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Blogging The Boys Jun 16, 2018
Cowboys Sean Lee doesn’t think David Irving is committed, and he’s right

Cowboys Sean Lee doesn’t think David Irving is committed, and he’s right

Team captain and All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee has a little message for David Irving. Standing at 6’ 7”, David Irving might be the biggest conundrum on the Cowboys roster. Did the team strike gold after poaching him from the Kansas City Chief’s practice squad in 2015? Or is he just the next chapter of head-cases who can’t seem to get out of his own way in order to take the next step of being one of the better players in the league? Irving has flashed some incredible ability in his tenure in Dallas, but he just can’t seem to put it all together. His size and athleticism opens the...
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 11, 2018
Hopeful comparisons for Cowboys' 2018 draft picks: Is a Crabtree-like career in store for Michael Gallup?

Hopeful comparisons for Cowboys' 2018 draft picks: Is a Crabtree-like career in store for Michael Gallup?

Part of the scouting process is comparing prospects to current NFL players to help paint a picture of who that player can be at the pro level.These "hopeful" comparisons are best-case scenarios for each player but also have a dash of reality. In a perfect world, Leighton Vander Esch is the next Brian Urlacher. But comparing a young player with zero NFL snaps to a Pro Football Hall of Famer isn't quite realistic.Below are best-case comparisons for each of Dallas' 2018 draft picks:1 (19) - Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise StateHopeful comparison: Sean Lee, LB, Dallas CowboysVander Esch is bigger...
Blogging The Boys Jun 11, 2018
Cowboys linebackers could be the strength of the defense in 2018

Cowboys linebackers could be the strength of the defense in 2018

It’s no guarantee, but the Cowboys linebacker unit could be special. Back at the start of free agency in 2018, the Cowboys lost linebacker Anthony Hitchens when the Kansas City Chiefs decided to wildly overpay him. At that point, every Cowboys fan was in their right mind to be very concerned about the linebacker unit in Dallas. Sean Lee was still here, but as every Cowboys fan knows, Lee has the hardest time completing a season uninjured. His talent is supreme, but so is his penchant for missing games. Jaylon Smith was also still here, and despite amazing everyone by playing all 16 games...
SportsDay Jun 10, 2018
10 things we learned at Cowboys OTAs Week 3: Rod Marinelli on David Irving, Rico Gathers bulking up

10 things we learned at Cowboys OTAs Week 3: Rod Marinelli on David Irving, Rico Gathers bulking up

The Cowboys wrapped up OTAs this week and will hold a mandatory minicamp next week before breaking for summer. What did we learn from this week's practices and the seventh annual Cowboys U youth camp?Here are a list of the 10 things if you want to jump to your favorite:1) DeMarcus Ware is back; what he had to say2) Rod Marinelli is giving David Irving advice3)Speaking of Irving, will he and Martin attend mandatory minicamp?4) Rico Gathers has bulked up5) But he's still not leading the TE charge in Jason Witten's wake6) A Cowboys LB not named Sean Lee or Jaylon Smith makes waves7) How WRs...
Blogging The Boys Jun 8, 2018
Cowboys film review: Linebacker Justin March-Lillard

Cowboys film review: Linebacker Justin March-Lillard

Cowboys second year linebacker Justin march-Lillard has been turning heads so far in OTA’s. Here’s what he brings to the table for the Cowboys defense in 2018. The Cowboys linebacker core has seen a bit of a turnover since the end of the 2017 season. Anthony Hitchens left in free agency to sign a monster deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Cowboys spent the 19th overall pick on Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch to mix in with veterans Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith, and Damien Wilson. They also grabbed Chris Covington in the sixth round. So far, the forgotten man in the room has been...
SportsDay Jun 6, 2018
A Cowboys linebacker not named Sean Lee or Jaylon Smith shut down offense twice at OTAs Wednesday

A Cowboys linebacker not named Sean Lee or Jaylon Smith shut down offense twice at OTAs Wednesday

FRISCO - The navy-clad defenders along the south sideline at Cowboys OTAs on Wednesday broke out into a chant."DE-FENSE!" they interspersed with claps. "DE-FENSE!"The excitement over the fumble recovery - a swipe so quick you might have missed it - was palpable.Then Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett overturned the call.The defense booed Garrett loudly."We're in OTAs, not in pads and don't want to get anyone hurt," linebackers coach Ben Bloom said afterward. "So if there's a fumble, no one's diving on the ground and it's kind of like tie goes to the offense."But even Bloom lauded Cowboys backup...
Blogging The Boys Jun 6, 2018
Cowboys OTA: Full recap of the Cowboys last practice before minicamp next week

Cowboys OTA: Full recap of the Cowboys last practice before minicamp next week

Here’s some sights and sounds from the final OTA’s practice before mandatory minicamp next week. The Dallas Cowboys had their final practice of the OTA period before they get set to have their mandatory minicamp from June 12-14th. Before we get started we always like to point out those that weren’t practicing, keep in mind that teams are generally overly cautious at this time of year: Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyron Smith, Charles Tapper, David Irving, Maliek Collins, Terrance Williams, Leighton Vander Esch, Taco Charlton, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Lewis Neal, Joe Looney...
Blogging The Boys Jun 6, 2018
Report: Leighton Vander Esch among those not practicing at Wednesday’s OTAs

Report: Leighton Vander Esch among those not practicing at Wednesday’s OTAs

There’s no need to worry about the first-rounder. Part of the reason the Cowboys drafted Leighton Vander Esch 19th overall was to hedge their bet at the linebacker spot. Sean Lee is fantastic, but his injury history speaks for itself. Jaylon Smith certainly has potential, but to ignore his past would be irresponsible. LVE should provide some stability and insurance. Unfortunately for Wednesday’s OTA, per ESPN’s Todd Archer, Vander Esch was absent due to a sprained ankle. There’s no need to panic by any means, Dallas being cautious is a good thing. Cowboys’ rookie linebacker...
SportsDay Jun 2, 2018
Best of Kristi Scales: What should Cowboys expect from Jaylon Smith this season?

Best of Kristi Scales: What should Cowboys expect from Jaylon Smith this season?

Here are some of the best responses by Cowboys sideline reporter and special contributor Kristi Scales from her recent live chats on SportsDayDFW:Question: What do you see Jaylon Smith's role looking like with Sean Lee and Leighton Vander Esch as the primary linebackers?Scales: Jaylon Smith will most likely be working at strong-side linebacker with rookie Leighton Vander Esch taking over in the middle in place of Anthony Hitchens. Damien Wilson, the incumbent starter on the strong side, will want to keep that from happening, so there definitely is competition at every spot except weak side,...
Blogging The Boys Jun 2, 2018
Cowboys news: The most important Cowboys for the 2018 season

Cowboys news: The most important Cowboys for the 2018 season

Friday’s news and notes surrounding America’s team! The most valuable Cowboys of 2018: #5-3 - Jeff Cavanaugh, The Athletic Cavanaugh gives his fifth, fourth, and third most important Cowboys players for the upcoming season. #3: Sean Lee This one’s pretty easy. The Cowboys played five games without Sean Lee last year. The opponent averaged 29.8 points per game. The Cowboys played 10 games with Sean Lee last year. The opponent only averaged 16.2 points per game. Sometimes A Whole Lot Of Change Is Not A Bad Thing At All - Mickey Spagnola, DallasCowboys.com Mickey Spagnola makes...
Blogging The Boys May 31, 2018
How Dorance Armstrong will fit into the Cowboys 2018 defense

How Dorance Armstrong will fit into the Cowboys 2018 defense

There was a stepback in 2017, but Dorance Armstrong was an elite talent off the edge in 2016. For over a decade, it seems that the Dallas Cowboys have not had an elite defense. If they did finish among the upper echelons of defensive stats, it was partly due to the offensive production. An example of this was in 2016 when the Cowboys had the league’s best rushing defense. Not to take away from Sean Lee and the presence that he brings, but that statistic was definitely helped by the ability of the offense to win the time of possession battle, and force the opposing teams to play catch up...
SportsDay May 30, 2018
Youth movement: Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford doesn't get musical tastes of team's young newcomers, but likes their style

Youth movement: Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford doesn't get musical tastes of team's young newcomers, but likes their style

FRISCO -- At 28 and entering his seventh season in the NFL, Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford emphasizes that he's not that old. Yet, he can't help but look around the locker room and notice he's suddenly, well, up there in experience. With team cornerstones such as tight end Jason Witten and receiver Dez Bryant gone, it only underscores how many young and new faces are on Dallas' roster for 2018. Only kicker Dan Bailey, long snapper L.P. Ladouceur and linebacker Sean Lee have hit their 30s. Roughly 40 players on the bloated offseason 90-man roster are new to the Cowboys this season....
SportsDay May 26, 2018
10 things we learned from Cowboys OTAs this week, including the latest on Zack Martin and the national anthem

10 things we learned from Cowboys OTAs this week, including the latest on Zack Martin and the national anthem

Here are 10 things we learned about the Cowboys after Week 1 of OTAs. Below is a full list if you'd like to jump to a specific section.1 Where's Zack Martin?2. Terrance Williams' arrest3. New national anthem developments4. Tavon Austin's role5. Rico Gathers is ready6. Zeke's vocal role7. Rookies signed8. Dez still unsigned9. Sean Lee's health10. Excitement on offensive line1. Where's Zack Martin?Perhaps the biggest storyline of OTAs was the absence of right guard Zack Martin. The Cowboys and the Pro Bowler still have not reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension. But SportsDay's...
SportsDay May 25, 2018
Sean Lee: Cowboys have 'great game plan' to keep me healthy in 2018

Sean Lee: Cowboys have 'great game plan' to keep me healthy in 2018

Following the stretching portion of Wednesday's organized team activities, Sean Lee headed into the team's weight room. The veteran linebacker didn't take part in practice.The initial sight could be viewed as reason for concern considering Lee's injury history. However, he later assured reporters that he's not dealing with any new setbacks. This is all part of the Cowboys' plan to manage his offseason workload."I get the governor put on me and have to be smart this time of year," Lee said. "It's tough not being out there because you want to be out there trying to lead from the front, but...

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