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Blogging The Boys Jun 22, 2018
Did the Dallas Cowboys improve at defensive tackle in 2018?

Did the Dallas Cowboys improve at defensive tackle in 2018?

Taking a good look at every position on the roster and asking the question: Did the Cowboys improve? [In this series, we’ll take a look at the additions and subtractions at every position on the Dallas Cowboys roster. We’ll compare where the Cowboys were to where they currently sit and ask the ultimate question. Did the Cowboys improve or not? In other words, do you feel better about the state of the roster going into the 2018 season?] This season: Maliek Collins - 16 games played, 22 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries David Irving - Eight games played, 22 tackles, seven sacks,...
Blogging The Boys Jun 21, 2018
Did the Dallas Cowboys improve at defensive end in 2018?

Did the Dallas Cowboys improve at defensive end in 2018?

Taking a good look at every position on the roster and asking the question: Did the Cowboys improve? [In this series, we’ll take a look at the additions and subtractions at every position on the Dallas Cowboys roster. We’ll compare where the Cowboys were to where they currently sit and ask the ultimate question. Did the Cowboys improve or not? In other words, do you feel better about the state of the roster going into the 2018 season?] Last season: DeMarcus Lawrence - 16 games played, 35 tackles, 14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries, one pass deflection, Pro Bowl...
SportsDay Jun 20, 2018
What to do about the weakest positions on the roster, 10 big offseason stories, and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

What to do about the weakest positions on the roster, 10 big offseason stories, and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

June 20Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.The top five stories1. What the Cowboys could do about the two weakest positions on roster before season startsOur panel of experts discuss.2. 10 of the biggest stories of the Cowboys' offseasonIncluding the Earl Thomas saga and Dez Bryant's release.3. Will Kris Richard's change be the key to Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones securing INTs?The next in our series of player profiles.4. Kony Ealy: 'Good thing' Cowboys drafted DeMarcus Lawrence over me; 'It's going to be a fun year for us'"I know they were...
SportsDay Jun 19, 2018

10 things you might not know about DeMarcus Lawrence: From 'Tank' origin to his cooking skills

Here are 10 things you might not know about Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who led the Cowboys with 14.5 sacks last season. He will return for at least another season after the Cowboys put the franchise tag on him this offseason. 1. TankHow'd he get the nickname? Here's what he said during a Q&A on the Dallas Cowboys' website in 2015."It originated when I was very young playing outside on the basketball court. One of my friends and I were play fighting and he DDT'd me on my head, so ever since then he would say 'I tanked him on his head, I tanked him.' So ever since then...
SportsDay Jun 19, 2018

10 of the biggest stories of the Cowboys' offseason, including the Earl Thomas saga and Dez Bryant's release

The Cowboys have had a busy offseason with tons of storylines. Here's a look at 10 of the biggest stories of the offseason. The full list is below if you'd like to jump to a particular section.1. Dez Bryant's release2. Goodbye Jason Witten3. Randy Gregory's future4. David Irving's suspension5. Terrance Williams' arrest6. DeMarcus Lawrence' franchise tag7. New draft class and new faces8. Coaching changes9. Zack Martin's new deal10. The Earl Thomas danceDez Bryant's releaseThe Cowboys released wide receiver Dez Bryant in April after another tumultuous season."Cowboy nation I need you to know...
SportsDay Jun 19, 2018
Kony Ealy: 'Good thing' Cowboys drafted DeMarcus Lawrence over me; 'It's going to be a fun year for us'

Kony Ealy: 'Good thing' Cowboys drafted DeMarcus Lawrence over me; 'It's going to be a fun year for us'

Had the Cowboys not traded up in the 2014 draft, Kony Ealy might have been their second round pick. Dallas sent its second and third round selections to Washington in exchange for No. 34 overall, which they used on DeMarcus Lawrence.Ealy went 26 picks later to the Carolina Panthers.Now, the Cowboys have both pass rushers."It's kind of a good thing that I didn't [get drafted by the Cowboys], obviously now we're both on the same team," Ealy said. "With him and the other guys, it's going to be a fun year for us."In April, Dallas signed the former Missouri standout to a one-year deal with a base...
Blogging The Boys Jun 18, 2018
Cowboys DT Jihad Ward is kind of a Rod Marinelli special

Cowboys DT Jihad Ward is kind of a Rod Marinelli special

Rod Marinelli has definitely delivered on one particular thing during his time in Dallas. Rod Marinelli is often regarded as a whisperer of sorts when it comes to the defensive line. This holds some water when you look at his time in Dallas, especially when you consider the season that DeMarcus Lawrence had in 2017. But Marinelli doesn’t just work his magic with high draft picks like Lawrence. If there’s one thing Rod has been consistent at, it’s getting legitimate production out of castoff or forgotten defensive linemen. Think about it. Guys like George Selvie, Jeremy Mincey, and...
SportsDay Jun 15, 2018
Machota: Casting a TV comedy with Cowboys? Here's my cast ...

Machota: Casting a TV comedy with Cowboys? Here's my cast ...

Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat Friday. Here are some highlights. Who is the Jim Halpert of the Cowboys? Biggest prankster. Jon Machota: As much as I'd like to go down the roster and compare each one to a character from my all-time favorite TV show, there just really isn't any good matches. I'll say this, if I was trying to make a comedy TV show with only Cowboys players, I would get: Joe Looney, Travis Frederick, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, David Irving, Jourdan Lewis, Dak Prescott...
Blogging The Boys Jun 15, 2018
Poll: Who is the most underrated player on the Dallas Cowboys?

Poll: Who is the most underrated player on the Dallas Cowboys?

Who is the most overlooked player on the roster? When you think of the Dallas Cowboys of today, chances are you think about young Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott, one of the best running backs in the entire NFL in Ezekiel Elliott, or The Great Wall of Dallas. You could include defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and “The General” Sean Lee. That said, there are also some unsung heroes up and down the roster, as well as some starters that happened to be overlooked because of the role in which they play or the players surrounding them. With that said, who do you believe is the most...
SportsDay Jun 15, 2018

How Cowboys balance life as dads, NFL rookies - including FaceTiming in for a kid's birth

DeMarcus Lawrence remembers getting the call."I'm going to the hospital," his fiancée, Sasha Almeida, told him. "My water broke."Lawrence had just flown to Dallas for his rookie minicamp, days after the Cowboys traded up to draft him 34th overall in 2014. Almeida had prayed through Lawrence's draft weekend that she wouldn't go into labor. She flew to Vegas for his draft party while nine months pregnant, against doctor's orders.Now here 22-year-old Lawrence was, unable to catch a flight to Boise in time. He watched his first son's birth over FaceTime from his hotel room at the Gaylord,...
Blogging The Boys Jun 13, 2018
David Irving spoke briefly Tuesday, and DeMarcus Lawrence might be starting to lead

David Irving spoke briefly Tuesday, and DeMarcus Lawrence might be starting to lead

The Cowboys defensive line is in the spotlight. It’s been an, um, interesting offseason regarding David Irving’s position with the Dallas Cowboys. We’re not talking about where he lines up, that’s a matter some still contest, instead it’s about his status. He was tendered, analyzed as a trade option by many, signed his tender, and had a very public fight where his Twitter account was hacked. Irving was absent through OTAs and people began to wonder whether this was more of the same or whether David really was just trying to work on what he needed to work on. Humans are all...
SportsDay Jun 9, 2018
2019 NFL draft prospects to watch: Could Cowboys find their Jason Witten replacement or trade up for Ed Oliver?

2019 NFL draft prospects to watch: Could Cowboys find their Jason Witten replacement or trade up for Ed Oliver?

It is a difficult task to forecast what will be the positions of need for the Cowboys next offseason because there are several dominoes that need to fall.Will Zack Martin ink his extension? Does DeMarcus Lawrence leave in free agency? Does David Irving do enough to earn a long-term deal with the club? Will a tight end or free safety already on the roster emerge as the future of the position? While the purpose of this feature isn't to guess the answer to each of those questions, it is never too early to look forward to possible positions of need and what college prospects to track this...
SportsDay Jun 9, 2018
The biggest question that remains to be answered for the Cowboys ...

The biggest question that remains to be answered for the Cowboys ...

Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat Friday. Here are some highlights. Where does David Irving rank among the team's best D-Linemen? Jon Machota: If you tell me David Irving is healthy, focused on football and on the field for 16 games, DeMarcus Lawrence is probably the only Cowboys defensive lineman ahead of him. Irving's ceiling is a double-digit sack guy and perennial Pro Bowler. He has the size and ability to dominate and be one of the best defensive tackles in the game. Where does Dak...
SportsDay Jun 8, 2018
The advice DeMarcus Ware is giving Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The advice DeMarcus Ware is giving Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

FRISCO -- Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence grew into his nickname nicely last season.Lawrence, who goes by "Tank," tallied 14.5 sacks in 2017, the second-most in the league. He fired up apparel with the slogan "Tank is coming for you," featuring his own likeness manning a tank in pursuit of then-NFC East starting quarterbacks Eli Manning, Carson Wentz and Kirk Cousins.He wore the sweatshirt regularly throughout the season, as did teammates including quarterback Dak Prescott.But Lawrence's sack artistry wasn't actually the source of his childhood nickname, it turns out.Back then,...
SportsDay Jun 8, 2018
The real story behind DeMarcus Lawrence's 'Tank' nickname, latest on Zack Martin and David Irving, and more — Your Cowboys Catch-Up

The real story behind DeMarcus Lawrence's 'Tank' nickname, latest on Zack Martin and David Irving, and more — Your Cowboys Catch-Up

June 8Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.The top 5 storiesDeMarcus Lawrence's 'Tank' nickname isn't what you thinkHere's the real story behind the nickname.Rod Marinelli giving 'guidance' in recent talks with David Irving; 'But the man has got to grab it and go'Irving posted to Instagram while his teammates were on the field for OTAs. See the message. ☝️Next week's Cowboys' minicamp is mandatory -- what does that mean for OL Zack Martin and DL David Irving?🤔 🤔 🤔If Cowboys called Terrell Owens, 'absolutely'...

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