Dallas Cowboys Post-Draft News And Notes

Ronald Martinez

With the 2013 NFL Draft behind us, it's time to catch up on some Dallas Cowboys news that you may have missed.

This Draft Will Change The Cowboys Scheme - Blogging The Boys
Joey Ickes argues that the 2013 draft picks will significantly impact the Cowboys game plans and offensive schemes. If you haven't done so, go read his take on the zone blocking scheme, red zone play, tight end formation use and how the running backs will be deployed.

Former Wisconsin OL coach on Travis Frederick: ‘His strength is inside and he’s a mauler.’ - DMN
Frederick’s former position coach at Wisconsin cautions not to overrate Frederick's 40 time. “A 40 time for an offensive lineman is not all that important. There are guys who aren’t very fast in straight line speed who are great offensive linemen in the NFL,” said Bart Miller, Frederick’s offensive line coach at Wisconsin last season. “His strength is inside and he’s a mauler. He’s a road grader. He’s not going to be mistaken for a finesse blocker."

Terrance Williams: I'll beat press coverage - ESPN Dallas
Terrance Williams says he's not afraid to take on press coverage in the NFL, saying he "destroyed" it in college, and expects to be even better at beating it with more coaching and things he van learn from Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Our own Joey Ickes will have a film study on Williams up later today in which writes that he likes the physicality Williams showed in college.

Kyle Wilber will be slotted at defensive end - DMN
In case you missed it during draft weekend: Jason Garrett said that Kyle Wilber won't be deployed as a strong-side linebacker, but rather at defensive end. Garrett acknowledged that Wilber will need to get bigger, but believes Wilber has the size and "juice" to come off the ball as a pass rusher.

Dallas Cowboys want answer soon on Doug Free's pay cut - DMN
Jerry Jones said Saturday night that the Cowboys will immediately address the Doug Free situation and look to meet with him quickly to resolve the situation "sooner rather than later." Executive vice president Stephen Jones said earlier that Doug Free’s situation is "to be determined," and he was emphatic that he wants Free to remain with the team.

Jerry Jones is 'very optimistic' the Cowboys will get over .500
“Standing here right now,” Jones said, “if you let me add a game if we had not got hurt on defense, if you let me add a game that we got Tony another half a second, if you let me add a game that the way we are schemed defensively gives us a chance to improve, I am very optimistic that we are better than 8-8. “Very.”

Vickers has back surgery - Star-Telegram
Jerry Jones said fullback Lawrence Vickers had back surgery on Friday but should be ready for training camp. That does not bode well for Vickers, who had frequently been mentioned as a potential salary cap casualty, and whose position may just have become a little less secure with the potential changes to the Cowboys offense.

Cowboys fifth-round pick Joseph Randle might be slowed by thumb injury in rookie minicamp - Star-Telegram
Joseph Randle might be limited in rookie minicamp due to a "thumb problem", according to Jerry Jones. While Randle may be limited catching the ball, he'll be a full participant as a runner, and will wear a protective club for the thumb.

QB wasn't a priority for Cowboys - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas
All sorts of QB names had been linked to the Cowboys pre-draft, and there were quite a few voices advocating that the Cowboys pick a developmental QB. But the Cowboys had other concerns. “I think every team wants to develop a quarterback,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You want a guy coming along. We feel really good about the quarterbacks we have on the roster right now and what their roles are. If one of those top guys had fallen further we would’ve had another conversation about it. We felt those guys were good players and maybe good value but maybe not for us where we were picking.”

Cowboys' top pick will trim 'out of control' beard - FoxSportsSouthwest
Sad, sad news for Cowboys fans: Offensive lineman Travis Frederick plans to have a "fresh start" in Dallas, and that apparently includes trimming the beard he's been growing for the past 10-11 months.

Jones Talks Romo, Draft On NFL Network Pre-Draft Interview - DC.com
Fans and media alike often have a tendency to dismiss what Jerry Jones says, but Jones is often quite candid about what the Cowboys plan to do - it's just that not many want to listen. In the NFL Network interview shown immediately before the draft on Thursday, he was pretty clear about the Cowboys' plans, indicating that he was a pretty active trader, and that one of his priorities was "to give Romo more time."

Jerry Jones: Age of Cowboys’ defensive line doesn’t concern me - DMN
In a similar vein to his predraft remarks, Jones said on Thursday evening that the Cowboys felt "like defensive line is a position of strength for us," as position that was reiterated by DC Monte Kiffen later in the weekend. The Cowboys had been widely expected to draft a defensive tackle but ended up not adding a single defensive lineman in the draft.

DeMarcus Ware is getting healthy - ESPN Dallas
DeMarcus Ware is back to lifting weights now that his surgically repaired right shoulder is almost fully healed. He has a full range of motion and is participating in some parts of the Cowboys' voluntary offseason program, and is still careful about exposing the shoulder to impact. "That’s the whole deal of how much impact can you take?" Ware said. "You don’t want to take it too early and have a setback."

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