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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Joseph Randle A 1,000-Yard Runner?

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Bob Sturm: Cowboys will regress on ground, but it shouldn’t be ‘horrific’ | Dallas Morning News
Sturm offers up a few thoughts on the running game:

I think DeMarco Murray was perfect for this offense. He was a great player that has already been forgotten by some who have run him down. But, the Cowboys should be able to survive as they have a very impressive offense and while they will regress on the ground, it shouldn’t be horrific at all. I think they will put more back on their QB, but he seems up for it. And La’El Collins should impact things quite a bit, too.

The “Starter” will be a shared job this year, but I think Joe Randle will be the starter and I think I would bid for about 1,100 yards or so. But make no mistake, he will be sharing the job and nobody will approach 300 carries this year, I expect.

Your iPhone knows Tony Romo is the best QB -
Word of advice to all you Android users: Get your act together and get an iPhone.

1-On-1 With British DL Jack Crawford: Marinelli's Nicknames - Dallas Cowboys Video
Nick Eatman sits down with British defensive lineman Jack Crawford about his experience in the NFL and playing for Rod Marinelli. Crawford in turn reveals the nicknames Marinelli has given him: 'Winston' or 'Churchill' after Winston Churchhill, more recently 'Ringo' after Ring Starr, and the best one of the bunch, 'Ripper.'

Dez Bryant had the perfect response to his NFL Top 100 ranking.

Jasper Brinkley Could Be Key to Traversing the McClain Suspension | Scott Crisp, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Brinkley signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys back in March, and the signing now looks like a big one in the wake of the Rolando McClain suspension.

With Lee on the weak side, it seems likely that Brinkley will take the snaps at middle linebacker along with second-year Anthony Hitchens in McClain’s absence. Before the suspension was announced, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett praised Brinkley’s work highly, and mentioned that he’s well accustomed to the middle.

NFC East Q&A: Will Redskins' defensive changes make a difference? - John Keim, ESPN Washington
The NFC East roundtable series of articles continues, and this time Keim asks whether the Redskins have done enough on defense to make up ground in the division. Todd Archer answers for the Cowboys, and correctly points out that the Cowboys' issues with the Redskins defense were never about specific players.

There wasn’t a coordinator more in Tony Romo’s head than Jim Haslett. He had Romo guessing a lot and the Cowboys had difficult times coming up with answers for the Redskins’ pressure. The Redskins will continue to be a 3-4 team, but I’m not sure it will be as varied as what Haslett brought. That should help the Cowboys. I like what the Redskins did defensively, but I’d still take the Cowboys' offense in the matchup.

Dan Graziano adds a surprising little nugget that's not going to please the Friends of Eli:

Four of the Giants’ 13 wins over the past two seasons have been against Washington.

Rookie Watch: With Coverage Versatility, Scott Hopes To Earn Roster Spot | Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys made a big offseason addition to their secondary with first-round pick Byron Jones, but undrafted rookie Tim Scott also offers position flex as he seeks a roster spot.

2015 Outlook: Position flex is a valued commodity around the league, but it’s practically required in Rod Marinelli’s defense. As with any rookie free agent, Scott’s best chance to make the team or practice squad will be his drive and production on special teams, but his ability to play free safety as well as cover receivers in the slot is an appreciated skill that first-round pick Byron Jones and veteran addition Corey White also possess.

Position series: Why Cowboys Corners could be ‘dominant’ | Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
Orlando Scandrick has a better command of his native language than some others do, and clearly knows the difference between an adjective and a verb.

"Hopefully we can be dominant," Scandrick said. "We’re going to go out here and we’re going to work every day and continue to work on our crafts to become a dominant defense, to be able to be the defense that this team can lean on when we need to. Our offense ain’t always going to score 40 points and get 500 yards of offense."

Special section: The stuff people come up with when they get paid for page views.

If Dez is going to skip games, he needs to say so | ProFootballTalk
He does not. And he certainly doesn't have to do it publicly. When you're "sitting at the bad-news dump, waiting for the smelly trucks to show up," it shouldn't surprise when your posts have the same smell as the truck.

Which teams have the most to lose by flopping in '15? -
The level of insight in this piece about the Cowboys is staggering:

Jerry Jones smells a championship and is building a delicate house of cards in which to place his latest Lombardi Trophy. He took some serious risks in the draft and free agency and is playing contract chicken with perhaps his best offensive player. If any team can thrive amid the chaos, though, it's Dallas. However, a collapse this season with an aging franchise quarterback and a slew of talent in flux would be a gigantic shot to the gut.

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