Cowboys News: Jenkins Set To Return, Murray Ready To Rumble

Last year, DeMarco Murray ran for 139 yards against the Seahawks. How many will it be this year?

Jerry Jones said Mike Jenkins has been impressive in practice - Star-Telegram
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is anxious to see former starter Mike Jenkins back in the rotation for the Cowboys after having some good practices.

"He’s impressive," Jones said his weekly radio show Tuesday on KRLD-FM 105.3. "He’s looked really good at the practices he’s been out there. He moved around good (Monday). Boy, you just don’t lose it, you can see it when one of those top ones get out there."

"I’d obviously like to see him out there on all of our money packages, nickel, dime, all of that," Jones said . "I hope that we can be as innovative as Rob (Ryan) indicated to me he wanted to be, and Jerome Henderson, our secondary coach. So, hopefully we’ll get to see a lot of Jenkins." Jones said Jenkins, a former Pro Bowler, looked as good as ever in practice on Monday.

Punishing defenders up the alley of Cowboys' Murray - San Antonio Express-News
The Cowboys still can't believe their good fortune that Murray fell into their laps in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. Jerry Jones marvels at Murray's downhill style.

"He reminds you of a gunfighter, man," Jones said on his weekly radio show. "He's ready to roll."

"He makes a lot of contact with that head. It just shows how physical he is, especially at the end of his runs. That's demoralizing for a defense to get a back that's going to give more to you than you give to him on the end of a run."

It's no coincidence then that DeMarco Murray gained 66 of his 131 rushing yards against the Giants after contact, per ESPNStatsInfo. Only Buffalo's C.J. Spiller had more yards after contact in week 1.

Seahawks coach busy scouting the officials - Kitsap Sun
It could be a busy game for the officials on Sunday: The Seahawks are tied with the Cowboys for the league lead in penalties. As a result, Seattle's Pete Carroll is having the officials scouted. Carroll said traditionally his coaching staff studies every officiating crew, and the information gleaned is then passed on to the players.

The Cowboys probably don't need this, as their advice to their players will be fairly simple: Don't move before the ball is snapped.

Week 2 early line moves - National Football Post
The Cowboys opened as -1 favorites against Seattle, and have since improved to -3. Here's the NFP's analysis:

It didn’t take long for public perception to shift a bit in regards to the Seahawks. If you remember, there was a four-point movement towards Seattle for their Week 1 showdown at Arizona, but after rookie quarterback Russell Wilson spent 60 minutes checking down and trying to dink and dunk his team to a victory, it looks like some may be souring on the Seahawks offense. Remember, Dallas is coming into this one on extra rest and riding a wave of confidence after taking out the defending champs at home last week.

Cowboys turn secondary from a crippling weakness into a strength - NFC East blog, ESPN
In his NFC East Stock watch, Dan Graziano sees the stock of the Dallas Cowboys defense rising:

The Dallas Cowboys believe they would have won the NFC East last year if they'd been able to cover receivers better, so they spent the bulk of their offseason resources on cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.

In the season opener against the Giants, the performance of the Dallas secondary was critical. Not only did they get the Giants' excellent receivers covered with the combination of Carr, Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick, but safeties Barry Church and Gerald Sensabaugh both looked quick and aggressive and made smart plays on the ball.

The return of cornerback Mike Jenkins from injury, which could come as soon as this Sunday's game in Seattle, will only deepen a position group that the Cowboys believe they have turned from a crippling weakness into a strength.

Kevin Ogletree looks to build on Week 1 - ESPN Dallas
Can Kevin Ogletree repeat, or even come close to, his week 1 performance against the Giants? Calvin Watkins writes that Ogletree is not worried about duplicating last week's effort.

"Good, bad, ugly, you put it to bed," said Ogletree. "Let's focus forward, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here (Monday). That's what our focus has been since we got together, since (the) coaches established this tempo, and that’s how we do things around here."

Ryan Cook will start at center - Star-Telegram
Six days after being traded, Ryan Cook found himself playing his first game as the center for the Cowboys and will get his first start for the Cowboys against Seattle.

"That’s why they brought me here," Cook said. "I’m a veteran guy. I’ve been around for a while. Being thrown in those situations, it is important to be able to respond, and I felt like I responded fairly well [against the Giants], but I still have things to improve on."

"I’ve been around for a while," Cook said. "I always prepare that way, because you never know. You’re always one play away. In that instance, in the game against the Giants, I was three plays away. That’s always my focus week in and week out to prepare like I’m going to play in the game, and if you’re called upon, it’s your duty to go out there and to perform at a high level."

Sounds like Cook hasn't just been studying the playbook, he's also gone through the Garrett-speak manual.

Ratliff Easing Back In, But Team Weighing Benefit Of More Rest - DallasCowboys.com
Jay Ratliff participated in practice on Monday, so it looks like his recovery from a high ankle sprain is proceeding quickly. But that doesn't mean that Ratliff will start on Sunday against Seattle. Jerry Jones indicated in a roundabout way that the Cowboys are considering giving Ratliff an extra week to regain "a high level of health", so that Ratliff's first game action would be against Tampa Bay at home in week 3.

Healed spleen bad news for Colin Cochart; Cowboys release tight end - DMN
The Cowboys released tight end Colin Cochart yesterday, just 10 days after claiming him off waivers from the Bengals. The move opens up a roster spot, but no news yet on who might take that free spot.

Jones family looks to cash in on eyeglass cleaning uproar - mySA.com
No joke. The Cowboys are looking to cash in on what started out as a joke: "Jerry Wipes", a cleaning cloth that can be used for eyeglasses, will soon be on sale in the Cowboys' online store.

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