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Dallas Cowboys News: No Deal Imminent For CB Boykin, Jerry Says Cut McClain Some Slack

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The Cowboys worked out free agent cornerback Brandon Boykin but don't plan on signing him yet. Jerry Jones comes to the defense of the much maligned Rolando McClain.

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Notes: Boykin Workout; Dez Admires Ali; Updates On Injuries, R. McClain & More - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Just a nice overview of some things going on around Valley Ranch as of late.

Head coach Jason Garrett said Bryant, cornerback Orlando Scandrick and tight end Gavin Escobar went through individual drills during Tuesday’s OTA workout. Scandrick is working his way back from a season-ending knee injury suffered in training camp last year, and Escobar had surgery last December for a torn Achilles.

Cowboys Sign Three New Players, Churn Bottom Of Roster - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys made some roster moves today, including the addition of a former Olympic athlete.

The most notable name is Lawrence Okoye. The reason he is notable is because of his background as an Olympic discuss thrower from England. He represented his country in the 2012 Summer Olympics then decided it was time to give football a shot. He was signed as a free agent by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 and most recently spent time on the Cardinals and the Jets practice squads. Okoye is listed at 6' 6" and 304 lbs., and the Cowboys will likely try to see if he has the ability to help on the defensive line.

Dallas Cowboys are giving absent linebacker Rolando McClain some slack - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys are willing to wait on linebacker Rolando McClain.

"His off-season is spent with those boys," Jones said Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan. "That’s an understanding we have when he came through that door. He has to be there to spend time with them."

Dallas Cowboys: Why did Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne switch CB spots? - Jon Machota, SportsDay
No NFC team finished with fewer interceptions than the Cowboys last season. And of the eight picks they recorded, only five came from defensive backs.

But there were some positive signs during Wednesday's organized team activities at Valley Ranch. Carr intercepted a Tony Romo deep ball intended for Brice Butler. Claiborne got his hands on a couple of passes, including one well-placed ball Romo intended for Terrance Williams that Claiborne knocked to the ground.

Scout's Eye: Standouts From OTA 9; Reports On The New Signings, Bryan Broaddu, Dallas Cowboys
The residential scout himself, Bryan Broaddus, is back with some notes of the final OTA's practice before the mandatory minicamp.

Of the practices that we have had a chance to observe – I thought this was the best one I’d seen for Randy Gregory. There was some serious juice to his pass rush and it all started with his get-off on the snap. Gregory was in attack mode and there were several reps where the blockers didn’t even get their hands on him.

Cowboys missing mercurial McClain for 2nd straight offseason - Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press
Rolando McClain has missed every voluntary practice in two offseasons with the Cowboys.

"We're going to talk about the people who are here," Garrett said, dismissing the topic on the third question after the last of nine voluntary practices.

"We've done an outstanding job in our offseason program. It dates back to really early on in the offseason the hard work they put in running and lifting. So I'd rather talk about the players who are here."

Larry Brown stops by Dallas Cowboys' practice, picks up pointers- Todd Archer, ESPN
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and SMU men's basketball coach Larry Brown are able to feed off each other's respective styles.

"I told our team afterward, he’s arguably as good a coach in any sport that there ever was if you think about his accomplishments. I think he’s taken nine different NBA teams to the playoffs, has taken a couple college teams to the NCAAs. He’s won an NCAA championship, an NBA championship. He’s really a wonderful guy, and he’s a really generous guy.

No Deal: The Cowboys Are Holding On To Darren McFadden And Ron Leary For Good Reasons - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
There are some very good reasons the Cowboys have no interest in trading Darren McFadden or Ron Leary now, and maybe not at all.

That means whatever topics are already around are going to be cussed and discussed to death. It is very likely that one of the top points of contention for Dallas fans is the idea of trading a couple of veterans, Darren McFadden and Ron Leary. But you should prepare yourself to wait on anything developing with either player. There is zero reason for the Cowboys to try and move them now, and a lot of reasons to wait. Both players represent depth that the team can ill afford to part with now, and they may well wind up becoming part of the plan for the coming season.

Lucky Whitehead feels fortunate he wasn’t at club where Aqib Talib shot - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
The Dallas nightclub had advertised a birthday party for the Cowboys receiver, but after the news of Broncos CB Talib, Lucky was 'lucky" not to be there.

"What’s going on over there?" Whitehead said he wondered. "But I got a call later on to make sure I wasn’t there, because someone had heard about what had happened. It’s unfortunate. It just seems like the wrong place at the wrong time, and I’m glad I wasn’t there."

Source: Dallas Cowboys won't sign veteran CB Brandon Boykin after he said his workout went 'great' - Brandon George, SportsDay
The Dallas Cowboys brought veteran cornerback Brandon Boykin in for a workout Wednesday, which reportedly went great.

"My hip is not an issue at all," Boykin said. "I've never missed a game in my entire career."

Dez Bryant of Dallas Cowboys says foot medically cleared; team still being cautious - Todd Archer, ESPN

Dez Bryant went through individual drills Tuesday, but coach Jason Garrett said his star WR was backed off that plan Wednesday.

"We're just going to take this thing day by day," Bryant said. "I feel good mentally and I think for me that's the most important thing right now."