Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN's Todd Archer believes it is still possible the Cowboys trade Darren McFadden.

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the team turned down offers for both McFadden and Alfred Morris during the draft, but it is possible they will feel more comfortable letting one of them go once No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott gets settled in. McFadden brings more to the passing game than Morris, but Morris just signed in March. No matter what the Cowboys decide to do behind Elliott, the rookie should be the clear lead back.
Source: ESPN
May 31 - 1:01 PM

Dez Bryant (foot) is scheduled for an X-ray in the next couple weeks.

The exam will determine how his foot is healing after undergoing a second foot surgery in January and how soon he will be able to return to practice. Even if he gets good news, the Cowboys will likely decide to take it very slow after Bryant's season was ruined by lower-leg injuries last year. Bryant should be 100 percent well before Week 1.
May 28 - 12:27 PM

Tony Romo believes he could play another five seasons.

Spoken like a true Jerry Jones acolyte. Romo remains elite on the field, but has had increasing trouble staying there. He hasn't appeared in all 16 games since 2012, and was limited to four starts by collarbone issues last year. Romo turned 36 last month. Realistically, he's a year-to-year proposition at this stage of his career.
May 26 - 6:36 PM

Cowboys RE Randy Gregory is still working with the first-team defense despite his four-game suspension.

"You treat him like he is going to be part of our football team, certainly at this stage," coach Jason Garrett said. "(Get) him in there, get a good base underneath him, teach him technique, teach him the schemes we are using, and hopefully he grows every day." It's probably not the approach the Patriots would take with a suspended player, but Gregory is an integral part of the Cowboys' wafer-thin defensive line. The Cowboys are opting to build Gregory's confidence up rather than help keep it down.
May 26 - 6:32 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team isn't interested in trading Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris.

"We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don’t have that interest," Jones said. There's little urgency for the Cowboys to unload McFadden or Morris right now, but that could change if Ezekiel Elliott tears up camp and the preseason, as is likely. DMC offers passing-game insurance behind rehabbing Lance Dunbar (ACL) that Morris has never provided. If either player were to be traded, it would be for a conditional late-rounder.
May 26 - 4:48 PM

The Cowboys are allowing OG Ronald Leary to pursue a trade, but won't deal him for "little or nothing."

Leary barely played last season, but the Cowboys value his experience as a depth player. "We plan on keeping him unless something that’s really attractive to us shows up," executive Stephen Jones said. If something "really attractive" is going to present itself, it probably won't be until training camp.
May 26 - 4:44 PM

Ezekiel Elliott worked with the second-team offense behind Darren McFadden as the Cowboys began OTAs this week.

One of the primary concerns for Zeke pessimists is that he might open his rookie year in a committee, sharing time with McFadden and/or Alfred Morris. "He's going to compete," RBs coach Gary Brown said of Elliott. "Zeke has to earn it." Elliott said Wednesday that he felt "shell shocked" by the speed on the field at Cowboys OTAs. "It's a lot faster pace." Elliott emerging as Dallas' lead back remains inevitable, but McFadden arguably earned a role by averaging 4.56 YPC in one of the league's worst offenses last season.
May 25 - 11:25 PM

Cowboys OG Ronald Leary is skipping OTAs as he seeks a trade.

Playing under his one-year, $2.553 million restricted free agent tender, Leary wants out of Big D after spending 75 percent of 2015 as a healthy scratch. Leary was a starter in 2013-14, but fell behind talented rookie La'El Collins early last season. The Cowboys seem willing to move Leary, but executive Stephen Jones has said he won't be "given away." Leary is a $2.553 million redundancy for the Cowboys' dominant line. A trade is probably an inevitability.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 24 - 4:33 PM

Cowboys WR Devin Street's roster spot may be in jeopardy in training camp.

An undersized finesse wide receiver with average athleticism, Street was never a realistic candidate to make significant NFL contributions. Street was the 146th pick in the 2014 draft. He has nine receptions through 31 NFL games.
May 23 - 5:00 PM

The Cowboys plan to move rookie Jaylon Smith (ACL/LCL) to middle linebacker.

Smith primarily played outside at Notre Dame, but Dallas wants to use his length and instincts on the inside of DC Rod Marinelli’s scheme. With Rolando McClain on a one-year deal, Smith will be viewed as his heir apparent while likely spending all of 2016 on the reserve/non-football injury (NFI) list.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 21 - 2:45 PM

SportsDay's Jon Machota said Cowboys WR Brice Butler is on his "list of potential breakout candidates."

Acquired from the Raiders in September, Butler missed several games with a hamstring injury, but he came on strong with eight catches for 134 yards over the final two weeks. With little talent behind Dez Bryant, Butler should be given every opportunity to show what he can do. We wouldn't rule out 4.37 speedster Butler pushing perennially-underwhelming Terrance Williams for snaps.
May 21 - 9:25 AM

Cowboys signed No. 217 overall pick TE Rico Gathers to a four-year contract.

At Baylor, Gathers was a First Team All-Big 12 selection in basketball. He hasn't played football since middle school but his size and athleticism intrigued the Cowboys enough to spend a late-round flier on him. The Cowboys have now signed six of their nine draft picks.
May 20 - 1:31 PM

Cowboys signed second-round LB Jaylon Smith to a four-year contract.

Smith is recovering from ACL and LCL surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2016 season. If -- a big "if" -- Smith can make a full recovery and get back to pre-injury form, he'll be a second-round home run for Dallas.
May 20 - 11:25 AM

Cowboys WR Terrance Williams said he is not worried about a new contract.

Williams is set to earn $1.686 million in the final year of his rookie deal. "I’m just ready to be quiet and work and let my play speak for it, because you can always talk what you’re going to do and then if it doesn’t go as planned, it’s like a slap to your face," Williams said. "So I’m just ready to work and just show my play." Williams has been miscast as a No. 2 receiver, but the Cowboys have not managed to find an upgrade. With little else behind Dez Bryant, Williams should once again play a prominent role.
Source: ESPN
May 19 - 12:25 PM

ESPN's Jean-Jacques Taylor believes Cowboys S J.J. Wilcox is on the roster bubble.

Wilcox started 29 games the last two seasons, but he has struggled in both run and pass defense and has just four interceptions over that span. With Byron Jones moving to safety full time, Wilcox's days in the starting lineup are over, and his spot on the roster could be in danger as well. He is owed $1.66 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
May 18 - 5:52 PM


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