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Dallas Cowboys Training Camp News: When Will Cowboys' Youth Movement Pay Off?


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Cowboys' youth movement should pay off in many ways, but will it happen in 2014? | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin draws parallels between the where the Seahawks were three years ago and where the Cowboys are today.

In 2011, Seattle was the second-youngest team in the NFL. Two years later, the Seahawks built a championship team whose average age was 25.43, the fourth-lowest in the league. The Cowboys hope they can do the same. [...]

But despite the Cowboys owner’s optimistic outlook for 2014, this year may not be about the present as it is about the future of this franchise. At least that’s what the youth movement ushered in by Dallas indicates.

Cowboys Training Camp Report, Practice Number Seven: The Offensive Line Dominates - Blogging The Boys
Rabblerousr's camp reports remain a must read; today he argues that the youth movement has already paid off - at least for the offensive line:

Indeed, the Cowboys O-line dominated - and I mean DOMINATED - the full team run periods. Yesterday, the defense was better on outside runs after allowing too many runs to get to the edge on Tuesday. Today, unfortunately, they regressed to Tuesday's form, allowing several runners to get outside containment, or to dip interior runs to wide open spaces outside the tackles. On one play in particular, Lance Dunbar took a run off right tackle and, finding nothing, bounced it outside, finding a wide open field for a big gainer. To borrow a choice line from Mike Fisher: the Cowboys' OL "will steal your manhood." The defense had a lot of manhoods taken today.

Thursday Practice Recap: Leary Returns As Three Others Exit - David Helman,
Injuries are a big part of Helman's writeup, but he also highlights three standouts, one of whom is Davon Coleman:

Coleman continued to turn heads with his pass rushing ability – in both individual drills and team work. Defenders aren’t allowed to hit quarterbacks in practice, but Coleman would have had quite the sack if they were. In team drills, he blew past Mackenzy Bernadeau and was right in Tony Romo’s face within seconds.

Ron Leary feeling like old self after first training camp practice | Jon Machota, DMN
Leary was at practice for the first time in Oxnard yesterday, after sitting out the previous practices with a hamstring injury sustained during the player-led conditioning test in Dallas.

Cowboys Camp Report: Day 8 - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer runs down the list of injuries:

  • Wide receiver Dwayne Harris suffered a left ankle sprain. The Cowboys don't believe Harris' injury is serious.
  • Defensive tackle Ben Bass left practice early with a hamstring injury. The Cowboys could be forced to sign a reinforcement to ease the load off the rest of the group.
  • Cornerback Sterling Moore and guard Brian Clarke did not practice because of a groin injuries.

Day 8 observations: RB DeMarco Murray dominates; WR Dez Bryant makes athletic play | Brandon George, DMN
George offers his take on what stood out at camp yesterday.

Scout’s Eye: Rookie Pass Rusher Making Noise; 3rd RB Battle - Bryan Broaddus,
Broaddus takes a look at some of the backup positions, and comes away impressed with RB Joseph Randle, DT Dartwan Bush, WRs Jamar Newsome and Dezmon Briscoe, as well as OG Brian Clarke.

Michael Irvin, Nate Newton to advise Josh Brent on comeback bid with Dallas Cowboys - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
Michael Irvin and Nate Newton will serve as members of Josh Brent's unofficial advisory committee as the defensive tackle attempts to make a comeback with the team.

Player-tracking system will let NFL fans go deeper than ever - USA Today
An RFID-based tracking system, with two tiny RFID sensors worn by players in their shoulder pads in 17 NFL stadiums, marks the beginning of the NFL's foray into player tracking and advanced statistics.

The data also will go to the NFL "cloud," where it can be turned around in seconds for in-stadium use and, eventually, a variety of apps and other visual and second-screen experiences. Producing a set of proprietary statistics on players and teams is another goal, Vishal Shah, the NFL's vice president of domestic media and business development, told USA TODAY Sports.

Translation: You're gonna have to pay for it.

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