Player News - Cowboys

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Cowboys RB Gus Johnson rushed five times for 12 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

He "added" a zero-yard reception. The Cowboys' No. 4 back now has 21 carries for only 71 yards (3.38 YPC) through three preseason games. He should get major run in Thursday's finale.
Aug 29 - 10:15 PM

A.J. Jenkins was held without a catch on one target in Saturday's preseason game.

With Dez Bryant sidelined, Jenkins got some run with the first-team offense, but he has just two catches for 40 yards through three preseason games. He should see some snaps in Thursday's finale. Jenkins is far from a lock for the 53-man roster.
Aug 29 - 10:13 PM

Gavin Escobar caught 1-of-3 targets for five yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Escobar is perennially rumored for a bigger role behind Jason Witten, but finishes the summer with only eight catches for 68 yards. Of course, that's almost halfway to his regular season career total of 18. In theory, Escobar has playmaking upside, but there's little reason to believe he'll be a legitimate TE2 this season.
Aug 29 - 10:02 PM

Jason Witten wasn't targeted in Saturday's preseason game.

Witten played extremely few snaps this exhibition season, finishing without a grab. Witten was an extra offensive lineman for large chunks of 2014, but was still a TE1. The Cowboys could need him to run more routes this season with the running game a lock to regress. Witten's upside isn't near what it once was, but he's a no-brainer TE1, one who can be drafted on the cheap.
Aug 29 - 9:58 PM

Cole Beasley caught a six-yard pass in Saturday's preseason game.

The Cowboys' slot man finishes the summer with two grabs for 11 yards. He's a WR5/6 in standard leagues.
Aug 29 - 9:55 PM

Terrance Williams caught 1-of-2 targets for a 60-yard touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

Williams' score was the play of the game. The third-year wideout caught a simple crossing route in the middle of five defenders, exploding untouched for the score. He finishes the preseason with three grabs for 88 yards and a touchdown. Williams remains a boom-or-bust WR3 for 2015. He's more realistically a WR4.
Aug 29 - 9:46 PM

Darren McFadden rushed four times for 37 yards in Saturday's preseason game, adding a six-yard reception.

McFadden was the third back in the game after Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, but all of his touches came with Tony Romo still in the game. DMC looked fast, finding the edge with ease. He ripped off gains of three, 13, six and 15. Of course, looking good has been the exception, not the rule, for DMC since 2011. He's No. 3 on the depth chart, but could put early heat on Dunbar for change-of-pace duties.
Aug 29 - 9:43 PM

Lance Dunbar operated as Joseph Randle's change-of-pace back in Saturday's preseason game, rushing once for one yard.

Dunbar's lone touch came on Dallas' second series. He entered the game before Darren McFadden, though DMC got more touches. McFadden got work with Tony Romo still in the game. The way things have set up, Randle should carry the mail in Week 1 with Dunbar and McFadden taking turns changing the pace. Dunbar could eventually come into value, but he's unlikely to make much a fantasy impact in September.
Aug 29 - 9:39 PM

Joseph Randle started the Cowboys' third preseason game, rushing six times for 15 yards.

He added an eight-yard reception. Randle got the ball on four of Dallas' first six plays, and carried the mail for the majority of the first quarter. As expected, Lance Dunbar operated as his change-of-pace back. Darren McFadden got some work with the first-team offense, but not until Dallas' fourth series. Randle is clearly going to get the first shot on early downs as the Cowboys begin the tall task of replacing DeMarco Murray, but he's a boom-or-bust RB2 in a crowded backfield. He finishes the preseason with 13 carries for 45 yards (3.46 YPC).
Aug 29 - 9:26 PM

Tony Romo completed 5-of-8 passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's preseason game.

The highlight was a 60-yard touchdown strike to Terrance Williams, where the wideout did most of the work after the catch. With nothing to prove, Romo finishes the preseason with just six attempts. Romo's season will be defined by how the running game fares in the absence of DeMarco Murray. Romo was far more efficient last season with the run taking pressure off his arm. He's a low-end QB1.
Aug 29 - 9:07 PM

Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News thinks DL Tyrone Crawford "has just scratched the surface."

Machota also noted that the "staff raves about his upside" when speaking of the fourth-year player. The Dallas coaching staff will hope to see some improvement from their pass rush, which registered just 28 sacks in 2014, good for 28th in the NFL. The Cowboys D/ST is not on the fantasy draft radar and will be a group to avoid in Week 1 as they face the New York Giants in a game with an over/under hovering above 50.
Aug 29 - 10:50 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dez Bryant (hamstring) will sit out the final two preseason games.

"I’m not sure we’re satisfied that it’s necessary for him to extend that [hamstring]," Jones said. "We don’t have to have him. That’s the way I look at it." Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant could be cleared for Saturday's dress rehearsal, but there's no reason for Dallas to risk a setback. Bryant will be all systems go for Week 1.
Aug 28 - 6:10 PM

NFL suspended OT R.J. Dill four games for violating the league's policy against performance enhancing drugs.

A reserve/future signee, this will torpedo Dill's chances of making the 53.
Aug 28 - 4:15 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports no running back has separated himself at Cowboys camp, and the expectation is Dallas uses a committee approach.

All three of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Lance Dunbar bring something different to the table. Randle and McFadden rely on quickness and speed, while Dunbar probably has the clearest path to an actual cemented role on offense as a "perfect fit" for the change-of-pace job. Randle is still the favorite to open the season as lead dog, but the Cowboys may rotate these guys in and out. Randle continues to have a far-too-rich-for-our-tastes third-round ADP.
Aug 28 - 9:02 AM

Dez Bryant (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday.

The Cowboys have been taking it painfully slow with Bryant since he strained his hamstring on August 6. He will be all systems go for the regular season.
Aug 27 - 12:55 PM


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