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Gavin Escobar - TE Posted 7/29/14 10:32am et
Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar has often lined up out wide during training camp, and offensive play-caller Scott Linehan is experimenting with different ways to get him involved in the offense.
Huddle Up: Escobar is the heir apparent to Jason Witten, but Witten ain't done yet so Linehan is getting creative in finding ways to get Escobar on the field. Don't be surprised if Escobar carves out a red zone role as a mismatch problem while he bides his time behind Witten.

Ryan Williams - RB Posted 7/28/14 4:00pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams looks to be a longshot for the final roster, because he is not a good special teams player and would have to help on special teams if he is in a reserve role.
Huddle Up: Williams is battling Joseph Randle for a roster spot. Despite the fact that Randle was underwhelming when given an opportunity last season, he appears to have the edge over Williams. The former Virgina Tech star could be nearing the end of an injury-riddled career if he gets cut by the Cowboys.

Jason Garrett - HC Posted 7/26/14 1:00pm et
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will sit out practice Friday, July 25 as part of a preplanned day off, according to Jason Garrett. Romo is scheduled to take all the first-team reps Saturday, July 26. "We talked about this beforehand with all of our players. Whenever they are coming back, to be mindful of the two-a-days and what they are doing. You are out here for an hour. It doesn't seem like much. It's a walk through situation. But you warm up for that, cool down and get started again in the afternoon," Garrett said. "We just wanted to make sure we are careful on the two-a-days and then the consecutive two-a-days. I think the schedule sets up pretty well for him the next few days. It gives him a chance to get himself settled in. We will keep an eye on him every day."
Huddle Up: Let the Cowboys' kid-gloves treatment of Romo serve as a reminder that this is a veteran quarterback coming off a back injury so fantasy owners need to proceed with at least a modicum of caution.

Dez Bryant - WR Posted 7/25/14 9:48am et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's agent has talked with the team several times about a possible extension for Bryant, but the two sides are not close to a deal at this point.
Huddle Up: Bryant playing for a contract is an enticing prospect for fantasy owners, so if Jerry Jones wants to play poker with Dez's deal you won't hear any complaining from the fantasy world.

Anthony Spencer - DE Posted 7/24/14 4:54pm et
Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List on Thursday, July 24.
Huddle Up: Spencer is one of the few proven commodities for bedraggled Dallas D -- which last season finished last in the league in yards allowed, 30th in points allowed, 30th vs. the pass and 27th against the run - - and the 'Boys obviously need him to get healthy sooner rather than later.

DeMarco Murray - RB Posted 7/17/14 8:03pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray said he is in good health as he heads into training camp. "I'm excited. I'm feeling great," Murray said. "Excited to get out [to training camp] and get things going."
Huddle Up: Murray is coming off a career year in which he finished 8th among all fantasy RBs with 207 points (1,121 rushing yards, 350 receiving, 10 total TDs) but he's missed 6 starts over the past 2 seasons and has an injury history dating back to his days at Oklahoma. That's the big ? keeping him from being a no-doubt elite fantasy RB this summer.

Lance Dunbar - RB Posted 7/13/14 10:39pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) hasn't missed a snap this offseason and should fill the third-down back role for the team this year.
Huddle Up: Dunbar is listed as the No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray and has the talent to produce in a limited role, but at only 5-8 and 190 pounds, it's hard to imagine him shouldering the starting load for more than a game or 2 if something happens to Murray..

Terrance Williams - WR Posted 7/8/14 4:14pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams impressed wide receivers coach Derek Dooley with what he has been able to do with more work this offseason.
Huddle Up: Among 2013 rookie WRs, only Keenan Allen and DeAndre Hopkins finished with more receiving yards than Williams' 736 last season, and he'll have even more opportunities now that Miles Austin is no longer in the WR picture for the "Boys.

Rolando McClain - LB Posted 7/1/14 8:38pm et
The Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday, July 1 acquired LB Rolando McClain and a seventh-round pick from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
Huddle Up: With Sean Lee (knee) officially being placed on injured reserve Tuesday, the 'Boys basically had nothing to lose in rolling the dice on the 8th overall pick of the 2010 draft, who hasn't played since 2012 in Oakland but still hasn't turned 25, yet, either.

Lance Dunbar - RB Posted 6/24/14 10:26am et
Dallas Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) said he feels 100 percent after missing the end of last season with a knee injury, and running backs coach Gary Brown plans to use the healthy Dunbar in variety of ways this season. 'Well, he's a guy that's going to be a complete weapon,' Brown said. 'We can line him up anywhere on the team-tailback spot, at the wide receiver spot, in the slot. He has tremendous hands and he's just not a specialty guy.'
Huddle Up: If you're debating who to back up oft-injured DeMarco Murray with, Dunbar might be the more enticing choice based on how the Cowboys might use him with or without Murray in the lineup.

Jerry Jones - TO Posted 6/19/14 2:53pm et
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is convinced his team's defense has nowhere to go but up in 2014 despite losing DEs DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher and LB Sean Lee (knee). The Cowboys finishes last in the league in yards allowed last season. 'I can say it this year, we are better right now,' Jones said. 'And I think better on the field. We're certainly better on paper than we were at the end of the season last year. Not on paper at the beginning of the season last year, but on paper right now relative to how we ended up last year.'
Huddle Up: Despite allowing the most yards in the league and the seventh-most points in 2013, the Dallas D was actually much better in fantasy than reality, finishing as the 10th best team defense with 126 fantasy points. Don't be surprised if that flip-flops this season given the unit's non-Jerry Jones, shaky overall outlook.

Kyle Orton - QB Posted 6/17/14 7:37pm et
Dallas Cowboys QB Kyle Orton is not at the team's minicamp Tuesday, June 17, according to a source. Orton is strongly considering retirement.
Huddle Up: With starter Tony Romo still recovering from back surgery, it's left Browns' castoff Brandon Weeden taking the first-team reps Tuesday. Romo is expected back by the start of training camp, but it's looking more and more likely Weeden will be the Boys' backup this coming season.

Dez Bryant - WR Posted 6/3/14 11:30pm et
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said WR Dez Bryant isn't distracted by a possible contract extension as he prepares for the upcoming season. 'He loves the game,' Garrett said. 'He has a great passion for the game. Contract aside, he's not worried about that. He's trying to get himself to be the best player he can be to help our team be the best it can be. He does it every day. He's really demonstrated some leadership qualities.' Bryant is scheduled to make $1.78 million this year, and there is nothing imminent for a contract extension.
Huddle Up: Bryant hit career highs with 93 catches and 13 TDs last season while his yards fell to 1,233 after a career-best 1,382 the previous season. The wideout could set new personal standards across the board if QB Tony Romo plays a full season.

Sean Lee - LB Posted 5/28/14 12:18am et
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has been told that he tore his ACL and is likely out for the season, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
Huddle Up: Another cruel twist of fate for the talented Lee, who had missed a combined 15 games over the past 2 seasons. Fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens now may be pressed into the starting lineup sooner than expected.

Sean Lee - LB Posted 5/28/14 11:27am et
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee (knee) has officially been diagnosed with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to miss the 2014 season.
Huddle Up: The good news, if there is any, is that it's only the ACL so rehab should proceed smoothly.

Anthony Spencer - DE Posted 5/26/14 12:17am et
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team would not be surprised if DE Anthony Spencer (knee) starts the 2014 season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: IDP leaguers take note as Spencer could be in line to miss more action after missing all but 1 game this past season. He did have a career high 11 sacks in 2012, but that's going on 2 years now.

Joseph Randle - RB Posted 5/25/14 3:04pm et
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle may be cut before the start of the season.
Huddle Up: The No. 3 RB job could come down to Randle, a 2013 5th-round pick who ran for 164 yards on 54 carries as a rookie, and new free-agent signee Ryan Williams.

Miles Austin - WR Posted 5/24/14 1:53pm et
Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team is being cautious with WR Miles Austin this offseason, because he has dealt with hamstring injuries the last few seasons.
Huddle Up: It wouldn't be unreasonable for the Browns to encase Austin in bubble wrap until September, as he's been unable to stay healthy and on the field. With Josh Gordon out, the Browns will need a contribution from Austin to field a decent passing game.

Tony Romo - QB Posted 5/23/14 12:35am et
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) said he hopes to be able to play another five seasons.
Huddle Up: Romo has only played 2 full seasons in the last 4, so let's take it a year at a time here.

Kyle Orton - QB Posted 5/22/14 11:01pm et
Dallas Cowboys QB Kyle Orton has informed the team he wants to retire, but the Cowboys are trying to talk him out of the decision.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys obviously like having the veteran starting experience behind Tony Romo, who's experienced his share of health issues the past few seasons, but they might have to make do with a Brandon Weeden-Caleb Hanie backup tandem if Orton is as serious as he sounds about hanging up the cleats.

Ryan Williams - RB Posted 5/22/14 11:01pm et
Updating a previous report, the Dallas Cowboys signed RB Ryan Williams to a 1-year deal worth $570,000. The deal did not include any signing bonus or guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: In other words, we're talking nothing to lose for the 'Boys and incentives to the max for the 2011 2nd-round pick, who simply has been unable to gain any kind of health traction, missing all but 5 games in his first 3 pro seasons.

Miles Austin - WR Posted 5/21/14 12:32pm et
Cleveland Browns WR Miles Austin (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, May 21.
Huddle Up: Raise your hand if you're surprised Austin is nicked already. With Josh Gordon out, Austin has an opportunity to be a fantasy factor once again in Cleveland--but he'll need to stay on the field to do so.

Gavin Escobar - TE Posted 5/20/14 6:59pm et
Dallas Cowboys TE Gavin Escobar has impressed tight ends coach Mike Pope. Pope praised Escobar's tremendous hands and ability to contort his body to make acrobatic catches. Escobar's fearlessness down the field has also caught Pope's attention.
Huddle Up: Escobar, a 2013 2nd-round pick, caught only 9 passes for 134 yards and 2 TDs as a rookie but those numbers could easily quadruple with starter Jason Witten not getting any younger.

Ryan Williams - RB Posted 5/18/14 6:26pm et
Updating a previous item, the Dallas Cowboys have signed RB Ryan Williams. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Things obviously didn't work out for Williams in the desert with only 5 games played and 164 rushing yards in 3 seasons, but there's little risk for the Cowboys in kicking the tires of the former second-round pick.

Tony Romo - QB Posted 5/15/14 7:59pm et
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said QB Tony Romo (back) should be ready for the start of training camp and will be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: Despite throwing for 31 TDs last season -- the second-highest single-season total of his career -- Romo ranked outside of the top 12 fantasy QBs for the first time since his injury-shortened 2010 season, and he and his fantasy owners will be banking on a bounce-back performance.

Dez Bryant - WR Posted 5/15/14 11:17pm et
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant said he is in the best shape he has ever been in. "Trust me, I've been working hard," Bryant said. "I've been working six days out of the week. Today is my off day, but I'm going to the facility right now. That's all I've been doing. This year is special."
Huddle Up: Bryant hit career highs with 93 catches and 13 TD grabs last season, but wasn't quite as explosive as the previous season with his yards-per-catch average down more than a yard-and-a-half (13.3 from 15.0). A Bryant in tip-top shape and a healthier Tony Romo could change that in a big way this season.

Tony Romo - QB Posted 5/6/14 11:49pm et
Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn't looking to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft. He believes the team's best shot is with a healthy QB Tony Romo (back). Jones notes the Cowboys are not in a rebuilding mode and that the odds of winning with a rookie quarterback are nothing to get excited about.
Huddle Up: it's been somewhat intriguing to see in-state prospect Johnny Manziel linked with the Cowboys in some mock drafts, but the squad definitely has more pressing needs -- namely on the other side of the ball -- and expect those to the be the priority come Thursday night.

Sean Lee - LB Posted 5/4/14 5:32pm et
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team has not considered the possibility of moving LB Sean Lee to outside linebacker.
Huddle Up: Staying healthy will be enough concern for the talented Lee, who's only played in 17 combined games the last 2 seasons.

Anthony Spencer - DE Posted 4/27/14 9:54pm et
Updating a previous report, the Dallas Cowboys re-signed DE Anthony Spencer to a one-year deal worth as much as $3.5 million. The deal does not include a signing bonus.
Huddle Up: After letting DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher go, the Cowboys are banking on a big bounce-back season from Spencer, who was limited to 1 game last season because of a knee injury. He did post a career-high 11 sacks in 2012, but may not be ready for the start of training camp this summer -- thus, the incentive-laden, 1-year deal.

Jason Witten - TE Posted 4/6/14 10:02pm et
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said QB Tony Romo (back) is on track to come back better than ever. "Seems like he's excited to get back and get healthy," Witten said. "And I think all of us are eager to get going. I can't speak for him, but I think everything's on track. We're excited for the offseason. We have a lot to prove. We know exactly what we have to do."
Huddle Up: Witten, who will be 32 in May, needs a healthy Romo as much as anyone on the Dallas roster as he easily tops all NFL TEs with 450 receptions and 4,864 yards over the past 5 seasons.

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