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Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo wins American Century Championship - SportsDay

Tony Romo won the American Century Championship on Sunday! Congratulations to the former Cowboys quarterback.

Former Cowboys quarterback and NFL analyst Tony Romo won the American Century Championship on Sunday in South Lake Tahoe.

Greatest story never shown: Filming nearly complete on first Tony Romo documentary - Dabniel Schoettler, Myracinecounty
Romo’s hometown newspaper has the lowdown on a new documentary about Romo's "meteoric, unique rise to football superstardom."

The Texas-based video production group ZGN Productions is at the head of the documentary “Now or Never,” to chronicle Romo’s journey from Burlington to the National Football League.

Christian Hanna is the founder of the production group and is the director and creator of the project. He is an independent filmmaker from El Paso, Texas.

“This documentary came about with me being passionate about Tony Romo and his career, not just the Dallas Cowboys, but who he is on the field,” Hanna said. “I had read an article from Dallas called “The Last Best Hope of Tony Romo,” by Michael J. Mooney, an author from Dallas, and he had written an article how it was now or never that if Tony Romo didn’t go chase a Super Bowl now with Jason Witten and Dez Bryant that he may never get it.”

Hanna intends this documentary to be available everywhere. He is hoping to show it at some big festivals like Dallas International and the Sundance Film Festival, but it depends on what they think.

“Having Tony and his dad, and having the production value of the people who were there has increased the value of our documentary,” Hanna said. “We are hoping to get it distributed, and the dream is having it on Netflix, Amazon, and DVD.”

How Cowboys backup TE Blake Jarwin became one of Dak Prescott’s regular offseason targets - Jori Epstein, SportsDay

From the former Cowboys QB to the current man in charge, Dak Prescott is working with many new targets this offseason, including his potential starting tight end.

2018 outlook: Geoff Swaim is the favorite to start at tight end for Dallas. He’s the most experienced run blocker. Jarwin comes next on the depth chart, followed by Rico Gathers and rookie Dalton Schultz. But it was Jarwin, not Swaim, making a splash in offseason activities. Dak Prescott regularly targeted Jarwin up the middle, particularly in red-zone situations. Jarwin’s been studying Jason Witten film and Prescott spoke highly of his ability to get open. It was a step in the right direction, Jarwin said. “I’m happy to continue to build that chemistry between us,” Jarwin said, “and the respect that I can be in the spot so he can get to me and trust in me that I’ll catch the ball.”

National writer: Dak Prescott will be the Cowboy that ‘disappoints’ in 2018 - SportsDay

Though we here at BTB are optimistic about Dak, one writer from Bleacher Report doesn’t see it.

Doug Farrar writes that injury to Elliott or the O-line could limit Prescott again. He also says the lack of dependability amongst the Cowboys’ receiving corps could limit Prescott regardless.

Here’s what Farrar had to say:

In the first two months of his second NFL season, Dak Prescott threw 14 touchdown passes to just four interceptions, and he took only nine sacks to go with 226 passing attempts. In the last two months of 2017, Prescott threw eight touchdown passes to nine interceptions and took 23 sacks to go with 264 passing attempts. Running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension and injuries to left tackle Tyron Smith were primary factors in Prescott’s second-half downturn, as was his continued inability to find consistent chemistry with receiver Dez Bryant.

In 2018, Prescott will have Elliott and Smith, but the receiver situation is a bit unnerving. Bryant was released in April, and to cushion that blow, Dallas signed ex-Jacksonville receiver Allen Hurns and selected Colorado State product Michael Gallup in the third round. Those are good moves--both Hurns and Gallup have a lot of potential as possession receivers--but outside the inconsistent Terrance Williams, there isn’t a lot of explosiveness in the receiver corps, and tight end Jason Witten’s retirement took a consistent receiver out of Prescott’s orbit.

Dallas Cowboys: Five reasons Dak Prescott will be GREAT in 2018 - Reid Hanson, SportDFW

Now to a Dak-believer. Five reasons why Dak will be “great” this upcoming season, including the new additions at wideout.

3. Receiver Reboot

For the run-pass option to work as it should, you need a few things:

You need reliable receivers running precise routes

You need a QB that can read the defense before and after the snap

Speed – both horizontal and vertical

The Dallas Cowboys now appear to have all of those things.

They once said, you can have Dez Bryant run the same route 10 times and it’ll never look the same even once. While undeniably talented, Dez’s style of play doesn’t work so well in the RPO since it’s all about quick reads, timing, and location.

Additionally, when you have a receiver like Dez, you feel obligated to get him the ball. RPO doesn’t force the ball anywhere. It’s an opportunistic attack that flows to the most advantageous of situations. Without a true No. 1 option in the passing game, Dak can do what he does best – pass it to the best option on a given play. That means going through progressions on non-RPO plays, and that means picking the right option on RPO plays.

DeMarco Murray couldn’t catch Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith - what chance does Ezekiel Elliott have? - Staff, SportsDay

Can Zeke break Emmitt Smith’s rushing record?

Steve Dennis and SportsDay’s Tim Cowlishaw recently talked about former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray’s retirement on KESN-FM 103.3 ESPN Radio. Here are some highlights, edited for clarity:

Tim Cowlishaw [6:42]: 72.5 yards per game as a running back -- [DeMarco Murray] only played 99 games. It reminds me, one more time, why Emmitt Smith’s record won’t be broken. Emmitt played 226 games. DeMarco Murray had a really nice career and he didn’t come within 11,000 yards of catching Emmitt Smith. When you see that 1,845 rushing yards in a season that he ran for -- which did break Emmitt’s record and the Cowboys team record -- odds of Ezekiel Elliott breaking that mark?

Steve Dennis: I think he will.

TC: Well, that was quick. You just quickly pushed him into the 1,845 category.

SD: I think the Cowboys have been searching for what that offense was in 2014 ever since they let it go. They realized in 2015 -- of course Tony Romo was hurt that whole year and so was Dez Bryant -- that Darren McFadden wasn’t it. That’s what they built the offensive line to do, so... I think they’re going to give Zeke that opportunity.

Will Ezekiel Elliott surpass DeMarco Murray on the Cowboys all-time rushing list in 2018? - RJ Ochoa, BTB

Our own RJ Ochoa wrote on whether or not Zeke can pass DeMarco on the all-time rushing list this season.

DeMarco Murray retired on Friday, and when he did, he did so as number six on the Dallas Cowboys all-time rushing list.

There are 4,526 yards that DeMarco earned (an astonishing 1,845 of them all in 2014) during his days in Dallas, but the meat the left on the proverbial bone was quickly devoured by Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. Two years in, only 25 games mind you, Zeke is sitting on 2,614 yards with the Cowboys.

Zeke would have to average 120 yards across the season in order to break DeMarco, and doing so would not only mean that Zeke would pass Murray on the Cowboys all-time rushing list, he’d then pass him as far as the greatest statistical season that any Cowboys running back has ever had, DeMarco’s aforementioned 2014 season.

Power Ranking Every NFL Team’s 2017 Draft Haul One Year Later - Maurice Moton, Bleacher Report

Who says one year is too early to rank draft classes? The Cowboys rank in the top-half of these rankings.

No. 13: Dallas Cowboys

Despite cornerback Chidobe Awuzie’s reps on the outside during the offseason, Jourdan Lewis played almost two-and-a-half times as many snaps last year (746-309). Both flashed their potential. Together, along with Byron Jones at cornerback, the Dallas Cowboys have a young group with a high ceiling at the position.

Sixth-rounder Xavier Woods logged four starts, though his long-term outlook in a prominent role remains questionable since he made few impact plays in coverage. The Cowboys can take credit for wideout Ryan Switzer, who logged 902 all-purpose yards before a 2018 draft-day trade sent him to the Raiders in exchange for defensive tackle Jihad Ward.

The class came up short at the top in terms of production. Defensive end Taco Charlton took the field for 399 snaps and logged three sacks. Despite solid campaigns for Awuzie and Lewis, neither started for even half the season, which kept this group out of the top 10.

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