Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Monster Season for Dez Bryant?

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys news for your Friday morning reading pleasure.

The Dez Bryant We Wanted Is the Dez Bryant We've Gotten - Grantland
Robert Mays decides to leave the ruminations on Bryant's personal matters to others and concentrates on football:

"The maturation of wide receivers, as players, has traditionally been slow, and Bryant’s emergence in his third season follows what’s long been considered a rule of thumb. The added frustration in Bryant’s slow development largely seems to be a product of how obviously great he could be. Few players look better in the uniform, and Bryant is one of the more natural ball-catchers around. To watch him pick the ball is to watch how it should be done."

NFL's best deals: Who are steals right now? CBSSports.com
Jason La Canfora looks at a couple of player contracts to find the players with the best deals - for their teams. Dez Bryant makes the list for the Cowboys:

"Dez Bryant - Dallas Cowboys ($1.8M cash; $2.9M cap): He started putting it all together last season, found consistency, seemed like he was ready to mature off the field and has all kinds of ability. He has emerged as the top weapon on the Cowboys. Could be primed for a monster season, though must also put nagging injuries behind him. "

Sherrington: Dallas Cowboys could make a run in the playoffs - DMN
SportsdayDFW columnist Kevin Sherrington thinks the Cowboys could potentially have the pieces in place to make a run in the playoffs:

"I'm predicting 10 wins, which should be plenty. And you're right. You also could say the same about a lot of other teams in the NFL. Teams just need to get on a roll in the playoffs. You need a hot QB and a defense that can get to the QB. I think those two things are potentially in place."

Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox, the Pride of Cairo - Josh Ellis, DallasCowboys.com
In a story that originally appeared in Dallas Cowboys Star Magazine, Josh Ellis puts together a well-written, well-researched and well-edited profile of the Cowboys rookie from Georgia Southern.

12 NFL teams holding training camp away from home - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan did the legwork and found out that 12 NFL teams are holding training camp away from their own training facilities:

[Buffalo], Pittsburgh, Oakland, the New York Jets, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Green Bay, Minnesota and Washington. All of those teams have camp within two hours of their home base, except for the Jets and Cowboys.

New York holds camp 3 1/2 hours away in Cortland. The Cowboys hold camp 1,500 miles away in Oxnard, Calif., outside of Los Angeles. It's generally 25 or 30 degrees cooler there in August than in sweltering Dallas.

Cowboys waive DT Rob Callaway from injured reserve - ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys waived defensive tackle Rob Callaway from injured reserve with an injury settlement on Thursday, according to the NFL’s official transaction log.

NFL decision on Josh Brent expected before camp - NFL.com
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told NFL Network and NFL.com on Thursday that the league expects to make a decision on the troubled Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle by the start of training camp.

Cowboys pass on supplemental draft - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Sometimes, the headline is all you need.

Broaddus' Prediction: McCray Still Special Teams Ace Yet Again - DallasCowboys.com
In a tight year for defensive backs to make the roster, Broaddus sees McCray making the team as a special teams ace. Broaddus writes that "McCray made this team because of his role on special teams and to his credit he was even named as it’s [sic] captain," and argues that asking McCray to play teams and be a starting safety may have been too much.

NFL players must adjust to new padding requirements. Or else - USA Today.
Players must suit up with the pads this year or face some significant consequences. Any players not wearing knee and thigh pads this season will be removed from game until they comply.

Dana White considering Cowboys Stadium for Silva vs. Weidman 2 - Bloody Elbow
The UFC president tells the New York Post that he's once again envisioning a UFC stadium show in Dallas, this time with the Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman rematch in February, 2014.

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