability to make both tackles and sacks makes James fantasy gold. In addition to having three more sacks than any other inside linebacker, James also had 117 tackles, which tied for 16th in the league. Of the 47 players with the most tackles, only one other linebacker (Chad Greenway) had more than four sacks.

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James is a must-have fantasy pick for other reasons as well. At age 28 he is just hitting his prime, and he has not missed one regular-season game in the last five years. His 2009 numbers should also be helped by the acquisition of 11-year veteran linebacker Keith Brooking, who had two of his best seasons while playing in Wade Phillips's 3-4 scheme in Atlanta in '02 and '03. Brooking will occupy the inside spot that was manned last year by Zach Thomas, who admitted after the season that he was not comfortable in the system. "Keith knows how to play, and that helps me," James says. "When everybody knows their role in the defense, then we all play well."

A heart-warming story: Bradie James and Cory Proctor helped restore a fan's stolen Cowboys memorabilia.

When Cowboys Linebacker Bradie James heard that someone broke into this man's (53-year-old Butch Franklin) apartment and stole his Cowboys stuff, he wanted to make sure those empty spaces were filled with new and shiny memorabilia, so he brought a bag full of autographed items to give to his new friend.

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Before Bradie left, there was one important matter to take care of. He presented Butch with a #56 jersey to wear, in addition to the Tony Romo jersey he was currently wearing. Butch proceeded to switch to the #56. Butch said with a smile, "Bradie James! Number 56!"

Earlier today, Cowboys Lineman Cory Proctor also paid Butch a surprise visit and autographed and delivered a seat-back from Texas stadium with signatures from fellow linemen Leonard Davis and Mark Columbo.

Emmitt Smith and Daryl Johnston get in at #7 on NFLN's Top 10 dynamic duos list. Moooose!

If the Cowboys were to induct somebody into the Ring of Honor this year (Jerry Jones said they're not), who do you think it should be? David Quinn at NFLGridiron Gab 'nominates' Charlie Waters and Jay Novacek.

To manage all parking functions at Cowboys Stadium, the team has selected Central Parking System, the country's largest parking management company. Now we know whom to complain to about the costs.

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