Do the Cowboys need a No. 1 receiver? Tony Romo: 'You don't know that they don't have one' - Staff, SportsDay
Do the Cowboys need a No. 1 receiver? Romo isn't so sure about that.
Romo told NFL Total Access that it depends on how you define a No. 1 receiver, and said someone could step up and surprise much like Miles Austin once did.
“Depends on what you're defining as a No. 1 receiver. Is it by name alone? Is it by talent? You don't know that they don't have one. “
“There's always someone that can come up. For me it was Miles Austin when [Terrell Owens] left. It was the same discussions then. “
“At the end of the day, if you put the ball in small windows and you're aggressively putting the ball where you want, there's going to be windows. It's just when you have someone who's super talented, the windows are wider. So if you have Julio Jones, the windows are wider and you don't have to be as perfect as a quarterback.“
“As Dak continues to improve and gets to the level he feels comfortable at, the windows don't have to be as big. From that perspective they just need guys to get into their spot and the ball will get there. That's how they're going to do it."
Cowboys teammates Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Michael Gallup, Dak Prescott, and Allen Hurns getting in work together in Florida today. pic.twitter.com/3uUUJkFjga— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) July 11, 2018
Most Impactful Rookie In 2018? - DallasCowboys.com Staff
The mothership staff continues their “20 Questions” series and discuss which Cowboys rookie will make the biggest contribution this season. Lots of love for Connor Williams in this roundtable, but Lindsay Draper took a different angle:
Lindsay Draper: This is FUN … I could probably give you a reason why four or five of these Cowboys rookies could be the most impactful. But I’m riding with Michael Gallup! Personally, my biggest point of interest going into this season is how creative, different and dynamic this offense is going to look. As a fan, I know you’re excited about the potential. New faces, new youth, new pieces to the puzzle, new speed, new options. In the shuffle of all this change, Gallup is going to quietly and confidently ease right into the mix. I know our excitement about college accolades dies down from the time of the draft to training camp. But as a senior at Colorado State, Gallup was a Biletnikoff finalist, had a school-record 100 receptions for 1,413 yards and seven touchdowns, and a host of other accomplishments.
National writer: Cowboys have third-worst 'offensive arsenal' in NFL - SportsDay Staff
ESPN's Bill Barnwell ranked the NFL's "offensive arsenals," and the Cowboys landed at No. 30 out of 32.
Of course, Barnwell's ranking include a lot of caveats. He said his aim was to evaluate skill positions. That means he didn't factor in the quarterback, offensive line or schemes. He also acknowledges that his rankings weight wide receivers heavily and that he values top-level talent over depth.
"When you remove that dominant offensive line and quarterback Dak Prescott from the equation, the Cowboys are left with one excellent running back in Ezekiel Elliott and what must surely be the worst receiving corps in football. The four tight ends vying to replace Jason Witten have 94 combined career receiving yards, all of which come from Geoff Swaim. The team's best wideout is Allen Hurns, who had one impressive season in four years with the Jaguars and hasn't been able to stay healthy over the past two seasons. The team is excited about third-round pick Michael Gallup, which is a reflection on the power of hope, but even Tavon Austin has to believe that the organizational plan to give the former Rams wideout 12 to 24 touches per game on offense is too much Tavon Austin."
NFL's deepest position groups: Cowboys' deep, star-studded O-line - Chris Wesseling, NFL.com
Chris Wesseling lists the seven deepest position groups in the NFL, and the Cowboys come in at No. 3 with their O-line.
3) Dallas Cowboys offensive line: The Cowboys have what most teams want: an identity. Even in a disappointing, suspension-marred season, running back Ezekiel Elliott led the league with an average of 98.3 rushing yards per game, moving the chains via a methodical ground attack paved by Dallas' daunting front five. In any given year, this unit has a chance to boast the NFL's premier tackle (Tyron Smith), guard (Zack Martin) and center (Travis Frederick).
Beyond that superlative trio, questions arose not only at the other guard spot but also at backup tackle. Falcons journeyman Adrian Clayborn (who has since signed with the Patriots) racked up a whopping six sacks at the expense of emergency stand-ins Chaz Green and Byron Bell in a mid-November meltdown that Smith missed due to injury. Those issues have been addressed this offseason with the drafting of second-round left guard Connor Williams and the signing of former Patriots swing tackle Cameron Fleming, who held his own in the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl LII last season. Even casual football fans understand this is a deep, star-studded collection of talent.
Reggie Wayne: If I ran the Cowboys, I'd be 'champing at the bit' to trade for Earl Thomas - SportsDay Staff
NFL Network's Total Access gave Reggie Wayne (and some others) some airtime to talk about Earl Thomas and the Cowboys.
Reggie Wayne: If I am the Dallas Cowboys, I am just champing at the bit right now. Just the thought process of Earl Thomas actually playing on this defense. Just his winning mentality, his wisdom, his leadership on a defense if you look at paper from last year that seems to be playing better than it did the year before. It is awesome.
When you talk about a quarterback on defense, that’s Earl Thomas. He’s like a Ed Reid or Troy Polamalu back there. Getting guys aligned and making plays. This will be a big addition to this Dallas Cowboys defense.
Earl Thomas may have dropped another Cowboys bread crumb on Instagram - RJ Ochoa, Blogging The Boys
Earl Thomas chose to reply to an Instagram comment where a user told Thomas that we (as in Cowboys fans) were waiting for him to join America’s Team.
There are over 130 comments on this particular post at the time of this writing. Earl specifically chose to interact with this one, the one clamoring for him to join the Cowboys.
This could be nothing, or it could be everything. The post itself involves Earl making a play against the Packers, who the Cowboys have notoriously struggled against. Maybe Thomas is readying for that challenge of sorts, or maybe this is all just total and complete coincidence.
Attorney for Cowboys CB Marquez White believes charges will be dismissed - Patrik Walker, 247 Sports
It's the defense attorney's job to stand up for his client, and Marquez White certainly has one who is doing just that.
"Marquez did everything legally,” said Shook, via Drew Davison of Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He displayed a gun but didn’t point it at this individual because he was very concerned with how this individual was making threats. I’m hopeful that this case can be dismissed, because I don’t think he violated the law."
And as far as White being unaware of any warrant issued following his non-arrest at the time, Shook says his client was simply never told.
"There was a series in breakdown in communications," he said. "He didn’t have notice that hearing was going on and was shocked to learn this warrant came out months later. It’s a bit unusual. It was an unfortunate series of miscommunication."
Same Old Dallas Cowboys' Misbehavior? | Mike Fisher, 105.3 The Fan
Fish looks at the Marquez White situation - and finds something much deeper and broader. This is one thing you should follow the link to read in full, because there are observations we all should pay attention to.
No team is immune. And even if the accusations turn out to be untrue -- in White's case, his argument that he was well within his right to brandish a legally-owned weapon due to feeling threatened in a "road rage'' situation might very well be backed up by the courts -- a question lingers.
What are we so angry about?
I say "we'' because this isn't really just about football players; you know this is you watch the first 10 minutes of the TV news and not just the last two minutes devoted to the "fun and games'' department.
NFC East gets in on supplemental draft, Cowboys stays out the party | Cowboys Wire
The Cowboys didn't make a selection in the supplemental draft, but a couple of division rivals did.
The NFL supplemental draft came and went Wednesday, with the Cowboys passing at the opportunity to claim a few of the interesting prospects in the draft. That doesn’t mean their NFC East rivals did the same though as the New York Giants selected cornerback Sam Beal of Western Michigan, and the Washington Redskins selected cornerback Adonis Alexander from Virginia Tech.
To acquire these talents, New York forfeited their third-round pick in the 2019 draft. Washington gave up their sixth rounder next year.
Should NFL worry about referee turnover? Here's why there's concern - Kevin Seifert, NFL Nation- ESPN
With an unusually large number of NFL referees and officials departing, coupled with very significant changes to the rule book, there is concern about the quality of officiating this fall. To a fairly big degree, it is the league's own fault.
The NFL can take part of the blame for the departures, having created a set of rules that can no longer be navigated by non-experts in real time. Each network that broadcasts NFL games now has at least one former referee or league executive on staff.
It's been a good year for Leighton Vander Esch.
After wrapping up his football career at Boise St., Vander Esch was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys in April.
And this week, before the linebacker sets off for his first professional training camp, he announced on his Instagram that he is now engaged.