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lonewolfz28

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Retired aircraft mechanic/supervisor/instructor.

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What to do with Stephen Hodge...

"Former TCU linebacker Stephen Hodge is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list today. The Cowboys will have until Nov. 8 to call him up, and, once they do, they will have three weeks for him to practice. After that, they have a decision to make -- release him, place him on injured reserve, or add him to the 53-player roster. Read more: http://sportsblogs.star-telegram.com/cowboys/2010/10/hodge-eligible-to-come-off-pup.html#ixzz12wVlEF4r " *************************************************************************************************** So, what will they do? If they decide to keep him, who do they cut? If they cut him, would he make it to the Practice Squad...and who would get released from there to make room? Would it be better to just IR him at this point, even though we're getting desperate for a nickel LB that can actually cover? Could he realistically be expected to contribute at all this season after missing so much time? My money is on IR at this point. And if Jason Williams doesn't pull his head out by the end of the season, Hodge may be pushing to be his replacement next off season.

More jersey number changes

Sean Lissemore now has Chad Hennings' and Jason Ferguson's old #95 jersey number. Josh Brent now has Tony Tolbert's old #92 jersey number. Scott Chandler now has Butch Johnson's old #86. Cliff Lewis now has Leon Lett's old #78.

Nearly 300,000 fans attended training camp

San Antonio: 200,989 Cowboys Stadium: 21,539 Oxnard, Calif.: 74,825 _________________________________________________ Wow. Any bets on any other teams beating that number?

We all knew JRat was a team player...

but it's just awesome to see him working with our young, UDFA Center. I hope Costa benefits as much from JRat's tutelage as Free did from Ware's: "The All-Pro nose tackle spent about 15 minutes after this morning’s walkthrough working with the undrafted rookie center. Jay Ratliff says he’s willing to work with anybody who asks him, but his session with Phil Costa is also evidence of Ratliff’s respect for the scrappy center."

Scandrick breaks nose at practice

The man just keeps bringing pain to himself and others...Ouch! "Cornerback Orlando Scandrick suffered a broken nose during Thursday afternoon's practice. The injury is not expected to prevent Scandrick from playing in Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans. Scandrick got injured when he made a diving play to deflect a pass to Terrell Hudgins on the sideline. He stayed down for several seconds and was helped off the field by head athletic trainer Jim Maurer, who held the nose with a bloodied towel. "

Sensabaugh out 3-4 weeks

They say he might miss the Washington game. I don't see that happening. The guy wanted to play the week after his thumb surgery last season.

Martin Rucker in...Matt Nichols out

Cowboys released QB Matt Nichols so they could sign TE Martin Rucker.

Jerry Jones had rotator cuff surgery in July

Not much in the way of specifics: "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins on Sunday that he underwent surgery July 20 and that he's expected to make a full recovery. The 68-year-old Jones didn't offer any specifics on the type of surgery, only saying it wasn't life-threatening or heart-related. " *Edit: Turns out it was a rotator cuff surgery. Link has been updated to a DMN story: "The orthopedic procedure performed on owner and general manager Jerry Jones was a repair of his right rotator cuff, according to Vice President of Public Relations Rich Dalrymple."

Sack Summit

Wow. Did not realize that DWare was getting tutored by Charles Haley during the season: "The two talk once a week during the regular season and will watch film together of Ware's upcoming opponent. After each game, Haley will talk to the Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker and let him know what he could have done differently." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- No wonder he's so dominant.

Bryan Broaddus breaks down Day 2

ESPNDallas' Bryan Broaddus gives his thoughts on Day 2 of camp. Good words about Barber and Crayton...not so good words about McQuistan and Brewster.

MartyB has retired

From YouTube that is... ""I will no longer be doing MartyBtv ever.." tweeted Bennett, aka KungFuAstronaut. But Bennett wanted his nearly 23,000 Internet followers to know that it was solely his decision to put the video camera down. "No the cowboys didn't tell me the stop jus something I've decided to do," he tweeted."

Speculation afoot about Spears to Miami to replace Merling

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald has a piece speculating that Miami could come after Spears now that Merling is out for the season: "The Miami Herald has independently confirmed that Phillip Merling is out for the season following an Achilles' injury suffered this week. I have been in contact with a source saying the Dolphins may turn their attention before training camp is over to Dallas defensive end Marcus Spears, a starter who has fallen somewhat out of favor with the Cowboys and whom Bill Parcells drafted in the first round in 2005." __________________________________________________________________________ That could seriously open things up for Lissemore or Dixon. Could be an interesting camp...

Update on Scandrick's broken finger

Todd Archer gives a small update on Scandrick's healing: "He said the finger is healing well after the surgery and rehab but it's not his call as to whether he will take part in every practice early in camp. I'd suspect he will be good to go and will wear added protection for his finger at least early on if not for a good portion of the year."

Not even signed and already getting grief.

National Football Post is reporting that the Cowboys "would like Price-Brent to drop weight and get down close to 300 pounds, according to a league source. He checked in at nearly 6-2 and 321 pounds at his pro day in Champaign, Ill., earlier this month." ___________________________________________________ Ouch! Welcome to the NFL, Rook.LOL

Bet he gets voted off

the first time he tells one of them to do laps. I wonder how he's going to sneak in the hair spray.LOL

More on Joshua Price-Bent

Calvin Watkins from ESPNDallas posted up the numbers from his individual workout: "6-foot-1 ¾ and 321 pounds," Brandt said. "He ran the 40-yard dash twice, each time clocking in at 5.38 seconds. He did 22 reps on the bench press to go with a 29-inch vertical jump. He had an 8-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 7.71-second three-cone drill and a 4.74-second short shuttle."

Video of Josh Brent-Price from DCFanatic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYx_NrJF1gM&

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYx_NrJF1gM&

Video of Josh Brent-Price from DCFanatic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYx_NrJF1gM&

A little more believeable than Football Outsiders' rankings

WhatifSports breaks down the NFC East. I think their assessment of the potential wins for the Cowboys is a little more believable than the 7.5 wins the FootballOutsiders were giving us...even if it is a tad over-optimistic. Wk...Opponent..................Win% Avg Score 1 @Washington Redskins....77.....25-18 2 Chicago Bears..................93.....30-9 3 @Houston Texans............76.....25-19 5 Tennessee Titans.............78.....29-18 6 @Minnesota Vikings.........53.....23-22 7 New York Giants..............74.....30-20 8 Jacksonville Jaguars.........95.....33-12 9 @Green Bay Packers.......46.....19-22 10 @New York Giants..........69.....27-22 11 Detroit Lions....................95.....38-7 12 New Orleans Saints..........60.....27-22 13 @Indianapolis Colts..........69.....23-19 14 Philadelphia Eagles...........63.....25-19 15 Washington Redskins........83.....28-15 16 @Arizona Cardinals...........91.....29-13 17 @Philadelphia Eagles........57.....23-21

Where do the Cowboys LB's rank? DCFanatic posted up the video of the NFL Network guys talking it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqeYSyFoA8E

Where do the Cowboys LB's rank? DCFanatic posted up the video of the NFL Network guys talking it over. Nice to hear our LB Corps in the same conversation with the Steelers and Ravens. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqeYSyFoA8E&feature=player_embedded

Don "Air" Coryell dies at age 85

ProFootballTalk is reporting that Don Coryell died today due to complications from pneumonia: "A finalist for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year, the coach took full advantage of rules changes aimed at opening up the passing game to create Air Coryell, an attack that turned quarterback Dan Fouts and tight end Kellen Winslow into Hall of Famers -- and the Chargers into perennial contenders." ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I realize he wasn't a Cowboy. But, he had a huge influence on today's passing game. RIP

A Little on Bright's Development at Center

From Rowan Kavner at DC.com: ""Coach Houck wants me to know both positions," Bright said. "It is kind of a challenge, but it's not a huge difference. It's just different technique." Houck said he already notices a difference in Bright's play. "He's more comfortable with our offense," Houck said. "He knows what he's doing. He plays with better technique. He's doing a good job." " ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here's hoping he's ready if we need him or whenever it's time for Gurode, Bigg or Kosier move on.

Matt Mosley breaks down the NFC Beast RB rotations

"I think the Cowboys will have the best unit if Marion Barber and his leaner frame can stave off injuries. He's looked a lot quicker in practice sessions this offseason and there's a chance he regains his '07 form, which led to a lucrative contract extension. Felix Jones is the biggest home-run threat in the division because of his speed and quickness. Offensive linemen don't have to hold their blocks as long when Jones is in the backfield. And with Tashard Choice as the third back, the Cowboys could have something similar to what the Giants featured during their Super Bowl season ('07). " ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nothing Earth shattering, but still an interesting read.

Precedent for keeping 6 WR's?

For anyone wondering how often the Cowboys have kept 6 WR's on the 53-man roster...Todd Archer has already done the legwork back to 2000: "In 2000, '01, '03, '06 and '07 the Cowboys opened the year with six wide receivers. Maybe some of it had to do with injury, like in Glenn's case in 2007, but they kept six. Here's the breakdown: 2000 - Chris Brazzell, Joey Galloway, Rocket Ismail, Wane McGarity, James McKnight, Jason Tucker 2001 - Darren Chiaverini, Galloway, Ismail, McGarity, Ken-Yon Rambo, Reggie Swinton 2003 - Antonio Bryant, Galloway, Terry Glenn, Zuriel Smith, Swinton, Randal Williams 2006 - Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton, Glenn, Sam Hurd, Terrell Owens, Jamaica Rector 2007 - Austin, Crayton, Hurd, Glenn, Owens, Isaiah Stanback So is it out of the realm of possibility they keep Austin, Crayton, Hurd, Roy Williams, Kevin Ogletree and Dez Bryant in 2010?" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm all for it if DB can handle the FG duties.

Interesting Piece on UDFA FB Gronkowski

"The adjustment one makes from college into the "real world" is often difficult and tumultuous. For a rookie making the transition from college football to the NFL, it can be demanding and strenuous. Then, there are those who take it in stride and make it look easy. Such appears to be the case with rookie fullback Chris Gronkowski. " -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sounds good so far. It'd be great to have a FB that can catch if we're going to keep the position filled.

Post-Minicamp 53-man Roster Projection

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas has his projected list up: "Here are educated guesses on the 53 players who will be on the roster after the dust settles in early September, including one who isn't currently Cowboys' property: QUARTERBACKS (3): Tony Romo, Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee. The Cowboys have confidence in Romo and Kitna and curiosity about McGee. RUNNING BACKS (3): Felix Jones, Marion Barber, Tashard Choice. Jerry Jones and the coaching staff bent over backwards to praise Barber this offseason, but it’d still be surprising if Felix Jones doesn’t emerge as the lead back. FULLBACK (1): Deon Anderson Nothing we saw this offseason suggests that the Cowboys plan to scrap a traditional fullback in favor of a fourth tight end. WIDE RECEIVERS (5): Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, Sam Hurd I can’t see the Cowboys keeping both Patrick Crayton ($2 million salary) and Hurd ($1.7 million). If the top three receivers stay healthy and Ogletree progresses, Crayton is expendable. Hurd might be the team’s best special teams player. TIGHT ENDS (3): Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett, John Phillips If Bennett plays to his potential, the Cowboys will have the league’s top tight end tandem. OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (9): Doug Free, Kyle Kosier, Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo, Alex Barron, Montrae Holland, Robert Brewster, Travis Bright Pat McQuistan, a four-year veteran, is likely the odd man out if the Cowboys don’t decide to keep a 10th offensive lineman. Bright earns a promotion from the practice squad. DEFENSIVE ENDS (5): Igor Olshansky, Marcus Spears, Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher, Sean Lissemore Just a hunch that the Cowboys end up going heavy at end, where three players are on one-year tenders. The coaches believe seventh-rounder Lissemore can also play nose tackle, but he’s focusing on end for now. NOSE TACKLES (2): Jay Ratliff, Junior Siavii After reviewing all the game film after the season, Wade Phillips felt better about Siavii, a big body who performed pretty well when giving the All-Pro Ratliff a breather. OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (4): DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Brandon Williams, Victor Butler There isn’t a better duo than Ware and Spencer. The Cowboys hope at least one of the second-year players can contribute in a limited role to give the stars some rest. INSIDE LINEBACKERS (5): Keith Brooking, Bradie James, Sean Lee, Jason Williams, Stephen Hodge Phillips is a big fan of Hodge, a potential special teams stud who has excellent instincts in pass coverage. The hope is that Hodge, who is recovering from microfracture knee surgery, will be healthy at the beginning of training camp. CORNERBACKS (4): Mike Jenkins, Terence Newman, Orlando Scandrick, Bryan McCann The versatility of Alan Ball and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah allows the Cowboys to go light at cornerback. Nobody has separated themselves from the pack competing for the fourth spot. SAFETIES (5): Gerald Sensabaugh, Alan Ball, Mike Hamlin, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Pat Watkins Undrafted free agents Barry Church and Danny McCray will challenge Watkins. SPECIALISTS (4): L.P. Ladouceur, Mat McBriar, David Buehler, Kicker TBD The Cowboys want Buehler to handle all the aspects of the kicking job, and Jerry Jones swears he likes what he sees from the strong-legged one. Sorry, I’m skeptical, expecting the Cowboys to sign a veteran kicker (Matt Stover?) in early September." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Can't say as I agree with Hodge making the roster unless he comes into Camp on fire with his knee at 100%. Also, I get the feeling that Jerry is getting to the "I'm going to prove a point" stage with keeping Buehler as the FG Kicker. Unless he fails miserably in Camp or Pre-season, I think he's going to at least start the season for us. The last thing I'm iffy on is the 5th WR spot. I think Hurd is closer to the bubble than Crayton...especially if Dez keeps having minor injuries or one of the other WR's starts getting dinged up. Crayton may not be flashy, but he is pretty reliable. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Also, Todd Archer has his Version 2.0 up here: http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/06/cowboys-53-man-roster-predicti.html Lots that I don't agree with there. He'd have more credibility if he'd at least proofread his work before posting it. Acosta as a natural Safety? Huh?

Vince Young in trouble in Dallas

Doesn't involve the Cowboys so much...but still interesting: " Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young could be in some trouble in Dallas. Young is considered the prime suspect in an assault at a Dallas strip club Saturday night. The assault left one person injured, according to CBS station KTVT. The Dallas Police Department said no warrant has been issued, but Young is the main suspect in the case. A fight allegedly broke out after an exchange of words at the Club Onyx strip club in Dallas."

Barron making progress

From the DMN: "Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Hudson Houck praised Alex Barron for his work in his first month with the club. Houck asked Barron to make fundamental changes in his game. Barron embraced the adjustments, Houck said. ``He's been doing exactly what we're asking him to do,'' Houck said. ``And I think he's trying to change some of the things I thought were bad habits.''"

A Nice Piece on Sean Lissemore

"Throughout his time with the Cowboys so far, Lissemore has been most likened to current All-Pro nose tackle Jay Ratliff, a fellow seventh-round pick (2005), for the high energy brought to the field. "I'm trying to fly around and just be the type of player that I am and live up to that whole comparison to Ratliff," Lissemore, the 234th overall pick, said. "I got a long way to go, but I'm looking forward to the chance to put on the pads and then really show my motor." " It also explains why we haven't heard much since the Rookie Camp. I forgot he missed the 1st OTA's to complete school.

More on Kosier as Backup Center

``I would say he has a new appreciation for the center position,'' said starting center Andre Gurode, a guard early in his career. ``It takes a while to really get used to it. He'll work at it, and he'll get used to it.''

Wade shoots down Raiders joint practice

From the DMN. No beating up on the Silver & Black in practice.LOL

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