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Jerry Jones compared the Cowboys to the 1992 title team. Is he predicting Super Bowl? - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Jones compared the 2018 team’s youth to that of the 1992 Super Bowl title team. Is Jones making a bold prediction?

“We’ve had the best years I’ve been involved with football with a young team,” Jones said. “We were the youngest team when we won the first Super Bowl I had a chance to be involved with, I can just sense it, I don’t know if it’s the fact that I know the numbers that it makes you feel that way, but still I can sense an enthusiasm.”

So you’re predicting a Super Bowl?

“No. We’re preparing to compete for a Super Bowl,” said Jones.

For more camp coverage, come back at 8:00 AM ET for a full summary of all the highlights, Hot Boys, and hot takes from the fourth day of Cowboys practice in Oxnard.

Nate Newton on social media: 'Never would of won 3 Super Bowls' - Caleb Beams, KTRE.com
A lot has changed since the last time Nate Newton won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.

"It's easy to say things that are out of line," Newton said. "Watch what you say to the media. "We would have never won three super bowls, We'd stay suspended, we'd a stayed in trouble probably would have got one super bowl that was it."

While Newton's playing days are long over, he still holds a special place in his heart for the blue and silver. He is a regular at team events.

"What I like about this team this year is they're back it's a youth movement," Newton said. "Regardless of what the record is if you see great improvement this year. I know that next year is gonna be greater, but I think this team is good enough to get to the playoffs with the youth especially with on defense. With the youth then going to the 10 plus win seasons going back to back to back. That ain't happened since I played."


Who’s the Talk of Every NFL Team’s Offseason So Far? - Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report
Randy Gregory is the talk of the Cowboys’ training camp thus far? That’s what B/R says. The former second-round selection is looking to make a big impact for America’s Team now that he is reinstated in the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys: Randy Gregory

Randy Gregory has spent more weeks on the NFL’s suspension list than on the field for the Dallas Cowboys. But the organization and his teammates weren’t willing to give up on the talented defensive end.

”Just like soldiers, when you have brothers fall the wrong way, do you give up on them? No,” Demarcus Lawrence said, per the Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota. “We say togetherness, we say family for a reason. ... Randy is my brother. We stuck by him for a long time, and it’s time for him to ball now.”

The NFL reinstated Gregory on Monday after he missed last year because of a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. His inclusion in the lineup is a much-needed boost after David Irving received his own four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Because it’s been so long since Gregory took the field, some may have forgotten how talented he is. The 2015 second-round pick is a Gumby-like edge-bender with outstanding quickness off the snap.

”He’s got a lot of ability; we know that,” head coach Jason Garrett said, per the Morning News’ Brad Townsend. “But deep down he’s a good person, so it’ll be a good chance for him to get back on the right track.”

A healthy, committed Gregory opposite Lawrence will be a frightening sight for opposing quarterbacks.

Scout’s Notebook: Line Play Leads Spirited Saturday - Bryan Broaddus, The Mothership
Gregory is not the only one in the trenches impressing so far, and Broaddus came away impressed with Kony Ealy, Datone Jones, and Taco Charlton from practice on Saturday.

Really well executed stunt by Kony Ealy, Datone Jones and Damien Wilson to get pressure on Dak Prescott on the opening play of the team period. Ealy was able to get inside Smith, while Wilson drew the block of Connor Williams that allowed Jones to come all the way around to get right in Prescott’s face.

Taco Charlton was able to close down on the front side, avoiding Connor Williams’ block to capture Ezekiel Elliott before he had a chance to get through the line. Charlton was in ideal position from the start to the finish of the play.

More comfortable and confident, Taco Charlton is a ‘Hot Boy’ ready to prove himself - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
Speaking of Taco, the second-year end is ready to be a player and prove himself for the Cowboys in 2018.

Charlton is bigger and decidedly stronger in heading into year two because of an intense offseason workout program where he followed Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence from gym to gym.

Charlton said doesn’t feel any extra pressure because of the work he’s put in. Now he’s ready to show it.

“I definitely believe that,” Charlton said. “Getting a year under you and knowing what to expect and finding that comfort level and playing at this level for a year and knowing what to work on has been a blessing for me.”

It has made him more comfortable and confident and seemingly ready to explode.


Cowboys, Kris Richard may borrow from Seattle’s playbook, but Byron Jones won’t try to ‘imitate’ Richard Sherman - SportsDay
Elsewhere on the defense, Kris Richard is already making an impact in the secondary. Byron Jones talked about his move to cornerback, among other things in the defensive backfield.

How much did Kris Richard have to do with you moving back to cornerback?

Byron Jones: “You kind of heard the rumors as soon as the season was over. I had to call up and ask just to make sure what position I was going to be playing and I spoke with Kris and he said, ‘I like your abilities at corner. I like the length, the physicality and the way you guard receivers.’ So, it just made sense. It makes sense for this defensive system.”

Xavier Woods Isn’t Looking Over His Shoulder - Rob Phillips, DallasCowoys.com
Count Jason Garrett in on those impressed with the second-year DB out of Louisiana Tech.

“All of a sudden he’s hitting everybody and he’s around the ball a lot and really making plays,” Garrett said. “And it’s really what we thought we had when we drafted him because that’s how he played in college.

“You want to show up then. You don’t want to show up when you have the shorts on.”

Saturday, the pads came on for the first time in Oxnard. With Byron Jones now playing outside at cornerback, Woods is the frontrunner to start at free safety this season.


Report: Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson believed to have torn labrum in shoulder - RJ Ochoa, Blogging The Boys
Bad news for Wilson.

Saturday served as the first practice of training camp for the Dallas Cowboys with pads involved. Originally it appeared as if they got through unscathed with the exception of a shoulder issue regarding Cedrick Wilson that initially didn’t appear to be serious.

Unfortunately things aren’t exactly carefree regarding Wilson’s shoulder injury. It’s apparently a torn labrum, and that could be a big deal.

Jason Garrett: Cedrick Wilson to miss some time, Michael Gallup receives praise - Dave Halprin, BTB
There is some positivity surrounding fellow rookie wideout Michael Gallup, though.

Using your phrase “it’s not too big” does it apply to Michael Gallup? Do you see that?

He’s had a good start, he has a good look in his eye. At different stages (rookie mini-camp, OTA, mini-camp), you look and see are they comfortable, confident? It did not seem too big for him, he seemed prepared and ready and he made some plays.

While we are on topic about the wide receiver position, Cole Beasley had these things to say:


Antonio Brown wants Dez Bryant to join the Steelers – Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk
Antonio Brown wants Dez Bryant in Pittsburgh, but there's currently no reason to think the team is interested.


This video of Travis Frederick might be the most disrespectful one of training camp so far - RJ Ochoa, BTB
In case you didn’t know. Travis Frederick is a beast of a man.