Dallas Cowboys Pre Season Game 1- Things to watch for


Howdy ya’ll!!

What a crazy off season it has been for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans! Forget everyone else but we certainly did a lot of work to discuss needs and came out looking pretty good.

The only big question that remains, the elephant in the room … is how will we be at Running Back?

Well we won’t find out much to answer that question in the first preseason game against the Chargers as the top three running backs will not be playing.

We will get to look at the kid from Stephen F. Austin university Gus Johnson who is a “bowling ball” type of runner as insider Mike Fisher describes him.

This is a guy that could break out of his shell and show some really special things or he could crash and burn and be lucky to even make the practice squad. He will get a good amount carries tonight so lets watch and see if he can produce anything worth while.

I am very excited to see what our starters on defense can do , we know Greg Hardy is planning to “ease” his way back into football so who knows how many plays he will get in but it’ll be interesting to see how this D-Line upgrade has worked out for us.

I’m also very interested to see what Byron Jones has in store for us , if the D-Line can hold up to make our D-Backs look better we could see some special moments throughout the entire defense.

A player that has got a lot of attention is rookie WR Lucky Whitehead, the staff and writers have been all over this kid and they believe he can be a very special player .. we have a solid number of young rookies and he could be the standout among them all but Randy Gregory , La’el Collins and Byron Jones may have something to say to that.

This first preseason game is not about the score board, technically. There will be game time situations that cause the score board to become important but we want to see the talent on the field and what can happen, don’t get butt-hurt if the Cowboys lose but we want to come away feeling confident in the additions and off-season work that this entire staff and team has put in.

Don’t forget, after last years first preseason game those crazies at ESPN were calling the Cowboys the  worst team in the NFC.

We also didn’t win a preseason game last year and still did pretty well.  I’ve been waiting for this since Dez caught it, and it’s here.

Take it, leave it… or throw it back at me.

Rowdy Cowboy

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Chargers sign Cowboys TE John Phillips to a three year deal


John phillips
Photo via ESPN.com

The first day of NFL Free Agency was fast and furious as many teams were very active upgrading their rosters.  San Diego Chargers signed Cowboys back up tight end John Phillips to a three-year deal.

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Virginia.  Phillips, had 30 career receptions for 218 yards and two touchdowns in his four-year career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Due to the Dallas Cowboys tight salary cap they were unable to keep Phillips.

NFL Power Rankings Week 11


 

 

ESPN has released their NFL power rankings for Week 11. The Cowboys drop a spot from last week’s ranking (No.15) after the horrible offensive performance against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium.

1.Texans (9-1)

2.Falcons (9-1)

3.49ers  (7-2-1)

4.Packers (7-3)

5.Ravens (8-2)

6.Bears (7-3)

7.Broncos (7-3)

8.Patriots (7-3)

9.Giants (6-4)

10.Buccaneers (6-4)

11.Steelers (6-4)

12.Seahawks (6-4)

13.Saints (5-5)

14.Vikings (6-4)

15.Colts (6-4)

16.Cowboys (5-5)

17.Bengals (5-5)

18.Redskins (4-6)

19.Lions (4-6)

20.Dolphins (4-6)

21.Chargers (4-6)

22.Jets (4-6)

23.Titans (4-6)

24.Bills (4-6)

25.Cardinals (4-6)

26.Rams (3-6-1)

27.Eagles (3-7)

28.Raiders (3-7)

29.Panthers (2-8)

30.Browns (2-8)

31.Jaguars (1-9)

32.Chiefs (1-9)

Source: ESPN.Com

Tempers Flare In Final Practice vs Chargers


Tempers flared today at the final Cowboys vs Chargers practice in San Diego. The Cowboys offense and the Chargers defense had several heated exchanges throughout the day.

  • Cowboys rookie tight end Andrew Szczerba got into it with San Diego’s first-round linebacker Melvin Ingram, the two exchange some shoves then ended up wrestling one another to the ground before being separated.
  • In the no-tackling red zone drill the Chargers defensive players started laying the wood to Cowboys receivers. Safety Atari Bigby got a clean shot on rookie Danny Coale.
  • A few plays later Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer unloaded on Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris at the goal line knocking off his helmet.

Josh Ellis of DallasCowboys.com reports the big hit drew the two units together in a shouting match, with fullback Lawrence Vickers and running back DeMarco Murray particularly vocal for the Cowboys.

Here what Vickers had to say about the incident

“It was expected,” Vickers said. “We tried to come and get some good work in. when you’re competing against another team, even against your own guys, you get a little chippy. That’s football. It’s comes with the territory. … I was teed off to the max, but at the same time, I have to listen to my coaches. I have to let my coach know, in any situation, ‘Vick’ can keep his head. I wanted to lose my cool – I did, I’m not lying.

“Because that type of (stuff) is not tolerated. We’re not going to tolerate that type of stuff. That’s the mentality we’ve got. That’s the mentality we’re going to have. That is not tolerated.”

 

Source: Dallas Cowboys.Com

 

Dez Bryant injures knee


Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a knee injury during practice Monday against the San Diego Chargers.Bryant slipped on the grass coming out of his break and limped off the field with Cowboys trainers.

Bryant immediately left practice to undergo an MRI on his right knee.

Tony Romo to see more playing time


Will this be the year Romo leads the Cowboys over the hump?
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Despite the laundry list of injuries the Dallas Cowboys are having this pre season. Coach Garrett said Cowboys QB Tony Romo will see more playing time versus the San Diego Chargers this Saturday.

“We never want to put a player out where he’s in a precarious situation,” Garrett said. “We don’t think we’re doing that with Tony. Tony has to get himself ready to play. He played 11 snaps in the first game. We’ll probably inch that up a little bit to give him some more opportunities depending on how it goes. We certainly wouldn’t put him out there with people we weren’t comfortable with blocking in front of him. I think the issues with the skill guys, Witten and Miles, those are just opportunities for the other guys to play. So we’re excited to see how they play, play up to, so to speak, a third guy playing with the twos, a second guy playing with the ones, and see how they respond.”

Source: ESPN Dallas