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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo Is The Sixth-Best Player In The NFL

Latest Cowboys headlines: Romo was great in 2014; NFL still has “some work to do” on catch rule; will Cowboys take step forward or back in '15?

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When we don't like a player ranking, we trash it. When we like a player ranking, we point to is and say, "See? Toldya!"

Remember the NFL Top 100 player ranking that had Romo ranked at just No. 34? Well, along comes Bill Barnwell of Grantland with a highly successful "effort to improve on the Top 100 list compiled by NFL players."

The NFL 100 Rankings: Part 2 — Who Is Football’s No. 1 Player? - Grantland

It’s a shame we’ve collectively decided not to take Romo seriously, because he sure was great last year. He comfortably posted the best QBR in the league at 83.6, beating out Aaron Rodgers by more than six full points. Romo was no. 1 in both completion percentage and yards per attempt, becoming just the second qualifying passer to accomplish that in 13 years. He was tied for the league lead with five game-winning drives, and the only quarterback with more fourth-quarter comebacks was Matthew Stafford. I’m sure DeMarco Murray and that dominant running game helped, but it also distracted from just how great Romo was in 2014. NFL players put him 30 spots behind Murray, which is an argument for not listening to NFL players.

Romo is the fith-ranked QB on the list. Toldya.

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10 things to know about Cowboys LB Jasper Brinkley, including his custom made 1974 Chevy Caprice | Dallas Morning News
There are many schools of thought when it comes to classic cars, but if you've got an eye for these kinds of things, you'll really like what Jasper Brinkley did with a '74 Caprice.

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Cowlishaw: My early prediction for the Cowboys' record next year | Dallas Morning News
Tim Cowlishaw's early prediction for the Cowboys is 10-6, but he prudently reserves the right to revise that prediction after camp and preseason.

Will Cowboys take step forward or back in '15? - USA Today
Jim Corbett takes a position-by-position look at the 2015 Cowboys and wonders whether Tony Romo can make good on his offseason Super Bowl promise.

The offense is loaded, even without Murray. What must improve for Dallas to take that next step is a 26th-ranked pass defense that just got younger and better.

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Construction Reaches Midpoint On Cowboys' New Facility | David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys and the city of Frisco called a special press conference on Saturday to celebrate midpoint of construction just 11 months after the work in Frisco started.

[Stephen Jones] said the facility is on pace for completion by the summer of 2016, with the Cowboys being able to move in to their new location when they return from training camp next August.

"What we’re hoping for is, when we break camp out in California, that we return to our nice offices here in Frisco and start the season right here," Jones said. "That’s the goal, and we see no reason why that won’t happen."

Dallas Cowboys to spend majority of future training camps in Frisco | Drew Davison, The Star Telegram
The Cowboys will still get away for parts of training camp, but are ready to spend most of their time at ‘The Star,’ Davison explains.

"We’re going to love this place," Jones said at a news conference with Cowboys and Frisco city officials. "It’s going to be very hard not to spend the majority of our time here. … This is just going to be too enticing. I think we’re going to be hard-pressed not to spend the majority of the time right here.

"I still see us moving around some. I think it’s good for our brand, I think it’s good to touch fans in California, San Antonio, I think that’s a good thing to touch those fans as well."

The Cowboys have signed a multi-year deal with the City of Oxnard that includes options for future years. They are not contractually obligated to spend a certain amount of training camp time in Frisco, Jones said, which gives them the flexibility to open camp for a week to 10 days elsewhere.

Dallas Cowboys training camp plans could change with new facility - Todd Archer, ESPN
Archer provides some perspective on the Cowboys' camp habits to date.

The Cowboys are one of 12 teams that go on the road for training camp. Their Valley Ranch facility did not have the space to permit fans to watch camp, and the heat made it difficult for practices. With the indoor stadium, the weather won't be a factor. Jones said the total cost of the project, which will include a hotel, office buildings and retail and restaurant space, has topped $200 million. The Cowboys are on the hook for costs over $150 million.

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Cowboys’ Claiborne ready to meet expectations ... again | Clarence Hill, The Star Telegram
Hill writes that after three largely disappointing and injury-plagued seasons, Claiborne means it this time.

"Y’all will see," said Claiborne, who has missed 19 games in his career and has only three career interceptions. "I feel good. I feel real good. I’m just ready to play.… I hear a lot of stuff. I hear what people say. I see what people write, and I know that’s not me. I just want to show them."

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Stephen Jones: Cowboys comfortable with Brandon Carr’s cap figure | Drew Davison, The Star Telegram
Davison writes that the Cowboys will continue to negotiate with the cornerback, but are fine with his $12.717 million cap figure going into this season, though Stephen Jones adds that an extension of Carr's contract (with a lower yearyl cap hit) is something the Cowboys are looking at.

"We’ll continue to see if there’s something that might work so that Brandon can be here for the next two, three, four years – get something that’s good for both sides," Jones said. "But if it doesn’t, we’re all ready to go. We can carry that number, yes."

Dallas Cowboys have multiple options with Brandon Carr - Todd Archer, ESPN
Archer explains the cap side of Carr's deal, and sketches out a way a new deal could be negotiated with Carr.

Carr is scheduled to make $8 million this year and count $12.717 million against the salary cap. Technically, Carr is signed through 2017 but that final season is a voidable year. By extending Carr's contract, the Cowboys can lower his cap number over the next few seasons while guaranteeing him a portion of the money he was set to make through his base salary.

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Stephen Jones says NFL still has "some work to do" on catch rule | ProFootballTalk
Stephen Jones recently stated that the no-catch call in the divisional-round playoff game against the Packers may have been a correct interpretation of the existing rules, but Jones is also clear that the NFL still has work to do to get the rule itself right.

The NFL has tweaked the rule regarding the making of a reception when going to the ground, but the rule hasn’t really changed. And Jones now admits more needs to be done to avoid future situations like the Dez Bryant incompletion.

"You can say they clarified it somewhat," Jones recently told Clark Judge and Rick Gosselin of the Talk of Fame Network, via the Dallas Morning News. "Until we figure out as a committee how to write it; especially these really special athletes like Calvin Johnson, a player like Dez Bryant that can make these superhuman type of acrobatic catches, until we account for that, we’re going to continue to have these issues."

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