Player News - Cowboys

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Darren McFadden said his hamstring is "doing great."

The oft-injured McFadden missed most of OTAs with a slight pull but was able to return for the June minicamp. He'll enter training camp healthy but with serious questions about how much effectiveness he has left. McFadden has failed to reach 3.5 YPC in each of his last three seasons.
Jun 29 - 8:01 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota does not expect RB Ryan Williams to make the Cowboys' final roster.

Machota is the third Dallas beat reporter to predict Williams will not make the final 53. Limited by persistent knee swelling during the offseason program, Williams has to stay healthy in training camp to even have a shot at climbing the depth chart.
Jun 28 - 2:51 PM

The Cowboys met with unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant's agent last week.

With the deadline to sign franchise-tagged players less than three weeks away, the Cowboys are reopening talks with Bryant. It doesn't necessarily mean that a deal will get done. Bryant is threatening to miss regular-season games if he doesn't get a long-term contract. The Cowboys have until July 15 to extend him.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 27 - 6:37 PM

Cowboys second-round DE Randy Gregory has been studying tape of former Cardinals and Bucs DE Simeon Rice.

Rice is 17th on the all-time NFL sack leaders list with 122 and was probably one of the more underrated pass rushers of his era. Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli coached Rice in Tampa Bay and hopes to turn Gregory into his next stud edge presence. Gregory has also been watching film of Jason Taylor. "They’re real athletic," Gregory said. "I’m gonna take the things that coach Marinelli preaches and get off the ball. I’m trying to get off the ball as much as I can."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 26 - 10:12 AM

Unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant participated in a Sunday Night Football photo shoot for the Week 1 game against the Giants.

Publicly, Bryant is threatening to sit out this game if he doesn't get a long-term contract. No one is taking his threats seriously. Dez was in Dallas for minicamp, Jerry Jones has said there's "no doubt" his star wideout will be there and now Bryant is doing promotional work for the season opener. His one-year franchise tender is worth $12.82 million.
Jun 25 - 8:28 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (patellar tendon) currently weighs only 172 pounds.

NFL.com's Gil Brandt reports Claiborne's weight is actually "up" after he dropped a ton of pounds following surgery to repair his torn patellar tendon. Claiborne's Combine measurement was 5-foot-11, 188. Even after the patellar tendon tear, Claiborne required an additional arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The beat writers in Dallas still expect Claiborne to make the team.
Jun 23 - 9:36 PM

The starting running back job is considered Joseph Randle's to lose.

Randle led "most" individual drills this spring and "regularly" worked with the first-team offense. Darren McFadden's ineffectiveness has been exposed and Ryan Williams' continued knee woes have him on the roster bubble. The question now is how much Randle's JAG ability can be boosted by Dallas' elite offensive line. His ADP in fantasy drafts is getting expensive as it soars into Round 4.
Jun 23 - 9:36 AM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer projects Ryan Williams to be left off the Cowboys' 53-man roster.

Williams experienced recurring knee swelling at OTAs and minicamp, and will enter training camp squarely on the bubble. Owner Jerry Jones has hinted the Cowboys will only keep three tailbacks on their final roster. Archer projects those three backs to be Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 22 - 4:56 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer suggests second-year RB Lache Seastrunk could be headed to Dallas' practice squad.

Archer says Seastrunk is the clear No. 5 back behind Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar, and Ryan Williams, and didn't so much as get a carry when reporters were there to observe Cowboys spring practices. Archer says it "doesn't appear" Seastrunk is a realistic candidate for the 53-man roster.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 21 - 4:04 PM

Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys are still working on restructuring LCB Brandon Carr's contract.

Currently counting over $12 million against the cap, the assumption was the Cowboys would make Carr a post-June 1 cut if he wouldn't agree to a pay reduction. Neither scenario has happened yet, and it appears the Cowboys are content letting Carr play out 2015 on his inflated cap number. Carr recorded zero interceptions and was a liability in coverage for most of last season.
Jun 20 - 1:42 PM

Albeit on the sidelines in street clothes, unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant was present for the final practice of Cowboys minicamp on Thursday.

As an unsigned player, Bryant was not required to show, but he watched a motivational video with his teammates before observing practice from the sidelines. Bryant also had a conversation with Jerry Jones which ended in a hug. Having already threatened to hold out into the regular season if he does not get a long-term deal, this gesture may have been a show of good faith from Bryant. The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If an agreement isn't reached by then, Dez will either have to sign his one-year franchise tender or sit out the season.
Jun 20 - 1:35 PM

Cowboys MLB Rolando McClain (knee) participated in individual drills during minicamp.

An offseason knee scope forced McClain to miss OTAs, but his limited participation during minicamp suggests he will be ready to go when training camp opens next month. McClain had a career resurgence with the Cowboys last season, recording 87 tackles and two interceptions across 13 games.
Jun 20 - 1:29 PM

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys are expected to "spread the touches" between Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar.

Owner Jerry Jones reiterated Thursday that the Cowboys are "very comfortable" with Randle, McFadden, and Dunbar as their top-three running backs. Jones also stated Dallas would likely open the season with only three tailbacks on its 53-man roster. "I think we’ve got three guys who have three unique skill sets," running backs coach Gary Brown added. "We have to make sure that we use those guys." In particular, expect Randle's fantasy Average Draft Position to continue to rise throughout the summer.
Jun 18 - 8:49 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram describes RB Ryan Williams as a "longer shot" to make the Cowboys' roster.

Williams missed almost all of the spring due to swelling in his knee. You can't make the club in the tub. It's conceivable the Cowboys end camp with only Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar behind projected lead back Joseph Randle.
Jun 18 - 8:46 PM

Terrance Williams left Thursday's minicamp practice with an elbow injury.

He landed awkwardly after getting tripped up by rookie DB Byron Jones. Williams' X-rays came back negative, showing only a bruise. WRs coach Derek Dooley didn't seem overly concerned. "Hopefully he’ll be OK, and we’ll see him in five weeks." With Dez Bryant sitting out because of a contract dispute, Williams has been Tony Romo's top target during offseason workouts.
Jun 18 - 6:45 PM


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