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Cowboys news: Dallas took a look at some backup QBs this weekend

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Looking to make the training camp roster, tryout quarterbacks are a long shot with the Cowboys - Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News

The Cowboys have been taking a look at some longshot QBs at rookie minicamp.

“It’s been definitely different,” said Barrett, who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2014. “I would say I’ve been at a couple of places. My longest stint was New Orleans when I first came on in 2018-19. Then a snapshot of camp in Seattle, went back to New Orleans in the 2019 season and towards the end of that season went to Pittsburgh for a week. Got signed on for the next season then COVID happened.”

Barrett was a talented quarterback at Ohio State, throwing for 9,434 yards with 104 touchdowns and 30 interceptions while completing 63.5% of his passes in four seasons. Barrett’s career was slowed by injuries and the play of his replacement Cardale Jones.

When Barrett finished his college career he was hoping to catch on with a NFL team for a full season. It hasn’t occurred, yet.

Davis spent six seasons in college with two schools, Memphis and Illinois State. He injured his knee while at Memphis and missed the entire 2016 season. He left Memphis after being the No. 2 in 2017 to play at Illinois State.

Dallas Cowboys: Does Tony Pollard deserve more carries in 2021? - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat

Pollard’s numbers have been good and he could deserve some more action

In 2019, Elliott came in second in rushing attempts with 301, a mere two less than the NFL leader in carries that year, Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans. Last year, Zeke’s rushing attempts dropped all the way down to 244. That’s despite starting in 15 games and playing without quarterback Dak Prescott for much of the year due to suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week Five.

That drop in carries coincided with second-year running back Tony Pollard nearly doubling his offensive snaps from his rookie season, increasing from 199 to 363 in 2020. But Pollard’s rushing attempts stay relatively the same.

A fourth-round selection out of Memphis in 2019, Pollard carried the ball 86 times in his first season in Dallas, racking up 455 yards and two scores on the ground in the process. He was also targeted 20 times through the air, recording 15 receptions for 107 yards and a score.

Dallas Cowboys Micah Parsons as middle linebacker? Not so fast… - Reid Hanson, Sport DFW

Micah Parsons has position flex.

Micah Parsons: The pass-rusher

Perhaps it’s wishful thinking or just a stubborn refusal to accept our beloved franchise invested a top-12 pick in an off-ball linebacker, but there’s reason to believe Micah Parsons will be doing a whole lot more than play a low value position like MIKE every week.

Middle linebacker is important, don’t get me wrong. Much like a running back, the MIKE serves an important role on every team. It’s just, also like a running back, 90% of even a great player’s production can be filled with replacement level talent.

That’s why using Micah Parsons as just a MIKE would be a colossal waste of talent. It would be like bringing in the nation’s top neurosurgeon to re-grout your on-suite bathroom. The grout is important, indeed, you just don’t need someone as special as a neurosurgeon to do it for you.

Obviously, Micah Parsons is the neurosurgeon in that analogy. Parsons is a supremely talented football player. He can do things 99% of NFL players simply cannot. That’s how special he is. He’s bigger, stronger, and faster than just about anyone else. And his ability to run and chase is almost as impressive as his ability to rush the passer.

How quickly is Kelvin Joseph starting for the Dallas Cowboys? - Pranavdeep Singh, Kentucky Sports Radio

The Cowboys nabbed Joseph in the second round, now they have to see if he is ready to start.

In the film, Joseph was mainly playing the outside corner in heavy Cover 3 schemes against Mississippi State, and then in man coverage following the receiver in motion against Tennessee. In both games, he was able to come away with an interception, and Sturm notices that, mentioning how he is always looking for the ball when he drops back in zone coverage, or when he lined up man-to-man against another receiver.

At the Cowboys rookie minicamp, Joseph is quickly adjusting to the NFL day-to-day, mentioning how he’s ready to help the Cowboys get to the Super Bowl, while also saying how going up against the Cowboys receiving core of Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup in practice is going to help him become a better corner. He also added that music is a hobby when asked about his rap career.

As long as the rookie sticks to his word, he can be an impact starter for the Dallas Cowboys from Week One.

Why Coach Dan Quinn Replaced Dallas Cowboys Rookie Quinton Bohanna At DT - Mike Fisher, Sports Illustrated

Bohanna out. (Blank) in

“He’s going to be right over the center,” Quinn said of Bohanna, who is listed at 6-4, 360 and might be especially helpful when Dallas is in a 3-4. “Sometimes here, other times right here.’’

Quinn used his hands to indicate where “here’’ is. His hands barely moved an inch.

This is not the sort of 1-Tech tackle Dallas has favored in recent years. Previous coordinators prefers guys with less bulk and more upfield ability. Bohanna calls himself “a plug,’’ adding, “I take pride in stopping the run and letting those guys behind me run free and make plays. My physicality just fits well with the system that coach Quinn wants to run on defense.”

But on Saturday, just for a moment, Bohanna felt some soreness in his shoulder. So out he came ... and into the middle of the alignment went Quinn.

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