Dallas Cowboys News: OTA Reports, Bigger & Better Claiborne, Spencer With 12+ Sacks in 2013?

Patrick McDermott

Review of Dallas Cowboys headlines: we look what happened at yesterday's OTAs, marvel at how Morris Claiborne reshaped his body and wonder whether to take the over or under on Anthony Spencer's 12-sack season projection.

Cowboys OTA Wrapup For 05/28/13 - Blogging The Boys
The media was allowed back in for the OTA to start the second week. Tom Ryle provides a quick roundup of news and information about what they saw.

Broaddus: Thoughts from OTA practice on Tuesday Morning - DallasCowboys.com
Broaddus shares a number of observations, including early positive signs from Terrance Williams, Dez Bryant's route running, Phillip Tanner's reworked body and more.

Spencer puts over/under at 12 sacks for 2013 - CBS Dallas
Mike Fisher reports that the Cowboys and Spencer are "accelerating" discussions towards a long term deal. The two sides need to agree to a deal before July 15. Spencer says he's adjusting well to the new position and is aiming high, putting the over/under for sacks at 12 for 2013.

Full strength: Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne says he's bigger, better - Shreveport Times
Morris Claiborne says he's coming off a 'tremendous' offseason of strength training that has increased the weight on his 5-foot-11 frame six pounds to 193. Claiborne believes the time in the weight room will help improve his ability to tackle.

"Any time you’re out there playing corner, you have to be ready to tackle," he said. "When the opportunity presents itself, me putting on a couple pounds and getting more physical, I think it’s going to help a lot."

NFL teams know the value of a nickel defense - The Denver Post
For 50 years, middle linebackers were the most feared creatures in pro football. Now, Mark Kizla writes, the middle linebacker is no longer worth a nickel. Interesting perspective on how the nickel defense is becoming the de facto base defense.

$100 million is price of failure in free agency - ESPN
Teams that spend more than $100 million in free agency almost always flop, writes John Clayton, and he makes a convincing, if anecdotal, case.

Members of Congress urge Redskins to change name - San Antonio Express-News
Ten members of Congress are urging the Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans. Apparently, they saw fit to send letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. For good measure, they selflessly added Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises to the list. Snyder has vowed that he will never change the name, but if he ever changes his mind, I've got some great names that I'd be willing to provide absolutely free of charge.

Do the Eagles have the best group of running backs in the NFL? - Eagles Insider
Felix Jones didn't draw a lot of suitors in free agency this year. In fact, it took more than two months to line up any visits at all, but now that he's in Philadelphia, some Eagles fans think there's a strong case to be made for the Eagles running backs to have miraculously become the best group of running backs in the league.

Who Do the Giants Have at Wide Receiver After Nicks and Cruz? - Big Blue Interactive
Good question. With Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz not attending OTAs, BBI runs down the remaining wide receivers on the Giants roster, most of whom you've never heard of.

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