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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: How Many Tight Ends Will Cowboys Keep?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys are one of six teams in need of linebacker help; Team will need a little help to escape the .500 malaise; How many tight ends will the Cowboys keep?

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BTB Talks With Cowboys Guard Uche Nwaneri: "I Feel Strong As I've Ever Been." - Blogging The Boys
Dallas' newest offensive lineman was kind enough to answer some questions from Tom Ryle about how he came to be a Cowboy.

Dallas Cowboys State Of The Roster: Defensive Backs - Blogging The Boys
Tom Ryle writes that unlike for the rest of their defense, how the Cowboys secondary will shape up is less a question of "who" and more one of "how well".

How Do The Cowboys Stay America's Team? - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys have been mired in mediocrity for almost two decades now, yet they continue to be the most popular (and the most hated) team in the NFL. Tom Ryle looks at how exactly that works.

Yes, Tom Ryle had a very productive day.


How many tight ends will the Cowboys keep? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
In part two of Archer's Twitter mailbag, he looks at Henry Melton's contract, names the starters at linebacker, ponders the Cowboys' record if Weeden has to start, and wonders how many tight ends the Cowboys could keep.

They kept four tight ends last season for a spell when they had five receivers. I think the spot comes down to a fourth tight end or a fullback. I know there are a lot of people who love the fullback. Tyler Clutts did a nice job late last season, but I'm not one of those who believe the fullback is necessary. Another factor in how many players are kept at certain positions this year will be quarterback. If Kyle Orton comes back and the Cowboys keep him, then they will keep three quarterbacks for the first time in a couple of years. That chews into a roster spot somewhere else as well.

But back to the tight ends: I think they need to get a blocking-type in their top-three, so that would put James Hanna on the bubble. I like Hanna, but I want to see the coaches use his abilities. In his two seasonss, they have yet to get him in space to use that speed.

Six teams in need of linebacker help - Democrat & Chronicle
The Cowboys are one of at least six teams heading into training camp later this month looking to replace a starting linebacker, for just a few games, or for the entire season. This article looks at all six teams and the potential replacements for the missing linebackers.

The Cowboys have not settled on Lee's replacement, though Justin Durant practiced with the first-team defense, but second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman and rookie Anthony Hitchens should get a shot to compete for that job once the Cowboys arrive in Oxnard, Calif. The longshot is former Oakland Raider Rolando McClain, for whom the Cowboys traded last week. McClain hasn't played since 2012, but if he is back in shape and stays out of trouble, he could help solve the Cowboys' middle linebacker problem.

Frisco City Council approves bond sale to fund Dallas Cowboys project | DMN
Dirt work and mass grading is expected to start this week at the future site of the Dallas Cowboys new headquarters and the adjacent multi-use event center and related infrastructure.

Cowboys Must-Go-Right Needs - KD Drummond, Scout
KD writes that the Cowboys will need a little help to escape the .500 malaise and wonders what needs to go right for this to be a successful season. It's quite a long list he comes up with.


Donte Whitner questions if players really vote for NFLN Top 100 | ProFootballTalk
Donte Whitner is just the latest player to blow the whistle on the NFL Network's top 100 player ranking, which supposedly is "voted on by other players."

"No one in the 49ers locker room voted! None of my friends around the league voted!" Whitner wrote.

Whoever runs the NFL Network Twitter account decided to engage with Whitner and insist that NFL Network itself doesn’t vote, but Whitner wasn’t having it. Whitner asked, "who voted? I didn’t get an answer." Whitner also said of NFL Network, "they want fans to believe players vote."

If you think that somehow sounds familiar, it's because it does.

"Until I see one person who’s a Dallas Cowboy who votes on that stuff, I would figure at some point they’d ask me, Jason Witten or DeMarcus Ware to vote," Tony Romo said in 2013. "I think then maybe it’s a vote by the players. But the four people who vote, I just don’t think it matters too much. I know this, I would have a hard time telling you who was great in the AFC last year. You just go by what’s written about and talked about."

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