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CharlesinChicago

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Cowboys fan living in Chicago.

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Five Linebacker Trade/Waiver Wire Targets for Dallas

BTB front page writer Joey Ickes published an article this week looking at the young defensive end prospects currently in Seattle and St. Louis who could come in and give this team quality snaps...

My new Dallas Cowboys pet cat, DT Zach Minter 2nd year UDFA from Montana State

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=167CNLcbCv0

A college highlight reel video about the Cowboys newest defensive tackle acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals cuts last week, former Montana State star DT Zach Minter. The second-year man was the defensive MVP for the Cowboys in the 2nd preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. Minter had two sacks and four tackles in the preseason game working against the Ravens 2nd and 3rd team offensive line. It will be interesting to see if Minter pushes rookie UDFA from Arizona State Davon Coleman for playing time and how the coaches see Minter best fitting in at either the 1 or 3 tech spots with his 6"2 300 pound frame.

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Doom, Gloom and Boom 53+8

The Dallas Cowboys suffered yet another in a series of injury setbacks this week with the news that starting 3rd year cornerback Mo Claiborne had separated his shoulder. The injury isn't in the...

Meet the newest Dallas Cowboys CB

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rtA7lYifFM

On Tuesday, August 12 the Dallas Cowboys traded 3rd year UDFA DT Ben Bass to the New England Patriots for 2nd year UDFA corner Justin Green. Bass was a long shot to make the 53 man roster while Green has a shot at coming in to compete with Sterling Moore for the 4th cornerback job on this roster, assuming the Cowboys keep 5 corners. The 5"11 195 pound corner ran a 4.42 40 at Illinois 2013 Pro Day. Seems Jason Garrett and the Cowboys were not satisfied with Sterling Moore or rookie Terrance Mitchell seeing extended snaps should either Mo Claiborne or Brandon Carr miss significant time before Orlando Scandrick returns from a 4-game suspension.

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Will Dustin Vaughan Make it to the Practice Squad? Survey Says Yes

After an upbeat performance in an otherwise woeful preseason game, many Cowboys fans are wondering if rookie UDFA QB Dustin Vaughan can be safely 'stashed' on the practice squad. They note what...

Jerruh asking NFL's VP of Officiating about downfield contact rule especially for Cowboys on the Oxnard party bus?

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Jason La Canfora at CBS Sports Insider seems to have a big scoop here, but this looks more like a tempest in a teapot to me. Nobody would've batted an eyelash at least if Dean Blandino had been hosted by the Maras in NYC...

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Can the Cowboys Work Out a Trade with Da Bears? Or Get Value for a Young WR?

As a Cowboys fan in the Windy City, today's news that ex-Cowboy Martellus Bennett had gotten himself suspended over a training camp throw down with Bears first round draft pick Kyle Fuller didn't...

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My 53+8 Post Sean Lee Injury

I had been waiting until the completion of minicamps/OTAs to release my projected 53 man roster and practice squad, but I decided after the Sean Lee injury that Dallas could again go heavy with 27...

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NFC Predictions - Who Ya Got? Part I

Reading the OCC's excellent piece about how NFL preseason win projections are worthless made me look up my own 2013 off-season projections based on the draft and free agency (as in pre-training...

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Hanie, Weeden, or None of the Above?

UPDATE: It appears Tom Ryle or one of the BTB senior editors added the item about Caleb Hanie's minimal signing bonus and getting the veteran minimum. My thanks to whoever added that fact to the...

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Another EIU Guy Whose Name Ends in -o As Romo's Successor?

Merry Christmas BTBers. Well it's been that kind of season, with a year of injuries capped by Tony Romo herniating a disc in his back but still pulling out gritty a win against a division rival on...

Will Tony Romo's successor come from this 2015-2016 QB crop?

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Interesting overview at NFL.com on the top QBs in college football and how their physical tools and game awareness could translate at the next level. Hogan of Stanford seems to be the type of pocket passer with some mobility that could intrigue the Cowboys coming out as a senior in the 2015 draft.

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Take it from Bears Country -- Lovie Smith is Not the Answer in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys appear to be in clear meltdown mode when viewed by this lifelong (since the Triplets era) fan, and much of the league. Not only have most of the vocal fandom had enough, so have...

Forecast for kickoff time on Monday Night Football at the Chicago Bears: 14F

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Check out the game time kickoff for the Chicago Bears Monday Night Football game hosting the Dallas Cowboys. Brrrrrr! No wonder Jason Garrett went out and found fullback who'd played at Soldier Field with the Bears. If we can't run the football against the NFL's last ranked run defense we probably don't deserve to win this game. Dez, Jason Witten and our wide receivers and backs better pack the gloves! On the positive side while drops are possible in bitter cold there's little precipitation in the forecast and the Cowboys won't be facing either Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler or former perennial Pro Bowler Lance Briggs.

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Scouting the Bears 2: Slowing Chicago's Offense

In Part 1 published Thanksgiving Night I looked at how the glass is half full for the Cowboys next game at Chicago's Soldier Field on December 9. The Bears defense is reeling from injuries that...

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Scouting the Bears 1: Exploiting Chicago's (Banged Up) Defense

The Dallas Cowboys (7-5) overcame a sluggish start and several ex-Cowboys to churn out a 31-24 win over the Oakland Raiders. The players will have a well-deserved weekend off to rest up after the...

Tangible vs. Intangible reasons why Dallas can't overcome mediocrity

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I post a lengthy comment about the physical/'chemistry' problems afflicting Dallas offense but also consider the intangibles of leadership and the inability for even our most talented players like Tony Romo or Dez Bryant to overcome the miscues and mistakes of the rest of the team.

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Pondering the Future of the Cowboys -- Part 2

Readers: this is the second half of a two part series of FanPosts where I look at where the Cowboys are at in terms of the 2014 draft and their long term needs to get over the "8-8" 7-9 hump and...

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Pondering the Future of the Cowboys -- Part 1

After thinking about it carefully, I decided to START this FanPost before rather than after our match up with the St. Louis Rams this weekend. I wanted to look at this team's long term needs...

SAM LB/DE Alex Albright to miss season with back surgery

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So much for having our own Matthias Kiwanuka type player. Alex Albright, the Cowboys 'Swiss Army knife' linebacker/pass rusher who was so versatile he even lined up at TE ocassionally in training camp, is out for the season. While it doesn't sting so bad because this team has George Selvie slowly coming on as our primary backup defensive end, at 6"4 1/2 265 Albright could've have given us some pop at the backup SAM DE spot now vacated after an injury shut down Cameron Sheffield. No wonder the front office has been bringing in big defensive ends who may not be outstanding rushers but have some stoutness against the run for the past week. When this training camp opened I said DL depth behind our starters was an even bigger concern for me than along the offensive line. As I still expect a Brian Waters or other veteran signing soon, I still expect the defensive line depth to be a problem going forward should Anthony Spencer's return be delayed. Expect to see a lot of Ben Bass at SAM DE this week at Valley Ranch to see if he can provide an answer following his one-sack performance at Arizona. Plus, the down roster guys like Tank Reed and Caleb McSurdy fighting for the last (7th?) linebacker spot now have one less competitor -- and no competitors who can also play DE.

Bears starters maul Chargers starters -- what we learned

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Da Bears fans at Windy City Gridiron have an in-depth recap planned, so there's no need for me to re-write the wheel with a report on two Cowboys regular season opponents. Suffice to say I understand why the Cowboys scouts were high on Howie's kid Kyle Long (2013 Dallas day invite), he looked dominant tonight with the ESPN cameras and commentators focusing on his performance. If we hadn't received an offer from the 49ers to trade down I'm almost certain OG/RT Kyle Long would've been the pick over Sharif Floyd and even over Fredbeard. Cutler characteristically (he tends to do this at least once or twice per game) threw up a bad pass into double coverage of Brandon Marshall that was picked off, and the Bears got a questionable interception from Chris Conte. The real highlights were: San Diego got something from its 2nd and 3rd teamers after half time when I quit watching, and their starting offensive line looked decent run blocking for Ryan Matthews. Their pass protection however, only confirmed my suspicion that the Chargers may be looking for whomever the Cardinals castoff at tackle before Week 1. The Bears meanwhile feasted on the bad protection the whole half, forcing Phillip Rivers into one pic and a fumble (though in fairness, at least one sack looked like a coverage sack as Rivers had no where to go with the ball). And they did it without Julius Peppers or Henry Melton in the lineup. Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen formerly of UCLA also muffed a punt like our very own B.W. Webb did against the Raiders, resulting in the third Chargers turnover of the half. Alabama's D.J. Fluker just doesn't look like an NFL tackle to me, he's another Leonard Davis type guard. Speaking of Texas Exes, one of the few bright spots for San Diego after Ryan Matthews finished for the night was former Longhorns tailback Fozzy Whittaker. Although injuries have ripped them the last two years, Chicago looks like a team that is going to come on strong in the NFC this year. I'd be surprised if they failed to repeat their 10-6 record even with a few injuries. Even their backup QB Josh McCown looked ok though I think the Bears will be looking at the waiver wire before the season starts. Backup QB and TE are about the only weak spots I see on a Bears team that is finally putting the pieces together to compete with the Packers head to head (Marty B blocked well but otherwise was a no-show in catches). The Bears rookie LBs led by Jon Bostic were putting nasty hits on Chargers. While I know we didn't have a shot at Long once we traded down to get the pick used for Terrance Williams, the Bears 5th round tackle Jordan Mills from Louisiana Tech looked like somebody I wish Dallas had drafted as a successor to Doug Free. Mills was solid the entire half alongside Long on the right side of the Bears line. Our old friend Tony Fiammetta was also in his old form blocking for Michael Bush. Of course, the Bears' first teamers' performance should be balanced with the fact that the Chargers pass rush, offensive line, special teams and secondary are a mess right now in spite of Eric Weddle's formidable presence. I think if healthy Romo and company can put 34 points on this Chargers defense which has been hamstrung by the loss of Melvin Ingram for the season. On offense Rivers was missing his starters, ex-Rams receiver Denario Alexander (ACL tear, done for the year) and Malcolm Floyd (supposed to be back for the regular season). Chargers slot man Vincent Brown is coming off an injury he suffered against Dallas in the preseason last year, and even Pro Bowler Antonio Gates had a case of the drops. Overall, I think San Diego is going to be drafting top ten if not top seven come April 2014 unless a bunch of unheralded guys can overcome the injuries to their key starters. If there's one team the rebuilding Raiders have the potential to put a whupping on it's their division rivals the Chargers. Chicago meanwhile is going to give us one hell of a game in December in their house, that might actually be an L unless we find a way to force Cutler into a lot of mistakes. The Bears look like a real playoff contender albeit one whose offense is still overly dependent on Brandon Marshall. Of course, I'll be curious to see how they do in Week 1 against a tough Bengals defense. if there's any defensive coordinator that can figure out how to bait Cutler into INTs and exploit his tunnel vision for Marshall, it's Mike Zimmer.

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The Other Guys (OGs) - Time to Poach or Trade for One?

Like many BTBers reading this post I was excited to hear the news late Tuesday night that Dallas had signed former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore to a one-year deal. I expected the 33-year-old...

Our old friend Marty B gets into scuffles at Bears training camp

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Bennett’s run-ins with safeties Chris Conte and Major Wright and nickel back Kelvin Hayden highlighted the most physical practice of training camp. The biggest was the bench-clearing scuffle that broke out after Hayden tackled Bennett, and Bennett responded in kind. Things got so intense that Bennett had to step away after getting into it with Wright not long after the Hayden scrum. "I stepped out for a second," Bennett said. "It’s practice. That’s what we’re here for. Everybody is aggressive; everybody is a little tired; everybody is a little sore. Guys do something you don’t like, you just react. I’m an aggressive player; I will never stop being one. I’m a blue-collar player, and that’s what I always will be, and I enjoy playing like that." Bennett said he "turned into game mode" but didn’t throw any punches.

Can the Cowboys newest guard play?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwo2XJ48GEI

Here's a senior season highlight reel put together by our newest street free agent signing, Jeff Olson. The 6"3 308 pound lineman lined up at both left and right tackle in his Horned Frogs career but will likely play guard in preseason for Dallas. While Olson looks to be a camp body at this point if our guards can't stay healthy he might have a shot at a practice squad spot. He was recently signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then waived.

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Can't Make the Club in a Tub - OL/DL edition

In my previous post I looked at the injury shuffle on the defensive line, as well as how the depth situation along the offensive line could impact how many DL to keep on the 53. I must admit...

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Doing the Injury Shuffle on the DL

Before this training camp opened I felt this team had the opportunity to jump on a favorable September schedule and lead the NFC East the rest of the year. I still think this team can win the East...

Ike Igbinosun, you're the next man up!

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Here is video of Southern Connecticut defensive end/DT prospect Ikponmwosa Igbinosun dunking a few basketballs. During his senior season at SCSU, Ike racked up 58 tackles (12 TFL) and seven sacks. Forget bringing in Jamaal Anderson who's bounced around three teams since Arkansas, the solution to this team's sudden hole at the backup SAM defensive end spot vacated by Tyrone Crawford's Achilles tear may already be in camp. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1210518-2012-nfl-training-camp-steelers-like-ike-igbinosun

OGs Leary, Livings out to open camp, Arkin/Bernie to get more snaps

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While I'm certainly not pleased with Leary missing time, the more snaps David Arkin can get early in camp at one of the starting guard positions the better. I do think we'll see Frederick tried out at RG though where he can maul should Livings miss extended time. At any rate it seems clear the coaches are going to see how the Tyron - Leary - Costa (Killer K?) - Frederick - Parnell combo will look.

Should Boys sign KR Terrell Sinkfield for training camp?

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The 6"1 1/8th 200 pound rookie who turned heads at the NFL Combine running a 4.19 40 [corrected to 4.33 at Minnesota's pro day, Sinkfield played at Kurt Warner's alma mater N. Iowa] is now a street free agent after the Packers cut him. Green Bay is one of the few teams in the league with a greater lockjam at the 5th and 6th receiver slots than Dallas, so I wouldn't say the guy can't play and only brings speed to the table. He's a lot less raw at this point in his career than training camp speedster Salim Hakim at this point was last year. While we all would like the 6th receiver if we keep one to be polished, what Sinkfield brings to the return game could give him an outside shot to beat out Jared Green or Danny Coale for that spot or land on the practice squad should Dunbar and/or Lawrence become the primary kick returner. At any rate, I hope the Scouting Dept. is calling up Sinkfield's agent this weekend before another team signs him. That might make one of the receivers we just signed off workouts this week (Tunei?) expendable.

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The Tanney Effect -- Time to Keep 3 QBs on the 53?

I have been a strong advocate for Dallas bringing in a developmental QB since the 2012 offseason began -- not because I see a UDFA type as being able to replace Tony Romo in the future, but simply...

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