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Cowboys news: One report says there is optimism about a Randy Gregory reinstatement

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Plus, what does the future hold for Marquez White?

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Randy Gregory applied for reinstatement to the NFL a while ago, and fans have been patiently waiting for an answer. While no substantial news has broken yet, Bobby Belt did have this to say:

Mailbag: Updates on the Marquez White Situation? - Bryan Broaddus & David Helman,

After the news of Marquez White’s road rage incident, many are questioning if this could mean another suspension for the Cowboys.

Bryan: We’re gathering information now, but it sounds like it was an administrative issue that he’s having to work through. At this time, it doesn’t sound like it is going to keep him from doing his job.

David: It’s hard for me to guess at the upshot of all this, but I’ve got to assume that it’s a bit distracting any time you’re wrapped up in a legal matter. It’s hard to know what to expect beyond that, but we’ll keep an eye on it.

This is one of the most optimistic but fair ways to look at the 2018 Cowboys season - RJ Ochoa, Blogging The Boys
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report and the Stick To Football podcast was out on the Twitter streets carrying an “I love the 2018 Cowboys” sign, and he made a lot of interesting points.

There’s no question that Matt Miller’s Monday night thoughts on the Cowboys are leaning more towards the optimistic side of the spectrum, but they’re all very fair and reasonable. Despite what others think, it is absolutely fair and reasonable to expect Dak to return to form with Elliott next to him for a full season, and it’s totally plausible that the receiving group doesn’t miss a beat in terms of overall production.

Can The Offensive Line Return To Form? - Staff
The mothership’s roundtable discusses whether the Cowboys can count on the offensive line to be dominant again. Broaddus offers one of the four takes:

Bryan Broaddus: Health is going to be the key here. The group is better equipped to handle a one or two game loss at tackle than they were last season. Veteran Cam Fleming was brought in from the New England Patriots to handle the swing tackle job so he should be ready. Rookie Connor Williams is new to the group and will be the starter at left guard unless he proves he cannot handle the job but all indications are that he should be a great fit. Travis Frederick and Zack Martin have been rock solid and that shouldn’t change. Where the line has made its biggest improvement is with La’el Collins at tackle. Collins came into the 2017 as a question mark but each week he improved and by season’s end, he was in my opinion playing the best of the starters. New offensive line coach Paul Alexander called this his “dream job” - - fans are hoping that he’s right and those nightmares from last season are long gone.

Dallas trying to maximize youth movement in the secondary - Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDay is breaking down the Cowboys roster position-by-position, and Hairopouls provides an outlook for the young secondary.

The Cowboys are trying to maximize their young crop of defensive backs, adding new secondary coach Kris Richard, who hails from the Seattle Seahawks' "Legion of Boom" lineage. To that end, 2015 first-round draft pick Byron Jones moved back to cornerback from safety to take advantage of his length and athleticism. Chidobe Awuzie is expected to start on the other side, with Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis mixing in outside and at slot. The coaches have penciled in Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods as the starting safeties, with Kavon Frazier expected to continue his role as a hard-hitting contributor. But it is largely an unproven group, and the dream of eventually securing Pro Bowler Earl Thomas via trade from Seattle hasn't officially been dashed yet.

Cole Beasley has some of the best hands in the business - Pro Football Focus

According to Pro Football Focus, Cole Beasley has the fourth-lowest drop rate in the NFL over the past four seasons, and he’s in good company there.

Ezekiel Elliott headlines second annual National Fantasy Football Convention - Jon Machota, DMN

After a tumultuous offseason last year, Ezekiel Elliott is more low key this offseason, and recent news about being one of the headliners at the National Fantasy Football Convention continues that trend. He’ll also get to reunite with a former teammate there.

Headlining the event at the Will Rogers Memorial Center are star running backs Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt and Melvin Gordon. All three members of the Cowboys’ 88 Club -- Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant -- are also scheduled to be among the current and former players in attendance.

Chris Jones was a Top 5 punter last year - Pro Football Focus

Gordon McGuinness of Pro Football Focus explains how they rank their punters each year, and reveals that Dallas’ own Chris Jones was ranked as the fourth best punter in the NFL in 2017.

What are the chances of the Cowboys selecting someone in the NFL Supplemental Draft? Kristi Scales, SportsDay
The NFL's 2018 supplemental draft will take place today, and scales notes that the Cowboys have selected more players in the supplemental draft (5) than any other team since the supplemental draft began 41 years ago.

This summer, only five players are eligible for the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft.

According to multiple scouting reports, if any of the five players on this list are selected in 2018, it would likely be one of the three defensive backs. Because the Cowboys have revamped their secondary over the past couple of years, particularly with young defensive backs like Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods, the secondary is not an area of glaring need.

Eagles lead list of five teams that could take a step back, miss NFL playoffs - Will Brinson,
Many people still think of the Eagles as the flavor of the year, but for some that flavor is wearing thin. Send all questions, complaints and other suggestions to Brinson on Twitter @WillBrinson

I firmly believe they are the favorites to win the division again, but that’s what people said about the Cowboys before 2017 too.

Why They Won't Make the Playoffs: One of the biggest reasons involves the team's biggest strength: the quarterback position. Wentz is coming from an ACL injury and Foles is notoriously streaky. Wentz failing to recover, or dealing with a setback of some kind, doesn't automatically mean Foles comes in and wins MVP. This is a team that lost its offensive coordinator (Frank Reich) and quarterbacks coach (John DeFillipo). There are a slew of other injuries to monitor as well. Jason Peters is returning from an ACL injury at the age of 36. Darren Sproles is coming back from a broken arm and a torn ACL. Jordan Hicks is coming back from an Achilles tear. Alshon Jeffery is returning from shoulder surgery after battling through to play the entire year. Timmy Jernigan is suddenly dealing with back issues, no easy issue for a big man who battles in the middle. Philadelphia was 13th in adjusted games lost last year, so it's not like it dealt with tons of injury issues overall. And the NFC is going to be really tough this year. Every single division has at least one legitimate Super Bowl contender and most of them have two. Someone could win 10 games and miss the postseason in this conference.

Why They Might Make the Playoffs: Because Roseman's built a really deep and talented roster, one clearly capable of overcoming attrition to win a lot of games and make a deep playoff run. The Foles thing has been a hot-take topic this offseason, but the reason the Eagles don't want to trade him is a fear of Wentz not being healthy and the importance of the quarterback position. Doug Pederson is a good enough coach where the Eagles can keep right on cruising despite some injuries. He proved as much last year. It's difficult to find an area of weakness for the Eagles and it's fair to assume the secondary (don't forget about Sidney Jones) and receivers (Mack Hollins, ahem) could continue to only get better. Wentz will be going into his third season -- expectations will be huge and he has managed to meet them every step of the way. This is, by far, the weakest NFC division in my opinion. The Eagles could steamroll everyone again. We thought the Cowboys would do the same last year too.

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10 Potential Breakout Cowboys for 2018 - Peyson88, Blogging the Boys FanPost

Peyson88 takes a look at 10 different Cowboys players who could have a breakout year this upcoming season, one of which is La’el Collins.

After making the switch to right tackle from left guard in 2017, Collins faced murderer’s row of pass-rushers with the likes of Von Miller, Ryan Kerrigan, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Khalil Mack among other top-tier pass-rushers, and he played well, coming in as the #16 ranked right tackle in the NFL in the Bleacher Report 1000 series. He’s an aggressive, physical player with plus upper-body strength to mash or control defenders at the point of attack. He has just enough length with 33 ¼” arms and the functional athleticism to be one of the better right tackles in the NFL.