Bob Sturm: "The infusion of pass-rush talent has been under-reported" | Dallas Morning News
Sturm takes a look at the positives and negatives of the Cowboys 28-14 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and likes what he's seen from the defensive line.
More than anything, we’re going to see what a devastating front four can do this season. If those four guys, Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence can stay healthy, the Cowboys are going to have amazing pressure from their front four by midseason. That should change everything about this defense from the past couple of years. The infusion of pass-rush talent has been under-reported. Frankly, it’s possible the upside could match the offensive line rebuild when it’s all said and done.
Is Jeremy Mincey excited about the plethora of defensive line combinations? ‘Hell yeah. You can quote that. Hell yeah’ | Michael Florek, Dallas Morning News
The swarming rotation exhibited by the Cowboys defensive line has Mincey excited.
"It’s the matchups," Mincey said of the line’s success this preseason. "You’ve got bigger defensive ends that are a little quicker than guards and can get around guards. Then you’ve got speed guys like (Lawrence), Gregory, then you’ve got guys with a little bit of speed and power like me and Greg. Well, Greg has got a lot of it. Greg is a freak. We’ve just got a lot of talent."
Dallas Cowboys offer glimpse into their running game plan - Todd Archer, ESPN
By alternating Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden, the Dallas Cowboys gave a hint as to what their running game might look like when the season starts, Archer writes.
In the first quarter, Randle had six carries for 15 yards. In the second quarter McFadden had four carries for 37 yards. That’s the definition of a committee approach.
The running back competition will continue into the final week of the preseason but there might not be a true winner.
Did McFadden take the lead in Cowboys' RB battle? - NFL.com
Four carries in an exhibition game and NFL.com is ready to proclaim McFadden the starter. Clickable headline, laughable content.
Cowboys aren't bluffing about running back by committee plan to replace workhorse DeMarco Murray - Yahoo Sports
Large parts of the reporting surrounding the Cowboys centers around who will be the No. 1 back. There will be no such thing, writes Charles Robinson.
Dallas isn't relenting on this. It's not a bluff. As it stands right now, this will be a committee in the purest NFL form. The Cowboys are adamant that their elite offensive line can be the glue that elevates a collection of parts into a greater whole. If you're a child of the 1980s, it's out of the Voltron playbook. If you're not, use the Internet and figure it out.
Ultimately, what we saw Saturday night against the Vikings is likely a facsimile of what to expect this season. Randle came in and ended up playing the role of the guinea pig, with the Cowboys probing some inside runs for signs of weakness, then ending up sputtering with some third-and-long situations that weren't conducive to running. Dunbar got one carry that went one yard. And then once Dallas identified some soft spots, McFadden came in and cleaned up with 37 yards on four carries.
Cowboys CB Brandon Carr says he’s in a good place; INT was a confidence-builder | Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
Carr missed the previous two preseason games due to a broken bone in his right hand that had to be surgically repaired.
"With the pass rush we have this year with the guys getting after the quarterback and allowing us to play a little looser on the back end, it allowed me to have some vision on the ball," Carr said. "Our pass rush makes the ball come out pretty fast. It was a jump ball and I had to go get it. That’s what I’m supposed to do."
Carr called the play a "confidence-builder." He didn’t record an interception last season. It was the first time in his seven-year career that he finished a season without one.
Dallas Cowboys' corners show Jerry Jones some promise - Todd Archer, ESPN
Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne flashed their potential on Saturday but also showed that they need to put in some more work.
"You’re going to invent a hole where Scandrick was," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "I’m confident just from whatever I’ve seen during training camp and what I’ve heard the coaches say that we’re going to be able to have a good go at taking up some of the slack Scandrick gave us. We won’t replace him. He’s too good a player to do that, but I certainly think we’ve got a chance to compete at a level we all expect."
One play showed that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is ready for season - Todd Archer, ESPN
All it took was one play: By showing off his patented pirouette move, Romo showed that he was ready for the season to begin.
Last summer, Romo might not make that play. He did not practice more than twice in a row in training camp as he was coming back from major back surgery. He did not take part in the offseason program, organized team activities and minicamp. When the season started, he remained something of a mystery and had three interceptions in the season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Romo and the Cowboys found a schedule to manage Romo’s practice work to save his back, and he threw just six interceptions the rest of the season.
Cowlishaw: Cowboys lost, but several reasons to feel good about defense | Dallas Morning News
Cowlishaw argues that the Cowboys defense performed at a level that made you think the need for trap doors and duct tape won’t be as great in 2015.
Sty in Tony Romo’s eye returns | Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Romo has another visit with an ophthalmologist scheduled for this week to address his recurring sty.