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Four ways Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie should make strides in 2018

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of 35 Cowboys player profiles. Chidobe AwuziePosition: CornerbackSize: 6-0, 202Age when season starts: 23College: ColoradoDrafted: Second round in 2017, 60th overallExperience: Second seasonContract status: In second year of 4-year rookie deal worth $4.2 million2017 recap: Awuzie only played 10 games last year after battling a hamstring injury initially at training camp and then re-injuring it in Week 2 at Denver and again Week 5 against Green Bay. Once he put the hamstring injuries behind him, Awuzie showed great flash and started six games as a...

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Amazon’s “All or Nothing” with the Cowboys provides hope for the Bengals in 2018

The Amazon series documented the Cowboys’ fall following the loss of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith due to injury. For those unfamiliar with “All or Nothing”, it is a series on Amazon in their streaming video services. It provides a similar behind the scenes look as the “Hard Knocks” series on HBO. The primary difference is that Hard Knocks focuses on one team’s training camp, while “All or Nothing” takes a broader look during one team’s entire season. Season one highlighted the Arizona Cardinals 2015 season, which saw them go 13-3, reaching the NFC Championship. Season...

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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,...

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Is it possible the Cowboys second-round gambles could still pay off?

Things aren’t how they used to be. Remember not so long ago when it was funny to make jokes about the Cowboys second-round draft selection? Okay, maybe it wasn’t funny, but there were definitely jokes. The front office liked to roll the dice in round two and try to cheat the system by landing a good player that other teams had passed up on for one reason or another. If there was a college prospect who was sliding down the board due to injury or a character red-flag player, there would be a running joke about how they’d be on the Cowboys radar. Well, the joke may be on us now as the...

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Cowboys top four issues heading into 2018 training camp

The Cowboys still have some things to sort out. The Cowboys will be holding a short mini-camp in the upcoming week, then it will be a long break until training camp arrives. Unless the Cowboys make a dramatic trade or sign a free agent, or something disastrous happens like an injury or suspension, the team we see now will be the team that enters training camp. When they start training camp, they still have some issues to settle. These aren’t things like Player X needs to pick up their game, these are more about positions on the field that are currently unsettled or in flux. With all due...

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Here's what makes Ed 'Too Tall' Jones think the Cowboys can compete with Eagles and 'make make a lot of noise'

FORT WORTH -- The Dallas Cowboys can match Super Bowl champion Philadelphia in talent, decorated defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones said on Thursday during an appearance at Texas Motor Speedway."I find the Cowboys hard to evaluate for two reasons," said Jones, who spent 15 seasons with the Cowboys. "No. 1, for some reason key players keep getting injured every year. And also suspensions. ... I think they talent and key players in positions that you have to have to win. I like [coach] Jason Garrett."But I want to see Dallas when they don't have players suspended and are injury-free. That...

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Cowboys' rookie Leighton Vander Esch misses final OTA practice with ankle soreness

First-round pick Leighton Vander Esch did not participate in Wednesday's OTA practice. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said the rookie linebacker was dealing with some ankle soreness, but it's "nothing serious."The Cowboys drafted Vander Esch out of Boise State with the No. 19 pick in the NFL draft. There was talk before the draft that health concerns could cause Vander Esch to fall out of the first round. Vander Esch missed seven games during his sophomore year in 2016 because he reportedly suffered a stinger and a concussion on the same play early on that season. He played in all 14...

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Defensive tackle depth will be vital to Cowboys success in 2018

The start of the offseason has not be kind to the interior of the Cowboys defensive line. With injuries to Maliek Collins and the uncertainty surrounding David Irving, which defensive tackles can we expect to step up. Entering the offseason, the interior of the defensive line had two players that the team could definitely count on. David Irving and Maliek Collins were the two projected starters, and the two have combined for 18.5 sacks over the last two seasons. That is not a stat to ignore. When healthy (and not suspended), Collins and Irving are one of the better pass rushing defensive...

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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...

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Packers: Three questions facing Aaron Rodgers in 2018

The top three questions for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ahead of the 2018 season. The 2017 season ended almost as soon as it started for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. Before the injury, the Packers were 4-1 coming off a win against the Dallas Cowboys, […] Packers: Three questions facing Aaron Rodgers in 2018 - Lombardi Ave - Lombardi Ave - A Green Bay Packers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Early Dozen: The top 2019 NFL draft prospects Cowboys fans need to watch

The 2019 NFL draft is 11 months away, but now is when NFL scouts and evaluators lay the ground work for next year's draft class. Below is an early look at 12 of the top prospects on the NFL radar entering the 2018 college football season.12. Trey AdamsOT, Washington (6-7, 320, 5.30, SR.) Adams was in the debate to be the first tackle drafted in the 2018 class before an ACL injury ended his 2017 season and brought him back to school for his senior year. If he returns to form and improves in areas, Adams will be one of the top senior prospects in the 2019 class.11. A.J. BrownWR, Ole Miss (6-1,...

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Dez Bryant's wait to sign with new team could last until training camp, report says

It has been nearly two months since the Dallas Cowboys released wide receiver Dez Bryant.The eight-year veteran is still without a job, and will continue to be according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport."As far as Dez Bryant goes, barring some sort of major injury ... he's expected to continue waiting through the summer [to sign]," Rapoport told NFL Network."He's received several phone calls from teams wanting to sign him. It's more of Dez Bryant wanting to make sure he has a perfect fit, a winning organization, and a team willing to do a one-year, prove-it deal."A 'prove-it deal' was not what...

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Maliek Collins is in a walking boot and on a stationary bike

Maliek Collins is doing what he can at this point. Earlier this month, a bad case of deja vu rolled into the Dallas Cowboys camp when defensive tackle Maliek Collins broke his left foot. Maliek’s injury isn’t considered to be too devastating, he didn’t miss any time two years ago when it happened to his right foot. It’s expected that the Cowboys will get him back some time around August, which means right about now he’s got to be in the process of rehabbing. Collins is obviously absent from OTAs due to his injury, but he’s not taking any time off. He posted a video to his...

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'We're just going to continue to ride': How Jaylon Smith ditched his brace and got his confidence back

FRISCO -- The brace has been discarded.Jaylon Smith can't even tell you where it is at the moment.What the Cowboys linebacker can tell you is that he feels "more like myself'' than at any point since that devastating knee injury 29 months ago. His confidence and muscle mass is up, his body fat is down and a new-found love for yoga helps with his flexibility and focus."Everything just feels better, from my emotion to my quickness to my explosiveness to my overall knowledge of the game,'' Smith said Wednesday afternoon after the Cowboys completed their fifth organized team activity of the...

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How Jaylon Smith got his confidence back, Jason Garrett explains decision to sit Rico Gathers last year, and more -- Your Cowboys Catch-Up

May 31Here's everything you need to know to stay up to date with all things Dallas Cowboys.The top 10 stories1. How Jaylon Smith ditched his brace and got his confidence back"We're just going to continue to ride."2. Jason Garrett explains decision to sit TE Rico Gathers for all of last season"There's a lot of discussion about a player coming off injury."3. Taco Charlton sees himself making bigger impact in Year 2; 'It's starting to all come together.'🌮🌮🌮4. Youth movement: Tyrone Crawford doesn't get musical tastes of young newcomers, but likes their style"It's an adapting...

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett explains decision to sit TE Rico Gathers for all of last season

FRISCO - Tight end Rico Gathers is back on the field with the Cowboys for ongoing organized team activities after he spent all of last season on injured reserve.He revealed last week that he was cleared from concussion protocol before Week 7, but the Cowboys weren't ready to bring him back. Head coach Jason Garrett was asked about the decision Wednesday."There's a lot of discussion about a player coming off injury," Garrett said. "He did have a concussion and was in concussion protocol for a long time. At the point he was able to come back, we were far along down in our season for him to be...

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How Michael Gallup will fit into the Cowboys 2018 offense

Michael Gallup has talent, and the potential is there for him to be the Cowboys’ next No. 1 wide receiver. Once the Dallas Cowboys made the decision to cut ties with Dez Bryant, it led to some backlash from fans who were advocating for the franchise’s all-time touchdown leader. At 29-years-old, though, it was apparent in 2017, and for a few years previous, that injuries, age, and a change in quarterback led to Bryant taking a step back in production. The Cowboys were no longer willing to allocate a hefty price tag towards Bryant; it was simply not worth it. Despite the free-agent...

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Dez Bryant has been reduced to a 29-year-old vulture waiting for a NFL team's key receiver to suffer an injury

Ballzy podcast host Kevin Sherrington was joined by Cowboys insider David Moore to discuss potential landing spots for Dez Bryant in 2018. Here are some highlights.Don't miss an episode. Subscribe to the podcast! You can find us on: -- iTunes -- Google Play Music -- Or through an RSS feed for Android users -- And we're available on Stitcher, tooCan't see the podcast? Click/tap here.On David Moore's latest column about Dez Bryant...Sherrington: "It's funny to me to watch this Dez Bryant situation, and I don't want to overstate this because there are a lot of people who will say, 'he'll go...

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Which Cowboys cornerback will break out in 2018?

The Cowboys have a nice trio of corners looking to take the next step. Last year, the Dallas Cowboys completely remodeled their secondary as both their starting cornerbacks, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, left in free agency. The team looked to the draft and selected three new corners - Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Marquez White. In the blink of one offseason, the team had cycled out the meat and potatoes of their cornerback position group. When you factor in the early injuries to Lewis and Awuzie, the release of free agent Nolan Carroll, and the late-season injury to Orlando...

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Exclusive scouting report: Would Cowboys rookie Bo Scarbrough be ready if Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith went down?

NFL draft expert and SportsDay contributor Dane Brugler is back with another edition of his annual draft guide! Below is an excerpt from his scouting report of new Dallas Cowboys RB Bo Scarbrough.Want more scouting reports like this? Click here to purchase Brugler's full 2018 NFL draft guide, with profiles of 450 prospects and rankings for more than 1,000.Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama6-1, 228 | 4.52 40-yard dash, rJR.HOW HE FITS DALLAS: The top two spots on the running back depth chart are set in stone with Ezekiel Elliott and Rod Smith, but with the high injury rate at the position, Scarbrough...

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How Connor Williams will fit into the Cowboys 2018 offense

Will Connor Williams seamlessly transition to left guard? The Texas product should be a good addition in the rushing attack. 2017 was not exactly a failure for the Dallas Cowboys. Finishing with a record of 9-7, Dallas was able to get through some storms after injuries and an unfortunate six-game suspension to their most dynamic offensive player. But they were unable to get back to the promised land that is the playoffs, staying home to watch the rival Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl. On the offensive side of the football, the Cowboys took a big step back in 2017. And it all started...

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The two things Cowboys TE Rico Gathers is working on to take next step from basketball to football

FRISCO -- Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers said last season was agonizing for him but vows the best is yet to come.Gathers is entering his third season for Dallas but has yet to play in a regular-season game. The 2016 sixth-round pick missed all of last season after he suffered a concussion during a mid-August training camp practice from a hit by safety Kavon Frazier.Gathers said, however, he was cleared from concussion protocol before Week 7 last season and could have returned to practice. However, the Cowboys placed him on the injured reserve list before the season and never elected to bring...

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Committee meeting: Cowboys’ approach to wide receiver already showing

You can’t glean a whole lot from the first week of OTAs, but this stood out. OTAs are underway for the Dallas Cowboys. It is the first peek we have at the 2018 version of the team - and we do mean peek. The practices are very restrained as the team is just getting started with installing the schemes, as well as trying to avoid serious injuries as have already happened to other teams. And the media only gets to see one of the practices during each of the three weeks in the OTA run. But we are ravenously hungry for any hint of things to come. And one thing jumped out. Look at this tweet...

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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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Cowboys TE Rico Gathers ready to 'make sure I'm able to be on somebody's 53-man roster'

FRISCO - Cowboys tight end Rico Gathers said last season was agonizing for him but vows the best is yet to come.Gathers is entering his third season for Dallas but has yet to play in a regular-season game. The 2016 sixth-round pick missed all of last season after he suffered a concussion during a mid-August training camp practice from a hit by safety Kavon Frazier.Gathers said, however, he was cleared from concussion protocol before Week 7 last season and could have returned to practice. However, the Cowboys placed him on the injured reserve list before the season and never elected to bring...

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Rico Gathers confirms he was cleared from concussion after Week 7, says Cowboys left him on IR

Oh Rico, where art thou? 2017 was a season of mystery and confusion for the Dallas Cowboys. There are plenty of reasons to choose why. Whatever your flavor is, you no doubt acknowledge that the way Dallas handled tight end Rico Gathers was confusing. The second-year former Baylor basketball player showed an ability to contribute in the redzone during last year’s preseason. People were ready to believe, until Rico suffered a concussion before the season ever began. Dallas put Gathers on injured reserve when they finalized their 53-man roster, and he never left. Concussions are a serious...

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Film Review: Sixth-round pick Cedrick Wilson has the tools to become a solid wide receiver for the Cowboys

The Cowboys’ sixth-round pick is potentially a great value pick. The 2018 NFL Draft is over, but we are not done reviewing the draft just yet! BTB will release film reviews on each player drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. This article features sixth-rounder Cedrick Wilson from the Boise State Broncos. Following a season in which All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension, Tyron Smith battled injuries, and the offense as a whole struggled, one of the biggest priorities for the Cowboys this offseason has been to find ways to upgrade the offensive side of the ball. That...

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Report: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams arrested for public intoxication in Frisco

The offseason just got worse before it got better for a Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.After having surgery on a broken foot earlier this year, Terrance Williams was arrested early Saturday morning and jailed in Frisco, according to the Star-Telegram.The report says Williams was arrested for public intoxication after he crashed his Lamborghini into a light pole not far from Cowboys HQ at The Star and the left the scene of an accident. He was arrested around 5 a.m. this morning.With the departures of Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and Ryan Switzer, there are more catches to be had in the Cowboys'...