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Cowboys News: Veterans In Danger As Roster Battles Loom For Cowboys?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Who will emerge as teams leaders in 2017? How many vets are on the roster bubble? Contract coming for Zack Martin?

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Cowboys Offense: Early Projection Of Players Most Likely To Make The 2017 Roster - Danny Phantom, Blogging The Boys

It’s early, but when you look at different elements of each individual, you can start to get a good idea of which Cowboys players will make the roster.

There are a lot of factors that goes into the roster decisions. For example, the players taken in the earlier rounds of this year’s draft are safe. The Cowboys are certainly going to give their most recent draft investments a good shot to show their worth. Players with enormous long-term contracts like Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick are also very safe. And even those cheap players who are already exhibiting great talent like Dak Prescott, surely aren’t going anywhere. All these things are self evident. What is not so obvious is some of the other players closer to the bubble.

Looking Ahead: The Best Offensive Camp Battles For The Cowboys - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys’ defense got the attention in the draft, but the offense has some very intriguing battles shaping up.

The big news over the weekend was that La’el Collins was going to focus on right tackleleading up to training camp. This was part of the domino effect from Doug Free retiring. Had Free come back for another year, then Collins would almost certainly have returned to the starting left guard position, because Free is a better option at RT due to experience and his underappreciated leadership role. But now, the Cowboys have to come up with a new solution. Prior to Free’s decision, there was a belief among many that Collins would not move from guard in order for the Cowboys to avoid having to work in two new players.

Five Dallas Cowboys who could get a pink slip soon - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat
This seven-page slideshow suggests five players could be cut before the start of the regular season:

Orlando Scandrick
Alfred Morris
Lucky Whitehead
Brice Butler
Robert Blanton

Orlando Scandrick shrugs off trade rumors: 'I feel like I’m as good as they can get' - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Scandrick has seen competitors come and go and remains confident about his role on the team.

"I just control the things that I can control," Scandrick said. "I feel like when I'm healthy and on top of my game, I can compete with anybody. I feel like I'm as good as they can get. I'm confident in my abilities."

Entering this year's draft, the Cowboys had picked nine cornerbacks since selecting Scandrick in the fifth round in 2008. Two of them have been in the first round, Morris Claiborne and Byron Jones, who has since been moved to safety.

"I was here when they drafted Morris No. 6 [overall]," Scandrick said. "I'm just going to come to work and do the same thing and just do me and continue to try to get better."

8 vets who could each save Cowboys $1M+ if cut before 53-man roster - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire
This three-page slideshow suggests eight players who could see their time with Dallas come to an end because the team might find cheaper solutions.

James Hanna
Alfred Morris
Chris Jones
Byron Bell
Jonathan Cooper
Stephen Paea
Kyle Wilber


Cowboys empower Dak Prescott as offseason leader - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys veterans are giving quarterback Dak Prescott a lead role in the first offseason without departed QB Tony Romo.

"Dak has earned that with what he did as a rookie," Witten said during the Reliant Home Run Derby at Dr Pepper Ballpark. "He understands you have to get back at it. You have to recommit. And establish it again, certainly for a guy in second year. And I have to do it in my 15th year.

"He is the quarterback. That voice needs to be heard. He’s earned that. He has had a great offseason and how he has approached it. As he moves forward he will be more comfortable with that."

Dak Prescott says he's thankful Cowboys veterans have urged him to speak up, gain more of a voice - Brandon George, SportsDay
Second-year quarterback Dak Prescott said he's appreciative of how the veteran players have helped give him more of a voice among his teammates during offseason workouts.

"It's my first offseason. I get it, kind of running the show," Prescott said. "In the locker room in the summer, working out with Jason Witten and Sean Lee, you're going to naturally kind of let those guys have it. For them calling me out sometimes to the group, it's been good.

"I got to thank all the vets of kind of doing a good job of kind of giving me a little bit more to say and some things to do, it's important."

With Help From Established Vets, Dak Getting Opportunity to "Run the Show" - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
When Dak Prescott stepped up to the plate Monday night as the first hitter in the Cowboys’ charity Home Run Derby event, he had three practice swings that barely made it out of the batting cage.

But when it was time to start the actual round, his first swing resulted in a home run over the centerfield fence.

Sound familiar?

That’s pretty much how the offseason and training camp went for Prescott last year as a rookie. His practices left a lot to be desired and he certainly had some teaching moments on the fields in Oxnard, Calif.

Byron Jones must grow into leadership role in third year with Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPN
Byron Jones knows his main job has to be creating turnovers, and he's learning how to get a better feel for opposing offenses.

"You look around and it’s ‘Wait a minute, I’m one of the guys with the most experience back there,’" Jones said. "You’ve got to step up to the leadership plate quickly."

Cowboys guard Zack Martin not likely to sign team-friendly extension - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys want to sign guard Zack Martin to a long-term contract extension, but he could command a deal that makes him the highest paid guard in the league and highest paid player on the team.

"I love being a Cowboy," Martin said. "But I will let my agents handle it. They will let me know when it’s time to do something."


Cowboys Swing Away At HR Derby; Vets Discuss Hot Football Topics For 2017 -  Dallas Cowboys Staff
It’s ironic, but the true beginning of the Cowboys’ offseason program seems to start with a baseball event.

"I just think it’s a great day," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. "It’s a great cause. Proceeds go to The Salvation Army. Reliant and the Cowboys get together and our players come out here and take some of their free time to take part in this thing."

Tracking Tony Romo: Follow 2017 U.S. Open qualifying round live - Todd Archer, ESPN
Tony Romo had an eagle -- and a triple-bogey -- in his attempt to qualify for golf's second major of the season. Here's how it all went down.

Tony Romo fell six shots short on Monday in his bid to advance in qualifying for the 2017 U.S. Open, shooting a 3-over 75 in the 18-hole local qualifier at Split Rail Links & Golf Club in Aledo, Texas. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback needed to finish in the top seven, out of 117 players, to move on to the sectionals.

Tony Romo shows competitive fire as he comes up short at U.S. Open qualifier - Brad Townsend, SportsDay

With football officially behind him, former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is working to pursue one of his golf dreams Monday.

"For me, this is really the beginning of the season," he said. "This is when it starts if you're playing a lot. Now, I've never had the opportunity to play as much as I will be able to hopefully going forward."

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