David Irving was a full participant at practice today. But will he be available on Sunday?
Given his lack of time on the field, the Cowboys decided to hold him out last Sunday at Houston.
Will Irving make his season debut this Sunday against Jacksonville? Garrett said the team will see how he responds to this week’s work.
“He’s certainly an awfully good player and he’s very physically talented and he seems to be able to handle playing without a lot of work,” Garrett said. “Hopefully some of the work he got last week and some of the work he’s been doing on his conditioning will help him go out and have a good productive practice today and string a couple together and see if he’s available for the ball game.”
Irving was eligible to play last week against Houston, but he didn’t make the trip. Now, we know why he missed last week.
Late Wednesday night a report from the Dallas Morning News surfaced that contained a timeline of events detailing what Irving has been going through, a matter with his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child Angela Sanchez. It hasn’t exactly been an easy road for him from the sounds of it.
According to multiple sources, Irving’s emotional week started on the evening of Monday, Oct. 1, with a knock at his door in Dallas.
A processor was there to serve Irving a temporary restraining order that was filed by Sanchez, who was waiting in her parked car with the hopes of taking back custody of their daughter.
Instead, Irving reacted angrily and aggressively toward the processor. He began to yell at her and wave the paperwork near her before ripping up the documents. Irving also allegedly made contact with the processor using the documents.
On Thursday, the Cowboys’ injury report changed in that Randy Gregory appeared on it, practicing in a limited basis with a knee injury.
Only two things different about Thursday's injury report compared to Wednesday: DeMarcus Lawrence (shoulder) got back to practice on a limited basis, and Randy Gregory (knee) was added to the list with limited participation. #cowboyswire— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) October 11, 2018
Jaylon Smith gives a great description of the play he stopped DeShaun Watson at the goal line, including a little insight into how the Cowboys can freelance on defense at times.
Smith stopped Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson short of the end zone on 4th-and-goal from the 1. Watson took the shotgun snap and after not finding any receiver open quickly darted out to the right side of the field.
Smith reacted quickly, sprinting from the middle of the field all the way to near the sideline to stop Watson from turning the corner. Smith lowered his shoulder to knock Watson down for a one-yard loss, giving the ball back to the Cowboys.
”With that play, if you go back and look at the play before it started, four plays before I got stiff-armed,” Smith said. “I’m like, ‘Man, next play I got to let that go.’ Fourth down comes and D-Law (DeMarcus Lawrence), he’s like, ‘You got me?’ I told him I got him, so he gets to do whatever he wants. If he wants to make an inside move, he can do that, and I’m going to cover for him. So he made an inside move, so me spying the quarterback I knew fourth down more than likely Watson is going to take off. He’s fast, but I’m fast. So I just had to dig and once I got the angle up on him, you know, I’m wearing this neck roll for a reason.”
As the Cowboys prepare for the Jacksonville Jaguars, it’s worth noting that the Jaguars will be relying on their third-string left tackle in addition to once again not having Leonard Fournette available.
Running back Leonard Fournette will miss his fourth game because of a right hamstring injury and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be starting their third-string left tackle when the team plays at Dallas on Sunday.
Left tackle Josh Wells (groin) -- who was starting after Cam Robinson’s season-ending knee injury -- nickelback D.J. Hayden (toe) and Fournette won’t play Sunday, coach Doug Marrone announced Wednesday.
The New York Giants did something they should have done years ago in cutting Ereck Flowers, but now he may be able to give the Cowboys defense something to look forward to this Sunday.
At a lower price, there is reportedly interest in his services. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports multiple teams have reached out to Flowers and that he is set to visit the Jaguars on Thursday.
Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin was the Giants coach when Flowers was drafted in the first round of the 2015 draft and offensive line coach Pat Flaherty had the same job with the Giants for Flowers’ first two season, so there’s familiarity in Jacksonville. That may not be a good thing given the relationship between Flaherty and Flowers at that time.
The Jaguars are apparently looking for an additional scouting advantage against the Cowboys, as they added a former Dallas running back to their practice squad on Thursday.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed rookie running back Bo Scarbrough to the practice squad. To make room on the practice squad, the team released running back Dimitri Flowers.
Scarbrough was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft and spent the first five weeks of the season on the Cowboys’ practice squad. Scarbrough played at the University of Alabama from 2015 through 2017 and won national championships as a freshman (2015) and as a junior (2017).
Even after a rough week against Deandre Hopkins, Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones is still the best graded defender at his position this year according to Pro Football Focus.
The highest graded cornerbacks in the NFL so far this season. pic.twitter.com/AsPYilekCd— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 10, 2018
Rookies aren’t supposed to be this good, but filling in for Sean Lee seems to agree with Leighton Vander Esch, who has quickly become one of the best at his position.