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Cowboys News: Could Emmitt Smith not be the Cowboys greatest running back?

Plus, is there good news on the horizon for Randy Gregory?

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All-time XI, NFC East: Emmitt Smith isn’t Dallas Cowboys’ top RB - Adam Rank, NFL

In a series in which he ranks the eleven best players from each team throughout history, NFL’s Adam Rank opines that Tony Dorsett was a better running back than Emmitt Smith.

I don’t want you to take the ranking of Emmitt Smith at No. 6 as a statement that he was overrated, but it’s the internet, so of course you will. I just want to give some credit to Tony Dorsett, who really was one of the best running backs of all time. But in his era, he was going up against Walter Payton, the best football player in history, so it’s easy to understand why he was overlooked.

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Who is the better running back?

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  • 70%
    Emmitt Smith
    (1295 votes)
  • 27%
    Tony Dorsett
    (517 votes)
  • 2%
    Someone else (post in the comments)
    (37 votes)
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Don’t forget about this Cowboy in the middle of the team’s flirtation with Earl Thomas - Daily Republic Staff

Ever since Seahawks star safety Earl Thomas told Jason Garrett to “come get me,” the rumor mill about Dallas trading for Thomas has not stopped. However, the presence of second-year player Xavier Woods makes such a trade unnecessary.

Richard has been impressed with Woods so far.

“He’s really smart,” Richard said. “That’s the thing that stands out first and foremost about him. He picks stuff up really quick. He takes coaching points really well. He already has an idea how to simplify things in his mind, and it works for him. He’s fast, he’s bright, he’s got ball skills and he fits the profile.”

Randy Gregory’s day just got a little better - what does it mean?

It was big news last week when Randy Gregory met with Commissioner Goodell to discuss his application for reinstatement. Nothing has been said on the outcome yet, but on Monday, Gregory seemed to get some really good news, even if we have no idea what that good news could be.

These three could get into Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor before Romo, Ware and Witten - Clarence Hill, Star Telegram

There are many football greats that have been inducted into the Cowboys’ own Ring of Honor, but there are three legends that could soon join the Ring after a far too long wait.

Brandt, considered the “Godfather of Scouting” with so many of his ground-breaking tricks of the trade still being used today, has continued to be an ambassador for the Cowboys since his departure. He is also a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor.

And then there are two members of the 1990s title teams that will get heavy consideration in tight end Jay Novacek and coach Jimmy Johnson.

The latter was the true architect of those dynasty team’s of the 1990s.

Cowboys Stress Numbers Over No. 1 at Receiver Without Bryant - Shuyler Dixon, The New York Times
The absence of a clear #1 receiver also means opportunity for all other receivers.

"They're giving everybody an opportunity to do everything," said [Cole] Beasley, who is going into his seventh season. "This is the most open it's ever been since I've been here as far as who's where. That makes it a lot of fun. And it's exciting to see what everybody can do."

"We're all coming off years that we're not so proud of," said [Allen] Hurns, who also has the only double-digit touchdown season in the group with 10 in 2015, when he had 1,031 yards. "We've all got that motivation to come in and do well. What people talk about, it just adds fuel to the fire. But that's not our pure motivation."

"There's a big hole," [Michael] Gallup said. "There's a lot of open space in there. It just opens your eyes if you're a rookie, honestly. You can come in here and potentially start Day 1. That role is something that everybody wants to go get. That's what we're trying to do."

Son of Dallas Cowboys Legend charged with double murder - Steve Helling, People Crime

On Tuesday, the son of legendary Cowboys offensive tackle Erik Williams was arrested and charged with two counts of murder in the shooting of two alleged drug dealers.

Authorities allege that the victims were attempting to sell marijuana to Williams and his friend, who has not been identified. At some point, police allege, Williams and his friend pulled out guns and demanded that the victims hand over the drugs.

Shots were fired, and the two drug dealers were killed.

If Williams and the other man are convicted, they could face the death penalty.

Watch Terrell Owens show Julio Jones he’s still fast enough to play in the NFL - Peter Dawson, Star Telegram

While Falcons receiver Julio Jones has been skipping offseason practices, both voluntary and not, he’s apparently been working out with Terrell Owens, who still has the speed to compete in the NFL.

Cowboys finally get Kony Ealy to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence – Charean Williams, ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys were interested in Kony Ealy during the 2014 draft, but chose to pick DeMarcus Lawrence instead. They then put in a claim for Ealy when he was released by the Patriots last year, but were beaten out by the Jets.

“It’s kind of a good thing that I didn’t [get drafted by the Cowboys], obviously now we’re both on the same team,” Ealy said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “With him and the other guys, it’s going to be a fun year for us.”

Ealy, 26, missed the on-field work during the offseason as he rehabbed from shoulder surgery. He expects to be ready for training camp. He returns to the 4-3, which he played in Carolina, after one season with the Jets in the 3-4. Ealy made 14 sacks in three seasons with the Panthers and had one last year in New York.

“The whole scheme, the atmosphere, the players, everything reminds me of Carolina,” Ealy said. “. . . I’m just really blessed to have the opportunity to come here and be in the same system and getting back to what I know best.”


Tavon Austin, the Cowboys’ best playmaker not named Ezekiel Elliott? - Brian Martin, Inside the Star

There has been a lot of understandable hype surrounding the addition of Tavon Austin and his position change to a web back, and some people think he might turn out to be the second best playmaker on this offense in 2018.

When I think of a playmaker, I’m envisioning someone who can take over a game by themselves. Ezekiel Elliott is more than capable of doing that, but I don’t know if there is anybody else on the Cowboys roster who would fall into that category.

Tavon Austin may not be someone who can solely take over a game, but I think he could be the next best thing. He is a dangerous player any time he touches the ball due to his speed and elusiveness. He can hurt a defense in so many different ways and that should get you a little bit excited.

Unfortunately, we don’t really know how the Dallas Cowboys or offensive coordinator Scott Linehan plan to utilize Austin’s unique skill set just yet. Linehan doesn’t have the best track record of being able to get the ball in the hands of his best playmakers, but hopefully things will change this year.

After nightmare offseason, will Terrance Williams be with Cowboys in 83 days? - Riaz Dhanani, Cowboys Wire

After a tumultuous offseason filled with injuries, drunken car accidents, and bike flips, Terrance Williams is in serious danger of losing his roster spot.

What is being exploited among the group is sure-handedness and route running, two things Williams doesn’t do particularly well. He’s able to be a deep threat despite not having elite track speed, and he’s made several big-time, big-moment catches in his career. He’s also had a handful of brain-freeze plays over his five-year career.

While his salary for 2018 is guaranteed, any suspension will void that assurance. If that comes prior to the first week of the season, the Cowboys would be able to release the wideout and not be responsible for his base salary.

Oddly enough, Williams is coming off of his statistically worst season of his career. In 2017, he averaged 10.7 yards per reception (nearly four yards lower than his average), a career-low 568 yards and zero touchdowns.

His base salary isn’t outrageous for a second or third receiver, so if he can prove he’s healthy at the start of training camp, there could be a market for Williams despite the struggles.


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Key to the NFC Championship: Make it About the Linebackers - SeekingNumberSix, Blogging the Boys FanPost

While much of the focus for the Cowboys is on Dak, Zeke, and high-profile names along the defensive line, SeekingNumberSix argues that a healthy focus on the linebackers could lead to a Super Bowl appearance.

Here is my opening statement: If Dallas can succeed in making each and every game about the linebackers, both from a defensive and offensive standpoint, they can finally retake the NFC Championship.

The defensive line should be strong this year. Maybe not great, but very solid and capable of getting a pressure. But if they are struggling to get pressure at any point in a game or the season, the strength of the linebackers should help Marinelli to feel better about sending extra men on occasion. Of course, in order to do that, you have to feel good about your secondary, and I think this year, the coaches actually do.