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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: DeMarcus Ware Is "Special Pass Rusher", Killer Kowalski Makes A Move, More

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: DL coach Marinelli thinks DeMarcus Ware will be "special" in a 4-3 defense, DeMarco Murray is starting to shine, and Killer Kowalski makes a move.

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Marinelli Can Already Tell How Special Ware Can Be In 4-3
While Dez Bryant has been the superstar of camp so far, DeMarcus Ware may arguably be the best overall player, and Coach Rod Marinelli is suitably impressed with both Ware and Spencer:

“I’ve had Simeon Rice and Julius Peppers and guys that came into this system, and this guy’s really a rock,” Marinelli said of DeMarcus Ware. “This guy’s a special pass rusher, bright. I couldn’t be more excited, and with Spence, really excited about those guys.”

Murray Starting To Shine; Backup TEs Step Up - B. Broaddus,
Broaddus calls the tight ends 'one of the bright spots in camp' and even praises Gavin Escobar for his - wait for it - blocking ability. Broaddus also writes that DeMarco Murray had his best day in camp so far, and looks at the ups and downs of B.W. Webb.

Anthony Spencer has successful left knee surgery - B. George, DMN
Spencer underwent successful surgery on his left knee Thursday in Dallas. Spencer could be out for up to four weeks, but is expected to be back in time for the season opener on September 8.

Kowalski Putting Pressure On Injured Guards - B. Broaddus,
Garrett constantly talks about how injuries are an opportunity for the down-roster guys to step up. According to Broaddus, that's exactly what Killer Kowalski has done in the absence of Nate Livings and Ronald Leary.

"He has been too good in the running game securing blocks and pulling in space. He has passed stunts and worked well getting out in the screen. He has played on [sic] both guard spots without mistakes and he has even taken a rep or two at center. He has shown some power and balance but he has also worked well with Tyron Smith who Is [sic] your starting tackle."

Camp Confidential: Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Todd Archer offers a lengthy, state-of-the-union-like review of where the Cowboys stand after almost a week of training camp. He looks specifically at Dez Bryant's dominance, Monte Kiffin's impact, Jason Garrett as a walk-around head coach and also offers reasons for optimism and pessimism along with some general observations.

NFC East training camp preview: Four big questions -
Dan Hanzus reviews what he thinks are the biggest questions each NFC East team faces. For the Cowboys, it's the defensive line:

"The Cowboys have been criticized in recent years for their inability to build a roster with depth. Now they're getting a serious test along their defensive line. Reserve Tyrone Crawford is done for the year after tearing his Achilles. Defensive end Anthony Spencer could be gone one month after arthroscopic knee surgery. Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff could miss the same amount of time as he works his way back from a strained hamstring."

"If each player heals up well, maybe the Cowboys will be fine. But it's not a great way to start camp."

AT&T gets naming rights to Cowboys stadium - Star-Telegram
The home of the Dallas Cowboys will now officially be called "AT&T Stadium," according to owner Jerry Jones during Thursday's press conference at the stadium. Expect a lot of hyperventilating and knee-jerking in the coming days over this topic.


Vonta Leach likely won't pick Giants; FB expected to re-sign with Baltimore on Friday -
The Giants had shown interest in signing the free agent, especially with Henry Hynoski out with a knee injury, "but his price tag was too high for the salary cap-strapped Giants."


McNabb “truly wouldn’t care” if Eagles fans boo him at his own retirement ceremony - ProFootballTalk
On September 19, Donovan McNabb will officially retire as an Eagle and will be honored that night at halftime of the team’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Looks like McNabb wouldn't be surprised if the Eagles fans boo him.

This is sad. That is all.

Possible regression of high-scoring Redskins offense? - National Football Post
From 2002-2011, there were ten instances in which an NFL team saw its per game scoring average increase or decrease by 9.0 or more points per game from one season to the next. And in all ten instances, the team in question went in the opposite direction in year 3. The Redskins jumped from 18.0 ppg in 2011 to 27.3 ppg in 2012. If the trend and Griffin's knee holds, the Redskins are likely to score less this year.


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