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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys 'All In' On Defense For NFL Draft?

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Stephen Jones wants to improve badly on defense and has laid out his plans for a successful offseason including perhaps a defensive face-lift for the NFL Draft?

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Cowboys Hope Damontre Moore Can Develop Into "Irving-Type" Contributor - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
They do think their recent free-agent signing has the talent to compete for a spot in Rod Marinelli’s rotation and perhaps develop into a regular contributor.

“He’s a piece that comes in here and competes, no different than David Irving did two years ago,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said from the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. “And you hope that he’s got some of those Irving-type qualities.

"You know, David’s still got a long ways to go. He made some big plays down the stretch for us. He’s certainly shown that his ceiling is higher than most. And I think Damontre would fit in that category. He’s certainly got some upside but he’s got a lot of work to do before you can say we’re penciling that in."

High-priced backup QBs need not apply: Cowboys going with Kellen Moore - Todd Archer, ESPN

The Cowboys will stick with Kellen Moore as their backup quarterback; he has spent a long time with coordinator Scott Linehan and knows the offense.

"All those older veteran guys, all they have ever done is prove they can't be the guy," Stephen Jones, the Cowboys' executive vice president, told the Star Telegram. "Kellen has never had the chance to prove he shouldn't be the guy."

NFL Draft 2017 Profile: Cornerback Marlon Humphrey - Joseph.Hatz,  Blogging The Boys

A closer look at a potential 2017 draft pick for the Cowboys, cornerback Marlon Humphrey.

Pros: Prototypical size, length and speed for today’s NFL cornerback. Possibly the best cornerback in the draft class in run support, and one of the best prospects in that regard in recent memory. Very physical tackler who is not afraid to take on offensive linemen or throw his body around.

Stephen Jones says Cowboys are counting on Jaylon Smith to play - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram

The Cowboys are counting on linebacker Jaylon Smith to be a major contributor in 2017 even though he is still wearing a brace for drop foot.

"And you don’t know how long he is going to have to have the brace," Jones said. "Our guys are getting real comfortable that he can be a great contributor with a brace.But he may not have the brace. But our guys feel comfortable after working with him that he can play with the brace. I’m not so sure he will have to play with the brace. It’s not a given. We will see."

Cowboys feel Chaz Green 'has a great opportunity' to win starting RT job - David Moore,  SportsDay
The Cowboys hope Chaz Green can step in and start at right tackle.The addition of Byron Bell in free agency is meant to push him.

"Obviously we've got a guy we drafted in the third round, Chaz Green, who we feel like has a great opportunity to win that job," executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "But he needs to be pushed. It's going to be a competitive situation."

Scouting Report: New Signing Byron Bell Is Powerful, Versatile, Savvy - Bryan Broaddus,  Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys quietly signed a free agent offensive tackle last week and they may have found somebody with true ability.

Bell is not the same caliber athlete as Doug Free, but a much more imposing player from the strength and power aspect. I would not play him at left tackle, but I’d surely consider him on the right side or at guard -- which would allow them to feel better about moving La’el Collins outside.

Dallas Cowboys' draft focus is looking like defense only - Todd Archer, ESPN
Are the Cowboys about to go 'all in' on the defensive side of the ball with the 2017 NFL Draft?

"We think some of the best depth in the draft is the defensive line and the secondary, in our view," executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters from the owners meetings in Arizona on Sunday. "Now let me be real clear, if a great offensive player shows up that's of great value to us, that doesn't mean we aren't going to pick an offensive player, but our focus is on defense."

NFL Power Rankings: Have The Giants Supplanted The Cowboys In NFC East? - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
How others see the Cowboys are reflected in some meaningless, but fun, power rankings.

This again has the smell of beat writers who think the Cowboys lost everything when free agency happened. They didn’t bother to notice the Cowboys either signed some help, or they have some players in-house that could help mitigate some of what they lost. I guess it’s a testament to how good everybody thinks the Cowboys are that they are rated in the Top 10 even though everyone thinks their offseason has been a catastrophe.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones hopes says draft could help overcome free agency losses - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
Stephen Jones adds that many of the departing defensive players weren’t difference-makers anyway, and that their losses provide an opportunity to improve through the draft.

"I would agree with that," Jones said about the step back in free agency. "What we hope to do is increase our talent on defense through the draft."

Broncos' John Elway: Tony Romo 'never came up' during recent meetings with Cowboys' Stephen Jones - SportsDay
We're nearing three weeks since the NFL's free agency period kicked off, and Tony Romo remains on the Dallas Cowboys' roster. What gives?

"We've been here all week and his name never came up," Elway told Klis.