Player News - Cowboys

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Terrance Williams released a statement following his arrest Saturday in Frisco, Texas.

Williams was charged with public intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident, both misdemeanors. The Cowboys receiver said he hopped the curb to avoid a collision after the car in front of him slammed on his brakes. After exchanging insurance information with the other driver, Williams said he was dropped off at home by a neighbor and immediately called a tow truck to collect his vehicle. Williams was on his way to meet the tow-truck driver when police stopped him on his scooter. According to Williams, no sobriety tests were administered. Williams' agent, Chip Lewis, released his own statement, disputing a claim that Williams struck a light pole with his Lamborghini. "We are confident that once all the facts are brought to light in court Terrance will be vindicated," said Lewis. Coming off another underwhelming season in 2017, this arrest could put Williams' roster spot in jeopardy.
May 20 - 9:26 AM

Terrance Williams was arrested in Frisco, Texas early Saturday morning on charges of public intoxication and leaving the scene of an accident.

Both charges are misdemeanors. According to police, Williams crashed his Lamborghini into a light pole at 3 AM and fled the scene. He was arrested when police found him riding an electric bicycle near his home about two hours later. Williams has since been released on a $369 bond. The 28-year-old caught 53 passes for 568 yards and no touchdowns for Dallas in 2017.
May 19 - 1:59 PM

Suspended DE Randy Gregory will apply for reinstatement on Thursday.

The No. 60 overall pick in 2015, Gregory recently wrapped up six weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehab and counseling, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's appeared in just 14 career games and missed all of last season while banned. Gregory would be a boost to Dallas' pass rush.
May 16 - 1:11 PM

Cowboys OC Scott Linehan expects Tavon Austin to get most of his snaps at receiver.

"We’ll use him for a lot of things, but he’s a receiver first," said Linehan. "Some of his skill set is as an outside receiver, but he can move around." This throws shade on reports the Cowboys plan to use Austin in a Lance Dunbar role. Austin should see an uptick from the last year's 81 touches, but remains unlikely to make a fantasy impact.
May 12 - 4:09 PM

Cowboys signed seventh round RB Bo Scarbrough to a four-year contract.

Scarbrough didn't live up to his five-star hype at Alabama, but has the talent to outproduce his late round status. He lands in a good spot in Dallas, where he'll have a chance to be the early-down backup for Ezekiel Elliott. Third round WR Michael Gallup is the Cowboys' only unsigned pick.
May 11 - 7:32 PM

Cowboys signed fourth round TE Dalton Schultz to a four-year contract.

Schultz was drafted as part of the Cowboys' committee to replace Jason Witten. He has the blocking skills to be a Week 1 starter and is capable in the pass game. Schultz will compete for snaps with Rico Gathers, Geoff Swaim, and Blake Jarwin.
May 11 - 7:00 PM

Cowboys signed No. 19 overall pick LB Leighton Vander Esch to a four-year, $11.8 million contract.

His deal comes with a $6.7 million signing bonus as well as a fifth-year team option for 2022. The Cowboys have now signed all of their draft picks except for third-rounder Michael Gallup. Vander Esch is the favorite to start at strong side linebacker for Dallas in 2018.
May 11 - 4:56 PM

Cowboys DT Maliek Collins will undergo surgery on his broken left foot.

He suffered the injury at Thursday's OTA session. Collins has yet to receive a firm timeline, though NFL Network's James Palmer was told by one source that he could miss up to three months. His injury could influence the Cowboys to sign Terrell McClain, who visited the team earlier this week.
May 11 - 4:20 PM

Cowboys third-year TE Rico Gathers is recovered from his 2017 concussion.

Gathers missed the entirety of last season after suffering a summer concussion coupled with jaw and neck injuries. The 2016 sixth-round project has yet to appear in a regular-season game but flashed big-time potential last preseason to the tune of a 7-106-2 line in two exhibitions. He has some Martellus Bennett to him. Gathers is in the mix to replace retired Jason Witten in an offense desperate for playmakers in the passing game. He's worth a flier in best-ball leagues.
May 11 - 11:41 AM

Cowboys DT Maliek Collins suffered a broken left foot in Thursday's OTAs session.

It's terrible news, as Collins had surgery on the same foot in January. A 16-game starter last year, Collins is looking shaky for Week 1, though the team is reportedly optimistic he will be ready sometime in August. There's likely now an added sense of urgency for the Cowboys to get free agent Terrell McClain under contract.
May 10 - 8:11 PM

Speaking in the Cowboys' post-draft press conference, EVP Stephen Jones said the team wants to get "web back" Tavon Austin "a dozen to two dozen" touches per game.

That's a real quote, verifiable at the link below. Jones said that's in addition to the return game. Austin lost return duties to Pharoh Cooper last season and averaged 4.5 touches on offense. Even during his Jeff Fisher heyday of 2015, Austin averaged just 6.5 touches. We are going to assume the front office doesn't actually mandate that Austin is one of the most heavily-used players in football this season, but the Cowboys have made it abundantly clear they want to feature Austin in their old Lance Dunbar role.
May 10 - 6:42 PM

Frisco Police closed a domestic violence case against Cowboys DT David Irving.

Irving was initially accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend, but she has since retracted the allegation. "I was very upset and made some allegations that were false," the accuser said last month. With the case officially closed, Irving should be able to put this incident behind him.
May 10 - 12:29 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports suspended DE Randy Gregory will apply for reinstatement this month.

Gregory was suspended all of 2017 after being banned for all but two games in 2016, and TMZ Sports reported he failed another drug test last spring while he was suspended. If the report is true, it could make it difficult for him to gain reinstatement. Once Gregory files, he will have to meet with Roger Goodell before the commissioner makes a decision. The Cowboys should find a place for the former second-round pick if he gets cleared.
May 10 - 9:15 AM

The Dallas Morning News considers Dak Prescott a candidate for an extension next offseason.

Prescott is coming off a down 2017, but the Cowboys still view him as their franchise quarterback. "At that position, it is what it is," EVP Stephen Jones said on Prescott potentially landing a $100 million contract. "We all see what some of the other guys who aren't Aaron Rodgers are earning. He's going to do well." This is a vote of confidence after Prescott regressed in the second half of last year. Prescott is signed through 2019 but Dallas may extend him after this season if he rebounds.
May 9 - 7:04 PM

SportsDay DFW's Jon Machota reports the Cowboys will take a 'committee approach' at tight end.

Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers, and fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz will attempt to fill the void left behind following Jason Witten's retirement. Swaim is the only one of the group who's caught a pass in a regular season game and will likely receive the first crack at starting. The team remains down on Gathers despite his 7-106-2 line on 89 snaps last preseason, but would be wise to use his 6'6, 273 lb. frame on the goal line. It's a competition to watch closely in camp.
May 4 - 11:59 AM


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