Dallas Cowboys News And Notes: Tempo Of Cowboys Offense, Sean Lee Will Be A Star, More

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We take a quick look at the Cowboys headlines this morning.

Tempo in the NFL - Footballperspective.com
Chase Stuart provides a rude awakening for all those people complaining about how the Cowboys "always run down the clock." Stuart calculated the average seconds per play for each team and shows that the Cowboys averaged 28.4 seconds per play over the entire 2012 season, a figure which ranks them 17th in the league.

That's about as average as it gets. The slowest teams are the Seahawks and 49ers, who both averaged more than 31 seconds per play, the fastest team are the Patriots with 24.9 seconds, followed by the Saints with 26.1 seconds per play.

Sean Lee among Top 3 most underrated players - CBSSports
Mike Freeman breaks down the top ten NFL players who deserve greater appreciation for their skill on the field. Sean Lee makes the list at No. 3.

Will be a star in this league. Almost already there. The only thing that kept him from being No. 1 was an injury last season.

Rookie WR Terrance Williams gets NFL advice from Robert Griffin - DMN
Terrance Williams is maintaining his friendship with Robert Griffin, his former QB at Baylor and isn't planning on the NFC East rivalry affect that reationship. Williams said the Redskins quarterback gave him some tips on what to expect during the pre-draft process, and also him some advice on how to approach his first NFL season.

"[He said] just continue to do you and don’t change the way you are," Williams said. "Be happy with your capabilities and show what you can do. I just really took that to heart the most."

Myrtle Beach native Benton goes from Clemson to Dallas Cowboys - Myrtle Beach Online
Myrtle Beach native Spencer Benton, who kicked an ACC-record 61-yard field goal as a Clemson senior, signed a contract with the Cowboys as a UDFA. Benton was the primary punter and kickoff specialist at Clemson and was occasionally used on long-distance field goal attempts. Benton sees himself as a punter and kickoff specialist and is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team.

"Coach Bisaccia said that he thought that I had a lot of potential in my punting game, that my kickoff game was strong, and that he was excited to bring me in, that he thought I was going to bring a healthy competition to Dallas," Benton said.

Benton is expected to compete with second-year Cowboy Chris Jones for the punter spot.

Jerry Jones, Cowboys focused on keeping rookies healthy so they can make instant impact - Star-Telegram
Five of the seven picks last year missed time from minicamp through the regular season because of injuries, and the Cowboys want to change that this year, says Jerry Jones:

"This is where it starts," Jones said. "Hopefully we will be able to have more of these rookies on the field for us than we had last year. I think we have made a pretty big commitment in this draft to get these guys on the field."

Calvin Hill writes that Jones said the Cowboys have made a point to monitor the rookies’ activities, contact and stretching in an attempt to avoid some of the setbacks this year.

"We have tried to keep that in mind as we take these guys through practice," Jones said. "We are trying to make sure we are doing the things as best we can to not have some of the pulls we had last year."

Jerry Jones on where things stand with right tackle Doug Free - DMN

"It takes two. I can’t gauge closeness. I know that we’re still talking and hopefully trying to get something done. … I’d like to keep him. We think that Doug Free can be an important part of the team. We think he can really be an asset to us. … It’s no secret that we’re trying to renegotiate the contract. But I think it’s a wrong assessment to say that anybody is saying take it or leave it or we’re at our wit’s end or those kinds of things. That’s just not the way I see it going."


More Cowboys coverage:

Cowboys Cut Two, Sign Three After Minicamp; Roster Builder Update

Grading The B.W. Webb Selection

Jakar Hamilton: Next UDFA To Make The Roster?

News And Notes From Day 2 Of Cowboys' Rookie Minicamp

News And Notes From Day 1 Of Cowboys' Rookie Minicamp

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