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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: "Tony Romo At His Best" In 2015

Latest Cowboys headlines: Jerry Jones: ‘What I’m seeing out here is Tony Romo at his best’; Darren McFadden is ready to return to practice; Orlando Scandrick says "Cole Beasley just keeps getting better."

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: ‘What I’m seeing out here is Tony Romo at his best’ | David Moore, Dallas Morning News
Jerry Jones is excited by what he's seeing from Romo in camp and says Romo has looked as good in camp as he ever has.

"What I’m seeing out here is Tony Romo at his best. I can’t remember a time when I thought he was playing any better, looked any better, made me feel any better, made our coaches feel any better as far as his execution and what he needs to do for us to win.’’

Tony Romo feeling good about his training camp so far | Drew Davison, The Star Telegram
Owner Jerry Jones said his quarterback has been "at his best" early on in camp. Romo is a little less prone to hyperbole than his owner.

"It’s been good," Romo said. "We’re running through a lot of stuff so we have some new guys in certain spots, but we’ve been executing at a pretty high level the first unit. "That’s good to see. We have to do a better job each and every day, but I like the start to camp. Guys just have to keep getting better."

Cowboys are the best NFC East team in Madden 16 - Madden-School.com
The Cowboys are a top team heading into Madden 16, with an improved defense and an offense that is always extremely dangerous. That's good enough for an 86 OVR grade. Here's how the team and QB grades compare across the NFC East:

Dallas Philly New York Washington
Team OVR 86 84 77 75
Quarterback OVR 93 79 87 78

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Dallas Cowboys have plenty of RBs, but can any of them carry the load? | Alex Marvez, FOX Sports
Did the Cowboys use DeMarco Murray wisely last season? Stephen Jones thinks that by riding the hot hand, they did.

"We did do the right thing, in my opinion, playing the hot hand last year and letting (Murray) have the touches he had," Jones said. "But at the end of the day, I don't know that it was necessarily the perfect way to do it. It may have been that it would have been better to give Lance and Joe Randle more touches."

"I think we'll see a more diversified attack at the running back position from us but I'm not sure we're going to fall off," Jones said. "That's taking nothing away from the effort or performance DeMarco had last year. We just decided that we can't just be good on offense. We need to use our (financial) resources on the defensive side. We did that with (defensive end) Greg Hardy and certainly focused the draft on defense. We've got to get better over there. We still feel we can have a great offensive team."

Darren McFadden Ready To Return To Practice; Starting RB Position Joseph Randle's Job To Lose - VAVEL.com
With Darren McFadden possibly returning to practice as early as today, competition for the lead role at running back could be heating up.

McFadden will be important in the Cowboys running back by committee approach but there's no question that the lead back is Joseph Randle and it's his job to lose.

Randle has been focused and aggressive during training camp thus far and showing bursts of speeds getting to the secondary often and plentiful. He's worked on his blocking and seems to be showing a more mature approach to taking advantage of the opportunity to be the lead running back.

Darren McFadden could be practicing, but Cowboys want him ’110 percent’ | Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
Stephen Jones said that McFadden could already be on the field if the team wasn’t being a little extra cautious.

"We want to make sure that he’s 110 percent," Jones said. "I think that’s been a little bit of his problem in the past. He wants to be out here and then comes out here 90 percent and then it doesn’t work out well. We want to make sure he’s 110 percent. He could very easily be out here right now, but we decided to not do it that way."

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Cavanaugh Breaks Down Cowboys Training Camp Practice - Jeff Cavanaugh, CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
There a couple of different hype trains out in Oxnard, and Cavanaugh advises to pump the brakes on La'el Collins, suggests to put the pedal to the metal on the Tyrone Crawford hype, counsels that objects in the rearview mirror like Lucky Whitehead and Cole Beasley are larger than they appear, and recommends Jack Crawford, Ben Gardner, and Ryan Russell as D-line spares.

An improved Jason Garrett leads Cowboys into 2015 - WFAA .com
Mike Leslie writes that according to a number of Cowboys players, a big reason for the Cowboys jump in success last year can be traced back to head coach Jason Garrett. Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Brandon Carr weigh in on Garrett in the article; here's Romo's take.

"For me, he's grown into an outstanding football coach," said Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. "He could coach every position – and not every coach can do that."

"There's a reason he's been here so long," Romo said, simplifying it all. "He's the best coach."

Corey White Comfortable Playing Multiple Spots In Dallas Secondary | Dallas Cowboys
Corey White said that playing multiple spots on the Cowboys defense requires investing more time with the playbook and more time in the film room, but that’s he's up to the challenge.

"That’s the No. 1 thing, and Garrett hit on it the most: if you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re not going to be here," he said. "I spend a lot of time in my playbook, watching film from last year and seeing how these guys do it, see how they play it and try to adapt to them."

"It’s a little challenging," White said of playing multiple spots, "but as long as you know what you’re doing, know your defense, everything else is natural," he said. "Everything else is hustle – running to the ball, tagging off. As long as you know what you’re doing, it’s easy."

Orlando Scandrick: "Cole Beasley just keeps getting better." | Dallas Morning News
In a recent chat with 103.3 KESN-FM, Scandrick shows himself impressed with Beasley's progress.

Question: We know about Dez, Terrance Williams, has any other WR caught your eye, grabbed your attention in camp?

Scandrick: Cole. Cole Beasley. He just continues to get better. The guy makes me work. I can’t just go line up and say, ‘I’m bigger, I’m stronger, I’m faster.’ He’s going to do a great job for us, and he’s doing a great job preparing me for the season.

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Aaron Rodgers: Tracking training camp INTs is silly - NFL.com
During training camp many beat writers track interceptions. The numbers are interesting, but utterly meaningless without context, Rodgers explains.

"You have to show it in practice in order for me to feel comfortable making those throws in the game," Rodgers said, via ESPN.com. "That's kind of what this is all about. You make some of these throws and see how the guys respond, and if they're making the plays, then they're going to get more opportunities in the preseason and probably be around for the regular season. If they're not making those plays, they probably won't be around."

Added Rodgers: "I threw five last year in the regular season, so I know how to play in those games. Practice is about, it's different plays. The playbook is exponentially larger than the regular-season, game-week plan. So we're trying different things. There's different guys out there running routes who might not be in there when it is the actual game time. So you make different throws, you're working through different plays. Sometimes the defense makes the plays."

Context. So important in football. So lacking in football coverage. But hey, let's keep track of the music playing at camp, shall we?

And staying on topic, here's Rodgers again, this time wondering what his training camp stats may look like, tongue firmly in cheek:

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Aldon Smith's release latest part of San Francisco 49ers' fall - San Francisco 49ers Blog - ESPN
Once a popular Super Bowl pick and one of the league's proud franchises, the 49ers have become a cautionary tale at best and the butt end of a joke at worst, writes Paul Gutierrez.

Eagles fans are petitioning for the Pope to bless Sam Bradford's knees - Change.org
Almost 300 people have signed a petition to have the Pope rub Bradford's knee. The guy who started the petition may not have the firmest grab on who and what the Pope is, describing him simply as "one of the most religious representatives in the world," whatever that means.

Smile, Cowboys fans: Eagles, Redskins have most depressing teams | Dallas Morning News
USA Today recently ranked the NFL's most depressing teams from No. 1 to No. 32, and the Eagles and Redskins made the top spots as the two most depressing teams.

On Philadelphia: "Eagles fans mistakenly believe they’re on the same level as current greats in New England, Green Bay and Denver and past champions such as the Redskins, Giants and 49ers. In fact, they are neither. They are ringless football fans who adore a movie about their city in which — how’s this for metaphorical? — their hero loses in the final fight."

On Washington: "The likelihood of 30 more years of Dan Snyder would be enough to send Richard Simmons to therapy."

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