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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: "There’s going to be a show in Dallas every Sunday."

Latest Cowboys headlines: Tyrone Crawford is ‘crazy excited’ about Cowboys defensive line; Henry Melton is on target for training camp; Lawrence, Hamilton, and Bishop taking advantage of other players being out with injury.

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Tyrone Crawford ‘crazy excited’ about Cowboys defensive line; ‘There’s going to be a show in Dallas every Sunday’ | Jon Machota, DMN
Tyrone Crawford believes the Cowboys defense is going to surprise a lot of people this year - in a good way.

"I see it when we’re out there," Crawford said Tuesday during the team’s annual golf outing in Grapevine. "I see it when we bond. What we talk about as a defense, I’m just getting that feeling right now that we’re going to have a great year. I don’t know, I just have a feeling."

"With the guys that we have and the hunger that’s within everybody right now, it’s amazing. I’m crazy excited."

"There’s going to be a show in Dallas every Sunday."

Lawrence, Hamilton, and Bishop taking advantage of other players being out with injury - Bryan Broaddus,
We remain thankful for Broaddus providing us some actual insight into the goings-on an OTAs beyond just a few snippets of player comments from the locker room. In this post, Broaddus talks about extending DeMarco Murray, the potential sixth receiver, and three players making the most of their oportunities.

In my opinion, this has been an outstanding three weeks for DeMarcus Lawrence in the opening stages of his development. With projected starter Jeremy Mincey nursing an injury, Lawrence has taken full advantage of the situation getting valuable snaps against Tyron Smith.

With no Matt Johnson on the field, Jakar Hamilton has been running with the second defense and to his credit has been turning heads with his play. There have been several snaps where he has been in perfect position to knock balls down in coverage.

With no Nick Hayden, Ken Bishop has been getting plenty of work with the first defense. Matter of fact, Bishop has been working with Terrell McClain inside and both have done a quality job of handling things in the middle.

Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick steps into leadership role - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Scandrick enters his sixth season with the Cowboys, which makes him one of the veteran presences on the team. Only five players (Romo, Witten, Ladouceur, Spencer, Free) have a longer tenure with the Cowboys than Scandrick. With Sean Lee out of the picture, Scandrick understands that he'll need to take on a bigger leadership role.

"It's a lot, it's humbling," Scandrick said of losing Lee. "I feel like with Sean, I look around, [and] out of all these faces, I've been here the longest. The onus is kind of on myself. I gotta just work every day. Leadership ain't all about screaming and hollering. You can get anybody who can scream and holler and tell you what they've done and what the accolades are ... . I put it on myself to try and figure out a way to motivate and motivate our defense and motivate our secondary and motivate our corners. Losing Sean Lee was a tough pill to swallow."

Pro Bowl Repeat Not Murray’s Prime Focus In 2014 - Rowan Kavner,
Despite collecting some personal accolades for his performance last season, DeMarco Murray is not happy that his team has fallen one game short of the playoffs in each of his three seasons in Dallas.

Henry Melton on target for training camp - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Melton said his knee is doing fine and he expects to be ready for the first training camp practice in late July.

"Every week I get stronger and better," Melton said. "We’re just focusing on getting my knee as strong as possible and aiming for preseason and all that. I feel like I could go out there and do some things during these OTAs. It’s something we talked about before. [But] we’re going to focus on training camp and get ready for the season."

Troy Aikman: Cowboys' defense 'can't possibly be as bad' as last year | Matt Mosley - FOX Sports on MSN
Mosley is outraged that Troy Aikman dared make an even remotely positive statement about the Cowboys.

"The defense is going to be better. They can't possibly be as bad or worse than a year ago, so it's going to be better," Aikman told me Tuesday on ESPN 103.3 FM. "Is it going to be enough? It's hard for me envisioning that to be the case with the injury Sean Lee being out for the season and DeMarcus Ware [gone]. Even though he battled through injuries and was limited last year, he's one of those guys that an offense has to concern themselves with."

Mosley then proceeds to argue for the rest of the article why Aikman is wrong. Wrong. WRONG!!!


Prisco: Examining 25 players who I expect to break out this NFL season -
Pete Prisco looks at 25 players who are good already but on the verge of "something big". The list includes two Cowboys.

Travis Frederick -- When the Cowboys picked him in the first round of the 2013 draft, there were snickers. But it was the right move. He showed last season as a 16-game starter that he has a chance to be a really good center. He is smart and athletic, two musts for the position these days.

Terrance Williams -- With Miles Austin now gone, this second-year player takes over as the starter opposite Dez Bryant. That should mean a lot of single coverage and a chance for big plays. Look for his numbers to go up dramatically from his 44 catches a year ago.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones part of working group to explore options for NFL draft | Davis Moore, DMN
Jones the younger is part of a working groups that's tasked not just with finding a site or multiple sites for next year's draft, but also to come up with a process for how to handle the draft in the future.

2011 draft grades -
Three years after the fact is an adequate time frame to evaluate a draft, Bucky Brooks writes and proceeds to hand out grades for the 2011 NFL Draft. The Cowboys receive a B.

The Cowboys have been mired in mediocrity the past few seasons, but the 2011 class certainly isn't to blame for the disappointing results at Valley Ranch. The Cowboys landed a franchise offensive tackle (Tyron Smith) and an electric runner with home-run ability (DeMarco Murray). With Dwayne Harris and Bruce Carter also contributing as role players, it's hard to knock Jerry Jones for his handling of the 2011 draft.

The Giants (C), Eagles (D-), and Redskins (C) don't look too good in this overview.


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