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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Is 2016 The Year To Draft Romo's Successor?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Holloman, Hitchens among LBs learning two spots; Rookie QB Vaughan finds small victories with Cowboys; Mackenzy Bernadeau is being a "good soldier."

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When will Cowboys draft a QB? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer offers up another of his Twitter mailbags, and answers questions about dead money in 2015, special teams' job opportunities, Brandon Carr's contract, and when he thinks the Cowboys will draft a quarterback:

If Romo remains healthy and plays well, then I think you'll see it happen in 2016. The Cowboys are all-in on Romo. They said as much when they skipped on taking Johnny Manziel. They don't believe in drafting a developmental quarterback, in part because you might be developing him for another team and, truthfully, quarterbacks taken in Rounds 3-7 hardly ever pan out. For every Russell Wilson or Tom Brady, there is a ton more guys like Mike Teel and Stephen McGee.

Now, if Romo cannot make it through the season healthy, then I can see the Cowboys going after a quarterback early in 2015. Kyle Orton may or may not play here in 2014, but he is out of a contract in 2015. Brandon Weeden is doing some nice things right now, but I don't think they view him as a potential starter down the road. If you're looking for a franchise quarterback, the odds say take him early. I believe when the Cowboys are ready to move on from Romo, that's when they start to look.

Holloman, Hitchens Among LBs Learning Two Spots - Rowan Kavner,
Kavner notes that one of the approaches the Cowboys are using to be prepared in case of injuries is moving their young linebackers around and getting them to learn multiple positions before the pads come on. Anthony Hitchens is learning the MIKE And WILL positions, DeVonte Holloman is learning the MIKE and SAM positions.

"I’ll play wherever they tell me to," Holloman said. "I’m learning them both, and hopefully by the time the season starts, I’ll know which one I’m playing and I’ll major in one and minor in the other."

"I’m just trying to learn the playbook and get a feel for stuff," Hitchens said. "I’m a lot better since day one, obviously. Now I’ve got to learn another position, weak side linebacker. It’s coming along and I’m picking up everything pretty fast."

Minicamp mysteries: The key issues surrounding the Cowboys after OTAs | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin reviews the key issues from the last few months he thinks will continue to dominate the headlines for the Cowboys. One of them is Mackenzy Bernadeau's demotion, now that Zack Martin is with the Cowboys. But the veteran guard is being a "good soldier" about it.

"I know the business," Bernadeau said. "I know he’s going to come in and play somewhere. Not knowing where obviously it’s going to happen, but I was prepped to know if he’s ready to come in and take the right side. I’ll be competing or trying to play the left side, or just be ready to prepare to if I need to play all three interior positions. I knew myself, and I didn’t have to have a conversation with anybody."

"I am always going to be ready to take all three positions," he said. "I am always prepared for that."

Vaughan finds small victories with Cowboys | Amarillo Globe-News
Rookie quarterback Dustin Vaughan just completed his first organized team activities this week, and reflects on the experience in an interview with the Globe News. Here's an excerpt:

Is the playbook a lot more to learn than at West Texas A&M? "So I’ll tell you this. At WT we had a three-day install for a playbook. In the NFL with the Cowboys it’s a nine-day install. It’s a lot of information. Even guys coming from Division I schools didn’t have to deal with this much information. I think it’s great because it broadens your game. It’s crazy the step you have to take from college to the NFL."

Former Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent goes to rehab for rest of sentence - DMN
Former Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent was released from jail on Sunday and will head to a treatment facility to serve the rest of his sentence. On Friday, Brent asked a Dallas County judge to let him serve the rest of his jail sentence in an in-patient treatment facility.

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