Werder: Cowboys corners are going to be "phenomenal" in this defense. - DMN
Ed Werder recently talked about the Cowboys switch to a 4-3 defense, and while he has some questions about the pass rush and the secondary, he likes the corners:
"I don't know how DeMarcus Ware is going to handle the physical punishment that comes with the offense knowing exactly where he's going to be. I think the corners are going to be phenomenal in this defense. My question would be more about the safety situation."
Division-by-division All-Pro teams - NFL.com
Dave Dameshek takes a look at what divisional all-star teams could look like. The 22-player NFC East team boasts six Cowboys on defense and three Cowboys on offense, among them - hold on to you hats, ladies and gentlemen - center Phil Costa.
Ranking NFL teams by returning starters games - National Football Post
Almost three-quarters of the games started in the NFL last season were by players who remain with the same team for the 2013 season, the NFP writes. Prior to camp, the Cowboys return the 8th-most starter games in 2013, with the most continuity (relative to other teams) along the O-line and the defensive front seven.
Franchises Nemeses: Rushing Stats - Footballperspective.com
Dave looked at part one of this series yesterday when he reviewed Chase Stuart's article on players who threw for the most yards and touchdowns against each franchise. Today, Stuart looks at rushing statistics, and Cowboys fans will not be able to suppress a satisfied smile to see that the Eagles, Giants, Redskins and Cardinals all share a common nemesis: Emmitt Smith.
Surprisingly, Tiki Barber is listed as the Cowboys' nemesis. On a list that's populated with a lot of Hall of Famers, Barber's inclusion says a lot about the quality of the running backs in the NFC East over the years.
Sean Lee expected to get new deal soon - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
Tim MacMahon writes what everybody is thinking, but it sounds good for Cowboys fans anyway:
"Look for Lee to get a long-term contract extension before the beginning of the season. The Cowboys are looking for him to be a leader of this defense for a long time."
Newton: Offenses will run at Ware to Test his health - DMN
Nate Newton expects linemen and tight ends to test DeMarcus Ware's health early and often by running straight at him.
"The bad part is he's coming off an elbow, he's coming off a shoulder, he's got a hamstring last year ... he's gotta line up against some tough run guys ... They're going to test him to see if he can hold up, physically."
Scout's Big Prediction: Vet Backups Get First Reps Over Randle - Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
Hold the presses, Broaddus goes all-in with this big, bold and brave prediction: The coaches are going to trust the veterans over a 5th-round pick!
The NFL's Numbers Game - Bill Barnwell, Grantland
If you like your football information to be a little heavier on facts and a little lighter on fluff, you'll thoroughly enjoy Barnwell's look at what we can learn about the 2013 season by breaking down the 2012 numbers.
Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick drops to 25 on Jaws' QB countdown - Dan Graziano, ESPN
Graziano quotes from Ron Jaworski's annual QB countdown, in which he ranks the top 32 NFL quarterbacks in order, and has Michael Vick ranked a lowly 25th. Jaworski drops this little nugget about Michael Vick, who leads a stable of QBs that includes Nick Foles and Matt Barkley:
And I’m certain of one thing -- Vick is the most talented quarterback on the Eagles roster.
Violent crime and the NFL? It's not as simple as some want you to think - CBSSports.com
Things hardly ever are.