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Cowboys News: Kellen Moore released as Eagles try to sign tight end off Cowboys' practice squad

The Cowboys have released Scott Linehan’s beloved backup quarterback but mainly to stop the Eagles from poaching their practice squad.

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Dallas Cowboys release backup QB Kellen Moore - Andie Hagemann, NFL.com
The Dallas Cowboys announced they've parted ways with backup quarterback Kellen Moore on Thursday. The move comes a week after Cooper Rush assumed No. 2 QB duties.

Moore entered training camp as Dak Prescott's primary backup -- despite missing the entire 2016 season with a broken fibula.

He has not taken an offensive snap this year and was inactive in Week 7's win over the San Francisco 49ers.

With Eagles calling on Dallas Cowboys tight end, Kellen Moore released - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Cowboys needed a roster spot to ward off an Eagles poaching attempt, and Moore had to make room.

On Thursday, the Cowboys released Moore in order to call up tight end Blake Jarwin from the practice squad.

The Philadelphia Eagles wanted to sign Jarwin to their 53-man roster, but the Cowboys did not want to lose him so they added him to their active roster. Jarwin signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent and caught four passes for 31 yards in the preseason.

The Cooper Rush era is here: Cowboys release veteran QB Kellen Moore - Jori Epstein, SportsDay
The promotion of Cooper Rush to backup QB was just a question of time for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys have been pleased with the progress of Rush, who was on the active roster over Moore for the first time in last Sunday's blowout win over San Francisco. Rush even got his first regular-season NFL game experience. He was 1 of 2 and rushed for a 15-yard gain on third and 3.

"We all saw the progress he made in training camp and, again, feel like it was a work in progress," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday. "A young rookie quarterback, regardless of what round he was drafted in....if you have that chance, you like to have kind of a progression of teaching.

"I thought it was really good for him in the first five games to be able to see a pro's pro like Kellen prepare in that backup position."


Scout’s Eye: A Favorable Matchup For Witten; A Challenge For Scandrick - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
Broaddus with his weekly look at the two biggest matchups he thinks will swing the divisional game between the Cowboys and the Redskins.

Look for Witten to continue to work the middle of the field. He might not be able to completely run away from Swearinger, but his ability to find space on the move will put him in a bind. Swearinger really has trouble staying with his man and as much tape as Witten studies before the game, he will know which of his moves will work the best.

Dallas @ Washington: How Washington will try to slow down the smoking-hot Cowboys offense - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Can the Washington defense slow down the juggernaut Cowboys offense?

While Washington has been pretty tough against the run, they did lose Jonathan Allen to injury, softening their front line. Teams also choose to pass more than run against Washington, but the Cowboys will probably stick with their run-first philosophy. It’s just who they are. Washington has a very tough time getting teams off the field on third down.

Troy Aikman: NFL teams need 2 things to succeed; Cowboys top Redskins on both right now - SportsDay
Cowboys great Troy Aikman thinks offensive struggles in today's NFL are easy to explain. He points to poor play on the offensive line.

"They're really beat up," Aikman said. "People in Dallas talk about the various injuries they've had, guys like Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens, but relatively speaking the Cowboys have been really healthy especially on the offensive side of the ball. And then teams like Washington and Green Bay ... have had an inordinate number of injuries.”


How a deep dive into the NFL MVP race statistics reveals some surprising results - Michael Strawn, Blogging The Boys
Dak Prescott’s name should be on the list of MVP candidates, Michael argues.

Carson Wentz is having an outstanding season and deserves most of the accolades he’s receiving. Eagles’ fans are right to be excited by his emergence in his second season as an elite player. But Dallas fans have every right to be equally excited. Perhaps moreso because this isn’t Dak’s first foray into elite status. Prescott put up arguably the greatest rookie season by an NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Now he’s replicating it with an MVP-caliber sophomore season.

The fact the national media and others are ready to anoint Wentz MVP before the season is half over while ignoring Prescott’s performance is nothing to fret about. It’s a good thing. Let Wentz have his spotlight; Dak is doing everything we could have possibly hoped for since joining the Cowboys. The next ten seasons, watching these two square off and compete should be a joy for both fan bases.

Maliek Collins makes smooth transition on line - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Collins has made a slight transition with the return of David Irving.

The Cowboys moved Collins from the pass-rushing tackle position to the run-stopping nose tackle position, where he lines up in the gap between the center and the guard, in an effort to get their four best players on the field in Sunday’s 40-10 victory against the San Francisco 49ers.

Cowboys lose comfort of Dan Bailey, but Mike Nugent ready to step in - Todd Archer, ESPN
In his 13th season, kicker Mike Nugent says he's eager to get tips from the best; and to help the Cowboys until Dan Bailey can return.

"The way I look at it, even though I'm older than Dan, he's the best," Nugent said. "So I get to hang out with the best every single day. He gets to work with some great guys too. I'm excited just to sit down with him. We've already talked a lot. I'm just excited to hear certain situations he's been in and how he's handled it because I've seen it just on film or on TV. ... I'm excited to put some points up on the board until he is ready to go.”

Jonathan Cooper stuck with NFL draft label - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A top 10 draft pick in 2013, Jonathan Cooper has had more teams than accolades. But there has been a noticeable change in the Cowboys’ offense since he stepped in at left guard.

“It’s been one of those of those things where I’ve honestly had to forget it because people are constantly trying to remind you, but not in a positive fashion,” Cooper said. “You were top 10, you haven’t done this, you haven’t done that. If nothing else, it’s just been a motivating factor. Yeah, I was top 10 and circumstances happened that have held me back.”

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