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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo and Dez Bryant Third-Best QB-WR Duo In The League?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Orton’s decision dominates QB talk; Cowboys have quality depth behind DeMarco Murray; Does Martin make this O-Line dominant?

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Best QB-WR duo in NFL? Romo and Bryant in the top three - The Washington Post
Hue Jackson made some waves last week when he said he thought Cincinnati had the top quarterback (Andy Dalton) and wide receiver (A.J. Green) tandem in the NFL. Neil Greenberg disagrees, and looks at who the best QB-WR duos in the league really are. Here are his findings:


Mailbag: Bigger Reason For The Nwaneri Signing? -
Broaddus answers a mailbag question on what the Cowboys may have been thinking in signing veteran guard Uche Nwaneri.

As far as the signing of Nwaneri, it just the front office’s way of finding a veteran player that has experience to play in the second half of these preseason games and allow guys like Brandon Weeden and these running backs to get work without having to perform behind a line that is made up of rookies and free agents. Those guys need to be evaluated as well. It’s a smart and necessary way to have a functioning offense in these games.

Why Orton’s no-show isn’t bad for Cowboys even if Romo gets hurt | Rick Gosselin, DMN
Gosselin writes that If Romo goes down, the team is cooked, never mind who the backup QB is.

There isn’t a team in the NFL that wants to play its backup QB. With or without Orton, the Cowboys are doomed if Tony Romo goes down in 2014.

Last season, the quarterbacks of choice in the NFL — the opening day starters — won 54.2 percent of their games. When NFL teams had to go to the bench for a replacement, they managed to win only 35 percent of the time.

Position Battles: Orton’s Decision Dominates QB Talk - Bryan Broaddus,
Broaddus wonders whether the Cowboys will keep three QBs - if they can get Orton to come to camp and commit to playing for one more season.

Regardless how this plays out for this front office and coaching staff, there still are options and they are not painted into a corner. Kyle Orton in my view is the best option as the backup quarterback for this club, but as Brandon Weeden continues to get snaps and gain confidence, then that greatly helps the state of the position.

For a Change, Cowboys Have Quality Depth Behind DeMarco Murray | Richie Whitt, NBC 5 DFW
Whitt argues that behind Murray and Dunbar, the Cowboys are spoilt for choice at RB - and that doesn't even include a potential fullback.

Vying for the scraps at No. 3 are a former draft choice (Joseph Randle), a veteran free agent (Ryan Williams) and a rookie (Ben Malena). You’d have to think Randle has the edge, giving that the Cowboys spent a draft pick on him in ’13. And in minicamps he seemed a tougher runner with better hands than his competitors. Williams has more moves, while Malena — who starred at Texas A&M — is better on special teams.

Top 20 Games of 2013: Tecmo Bowl in Dallas - is counting down the Top 20 NFL Games of 2013, and has Broncos @ Cowboys from Week 5 ranked as the fifth best game. The Cowboys and Broncos flirted in a shootout in Dallas that included video-game type numbers and ended in a Tony Romo interception.

Five questions with: Cole Beasley - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer tosses Beasley some softball questions, including one on which NFL rule Beasley would change if he were commissioner.

Beasley: NFL rule? That's a good question. I don't know, man. I mean to me the rules are for the offense. They kind of favor the offense, so I'll say the rule that you can't dunk on the goal post. How about that?

And if you want to know why Beasley chose that specific rule, and why he hasn't cut his hair since the first day of OTAs last year, watch this interview with Beasley on the mothership.

Does Martin Make This O-Line Dominant?
After the headline-writers at the mothership show that they know the difference between an adjective and a verb, Broaddus provides some unintentional (or is it intentional?) comedy:

Bryan Broaddus: "I would not use the word dominant here."

Laying up: golf no longer part of Tony Romo’s offseason | David Moore, DMN
You know it's the offseason when Romo not playing golf makes headlines.

Felix Jones Hoping for Another Chance | Scott Crisp, NBC 5 DFW
Former Cowboys running back Felix Jones is currently without a team, but he's hopeful that someone will come calling.

"I played the game for a few years," Jones said, per the Tulsa World. "I kinda got the hang for what’s going on in the NFL at my position. I know I can teach younger guys. Obviously I still got some gas in my motor." While Jones has been enjoying spending more time with his family, he’s been working to stay in shape in hopes that some team will come calling. "I know something is going to happen, I have a gut feeling," Jones said. "I just have to stay prepared for it."

A History of the NFL in 95 Objects: Arthroscope and Sports Medicine | The MMQB
This may be a bit off the beaten track, but it's interesting nonetheless. In this article in's ongoing NFL 95 series ("A History of Pro Football in 95 Objects"), Jenny Vrentas looks at how the invention of the arthroscope, "sports medicine’s most important innovation of the past 50 years," saved careers in the NFL.


Eagles Being Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation
Exactly two hours after leading with a story titled "Eagles good at staying out of trouble," our friends at BGN followed that up with a story titled "Lane Johnson suspended four games."


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