Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/27/14 5:50pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant met with owner/general manager Jerry Jones Tuesday, Aug. 26, to discuss his contract situation, according to sources. The two sides have talked about a contract extension for months but no deal has been reached at this point. The biggest obstacle in the talks appears to be the guaranteed money included in the deal.
Huddle Up: Bryant, who is 10th overall and 4th among WRs in terms of ADP, would like to get this resolved, and it sounds like the two sides are at least close. Expect an announcement before the team's Thursday night exhibition finale kicks off.
Anthony Spencer - DEPosted 8/26/14 3:40pm ET
Updating a previous item, Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer (knee) will be activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list soon, but he still will not be ready to play in Week 1, according to owner Jerry Jones. The team is optimistic Spencer can play as soon as Week 2.
Huddle Up: The defensively-challenged Cowboys can certainly use Spencer, who missed basically all of last season after recording a career-high 11 sacks and 95 total tackles in 2012.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/26/14 11:55pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant could have a new contract before the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, sources in Dallas told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver.
Huddle Up: That would be one less distraction for the Cowboys and Bryant, who's currently the 14th player coming off the board in non-PPR re-draft leagues.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/21/14 3:41pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said he is ready for the regular season. Romo said he had a good week of practice with no limitations as he returns from offseason back surgery.
Huddle Up: In drafts held in the last week, Romo still is coming off the board as a QB2 (14th QB selected), but he could easily put up starting numbers if his health holds.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/17/14 2:02pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) completed 4-of-5 passes for 80 yards in his preseason debut Saturday, Aug. 16. His night included a 31-yard touchdown to WR Dez Bryant.
Huddle Up: Romo eased a lot of concerns Saturday and remains a low-end QB1.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/16/14 5:11pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will see between 10 and 12 snaps Saturday, Aug. 16, against the Baltimore Ravens, according to head coach Jason Garrett.
Huddle Up: It will be Romo's first real action of the offseason since having back surgery. The Cowboys want to get Romo some game reps but he won't see major snaps until Dallas host San Francisco in Week 1.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 8/13/14 4:18pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is expected to receive most of the carries this season, but other running backs could also receive some snaps as part of a committee at running back, according to Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.
Huddle Up: The key for Murray, as usual, will be staying healthy as he's missed 11 games over his 3 seasons in Big D. Last year, he played in a career-high 14 games and easily hit career highs in rushing attempts (217), receptions (53) and yards from scrimmage (1,471)
Orlando Scandrick - CBPosted 8/12/14 9:11am ET
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick has been suspended by the NFL for four games, according to team owner Jerry Jones. Scandrick said he took something while on vacation in Mexico that caused him to test positive for a banned performance enhancer.
Huddle Up: The hits just keep on comin' for a Dallas defense that was already pegged as shaky. As for Scandrick, guess you could say the suspension offers a slightly different spin on Montezuma's Revenge.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/12/14 8:21pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will probably play Saturday, Aug. 16, against the Baltimore Ravens, according to general manager Jerry Jones. Jones said he could see Romo playing a few series.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs should be eager to get a live look at Romo following the myriad medical reports that have been streaming out of Cowboys camp all offseason.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/12/14 10:22pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) confirmed he will play in the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16. 'I'm a firm believer that you have to play football to get better at football,' Romo said.
Huddle Up: There you have it, straight from the QB's mouth. That's just as long, of course, as there are no setbacks between now and then.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/10/14 10:53pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) had his best practice this season Saturday, Aug. 9, according to head coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said Romo is looking more like himself.
Huddle Up: The next step is getting the QB into a game as the 'Boys' next preseason contest comes this Saturday at home against the Ravens.
Brandon Weeden - QBPosted 8/8/14 9:03am ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden completed 13 of 17 passes for 107 yards in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 7, starting in place of QB Tony Romo (back).
Huddle Up: If you're spending that early pick on Dez Bryant, this should make you feel a little more comfortable about the Cowboys' passing game just in case Romo's back isn't ready to go for the start of the season. A little.
Jason Witten - TEPosted 8/7/14 3:59pm ET
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten and RB DeMarco Murray are not expected to play in the first preseason game Thursday, Aug. 7 vs. San Diego, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With QB Tony Romo also out, the Cowboys are in full-protection mode, opening the door for a parade of second- and third stringers. And, hey, at least we know the Dallas studs won't be any worse for wear.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/5/14 6:32pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will not participate in practice Tuesday, Aug. 5.
Huddle Up: Romo is also expected to miss Thursday night's preseason opener, but any more missed time after that and fantasy GMs will be justified in getting at least a little edgy.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 8/4/14 1:36am ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said he likely will not play in the first preseason game but that no final decision has been made at this point.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys open up Thursday night in San Diego, and while missing the first exhibition contest certainly raises the overall concern level, it isn't a definitive statement on the rest of Romo's 2014 season by any means. Stay tuned . . .
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 8/1/14 11:17am ET
The Dallas Cowboys will have the franchise tag exception ready for WR Dez Bryant in the 2014-15 offseason, but the club has said it remains committed to locking Bryant up to an extension before then.
Huddle Up: Jerry Jones wants to keep Bryant around and has the money and flexibility to do so. It'll happen, be it sooner or later.
Cole Beasley - WRPosted 8/1/14 11:17am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley may not come off the field when Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is moved around. Beasley primarily works out of the slot, but Bryant sometimes will move into the slot to take advantage of a mismatch. Bryant went as far as calling Beasley a 'rare talent' and praised the third-year receiver's ability to get open and make plays. Beasley has worked to improve his blocking skills, an area of his game he noted needs to get better. Beasley is stronger, which will help him beat press coverage, according to Dallas head coach Jason Garrett.
Huddle Up: Regardless of how good Beasley looks, he's fighting an uphill battle in the Dallas receiver rotation. At best he projects to be a WR3, where he'll contend with TE2 Gavin Escobar for playing time and Tony Romo's attention.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 7/31/14 4:58pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) said he is not sure if he will play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 7. 'You're constantly evaluating it and you're constantly, I don't want to say adjusting because you stick to the plan, but it's a progression,' Romo said. 'It's leading up to San Francisco [on Sept. 7 for the season opener]. I am going to play in the preseason, obviously. I think it's important. The first game, we'll talk about it as we move into the weekend.'
Huddle Up: At age 34 and coming off two back procedures in the past year, Romo certainly isn't going to rush back into action -- especially for some virtually meaningless preseason competition. That said, there's no real reason to drop him much -- if any, really -- on your QB draft board as he's ranked in QB1 territory in each of the past 3 seasons.
Gavin Escobar - TEPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - HCPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - DEPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - LBPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - TOPosted 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 - QBPosted 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.
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