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Does Dez Bryant deserve another chance with the Cowboys? - Calvin Watkins, The Athletic
One of the disappointing things about cutting Dez loose is that we never got to see what the effects of new receivers coach Sanjay Lal would have on him. Calvin Watkins throws out a question that could bring that element back into play.

Sanjay Lal

The man don’t play. Previous wide receivers coach Derek Dooley was regarded as an average receivers coach and was let go after the 2017 season. Route running, never one of Bryant’s strongest attributes, regressed under Dooley. Bryant didn’t respect Dooley enough and would speak with former WR coach Ray Sherman from time to time for advice. Lal is considered one of the better wide receiver coaches in the NFL and commands respect. The coach focuses on route running and the technique behind it and has a proven track record of success. Bryant said he wants to improve in this area. If he’s humbled, which he would have to be, he will learn from Lal and do everything he says.

Ex-Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick thinks Dez Bryant would fit in with the Washington Redskins - SportsDay Staff
Scandrick recently joined NFL Total Access on NFL Network for a quick Q&A.

Q: If you got to pick a team for [Dez Bryant], what do you think would be a good fit?

Scandrick: "Washington. I know Dez can still catch touchdowns. I know he can still be a great red zone threat, and I would love to play with him again."

Mouth of a legend: Michael Irvin's best quotes of last couple of years - SportsDay Staff
Another former Cowboys player also thinks that the team gave up on Dez too soon.

No fan of idea of not having Dez Bryant as Cowboy

Irvin has always been a fan of former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who was released by the club. And not just because Dez wore No. 88 in Dallas. Irvin also loved Dez's competitiveness and talent.

Here's what Irvin told Mark Elfenbein and Nate Newton on KESN-FM 103.3 FM ESPN on the subject.

"You can think you can find a receiver that can put up the types of numbers that you know Dez can put up? Stop it. They don't grow on trees like leaves or everybody would be raking them in. We're going to be headed towards another dumb, ignorant season because all of you guys are talking ignorant. You're talking ignorant. Stop doing that."

A Dez reunion with the Cowboys seems highly unlikely. Plus, it’s a packed house at the wide receiver position in Big D.

Young Cowboys expected to step up in absence of Jason Witten, Dez - Mark Lane, WFAA Sports
While it's unclear which wide receiver will emerge from the group, someone should...at least according to veteran defensive back Byron Jones.

"It's not about just replacing Dez and just replacing Witten," Jones said Wednesday at the 14th annual Gatorade Beat the Heat program at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton. "It's about finding guys who are going to rise to the opportunity. Within football, guys come and go. It's just life. Players come and go. So, somebody is going to fill that spot and kind of bring their own different energy to the football field."

Does Cowboys WR Lance Lenoir Have Advantage for Final Roster Spot? - Sean Martin, Inside The Star
Maybe you’re a fan of Noah Brown, Cedrick Wilson (raises hand), or Deonte Thompson to win one of those last remaining spots at the wide receiver. As Sean Martin points out, there's another wideout we can't completely forget about.

Working on the assumption that Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Hurns, and Gallup are all roster locks, the Cowboys likely have room for only two more of these versatile pass catchers to make the final cut.

Sneaking on as much depth as possible with these spots will be of utmost importance to the Cowboys, who can find this value in Lenoir. Capable of returning punts and kicks, Lenoir's difficulties on special teams halted his progress in the preseason, but another offseason of work in this area could justify the gifted receiver earning a spot in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.

There are more than enough reps to go around this summer for all of the Cowboys skill players, and Lance Lenoir should start out with an edge on the rest of the field. This could be all Lenoir needs to defy the odds once again and outlast even tougher competition at WR to make a real impact in the Cowboys new-look offense.


10 things to know about Cowboys O-lineman La'el Collins - Staff, SportsDay
Get to know the Cowboys right tackle a little better with these 10 things, including what his first name means.

6. What his name means

First the name: La'el. It's pronounced Lah-EL. "It's Hebrew," explained La'el Collins. It was given to him by his grandmother.

On July 26, 1993 -- his mother's 29th birthday -- baby boy Collins entered this world in a Baton Rouge, La., hospital with his umbilical cord wrapped tightly around his neck. There had been no hint of trouble. Sonograms had indicated it was supposed to be a routine birth of a seven-pound, 21-inch boy.

Suddenly the delivery room morphed into frenetic action. "It was crazy," the mother recalled almost 22 years later. When calm was restored and mother was able to finally cradle her baby in her arms, she looked at him and said, "Boy, you belong to God." And so the mother's mother consulted her Bible. In the Old Testament book of Numbers, right there in Chapter 3, verse 24, she found a name that translated into "Belonging to God" -- La'el.

30 over 30: NFL's Best Players Who Have Yet to Answer Father Time's Call - Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report
The Cowboys have a young team, with only three players over 30 years of age. Two of them are specialist (Dan Bailey and L.P. Ladouceur) and the other one...well, word on the street is he's pretty good.

Sean Lee is more important to the Dallas Cowboys than ever before.

The 31-year-old Lee has always been a standout linebacker. He registered 99 or more tackles in each of the last four seasons, including a career-high 145 stops in 2016, and made it to two Pro Bowls. He is more comfortable working in space than most, can play any of the scheme's linebacker spots and serves as the voice of the defense.

He now needs to take the next step as a leader after Jason Witten's retirement.

"There is no question that I need to step up because he's gone," Lee said, per the Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota.

The linebacker's approach and performance have never been in question. Can Lee stay healthy, though? He's yet to play a full 16-game slate. As long as he's on the field, he's an instinctive and playmaking defender.


5 bold predictions for the upcoming season - Terence Watson, The Landry Hat
Do you like bold predictions? I do, mostly because they're so bold. Terence Watson offers up five of them, including a couple reasons to be optimistic about the safety position.

Prediction #3 – Kavon Frazier will finish the season as the starting strong safety.

Jeff Heath is penciled in as the starting strong safety but his poor tackling in the box and poor angles will cause him to be benched.

In comes Frazier who will solidify the position with his ability to tackle in the open field. He will also cause receivers to think twice about coming across the middle for a pass. Frazier will end the season with three interceptions and be fifth on the team in tackles.

As well as...

Prediction #5 – Xavier Woods will prove the Cowboys right not to trade for Earl Thomas.

Woods has been studying Earl Thomas this offseason. So it’s only fitting that with the coaching of Kris Richards and Woods will make the Cowboys front office look like geniuses. Thomas was the talk of the offseason leading up to the draft and Woods will make him an afterthought.

His ability to cover the center of the field and defend the deep ball is going to shine this season. Woods will end up with five interceptions and be 3rd on the team in tackles.

Starting safety role Xavier Woods to lose - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat
With Byron Jones relocating his desk just around the corner, a spot has opened up for a new starting free safety. While many still want Earl Thomas, the Cowboys may have other plans and X marks the spot.

According to Marinelli, Woods has all the tools to be a successful starting safety in the NFL. Despite all the trade rumors involving Thomas, the common sentiment coming out of the Cowboys camp this offseason is that most seem to believe they already have a future star in the making on the roster in the 22-year old Woods.

Barring the signing of a free agent or some kind of miracle trade, Xavier Woods seems to be penciled in as the starter for the Dallas Cowboys at free safety in 2018. His performance in training camp will likely determine how the Cowboys proceed. If Woods performs well, Dallas may opt to roll the dice with him. If he falters, there are plenty of avenues that can be pursued to address the need.

Could Danielle Hunter’s extension impact Cowboys and DeMarcus Lawrence contract talks? - Connor Livesay, Blogging The Boys
The similarities are there, but do the dollar values line up? Our own Connor Livesay examines how the Vikings edge rusher's new deal could influence Tank's upcoming contract.

Hunter entered the league as a third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and Lawrence entered the league as a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Hunter has totaled 25.5 sacks in three years in the NFL (46 games), and Demarcus Lawrence has totaled 23.5 sacks in four years in the NFL (48 games). When we look at their careers, we also notice that Hunter has played one less year than Lawrence, but he does have two more sacks on his record. But when we take a look at how many games both players have played, they are very similar. Lawrence has yet to prove that he can be as reliable as Hunter due to recurring back issues, and some questionable decision-making two seasons ago.

The points listed above are all things the Cowboys’ front office will look at when deciding whether or not they want to give Lawrence a bigger extensions than Hunter’s at some point in the future. When you look at the stats, they slightly favor the Vikings’ defensive end, but at the same time, the Vikings defense is so good that it’s much easier for a lesser caliber player to get more pressure due to the other weapons the Vikings have on defense.

Whether he plays under the tag price or signs a long-term deal, one thing is for sure - Lawrence will be wearing a Cowboys uniform in 2018.

Speaking of uniforms...

Cast your vote: Which Cowboys uniform combination is the best of all time? - Staff, SportsDay
The classic teal pants with white jerseys is an iconic look for America's Team, but that doesn't mean the Cowboys haven't had some other snazzy uniform combo's. Place your vote for which combo you like the best.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the navy jerseys with the color rush white pants.

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