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Ryan Switzer is more than Cole Beasley's backup, Cowboys have 'significant' role for rookie WR

Hamstring soreness kept Cole Beasley from practicing during the first week of organized team activities.Cowboys coach Jason Garrett called it a good opportunity for the younger players to get some work.No one befitted more than rookie Ryan Switzer, who took first-team reps in the slot."He's a classic slot receiver," Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. "He has a similar game [to Beasley], but he has his own things. We would really like those two guys to be able to complement each other and run real similar route trees, matchup players for us. Certainly a huge bonus with him is...

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Former NFL GM: Dak Prescott's learning curve is 'way, way up' compared to Carson Wentz, Jared Goff

Last year at this time, Dak Prescott wasn't getting many reps at organized team activities. He was a rookie quarterback working behind Tony Romo and Kellen Moore, trying to beat out Jameill Showers for the No. 3 job.Now he's getting all of the first-team reps, looking to build on a Rookie of the Year season.Asked Wednesday how much better he can be in his second year, Prescott responded: "A hundred percent better, honestly. In every aspect of my game there's room for improvement."Prescott recently made news when Cowboys quarterback coach Wade Wilson revealed that the 23-year-old improved on...

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TV? coach? GM? Jason Witten talks career plans after he's done playing

This is the latest Candidly Cowboys podcast from Cowboys beat writers Jon Machota and Brandon George.This episode includes multiple audio clips from two recent interviews with Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. The first half of the show is focused on observations from Wednesday's organized team activities at The Star. The second half is all about Witten, which begins at the 22:40 mark.Get the Cowboys Sports Radio app by clicking here.Subscribe to Cowboys Sports Radio here.Here is the transcript of the two interviews with the 10-time Pro Bowler.On his recent contract extension:"A lot goes into...

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How Dak Prescott's growth as a player and a leader is apparent at Cowboys OTAs

FRISCO - Anyone forecasting a sophomore slump for Dak Prescott hasn’t been talking to Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson.Wilson has been coaching Prescott for a little more than a year now and said he’s seen nothing from Prescott that should worry anyone about the reigning rookie of the year taking his foot off the gas.“There has been no complacency at all,” Wilson said Wednesday after the Cowboys wrapped up their second organized team activity practice at The Star.“Nothing is too big for that kid.”That kid is all grown up now when it comes to leadership, Wilson said.Prescott...

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Richard Sherman told friends this offseason he imagined himself playing for Cowboys

Although Richard Sherman was probably never going to be traded, his potential availability was one of the NFL's hottest offseason topics.Seattle made no secrets about it, they were willing to trade the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider were very open about the possibility.According to a recent story by ESPN's Seth Wickersham, "Sherman had told friends that he allowed himself to imagine playing for the Cowboys."An intriguing thought considering cornerback was arguably the Cowboys' biggest need heading into the draft. Veteran...

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Live coverage: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett speaks about team at OTAs

The season is getting ever so closer for the Dallas Cowboys, and this week's organized team activities, or OTAs, are the latest proof of football slowly returning to our lives in full force.After Tuesday's first OTA, the Cowboys opened the workouts up to the media for the first time Wednesday, and Garrett is set to speak at 2 p.m.You can follow along live with the SportsDay team's coverage below.Can't see the updates? Click or tap here.

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How Jason Garrett has maintained Cowboys' emphasis on character throughout suspensions

FRISCO -- Critics will use David Irving’s looming suspension to chip away at Jason Garrett’s bedrock assertion that he wants the right kind of guy on his teams.That’s understandable, given how often the Cowboys head coach parrots that line. But it’s not a particularly accurate or fair depiction of what’s taking place.Yes, this will be the fourth consecutive year the Cowboys open the season with a starter or key contributor on the defensive side of the ball under suspension. That alone leads some to label him a hypocrite. His refusal to acknowledge repeated questions on the trend...

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Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott sits as precaution after minor car crash

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was a passenger in a minor car accident and is missing the first three offseason practices as a precaution. Elliott, the 2016 NFL rushing champion as a rookie, bumped his head in the crash Sunday night, but running backs coach Gary Brown said Wednesday that Elliott doesn't have a concussion.

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Cowboys injury report: DLs Mayowa, Paea have knee issues; hamstrings hamper WRs Beasley, Whitehead

After the first public organized team activity of the Dallas Cowboys' offseason, coach Jason Garrett and his staff discussed a handful of injuries on the team. The most notable was running back Ezekiel Elliott behind held out of practice amid a Sunday car crash in which he was a passenger. Garrett said Elliott was reporting neck and body stiffness. He's not expected to full participate in OTAs until next Tuesday.Meanwhile, defensive linemen Stephen Paea and Benson Mayowa were seen sticking to the side during practice. Garrett later revealed that both are dealing with knee injuries. Their work...

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Even Eagles coach Doug Pederson can't help but heap praise on Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

There's no denying that Dak Prescott proved to be just what the Dallas Cowboys needed last season.Even Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has to admit that.In the latest episode of the Doomsday Podcast by Matt Mosley and Ed Werder, Pederson heaped praise on Prescott."The thing that's most impressive with Dak Prescott is how he handles himself on and off the field," he told the duo."He's got so much athletic talent to beat you with his arm and his legs."Pederson said that much of Prescott's rookie-year success came from knowing exactly what the Cowboys needed from him."He felt like...

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Report: Dallas Cowboys attend Los Angeles Lakers workout to scout a Kentucky basketball guard

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is fond of saying that player acquisition is 365 days a year in the NFL.In an effort to leave no stone unturned, a Cowboys representative was in California on Monday to attend a Los Angeles Lakers workout for Kentucky guard Dominique Hawkins, according to a story in the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal.Hawkins (6-0, 192) averaged 4.7 points as a senior at Kentucky last season but was a star basketball and football player at Madison Central High School in Richmond, Ky., before he played for coach John Calipari.Hawkins was one of six players...

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Dak Prescott at Jason Garrett's charity camp: 'Everyone's dealt a hand - it's about how you play it'

The Cowboys don't start organized team activity workouts until Tuesday. But quarterback Dak Prescott, safety Byron Jones, linebacker Jaylon Smith and running back Darren McFadden took the field with head coach Jason Garrett on Saturday anyway - in New Jersey.The players were among Garrett's coaches for his 14th annual PLAY IT SMART football camp and leadership forum, a program under his foundation Jason Garrett Starfish Charities. Hundreds gathered at Garrett's alma mater Princeton this weekend for the leadership forum Friday evening and the free, non-contact football camp Saturday.Garrett...

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NFL analyst: Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Garrett is not a big-game coach

One NFL media analyst continues to be very critical of Dallas Cowboys head Jason Garrett and his inability to win big games. If you were asked to name some of the best head coaches in the NFL right now, Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Andy Reid would likely come to mind. A name that is […] NFL analyst: Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Garrett is not a big-game coach - The Landry Hat - The Landry Hat - A Dallas Cowboys Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Best of Bob Sturm: Why Dak, Zeke are a problem for the NFC East; how long Jason Garrett will be Cowboys coach

96.7 FM/1310 AM The Ticket radio personality Bob Sturm answers Cowboys questions from readers in his mailbag around the draft and throughout the offseason. Here are the best of his draft-related responses, as well as some of his columns:MailbagsWhat holes are now left for the Cowboys to address?Great question. Their depth chart looks very nice to me. We still have to sort out the competitions at right tackle (I have assumed La'el Collins will be there at the end) and free safety (Jeff Heath vs Xavier Woods with a possible appearance from Kavon Frazier). Then, seeing if Jaylon Smith can...

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Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis' domestic violence charge wasn't the first time his girlfriend called police on him

FRISCO -- The Cowboys are confident domestic violence allegations against rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis are more of a bump in the road than a pattern that points to future concerns.Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys did their "due diligence" in reviewing Lewis' off-field trouble that includes a pair of 911 calls by his 20-year-old girlfriend, which set off separate domestic violence investigations by police in Ann Arbor, Mich., in less than a two-year span.Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys "thoroughly looked at his situation" before using a third-round pick to draft the Michigan...

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Dak Prescott Is Jason Garrett’s Perfect Quarterback

It is extremely difficult to find a flaw with Dak Prescott. I’m not necessarily trying to find one here, but if you were tasked with searching… it’d be difficult for you. Dak Prescott is humble, hardworking, disciplined, efficient, any and every glowing thing that there is is likely applicable to him. While Dak Prescott might appear to be perfect to all of us, it’s to Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett that he truly is perfect. NFL on ESPN on Twitter Dak Prescott has no plans to alter his approach entering his second season. https://t.co/0yUvbcf5fk Dak Prescott did an interview...

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So, what is the relationship between Cowboys draft pick Ryan Switzer and Barry Switzer?

All kidding _ and Barry Switzer tweets _ aside, the former coach of the Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners is not related to fourth round pick Ryan Switzer.But the two do have something of a relationship.After the Cowboys took Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of last month's draft, the coach tweeted, "congratulations to my cousin.''Barry Switzer knows the two aren't related. How? Because nearly two years ago the coach did a Google search, came up with the phone number of Ryan's father, Michael, and called him out of the blue to talk to Michael about his son and to determine if there was some...

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Whatever you call Cowboys DB Chidobe Awuzie, he doesn't like labels

FRISCO - Chidobe Awuzie, the Cowboys' second-round draft pick, made his rookie minicamp debut Saturday after attending his graduation Friday at Colorado. That means "Chido" also provided the correct pronunciation of his name to the assembled media. You can listen to it below. CUBuffs.com lists it as: chih-doe-beh ah-wooz-yeh.Should people call him by his full first name?"Whatever. If they can say my first name right," Awuzie said.Has he tried to help Cowboys coach Jason Garrett with it?"Y eah, I think he's tried to help a lot of people," Garrett said. "I don't even know what I'm going with...

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Call Cowboys DB Chidobe Awuzie whatever you want, just don't stick a label on him

FRISCO - Chidobe Awuzie, the Cowboys' second-round draft pick, made his rookie minicamp debut Saturday after attending his graduation Friday at Colorado. That means "Chido" also provided the correct pronunciation of his name to the assembled media. You can listen to it below. CUBuffs.com lists it as: chih-doe-beh ah-wooz-yeh.Should people call him by his full first name?"Whatever. If they can say my first name right," Awuzie said.Has he tried to help Cowboys coach Jason Garrett with it?"Yeah, I think he's tried to help a lot of people," Garrett said. "I don't even know what I'm going with...

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Cowboys have new wave of CBs, but where do they fit? DBs coach Joe Baker: 'We've got some good problems now'

FRISCO - The Cowboys got their first look Friday at their revamped secondary with the club beginning its three-day rookie mini-camp at The Star.The Cowboys decided to overhaul their secondary this offseason, letting free agent defensive backs Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox sign with other teams.A month later, they drafted four defensive backs. Second-round cornerback Chidobe Awuize wasn't there Friday because he was back in Colorado to walk in his graduation. But third-round Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis practiced as well as safety Xavier Woods from Louisiana...

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Dallas Cowboys: Is Jason Garrett a good NFL head coach?

After being named NFL Coach of the Year last season, one NFL analyst believes Dallas Cowboys’ Jason Garrett is not a good coach. Since being promoted as the Dallas Cowboys interim head coach midway through the 2010 NFL regular season, Jason Garrett has experienced several ups and downs while at the helm of America’s Team. […] Dallas Cowboys: Is Jason Garrett a good NFL head coach? - The Landry Hat - The Landry Hat - A Dallas Cowboys Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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10 things to know about Nolan Carroll: from getting tripped by Jets coach to tackling fan on field

The Cowboys agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with cornerback Nolan Caroll in free agency. Here are 10 things you might not know about the speedy defensive back coming to Dallas from division-rival Philadelphia:1) He's the guy who was tripped by that Jets coachCarroll was with the Miami Dolphins at the time when he was tripped up by Jets coach Sal Alosi. Alosi was suspended and fined for the incident before resigning from his position with New York's football team.2) He tackled a fan who ran on the fieldFun fact: They were playing the Cowboys when this happened.3) He's got a dogIt's a...

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Ex-NFL player: The Cowboys will fall because Jason Garrett 'is not a good coach'

The South Point Casino in Las Vegas recently released its projected win totals for every NFL team in 2017, allowing football fans to bet on whether their team will win more or less.South Point opened the betting with Dallas at 9.5, meaning the Cowboys would need to win only 10 games for bettors who picked the over to cash in.Famed Vegas oddsmaker Kenny White thinks the Cowboys' over/under should be at least a full game higher (10.5). But one FOX Sports analyst thinks South Point has the Cowboys' projection just right -- and head coach Jason Garrett is to blame.On a recent episode of Colin...

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Live: Dak, Dez, Zeke and Witten among Cowboys facing off in sixth annual Home Run Derby

The Cowboys are back for their Sixth Annual Reliant Home Run Derby, benefiting Salvation Army. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant are among the competitors out at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.Some of their rivals: Byron Jones, Zack Martin, Jeff Heath, Terrance Williams, Orlando Scandrick, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and coach Jason Garrett.Doors opened to the public at 4:30 before the ceremonial first pitch at 5:15 followed by the competition beginning at 5:30. Follow along for live updates below:

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Chidobe Awuzie on being a 'baller,' looking forward to facing Dez, and what he brings to the Cowboys

Here is an interview given by Dallas Cowboys second round pick Chidobe Awuzie (as transcribed by the Dallas Cowboys).On how much contact he had with the Cowboys leading up to the draft:"I got really good connections with everybody. Coach (Joe) Baker worked me out at the Combine and then we had a couple talks after the Combine as well. I connected well with him; Coach Marinelli; When I met Coach Garrett we talked when I visited there, too. I really just have a good feel with everybody."On what he brings to the Cowboys:"They are getting a player whose mentality is always trying to be the best....

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5 things to know about Cowboys draft pick Ryan Switzer, like how Channing Tatum gets him 'in the zone'

With the 133th pick (Round 4) of the 2017 NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer. The 5-foot-8, 181-pounder is the club's first pick on the offensive side of the ball in this draft. Here are five things Cowboys fans need to know about Switzer:No, he's not related to BarryBut the former Cowboys head coach did reach out to Ryan's family to see if there was any relation, according to NFL.com. We'll just stick to calling them "cousins" ...Ryan Switzer, a native of Charleston, W.Va., was twice named the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year during his...

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Dallas Cowboys Draft WR Noah Brown at #239

The Dallas Cowboys have drafted another wide receiver, and just their second offensive player of the 2017 NFL Draft, selecting Ohio State’s Noah Brown with the 239th pick in the seventh round – their second of three picks in the round. Brown’s best trait by far is his blocking ability, which is essential for Scott Linehan’s offense built around this league-best offensive line and RB Ezekiel Elliott. More specifically, WR Coach Derek Dooley discussed the blocking ability of his receivers on The Draft Show following Ryan Switzer’s selection in the fourth round. Noah Brown can also...

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What does Cowboys coach Jason Garrett like about Taco Charlton? A lot

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett considers first-round pick Taco Charlton a developing player. But he says there is already a lot to like about the 6-foot-6, 277-pound Michigan defensive end …