The Cowboys had a year that greatly exceeded all expectations, but Jason Garrett is still focused on the process, and knows that one year of success is not going to cut the need to keep on building the team.
"But I don't think that says next year just roll the ball out and we're going to do it again. No, you've got to do it all over again. I do think we're good at the right positions that will allow us to have a chance to be successful."
Like it says, these are five candidates for the best values on the team. One is particularly gratifying, considering how many derided the draft day move that netted him and one of the other players on the list, Terrance Williams.
2.) Travis Frederick, C. Contract: Four years, $6.8 million. 2015 base salary: $1 million. Frederick earned his first Pro Bowl invite by starting every game this past season. In two seasons with the Cowboys, Frederick has never missed a start. Between, Tyron Smith, Martin and Frederick, Dallas should have one of the league's top offensive lines for several years to come.
A short piece pointing out just how well Romo stacks up against some of the other top signal callers in the league.
A look at how the emphasis on building the team through the draft and UDFAs is paying off. It also addresses a look at all the teams in the league that has the Cowboys rated as the 21st in the league for the quality of their younger players, which the article (and some of us here among the FPW) find strangely low.
Bryan Broaddus decided to take a look at the Pro Bowl video to see how the young offensive linemen from the Cowboys looked. He found that most of the play was what you expect from an all star game, with the defensive linemen taking three steps at full speed, then backing off. With one exception. The defensive MVP of the game, J.J. Watt, was not interested in going at the game any differently than he plays any other time. And when he was matched up against Tyron Smith, he faced a player that was quite willing and able to meet him play for play.
Watt was not interested in going hard for just three steps and allowing Smith to take him out of the
play. There were several snaps where Watt exploded up the field in order to attempt to grab the corner, and, to Smith's credit, he was up to the taskeven playing across from his normal spot at left tackle.
Smith looked comfortable and relaxed in the way that he handled Watt, who, on each rush came with a different pass rush move in order to try and break down the young tackle.
Meanwhile, there is this thing called the Super Bowl coming up in Arizona. Even though the Cowboys did not make it this year, there are still some Dallas related things coming out of the hectic media coverage.
While he wasn't coming up with generally disbelieved explanations of the now infamous deflated footballs, Bill Belichick did manage to talk a little about the opponents in the Super Bowl. When discussing Russell Wilson, he made a comparison to Cowboys legend Roger Staubach. The original NFL Captain America was asked about the comparison (which he of course finds flattering).
"A quarterback has got to be able to do whatever it takes to be effective as a passer,'' Staubach said. "You want a quarterback who can buy time, however he does it, and Russell Wilson can do it.
"Russell is one heck of an athlete and player. He never quits.''
The head of officiating sat down with 105.3 The Fan on media day. He still maintains that Dez Bryant did not catch the ball in the overturn. Meanwhile, when asked about the well publicized visit he made to the Cowboys' bus during preseason, he had a simple answer for his future plans.
"I'm not going anywhere near that bus," Blandino said.
Take note, Blandiwrong - uh, Blandino.
Was it a catch?
"I'll ride with Dez,'' Thomas said. "Yes."
OK, so we are talking flag football here. But it is a Cowboys connection. Sort of.
I'm not going to tell you where those cheeks come in. You have to go see what kind of Gronking reference that is.
And meanwhile, the draft is drawing ever closer, so here is some more stuff to whet your growing appetite.
Dane Brugler is one of the more credible draft gurus, and his boards are always worth a look. Some of the players he has near the 27th spot that Dallas holds are intriguing if you are looking at positions.
26. CB Marcus Peters, Washington (5-11, 193, 4.52, rJR)
27. OT Ereck Flowers, Miami (Fla.) (6-5, 315, 5.26, JR)
28. RB Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (6-1, 207, 4.54, rJR)
29. DE/OLB Eli Harold, Virginia (6-4, 230, 4.73, JR)
Especially Gordon. Just sayin'.
The Sturminator continues his long slog trying to look at as many players of interest to the Cowboys as possible. Danny Shelton seems destined to be more valued by a 3-4 defense, but if he is available at 27 (admittedly not likely), he might be trade bait if Dallas wants to trade back.
Every couple years, one of those rare birds comes along that we all wonder about. They are massive, massive humans who still retain quickness and flexibility. Some, with the proper motors, can weigh nearly 350 pounds and make their share of plays - but, more importantly, they prevent countless others because opponents stop trying to test them up the middle. They are earth movers, best set in "30″ fronts, as the NT in a 3-4. The best are very established stars in the NFL, Wilfork, Ngata, and Poe. If you can find one, he is always drafted quickly because unlike WR, CB, or LB, there are not 5 others like him. In this draft, there is nobody like Danny Shelton from Washington, and that is why he is sure to go in Round 1 at the draft.
Brugler also has a list of the talent at the last of the college all star showcases. One player that might get a once-over from the Cowboys:
A well-traveled prospect, Texas A&M-Commerce DL Ashton Dorsey (6-2, 295) was a high school All-American and blue chip recruit who spent his first three collegiate seasons at Texas. During Tuesday's practice, he showed flashes of why he was once one of the top prep players in the state of Texas, using his strength and quickness to overwhelm blockers. Dorsey also knocked down two passes at the line of scrimmage, watching the eyes of the quarterback and disrupting the passing lane.