Darren McFadden - RBPosted 6/29/15 11:06pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden said he's excited to be with the Cowboys and feels like he's a rookie again. McFadden also said the injured hamstring that caused him to miss time this offseason is feeling great.
Huddle Up: McFadden is battling Joseph Randle for a share of what DeMarco Murray left behind in Dallas. On the bright side he's healthy... at least for now.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/28/15 1:49am ET
The agent for Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant met face-to-face with the team for the first time in nearly four months, per sources. Bryant hasn't yet signed his $12.823 million franchise tender, and he has a deadline of July 15 to agree to a long-term deal. After that date Bryant will need to play out the season under the tender and the two sides could discuss an extension after the season.
Huddle Up: Bryant has threatened to skip the first game of the season, and the Cowboys would prefer to lock up Dez long-term anyway so it only makes sense for the two sides to get together to see if they can reach an agreement before things spiral out of control.
Morris Claiborne - CBPosted 6/28/15 5:18pm ET
Free-agent CB Morris Claiborne may still return to the Dallas Cowboys, after the club declined his fifth-year option. 'I think Claiborne has a real good chance to surprise,' owner Jerry Jones said recently, via the team's official website. Claiborne lost 30-40 pounds this offseason, after having surgery done on both of his knees.
Huddle Up: The former sixth-overall pick has been a huge disappointment with only 25 starts and three interceptions in three seasons. Last season, he was limited to four games as he ruptured the patella tendon in his left knee a week after he walked out of practice after being informed he was being benched. The bottom line: Claiborne has this summer to make an impression or his days in Dallas will be done, and he certainly can't be counted on for any IDP production until he reverses his career spiral.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/26/15 12:04am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was present for a Week 1 Sunday Night Football photo shoot on Tuesday, June 23.
Huddle Up: Well, hey, it's official then -- there can be no holdout for Dez if his SNF screen shot has been taken. Seriously, though, expect the Cowboys to ante up for a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 6/23/15 2:19am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams is unlikely to make the 53-man roster projected by beat writer Todd Archer. The team's running backs would be RBs Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and FB Tyler Clutts.
Huddle Up: Williams hasn't been able to stay healthy during his NFL tenure, and the fact that he isn't expected to outperform the likes of Dallas' motley collection of backs doesn't bode well for his future as a pro.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 6/23/15 3:31pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.
Huddle Up: Darren McFadden's offseason -- and not at all surprising -- hammy injury has clearly placed Randle atop the depth chart, but things could just as easily swing back the other way in training camp and preseason -- especially for an unproven commodity such as Randle who only has 105 carries - total -- in his two NFL seasons.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/18/15 2:15pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is expected to play Week 1 with or without a long-term contract, according to owner Jerry Jones. Jones said he knows how competitive Bryant is and how much he wants to support his teammates. Jones even believes Bryant will be with the team for training camp in late July. Bryant has until July 15 to sign a long-term deal, and attended the final day of the Cowboys' minicamp Thursday, June 18 in street clothes.
Huddle Up: Bryant has talked tough of late about holding out until he get a long-term deal, but look for that mess to be averted with the two sides striking a new deal before the July deadline. In the meantime, the rhetoric and posturing will continue.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/17/15 2:11pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is expected to play in the regular season opener, according to owner Jerry Jones.
Huddle Up: Bryant seems pretty committed to his holdout and desire for a new contract, but Jones is the guy who can assure Dez shows up Week 1 by meeting his contract demands. Should be a fun summer in Dallas watching this squabble play out.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/15/15 5:10pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will not show up for mandatory minicamp Tuesday, June 16, as he awaits a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Bryant and the Cowboys are playing a high-stakes game of "Chicken" as Dez angles for a new contract. He's already said he'll sit out the season opener, so the fact that he's not planning to attend summer workouts should come as no surprise. Your move, Jerry.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 6/12/15 5:01pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is considering skipping the regular season opener if he does not receive a long-term deal by July 15, according to sources. Bryant has not signed his franchise tender at this point and has until July 15 to sign a multi-year deal with the Cowboys. It is believed the team has not offered Bryant a new deal since before the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: Bryant is in the same franchise-tag boat with the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas, and the two franchises don't seem to be in much of a hurry even with the deadline now only a month away. It definitely remains to be seen, though, if Bryant will actually forgo his $12.8 tender and sit out training camp and the games that count.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 6/11/15 1:30pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) worked on the side Wednesday, June 10, at organized team activities (OTAs), as he continues to rehab his strained hamstring.
Huddle Up: Just in case you were thinking that a change in venue was going to change Run-DMC's health fortunes.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 6/7/15 12:50am ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said his quarrelsome back has been feeling stronger and he's had power in areas he hasn't had power before.
Huddle Up: Romo has given up offseason golfing because of his back issues, which may or may not be part of the reason he's feeling better. The Cowboys' lack of a clear-cut replacement for DeMarco Murray's carries will put more of the offensive onus on Romo, so he'll need all the back strength he can get to carry the team.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 6/4/15 2:19pm ET
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) was working on the side Wednesday, June 3, at organized team activities (OTAs) due to a hamstring strain. McFadden wants to prove that he is not a bust and will be given the opportunity as part of the Cowboys' running-back-by-committee approach, according to running backs coach Gary Brown. McFadden averaged 3.3 yards per carry the last time he played in a zone-blocking scheme, but Brown is not worried about those numbers.
Huddle Up: New team, same old issues already cropping up for McFadden, who may end up having a decent season behind that Big D offensive front but simply can't be trusted at this point to stay on the field.
Ryan Williams - RBPosted 6/4/15 2:36pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams (knee) was sidelined Wednesday, June 3, at organized team activities (OTAs) due to a sore knee.
Huddle Up: Williams, the former second-round pick of the Cards, has been whispered about as a possible sleeper candidate in some fantasy circles, but the main battle might just be fighting through his health issues and making the final roster after a career full of knee problems which have limited him to all of five games and 58 career carries in four seasons. Here's wishing this warrior the best.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/29/15 1:00am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant showed up to OTAs Thursday, May 28, and participated in individual drills but didn't do any group work.
Huddle Up: Holdouts just aren't what they used to be. Regardless, the Cowboys have received the message and are continue to work on a long-term deal with the WR.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 5/29/15 1:28pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle took the majority of the first-team repetitions the first two days of organized team activities this week. RB Darren McFadden split the reps with Randle Wednesday, May 27.
Huddle Up: While's McFadden's injury history and lack of durability is well documented, keep in mind that the projected lead back Randle only has totaled 105 carries over his first two pro seasons so he isn't exactly a proven commodity, either.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 5/27/15 11:22pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle have been splitting reps with the first-team offense during organized team activities this week.
Huddle Up: The Dallas duo will be running behind one of the better offensive lines in football, but they will definitely test the Cowboys' apparent theory that they don't necessarily need a big name back to have success running the football. Meanwhile, fantasy owners get to deal not only with McFadden's injury history but also the dreaded backfield by committee.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/26/15 5:13pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant was not present for the first day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. The workouts are voluntary.
Huddle Up: Again, no surprise here, and the date to watch is June 16 -- the start of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp, which Bryant is expected to attend.
Sean Lee - LBPosted 5/22/15 10:57pm ET
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities next week.
Huddle Up: The talented but star-crossed Lee is back for another go-around after missing all of last season as part of a combined 30 missed games over the past three years. Hopefully, he'll at least be able to make it out of OTAs this year.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/19/15 1:29am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is participating in the strength and conditioning program, despite being at odds with the Cowboys regarding his current contract. 'I wanted to be here for my teammates,' Bryant said. 'In the past two years that locker room has changed. There is something special in there.' If Bryant isn't given a long-term deal, he may not practice with the team until late July when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Bryant has to see that the Cowboys are operating without a net at running back, which likely means they'll need to throw more--playing right into Bryant's wheelhouse in a contract year. Get some reps now with Tony Romo, take the summer off, then show up at the end of summer and earn some money. It's a solid plan.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 5/17/15 12:16am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle has the skills to lead the team's backfield in 2015 but he'll need to work on his off-field issues, according to Jon Machota of SportsDayDFW.com. Randle will need to prove to his coaches he can stay out of trouble and be relied on every week.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys will need Randle to step up, as Darren McFadden is far from reliable and there are no other legitimate options on the current depth chart. And while the Dallas offensive line is one of the best in football, Randle will need to demonstrate his trustworthiness in a hurry if fantasy owners are going to make him anything more than a late-round add in fantasy drafts later this summer.
Jason Witten - TEPosted 5/17/15 10:40pm ET
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said Sunday, May 17, that he and QB Tony Romo could play four or five more years if they continue to play like they did last season.
Huddle Up: The veteran TE's targets, receptions and receiving yards have dipped in each of the past two seasons but that's mainly due to the better supporting cast -- i.e. the emergence of the ground game. At the same time, that reduces the wear and tear on the two 30-somethings, so three or more solid seasons out of each -- particularly Romo -- isn't out of the question.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 5/15/15 7:28pm ET
Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones expressed confidence in the team's overall run game Thursday, May 14. "You say the entire running game, and that would be including our tight ends, including our fullback -- the entire game -- we're better," Jones said. The Cowboys have yet to determine roles for their running backs. As it stands, RB Darren McFadden is at the top of the depth chart, with RBs Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams in the mix.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys may very well again have one of the league's top ground games -- they finished second a year ago with 147.1 yards per contest -- but it may play out as a RBBC this time around as opposed to last season when DeMarco Murray shouldered the load.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 5/12/15 2:20pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could see the bulk of the carries as the season weighs on, in the opinion of beat writer Todd Archer. Archer pegged Randle for 1,200 rushing yards this season in what Archer admitted was a bold prediction.
Huddle Up: Offseason addition Darren McFadden certainly can't be counted on given his injury history, but meanwhile Randle -- a fifth-round pick in 2013 -- has shown a penchant for finding off-the-field trouble and has amassed only 507 yards on 105 carries in two seasons so far, obviously leaving many to wonder if he's suited to shoulder the lead-role load. Still, that Big D offensive line can smooth over a lot of issues ...
Tony Romo - QBPosted 5/12/15 6:06pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said he believes the team's offensive line could extend his career if they play well moving forward. 'When you have a good offensive line like we do the thought definitely crosses your mind to ensure you do everything possible to play longer than maybe what you had envisioned,' Romo said.
Huddle Up: Hey, it's not a coincidence that the 34-year-old Romo put up some of the best marks of his career -- 69.9 completion percentage, 7.8 TD percentage, 8.5 yards per attempt, 113.2 rating -- in a season in which he was only sacked 29 times, his lowest full-season total in six years. Having the league's best ground games to fall back on also didn't hurt, either.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/11/15 11:12am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's contract talks have been slowed by more than just issues between Bryant and the Cowboys, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday, May 6. 'I think a lot people want to naturally assume it's a Dez Bryant-Cowboy issue,' Jones said. 'I think it's a bigger issue than that right now. There's three or four young receivers in this league other than Dez that are going to be looking for long term contracts.'
Huddle Up: You'd like to think the Cowboys will lock up Dez long-term, but you can also read between the lines to find reasons they won't--such as concerns about his off-the-field stability, Tony Romo's advancing age and the team's apparent belief that a great offensive line is their path to success. It will be an interesting negotiation to say the least, but for the short term Dez holds all the cards--plus, if he's playing for a contract and with no ground game support he has the opportunity to put up even bigger numbers than last year.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/10/15 6:59pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has not been participating in offseason workouts, but offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is not worried since he believes Bryant will be ready when he does practice. Linehan said he has met with Bryant on several occasions at the team's facility.
Huddle Up: Bryant and the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas are in the same franchise-tag boat, both sitting out while hoping to get a long-term deal hammered out. Each seems to be waiting for the other to sign to set the market, but neither seems to be particularly close at the moment.
Ryan Williams - RBPosted 5/8/15 7:33pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams will be in the mix in the running back committee but needs to improve his pass blocking, according to general manager Stephen Jones.
Huddle Up: Williams is entering his fifth NFL season, but he has been limited to all of three games and 58 rushing attempts due to knee issues. As a result, he'll have to work his way up from the bottom as he currently is running fourth on the depth chart behind Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 5/3/15 4:29pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden remains the front-runner to be the lead back in 2015 after Dallas didn't select a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: It was one of the true surprising fantasy-centric draft developments, and at least for the time being -- or until he comes up injured -- McFadden's stock deserves to be pointed north.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 5/3/15 9:32pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden could return kicks this season, head coach Jason Garrett said Saturday, May 3.
Huddle Up: Yikes, that's going to be asking a lot of one of your lead backs -- especially one as fragile as Run-DMC has proven to be. You've got to think adding another veteran back is on the Cowboys' itinerary after passing over the position group in the draft.
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