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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Dez Bryant Ready To Take Off, Season Predictions, More

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: More structure has helped Dez Bryant excel, Todd Archer predicts a playoff appearance for the Cowboys, and Jerry Jones spills the beans on the Cowboys' "secret sauce".

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Dez Bryant is finally ready to take off as a pass-catching star for the Cowboys - Austin Murphy -
Austin Murphy delivers a fine, in-depth profile of Dez Bryant, and argues convincingly that one of the reasons Bryant is poised to take off is that the Cowboys have trimmed way back on the slack that they're willing to cut him and have added structure to his theretofore unstructured life.

Read the article. It'll give you more insight into Dez Bryant than all the articles you've read about him over the last year put together.

Injuries bring opportunity for some unknown Cowboys - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Jason Garrett never gets tired of saying that "injury creates opportunity", and Clarence Hill writes that three previously unheralded players are making the most of that opportunity this year: Nick Hayden, George Selvie, and Jeff Heath could all make the 53-man roster.

Back from injury, Cowboys safety Barry Church is ready to make impact in new defense - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Barry Church looks to be fully recovered from his Achilles injury, and Brandon Carr expects big things from the safety:

"He can do it all," cornerback Brandon Carr said of Church. "He has the size, the speed and everything you want in a safety. So hopefully, big things from Church."

Garrett aims to keep criticism of players in-house - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Here's a quote from Jason Garrett that explains in great detail how he answers questions and handles criticism of players publicly.

"What we try to do is try to understand our responsibilities as players and coaches to the media, and trying to be as informative as we can without undermining our football team," Garrett said. "Most of our coaching and constructive criticism goes on in-house directly, through the practice film. I do it, our coordinators do it, our position coaches do it, and that’s really how we handle most things."

"But, at the same time, we are always balancing trying not to be vague, and trying to be someone who stands up here and gives some answers that are interesting and that help our team and that help our National Football League."

Cowboys season prediction: 10-6 - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Todd Archer predicts the Dallas Cowboys will make the playoffs with a 10-6 record in 2013, but he doesn't see them winning the division.

Dez Bryant says he’s better at ‘Madden NFL’ than Tony Romo, has some beef with certain stats - DMN
Bryant is not happy with the speed rating the makers of Madden 25 assigned to Lance Dunbar.

"!@#$, they’ve got me faster than Dunbar," he said. "It’s like 80-something. I feel like his speed should have been at least 96/97."

But rest assured, Bryant is on the case. "Don’t worry, I got the guy who does the ratings. I follow him on Twitter. I got on it."

3 Either/Or Position Battles That Need To Be Settled - Nick Eatman,
Eatman identifies three roster battles that could be decided in today's game against the Texans: Cole Beasley vs. Anthony Armstrong, Micah Pellerin vs. Sterling Moore, and Eric Frampton vs. Danny McCray.

Jerry Jones reveals the ingredients to the Dallas Cowboys’ secret sauce - Jon Machota, DMN
Jerry Jones is no Colonel Sanders. A day after son Stephen said that the Cowboys had a "secret sauce" to get back to winning Super Bowls, Jerry talked about some of the ingredients of the sauce.

"It’s a secret," Jones said with a smile, and then proceeded to spill the beans. Paraphrasing Jerry's always challenging ruminations, the sauce seems to consist of plays and schemes we haven't seen, the makeup of the staff, Jason Garrett as head coach and some blocking, protection schemes, and play-action mixed in for good measure.

Jay Ratliff, Dallas Cowboys staff have tension -
There's definitely something going on between Ratliff and the Cowboys. And it seems to have been going on for quite a while. Unfortunately, even though every Dallas-based news outlet seems to have an article up on it, nobody seems to know what's going on. Which makes you wonder whether transcribing interviews without too many spelling errors is all there really is to this reporter thing.

Texans, Cowboys looking at QBs in preseason finale - Yahoo! Sports
The Battle of Texas looks like it will be a battle for a QB spot: While the Cowboys have to decide what to do with Alex Tanney, the Texans will have to decide who'll be the backup for Matt Schaub.

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