Player News - Cowboys

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NFL reinstated Cowboys DE Randy Gregory from his indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Drug bans have limited Gregory to just two appearances since 2015. He turned 25 in the interim. The No. 60 overall pick of the 2015 draft, Gregory has only one sack across 14 NFL appearances, but untapped potential. The Cowboys are perennially in need of pass-rushing help, and Gregory could provide a nice boost in sub-packages if he manages to stay on the field in 2018.
Jul 17 - 3:02 PM

Cowboys LE DeMarcus Lawrence will play 2018 on the franchise tag.

The one-year, guaranteed pact is worth $17.1 million. A source told NFL Network's Ian Rapaport that Lawrence will definitively not play under the franchise tag next year, but he was always willing to do so in 2017. Sports Info Solutions charted Lawrence with the NFL's highest pressure rate among defensive linemen last season at 17.1%. Patriots DE Jabaal Sheard was second at 14.6%.
Jul 16 - 3:53 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Jori Epstein writes Dak Prescott "regularly targeted" TE Blake Jarwin during the offseason program.

Geoff Swaim appears likely to start for the post-Jason Witten Cowboys, but he is more blocker than receiving threat. Fourth-round rookie Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers could provide a receiving complement, but Jarwin received all the buzz during the offseason. He is a name to watch in training camp.
Jul 16 - 12:24 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "barring a significant turn of events" Cowboys LE DeMarcus Lawrence will play 2018 under the franchise tag.

Dallas has been in a contract standoff with Lawrence for months. Lawrence wants a five-year deal, but the Cowboys need to save cap space with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott due for extensions. Lawrence will make $17.1M under the tag and is a candidate to leave in free agency next offseason. Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is also expected to play 2018 without a new deal.
Jul 14 - 3:05 PM

Bryan Broaddus of dallascowboys.com expects second-round OL Connor Williams to start at left guard.

He'll have to learn a new position in the pros with five-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith blocking his path at left tackle. Williams will get the first crack at left guard, where he'll be tasked with replacing last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper. If Williams plays to his abilities, the Cowboys could have an absolutely stacked offensive line this year. That's great news for Zeke Elliott.
Jul 10 - 7:52 PM

Cowboys CB Marquez White was arrested on June 15 for second-degree felony assault with a deadly weapon in Collin County, Texas.

White said the incident stems from a "road-rage" dust-up that occurred last October. White was allegedly heading home and exiting a tollway when another man tried to speed by him on the service road. White felt his "life was threatened," then pulled a gun he legally owned. White was not arrested until June. A sixth-round pick in last year's draft, White spent 2017 on the Cowboys' practice squad and re-signed a reserve/future deal in January.
Jul 9 - 5:41 PM

The Athletic's Calvin Watkins reports the Cowboys are in a contract standoff with LE DeMarcus Lawrence.

Lawrence signed his $17.1 million franchise tag in March. The Cowboys haven't been willing to meet his long-term demands, but talks could heat up with just over a week before the July 16 deadline. Lawrence wants a five-year deal and should push for at least the $14.4 million annually Danielle Hunter got from the Vikings.
Jul 7 - 10:47 AM

Cowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus doesn't expect Rico Gathers to make it past final cuts.

This falls with the offseason narrative on Gathers. Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swaim are atop the depth chart going into training camp, and the Cowboys may not keep a fourth tight end behind rookie Dalton Schultz. Gathers had a lost 2017 and needs to prove his blocking to avoid getting cut.
Jul 7 - 9:46 AM

David Helman of DallasCowboys.com expects first-round LB Leighton Vander Esch to play on the weak side.

Helman sees that as the best fit for Vander Esch given his expertise in pass coverage. If Vander Esch does start on the weak side, the Cowboys would likely roll with veteran Sean Lee at middle linebacker with Jaylon Smith helping out on the strong side. The Boise State alum was a spectator at OTAs due to an ankle injury but should be ready for camp in a few weeks.
Jul 5 - 11:43 AM

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys are hoping for a decision on DE Randy Gregory's reinstatement around the start of training camp.

Gregory met with commissioner Roger Goodell in early June. He's reportedly passed a drug test for six straight months, putting him on track for reinstatement after sitting out the last two seasons. With Dallas missing Maliek Collins (foot surgery) and David Irving (suspended) on their defensive line, there could be a role for Gregory in sub-packages.
Jun 27 - 7:06 PM

The Star Telegram's Drew Davison left Rico Gathers off his projected 53-man roster.

Gathers flashed last preseason, catching seven passes for 106 yards and two scores in two games, but he ended up spending all season on injured reserve with a concussion. With Jason Witten retired, Gathers would seem to have a path to playing time, but beat writers have been bearish on his prospects to this point. It sounds like he will need another strong preseason to earn a roster spot.
Jun 26 - 9:58 AM

Cowboys reporter Marcus Mosher reports Allen Hurns was the team's "clear-cut" No. 1 receiver throughout spring practices.

As expected. Hurns inked a two-year, $12 million pact after his release from Jacksonville, and the Cowboys then released Dez Bryant while failing to re-sign Brice Butler. It leaves Hurns as the default top wideout, followed by Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, and rookie Michael Gallup in whichever order. In an offense that figures to lean on Ezekiel Elliott as much as Elliott's body will allow, maybe only one of these receivers will provide steady fantasy value.
Jun 20 - 9:43 AM

Cowboys reporter Marcus Mosher reports second-year UDFA Blake Jarwin worked as Dallas' No. 1 tight end during OTAs and minicamp.

According to Mosher, Rico Gathers "barely gets any snaps in practice." Gathers hasn't played a single snap since being drafted in 2016 but flashed big-time potential last preseason only for the Cowboys to ask him to bulk up and improve his blocking this year. It sounds like Jarwin is the preferred pass-catching option, with Gathers competing for snaps as an in-line blocker. Jarwin showed some Jacob Tamme-esque traits as a walk-on at Oklahoma State.
Jun 20 - 9:39 AM

DallasCowboys.com's David Helman does not expect the Cowboys to re-sign suspended DL David Irving.

Playing on a one-year RFA tender, Irving might have had a chance to earn a long-term deal with a big season, but yet another four-game suspension seems to have closed that door. Helman thinks it is "highly unlikely" Dallas offers Irving a long-term deal and guesses they move on after the season. Irving has 11 sacks in 23 games the last two seasons.
Jun 18 - 11:46 AM

Cowboys team reporter David Helman noted that third-round rookie Michael Gallup has shown a "good rapport" with Dak Prescott.

Per Helman, Gallup has "found ways to generate space" and has been a reliable pass-catcher when thrown to. The Colorado State alum will have a good opportunity in year one following the offseason departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Beat writer Jon Machota previously projected Gallup for around 450 yards and four touchdowns.
Jun 17 - 10:06 AM


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