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Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Lose CB Robinson To Colts, Shift Focus Back To Draft Process

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The Cowboys have lost out on another free agent as Patrick Robinson signs with the Colts. Now, the Cowboys have shifted focus back to the draft process.

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Indianapolis Colts Agree To Terms With Patrick Robinson - ColtsBlog
Despite interest from the Cowboys and Giants, Patrick Robinson is headed to Indianapolis and it's back to the drawing board.

"We’ve been interested in Patrick since early in free agency and we’re glad it finally came together," said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. "We have some strong ties on our coaching staff with him so that familiarity is always a plus. He is a versatile, experienced and steady corner that gives us immediate help opposite Vontae. He was a fit on a number of levels in regards to overall skill, but also adds some strong intangibles. We’re happy with this addition to our team."

What Do The Cowboys See In Dak Prescott? - Jim Scott, Blogging The Boys
Dallas is showing a huge interest in Dak Prescott. Is he the future of the franchise or Stephen McGee 2.0?

He certainly has nice athleticism with good combine numbers all around. He might be a little small at 6' 2", 226 pounds, but he has a solid build and plays with physical strength when he runs. Which, by the way, he is pretty good at, having led the team in both passing and rushing his last two years at the school. Furthermore, he shows good smarts and dedication. He won an award as a scholar athlete and his completion percentage went up every year he started.

Pro Day Tour: Vernon Butler's Draft Stock Soars At Louisiana Tech Workout - Dallas Cowboys
On Tuesday, Sean Isabella of The News-Star attended Louisiana Tech’s Pro Day to see a trio of high-profile draft targets.

Butler ran the 40 in the 5.1 range on Tuesday with one time at 5.05. Those numbers were a sizable improvement from his 5.33 mark at the Combine. He also improved on his vertical jump from 29.5 to 33.5 and moved his broad jump from 8-8 to 9-3.

Dallas Cowboys begin private workouts for quarterback prospects - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys will conduct private workouts with all the top quarterbacks in the draft with Tony Romo’s future in mind. The NFL Draft is April 28-30.

The Cowboys will conduct private workouts with all the top quarterbacks in the draft, including first-round prospects Carson Wentz of North Dakota State, Jared Goff of California and Paxton Lynch of Memphis. The process began Wednesday when the Cowboys left the owners meeting to fly to Orlando to work out Lynch.

Why Cowboys' new running back Alfred Morris is an impressive bargain - Bob Sturm, SportsDay
Sturm takes an extra peek at what the Cowboys have got in new running back Alfred Morris and see where he fits in the stable.

Now, the question I have is it to pair with McFadden or is it to replace McFadden?  In other words, I am hearing many people discuss the idea that this takes them out of the RB market altogether.  It might, but if a quality RB is there between Rounds 2-4 and they choose to pull the trigger, I could see where McFadden and Morris are working for the same job.  That means McFadden, one of the few 1,000 yard rushers in the NFL last year, would be out.

Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Orlando Scandrick recoveries going well - Todd Archer, ESPN
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believes the return to health of Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Orlando Scandrick will turn his team's fortunes quickly. On Tony Romo:

"All the experts feel like that was the right approach to take and that will strengthen him in that area and hopefully these injuries will be behind him," Garrett said. "It’s going to take him, what they’ve told me is a couple months to be back and ready to go, but we do anticipate him being involved in the offseason program and we feel like that was the right thing to do. He’s rehabbing and we feel like it gives him a great chance to come back and play at a high level."

Cowboys Draft 2016: Dallas Should Still Draft A Running Back, And They Can Find Him In Round 3 - Thomas Duck, Blogging The Boys
Even with the signing of former Washington runner Alfred Morris, the Cowboys should target a back in the upcoming draft.

It's not often that a 1,000 yard rusher from the University of Notre Dame flies under the radar, but C.J. Prosise is the exception to that rule. Prosise was recruited to the Fighting Irish to play safety, but he never played a down on defense and was switched to wide receiver after his red-shirt year.

CowBuzz: Alfred Morris’ Decision To Sign With Dallas Makes Waves On Twitter - Taylor Stern, Dallas Cowboys
On Tuesday, the Cowboys announced they had reached an agreement with former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris on a 2-year deal. Social Media had some fun with that!

Rehabbing Dez Bryant on schedule for healthy return to Cowboys - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is on schedule in his rehab following off-season surgery and he’s motivated to have a big return next season.

"Dez loves to play. He’s a great competitor, he wants to be out there practicing, he wants to be out there playing. But last year he wasn’t able to do that. I think he’ll reflect back on it and in the end will appreciate this experience because he will be better for it as a person and better for it as a player."

Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys' Jerry Jones tries to clarify 'absurd' comments on football and CTE - SportsDay
A day after saying that it's absurd to establish a firm link between football and the degenerative brain disease CTE, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tried to clarify his statement. Oh, Jerry, no.

"All I said was that we [the NFL] have not changed. That is not an indication that we've changed anything or it's not something we just started the last several years. We've been looking at ways to improve the safety, looking for ways to assist in research and acting on it. So from that standpoint, I think the question was, 'Have you changed your direction in the NFL?' And the answer to that is no."

Dallas Cowboys RT Doug Free doing well after offseason surgery - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Doug Free started all 16 games at right tackle last season for the Cowboys despite pain; offseason foot surgery should allow him to be better in 2016.

Free had a clean-up surgery in January and should be OK for the offseason program. He had a more involved surgery last year that limited his time in the offseason and early in training camp. While he started every game in 2015, Free was dealing with issues throughout the season.

Garrett Discusses Moore And Backup QB Spot, Morris, Free Agency, Draft, More - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Here are some quick highlights from Jason Garrett’s hour-long sit-down with reporters Wednesday morning at the NFL Annual Meeting’s Head Coaches Breakfast:

Garrett said quarterback Kellen Moore "deserves an opportunity to compete for the No. 2 spot" behind starter Tony Romo. Right now Moore is the only backup quarterback on the roster who has taken a regular-season snap;Jameill Showers spent his rookie season on the practice squad. Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday he would be comfortable with Moore as the primary backup next season but "we’d like to get him some competition." Could competition come through free agency, or the draft, or both? Time will tell. "The landscape of free agency and the draft is still in front of us," Garrett said, "so we’ll try to evaluate that position like we would any other position to build our roster as strong as we can."

Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft V. 7.0: Best Player Available At Positions Of Interest Reigns Supreme In Mockery VII - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys have finally shown they aren't asleep at the wheel and have picked up a few free agents, which will allow for them to pick purely in the draft.

It's funny when folks start talking about the best player available being the correct method. Sure it is, but also in today's NFL, it usually works out to be the best player available at a position of interest. You would always like to take the best player available and at times that certainly happens, but let's not kid ourselves, this team has quite a bit of needs.