2:53 AM EDT, Sun July 23, 2017
3 hours ago

TSP – Prog #9: Trouble in Cowboys Country

After a brief hiatus we’re back with a new program of The Star Podcast, hosted by Bryson Treece. On this program of TSP, ITS Staff Writer Jess Haynie and Contributor Mauricio Rodriguez join me to get all of the bad and negative press from the past few months out of the way. We’re all ready for football but we had to get over the hump, so to speak. We talk a bit about David Irving, Jourdan Lewis, Nolan Carroll, Dak Prescott, and a little more about Ezekiel Elliott. We also talk a bit about training camp to get the show into football mode. We’ll be back soon with another new program and...
10 hours ago

Will the Cowboys Keep a Third QB in 2017?

Last season, the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback in training camp finished the year starting in a playoff game. Having experienced that, could the franchise have a new appreciation for that third spot on the depth chart? Will they be more inclined to keep a third quarterback than in the past? For many seasons during Tony Romo’s tenure, Dallas only kept one veteran backup behind him on the 53-man roster. This year, with Dak Prescott firmly entrenched as starter and Kellen Moore almost assured as his backup, its assumed that the Cowboys won’t keep a third QB and use that roster spot at...
11 hours ago

Better or Worse; Recapping the Cowboys 2017 Offseason

With training camp beginning on Monday, the offseason is pretty much over. After going 13-3 but losing in their first playoff game, the Dallas Cowboys enter 2017 with the goal of significant postseason success. Right now, Las Vegas has them second in Super Bowl odds behind the New England Patriots. Even with the Super Bowl in their sights, the Cowboys would just like to be back in the NFC Championship Game.  Dallas hasn’t played in the semifinals since 1995, which was also the last time they won a Lombardi Trophy. Clearly, the Cowboys need to be better than they’ve been in over 20...
15 hours ago

Cowboys Work Out RBs Ronnie Hillman, Denard Robinson Before Oxnard

Perhaps some good news is on the way for the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to their star running back Ezekiel Elliott, with yesterday’s news that the NFL’s investigation of him has concluded. This did not stop the Cowboys from preparing for a possible Elliott suspension to start the 2017 season by working out two experienced running backs prior to departing for Oxnard, California and training camp. Of course, Elliott will be eligible to practice with the team through camp, which means we are not far off at all from Cowboys Nation being able to at least partially distract themselves from...
Jul 21, 2017

Report: NFL Wraps Up Investigation Into Ezekiel Elliott, NFLPA Responds

According to NFL.com, the NFL Players Association has recently filed their final response to the league’s official investigation into the domestic violence allegations against Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, dating back to last July. The investigation is nearing completion, according to Ian Rappaport, who further said that it still remains rather unclear whether Elliott will face a suspension or not this season. Regardless, he called this report a “big step” towards a final decision. “A significant step in resolving the NFL’s investigation came in late May, when the...
Jul 21, 2017

The NFL is not on a “Witch Hunt” Against the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys offseason has not been an easy one. America’s Team has made national headlines a lot, and no, not in a good way. Some Cowboys players have gotten themselves in trouble, and some of them have already been suspended by the NFL. Cowboys Nation is one loyal group of fans. I respect that so much. As a member of Cowboys Nation myself, I love that so much. And because of that, because of that love for our team, because of that fandom for the Star, I understand when fans claim that the NFL suspending Cowboys players is nothing but a witch hunt against our team. However, that...
Jul 21, 2017

Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Pasará Si Ezekiel Elliott Es Suspendido?

En julio, la falta de noticias y contenido relacionado con la NFL puede llegar a ser muy desesperante y aburrido. Estamos ansiosos por escuchar algo relacionado con nuestros equipos y jugadores favoritos. Anhelamos las noticias de los Cowboys. Pero estos últimos días, todos los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria hubieran preferido que no hubiera noticias. El corredor estrella Ezekiel Elliott tuvo una racha de días complicada y los rumores y reportes abundaron esta semana. La conversación en el mundo de los Cowboys en estos momentos gira alrededor de Zeke y de si sufrirá o no una...
Jul 21, 2017

Cowboys Defense: Is Linebacker More of a Concern Than Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys will be in Oxnard on Saturday, signaling the start of a training camp that could not get here soon enough. These practices and upcoming August 3rd Hall of Fame game will signal a full return to football for the defending NFC East Champions, yet this young team still has plenty of big questions on both sides of the ball. Putting the offensive issues – both on and off the field – aside for a moment, Rod Marinelli’s front seven on the Cowboys’ defense still lacks juice at defensive end despite addressing the position with their 28th overall pick Taco Charlton. The...
Jul 21, 2017

Steelers’ LB Ryan Shazier Had High Praise For Cowboys OL Tyron Smith

For the first time in a few years, there have been some questions about whether the Cowboys possess the league’s best offensive line in football this offseason. With changes coming at both left guard and right tackle, it can be easy to forget that the Dallas Cowboys still have three of the top ten offensive linemen in the entire league on that same line. Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker Ryan Shazier hasn’t forgotten, however. In his latest piece for the Player’s Tribune, Shazier named the five toughest players he has faced during his time in the NFL. Considering this is being written...
Jul 21, 2017

Dallas Cowboys: Signing Orlando Franklin Should Be A Priority

Earlier in May, the Los Angeles Chargers decided to cut ties with their offensive guard Orlando Franklin in order to go younger/cheaper as they try to revamp their offensive line. Things might not of worked out for Franklin in his two years with the Chargers, but if the Dallas Cowboys were wise they should make signing him a priority to upgrade their already talented OL. It wasn’t really a huge surprise the Los Angeles Chargers decided to release Orlando Franklin. He was never really a great fit in their power-gap blocking scheme. He seems much more comfortable in the zone blocking scheme...
Jul 20, 2017

Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign LB Justin Durant

For the second straight season, concerns and lack of depth at the linebacker position have brought veteran LB Justin Durant back to the Dallas Cowboys. Durant appeared in 13 games for the Cowboys in 2016 after spending 2015 with the Falcons. The 31-year old Durant previously started with the Cowboys in 2013, missing six games to injury, and in 2014 for six starts alongside Rolando McClain – the reason he was brought back for 2016 and now at least into training camp for the upcoming season. Taylor Stern on Twitter DallasCowboys have officially signed LB Justin Durant and have released CB...
Jul 20, 2017

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Will Wear A Richie Brace In 2017

There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about the Dallas Cowboys second year linebacker Jaylon Smith heading into the 2017 season. It’s understandable considering the lengthy rehab he has had to go through and the expectations a lot of fans have for him this season. But, I thought it was time to put one of those misunderstandings to rest for good. It’s no secret Jaylon Smith has had to go through a lengthy and difficult rehab to recover from his ACL/MCL injury he sustained in his last collegiate game. But, just about everybody has been focused on his nerve regeneration in...
Jul 20, 2017

On Offense, the Dallas Cowboys Have a Weakness

The Dallas Cowboys open training camp in less than a week and there are still a lot of questions to be answered. At tight end, Jason Witten is the starter, just as he has been for the last 14 years. On offense in 2017, tight end just might be a weakness for the first time in forever. Let me preface this by saying that there is nothing wrong with being the weak link, not on a unit like the Dallas Cowboys will send out there week in and week out. It’s like saying that Christian Laettner was the weak link on the 1992 Dream Team that won Olympic Gold. When everyone around you is a future...
Jul 20, 2017

Projecting the Cowboys Statistical Team Leaders for 2017

The NFL offseason can be a hard time to get through. July is the month when I’ll randomly watch any replay of any Cowboys game. It’s also the time of the year when, out of nowhere, I’ll look up stats from any NFL player just because I’m curious how many tackles he had, or how many touchdowns he scored. Last week, I was looking through Cowboys stats. This left me wondering, which players would lead each category this year, as the Cowboys try to compete for a Super Bowl. I thought it would be a fun exercise to predict the Cowboys team leaders for 2017 in each category. Predicting The...
Jul 19, 2017

BREAKING: Dallas PD Suspends Investigation Into Ezekiel Elliott’s Case

After reports went viral on Monday morning announcing that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had allegedly assaulted another man at a local Dallas bar, further investigation has now been suspended by the Dallas Police Department. Rebecca Lopez on Twitter BREAKING: Dallas Police just released statement confirming what we first reported. They have suspended the Ezekiel Elliott case. Due to lack of cooperation and clear information from the alleged victim, the Dallas PD will no longer pursue the case. Rebecca Lopez on Twitter Sources say victim in Ezekiel Elliott’s case gave police an old...