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SportsDay Oct 20, 2018
3 key matchups for Cowboys-Redskins, including Alex Smith vs. the Dallas secondary

3 key matchups for Cowboys-Redskins, including Alex Smith vs. the Dallas secondary

Here are some key areas to watch in Sunday's Cowboys game at Washington:Jaylon Smith vs. Adrian PetersonJaylon Smith continues to look more and more like the elite athlete he was before suffering a significant knee injury in his final college game. The Cowboys middle linebacker leads the team with 51 tackles. Executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday that Smith is exceeding expectations."The scary part is, [associate athletic trainer] Britt Brown still thinks he may have a little room left to get even a little better in terms of totally recovering from his injury there," Jones said...
SportsDay Oct 19, 2018
As Cowboys' young linebackers keep developing, how could Sean Lee's role change?

As Cowboys' young linebackers keep developing, how could Sean Lee's role change?

Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com and columnist for Texas Monthly, answered questions during a live chat Friday. Here are some highlights, edited for clarity:Do you think Sean Lee will see the field less over the course of the rest of the year with the development of the young LBs -- even if to just try to keep him healthy?I definitely think he can be managed differently now that Jaylon Smith and Vander Esch have emerged. It will be hard to hold him back, though. The Cowboys may need to be creative and find ways to use all of them. But you don’t want to mess with the development...
FOX Sports Oct 18, 2018
Cowboys' draft gamble paying off in emerging LB Jaylon Smith

Cowboys' draft gamble paying off in emerging LB Jaylon Smith

Jaylon Smith is turning into the linebacker the Dallas Cowboys gambled on getting early in the 2016 draft
SportsDay Oct 18, 2018
Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith: Getting chance to tackle Adrian Peterson will be 'dream come true'

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith: Getting chance to tackle Adrian Peterson will be 'dream come true'

FRISCO -- Jaylon Smith is looking forward to playing against Adrian Peterson on Sunday.The Cowboys starting middle linebacker was 11 when Peterson was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings seventh overall in 2007.Peterson, 33, is spending his 12th NFL season in Washington. In five games, the seven-time Pro Bowler has rushed 77 times for 339 yards and three touchdowns."He's still got it," Smith said. "It's going to be a dream come true, getting a chance to tackle him. Hopefully I can get his jersey after the game."Smith said there's extra motivation because he considers Peterson and Marshawn Lynch...
SportsDay Oct 18, 2018
Good news for Cowboys: Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory all full participants in practice

Good news for Cowboys: Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory all full participants in practice

FRISCO -- For the first time since injuring his hamstring Week 3 in Seattle, Sean Lee was a full participant in Thursday's practice.Lee has missed Dallas' last three games but returned to practice last week.Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said Lee looked "ready to go" after Thursday's practice."We always wait it out until the end of the week," Marinelli said, "but so far so good."Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have played well in Lee's absence. His return would mean more of a rotation for the three."We have somewhat of a luxury not to have to put him in for 50...
Blogging The Boys Oct 18, 2018
The Blues Brothers: The Cowboys have two linebackers graded in the top 10 and neither are named Sean Lee

The Blues Brothers: The Cowboys have two linebackers graded in the top 10 and neither are named Sean Lee

The dynamic duo of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch paint a promising future for the Cowboys linebacker group. The Dallas Cowboys have a good defense. Many of us were wondering if this day would ever come, but after six weeks of football the Cowboys defense has proven themselves to be one of the stronger groups in the league. They currently lead the entire NFC in fewest yards given up as well as fewest points allowed. There are a lot of reasons this team is playing well on defense. A defensive line rotation consisting of DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Maliek Collins, Tyrone Crawford,...
SportsDay Oct 16, 2018
Jerry Jones disputes Jason Garrett extension rumor, Tavon Austin may be out for a while and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

Jerry Jones disputes Jason Garrett extension rumor, Tavon Austin may be out for a while and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

Oct. 17Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.Next gameDallas at Washington Redskins -- 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 -- CBS.Today's top storiesFrom magnetic charisma to an 'all-timer' play, how LB Jaylon Smith is emerging as a leader for CowboysLinebacker Jaylon Smith isn't shy about describing himself as a "natural born leader." He did it before he even played a down for the Cowboys.Is Jerry Jones close to giving Jason Garrett a contract extension?While responding to a tweet about Jason Garrett on Monday, DallasCowboys.com columnist Jeff Sullivan...
SportsDay Oct 16, 2018
From magnetic charisma to an 'all-timer' play, how LB Jaylon Smith is emerging as a leader for Cowboys

From magnetic charisma to an 'all-timer' play, how LB Jaylon Smith is emerging as a leader for Cowboys

FRISCO -- Linebacker Jaylon Smith isn't shy about describing himself as a "natural-born leader." He did it before he even played a down for the Cowboys.Before Smith had even completed his long recovery from a serious knee injury that threatened his football future, the second-round pick had already won over many of his Cowboys teammates.Smith has a kind of charisma that is magnetic. Always smiling and never doubting, Smith approaches life as if he already knows the outcome no matter the challenge.When All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee went down with a hamstring injury last month that has forced him...
SportsDay Oct 15, 2018
Cowboys' defensive effort was important for one particular reason, and it could be a sign of things to come

Cowboys' defensive effort was important for one particular reason, and it could be a sign of things to come

ARLINGTON -- There's no way the football was going to roll out of bounds on Cowboys cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Absolutely no way.Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles completed a pass to Keelan Cole near the visitor's sideline late in the third quarter Sunday, but linebacker Jaylon Smith poked it out of his hands. The football started bouncing, then slowly rolling toward the sideline."I knew I had to make a play," Lewis said. "I knew I had to go get it. We always talk about hustling to the ball. There was no way it was going to go out of bounds on me. We always practice, 'The ball, the ball,...
Blogging The Boys Oct 15, 2018
BTB’s Cowboys podcasts: Sounds from the winning locker room and one-on-one with Jourdan Lewis

BTB’s Cowboys podcasts: Sounds from the winning locker room and one-on-one with Jourdan Lewis

Gather around the campfire! Everyone’s going to be talking about how the Dallas Cowboys thrashed the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday this week, so why not get your week started with us talking about it? The latest episode in your Blogging The Boys podcast feed has officially landed, a special postgame edition of OchoLive. Listen in for sounds from the winning Cowboys locker room. On deck you’ll hear: Jerry Jones Ezekiel Elliott David Irving DeMarcus Lawrence Jaylon Smith Byron Jones Cole Beasley Maliek Collins Jeff Heath LISTEN BELOW The last bit of audio is a special one-on-one...
Blogging The Boys Oct 14, 2018
Jaylon Smith: We want to start off on defense every single game

Jaylon Smith: We want to start off on defense every single game

The Cowboys have been deferring the ball lately. Cooler weather has started to hit Texas this fall, and maybe that’s because things are freezing over due to the Cowboys deferring the toss on Sunday against the Jaguars. Your eyes deceived you not, my friends. The Dallas Cowboys won the toss against Jacksonville and for the second time this season chose to defer to the second half. Who is this team, for crying out loud? It’s certainly worth noting that the Cowboys are undefeated in games that they defer this season (all two of ‘em), but what’s more important is noting that the team...
SportsDay Oct 11, 2018
Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith breaks down his 4th-and-goal stop Sunday, how it shows he's 'back to being a top-5 pick'

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith breaks down his 4th-and-goal stop Sunday, how it shows he's 'back to being a top-5 pick'

FRISCO - Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith is quickly putting together some highlight plays now that he's as healthy as he's been since his major knee injury to end his college career in January 2016.But the play he made near the end of the first half Sunday in Houston won't soon be forgotten.Smith stopped Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson short of the end zone on 4th-and-goal from the 1. Watson took the shotgun snap and after not finding any receiver open quickly darted out to the right side of the field.Smith reacted quickly, sprinting from the middle of the field all the way to near the...
SportsDay Oct 11, 2018
Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli on Jaylon Smith: 'He might be one of the better blitzing linebackers I've been around'

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli on Jaylon Smith: 'He might be one of the better blitzing linebackers I've been around'

FRISCO - Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli dished out high praise for linebacker Jaylon Smith on Thursday.Marinelli, who has coached some great players in his 23 seasons as an NFL coach, such as Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch, said he believes that Smith "might be one of the better blitzing linebackers I've been around.""He's really a blitzer. This guy can blitz," Marinelli said. "He's physical and he's fast. He just fits what we do, play hard, like Sean Lee who has set the tempo for that whole room forever, smart, physical, great hitters, play sideline to sideline, not...
SportsDay Oct 11, 2018
The latest on David Irving, a film study on Jaylon Smith, and Allen Hurns clarifies his comments -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

The latest on David Irving, a film study on Jaylon Smith, and Allen Hurns clarifies his comments -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

Oct. 11Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.Next gameDallas vs. Jacksonville Jaguars -- 3:25 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 -- CBS.Today's top storiesExclusive: Inside the series of events that delayed David Irving's return to Cowboys and what it could mean for his futureA devastating series of events were set into motion last week that delayed David Irving's return and complicates his ability to contribute to the Cowboys going forward.Film room: Breaking down Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith's big day against TexansIt's been a slow build for Smith this...
SportsDay Oct 11, 2018
Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are impressing. What will Sean Lee's role be when he returns?

Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are impressing. What will Sean Lee's role be when he returns?

The Cowboys are 2-3 and facing plenty of questions after their overtime loss to the Houston Texans. In this week's installment of the Cowboys Beat Writers Roundtable, we break down QB Dak Prescott's play, the secondary and Sean Lee's role.Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch appear to be the future at linebacker. What role should Sean Lee play when he returns? What does he bring to the game that the youngsters can't?David Moore: Lee should play the same role he did at the time of his injury -- the starting weak side linebacker. Vander Esch returns to his role of backing up both Lee and Smith...

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