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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Kickoff Luncheon & Final Preseason Game Among The Headlines

The Dallas Cowboys had their Annual Kickoff Luncheon with Happy Hill Farms this afternoon. Many Cowboys received awards for their 2014 performances and many old faces showed up to lend their support to the 2015 Cowboys.

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The Cowboys prepare for their final preseason game to take place against the Houston Texans this evening. However, much of yesterday was about being thankful for what the organization has been blessed with but also what the future may hold for your Dallas Cowboys this season.

2015 Kickoff Luncheon | Dallas Cowboys
Watch the Cowboys' 2015 Kickoff Luncheon from AT&T Stadium. Hosted by Brad Sham, it's always a nice watch but today's got a little emotional. Plus if you love Jerry-speak and Garrett-talk, this is the place for you.

Cowboys guard Ron Leary Never Gave La'el Collins Chance To Win Job - Todd Archer -
Though La'el Collins got some added reps in the brief absence of Ronald Leary, don't get confused on who the starter is. Todd Archer points out that though Collins is certainly part of the plan, Leary is the leader at left guard.

"I think they knew (my competitiveness) already, that I’m a big, competitive guy," Leary said. "My offensive linemen I play with, they know I’m real competitive. Nothing wrong with a little extra fuel to it."

NBC’s Collinsworth Is Bullish On Cowboys - Mac Engel - The Star-Telegram
Add NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth to the list of guys who believes in the Cowboys. He does mention the Scandrick injury being a tough one, stating that the secondary will have to step up.

"We all know about the Greg Hardy situation and when he will be back. Randy Gregory looks like a player. Sean Lee looks good. It comes down to how their secondary holds up. I like this team. I think they have a legit shot to do anything this year."

Roger Staubach Sees Happy Days For Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer - ESPN
Another Cowboys legend with some high praise for his former team. This time, Captain America himself has something to say about what he sees in the current crop.

This year I think it is special," Staubach said at Tuesday’s kickoff luncheon. "Last year ended in kind of a good/bad way, they had a great year, they were 12-4, played tough in the playoffs, so I’m excited. They’ve got the players. They’ve got the best quarterback, Tony (Romo) is on a tremendous roll offensively, and they’re going to have a little more depth on defense, so I’m excited about it."

Rookie Randy Gregory Flashing First-Round Talent In Preseason - Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
If I've said it once, I've said it probably a hundred times, Randy Gregory is going to be very good folks. Think about coming into your rookie year with as good a group as any and just being allowed to do what you do best. Go get them 94!

With three sacks in three games, not to mention two forced holding penalties against the 49ers and another sack called back Saturday against the Vikings due to a defensive holding penalty, Gregory could deliver a major pass rushing impact earlier than expected in his first NFL season.

2015 Cowboys Roster Builder: Create The Cowboys 53-Man Roster Yourself - One.Cool.Customer - Blogging The Boys
This is your chance to play GM for the Cowboys and simulate the final cuts that will bring the Cowboys roster down from 75 to 53 players. With our famous Roster Builder, the 53-man roster is just a few clicks away.

Youth movement: Three Cowboys Offensive Linemen on ESPN’s List Of Top Players Under 25 | | Dallas Morning News
We all know how good this offensive line has become but the best part has got to be their youth and how long they may be able to sustain this high-level. Mel Kiper Jr. and Mike Sando from ESPN have certainly taken notice.

Mel Kiper, Jr. and Mike Sando put all three on their list of the top 25 NFL players under the age of 25.Smith checks in at No. 2 (just behind Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack at the top spot), while Frederick and Martin rank 11th and 12th, respectively.

A Look At Cowboys Position Battles At QB, DE, TE, DT And More | Bob Sturm | Dallas Morning News
Sturm takes a deep look at how this roster may shake out and where the battles still are. Lots of bubble players and longshots but such is life in the NFL. Interesting takes on who stays and who goes.

It is a very tough living and a very difficult job to attain and then to retain. With those rulings in mind, we now proceed to the next round and the questions the Cowboys have before they dismiss another 22 names from their grid.  The players who have survived that cut now feel that they are close to their goals, but with 2 dozen more about to be sent home, this is very much "so close, yet so far away."

Broaddus: 12 Thoughts About The Houston Game & The Cut To 53 - Bryan Broaddus -Dallas Cowboys
Cuts seem to be the theme of this week but we still have one more game to get through. Bryan Broaddus gives his thoughts on both.

The wait is on – not just for Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Texans, but for the Cowboys to cut down their roster to 53 men and begin preparations for Week 1. While we wait, I studied my notes and put together 12 thoughts on what to expect in the next few days. These are things I’ll be watching Thursday at AT&T Stadium, as well as this weekend when the cuts begin.

Vaughan, Showers Have Final Chance To Prove Cowboys Need Three QBs - Nick Eatman - Dallas Cowboys
A lot of roster spots are being locked up for much needed position depth. However, Eatman points out that the preseason finale will tell the Cowboys all they need to know about keeping a third quarterback.

One of the question marks has to be at the third quarterback position. And it’s not just a case between keeping Dustin Vaughan or Jamiell Showers, but if the Cowboys even need to keep one at all.

And if they do, maybe he’s not even on the current roster. Don’t forget over 700 players will be released before Saturday, meaning a few more quarterbacks should be on the wire to evaluate as well.

Hall of Famers Staubach, Irvin Like What They See In The Dallas Cowboys- Drew Davison - The Star-Telegram
Always nice to get praise from two Hall-of-Famers that have been to the mountain top many a time. Even if Michael Irvin's math is fuzzy, just about everyone is optimistic about the Cowboys potential.

Irvin did a little of his own arithmetic in assessing why the Cowboys and Super Bowl 50 go hand in hand this season.

Irvin stated that the Cowboys’ last championship came 20 years ago, which was Super Bowl 30. Thirty plus 20, after all, is 50. Irvin also got to 50 by saying the Cowboys have been around for 55 years and have won five championships – 55-5=50.

BTB Dallas Cowboys Podcast: End of Camp Review; Preview Of Preseason's Busy Final Week - Blogging The Boys
Rabbs and McCool review the recent news and look forward to one of the NFL season's busiest stretches: the four days before the first in-season week begins.

Stephen Jones: "Spots Open" For 53-Man Roster As Preseason Finale Nears - Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
Much like every year, Stephen Jones discusses the importance of the final preseason games. Lots of players will have their NFL futures decided ahead of the final exhibition with the Houston Texans.

"They’re competing not only against what’s here on this team but they’re competing against all the other players in the NFL right now. They know it’s not just on this team where the competition is. This game will be a big game for a lot of players that are looking for those last four or five roster spots that are on the line."

Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick, Out For Season, Fights Back Tears During Emotional Speech At Kickoff Luncheon | Brandon George | Dallas Morning News
You always hate to see a player go down with an injury and especially when the said player is such a big part of the team. Orlando Scandrick's injury stings but he's got the best support group around him, CowboysNation.

"I’m going to take this time and I’m going to heal and support these boys in the best way I know, give them all the knowledge that I got and the goals should still remain the same. It’s going to be tough to be on the sideline."

"I promise you, and I say this from the bottom of my heart, I’m going to come back and I will be a better football player than anybody has ever seen me be around here."