Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Secondary "Has A Point To Prove."

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Latest Cowboys headlines: Ronald Leary not expected to face suspension for DWI charges; Cowboys resurrecting the fullback position; Secondary entering the 2014 season with a massive chip on their collective shoulders.

Is Tony Romo the Most Underrated Dallas Cowboy? - Blogging The Boys
Pete Prisco of CBSSports looks at the most underrated and overrated player for each of the NFL's 32 franchises, and concludes that Tony Romo is the most underrated player on the Cowboys roster, maybe even the league.

Underrated: QB Tony Romo ­­-- Yes, Romo. Without him, the Cowboys stink. And let's please stop the narrative that he's bad in the fourth quarter. He was really good in that quarter last season.

So who is this year's most underrated player? I wanted to pick Dallas quarterback Tony Romo (I mean it), but decided against it because the player I did pick [Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane] has never been to the Pro Bowl, and that's a shame.

Cowboys Ronald Leary Not Expected To Face Suspension For DWI Charges - Blogging The Boys
Although the Cowboys offensive guard has a trial date set, reports are that the NFL will not force him to sit out any games.

Learning The Defense: Why The Dallas Cowboys Defense Should Improve In 2014 - Blogging The Boys
We've all asked it; how can our defense function if it's always changing? Familiarity with scheme, not new players, should have the Cowboys seeing a big improvement on defense in 2014.

Secondary Coach: "We've All Got a Point to Prove" | Scott Crisp, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson says his group is entering the 2014 season with a massive chip on their collective shoulders.

"I think we’ve all got a point to prove," Henderson told the team’s official website. "You know, last year wasn’t a good year for us on defense statistically, so we all have a point to prove and we’ve got to come out every day and prove it to ourselves first, so opening day we can go out and have better results than last year."

"Nobody wants to look at last year and take ownership of that, but we have to," he said. "We’ve got to get better from there and we cannot let that happen again."

Bryant Describes How He's Becoming A Better Pro - Rowan Kavner, DC.com
For Bryant, there are two distinct parts to becoming a better pro. One is about technique and improving as a player. The other is about understanding what it takes to be a professional.

On improving as a player: "Coming quicker off the ball, being at the correct depth, being patient on your routes," Bryant said. "Just because it’s open in a certain coverage – not giving too much details – but not taking the bait, finishing the whole route and executing that play the best way I possibly can."

On being professional: "I wasn’t understanding the whole process of how to be a professional player," Bryant said. "As time went on, I started learning little by little and it all came together and still is."

Cowboys resurrecting the fullback position | Brian Gosset, Star-Telegram
Interesting factoid: Both Tyler Clutts and J. C. Copeland were defensive ends before moving to fullback, something that should help re-establish the position on the Cowboys' roster.

"It’s a physical position. You can’t hesitate, a lot of contact. The best fullbacks in the game can accelerate through contact. Defensive ends have the same mentality, you have to be fast and play explosive and aggressive," Clutts said.

"You go out there and put your body out on the line for your running back, your quarterback and the team. There’s very little glory involved in that position, so you really have to love the game," Clutts said. "I love the game. I love being out there, being a part of it, love helping others be successful."

Cowboys Officially Sign Veteran Guard Uche Nwaneri - David Helman, DC.com
The Cowboys officially added veteran guard Uche Nwaneri to their roster yesterday. To make room for Nwaneri, the Cowboys placed guard Tyronne Green on its reserved/injured list.

Dallas Cowboys missing star pass rusher - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins writes that a star pass rusher has been a constant in the "magnificent years of the Dallas Cowboys," and cites Harvey Martin, Leon Lett, Charles Haley, Randy White, Too Tall Jones, Bob Lilly, Jim Jeffcoat, DeMarcus Ware, and Greg Ellis as examples.

Ellis joined the Cowboys in 1998, Ware in 2003. If we were to follow Watkins' logic, we must now consider 1998-2013 the magnificent years for the Cowboys. And I have to admit, "Dave 'The Magnificent' Campo" does have a certain championship-caliber ring to it. Rod Marinelli is less concerned about name recognition than many other people are.

"I think you can do it different ways, four guys just going," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "You need a couple of guys with some juice, somebody has to get doubled. Or you’re trying to get a good guy with a matchup, things like that. We go into camp and I like some of these guys and we've just got to put the pads on and see it."

CowBuzz: Which Cowboy Led Team In Jersey Sales For 2013?
It wasn't Tony Romo. It wasn't DeMarcus Ware. It wasn't even Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, or DeMarco Murray. All of those guys ranked No. 2 through No. 6 behind none other than Jason Witten.

Brian Urlacher addresses Dallas Cowboys rumors | Channel 7, New Mexico
Retired middle linebacker Brian Urlacher dismisses the recent offseason rumor that he could play for Dallas this season.

"You said it was a rumor. That's all that means. Someone said something about it. Then it got going and that was it," Urlacher said. "That's what happens when the offseason is here and there's nothing to talk about."

AT&T Stadium To Host Free Watch Party For U.S. vs. Belgium
If you're in Dallas, you might get a kick out of this. The match starts at 3 p.m. Doors to AT&T Stadium will open at 1:30 p.m. and parking lots will open at 12:30 pm. Parking and admission are free.

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