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Dallas Cowboys News: Cowboys Making Push To Host NFL Combine In Dallas; Big Day For Heath At Minicamp

As mandatory minicamps rage on, the Cowboys spent some extra time hanging out with the local community. Plus, Cowboys' new facility could enter the conversation to take over the Combine.

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Dallas Cowboys want to host the NFL Scouting Combine - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys broke ground on a new sports health campus at The Star in Frisco. They hope that it can bring more events to the city including the annual NFL Combine.

"Our goal is to get as many world-class things here in Frisco and Arlington that we can do. We think we have two crown jewels in AT&T stadium and now The Star, so we certainly want to get as many things to our fans as we can. Our fans deserve the best, they deserve to touch and feel the Cowboys in any way we can whether it’s the Draft, whether it’s the Combine. We’d love to do that for them."

Cowboys' partnership with Baylor Scott & White at The Star gives team first-of-its-kind advantage in NFL - David Moore, SportsDay
The Cowboys' reach extends beyond football. The franchise constantly looks for ways to leverage and enhance its brand with select partners.

Wednesday's announcement that Baylor Scott & White Health will partner with the club, building a nine-story, 300,000 square foot facility adjacent to the Cowboys' new world headquarters, is the latest example. Nothing else like it exists in the NFL.

Once the facility opens in the final quarter of 2017 or the first quarter of '18, the Cowboys will have proximity to a wider array of sports medicine and performance options than they currently enjoy. It will also put the club in position to make an aggressive bid to lure the NFL scouting combine away from Indianapolis.

"We don't ever think anything is too big to hope for,'' said Stephen Jones, the Cowboys executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We certainly will have to get our hands around what we have here vs. what will really be needed.

"I have nothing but the greatest respect for Indy and all the things they've done for the combine over the years. But as we well know, whether it's Super Bowls or whatever, sometimes things move around."

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Dallas Cowboys Minicamp Updates From Day 2 Of Practice - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys got together for their second of three minicamp practices. Here are some of the interesting notes to come out of that session.

Scout's Eye: Jeff Heath's Big Day, Andy Jones Stands Out; More Notes - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
The Broad One is back with another summary of the events out at day 2 of the mandatory minicamp practices.

Jeff Heath had one of those days where he was in the right place at the right time. He recovered a fumble from Andy Jones that was knocked loose by Derek Akunne. Later in the practice he had a "pick-six" where Geoff Swaim was too shallow on a route and his path took him in the direction of a curl being run by Ed Eagan. It was a mistake by Swaim all the way, but to Heath’s credit he was in great position on the route and when Prescott let the ball go – you knew exactly what was going to happen.

Cowboys’ pass rush concerns stick out ‘like sore thumb,’ but team remains confident - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Key suspensions and a lack of stars along the defensive line create concerns, but the Dallas Cowboys remain confident that they can generate an improved pass rush this season.

"On paper, I don’t think we have anybody who has ever had 10 sacks in a season. That sticks out like a sore thumb," Stephen Jones said after a groundbreaking ceremony for a Baylor Scott & White sports medicine facility being built at The Star."

Cowboys QB Tony Romo stops by Target to help last-minute Father's Day shoppers - Jon Machota, SportsDay

Never fear, last-minute Father's Day shoppers. Tony Romo is here.The Cowboys' quarterback stopped by to make sure fathers will be getting good gifts this weekend.

Ezekiel Elliott's time was coming anyway, but now it's really here - Todd Archer, ESPN
With Darren McFadden out at least two months; Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott assumes the role of lead back.

"It's always great to get more reps," Elliott said. "With every rep you're going to get better. The more you see, the more you're going to learn. Just got to take advantage of the opportunity and get ready to play ball."

Cowboys Will Play 14 of 16 Games In 2016 Against Below Average Pass Defenses - OCC, Blogging The Boys
In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys play 14 games against defenses that had a 90+ defensive passer rating last season. A reason for optimism?

But another thing that stands out when looking at the 2016 schedule is that 14 of the Cowboys’ 16 opponents were below average pass defenses in 2015 as measured by their defensive passer rating.

In principle, this should bode well for the Cowboys' passing game. Last year, the 16 opponents on the Cowboys' 2016 schedule combined for a defensive passer rating of 94.2, the second worst value in the league only to the Giants' 16 opponents (94.3).

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CowBuzz: Spelling Bee Co-Champion Earns Star Treatment to Meet Dez - Taylor Stern, Dallas Cowboys
Immediately following his final word at the Scripps’ National Spelling Bee, Nihar Janga celebrated his co-championship by throwing up the X.

"Prior to the Spelling Bee, Janga’s father had promised him that if he won he would gladly take him to a game at AT&T Stadium. However, I’m sure that Janga never imagined he would actually be able to meet his role model, Dez Bryant in person."

Spelling bee champ hopes to throw up 'X' with Cowboys' Dez Bryant - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN
Nihar Janga visited the Cowboys yesterday and got to spend time with 88 himself.

Nihar said Bryant is his favorite player "because he doesn't give up on anything."

Bryant came away humbled.

"It means everything to me. For a kid to tell me that, that is everything," Bryant said. "It only makes you want to work harder. Those are people you try your best not to let down. I was speechless."