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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Trade For Christine Michael

Latest Cowboys News: The team finally deals for another running back and the practice squad starts taking shape.

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Breaking News: Dallas Cowboys Send Conditional Pick To Seattle Seahawks For Running Back Christine Michael - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys felt it necessary to bolster their running back stable and have now made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. Christine Michael is on his way to the Cowboys.

Scouting Report: Evaluating The Game Tape Of New RB Christine Michael | Dallas Cowboys
Bryan Broaddus gives us a nice scouting report of the Cowboys new ball carrier.

Michael is not going to make you miss in space, but when he gets a hole he is going to attack it -- downhill with a head of steam. But I would not call him a creator with the ball in his hands. He sees opportunities and goes. There were snaps where he tried to be nifty and wasn’t successful. Michael runs like he is on a track or a rail – which would be the opposite of what you see in Darren McFadden’s running style.

Sabin: What Christine Michael has that other three Cowboys RBs don't; has void DeMarco Murray left been filled? | Dallas Morning News
The Cowboys new running back gives the team a different look.

With 221 pounds packed on a 5-10 frame, he also has the heft to be a bruiser – something Randle, McFadden and Dunbar aren’t. Last season, with Murray, the Cowboys converted 70.4 of third- and fourth-and-1 rush attempts. Michael’s arrival could conceivably give the Cowboys a boost in short-yardage situations, adding a dimension to a ground game that aims to replicate everything Murray could do – pass-blocking, receiving and power running – with a composite of running backs.

Strengths, concerns for Dallas Cowboys’ four running backs | | Dallas Morning News
A quick run down of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the Cowboys running back.

Christine Michael trade doesn't change Dallas Cowboys' RB plans - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN
While there has been quite a bit of excitement for the acquisition of Michael, it is a good idea to keep this move in perspective. a quick word of caution: Don’t expect Michael to be THE guy in the Cowboys’ backfield. The move is more about insurance and depth.

Christine Michael to Cowboys: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction | Bleacher Report
Early reactions to the Michael trade.

Some are positive.

Some are a little less optimistic.

Dallas Cowboys 2015 Practice Squad Signings Tracker: RB Gus Johnson First Player Signed - Blogging The Boys
The 53-man roster has been set, but which players will get their number called to fill out the practice squad? Follow along with the Cowboys practice squad tracker.

Kellen Moore to join Dallas Cowboys practice squad | MLive.com
The move will reunite the quarterback with his former offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, and give the Cowboys two QBs on the practice squad.

Moore signed with the Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2012 after a wildly successful college career at Boise State. He served as Detroit's third-string QB for the past three seasons, but was never once active on game day.

The Lions re-signed Moore to a two-year contract this offseason and gave him an opportunity to unseat Dan Orlovsky for right to backup starter Matthew Stafford, but Moore struggled this offseason before closing out the exhibition slate with a strong performance against Buffalo last week.

Dallas Cowboys’ 2015 projected starting lineup | | Dallas Morning News
Jon Machota predicts the Cowboys starting lineup for the beginning of the season.

National predictions: It's close, but analysts say Eagles have better chance to win NFC East than Cowboys | Dallas Morning News
Several writers chimed in on who will take down the NFC East. Here are a few of them.

Michael Silver -- "Cowboys. Last year was not a mirage -- that offensive line plus Scott Linehan's play-calling equals division dominance."

Steve Wyche -- "Cowboys. I want to go with Philly, but Sam Bradford's durability still concerns me. Dallas has more talent on defense than a lot of folks realize."

Marc Sessler -- "Eagles. I won't be surprised when they finish with the NFC's best record."

Bucky Brooks -- "Eagles. Chip Kelly's retooled offense is nearly unstoppable behind the 1-2 punch of Demarco Murray and Ryan Matthews. Sam Bradford avoids the injury bug to lead the Eagles to the crown."

Dallas Cowboys' Rolando McClain can continue workouts at Valley Ranch - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN
It is important that McClain stays committed to getting himself ready for when he returns.

Per league rules, players suspended under the substance-abuse policy are allowed to work out at the team’s facility but not take part in meetings or practice. The Cowboys activated McClain off the physically unable to perform list last week and will be able to continue his rehab from offseason knee surgery with the team’s athletic training staff.

Dallas Cowboys Twitter mailbag: Brandon Weeden is the backup - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN
Todd Archer answers questions, including whether or not the team should stand pat with Weeden.