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VIDEO: Witten Impressed with 'Swag' of Cowboys Younger Players | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten talks about the passion involved in playing the game of football and the "swag" of the younger players on the team.

It seems that these young players coming in have that swagger about them that says, "Hey, I want to be great, I want to be a part of something." I think that's our approach this offseason. We can't be complacent with what we've done, we've got to grow on that and be better. I think we've done that so far.

Super Bowl predictions, tattoos, and believing in the impossible: Ryan Switzer's path to the Cowboys - Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
Machota dives into the story of newest Dallas Cowboys receiver Ryan Switzer, how his size does not limit him, and his hopes to help bring Dallas its sixth Lombardi.

At Ryan's size, most parents would have doubts about their child one day playing in the NFL. But Michael insists the combination of his son's talent and work ethic made him think it was possible.

"I believed in his ability before he even believed in it," his father said. "Ryan's will to succeed and do well is greater than his will to breathe."

Star player: Appleby living out dream with Dallas - Joe Scalzo, CantonRep.com

It’s been a long-time coming for UDFA QB Austin Appleby, who has wanted to be a Cowboys quarterback his whole life.

“Well, that was obviously a picture of me back when I was ... I don’t know how old. Maybe 4 or 5?” he said. “I’ve always dreamed of being a Cowboy since I picked up a ball. My dad’s from Cleveland, my grandfather’s from Pittsburgh and would always go to Browns games and cheer for the other team because he was a diehard Steelers fan. The first game he took my dad to (in Cleveland), Roger Staubach was playing for the Cowboys and he fell in love with the team. He brainwashed his kids accordingly.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve been dreaming of having the star on my helmet.”

Let’s Get Crazy: Cowboys Should Try Dan Skipper As A Tight End - Tom Ryle, Blogging the Boys
Could Dallas try undrafted free agent Dan Skipper at tight end? Blogging The Boy’s Tom Ryle takes a look at the former Arkansas Razorbacks offensive tackle.

If Skipper can show some decent ability to catch the ball, his height would make him nearly impossible to defend with, well, just about anyone who would line up to cover him. His 26 inch vertical at the NFL Combine is not impressive, but his height and long arms make up for that, as evidenced by his three blocked field goals in college. He is not a deep threat the way many modern tight ends are, but that is not how the Cowboys primarily use their tight ends. They want them to be possession receivers, and Skipper appears to have the physical tools to do that, if he can catch at all well.

Why Cowboys are still team to beat in NFC East - Matt Mosley, Dallas Morning News
Mosley hosted a live chat over at SportsDay and answered some questions pertaining to the Dallas Cowboys. Mosley still believes that Dallas is the best team in the loaded NFC East.

Matt Mosley: I think the Cowboys are still the best team in the division. After that, I'd go with the Giants (explosive offense), Eagles and Redskins. I just don't like how the Redskins are dealing with their QB situation right now. I actually think Dallas, NYG and Philly all have legit shots at making the playoffs. We'll see if Dak and Wentz can both build on those rookie seasons. Wentz certainly has bigger weapons on offense. That was a lot to ask of him last season with a pretty poor group of WRs.

Cowboys Being Methodical with Collins Move to RT - Joe Rodriguez, Cowboys Blog
Collins started the 2016 season at left guard, before injuries sidelined him. This season, however, there have been hints about moving the 23-year old to replace the retired Doug Free.

So, the question is this though, why not just let Chaz Green and Byron Bell battle it out for the right tackle position?

For me, it’s simple — it’s pedigree. Collins is a first round talent, and if they want to get the best offensive lineman on the field, then Collins is a huge upgrade over the oft-injured Green and journey man Byron Bell.


10 Burning Questions: #4 - Can La’el Collins And Jonathan Cooper Keep The Cowboys’ Offensive Line Humming? - VAFan, Blogging the Boys
Speaking of the offensive line, VAFan continues his 10-part series on questions surrounding the Dallas Cowboys. This time, he takes a look at La’el Collins and Jonathan Cooper. Will the offensive line continue being the dominant force that is has been?

What position group on the Dallas Cowboys has formed the heart and soul of the team’s identity these last few years? It has to be the offensive line. They have been the best position group on the team since Zack Martin was drafted in 2014. They echo back to the O-line that paved the way for Emmitt Smith and the Triplets to win three Super Bowl’s in four seasons.

With Free retired, and Leary signed to a four-year, $36 million dollar free agent deal with Denver, the Cowboys have two mainstays to replace. Can they do it? The Cowboys are counting on two guys to not only replace Free and Leary on the line, but to bring more youth and athleticism to the Cowboys dominant front.

Veteran Free Agent’s Who Could Bolster the Cowboys’ Pass Rush - Connor Livesay, Inside the Star
The Dallas Cowboys feel like they have bolstered their secondary, but what about the defensive line? Livesay takes a look at potential veterans that Dallas could target. Maybe Dwight Freeney?

Dwight Freeney – Even at 37-years-old, Dwight Freeney was a valuable piece to the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl run last year. Freeney was healthy for all but one game in 2016 and finished the regular season with three sacks while playing in very limited snaps. Freeney was more than just a player for the Falcons. He was a mentor for all the young talents along that Atlanta defensive line. That’s exactly what the Cowboys need in their defensive meeting rooms.

Vote: Which NFC playoff team from last season is least likely to return in 2017? - SportsNation, ESPN
The SportsNation crew at ESPN asks the question which of the six 2016 NFC Playoffs teams is least likely to return to the playoffs next season.

It's a grueling 16-game season, and only six teams from each conference earn a playoff bid.

In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys were the cream of the crop in the NFC. They finished with a 13-3 record behind their rookie duo of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott. They were the top seed in the conference, but went down to Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

As it currently stands, SportsNation readers give the Gaints better odds of repeating than the Cowboys.

10 things you might not know about Zack Martin, like why he was nicknamed 'The Butcher' - SportsDay Staff
Thought you knew Zach Martin? Well, think again. He has an interesting nickname and nobody is as hard on him than his mother.

2. His interesting nickname According to Inside The Star, Martin was nicknamed "The Butcher" for his aggressive style of play....in basketball during his sophomore and junior years. If he was called "The Butcher" in basketball what was he like in football?

3. Mom his biggest critic Despite Zack's dad's pedigree as a college football player, it's his mom, Pam, who has always been his biggest critic. Pam served as a student trainer taking care of offensive linemen while at Kentucky, so she knows her stuff.


Tony Romo DJ's charity event, brings Ezekiel Elliott on stage - Jon Machota, Dallas Morning News
Tony Romo isn’t on the Dallas Cowboys anymore, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still have fun with his former teammates. Romo attended and played music at a charity event and guess who crashed the party? None other than Zeke.

Tony Romo can now add DJ to his list of activities since stepping away from football.

The former Cowboys quarterback played some songs at a charity event hosted by the Circle T Ranch in Westlake Sunday night.

At one point, Romo had Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott get on stage to assist in singing Naughty By Nature's O.P.P.

Looks like Tony really enjoyed himself at the event!