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Two Sign On The Line – Talks With Dez Begin

The Associated Press is reporting that the Cowboys have signed two of their 2010 draft picks.  OT Sam Young and DE Sean Lissemore both signed four-year contracts.

The team has not yet announced any deals on four other draft picks as of Tuesday: WR Dez Bryant, and LB Sean Lee.

The team has confirmed that negotiations with Bryant, the 24th pick overall, began on Monday.

Training camp starts for the Cowboys this Saturday in San Antonio.

Cowboys 2010 Draft Summary

I present to you the Dallas Cowboys Class of 2010. Some of you will make the team, some of you may not.

But for today you are Dallas Cowboys! Congratulations!

Rd PkPlayer POS Ht Wt College
124 (24)Dez BryantWR6-2220Oklahoma St.
223 (55)Sean LeeLB6-2236Penn St.
428 (126)Akwasi Owusu-AnsahCB6-1190Indiana (PA)
610 (179)Sam YoungT6-8320Notre Dame
627 (196)Jamar WallCB5-10203Texas Tech
727 (234)Sean LissemoreDT6-4298William & Mary

2009 Projected Offensive and Defensive Leaders

Hello again to everyone, I hope that you had a good week. We would all like to know how the Cowboys will do this year and I wanted to throw my predictions out there. Due to our inexperienced and young wide receivers, I believe that we will be focusing more on the run, especially since we have three healthy and good running backs. I think the Cowboys will be able to run the ball more and take a little pressure off of QB Tony Romo. If the offensive line can give us some good blocking on running plays we should have a great year. Here are my projections for the offense and defense for this year. Of course I could always be wrong, lets hope I am and they do better.

OFFENSE 24 pts per game

  • QB Tony Romo 24 TDs 10 INTS
  • RB Marion Barber 170 rushes 1,014 yards 10 TDs
  • RB Felix Jones 120 rushes 600 yards 7 TDs
  • RB Tashard Choice 60 rushes 270 yards 2 TDs
  • TE Jason Witten 80 receptions 900 yards 5 TDs
  • WR Roy Williams 75 receptions 1,040 yards 10 TDs

DEFENSE 56 sacks

  • LB Demarcus Ware 17 sacks
  • CB Terence Newman 5 INTs

It is fun to be able to try and predict what the Cowboys will do, so feel free to come up with your own projections. We should all be getting hyped up about the new season since training camp begins at the end of the month. GO COWBOYS!!!

A Look At Our CB/Safety Depth After Draft

Well after a very interesting draft weekend I figured I would list our CB/Safety Depth Chart for everyone to our depth at the positions now.

 

 Please note that the only the starters listed are guaranteed depth chart positions as of right now numbers 2+ are my predicted spots.

So with this depth at secondary we are set for some interesting training camp battles to stay on the roster. I personally see Jerome Carter, Michael Hawkins, Pat Watkins, and Stephen Hodge to be cut before the 53 man roster is due in.

A Win, is a win, is a win!!

I’ll take it!!! 

There is no such thing as a bad win in the NFL.  With the way things have been going around here ANY win is a good one.  This one was different.  Even the most die hard Cowboy fan (myself included) was waiting for Garcia to get a game winning TD on that last drive.  It didn’t happen.  Exhale now.  When we look back on the 2008 season yesterday may have very well been the turning point.  With visits to New York & Washington the next two games the Cowboys might not have recovered from another loss.  I know we can probably say the same thing in 3 weeks when we visit Washington.  This win was different.  There was no Tony Romo to bail the defense out.  The defense, and some Tampa penalites, saved the day and maybe the season.  We won’t know that for 8 more weeks but 5-3 sounds a whole lot better than 4-4!

From where I’m sitting:

  • Mike Jenkins- what a game!  The young CB’s really stepped up and showed they could play in this league.  If and when T New comes back  the CB position could be solidified for years to come
  • MB3 showed yesterday what a tough runner he is.  Unofficially 30 or so yards after contact.  Ran his heart out
  • I know it was only one catch but Roy Williams had the play of the game and maybe the season.  Just think if the ball was tipped in the air incomplete and the score is 6-3 instead of 10-6 at halftime.
  • Bradie James played like a man as well yesterday.  He is the leader on defense and he showed it yesterday
  • OK, not to throw cold water on a great win but the Brad Johnson tenure has to come to an end.  There is no downfield threat at all with him in the game.  Unofficially one pass deeper than 15 yards.  The Giants or any team is going to put 8 or even 9 guys up to stop Barber.  Can’t win like that.
  • Take a split in these next 2 and run.  But with the Giants at 6-1 and Wash at 6-2 and having already beat Dallas which win would you choose…..

Cowboy Bill’s Draft Rant

I’m sure this blog will be frowned on by some but I have to be honest. I was disappointed with this years draft class. I’m not saying these players aren’t talented by any means. I just feel Jerry Jones squandered the two picks he had in the first round.

This what I was hoping Jones would’ve done:

1. Trade up in order to be in position to draft Leodis McKelvin from Troy. He’s the best CB coming out this year. Plus he’s a good kick returner. Plus, he’s from Troy!

How would they manage to trade up you ask? Give up 22nd or 28th pick and maybe the 3rd round pick in order to get high enough to grab McKelvin. Simple. I’m also not putting down Michael Jenkins. Everyone had him ranked in the top 3 if not the top 2 corners coming out.

2. With the 22nd overall pick you’re still in position to grab Felix Jones IF you want him. Nothing against Jones but I think Chris Johnson from ECU would be a better fit. I know he played at Conference USA and is a bit small but he’s blazing fast and is another option as a kick returner.

Now of the first 2 picks that we got I think anyone would agree they’re both solid, "safe" picks. I’m of the belief that safe doesn’t always bring home the bacon. Think about it. Wouldn’t we all be a little more excited if the first 2 picks were McKelvin and Johnson? I know I would.

The 2nd round pick of a tight end that nobody outside the state of Texas has even heard of is beyond me. I read it was a move to replace Fasano. Well, Fasano should have never been traded to begin with. He was a solid backup tight end and was worth a 4th round pick all by himself. Adding Akin Ayodele to the trade made it ludicrous. Back to Martellus Bennett. Who knows. He has good size and is apparently athletic considering he played basketball. I have a theory though. Bare with me here. What if this kid is some kind of project? He played defensive end on a few occasions. Maybe he could be molded into a Julius Peppers kind of player? Maybe my theory is a bit of a stretch plus who gives up a 2nd round pick for a project? Anyway, I don’t honestly know enough about the guy to give an honest opinion.

I would say we should’ve gone after a receiver in the 2nd but by the time our pick came up, all the obvious options at receiver were gone.

Tashard Choice is one to keep an eye on in my opinion. He could be a sleeper at 4th round. He sure looks pretty good on film anyway. It does add depth at RB which is never a bad thing.

The rest of the draft is a crap shoot and I won’t pretend to know anything about these guys. I think what soured me the most was the week leading to the draft. I didn’t like the Pacman deal and I was furious over the trade with Miami. That being said, I didn’t go into draft day in the best of spirits anyway.

Fortunately the Cowboys didn’t really need that much going into the draft and I personally think this team could win the Super Bowl this year even without a single pick.

My grade for this year’s draft.
C

Finding That Diamond In The Rough

We’re just over two weeks away from the Big Day. Of course I’m talking about the NFL Draft starting on April 26th. I’ve written about what I think the Cowboys should concentrate on and I’ve voiced about what I consider an underrated secondary. But many Cowboys fans believe the secondary needs serious help.

Unless Dallas can trade up to get either Leodis McKelvin(Troy) or Mike Jenkins(S. Florida) then I personally believe they should concentrate on offense(RB and WR) in the 1st and grab a quality BACKUP CB in the 2nd. Although we obviously have to wonder what quality CB’s will be available by the 61st overall pick.

Let’s take a look:

Brandon Flowers/ VA Tech- It’s probably unrealistic to think he’ll be available late in the 2nd but you never know. Some consider him the hardest hitting CB coming out in this year’s draft. He’s a bit small at 5-10 and 189 and his 40 speed is a concern at 4.55 and plays reckless at times. Has been compared to Ronde Barber. As far as I know he doesn’t have a twin brother who thinks he knows everything about everything.

Reggie Smith/Oklahoma- This guy will be there late in the 2nd and I think he looks promising. At 6-1 and 199 he has size and then some. His 40 time isn’t great at 4.57 but is another explosive hitter that is rarely beat deep. Plus he has good return skills. You listening, Jerry? Wade?Anybody?

 

 

Tracy Porter/ Indiana- He has tons of speed and natural ability. He runs a 4.37 40 and has great hands. Would make an awesome return guy but I’m not sure he could be a starter on THIS defense. Not a great tackler and not very strong. He might be weak but he sure is FAST!

 

 

Just keep in mind how close this team was to beating the Giants in the playoffs. We all know that the defense stepped it up late in that game and put Romo and the boys in the position to win the game. TWICE. Sure, I agree the defense can use some tweaking. But I say those tweaks are minor.

The Secondary Is A Primary Concern

With the draft just around the corner, some feel it’s time to start thinking about a corner. It certainly seems that the deal for Tennessee Titan Adam Jones is inevitable but, considering his past antics, that brings little security at the position.

The Dallas secondary isn’t nearly as inept as some "experts" would have you believe. Pro Bowl CB Terence Newman is coming in healthy this year which is huge. Anthony Henry holds his own most of the time. Henry had 6 interceptions in 13 games last season. While not stellar, that is still more than the two previous seasons(28 starts) combined. Newman had 4 INT’s in as many games.

This "lacking secondary" had 19 INT’s last year. Tied for 4th in the NFL in INT’s doesn’t seem lacking or inept to me. The secondary was and is above average in every category. Things have a tendency to get skewed because of the occasional big play given up by the secondary. Just keep in mind the injuries suffered by Newman and Henry throughout the season. Newman fought through foot and knee injuries throughout the 2007 campaign. Henry had a nasty ankle late last season. So the alarm about the Dallas secondary- at least the CB’s- is much ado about nothing.

We all know Roy Williams isn’t a traditional safety. I’ve been a huge critic of Williams over the last 2 seasons. Williams is a great run defender. He had 30 more tackles in 2007 than in the previous season. But I’m sure everyone will agree that if there is a hole in the secondary. That hole wears the number 31. He can’t cover TE’s like Shockey or Cooley consistently.

A 2/28/2008 report in the Star-Telegram brings up concerns about Williams’ behavior in relations to the players and staff. The Star- Telegram reports: " He has become a bit of enigma in the locker room; the defense normally goes out to eat as a unit on Thursdays during game weeks, but Williams seldom attends. He has displayed a tendency to blame others for pass coverage breakdowns, something his teammates have noticed… Coaches, former coaches, teammates and ex-teammates have tried to talk to Williams, but they often receive the same defiant and defensive posturing he takes with his "friends" in the media."

Why not trade Williams? Nobody is going to take the salary cap hit that Williams would bring to the table. He signed a 4 year, $25 million extension in 2006. Trade him? Not gonna happen.

So as we approach the April 26 2008 draft, do we need go to after a corner? Maybe we consider a safety instead? Maybe use Williams in short-yardage and goal line situations in 2008? I don’t pretend to know all the answers to these questions. What I do know is this team is so so close to that illusive 6th trophy. It’s there for the taking. Right around the corner.

Cowboys Free Agents Update

Of 15 Free Agents, only 4 are left to question their future. Three players left the team, four were signed, three were tendered and one was franchised.  

Unrestricted Free Agents (6)

  • LT Flozell Adams  – SIGNED
  • S Ken Hamlin – FRANCHISED
  • RB Julius Jones – WENT TO SEATTLE
  • S Keith Davis – WENT TO MIAMI
  • CB Jacques Reeves – WENT TO HOUSTON
  • CB Nate Jones *UPDATE* – WENT TO MIAMI

Restricted Free Agents (5)

  • RB Marion Barber – ISSUED HIGHEST TENDER
  • DE Chris Canty – ISSUED FIRST-ROUND TENDER
  • LS L.P. Ladouceur – SIGNED
  • RB Tyson Thompson
  • OL Joe Berger – ISSUED TENDER

Exclusive Rights Free Agents (4)

  • DE Stephen Bowen – SIGNED
  • OL Cory Procter
  • CB Evan Oglesby
  • TE Tony Curtis – SIGNED

 

Injury Report: Week 11

Out:
WR Terry Glenn (knee)

Questionable:
G Leonard Davis (ankle)

Probable:
CB Anthony Henry (ankle)
WR Isaiah Stanback (shoulder)

Despite rumors of sightings of Terry Glenn in the Cowboys locker room, Terry Glenn is still OUT! And don’t expect to see him next week either. IF he comes back at all this season, it may not be until the playoffs.

Guard Leonard Davis sprained his ankle in practice on Wednesday. The good news is that he walked off the field on his own following the injury, the bad news is if he can’t play Cory Procter will take his place. Procter has never played a game at guard. Davis is a huge reason, Romo is having such a fantastic year.

Anthony Henry is slowly coming back from his ankle injury in late September. He has played in the last two weeks but has yet to start a game since the injury.

Rookie Isaiah Stanback is listed as probable after injurying his shoulder two weeks ago during his NFL debut. If they are not sure he can handle returns, then he will probably be inactive Sunday. Stanback took over Tyson Thompson’s job on special teams two weeks ago. Last week Austin Miles and Nathan Jones shared returns.

Just to clarify Tyson Thompson is not hurt. He has been demoted due to lack of production on special teams. In 2007, Thompson averages just 23.6 yards on kickoff returns, which isn’t bad but isn’t great either.

 

Injury Report: Week 10

Game Status:

Out
WR Terry Glenn (Knee) 

Doubtful 
N/A

Questionable 
WR Isaiah Stanback (Shoulder)

Probable
FB Oliver Hoyte (Neck)
CB Anthony Henry (Ankle)
S Pat Watkins (Ankle)

Rookie wide receiver Isaiah Stanback had his first start in the NFL last week and ended up suffering a shoulder injury that will likely leave him out for this game. It has not been announced if Tyson Thompson will get his kick return job back or if Miles Austin will get his shot.

Rookie fullback Deon Anderson was placed on thje Injured Reserve on Monday after a season ending rotator cuff injury incurred last Sunday. FB Oliver Hoyte is expected to play after missing the last six game with a neck injury.

Safety Pat Watkins sprained his ankle last week in the fourth quarter against the Eagles and has had limited practice this week.

 

Injury Report: Week 9

Game Status:

Out
WR Terry Glenn (Knee) 

Doubtful 
N/A

Questionable 
CB Anthony Henry (Ankle)

Probable
FB Oliver Hoyte (Neck)
LB Justin Rogers (Calf)

Anthony Henry is set to return after being out since the end of September. Henry practiced Thursday and Friday and is expected to play Sunday against the Eagles.

Terry Glenn is still not well and has yet to practice with the team. Hopes were high that he would return sometime after the Bye week but its not looking good for him. There are 9 games left so we still can’t rule him out for the year.

Oliver Hoyte and Justin Rogers are listed as probable. You may see the rookie linebacker Rogers on Special Teams Sunday. Hoyte has missed 5 games with a neck injury and probably will not see much action, if any.