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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Megatron vs. Optimus Bryant, 11 Wins for Cowboys?

It may be the offseason, but we've got a veritable goldmine of Cowboys-related headlines waiting for you today.

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Top 20 fantasy wide receivers for 2013 - National Football Post
Megatron and Optimus Bryant take the top two spots in NFP's fantasy WR ranking.

2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: Set career highs in receptions (92), receiving yards (1,382) and touchdowns (12) last season thanks, in large part, to a seven-game stretch that saw the Oklahoma State product catch 46 passes for 808 yards and ten scores. 2013 will see Bryant join the ranks of the league’s elite tier of pass-catchers.

Nate Newton: Dez Bryant 'easily' looks like the best player on the Cowboys right now - DMN
Nate Newton on if Dez is the best player the Cowboys have:

Easily. If anybody can change a game or take over a game, that’s Dez. Right now, Dez is the most dominant player that the Cowboys have. You take from that last eight games of last year, is it an argument of Dez and DeMarcus [Ware]? DeMarcus was hurt. Now, DeMarcus can be a dominant player, but Dez has got that oomph that comes with his dominance. He’s willing to get out there and thump his chest gorilla-style to make it happen.

Optimus Bryant: Ultimate Highlights -
With the amount of coverage Bryant has been getting, it's only fitting that's video mastermind Ed Cahill (@EdCahill) put in the extra hours to put this Dez video together. Too bad it runs a little short.

Cowboys offseason report: Dallas hopes success lies with retooled defense - USA Today
After several season-ending failures, the defense (not Romo, who often gets much blame for team's recent failures) gets a remake. New defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin acknowledges the pressure in Dallas, saying 'the pedal's to the metal here.'

Dallas Cowboys Will Win 11 Games This Season - Bryan Broaddus,
Broaddus likes the Cowboys for 11 wins this season, arguing that team health, particularly on defense, will be worth three extra wins in 2013.

Betting On 11 Wins Puts Expectations Too High - Rowan Kavner,
Kavner does not share Broaddus' optimism, and sees the Cowboys as a nine- or ten-win team, max.

Safety Will Allen wants to be a hit in Dallas - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Will Allen is drawing on his experience in Pittsburgh's defense as he prepares to battle for a starting job. And the thing he learned in defensive-minded Pittsburgh that a hitting mentality is the key to success, a lesson he's looking to reapply in Dallas.

Cowboys Add DT Jerome Long - David Helman,
The Cowboys signed defensive tackle Jerome Long to fill Anthony Hargrove's spot on the 90-man roster. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle was drafted by the Chiefs in the seventh round last year, and was signed off the Chief's practice squad by the Jaguars late in the season but was subsequently released shortly after the draft.

“Proven Route Runner” Kevin Ogletree -
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… sniff, snifff …


Rob Ryan and the New Orleans Saints: A Perfect Fit - Canal Street Chronicles
We should probably just give the writers for the Saints' SBNation site full access to our Archive, they could simply copy and paste our Ryan stories from two years ago. How about "Cowboys LB Victor Butler "Super Excited" About "Crazy" Rob Ryan Defense"? Or "Cowboys Defense Under Rob Ryan Providing Hope"? Perhaps this: "Rob's Mob: How The Cowboys' Defensive Line Is Dominating Games"?

Giants WR Collins suspended for violating substance abuse policy -
New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Collins found himself in the wrong side of the news Monday when the NFL announced he was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Hernandez Investigation Continues - Pats Pulpit
While we watch what's happening in Boston from a safe distance, there have been muttered rumblings among Cowboys fans along the lines of "imagine the media frenzy if this had happened in Dallas." Check out the Monday morning links on Pats Pulpit to get a feel for the media reaction in New England. Hint: it's a lot.


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