Player News - Cowboys

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Cowboys OC Scott Linehan expects fourth-round WR Ryan Switzer to have a "significant" role in the team's offense.

"His role is significant," said Linehan. "He complements [Cole] Beasley and also gives us some big-time needed depth." Linehan called Switzer a "classic slot receiver." Switzer has practiced with the first team at OTAs with Beasley nursing a hamstring injury. Despite Linehan's comments, Switzer will have a tough time earning snaps as long as Beasley is healthy.
May 26 - 2:00 PM

Cowboys fourth-round WR Ryan Switzer has taken advantage of first-team reps at OTAs with WR Cole Beasley (hamstring) out.

Dak Prescott compared Switzer to Beasley before adding, "He's got something special to him." Coach Jason Garrett also praised Switzer for taking advantage of first-team reps. Switzer said he is already getting comfortable thanks to the veteran presences of Beasley, Dez Bryant, and Terrance Williams. Switzer doesn't have a clear path to snaps when Beasley is healthy, but he could develop into a role player in the future for the Cowboys.
Source: Dallas News
May 25 - 11:00 AM

Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson insisted Dak Prescott is in no danger of experiencing a sophomore slump.

It is part of Wilson's job description to build Prescott up, keep in mind. "Nothing is too big for that kid," said Wilson, a former longtime NFL QB himself. "He’s improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise, so he’s not resting on anything that went on last year." Prescott said he's taking on a more vocal leadership role after "just being quiet and trying to fit my way in" as a rookie. Prescott will again be a high-upside late-round quarterback target.
May 24 - 9:29 PM

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith says he can do everything he was able to do before his knee injury.

Smith has been setback-free in his limited OTA work. His health continues to point up, and the Cowboys remain optimistic he'll fully regenerate his nerve issue. Smith will be 20 months removed from knee surgery for Week 1.
May 24 - 7:31 PM

Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown insisted Wednesday that Ezekiel Elliott does not have a concussion.

Elliott is sitting out OTAs after suffering a head injury in a Sunday night car accident. The Cowboys claim he merely took a "hit to the head," and isn't concussed, experiencing only "neck stiffness" and "body stiffness." Zeke is reportedly being held out of practice as a "precaution." Elliott is expected to resume practicing next Tuesday. Strangely, Zeke has been involved in two automobile accidents already this year.
May 24 - 7:22 PM

The Cowboys are holding Ezekiel Elliott out of OTAs after he suffered a head injury in a car accident.

It sounds like Zeke may have been concussed, but that isn't confirmed. Per Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' website, Elliott was the passenger in a "minor" accident on Sunday night. A report from Adam Schefter indicated Elliott's injury is not "significant," but it is significant enough that the Cowboys are holding him out of practice. Hopefully there will be more info soon.
May 24 - 12:33 PM

Cowboys DL David Irving is reportedly facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Irving was arguably the Cowboys' best lineman last season, notching four sacks and standing up well against the run in limited snaps. Dallas has added to their defensive line and will get DeMarcus Lawrence back at full health, but losing Irving would still be a blow. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Irving "has evidence" which could reverse the suspension on appeal, so this does not appear to be a done deal.
Source: CBS DFW
May 23 - 12:01 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the NFL is still reviewing assault allegations against Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott was accused by then-girlfriend Tiffany Thompson of assault last July. The incident was investigated by the Columbus (OH) city prosecutor, but no charges were filed. It is unclear why the NFL's investigation has taken so long to complete. While the lingering investigation is troublesome, it still seems unlikely Elliott faces a suspension.
May 22 - 12:36 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota expects the Cowboys and RG Zack Martin to work an extension around the start of training camp.

Machota notes that is around the same time both C Travis Frederick and LT Tyron Smith signed their extensions. Martin is under contract for two more seasons after Dallas exercised his fifth-year option in April, but that will not stop them from getting a deal done this summer. Martin has earned two First Team All-Pro nods in just three seasons.
May 20 - 12:02 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports police responded to an alleged domestic altercation at Cowboys third-round CB Jourdan Lewis' apartment in 2015.

Lewis is accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the neck and dragging her across the floor in March. The Morning News reports the incident in 2015 was a "similar physical altercation," although that incident did not result in charges. After the draft, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett promised the team did their "due diligence" on Lewis, and Jerry Jones said the team felt "real good" about the situation. "Outstanding off-the-field character throughout his life, great strength of character," Jones said of Lewis. "We were satisfied we would be OK there." Lewis is scheduled in court for the latest incident July 24.
May 15 - 9:10 AM

Cowboys second-year TE Rico Gathers says he feels his game is "a thousand times better" than during his rookie offseason.

A power forward at Baylor, Gathers flashed during his rookie preseason and then on the scout-team offense with Tony Romo in late-season practices. Inside the locker room, 6-foot-6, 290-pound Gathers has earned the nickname "Zeus," while ex-TEs coach Mike Pope reportedly told Gathers he would "one day become a Pro Bowl tight end." As Jason Witten is now 35 years old, Gathers is a deep Dynasty league prospect worth monitoring.
May 12 - 10:40 PM

Suspended LB Rolando McClain was arrested Friday in Hartselle, Alabama on charges of second-degree possession of marijuana, carrying a firearm without a permit, and a misdemeanor equipment violation.

The incident occurred Friday afternoon at around 1:15 PM. McClain was pulled over for a window tint violation when a police officer noticed an aroma of marijuana coming from his vehicle. The 27-year-old is being held in Morgan County Jail on $2,000 bail. Already facing an indefinite suspension for repeated substance abuse violations, this latest arrest should end McClain's playing career, if it wasn't over already.
May 12 - 4:43 PM

Cowboys signed Virginia Tech DT Woody Baron.

Baron (6’1/275) was a rotational lineman and special teamer for most of his career, starting only 21-of-52 games but tallying 27.5 tackles for loss with nine sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. He played all over the Hokies’ defensive line, seeing action at three technique, nose, and even standing up in some instances. Baron lacks the size of a full-time NFL defensive tackle, but he wins with explosive burst and lateral agility, and could become an interior rusher capable of logging 15-25 disruptive snaps per game.
May 12 - 3:02 PM

Cowboys signed second-round CB Chidobe Awuzie, fourth-round WR Ryan Switzer, sixth-round S Xavier Woods, sixth-round CB Marquez White, seventh-round DT Joey Ivie, seventh-round WR Noah Brown and seventh-round DT Jordan Carrell to four-year contracts.

The Cowboys now have their entire draft class under contract except for third-round CB Jourdan Lewis. Position versatile, Awuzie is a playmaker who tore up the Combine. The concerns are his tackling and finding a permanent position. Awuzie will see defensive snaps as a rookie.
May 11 - 9:45 PM

Cowboys signed first-round RE Taco Charlton to a four-year contract.

Charlton made only 15 starts in four years at Michigan, but erupted for 9.5 sacks as a senior. Versatile, the Cowboys have said the 6-foot-6 rookie will begin his career at right end. The Cowboys need Charlton to help spark a pass rush that's been underwhelming for some time now.
May 11 - 7:30 PM


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