Cowboys get college free agency right - ESPN Dallas
Todd Archer writes that Cowboys have traditionally done a very good job with college free agents. Based on that, Archer argues there's reason to believe that the likes of linebackers Brandon Magee and Tank Reed, safety Jakar Hamilton or running back Kendial Lawrence could become contributors in 2013. And he asks a valid question: if the Cowboys are so successful with college free agents, why haven't they been as successful with their regular draft picks?
Don't blame Dallas Cowboys front office for Doug Free debacle - ESPN Dallas
Tim MacMahon makes an uncharacteristically pro-Cowboys assessment of the Doug Free situation, arguing that "no reasonable mind questioned the wisdom of locking Free up after the lockout ended in 2011," and that Free's subsequent regression from the 2010 form that got him the contract in the first place can't be pinned on the Cowboys' front office.
Analyst: Travis Frederick 'looked the part of offensive lineman' at rookie mini-camp - DMN
Apart from the fact that the DMN calls Mickey Spagnola an "analyst", there's nothing really new in this brief minicamp summary and everything is just hunk dory. Terrance Williams did receive some mixed reviews for his minicamp performance, and Spagnola argues Williams may have simply been nervous on his first day at Valley Ranch.
Gosselin: Dallas Cowboys need 10 wins to capture NFC East - DMN
Gosselin says 10 wins gets you the NFC East crown. Why not 11? Why not 9? So many questions, so little answers.
Travis Frederick Draft Profile - Bob Sturm
Read it in case you missed it. Here's Bob's summary:
I think this is the type of pick that will not sell season tickets, but it might go a long way in making this offense more balanced and versatile, rather than abandoning all game plans and simply switching to shotgun in the 2nd Quarter because your OL has been horrid (see 2012).
If you squint, you can see a bigger Jeff Saturday from back in the late 1990s. If Frederick gets anywhere close to that, his link to Sharrif Floyd will be forgotten in 5 years.
While rookie mincamps were going on over the weekend, I was struck by some amusing headlines that popped up on the other SB Nation team blogs. I originally wanted to turn this into a standalone post, but didn't find enough headlines to make that work, so here they are in our daily news roundup:
Kansas City - After just one day of rookie minicamp, Kansas City Chiefs' Tyler Bray says he's getting used to the huddle, playing at NFL speeds.
Cincinnati - Ever heard the phrase "damned with faint praise?" Here are two successive headlines on Cincy Jungle, the Bengals' SB Nation site:
Bengals OT Reid Fragel Held His Own Against Margus Hunt
by Josh Kirkendall May 11, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Mike Zimmer on Margus Hunt: Football-Wise, He's About 12 Years Old
by Josh Kirkendall May 11, 2013 10:37 AM EDT
Jacksonville - First Blackmon, now MJD? Jaguars OTAs 2013: Maurice Jones-Drew impressed by speed
New York - After four years of the Sanchize, hope is all Jets fans have left - Mark Sanchez's Future: What Makes a Late Bloomer Quarterback?
San Diego - That dumpster fire is going to be very hard to put out: Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend makes Maxim Hot 100 List
Chicago - Is this Sam Hurd's legacy in Chicago? Bears' Jonathan Bostic and Khaseem Greene Look to Grow Together
New Orleans - For some insane reason, the Saints closed rookie minicamp not just to fans but to reporters as well. Canal Street Chronicles' minicamp summary, New Orleans Saints 2013 Rookie Minicamp Recap, is predictably short:
How did the Saints draft picks perform? Which UDFA stood out among the competition? Who the hell knows?