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Cowboys News & Notes: Is QB Paxton Lynch A Serious Option For Cowboys?

Paxton Lynch had a great workout with the Cowboys, is he the heir to the Cowboys' throne? Also, a lot more on the horizon as the draft draws closer.

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Here's what QB Paxton Lynch showed the Cowboys in a private pre-NFL draft workout - SportsDay
Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch has drawn looks from the Dallas Cowboys, and the team even held a private workout with him last week.

"They had me do some three-step drop stuff, but it was mostly deeper drops and deeper throws. They had me throwing some long out routes, and some deeper comeback routes across the field. They had me push the ball vertically on some seam routes and deep corner routes. Then they put me on the run for some of it, to see my athleticism and see me outside the pocket. I definitely enjoy pushing the ball down the field, and that's what they were most impressed about, how strong my arm was."

Lynch intrigued by idea of playing for Cowboys - Chase Goodbread,
Who wouldn't be?

The Cowboys need a young quarterback in an apprentice role behind veteran starter Tony Romo. And although Lynch is widely projected to be drafted between the Cowboys' first two draft picks (No. 4 and No. 34 overall), but he'd love for the club to find a way to make him a Cowboy.

"I like the coaching staff -- that team is the face of the NFL almost -- they're so renowned with the success of that franchise," Lynch said.

Should Dallas Trade Up If Paxton Lynch Is Sliding In The First Round? - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
If Paxton Lynch slides down into the late first round, should Dallas make a trade to go get him?

Would you trade back up into the first round to try and grab Lynch? Kansas City's pick is at #28, the likely spot you'd want to get in front of to beat out the four teams mentioned above. To get to Green Bay's pick at #27 you would need to make up 120 points, that would require swapping pick #34 for pick #27, plus send them Dallas' fourth-round pick (96 points) and sixth-round pick (15.4 points). Or Dallas could send pick 34, 67 and 189 (831 points) for Green Bay's 27th and 88th pick (830 points).


What will Cedric Thornton bring to the Dallas Cowboys? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Cedric Thornton will be playing in a new scheme and that could free him up to have a breakout year.

To date, Cedric Thornton is the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest free-agent signing with a four-year, $17 million deal. So what will he bring to the Cowboys? We went to ESPN's Philadelphia Eagles reporter, Phil Sheridan, for answers.

McFadden welcomes new Cowboys runner Alfred Morris to backfield - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Darren McFadden wants to become tag-team champions with free agent signee Alfred Morris in the Dallas Cowboys backfield.

"You know for me as a running back, I know the type of league this is, and I know it’s hard just to have one go-to guy," McFadden said. "You definitely need another back in there. You know, with us signing another back is not something that bothers me at all, I’m a guy who doesn’t mind competition and things."

Darren McFadden Not Afraid Of Competition In Cowboys' Backfield - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
It’s fitting that as the Cowboys prepare to help host Wrestlemania XXXII at their home stadium on Sunday night, there’d be some parallels between the worlds of football and wrestling. Is the Cowboys’ new running back duo a championship caliber tag-team?

"I know that we are pleased and are more confident that McFadden can have more work than we thought at this time last year," said Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones last week. "I think he does his best when he’s got more work. Of course he’s had two back-to-back years of good health, and so I’m just thinking ... that if he can pick up right where we left off at the end of the year, he’d end up ... having a lot of the workload."

Pass Rush Will Be A Liability For The Cowboys In 2016 - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys have one giant-sized hole at pass rusher and those that think it'll be rectified may have to wait for another offseason to see that actually happen.

There is really no way to look at the Cowboys' approach to filling the need at pass rusher this offseason and call it a success. Despite what folks think of Greg Hardy, he has left a gigantic hole in their defensive front. A hole that is not likely to be filled by a capable body, at least, not this offseason. Time has run out on them finding a free-agent veteran that can be of service and Randy Gregory has unfortunately made that problem even worse. So now, what can they do?

How comfortable Cowboys fans should be if Kellen Moore is backup QB - SportsDay
ESPN reporter Ed Werder recently joined SportsDay DFW's Ballzy podcast with Barry Horn to talk all things. Here's what he had to say about the Cowboys' backup QB.

I think the team failed the backup quarterback as much as the backup quarterback failed the team. That being said, Jerry said that they understood the importance of that position. And once they really did because they were paying Kyle Orton $5 million a year a few years ago and they justifying that by saying, 'We recognize how important it is to have two quarterbacks you can win with.' I don't really understand the disconnect now given the experience they just had why they haven't gone out and gotten a legitimate backup quarterback. Maybe it'll be Josh McCown, who hasn't been cut yet in Cleveland, if he gets cut at all. I think he would be an excellent choice for the job. Let's see how it all plays out. But yeah, at this point, I'm surprised they only have what they do on the roster, that primarily being Kellen Moore and Tony Romo at the position.

BTB Podcast: Cowboys 2016 Draft Mailbag - Blogging The Boys
In this episode of the BTB Podcast, Landon and Joey answer your questions leading up to next months NFL Draft.


Dallas Cowboys Seven-Round Mock Drafts: Who The Fans Would Pick - OCC, Blogging The Boys
Over the weekend we asked BTB members for their mock Cowboys drafts in our Mock Draft Challenge. 75 mock drafts later we look at the results of that challenge.

Defensive end Anthony Zettel, a likely sixth-rounder, surprisingly proved to be the most popular player in this Mock Draft Challenge. He was featured in 18 of the 49 mocks, and got 198 out of 460 possible recs (43%).Paxton Lynch was the second most popular player, collecting 158 recs (34%). Ezekiel Elliott, who is something of a social media favorite, was selected in only two mocks and collected just 19 recs (4%).

Possible Pick: William Jackson One Of The Draft’s Top CB Playmakers - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys have a need for a playmaking cornerback and William Jackson could be just what the doctor ordered.

Scout’s Take: Lines up as the field corner. Has to cover a lot of ground in that position. Likes to play with his hands. Is a bit of a short strider, quick feet. Is aware in zone. Understands where he needs to be and is able to play his responsibility. Will drive on the slant. Very aggressive, was beaten on the double move but able to knock the ball away. Has the ability to cut his man off in route. Will get hand inside to knock ball away. Will duck his head to tackle. Gets in trouble when this happens to him. Gets in position to play with off-hand. Can play the ball down the field. Awareness on the switch route. There are snaps where you see him guess on the route. His best trait is his ability to get his hands on passes.

NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Cowboys keeping defensive eye on Bosa, Buckner - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys might have a defensive mindset when they select fourth overall in the NFL Draft. The draft is April 28-30 in Chicago.

4. Dallas — Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: It seems the Cowboys, who had 31 sacks last season, will draft either Buckner or Bosa to fill their most pressing need.

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