Stephen Jones: Dallas Cowboys guard Brian Waters will see ‘significant playing time’ against Kansas City - Jon Machota, DMN
During a radio interview yesterday, Stephen Jones said that Waters would receive "significant playing time" against the Chiefs.
"Obviously, he’s a very strong individual," Jones told the Ben & Skin show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "He’s one of those guys that is timeless. He’s stepped right out there and done some amazing things already for a guy who wasn’t on the field last year. And obviously he didn’t have an offseason or a training camp."
"It’s pretty amazing that he’s going to be able to step in and, I think, really contribute in this game. I don’t know if he’ll play the whole game, but I think he’s going to start to get a lot of snaps in this game."
What kind of impact can Dallas Cowboys G Brian Waters make? - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin quotes Bill Kuharich, former Chiefs pro personnel executive, who called Waters a "very smart, intuitive player," but doesn't think 36-year-old Waters will be able to perform at the physical level he used to.
"I think his experience not only in the locker room but in the huddle will, as the season goes on, play out to be a real positive for the Cowboys," he said. "He is a grinder. He works at his trade. He’s a pro’s pro. It remains to be seen once he starts playing how effective he is. I think that’s going to be the question."
"He’ll be ready to play once he gets into football shape and once he gets in and knocks some of the rust off from missing a year… But I think he’s going to have to rely on his smarts and experience now because let’s face it, he’s 36 years old and hasn’t played in a year."
Word of Muth: Cowboys Tyron Smith on an Island - Football Outsiders
If you read only one of the linked article here today, make it this one. It is required reading for anybody who wants to better understand what the Cowboys have in Tyron Smith. Here's a teaser:
Considering [Tyron Smith is] still just a 22-year-old (22!), I may have caught the Cowboys at the perfect time to watch the breakout season of the NFL’s next great left tackle. Like the rest of the Cowboys unit, he needs to improve as a run blocker -- though he did look great in space -- but boy am I excited to watch him as the season progresses.
Cowboys look to involve Ware and Bryant more in Kansas City - Mike Fisher, FSSouthwest
Fisher writes that the Cowboys could be looking for pre-snap motion and bubble screens to get Bryant more involved in the game:
"The Cowboys may be planning to counter with motion (to put defenders on the move) and with the "bubble screen," a short pass at the line of scrimmage that will allow Bryant to receive the ball without harassment, to follow a blocker upfield, and to use his dominant athletic ability to turn a short throw into a big play."
Similarly, Dallas would also like to create "danger" on defense.
"Last week, the Cowboys unveiled a wrinkle that featured Ware – customarily positioned at right defensive end, attacking a quarterback's backside – moving along the line, poking and prodding at any Giants weakness."
Secondary coach pushing Brandon Carr and DBs to score - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Henderson is asking Carr to make impact plays earlier in the game, and provides a glimpse of how the players are being taught to score after a takeaway:
"We really beat it into their heads this year: score," Henderson said. "Because it’s hard for defensive players to tackle good runners. It’s hard. We miss tackles, and we practice that skill all the time. Offensive players don’t practice it. So when you get the ball, make them tackle you. Don’t go out of bounds. Make somebody tackle you because they don’t do it very often. We get it, we want to score."
Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick could see role increase with injury to Morris Claiborne - David Moore, DMN
Moore writes that there’s a good chance Scandrick will see work on the outside in addition to his normal slot responsibilities.
"I think he’s gotten better and better at it over the course of his career," head coach Jason Garrett said of Scandrick’s ability to play outside." He’s played mostly inside but that’s never been because he’s been deficient outside. We’ve always thought he was a very good corner as an inside and an outside guy."
"He’s a competitive guy, he’s quick, he’s long and he’s got a good sense for the ball. He understands how to play football and plays it the right way. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and that’s a good thing. He’s always had it and I suspect he always will have it."
"We have no issues with him playing inside or outside."
Claiborne will wear shoulder harness against Chiefs - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Claiborne practiced this week with a restrictive shoulder harness. The one he'll wear on Sunday will give him more freedom of movement and "feels better" to him.
DeMarco Murray happy with his increased work load in Week 1 - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
DeMarco Murray had 28 total touches last Sunday (20 runs, eight catches), the second most of his NFL career, and the second-most by an NFL running back last week. Garrett praised Murray for his work load: "He's the kind of guy who can control the tempo of a game and the pace of a game for you." And Murray is pleased with his involvement in the game.
"Whenever I can get the ball, trying to make something happen, give this offense a spark, it's going to be good for our team," Murray said. "They did a good job of giving me opportunities to do that last weekend."
Dallas looks to gang up on Jamaal Charles - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Charles may be the biggest threat to the Cowboys' defense on Sunday, and the Cowboys understand they need to stop him.
"He’s a great back, great elusiveness, great speed," linebacker Sean Lee said. "He’s got a ton of ability. If we don’t gang tackle and get to him it’ll be a tough day for us. We’re going to have to rally and find a way to get to him."
Chiefs will test Cowboys' rookie center - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Dontari Poe is the greatest nose tackle to ever play the game of football. NO ONE DENIES THIS. When he blinks, his eyelashes create hurricane-force winds that bowl over offensive linemen. If he hadn't been held ALL THE TIME by the Jaguars, he would have had 723 sacks in that game alone. At the Combine, he bench-pressed 225 pounds 44 times - with his hands tied behind his back. YOU CANNOT DENY THIS. Everybody knows that the Hall Of Fame is changing its eligibility rules at this very moment so they can induct him immediately.
RB To Present Six-Figure Check For Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Relief - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
DeMarco Murray will cut a check for $100,000 for those affected by the storms. Murray donated $50,000 of his own money and challenged others to match him. Miles Austin, Las Vegas promoter Lorenzo Fertitta, and many of Murray's Twitter followers helped him reach the goal.
"I’m very blessed and fortunate to play this game, and I’m getting paid for it," he said. "Whatever I can give back – a little or a lot – it’s something I need to do. I consider that my home, and I know a lot of people were affected by it, and I’m just trying to help out as much as I can."
Stat Of The Day
Today's stat of the day comes courtesy of BTB-member Kegbearer, who has been fighting the good fight in various threads over the last few days, and whose comment here on BTB I reposted on Twitter yesterday. It has since been re-tweeted over 50 times and has drawn some angry responses:
Alex Smith, that QB that is a good bus driver because he doesn’t turn the ball over…has a career INT% of 2.8
Tony Romo, the good QB everyone loves to hate and who always turns the ball over…has a career INT% of 2.8
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