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Cowboys News & Notes: Senior Bowl Day 3, North Squad Looks Ready Under Garrett

A lot of news one way or the other at the Senior Bowl Day 3, including someone withdrawing from the contest and the North Squad looking ready to go!

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A Late Bloomer, Carson Wentz Looks To Stand Tall On Senior Bowl Saturday - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Of the eight quarterbacks participating this week, Carson Wentz is the only one from a non-FBS school.

Yet the North Dakota State standout, who played in from of home crowds closer to 10,000 than 100,000, has drawn more media attention than arguably anyone else on the North or South team rosters. There’s a good reason for that. The 6-6, 235-pound Wentz has talent and championship credentials, and if the late-January mock drafts are any indication, his stock appears to be rising – possibly as high as the first round.

2016 Cowboys Mock Draft: Build Around Tony Romo, Make A Push For The Super Bowl - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
How could the Cowboys draft if they decided to stick with Tony Romo and not draft a QB with their first pick? Here's an exploration, the first of many.

So, for this mock draft exercise, we're going to operate under the assumption that Will McClay and the Jones' are going to give it another shot by going big in 2016, and we'll exclude compensatory picks for now. With the fourth pick, the Cowboys could perhaps get their franchise quarterback of the future (please do), but what about the franchise quarterback they already have? That fourth pick is worth an awful lot to the Cowboys, but it could mean an awful lot more as trade bait. Jerry Jones loves to trade and if there is a chance to stockpile picks and build this team, it may be too good an offer for Jerry to pass on.

Senior Bowl North practice notes: 2 wide receivers get last-minute call - Creg Stephenson,
Here's a look from an outside source on the North Squad's practice which included two wide receivers dropping out.

Northwestern State's Ed Eagan and Illinois' Geronimo Allison arrived in time for Thursday's final full-pads practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. They replace Rutgers' Leonte Carroo (ankle) and Massachusetts' Tajay Sharpe (quad), both of whom were injured Wednesday.

Jerry Jones 'envious' of Denver's pass-rush, but does he regret releasing DeMarcus Ware? - Brandon George, SportsDay
Cowboys feel good about Ware making his first Super Bowl appearance, do they regret letting him go?

"I don't want to do that to," Jones said when asked if he gave up on Ware too soon. "The nature of our decision had to do with not so much what DeMarcus was not, it had more to do with the structure we're in today called the salary cap, so we had to look at it rather now or future and so at that particular time we really frankly couldn't afford him and so I'm glad he's gone where he has a chance to compete where he is."

A Super Bowl ring stands between Tony Romo and football immortality - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN
If Tony Romo wants to be a Hall of Famer and a football immortal, he has to do one thing -- lead the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory.

So there’s an added desperation to the urgency the former undrafted free agent has to his career because Romo needs a ring to achieve football immortality. Who doesn’t want to be considered among the greats to ever play the game?

Cowboys 2016 Draft: Tajae Sharpe - Scouting The 2016 Senior Bowl - Ryan Ratty, Blogging The Boys
Tajae Sharpe has had a busy week, participating in both the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl. The Dallas Cowboys are a team that has shown interest in the wide receiver.

With the East-West Shrine Bowl being last week and the Senior Bowl being this week, wide receiver Tajae Sharpe is no stranger to NFL scouts, coaches, and draft analysts. Last week during practice for the Shrine Bowl, Sharpe improved his draft stock, yet he was also dinged for his skinny body as well as his hand size. His performance in the Shrine Bowl was underwhelming to say the least, but people shouldn't discredit what he did in practice leading up the game.

Emmitt, Randy White Among Six Former Cowboys on Super Bowl "Golden Team" - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
To celebrate 50 years of the Super Bowl, the NFL announced a "Golden Team" to honor the greatest players from the previous 49 Super Bowls.

The Cowboys, who have won five Super Bowls, had six former players on the list, including Emmitt Smith, who was MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors came up with the all-time team, celebrating the best performances from the game.

Carson Wentz: Cool to meet a legend, icon such as Jerry Jones - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram

Jerry Jones created a social media buzz on Wednesday, making it a point to say hi and briefly meet with North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.

"It was cool," Wentz said of meeting Jones. "Obviously, you see a legend, icon like Jerry Jones, it’s really cool to get to meet him. I didn’t recognize him right away because he had his hat on, sunglasses on, he was trying to be discreet, but you all found him. So it was cool to meet him and just say hey real quick."

Troy Aikman: 'Unless practices change,' Cowboys may not win a title in another 20 years either - SportsDay
Troy Aikman has some choice words for the current group of Dallas Cowboys. Aikman blames Cowboys' practices for the problems.

"I don't know," said Aikman. "This team, for 20 years, really has been so inconsistent. And unless practices change, I don't see that changing any time soon. You look back at last year and 12-4 and get excited about that, but was 12-4 really what this team is or is 8-8? I don't think 4-12 is this year because of the injuries that occurred.

Pro Bowl trip validates the work Sean Lee, others put into his return - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Cowboys linebacker came back from a torn ACL to land a spot in the NFL's all-star game, leading to an emotional conversation with Jason Garrett.

"Think about where he came from and what he went through this past year and really some of the injuries that he’s had in the past," Garrett said. "He’s been that caliber of player throughout his career. He’s dealt with some injuries and some adversities that haven’t allowed him to show that to everybody, and I think he showed that to everybody this year and he just should have a hell of a week out there and really soak it all up."

Despite Coaching North Squad, Garrett Addresses Carr, Williams, Staff Vacancy - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
Instead of being asked a ton of questions about his North Team, Coach Garrett fielded some questions regarding his own current roster.

Garrett was asked to comment on Brandon Carr entering the final year of a contract that paid him $50 million over five years.

"I think the biggest thing you try to do is evaluate the player independent of the business side of football," Garrett said. "We all understand the business is part of football. We get that. And that’s part of the evaluation with every player: what’s the cost to our football to have him, and the impact that they make, relative to that. But the biggest thing you want to do is evaluate the player first. He’s been a very consistent player for us. He’s started for us every game since he’s been here, started every game of his career. He’s done a lot of things for us. You try to separate those two things, but it is part of the equation with every player we have on our football team."

NFL draft prospect Sheldon Rankins reportedly sprains knee at Senior Bowl - Steve Jones, Courier-Journal
Louisville DL reportedly sprains knee in days before all-star game and will now miss the festivities. Rankins was practically unblockable.

Louisville defensive lineman and NFL draft prospect Sheldon Rankins, who has been having an impressive week during the practices for the Senior Bowl, reportedly sprained his knee and has withdrawn from playing in Saturday's all-star game in Mobile, Alabama.

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