Player News - Cowboys

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Jerry Jones confirmed DE Demarcus Lawrence is appealing his four-game suspension.

Lawrence was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Jones appears hopeful the suspension will be cut in half upon appeal much like Orlando Scandrick's was in 2014. Either way, the Cowboys will be without their top two pass rushers for at least the first two games of the season and likely the first month. They will be scouring the waiver wire for help all offseason.
May 5 - 10:13 AM

Jerry Jones said Kellen Moore will serve as the backup quarterback this season.

Dallas drafted Dak Prescott to be their backup of the future, but he needs seasoning before he is ready to hold the clipboard. Moore struggled when thrust into a starting role last year, but he is a smart player who is an asset in the quarterback room. No matter who the "backup" is, Dallas' playoff hopes rest on the health of Tony Romo.
May 5 - 9:54 AM

Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will not place second-round LB Jaylon Smith (knee) on injured reserve.

Smith suffered serious nerve damage when he tore his ACL and LCL in January. Everyone else in the Cowboys' organization seems to accept Smith will not play this year, but Jerry is holding out hope of a late-season or playoff return. Despite his optimism, it is unlikely we see Smith on an NFL field before 2017.
May 5 - 9:49 AM

The Cowboys believe second-round LB Jaylon Smith is capable of playing both middle and weak-side linebacker.

Coach Jason Garrett called Smith a "natural" middle linebacker, but one with the traits to man the weak side. "He’s a big guy," Garrett said. "He’s long. He’s quick. He’s fast. He’s instinctive. He’s a great tackler. He’s physical. He makes plays on the ball. We don’t see that he has limitations at either of those spots." The problem, of course, is Smith's health. Although he won't be formally ruled out for 2016 for some time, 2017 is Smith's most likely ETA for the big leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 3:14 PM

Alfred Morris said he has no regrets about signing with the Cowboys.

"This is where I’m supposed to be and I’m excited about the opportunity here and looking forward to it," Morris said. Morris was poised for a big role in Dallas' offense after signing in late March, but the selection of Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick put that possibility to bed. As of now, Morris projects as an early-down breather back with very limited fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
May 2 - 9:47 AM

Cowboys signed UCLA C Jake Brendel.

Brendel (6'4/303) became a starter the moment he arrived at UCLA, going on to make 52 consecutive starts and earning second-team All-Pac 12 as a senior. Brendel's smallish hands (8 1/4") and arms (31") are concerns for his NFL transition, as are his limitations as a space blocker and shortage of strength. Brendel is a battler in the trenches, but he lacks starter-caliber tools and won't be much of an option at guard. His pro career is likely to be brief.
Apr 30 - 10:14 PM

Cowboys signed Notre Dame WR Chris Brown.

Brown (6'2/194) was a complementary wideout for the Irish, sharing time behind Will Fuller and finishing his career with a 104-1,410-6 receiving line, averaging 13.6 yards per catch. Brown's calling cards are speed and explosion; he ran 4.47 at Notre Dame's Pro Day with a springy 10-foot-10 broad jump. Brown's weaknesses are his lack of physicality and tendency to lose focus, resulting in untimely drops. If Brown carves out an NFL career, it'll likely be as a sub-package wideout.
Apr 30 - 7:50 PM

Cowboys selected Baylor TE Rico Gathers with the No. 217 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

A 6-foot-8, 275-pound former basketball player, Gathers is attempting the switch to tight end. He is a long-term project for the Cowboys.
Apr 30 - 5:29 PM

Cowboys selected Eastern Michigan RB Darius Jackson with the No. 216 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Jackson (6'0/220) spent his first three seasons as a rotational back before busting out as a senior for 208-1,078-14 (5.2 YPC) rushing, also catching 41 passes over his final two years. Jackson's college career was relatively nondescript, but he turned heads with an absurdly athletic Pro Day workout, running 4.4-flat with a 41-inch vertical and 11-foot-1 broad jump. Jackson's first love was baseball -- he chose Eastern Michigan because the university allowed him to play both sports -- but he has a chance at an NFL future if he learns to maximize his physical gifts. He could be this year's Karlos Williams.
Apr 30 - 5:26 PM

Cowboys selected Central Michigan S Kavon Frazier with the No. 212 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Frazier (6'0/217) made 25 starts for the Chippewas, logging five career tackles for loss, five interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He did almost all of that as a senior, wherein Frazier became a full-time starter for the first time and earned second-team All-MAC. Exceptionally athletic, Frazier ran 4.52 with a 40 1/2-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-8 broad jump at the CMU Pro Day. A run thumper with big-time movement skills, Frazier may open his NFL career on special teams but has the potential to grow into a starting strong safety.
Apr 30 - 5:17 PM

Cowboys selected Purdue CB Anthony Brown with the No. 189 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Brown (5'11/192) was a three-year starter for the Boilermakers, breaking out as a senior with four interceptions. He sports an impressive athletic profile, running 4.35 at the Combine with a passable 35-inch vertical. Brown's game tape is worrisome, however, as he yielded 17 TD passes over the last three seasons, committed six pass interference penalties as a senior, and looked disinterested in run support. Brown is a project with upside who could also be out of the league before his rookie deal expires.
Apr 30 - 4:15 PM

Cowboys selected Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott with the No. 135 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

The Cowboys need help behind Tony Romo, but Prescott is a project. Prescott (6'2/226) earned first-team All-SEC in each of his final two seasons, rewriting the Mississippi State record books with a career 62.8 completion percentage, 8.02 YPA and 70:23 TD:INT ratio. He added 41 career rushing scores and went 23-10 as a starter. With huge hands (10 7/8"), plus mobility and NFL-level arm strength, Prescott would've generated more pre-draft buzz if he weren't so squeamish in the pocket and threw with better anticipation. Compared by ESPN's Ron Jaworski to Donovan McNabb coming out of Syracuse, Prescott has big-league tools but needs refinement. With a year or three of development, Prescott has a chance to grow into an NFL starter.
Apr 30 - 1:53 PM

Cowboys selected Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper with the No. 101 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Tapper (6'3/271) made 38 career starts for the Sooners, tallying 26.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He was named first-team All-Big 12 as a senior. Tapper blazed a sensational 4.59 forty in Indy, posting the Combine's top SPARQ score among defensive linemen. Built enormously with 34 3/8-inch arms and silly-big 11 1/2-inch hands, Tapper has experience at multiple defensive line positions and can win with both speed and power. Tapper needs to play with better pad level, but his upside is immense as Michael Bennett kind of prospect.
Apr 30 - 12:20 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys WLB Sean Lee underwent a "clean-up scope" on his knee this week.

The surgery carries a two-week recovery. Lee should not be limited much if at all in the offseason program, but it is another reminder of his extensive injury history. With Lee on the weak side, Rolando McClain in the middle and second-round pick Jaylon Smith (knee) on the sideline, the Cowboys have a high-upside but low-floor linebacking group.
Apr 30 - 9:05 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't "completely rule out" second-round OLB Jaylon Smith (knee surgery) playing in 2016.

The Cowboys know Smith's status as well as anyone in football, as it was their team doctor that performed Smith's surgery in January. Despite ol' Jer's open door for 2016, however, the odds are against Smith taking the field during his rookie season. Smith comes with an unbelievably high ceiling, but his floor has been drastically lowered by his severe injury. Smith turns 21 in June.
Apr 29 - 11:46 PM


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