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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Dez Bryant's Hands; Lance Dunbar's Role; Tony Romo's Numbers

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Best Hands in the NFL -
Who has the best mitts in the NFL? Bucky Brooks provides his top ten ranking, which features Dez Bryant at No. 8.

It's easy to lose sight of Bryant's raw talent when so much is made of his emotional outbursts, but savvy evaluators marvel at his phenomenal skills as a playmaker on the perimeter. While most will point to his well-documented catch-and-run skills, it is his ability to make the impossible catch look routine that stands out the most to me. Just look at the video clip to the right, which is a testament to his athleticism, ball skills and body control. He also consistently comes through on 50-50 balls, leading quarterback Tony Romo to ride him in key, end-of-game moments.

How the Cowboys will use Lance Dunbar - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
We already featured Archer's Twitter mailbag in yesterday's News & Notes post, but since the DFW media didn't publish all that much yesterday, we're happy to return to this article and see what Archer wrote in response to a question about the Cowboys are going to use Lance Dunbar this season.

@toddarcher: Lance Dunbar didn't miss a snap in the offseason so that tells me he is fully recovered from the knee injury that ended his season last year on Thanksgiving. He'll have the third-down back role. We saw Scott Linehan use Dunbar in a number of different ways in the spring. He can be good in the screen game because he's a space player. He has the ability to be a change of pace runner for DeMarco Murray. But does this mean he will see a huge role? Not necessarily because I think Murray will still be on the field for the bulk of the game. And if something happens to Murray, I think they would keep Dunbar in the third down role, expand it a little, but use Joseph Randle or Ryan Williams, whoever wins the third back job, as the every-down back.

Kevin Sherrington disagrees with ESPNs franchise outlook for the Cowboys | Kevin Sherrington, DMN
The Cowboys were recently projected as the fifth-worst team over the next three years by some guys at ESPN. Sherrington remains more polite than I would have been in his assessment of that "expert" opinion.

ESPN Insiders rank Cowboys’ future only 28th in NFL over next three seasons. Personal opinion: They overrate possible future of aging Tony Romo. Could say same about Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Also overrate the loss of DeMarcus Ware, who looks to be in decline. But they got the GM about right.

Feds quietly investigating prescription drug abuse in NFL locker rooms, sources say - NY Daily News
The Drug Enforcement Administration has quietly launched an investigation into the abuse of prescription medication in NFL locker rooms, three sources familiar with the probe told the Daily News. This comes on the heels of a lawsuit brought by some former NFL players accusing the league of illegally providing painkillers to mask serious injuries. Apparently, that got the Drug Enforcement Administration's attention.

Agents from the DEA's New York division have reached out to former players, trying to find out how prescription drugs like Percodan, Vicodin, and Toradol, m ake their way via doctors and trainers to the players.

Week 15 Preview: A Dallas Two-Step? -
The Eagles official site offers a preview of the Week 15 matchu with the Cowboys, and has this timely reminder of how the series has played out recently:

The Cowboys have won two straight games at Lincoln Financial Field and four of their last five games in Philadelphia. The Eagles' only victory at home over the Cowboys in the last five seasons came in 2011, when they defeated Dallas 34-7.

Five Things To Watch: Games 9-12 -
The Eagles mothership is on a roll, and has this to say about Tony Romo.

Eagles fans can say what they want about the Cowboys quarterback, but the fact of the matter is that Romo has very good career numbers, throwing 208 touchdowns compared to just 101 interceptions. He’s 18 games over .500 in his career, and like Rodgers in Green Bay, Romo makes the Cowboys tick.

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