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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: "Some Hellified Running" Expected From McFadden, Randle, And Dunbar

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys coach predicts ‘you’re going to see some hellified running’; OL & DL stood out in Chargers game; can Morris Claiborne finally live up to his draft pedigree?

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Cowboys coach predicts ‘you’re going to see some hellified running’ now that all 3 backs are healthy | David Moore, Dallas Morning News
Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar all rejoined practice yesterday, albeit in different capacities. And running backs coach Gary Brown expects competition to ramp up as a result.

"Competition makes everyone great,’’ he said. "Now that there is some competition out here, you’re going to see some hellified running.’’

Cowboys will work running backs slowly into team drills - Todd Archer, ESPN
Even before practice started, Archer warned not to expect any type of "hellified running" immediately.

Mindful of their injuries, the Cowboys will not throw Randle, Dunbar and McFadden into team drills immediately. The plan is to work them through individual drills, perhaps give them some seven-on-seven work before progressing them to team drills over time.

Why the Cowboys' brass felt it was OK to let DeMarco Murray fly to Philly | Rainer Sabin, Dallas Morning News
Read this if  you're just coming back from a 6-month Cowboys and NFL break.


Cowboys 2015 Training Camp Practice Summary: Running Back Competition? Merely A Tease - Blogging The Boys
Rabblerousr offers his observations from the Cowboys twelfth training camp practice, with one point of emphasis being the development of rookie linebacker Damien Wilson.

Another defender who might soon join the likes of Lee and Church is rookie linebacker Damien Wilson. I've been touting him for most of camp, and apparently I'm not the only one to notice; in today's full team walk-through, he took some snaps ahead of camp-long starter Kyle Wilber.

To this point, Wilson has worked as the backup on the weakside, and has had many opportunities, with Sean Lee rounding back into shape, to get snaps with the starters. Now that Lee is back in full, and taking reps in all the various practice periods, Wilson is suddenly seeing time on the strong side. Might this be an instance wherein the coaching staff wants to cross-train all the back-up linebackers, as they did with Anthony Hitchens last year? Or could this be an indication that they want to put their three best linebackers on the field, and Wilson now figures as one of those three?

Dallas Cowboys top three tackles sit out of team drills - Todd Archer, ESPN
Tyron Smith and Doug Free sat out yesterday's practice. Maybe that's why the defense had a good day, the pass rush in particular.

Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory gave Wetzel and Dill fits in pass rush drills. He used a quick spin move that had Wetzel lunging for air and later was able to swipe away Dill’s hands to get to the edge. In the compete period, however, Dill did a better job shielding Gregory from the quarterback.

Sat. Practice Recap: Nagging Injuries, Added RB Depth At First Practice Since San Diego | David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
One notable standout from Helman's camp summary:

DeMarcus Lawrence – It’s probably not fair to laud Lawrence, considering Tyron Smith, Doug Free and Darrion Weems were all missing for portions of practice. That said, the second-year defensive end was dominant going against the likes of John Wetzel and R.J. Dill. Lawrence continues to win matchups using both his speed and his power.

JUST CHILL: 10 Thoughts from Saturday’s Cowboys practice | Clarence Hill, The Star Telegram
Hill provides his by-the-numbers camp summary, and has some interesting nuggets about the rookies sprinkled in.

3. First-round pick Byron Jones had a good day at cornerback. He had pass deflections against Deontay Greenberry and Terrance Williams.

5. Rookie Damien Wilson got a run with the starters at strong side linebacker in practice on Saturday. He had been playing primarily weak side linebacker behind Sean Lee. Wilson had a strong outing in the preseason opener against the Chargers and has seemingly been rewarded with a promotion ahead of Kyle Wilber and Andrew Gachkar.

9. Rookie defensive end Randy Gregory continues to make progress. He used a spin move to get around tackle R. J. Dill in a compete drill in front of teammates.


Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne: This is the best I’ve felt since college | Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
Claiborne had surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee in October and had a scope on his right knee in January after struggling with knee issues throughout his time with the Cowboys. Claiborne says this is the best he’s felt since starring at LSU.

"I feel good," he said. "I don’t have no complaints about how I’m playing from the coaching staff. Everybody seems to be pleased with where I’m at. I’m pleased with where I’m at, and whether I take a preseason snap or not, I’ll be ready to play for that home opener."

Brandon Carr after hand surgery: ‘If I had to play today, you wouldn’t even know I was hurt’ | | Dallas Morning News
Carr had surgery in Dallas on Monday to fix a broken bone and is feeling antsy about getting back on the field, after not having missed a single start in his seven-year career.

"If I had to play today, you wouldn’t even know I was hurt," Carr said. "It feels all right. Not much discomfort, not much pain right now, it’s just the healing process. It hurts more that I’m not out there with the guys. I got to take care of business, take care what’s necessary with myself."

Mid-Day Report: Hanna, Johnson to Miss Some Time | Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
Eatman provides an update on the injury situations for James Hanna and Gus Johnson.

Tight end James Hanna sustained a sprained knee in the game. Jason Garrett said Hanna’s status is "day-to-day" but word around camp is the fourth-year tight end could miss as many as two weeks.

Running back Gus Johnson will also be "day-to-day" after sustaining a shoulder injury. Johnson’s initial assessment was a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. He not only started the game against the Chargers, but played deep into the third quarter before the setback.


Scout's Notebook: OL & DL Stand Out On Second Review Of Chargers Game | Dallas Cowboys
Broaddus spent time with the game tape from Thursday night’s loss to San Diego and writes about his impressions. Highlights:

Don’t be surprised if Tyrone Crawford leads this defense in tackles for loss this season. Crawford has a unique ability to become small when he attacks the gap from his under- tackle position. People think he is just all power, but his quickness, in my opinion, is his best trait. In his limited work his two tackles were just that – sliding down the line, avoiding blocks and finishing the play in the backfield. On one of those tackles, he received a nice assist from Greg Hardy, who was able to hold the point of attack -- which stacked up the blockers and gave the ball carrier no room to move.

Coaches had to be encouraged by what they saw from Randy Gregory in his first game. I think he’s an ideal fit for the role they are asking him to play as that nickel rusher. To Gregory’s credit, he played with high effort -- but more importantly, he played with technique. It would have been easy for him, with all the snaps that he took, to just rush up the field and try to beat the offensive tackle with quickness, but he didn’t do that. He continued to try and set up moves off the edge, and when he was required to work a game, he was able to execute that well. Gregory also once again showed the ability to play with power, when on his sack he was able to run over the guard on his way to the quarterback to finish the play.

QB Vaughan hopes three’s company - Charean Williams, San Angelo Standard Times
Williams writes that Dustin Vaughan probably doesn’t have a chance to overtake Brandon Weeden for the No. 2 job but hopes to again show the Cowboys enough to garner a developmental spot on the active roster.

The Cowboys kept only two quarterbacks on their 53-player roster for two seasons before having Vaughan as the third last year. Some teams would rather use the roster spot for a player who could help them during the season, instead of one expected to ride the bench.

Vaughan knows he still has work to do. He has a long way to go to show the Cowboys he’s worth taking up a roster spot for a second season.



Touchdown Oxnard: Often-overlooked town scores with Dallas Cowboys camp and other draws - The Orange County Register
If you haven't been to camp yet, this is just about as good a description of what awaits you as you can get.

Current NFL rosters include 47 NFL Regional Combine participants - Dane Brugler,
47 players who attended an NFL Regional Combine and/or the NFL Super Regional Combine in 2015 currently hold roster positions, including WR George Farmer, and C Shane McDermott with the Cowboys.

The NFL preseason is meaningless, but who cares? - Sports on Earth
NFL preseason ratings are always taken as a sign of just how much America can't get enough of football. But Will Leitch argues that they're more a sign of how much America likes to have football on its television sets, which is not precisely the same thing.

The notion that preseason ratings are indicative of a love of football isn't exactly correct; they're just indicative of a love of football being around. People turn football on whether they like football or not. It's just what you have on. I bet 75 percent of the people who "watched" that Steelers-Vikings game couldn't tell you who scored a single touchdown, or who won. Could you? This isn't obsession. This is ritual.

People who love football tout preseason ratings as being a symbol of the power of their game. But they're not. They're a sign of the power of television viewing habits. The NFL has no reason to make preseason games any better if the league doesn't have to. We are still watching. We are always watching. Those of us actually paying attention have a lot less power than we think we do.

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