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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms the Cowboys' No. 1 running back job is "Joseph Randle's to lose."

Per RapSheet, the Cowboys expect "big things" from Randle, and love his "vision and explosiveness." After struggling mightily as a fifth-round rookie in 2013, Randle indeed showed improved burst as a sophomore, averaging nearly seven yards on 51 carries. Randle remains a high-risk fantasy investment based on his extremely-limited track record. His ADP is creeping toward round three.
Jul 31 - 9:33 PM

Darren McFadden's hamstring injury is not to the leg that sidelined him in OTAs.

Unbelievable. (But not really.) Coach Jason Garrett is "hopeful" DMC will be back in a "week or so," but the Cowboys are learning all they need to know about McFadden's lack of durability. McFadden was already far from a roster lock, but his inability to stay on the field in even shorts and a t-shirt is likely doing major damage to his 53-man odds.
Jul 30 - 3:15 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free underwent offseason foot surgery, but is full-go for training camp.

Including Dallas' playoff run, Free's foot cost him seven games last season. The nature of his operation is unclear. Before last year, Free had appeared in every Cowboys game since 2009. He's come on as one of the NFL's better right tackles.
Jul 30 - 2:21 PM

Ronald Leary opened camp as the Cowboys' starting left guard.

Leary has made 31 starts over the past two seasons, but is battling rookie La'El Collins at left guard. Collins is a first-round talent, but ESPN Dallas tentatively expects Leary to hold onto his job. Leary is an asset in the run game, but more of a liability when Tony Romo drops back to pass.
Jul 30 - 2:13 PM

Cowboys placed MLB Rolando McClain (knee scope) on the active/PUP list.

McClain participated in individual drills during minicamp, but still isn't full-go. Suspended for the first four games of the season, McClain will be eased along in camp.
Jul 30 - 1:44 PM

Cowboys placed RB Darren McFadden on the active/PUP list with a hamstring injury.

Act surprised. With his career running on fumes, McFadden has been battling a hamstring issue since OTAs. We'd like to say he's day to day for the start of camp, but you never know with someone who has suffered as many injuries as DMC. McFadden's roster spot is far from assured. It's possible he's eventually replaced by free agent Chris Johnson.
Jul 30 - 1:29 PM

At the beginning of Cowboys camp Wednesday, owner Jerry Jones endorsed Joseph Randle as Dallas' "No. 1 back."

Specifically, Jones "expressed confidence" that Randle can handle the load as Dallas' lead runner. The Cowboys are expected to mix in washed-up Darren McFadden and scatback Lance Dunbar, but Randle is in position to open the season as the starter. A fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft, Randle is a questionable talent, albeit one poised to run behind the NFL's premier offensive line. Randle's fantasy stock is sure to skyrocket to the point where he's an aggressive-bordering-on-reaching fantasy pick by the end of August.
Jul 29 - 5:18 PM

Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey skipped the team's flight to training camp as he aims for a new contract.

Mincey is scheduled to make $1.5 million in the final year of his two-year contract. He led the Cowboys in sacks and pressures last season and fell 11 snaps shy of earning a $500,000 bonus. The 31-year-old appears to want some guaranteed money and a boost to his salary. With the Cowboys adding RE Greg Hardy and second-rounder Randy Gregory and expecting a leap from LE Demarcus Lawrence, Mincey may see his snaps reduced a bit this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 9:00 PM

Cowboys placed RB Ryan Williams (knee) on injured reserve.

It turns out Williams was waived/injured, not released. Unsurprisingly, he went unclaimed on waivers. Recovering from a June "procedure," Williams just can't get his troublesome knee healthy. Williams will likely be released with an injury settlement if/when he gets healthy in 2015.
Jul 28 - 5:44 PM

Cowboys signed RB Gus Johnson.

Johnson went undrafted out of Stephen F. Austin, where he was the 2014 Southland Conference Player of the Year. He ran a disappointing 4.70 at the Combine, but posted solid vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10') jump numbers, and then improved his forty to the mid-4.5s at his Pro Day. Johnson will start off as the No. 4 or 5 RB in Dallas, but is a name to monitor. The players in front (Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar) aren't exactly world-beaters.
Jul 28 - 11:20 AM

Cowboys released RB Ryan Williams.

The oft-injured Williams couldn't stay out of the training room again, undergoing a knee procedure after he experienced swelling in June. The Cowboys added Stephen F. Austin UDFA Gus Johnson to take his place on the 90-man roster. Unless Chris Johnson or another veteran comes aboard, it looks like the Cowboys will roll with Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar as their top-three running backs.
Jul 28 - 11:12 AM

ESPN Dallas doesn’t project La’El Collins to be a Week 1 starter.

Collins is battling Ronald Leary to start at left guard. With Leary coming off a solid season, Collins isn’t guaranteed to unseat him before Week 1. Leary was a liability in pass protection last year, but rated as a top-five run blocker by PFF.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 24 - 7:09 PM

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle has received deferred adjudication for his shoplifting arrest last October.

Randle was busted for stealing cologne and underwear from a department store. As long as he stays out of trouble for the next 180 days, the misdemeanor will be dismissed. Randle was fined and isn't expected to face a suspension.
Jul 24 - 10:07 AM

ESPN Dallas projects the Cowboys to keep three running backs on the final roster.

Beat writers seem very confident about the current pecking order in Dallas' backfield. Joseph Randle enters camp as the clear starter, Darren McFadden will push him from a change-of-pace role and Lance Dunbar is the passing back. Ryan Williams and Lache Seastrunk are projected cuts. Randle's ADP is currently peaking at the top of Round 4.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 23 - 12:32 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer doesn't expect an uptick in usage for third-year TE Gavin Escobar.

Jason Witten is an every-down tight end, while James Hanna is a better blocker and special teamer than Escobar. The 47th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Escobar has managed 18 catches through two NFL seasons, though six have resulted in touchdowns. The Cowboys will likely predominately be a three-wide receiver team this season, rather than going heavy on two-tight end packages.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 19 - 3:53 PM


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