Let’s start with some video of Ezekiel Elliott being player No. 7 on the top 100 list.
This is a repeat while Sturm is on his pre-training camp break, but worth re-reading.
Those two, Prescott and Elliott, are the prism through which we should view the 2016 Dallas Cowboys season. There were many other players doing many other things, but in the end, if this doesn't feel like the sunrise of a new era of Cowboys football to you, I think you are missing it. We can question the way we got to this point and the allocation of resources in certain areas at the expense of others, but given that you cannot unspill milk, this is the course they are on and it appears to be very good.
Lewis was the last guy unsigned. No more.
After getting almost all of their rookies signed last month, the Dallas Cowboys had one last member of their nine-man draft class to get under contract.
Third-round pick Jourdan Lewis tweeted he signed his deal with Dallas on Tuesday night.
Seth Russell is the latest.
“The workout went really, really well,” Russell told David Smoak of ESPN-Central Texas. “Scouts said they were going to send the film to the coaches and then they would let me know in 2-4 weeks, maybe sooner. They said I looked a lot stronger and had more zip on the ball. Legs looked really good and athletic.”
Russell went undrafted and unsigned, though he earned a tryout at the Raiders rookie minicamp last month.
Will any UDFA’s crack this roster?
Helman: I’m going to go out on a limb and say there won’t be one in 2017. That’s a pretty bold prediction, given this team’s success in finding undrafted talents like Cole Beasley, Ron Leary and Jeff Heath just in the past few years. But the numbers just don’t work out very well this year. It’s hard to imagine an undrafted rookie cracking the 53-man roster at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive line, or defensive back. Perhaps Nate Theaker or Dan Skipper can earn a spot on the offensive line, but that’s arguably the deepest position on the team. Jahad Thomas is another intriguing talent, but he’ll be facing stiff competition from the likes of Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, who already have the edge of experience. This is a deep roster, and I’m not going to be surprised if the veterans hold off the undrafted rookies this summer.
Machota talks to Williams’ receivers coach, who likes Williams very much.
"It really comes down to competitive makeup. You saw his big-play ability in college. He certainly had it. He was explosive. But you really don't know about a guy's competitive makeup -- when it gets hard, when it gets tough, when you get challenged -- until they're in that environment in the NFL. We thought we saw that. That's why we took him. But he really showed us. That first year, I mean he made some huge plays for us in critical times. It's just something inside of him. He's got a tremendous will to get things done."
Moore continues his profiles of the roster.
Activating McFadden after a prolonged layoff and using him ahead of Morris shows that the Cowboys consider McFadden to be the team's No. 2 back. He fills that role heading into this season and only appears in danger of losing it if he's injured.
Martellus Bennett didn’t care much for Tony Romo, apparently.
That's just Marty being Marty. He's not the first player to believe he was frozen out by Tony Romo and Jason Witten. He knows Romo was a talented QB, but he just didn't like those two a lot. Part of it that Marty might not admit was that he was pretty immature during those years and didn't always seemed focused on football. Now, he's one of the most interesting voices in the league. Back then he was more of a class clown.
In a second installment of a series on Cowboys’ opponents this year, Broaddus looks at the cornerbacks.
Clearly, the Cowboys are trying to shore up the position and hope to find a player or two that can be considered among the best in the game.
The Cowboys will certainly have to face some of the best this year on the other side of the ball.
Here’s a look at my five best corners the Cowboys will have to play this upcoming season:
Casey Hayward, Chris Harris, Josh Norman, Patrick Peterson, and Marcus Peters from 5th to 1st. Honorable mentions go to: Richard Sherman, Aqib Talib, Desmond Trufant, and Janoris Jenkins. Wow. Dez and Dak have their work cut out.
Will the Giants’ offense be better this year? Likely, yes.
The Giants’ offense was a major disappointment last season, finishing 26th in scoring a year after ranking sixth. One of the main problems last season was that the Giants became far too predictable, operating out of 11 personnel a league-high 90 percent of the time. Add in a leaky offensive line and ineffective players like running back Rashad Jennings and wide receiver Victor Cruz and it was a recipe for an offensive decline. The Giants upgraded their personnel by adding wide receiver Brandon Marshall and tight ends Rhett Ellison and Evan Engram, while second-year pro Paul Perkins has taken over as the No. 1 back. The addition of Ellison, a free agent, and Engram, a first-round pick, should allow the Giants to mix up their personnel much more frequently this season.
What about the Eagles?
Today's question: Does the presence of Carson Wentz make the Philadelphia Eagles the best-positioned team in the division for the long term?
Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys reporter: This will surprise a lot of folks coming from the Cowboys reporter, but I’m going with Dallas and Dak Prescott instead. It’s not so much a knock on Wentz, either. It’s the state of the rosters for both second-year quarterbacks. Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and LeGarrette Blount will be free agents after this year. So might four other potential Philadelphia starters. That’s not a recipe for helping Wentz’s long-term success. Those players will help him right now, and I believe the NFL, more than ever, is a "right now" kind of league. But if we’re talking long term, you also have to factor in the age of left tackle Jason Peters. Now look at the Cowboys: They should have their three All-Pro linemen locked up this summer when Zack Martin joins Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick with megadeals. Ezekiel Elliott is signed through 2019 and won’t be going anywhere. Dez Bryant isn’t going anywhere. Terrance Williams re-signed on a four-year deal. Cole Beasley is signed for another two years. And apparently Jason Witten will play forever. To me, Prescott is lined up to be better for the long term.
Let’s see, Roger Staubach was selected in the 10th round, but the Cowboys had to wait four years for him to finish his Navy commitment. Dak Prescott made the list, but where would you rank him?
The 1963 Heisman Trophy winner was available in the 10th round because of his four-year military commitment as a U.S. Naval Academy graduate. Captain Comeback directed the Cowboys to two Super Bowl wins and was named to the Pro Bowl six times; won five NFC Championship Games, seven division titles and was a four-time NFL passing champion; retired after the 1979 season and was inducted into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.