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Can Kevin Ogletree Claim The #4 WR Spot?

As I made my daily trek for Cowboys news on the internet this morning, I cam across this interesting post by Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

Tim takes a look at wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and ponders his role for the upcoming season. He writes,

Undrafted receiver Kevin Ogletree proved as a rookie that he can contribute to the Cowboys. Now, he’s trying to prove that the Cowboys can rely on him.

After a full offseason, Ogletree feels confident that he has a firm grasp of the playbook. He practiced at all three receiver positions, trying to maximize his chances to get on the field.

The Cowboys don’t have any questions about Ogletree’s ability. They like his speed, quickness, elusiveness and hands. They don’t know yet about his dependability.

I was very impressed with what I saw of Ogletree in limited playing time last season. He seems to have a nose for the ball, a flair for the dramatic, and though it was mentioned in Tim’s post I thought Ogletree showed some explosiveness and burst.

As it stands now, Ogletree is probably ranked fifth on the depth chart behind Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant and Patrick Crayton at wide receiver, but with a solid training camp that could change.

I think that Ogletree’s immediate future is somewhat tied to Crayton’s. It is still uncertain what role Crayton will have on this team if any, especially if he holds to his current demands for a trade or release.

Even so, Ogletree has shown some flashes that would indicate he could pass Crayton up on performance alone when training camp begins. It’s one of the things to keep on eye this pre season as the Cowboys decide who makes the wide receiver corps and who will be on the sidelines when they take on the Washington Redskins for the season opener.

Who do you think will claim the #4 WR spot on the roster?

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Weekly Game Balls: Week 11

For the most part it was one ugly game. But there were some worthy contributions that stood out among the disgust that most of us felt until the last drive of the game. With that said I present you the game balls of week 11.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Marion Barber.

All week we heard about Jerry Jones wanting to give Felix Jones more carries. However, it was Marion Barber who delivered. It was almost as if he had something to prove.

Barber rushed 20 times for 99 yards in addition had one reception for 8 yards.

We enjoyed seeing the beast come out in you MB3, keep up the good work!

Star50

This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to Keith Brooking.

Keith Brooking has been simply amazing. Week in and week out he is out there on the field giving 110%. You can even spot him on the sidelines giving pep talks and cheering on his teammates. Oh where have you been all our football lives Keith?

Brooking finished the day with four tackles, four assists and a sack.

Keep leading the way Keith!

Star50

Way to go to Marion and Keith!

Honorable Mention: Patrick Crayton’s winning touchdown.

Weekly Game Balls: Week 9

Riding high on a four game winning streak feels pretty good, doesn’t it! What a great game last Sunday night, it was a perfect example of a team coming together for a victory against an intense rivalry. The teamwork executed by the Cowboys made it even harder to choose game balls this week. Of course, that’s a great problem to have. In the words of Coach Phillips, “Everybody made plays when the game was on the line.”

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Marion Barber.

Marion Barber only rushed 12 times for 50 yards, but the true reason he is receiving this week’s game ball is for what he did in the last offensive drive of the game.

According to a story told by Keith Brooking, Barber came up to the defensive players on the sidelines and said:

‘I got this, the last offensive series. Don’t you worry guys.’

He was telling his teammates that he was going to seal the deal. He knew they had worked hard and he was guaranteeing them their work was done and the win was secure.

Barber did as promised and ran three consecutive plays accumulating 23 yards.

Now that may not do anything for his fantasy ratings but in my book that makes him clutch.

Thanks for your hard work Barber!

Star50

This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to Jay Ratliff.

Can you say BEAST?

Jay Ratliff finished the day with 5 tackles and 2 sacks for losses of 17 yards.

I also enjoyed the story about him getting into it with Wade Phillips.

Wade Phillips told reporters a story from halftime…

“At halftime, we came in and he says, ‘My fault on the running game,’” Phillips recalled about Ratliff. “And I said, ‘No it isn’t your fault.’ He jumps back at me and said ‘ITS MY FAULT’ I said, ‘Ok it’s your fault.’ But he said he would get it corrected. And sure enough they had 16 yards rushing in the second half, so it wasn’t all his fault, he played some things different second half than he did in first half.”

Keep howling J-Rat!

Star50

Way to go to Barber and Ratliff!

Honorable Mention: Roy Williams with 5 catches and 75 yards, Gerald Sensabaugh with 6 tackles and an interception, and Mike Jenkins for just being awesome and making me shout ‘JENKS’ several times each game after he makes an amazing play.

Revenge is Sweet, So Is First Place

Every Cowboys game, no matter the expectations or what is on the line, gets me pumped up. But tonight, oh tonight was unbelievable!

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What a game! I have to say I am so proud of this team. They played with heart and gave everything they had and it paid off. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we also knew it was in our reach all we had to do was fight for it.

Now, all the doubters who kept asking the question if the Dallas Cowboys can win a big game have been silenced.

This was definitely a team effort and everyone got involved. Everyone on the field and on the sidelines did a tremendous job.

All night as Al Michaels and Cris Collingsworth continuously forced us to relive last December 28th, repeating the numbers 44-6 over and over, I never lost faith in this team. We all know what happened last year, we relived it in our minds over and over for months.

I will keep this short and sweet because we have all week to ride this winning streak – but I’d just like to repeat what I said yesterday – PAYBACK IS A BITCH PHILLY!

Coach Phillips

Weekly Game Balls: Week 5

What a game. Should have not been as close as it was but a win is a win. We have seen some first and a record breaking day.

What a game! It should have not been as close as it was, but a win is a win. We witnessed some firsts and a record breaking day.

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Miles Austin.

This speedy wide receiver had a record breaking day with 250 yards on 10 catches with 2 game saving touchdowns.

His first score almost won the game for the Cowboys, but the one in overtime counted for the “W”.

Austin just might have earned his starting spot. Miles is the game breaking threat the Cowboys need.

He also could have had a few more touchdowns on the day. But he couldn’t secure a couple of throws from Tony.

Great job Miles Austin.

Star50

This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to Keith Brooking.

Brooking is the solid linebacker that was needed to compliment the defense.

Brooking finished the game with 8 solo tackles and helped on 3 more. He also recorded a sack on Matt Cassel. He came flying from up the middle to take him down.

With all the pressure the Cowboys gave the Chiefs on Sunday, Keith also had 4 QB hits.

His leadership speaks for itself. You can find the veteran linebacker running up and down the sidelines when he’s not on the field. He gets this team pumped up! It feels like Brooking has been a Cowboy all of his life.

Keep up the great work Keith Brooking!

Star50

Congratulations to Austin and Brooking for their great contribution to the overtime win.

Honorable Mention: DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Jay Ratliff

Injury Update: Felix Jones To Have MRI

Several reports coming in this morning about Felix Jones’ knee.

Adam Schefter posted this on twitter:

Jones told Werder the RB was unable to loosen his left knee after suffering a knee strain and the feeling now is that he might need an MRI.

Dallas Morning News’ Todd Archer is reporting that Felix Jones will have an MRI:

After suffering a strained knee on his 40-yard run in the third quarter, Felix Jones will undergo an MRI today at Valley Ranch.

It is standard fare for something like this and it’s the benefit of having an MRI facility on campus, so to speak.

Jones was fitted for a brace during the game and missed the next three plays of what turned out to be a field-goal drive. He returned for the next two plays of the following series – a pass to Roy Williams and a 10-yard run by Tashard Choice out of the Razorback formation – but did not get another carry.

Rob Phillips at dallascowboys.com:

Jones (eight carries, 94 yards) limped off the field following a 40-yard run that led to a Cowboys field goal. He put on a new knee brace and returned for two plays on the next series, then spent the rest of the game walking the sidelines.

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips said Jones would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

Pray for good news, but it’s not looking good. Hopefully Marion Barber will be 100% this week.

Adams Fined, Barber Fine

For the second week in a row a Cowboy has been fined by the league for a penalty. Turns out that Cowboy is Flozell Adams. Surely you remember the tripping penalty, well Adams was fined $12,500 for sticking his foot out and tripping Justin Tuck in the second quarter, and also Osi Umenyiora in the fourth quarter. Tuck criticized Adams for the move that placed him on the sidelines.

Last week Adams was fined $5,000 for a hands to the face penalty. He plans to appeal the fine.

Hey, we wanted him to stop the false start penalties but not if it means he is going to get even bigger infractions.

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Marion BarberMarion Barber practiced on Wednesday after an apparent injury to his quad during last Sunday’s game. Several media outlets believed Barber could miss the game Monday night but according to Barber,

“I’m good . . . I’m good today. If I’m good today, I’ll be good tomorrow and I’ll be good for Monday.”

“Just like a bad cramp. I’ve felt it before. It’s happened to me before. It’s sore. It felt real similar. But I’m treating it like I should. I’m feeling good.”

The Cowboys have an extra day since they are playing Monday and are not required to put out an injury update today. Luckily the Cowboys are deep at the running back position and Barber can share the load with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice.

The Cowboys posted this on their website,

RB Marion Barber – quad (9/20) – After his 35-yard run in the fourth quarter, Barber came up holding his left quad. He never returned to action Sunday night, and MRI results on Monday revealed a strained quad. Barber was dressed out Wednesday and took part in light individual drills during the brief media portion of practice. But because they don’t play until Monday, the Cowboys aren’t required to release an official injury report until Thursday, and head coach Wade Phillips was tight-lipped about Barber’s status. The starting back said he plans to play against Carolina, however. If not, or if he’s limited, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice will fill in.

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Only In Dallas Does A Video Board Get So Much Attention

Almost every Cowboys fan knew when it happened that it would become the hot topic of the week. As soon as the ball thumped the very bottom of the video board I told my friend, “oh no, here we go! The media is going to go crazy over this.” That’s fine. It’s better than previous topics, I suppose.

The team is now working with the league trying to establish the height of the video board and I’m sure they will get it all worked out before the season officially begins.

Here’s an interesting take on the topic though, the Cowboys’ very own Pro Bowl punter Mat McBriar had this to say:

“Our game plan is to kick to the sidelines. So for myself it’s not in my mind. I know it’s there, obviously. But it’s not something that catches my eye as much as guys who are kicking straight down the field.”

McBriar said there is no reason to make any changes or raise the video boards because one punt in one game hit them.

McBriar, a 2006 Pro Bowler, said he could boot punts into the video boards “probably 50 percent of the time” if that was what he was trying to do.

I don’t know guys, I think if anyone would know it would be Mat.

Some reporters and analysts are blaming Jerry Jones’ pride on not raising the boards (that includes my boss who called me Monday morning about the issue). I didn’t think that was the case until I read on the team’s official site that they plan to disconnect and raise the board temporarily for the U2 concert in September.

While Jerry Jones’ and Stephen Jones’ are declining to comment on the situation, I’m sure if the league orders them to raise the video boards they will do it without question. But why should they do it voluntarily? What if that rookie was aiming to hit the board intentionally?

Does it even matter, since the league’s regulation is 85 feet and the board actually hangs 90 feet above the field?

Of course opposing teams are going to complain and disagree. So you make it a rule to redo the kick in the rare occasions that the punt hits the board. It may put a damper on the situation if there’s a nice punt return but a rule is a rule.

I just have one more thing to say….

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Cowboy Tidbits

Fullback Deon Anderson could find himself jobless. Currently he is on the injured list after having arthroscopic knee surgery but is expected to be back in uniform by opening day. However his backup Julius Crosslin has been doing a good job filling in for Anderson. The Cowboys are not expected to keep more than one fullback on the roster because they plan on using more two tight end formations. If Crosslin continues to impress, Anderson could be the one looking for a new team, after it was expected Crosslin was the one to be cut.

Sporting News Today is reporting that Crosslin has been solid at the point of attack, playing with good pad level and leverage that opens running lanes. The coaches are also impressed by his hands and say he is doing a good job catching the ball. This was evident on a converted third and 1 play in Friday’s preseason game against Tennessee. Still a bit early to tell how this position battle will end but Crosslin has made the most of his opportunity with Anderson on the sidelines.

We all know and love Jason Witten, one of Tony Romo’s favorite targets. Sporting News is giving fans the opportunity to ask him a question with a chance to have it and Jason’s answer published in an upcoming issue of the magazine. For those interested send your question along with your hometown to yourturn@sportingnews.com.

Anyone there?

Heya Cowboy Fans out there! How is Everyone doing out there? Well if your anywhere near where I am, then your probably not doing very well. So it seems as if StarStruck has become a little speechless after yesterday’s decimation of our beloved Cowboys. I haven’t seen a butt whoopin that bad since the Boys whooped on the Bills in Super Bowl 27. Everything started off great. Marched right down the field, T.O. got a reception, Barber was Barbarianing the Rams Defense and Brad Johnson looked 15 years younger. Then came 55:00 minutes of the worst Cowboys football this decade.

Speechless, really speechless. Thats the only way I could explain what happened yesterday. We were utterly dominated for 55:00 minutes. And then when we did get something going, we did something to shoot ourselves in the foot. Wade Phillips has done a really POOR job of getting this team ready to play. We have been pushed around and dominated for 3 weeks straight. This team seems soft and docile. Just like the coach. I even heard some TV broadcasters call the Cowboys the Dallas Cupcakes due to the unphysical and unemotional way they played. The only guy that deserved his paycheck yesterday was Demarcus Ware. The guy is a beast!! Marion Barber played good as well but he had a costly fumble early in the game.

I hate to say this guys but its becoming very obvious and apparent whats wrong with this team. We have no REAL leaders on this team. No one on this team that calls people out when they play like crap. We dont have that Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin type player on this team. We have a bunch of guys that just hang their heads when they get punched in the mouth. I remember during the Superbowl heydays how both Michael and Troy would be berating players on the Cowboy sidelines when they were playing poorly. It was unnacceptable and thats whats missing from this team. Terrell Owens has tried to repeatedly take this position on this team but all it does is bring him controversy from some fans and the media. There is T.O. becoming T.O. again. That is total B.S. and for any real Cowboy fans to think that is ludicrous. T.O. has the right idea but I just don’t think guys on this team respect him as a vocal leader due to his past.

This coming week against the Bucs is the season folks. I know it’s Week 8 and it’s early and everything but this is the breaking point. The guys on this team need to do alot of soul searching this week and fulfill the potential that comes with playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones even called out his team after yesterdays game and called it one of the worst losses in his tenure as Cowboys owner. Yesterday’s game brought back memories for me of the Chan Gaily/Dave Campo eras. That bad……. Anyways, I will be at the Boys and Bucs game this weekend. I have been to 6 Dallas Cowboys home games in my life. They have never lost any of the games I have ever been to. So maybe the boys need me this weekend. :O) I am coming guys. Give me some pads and a helmet and I will give it my all. Yeah right, maybe in some Disney movie. Anyways guys, I know hope is bleak but I know there is still time to turn it around. I will bet the farm that Tony Romo plays. If I ever see a Brad Johnson pass again it will be too soon. That guy was under throwing, over throwing and just plain throwing some ugly ducklings yesterday. The back-up QB postion needs to be addressed and it need to be addressed soon. Brad Johnson is no where near the answer.

So keep your chin up Cowboy fans. I will be there this weekend. I am on my way to save the Boys season. So wish me luck, cause lately it seems like we are gonna really need it.

 

 

Cowboys Now the Hunted in the NFC….NFL?!

ALL ABOARD!!  The Dallas Cowboy bangwagon is filling up fast.
 
If there were any doubters after giving up 37 to Philly last week a dominating effort in Green Bay once again has Cowboy fans talking the “S” word….and rightfully so.  Two impressive road wins over playoff teams and a hard fought come from behind Division win over another likely playoff team has Dallas sitting at 3-0 and in clear position to be the NFC reprensentive in the Super Bowl.  Wait!  Haven’t we heard this before?  

 

Who didn’t think after beating Green Bay in week 13 last year that Dallas wouldn’t even make the NFC Championship game?  Wade Phillips has to find a way to pace the season out so it doesn’t peak too early like it has in each of the past two seasons.  Truth be told, nobody on this team has lead his team to the Super Bowl before. Don’t forget Tony Romo has not even won a playoff game. T.O, who played great once he got there, was on the sidelines while Philly made its run to the Super Bowl. MB3, Witten, T-New, B James even Zack Thomas… not one has been on a team with such high expectations. With New England, Indy & San Diego struggling out of the gate in the AFC the concensious around the league is that Dallas is now the team to beat. With all of the talent that this year’s team has, coupled with the strength of the NFC, anything less than a visit to Tampa for the SuperBowl would be considered another disappointing season.
 

 

From Where I’m sitting:

 

  • I love MB3 but I get the bad feeling every time he touches the ball that he will get hurt.  Can we see more of Felix Jones?  8-10 carries a game maybe? I know this is crazy to say but Felix is a better natural runner than MB3 and it’s a long season Wade..lets not wear wear down our best back
  • Patrick Crayton?? Patrick, where are you? I am still not over the drop against the Giants..and you are not doing much to make me forget it
  • Jason Witten has eclipsed Jay Novacek in my mind as the best Cowboy TE I have ever seen….I’m 33
  • Nick Folk has become almost automatic…as a matter of fact I can’t remember his last miss
  • Please reserve a ticket to Hawaii for Jay Ratliff… hands down the best player on the defense so far
  • Hey Adam Jones: Don’t be afraid to run straight up field on one of these punts.  I know you want to make the big play but you can’t make it every time
  • Miles Austin??  I’m speechless…
  • Last One: Crazy statement, but would you rather play at New York in the NFC Championship or at home…before you answer consider that Romo is now 13-2 as a starter on the road and Dallas is 0-5 at home after December the past two years…

Exciting Times in Cowboy Land

Thinking back to the past few seasons and comparing them with this season, the thing I’m most excited about as I watch the Dallas Cowboys is THEIR excitement! I cannot tell you how great it is as a fan to watch my Cowboys play with actual smiles on their faces, and not just the players – the coaches too. How great is it to see the Cowboys score a touchdown or make a good play and, as the cameras pan over to Wade Phillips, to see him literally jumping for joy and giving high-fives (sometimes painful ones) to his football team?

Not to take anything away from any of our talented, well-known past coaches, who will remain nameless, (starts with P – ends with arcells) but come ON now? So much of how our guys feel is a direct reflection from the men on the sidelines who hold so much of the power.

I don’t know about you, but I feel good when I’m around people who seem happy and excited and I feel bad when I’m around people who suck the positivity out of the atmosphere. It’s easier for our guys to have fun when the coaching staff shows excitement and gives proper attention to good plays and touchdowns.

It’s so nice to see the Dallas Cowboys winning, but to me it’s even better to see them winning and having fun! They are happy to be on the field and doing what they love, scoring points, and making great plays. Give credit to all the coaches on the sidelines for providing a great atmosphere, and motivating the team so that they can play and perform beyond their expectations.
 
Personally, I REALLY want our guys to go to the Super Bowl and winning another ring would be fantastic. But honestly, I feel like I can wait for the huge accolades because I’m having so much fun as a fan again. I want this feeling to last forever! Long live the Cowboys and cheers to our Boys having fun on the football field again!

Contributed by Jen Gunter