Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Pieces In Place To Compete For Championships?

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Stephen Jones says confidence is high in Valley Ranch, Minicamp wraps up, and contracts are about to get signed.

Stephen Jones: Pieces In Place To Compete For Championships - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
Stephen Jones points to some of the recent Super Bowl winners and the parity in the league as a reason why confidence is high in Valley Ranch:

"We really feel like we have a team that can compete for a championship," Jones said after the Cowboys’ wrapped up a three-day minicamp on Thursday. "The last three teams that won championships barely got into the playoffs and did something about it."

"You’re probably not being realistic if you don’t think things have changed in the last 10 years," Jones said. "There’re probably a lot of people who feel they have a chance to win a championship based on the level playing field and how the cap has affected the game. We feel like we have an opportunity to compete for a championship."

Cowboys Minicamp Day 3: Last Thoughts Before Training Camp - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
Tom wraps up Day 3 with a look at Garrett's press conference and concludes that although an issue or two remain, the team looks to be in good shape for Oxnard.

Broaddus: Rookie TE Keeps Shining; Leary Eyes Starting RG Job - DallasCowboys.com
Broaddus recaps Day 3 of minicamp and sees Leary battling for the starting right guard spot in training camp, sees Escobar playing faster, likes Justin Durant even in coverage and is very positive about Sterling Moore.

Minicamp observations: Ben Bass' day - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Todd Archer provides a review of what happened on Wednesday at Cowboys minicamp, with particularly positive takes on Ben Bass and Terrance Williams, both of whom have likely made some progress on the depth chart.

Travis Frederick says contract ‘almost done’ and will be signed before training camp - Jon Machota, DMN
Not really a lot to add to that headline, except that Frederick's agent was seen at minicamp yesterday, possibly a sign that he was talking contract with the Cowboys.

Joseph Randle close to returning to 100 percent after two surgeries on his thumb - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
The cast comes off on June 21.

Claiborne has had migraines since high school - Todd Acher, ESPN Dallas
Claiborne missed practice on Tuesday with a migraine, but was back on Wednesday. Todd Archer writes that Claiborne also missed a practice last year, and that Claiborne he's been dealing with migraines since high school.

Report: Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin was offered Eagles' head coaching job - NFL.com
The San Antonio Express-News originally reported that Sumlin was offered the Eagles' head coaching job earlier this year but preferred to stay at College Station. Whether he was the Eagles' first choice or second choice after Chip Kelly initially rebuffed the Eagles will remain a source of endless contention - despite what Eagles fans will try to make you believe.

Over/Under on Chip Kelly's Tenure in Philadelphia - Bleeding Green Nation
Bookmark this page. It could make for some interesting reading down the line.

Film Sessions: Did Robert Griffin III Get Hurt Running The Read-Option? - httr24-7.com
KC Clyburn writes that it has always been Mike Shanahan's assertion that the read-option actually protects the quarterback, rather than put him in harms way, and he goes out and tests that hypothesis with some film work. His conclusion:

"The times when Robert did get hit, I found it to be a result of Robert’s own hubris rather than the design of the play. Griffin is an incredible athlete, but he, as most athletes do, has to learn to protect himself, read-option or not."

That may be a fair assessment, but it will do nothing to quell the endless questions about what the Redskins should do to protect Griffin.

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