Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Lance Dunbar Is 'A Complete Weapon'

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Latest Cowboys headlines: LB Anthony Hitchens is proud to be a Cowboy; The Cowboys might be looking to bring in a blocking tight end from another team; Veteran depth key to Dallas Cowboys' offensive line.

Cowboys RB coach: Lance Dunbar 'a complete weapon' | Steve Hunt, FOX Sports
Running backs coach Gary Brown sees plenty to like about Lance Dunbar, who's heading into third season as a pro.

"Well, he's a guy that's going to be a complete weapon. We can line him up anywhere on the team-tailback spot, at the wide receiver spot, in the slot. He has tremendous hands and he's just not a specialty guy. He could play tailback if you need him to go out there and give you 15 or 20 carries. He's that type of kid," Brown said. "He brings a whole different dimension, a whole different vibe in our room as far as what he does and we're looking forward to using him as a weapon as well."

"Everybody would like to have a guy like Dunbar. You look at the (Darren) Sproles type guy. You look at guys around the league like (Danny) Woodhead from San Diego. They all have them," Brown said. "Not everybody has them but we all want them. Once you find one, you've got to find things for him to do and you've got to make sure that he's involved in the gameplan."

Hitchens proud to be a Cowboy - WKYC.com
Hitchens was selected in the fourth round as a core special teamer and potential backup for Sean Lee, but Lee's likely means that Hitchens will be asked to be a contributor on both special teams and defense this season.

"I'm just trying to stay up on my playbook and staying in shape," Hitchens said Tuesday at a youth football camp at the NFL Rookie Symposium. "I think shape is going to be big. They've got me running a lot of special teams right now, and two deeps, so I've just got to stay in shape and stay in the playbook. That's all I can do."

"It's been good so far. I'm just getting in the playbook, and it's a different life than college, obviously. Overall, it's been a good experience, and I'm just trying to enjoy every day of it. I'm trying take it all in. There's a lot of good vets on that team that I'm trying to learn from, and it's a great opportunity for me. Hopefully, I just stay focused and cash in."

Position Battles: Weighing The Value Of Another Tight End - Bryan Broaddus, DC.com
Broaddus opines that the Cowboys starting tight ends in 2014, Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar, "are much too valuable in the passing game to have to subject them to the dangers of inline blocking," and that the Cowboys might be looking to bring in a blocking tight end from another team.

Left guard battle is between brothers - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Ronald Leary and Mackenzy Bernadeau are competing for the same starting spot, and while both acknowledge the competition, they remain "great friends".

"Competition is a good thing; it forces you to play your game," Leary said., "Play your best ball, and I knew coming into this game I was going to have to compete and I don’t have problem competing. So me and Mac, that's my brother, so it's not like we going behind each others back. We talk and help each other out; it’s a great thing."

"We both compete as hard as we can and help each other on and off the field and we talk about certain plays we like and don’t like," Bernadeau said. "Its great competition. We're great friends and I understand the business."

Veteran depth key to Dallas Cowboys' offensive line - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins notes that four of the Cowboys potential starting linemen are under 25 - Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and Tyron Smith - and that adding veteran depth to the line is the right move for the Cowboys.

Trial date set for Cowboys OL Ron Leary, who was arrested for DWI in September of 2012 | Dallas Morning News
It appears that Leary was arrested for DWI on Sept. 7, 2012, and a trial date has now been set fro July 14.

Although the league has been exploring tougher penalties that would include a suspension for a first time offender, it’s likely that Leary would face only a fine under the NFL’s current agreement.

Titans opponent mini-preview: Dallas Cowboys - The Tennessean
Here are three things The Tennessean thinks you need to know about the Cowboys: The defense may be awful, but the offensive line is building, and Tony Romo is still getting it done.

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