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Does Tom Brady have a weakness? Well, Dallas Cowboys rookie Osa Odighizuwa has a list - Clarence Hill Jr, Star Telegram

Maybe not a great idea to give the greatest QB of all time any additional ammo, but its good to see the young rookie not back down from the challenge.

It was the type of question that a veteran would punt and rookie typically run away from.

But Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive tackle Osa Odghizuwa didn’t blink, nor did he back track when offered a life raft.

After speaking glowingly of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, saying how crazy was to be playing in next Thursday’s season opener against “the GOAT”, the confident third-round pick from UCLA, who has been named an opening day starter, was asked about the weakness of the seven-time Super Bowl champion.

“He’s not very mobile,” Odighizuwa said matter-of-factly. “I mean, you know, he’s been playing for 21 years. The dude is a little older, not too mobile. I’d say that’s probably what it is.”

Trevon Diggs Among Several Cowboys to Switch Jersey Numbers - Matthew Lenix, Inside The Star

Look good, play good like Deion Sanders use to say. How do we feel about the number switches for these players?

Back in April, the NFL approved a proposal to change the way jersey numbers are assigned. Defensive backs can now wear 1 to 49, linebackers 1 to 59/90 to 99, and defensive ends 50 to 70/90 to 99.

Jaylon Smith and Donovan Wilson took advantage of this new rule back in May. The former changed to No. 9 and the latter switched to No. 6 which were the numbers they wore in college. Trevon Diggs, Jabril Cox, Jayron Kearse, Nahshon Wright, and Azur Kamara will also sport new jersey numbers according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

Diggs saw much success wearing the No. 7 at Alabama. He was a member of the Crimson Tide’s 2018 National Championship team. Also, he received First-Team All-SEC and Third-Team All-American honors in 2019. The man who will dawn his old No. 27, Kearse, wore the same number for his first four seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He logged 578 snaps at safety with five starts but nearly doubled that on special teams with 1,015.

Ranking the 2021 Dallas Cowboys roster from 53 to 1 - Tyrone Starr, The Landry Hat

Top to bottom the Cowboys seem to have talent throughout the roster. How would you rank them?

The potential Pro Bowl or All-Pro selections of the Dallas Cowboys

6 – DeMarcus Lawrence – DE

5 – Ezekiel Elliott – RB

4 – Amari Cooper – WR

3 – Tyron Smith – T

2 – Zack Martin – G

1 – Dak Prescott – QB

Lawrence absolutely needs to be a consistent problem for opposing quarterbacks all year. Anything less than double-digit sacks will be looked at as a disappointment. Elliott is going to have a bounce-back season. I will die on that hill.

The health of Smith and Martin is vital to the success of this team. The same goes for QB1 who I expect will show the league he’s in the discussion of the top five in the league and a lock for “Comeback Player of the Year.” So there you have it. The 2021 Dallas Cowboys from the bottom to the top. Feel free to leave your comments as to where you would rank these players below.

CB Kelvin Joseph, DT Neville Gallimore among Cowboys moved to short-term IR - Todd Brock, Cowboys Wire

The Cowboys made a few moves as they maneuver their way around the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys continued their personnel shell game on Thursday, changing the official designation on several players as they work to finalize the active squad before Week 1.

According to the team website, six players- cornerback Kelvin Joseph, offensive tackle Josh Ball, wide receiver Malik Turner, defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, tight end Sean McKeon, and linebacker Francis Bernard- have been placed on the Injured Reserve/Return list.

That classification is available only to players who were on the active roster; though hurt, all six were on the official 53-man roster when final cuts were made on Tuesday. Now they’ll make a short-term move to the IR-to-Return list, meaning each of them is eligible to come back to the active roster after three weeks.

Healthy Tyron Smith Pointing Toward Full Season - Rob Phillips, Dallascowboys.com

Having a healthy Tyron Smith for the season would pay huge dividends towards this teams success.

FRISCO, Texas – No more neck roll.

Tyron Smith has said for weeks that he feels great coming off season-ending neck surgery in 2020. Maybe the best sign is the veteran left tackle ditching a significant uniform accessory heading into next Thursday’s season opener against the Tampa Bay Bucs.

“It’s been a while since I’ve felt this good,” Smith said after Thursday’s practice. “I don’t know if you guys saw, but I usually have the huge Cowboy neck roll on. I finally took that off. The neck’s feeling normal now.”

Smith has been wearing the neck roll in practice and games for the last several years as an extra layer of protection against neck and shoulder issues.

How Will Dak Prescott Look Coming Back From Injury? NFL On CBS’ Tony Romo, Phil Simms Weigh In - CBS Sports DFW

Tony Romo and Phil Simms discuss how Dak will fare in his first season coming back off injury.

(CBSDFW.com)- The Cowboys 2020 season was essentially ended the moment that starting quarterback Dak Prescott was injured in Week 5 and lost for the season. Heading into 2021, the hope was that Prescott would be back, fully healthy, and ready to resume his torching of opposing defenses with a trio of wide outs at his disposal. But, some more concern popped up in training camp when the 28-year-old suffered a shoulder injury that kept him from playing in preseason.

NFL on CBS analyst Phil Simms said he wasn’t surprised when Prescott’s arm issue popped up because of the nature of his injury last season in which he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, the leg on which he plants to put power into throws.

“When Dak came up with this lat injury that he got throwing the football, I was not shocked, I actually went on Twitter and talked about it. When that plant leg isn’t feeling right as a quarterback, you have to make some adjustments to get power on the football,” Simms said via conference call. “He changed the way he was throwing the football and when you change, the body wasn’t ready for it, put too much pressure on it and that’s what we saw.”