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The Cowboys' official website expects second-round rookie Demarcus Lawrence to open the season as the starting right end.

Dallas traded up to No. 34 to grab Lawrence in May's draft in an effort to replace DeMarcus Ware. Lawrence will compete with veteran Jeremy Mincey, but should have no problem outperforming him. He has a chance to make an IDP impact right away under DC Rod Marinelli. George Selvie is penciled in at left end.
Jul 22 - 9:06 AM

Cowboys signed WR Dezmon Briscoe.

The 2010 sixth-rounder hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2010. He'll be a camp body, one lucky to survive until final cuts.
Jul 21 - 3:54 PM

Cowboys signed TE Dallas Walker.

Walker has yet to appear in an NFL game since going undrafted out of Western Michigan in 2012. Team brass is reportedly comparing Walker's skill set to that of former Cowboys blocking TE Dan Campbell.
Jul 17 - 11:53 AM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Joseph Randle has the "inside track" on the Cowboys' No. 3 tailback job, and "would likely take over the every-down role" if DeMarco Murray missed time.

Six weeks ago, ESPN Dallas had Randle in danger of losing his roster spot. Archer's inference is that No. 2 back Lance Dunbar's role wouldn't change much if Murray got hurt, with Randle assuming lead-back work. It's notable, but we find it tough to believe. Randle struggled as a rookie (3.0 YPC) and didn't profile well into the NFL coming out of college. We think he's still on the roster bubble.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 17 - 10:09 AM

According to ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys are "unsure" about MLB Justin Durant's coverage ability.

This may be a nice way of saying they think Durant can't cover, though he did rate positively in Pro Football Focus' 2013 pass-coverage grades. Still, Dallas' Mike 'backer job is open to competition, and it's possible Durant will wind up as a two-down player. His IDP sleeper appeal hangs in the balance.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 16 - 9:11 PM

ESPN Dallas has Cowboys second-year CB B.W. Webb on the outside looking in at a 53-man roster spot.

Webb, the 114th pick in last year's draft, played 185 defensive snaps as a rookie, allowing 11-of-13 passes thrown at him to be completed for 131 yards and three touchdowns and a 148.2 passer rating. He then returned to have an underwhelming spring. Sterling Moore and seventh-round rookie CB Terrance Mitchell are ahead of Webb on the depth chart heading into camp. Webb was initially viewed as the heir apparent to slot corner Orlando Scandrick.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 16 - 1:56 PM

Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye (illness) is "recovering well and getting close."

Okoye remains hopeful he'll be cleared for camp, though he's still a candidate to begin on the active/PUP list. Okoye's undisclosed ailment kept him out for all of 2013. Any contributions the Cowboys' depleted defensive line gets from Okoye this season will be a bonus.
Jul 15 - 9:47 PM

ESPN Dallas indicates Jimmy Graham's four-year, $40 million deal that contains $21 million guaranteed could be a baseline for Dez Bryant's next contract.

That would be the absolute floor for Bryant, who will in all likelihood blow Graham's deal out of the water. Bryant turns 26 in November, while Graham will be 28 in the same month. Unlike Graham, Dez can beat cornerbacks deep and rip the top off a defense. He arguably hasn't even reached his prime and very well could overtake Calvin Johnson as the top receiver in the game, as Megatron is closing in on his 30th birthday. Johnson is operating on a seven-year, $113 million deal with Detroit. Bryant is owed just $1.78 million this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 15 - 3:45 PM

ESPN Dallas considers Cowboys DT Nick Hayden the favorite to start next to Henry Melton.

Melton will start at three-technique, while Hayden, Terrell McClain, Tyrone Crawford, and Ken Bishop compete for snaps next to him. Hayden started all 16 games last season, playing 843 snaps, but received extremely poor marks both as a run defender and pass rusher at PFF, grading out as their 68th defensive tackle out of 69 qualifiers. McClain will be given every opportunity to win the job.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 15 - 12:59 PM

Cowboys LBs coach Matt Eberflus says WLB Bruce Carter "ramped it up" during the spring.

Nobody has ever doubted Carter's athleticism or talent; he just hasn't put it all together. Entering his contract year, Carter is going to need to play much better if he wants to earn a big payday. He struggled badly against the run last season after being a quality starter in 2012. The Cowboys need Carter to return to form and for others to play over their head for the defense to not get picked apart.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 15 - 12:52 PM

Cowboys LG Ronald Leary has pled guilty in his drunk-driving case, and been sentenced to 18 months of probation and a $1,000 fine.

It's been previously reported that Leary will not face a league-imposed suspension. He'll fight for left-guard duties in training camp. He's competing with Uche Nwaneri and Mackenzy Bernadeau.
Jul 14 - 5:29 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Lance Dunbar's role would only "expand a little" if DeMarco Murray missed time.

Dunbar isn't a traditional "handcuff" -- he wouldn't become a true every-down back with Murray out -- but he'd certainly lead Dallas' backfield in touches and be heavily involved as a passing-down specialist on a pass-happy team, giving Dunbar plenty of prospective handcuff value. With Murray healthy, Archer expects 24-year-old Dunbar to be utilized in the screen game and as a change-of-pace back. He could shoot from something like 6-9 touches per game to 14-18 with Murray out. Dunbar is still very much worth stashing by Murray owners, with an outside chance at standalone flex value even with Murray healthy.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 13 - 1:48 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer said the Cowboys would likely keep Lance Dunbar in a third-down role if DeMarco Murray was injured, and would use Ryan Williams or Joseph Randle as the early-down back.

Williams and Randle are likely competing for one roster spot, so whoever wins the competition would be the early-down replacement for Murray. Williams is the clear favorite to win the competition, which means he is the clear favorite to be the primary backup to a player who has missed 11 games due to injury in his three-year career. Williams will have no value without an injury, but he is an interesting flier in deeper redraft leagues.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 12 - 12:52 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar will see an expanded role this season.

Archer is the latest in a long line predicting a bigger role for Escobar. At 6'6/249, Escobar is a big target with athleticism to makes plays downfield, as evidenced by his head-over-heels flip into the endzone during Week 17 last season. On a team short of established pass-catching talent beyond Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, 23-year-old Escobar has the opportunity to carve out a decent role. He is a TE2 with upside for a lot more.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 12 - 12:43 PM

The Dallas Morning News doesn't expect DE Jeremy Mincey to be a starter for the Cowboys.

Mincey inked a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cowboys in March and was viewed by some as DeMarcus Ware's replacement. Entering his age-31 season and tallying just five sacks the past two seasons, Mincey will compete for a reserve role. Maybe DL guru Rod Marinelli can help coax a big year out of Mincey like he did with penciled-in starter George Selvie last season.
Jul 8 - 11:41 AM


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