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Cowboys news: WR Deonte Thompson re-signed; 8 players signed to practice squad; Dan Bailey to visit Jets; more

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Sources: Cowboys will move Noah Brown to IR, re-sign Deonte Thompson - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
WR Deonte Thompson is back on the roster after the Cowboys moved WR Noah Brown to IR.

Many observers thought that Thompson would make the initial 53-man roster, especially since Brown missed so much time in training camp and preseason. It seemed as if the battle was between Thompson and Lance Lenoir, but the Cowboys decided to keep Brown with the intent of moving him to IR. Lenoir made it to the practice squad and Thompson, at least according to sources, will return to the team.


Jets to work out Dan Bailey on Monday- Charean Williams, PFT
Dan Bailey has his first visit lined up after the Cowboys released him.

Could that be in New York?

Bailey will work out for the Jets on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

The Jets’ kicker situation remains unsettled, with Jason Myers holding the job for the moment. Myers beat out Taylor Bertolet.

Bailey, who had a $4.2 million cap hit for this season, lost his job to untested Brett Maher in a surprise move by the Cowboys on Saturday. Bailey missed five field goals and two extra points last season, but his groin injury, which kept him out four games, explained his uncharacteristic misses.

Eatman: Wait, There Was a Kicking Competition? - Nick Eatman, The Mothership
Eatman questions the decision to move on from one of the most accurate kickers ever and explains why he doesn’t believe there should have been a question about Bailey being the kicker of this team.

I’m all for competition. I’m just not so sure this was one.

Dan Bailey lost his job on Saturday as the Cowboys decided to release him among the 36 players to get the roster down to 53. The Cowboys have every right to make whatever move they want. In this case, they’re going with Brett Maher, who has never made a kick in an NFL game.

Bailey, the second-most accurate in NFL history, might still have the top spot in that category had it not been for a groin injury that sidelined him for over a month. Bailey came back and obviously wasn’t the same, missing kicks he’s never done before, like two extra points and another inside of 30.

But like most people, I assumed he would regroup in the offseason, knock off the rust, and get his groove back. And I believe he had done that. Ok, so there were a few days in practice where he missed a couple of kicks, but after that, he was rock-solid.

A deep dive on Dan Bailey’s last three seasons, overblown inaccuracy, and potential distance threshold - RJ Ochoa, BTB
Ochoa wrote a really great piece on Dan Bailey’s final three seasons in Dallas.

The “Dan Bailey is not Dan Bailey anymore” narrative

The end of 2017 wasn’t kind to Dan Bailey. He missed an extra point for the first time in his career and during what we now know was his last game with the team against the Philadelphia Eagles missed every kick he attempted in a game for the first time ever.

Dan definitely struggled in the season’s final quarter, but he hadn’t missed at all in 2017 before that (eight games). It would be a bit irresponsible for the Cowboys to overreact to one quarter of a season across a seven-year career which is why people have looked elsewhere.

It’s true that Dan Bailey has in a literal sense declined as far as field goal percentage goes over the past three years. If you take one look at this you feel like Sisemore, that the Cowboys had just cause in moving on from Bailey.

Well it looks like Dan Bailey has declined, right? Entering his eighth season he’s obviously a shell of himself and Brett Maher is worth rolling the dice on (Maher might be a good kicker, none of this is meant to imply that he’s not). These numbers alone aren’t fair.

Meet Brett Maher, the Cowboys Kicker Replacing Dan Bailey for 2018 - Sean Martin, Inside The Star
Who is Brett Maher? Get to know the new kicker of the Dallas Cowboys.

His replacement, Brett Maher, has never kicked a field goal in a regular season game in the NFL, despite being on three teams. One of these teams was the Cowboys, as Maher was a member of the squad for the preseason in 2013.

At the time, he was the proverbial “warm body” to kick field goals while Bailey healed from an injury. Ask even the most loyal Nebraska Cornhusker fans (there are plenty of those), and they would have told you Maher was doing much of the same with the Cowboys this time around.

Maher’s starts have all been in the CFL, appearing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ottawa Redblacks, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Maher scored all 18 points for the expansion Redblacks in their first ever win back in 2014, hitting from 23 yards out to win the game.

Biggest Takeaways from Every NFL Team’s Roster Cuts - Brad Gagnon, Bleacher Report
Gagnon writes that the release of Bailey shows that kickers are not highly valued.

Dallas Cowboys: Even Great Kickers Aren’t Highly Valued

If they were, the Cowboys wouldn’t have released Dan Bailey—one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history—in favor of journeyman and former CFLer Brett Maher, who has never attempted a regular-season NFL field goal in his football career.

Maher had a strong summer with the Cowboys, but Bailey didn’t do anything wrong. The problem? He was slated to make $3.4 million this year, while Maher will cost the Cowboys just $480,000.

It’s a business, and we’re reminded of that on this weekend each and every year.



Cowboys claim defensive back Ibraheim Campbell and center Adam Redmond off waivers - Danny Phantom, Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys added a couple of players off of waivers, defensive back Ibraheim Campbell and center Adam Redmond.

Campbell was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round of 2015. He played two seasons with the Browns, making nine total starts for them. He was waived and placed on injured reserve late in the season of 2016. Last year, Campbell was signed to the Houston Texans practice squad.

Adam Redmond was an undrafted free agent signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2016. He didn’t make the cut his rookie season and was signed to their practice squad. Last season, he was signed to the Buffalo Bills practice squad.

Cowboys continue to shake roster with aim at safety, offensive line depth - Stefan Stevenson, The Star-Telegram
Dallas parted ways with Kadeem Edwards and Brian Price prior to bringing in Campbell and Richmond.

Dallas claimed safety Ibraheim Campbell (Houston Texans) and center Adam Redmond (Buffalo Bills) off waivers.

The Cowboys announced their 53-man roster on Saturday.

Guard Kadeem Edwards and defensive tackle Brian Price have been waived.

Campbell started 11 games in three seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He had six tackles and a pass deflection against the Cowboys in the preseason finale.

Dallas Cowboys sign eight to practice squad - Stefan Stevenson, The Star-Telegram
Dallas also inked eight different members to its practice squad, headlined by Lance Lenoir and Darius Jackson — but no Bo Scarbrough.

The Dallas Cowboys announced eight players have been signed to their practice squad, including receivers Lance Lenoir and Dres Anderson and running backs Jordan Chunn and Darius Jackson. Defensive end Charles Tapper, linebacker Kyle Queiro and cornerback Donovan Olumba also earned spots. Tackle Jake Campos rounds out the group.

Could Cowboys sign a newly released QB like Paxton Lynch, Davis Webb? Here’s what they’d need to do - Katie Hairopoulos, SportsDay
With the questionable depth behind Dak Prescott, could the Cowboys bring in another quarterback — such as Paxton Lynch, for example?

The Cowboys haven’t shown much interest in shopping around the backup quarterback market, despite a lackluster preseason by Cooper Rush. A couple of new QBs became options Sunday when Denver released Paxton Lynch and the New York Giants released Davis Webb.

The Cowboys had tried to move up in the draft to grab Lynch during the 2016 draft, though the first-round selection has been a disappointment for the Broncos. Webb, out of Prosper, was a third-round pick in 2017.


Daryl Williams returns to practice - Max Henson, Panthers.com
The Cowboys take on the Panthers in six days. Carolina saw their All-Pro right tackle return to practice on Sunday — much earlier than many expected.

Anyone who saw – or heard – right tackle Daryl Williams suffer his knee injury during training camp surely thought he would miss at least part of the regular season.

But with exactly one week until Sunday’s opener against the Cowboys, Williams is back on the practice field.

“I’m definitely ahead of schedule,” said Williams, adding that the athletic training staff has been “huge” throughout his daily rehabilitation. “It feels good to be back out there with the guys getting some work done. It’s awesome.

“At first when it happened I thought it was worse. But I’m back out there. Just going to take it day-by-day and see where I’m at.”

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