Herm Edwards: Cowboys will learn how to finish and win the NFC East this season - DMN
The DMN has a transcript of what former NFL coach Herm Edwards had to say about the Cowboys on NFL Live this week:
"I think they’re going to play much better. This is a team that is sitting right on the brink of winning this division and getting in the playoffs again. They have enough players as far as skill guys especially on the offensive side of the football." [...]
"They can get after the passer, and they can play good. Sean Lee, the middle player, is back. He’s going to be the signal-caller so I look for the Dallas Cowboys to learn how to finish. You look at the last couple of seasons, if they win those games at the end, they’re not an 8-8 football team. They actually win the division and get in the playoffs."
Cowboys set for normal camp from now on - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Jason Garrett sees the extra week of practice the Cowboys have had as "bonus work" for young players, but expects camp to return to its normal pace with the return of some key veterans like Mackenzy Bernadeau and Jay Ratliff.
“You always appreciate the extra week and always appreciate the extra practice time,” coach Jason Garrett said, “We made an effort as a staff to use it to our benefit as oppose [sic] to a detriment. With the way we’ve practiced it’s been good for the team. The players are fresh, but we got a lot of bonus work in. Now we get the normal rhythm of the preseason. (But) anytime young players get a chance to play in a game, that’s a positive for them. This is when they grow the most.”
Travis Frederick happy with first NFL action at center, but says he made a mistake at guard - C.Mendez, Star-Telegram
Travis Frederick thought his first NFL action at center “went pretty well,” but acknowledges that not everything went as smoothly at guard:
“The mistake at guard was I overstepped on a shade technique in pass protection,” he said. “That was on me. It caused a pressure, not a sack. But a pressure is still not what we are looking for. I need to be solid.”
Cowlishaw: I don't know how you keep all of the RBs and all the TEs - DMN
Tim Cowlishaw articulates a common dilemma faced by anybody who's tried his or her hand at a roster projection: There's a limit to how many RBs and TEs the team can keep.
Justin Durant lines up with new faces - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Justin Durant was the only projected starter on defense to play any snaps on Sunday. Durant takes it in stride, and was actually hoping to get more work than he did, according to Archer.
“Hey, that’s just what it is,” Durant said. “The coaches called on me to play, I played. I didn’t think about it. That’s kind of crazy that it is, but that’s not something on my mind. I’m here to work. I’m here to play.”
With Starting Job For Grabs, Leary Taking Full Advantage - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
Ronald Leary is making the most of the opportunity he's gotten with Livings and Bernadeau out, and played every single snap on Sunday to uniformly positive reviews.
“You never want to see a guy hurt or anything,” Leary said. “But the goal is to start. You always want to start. I’m going to keep working hard and try to get to that goal.”
Bob's Blog: First look at the 3 interior OL spots - Bob Sturm
Sturm takes a detailed look at the four players playing the three interior line spots on Sunday and comes to the following conclusion:
"Overall, just seeing Leary and Frederick out there shows you that they have way better options than they have had from the youth ranks, and assuming that Livings and Bernadeau will be able to compete soon make you think that they are going to have a chance to be better."
Bye Bye Hollywood Hills: Orlando Scandrick puts his LA home up for sale - latimes.com
Orlando Scandrick has put his house in Hollywood Hills on the market at $2.85 million - 18 months after buying it for $2.1 million. Good for you, Orlando.
New ‘Matrix’-style replays to be debuted during ‘Sunday Night Football’ opener at Dallas - Shutdown Corner
We already wrote about this in one of our recent news roundups, but Shutdown Corner adds some pretty impressive video of what the technology could look like:
Cowboys LB Sean Lee: 'I don’t find myself interesting enough to be on Twitter' - DMN
Sean Lee on why he isn't on Twitter:
“I don’t find myself interesting enough to be on Twitter, to say anything. I don’t have any major thoughts that I feel need to be out there to share with."
Be that as it may, we do enjoy what some of his teammates occasionally tweet, as the following examples show:
Somebody pray for me! Back on the grind tomorrow!— Bruce Carter (@BruceCarter54) August 6, 2013
Shark week starts. Just made my week! #LoveTheSea!— Kendial Lawrence (@K_Lawrence4) August 5, 2013
Oxnard doesnt seem like the place where a brother can trust a barber with his hairline— Justin Durant (@JDurant52) August 5, 2013
On a side note, whatever teammate hit me and made me get stitches will pay for this I tell you. #NobodyMakesMeBleedMyOwnBlood— Sterling Moore (@SterlingMoore) August 5, 2013
Just getting back to Oxnard. It's 5 am. #Rockstarstatus— Jason Hatcher (@hatcher97) August 5, 2013