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Cowboys preseason schedule plus other important offseason dates

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The NFL released the preseason schedule. The regular season schedule will be released sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Cowboys preseason:
Thursday, 8/13 @ Oakland (TBA)
Friday, 8/21 Tennessee (FOX) 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8/29 San Francisco (TBA)
Friday 9/4 @ Minnesota (TBA)

An update on important offseason dates.

Cowboys specific:
May 1-3: Rookie Mini-camp
May 19-21, 26-28, June 2-4 and 8-10: OTA's
June 16-18: Mandatory minicamp

NFL Specific:
April 17 -- Signing period ends for restricted free agents.
April 24 -- Deadline for old club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
April 25-26 -- NFL Draft: New York City.  
June 1 -- Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned unrestricted free agents to receive exclusive negotiating rights for rest of season if player is not signed by another club by July 22. Deadline for old clubs to send tender to unsigned restricted free agents or to extend qualifying offer to retain exclusive negotiating rights.
June 15 -- Deadline for old clubs to withdraw original qualifying offer to unsigned restricted free agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting tender of 110 percent of previous year's salary.

Patrick Crayton says: 

"All of that is in the past," receiver Patrick Crayton said. "As a group, there are no more excuses, no more scapegoats to put the blame on. It's all on us that are here to get the job done. There is nobody here to point the finger at. You understand the business. They made it more [offensive coordinator] Jason Garrett and [quarterback] Tony Romo friendly. Again, no more excuses."

Nice words, let's see the deeds.

Ranch Report says we've been interested in Penn State WR Derrick Williams

Penn State wide receiver Derrick Williams was one of a handful of draft prospects interviewed extensively by the Dallas Cowboys at the NFL Combine, TheRanchReport.com learned this weekend.

We need GD88 to weigh-in since he just did a scouting report on the WR prospects in the draft. 

Here's a mock draft that came out after I put up my mock draft post yesterday.

51. Dallas: Louis Delmas, FS, Western Michigan

Has the range and athleticism to be a big help in the Cowboys' secondary.

Sounds nice but I don't know if we'll even have a chance at Delmas at #51. It could happen, but Dallas may have to jump up a little bit if they really want to get him.