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We start our round-up of the latest Dallas Cowboys headlines with this nugget from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson:

For more camp coverage, come back at 8:00 AM ET when we’ll have full summary of yesterday’s padded practice, including what one writer termed “The Wall Of Granite.”


Brace-free and healthy Jaylon Smith has big expectations for Cowboys’ linebacker corps - Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Smith is healthy and moving freely on the football field for the first time in two years and recently hinted at what could be an expanded role for him.

Smith was second on the team with 99 tackles while playing in all 16 games in 2017. He played more than expected after injuries to Anthony Hitchens and Sean Lee.

“Last year I needed all that work to prepare me for now,” he said. “I improved each and every game and it showed. So this year is a big deal. People thought I’d never play the game again and I’m here. It’s a blessing and I’m taking it day by day.”

“I’m a pass rusher at heart. That’s what I do,” he said. “I haven’t really had an opportunity to show that because I’m so versatile. With this defense, I’m excited to be able to tackle a lot of things this year.”


Ezekiel Elliott will see dollar signs after Todd Gurley’s deal reset the RB market – Charean Williams, ProFootballTalk
Stephen Jones is getting ready to pay Elliott.

The Cowboys will have to pay quarterback Dak Prescott after this season. Elliott’s turn comes later. The Cowboys will pick up Elliott’s fifth-year option for 2021 — barring the unexpected — giving them more time to negotiate a new deal with him.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones knows what Gurley’s deal means for his team and for Elliott: The Cowboys will have to pay, and Elliott will get paid.

“Well, obviously that changed it,” Jones said. “That certainly moved the market in terms of running backs. Certainly you’ve got great running backs out there right now that have been wanting to move that market. For awhile there, with the running backs [the thought] you could pick them later in the draft, that you didn’t necessarily need to allocate big sums of money when you’re trying to work through how you divide up and how you allocate your salary cap. But you know obviously when we picked Zeke that was the first time in a while a running back had been picked that high. I would probably submit to you that Gurley might would have been picked that high had he not been coming off a significant injury. You throw in Saquon [Barkley] and some of these guys, and I think when we see these types of backs that have these type of skills that make a difference for these teams then certainly I think everybody is understanding their value. It certainly will affect Zeke. I’m sure Zeke smiled big when he saw it.

“I wouldn’t take anybody for Zeke. I just think we’ve got the best one in the league, and I think he’s put his off the field issues behind him, and I expect him to do very special things and just as I said with Dak, I hope we’re looking at big numbers on both of them, because that’ll mean they’ve had great years, and I would submit to you that if both of them go out and have great years, the Dallas Cowboys are going to have a great year, too.”


Report: Cedrick Wilson left Saturday’s practice with a shoulder injury - RJ Ochoa, Blogging The Boys
It wasn't such a good day for Wilson, though the injury is not believed to be serious.

Cedrick Wilson got off to a rough start during the first day in pads when he reportedly left practice early due to a shoulder injury.

The report notes that for now the injury isn’t expected to be serious. That’s great news for a rookie that has a lot of work ahead of him. Wilson joins Kavon Frazier and Chaz Green as Cowboys to deal with injury-related issues early on out in Oxnard.

Cowboys FS Xavier Woods not concerned with Earl Thomas, has no plans to give up job - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys free safety Xavier Woods is not concerned with the talk of an Earl Thomas trade with the Seattle Seahawks. He plans on keeping the job, rendering all discussions on the matter moot.

“I just worry about what I can control, and that’s me playing out there every day,” Woods said Saturday form training camp in Oxnard, Calif. “I’m trying to give them a reason not to want anybody. That’s my point of view.”

Woods plans to use his time in training camp and preseason games to make the most of his opportunity as he has done his entire career.

“That’s all football is, just making the most of your opportunity,” Woods said. “When you’re number is called, answer that door, man. Don’t give them no reason to give that position back. Once you get it, don’t give it back. That’s my mindset.”


Cowboys confident in options to replace retired Witten - Michael Coleman, KTRE.com
The Cowboys still have a lot of unanswered questions at the tight end position, but they believe the answers are on the roster.

Despite the loss of Witten, Head Coach Jason Garrett is confident his staff will be able to fill the void. The tightend [sic] position is open and former Texas longhorn Geoff Swaim believes he could be the guy to fill it.

”Last year the year before my first year I had kind of a well defined role of what i did,” Swaim said. “It was a lot of special teams, a lot of 2nd, 3rd tightends [sic] situational football. So for me, this year was kind of focusing where I can help the team or where I can grow in the grand scheme.

While not naming a starter just yet, he has seen some qualities in Swaim he likes.

”Swaim’s doing a good job,” Garrett said. “He’s had a role for us in the last couple of years as a second or third tightend [sic] in our personnel packages. He’s always been someone who’s taken advantage of opportunities.”

Why Blake Jarwin Is Cowboys’ Sleeper for Camp - Maurice Moton, Bleacher Report
More speculation about the Cowboys' tight ends, based on a two week-old article and some even older college data.

The Dallas Cowboys selected tight end Dalton Schultz in the fourth round of April's draft. He'll garner the spotlight, along with Geoff Swaim, as Jason Witten's potential replacement in the starting role. However, the Dallas Morning News’ Jori Epstein saw an under-the-radar player emerge during spring practices.

"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."

Jarwin caught 41 passes for 616 yards and five touchdowns over three seasons at Oklahoma State but went undrafted in 2017. Now in his second season, with an opportunity to become a threat in the passing attack, Prescott may continue to look for the 6'5", 260-pound target inside the 20-yard line to close drives. He suited up for just one game last season.

Dallas Cowboys: Bo Scarbrough reveals what Nick Saban borrowed from Cowboys' Jason Garrett - Staff, SportsDay
Cowboys rookie running back Bo Scarbrough recently joined 1310 KTCK-AM to talk all things Cowboys. An excerpt:

What did Nick Saban have to say about his relationship with Jason Garrett and the Cowboys after you were drafted?

BS: "Actually, it was Coach Garrett who told me about their relationship. Once I arrived in Dallas, I kind of seen some of the same signs that [Saban] had in our facility and I texted [Alabama assistant coach Scott Cochran] and told him about the similar signs. He was like, 'We kind of got it from them.' So, once he told me that I was like... I can really be there and do what I need to do and it won't be a problem."

Think Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is a pothead? Let him tell his side of the story - Jori Epstein, SportsDay
It’s been a tough couple years for the Cowboys defensive end and it’s going to take a lot of positive days for people to change their perception of him.

"I think I'm known for being a pothead," Gregory said from the ice cream shop table in California, where marijuana is legal, "and I don't think that's the case."

Gregory says he identifies with those battling depression and anxiety, and he turned to smoking to counter their effects. NFL rules forbid marijuana. So came the suspensions of 10 and then four and then 16 games.

Gregory would learn a better way.

In treatment at California, he found answers.

Gregory learned to understand and counter his triggers; to replace substance dependency with outlets like boxing and meditation. Finding joy and fulfillment in substance-free activities and outlets became easier as months passed. Screwing up got old. Gregory remembers during the third week of March when it really clicked.

"I finally realized I had the strength to put my foot down and keep it there," he said. "I gained a little control back in my life."

Jourdan Lewis has customized cleats - Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis was wearing customized Adidas cleats during Saturday morning’s walk through at training camp. Lewis had the cleats customized to feature a metallic look all around and on the sole as well.

He’s not sure they’ll pass NFL censor’s on gameday but they’re proving effective so far in training camp. He got the cleats about four weeks ago.

“I made it metallic all around,” said Lewis, who wore Nike and Adidas cleats during his four years at Michgian. “It’s cool, different. I like it. These are pretty light and they’re durable.”


Alfred Morris visiting Jets after Elijah McGuire injury - Kevin Patra, NFL.com
Morris is visiting the Jets after Elijah McGuire suffered a fractured foot.

McGuire’s injury gives context to Rapoport’s previous report that the Jets are hosting Alfred Morris and Orleans Darkwa for a visit.

Morris spent the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He averaged 4.8 yards on 115 carries with one rushing score in 2017. In four seasons with the Giants, Darkwa compiled 242 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per attempt and scoring nine touchdowns.

Panthers lose starting right tackle Daryl Williams to knee injury in training camp - Cole Patterson, Blogging The Boys
The season opener is still a ways off, but the Cowboys’ first opponent may have taken a big blow early in training camp.

Carolina Panthers starting right tackle Daryl Williams suffered a severe knee injury early into training camp that looks to keep him off of the field for the foreseeable future. The Cowboys open the season against the Panthers, so this injury is relevant for Dallas.

Adam Schefter later reported on Saturday that Williams’ injury has been announced as a dislocated right patella, while the Oklahoma Sooners product also tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Williams was a staple along the Panthers’ offensive line in 2017, only missing one single snap during the entire 17-game season. In fact, he was graded as one of the eight best offensive linemen across the entire NFL last season by Pro Football Focus.

It appears that Taylor Moton is next in line for the right tackle duties for Carolina. Morton, who played collegiately at Western Michigan, was a second-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.