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Addressing the Dallas Cowboys’ Need for Defensive Players

April 21st, 2014 at 10:30 AM
By Katie Kluetz

The 2014 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching, and with less than four weeks left, there is much debate about how the Dallas Cowboys will address their numerous team needs. The most crucial thing that the Cowboys need to focus on is defense, and that cannot be emphasized enough.

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The Cowboys’ putrid defense allowed 286.6 passing yards last season, ranking 30th in the NFL. A pass defense this bad will surely need to be addressed in the draft, as Dallas did not bring in any safeties in free agency, and watched as their top pass rusher DeMarcus Ware headed to the Denver Broncos.

Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox played well when he was healthy this past season, but only started five games behind recent drafted free agent Jeff Heath. Heath started the majority of the 2013 season, but did not play very well clocking 60 total tackles. It was a good rookie season for Wilcox who should hopefully have an even better 2014 season, but the Cowboys could use an instinctive free safety to pair with Barry Church who played well in 2013 at strong safety.

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Dallas Cowboys Vs. New York Giants Week One Insider Report

September 5th, 2013 at 1:15 PM
By Nick Sharp

Football season is back! As the NFL season gets set to kick off tonight, we checked in with the incomparable Dan Benton at Giants 101 for this year's first Insider Report. Make sure to check back for all of your Dallas Cowboys news as they begin their quest to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

1. Ah, football is in the air! It's Week One so that can only mean Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants. Last year at this time, the New York Giants were defending Super Bowl Champions. This season they are just another squad trying to erase the memory of a disappointing campaign a season ago. Is there a palpable difference in the team's attitude this time around?

It's night and day. The Giants came in determined to repeat as champions a season ago, but failed to account for, you know, actually playing the games. Players have acknowledged multiple times that they thought it was going to come easy to them, but that's just not how it works in the NFL. This season, while they share the same confidence they had a season ago, the motivation to get out there and perform at a high level weekly seems to have returned. They also seem to be far more motivated by their failures and doubters than they were by their success and yes men. Such is the case for Big Blue historically.

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Josh Brent Positive for Marijuna While Awaiting Trial in Manslaughter Case

June 6th, 2013 at 5:26 PM
By Rebecca Pierce

'Josh Brent' photo (c) 2012, scott mecum - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Prosecutors made a motion Thursday  to have Dallas Cowboys' defensive tackle Josh Brent's $100,000 bond revoked in favor of a warrant for his arrest, due to a positive test for marijuana. Brent is currently being monitored for alcohol and drug use as he is awaits trial in the case regarding a car crash that occurred while he was driving under the influence with a suspended license. The crash, which occurred on December 8th, 2012, killed his teammate Jerry Brown.

Brent has been accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level of more than two times the legal limit during the crash. Prosecutors had previously sought for his bond to be revoked because of issues with his alcohol monitoring. While this failed, the judge ordered a urine sample on that day, May 24. This urine sample was used in a motion against Brent today in the unscheduled court hearing by state prosecutors.

According to the Associated Press, the prosecutors' motion said the test results indicate Brent took marijuana within 30 days of the test date, and continued to say, "…it is the State's belief that the defendant continues to pose a threat to the community.'' It hasn't yet been determined whether the judge will issue the warrant for Brent's arrest.

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Exposing of Dallas Cowboys Draft Board Should Be a Non-Story

May 31st, 2013 at 12:26 PM
By Nick Sharp

Has anyone called it Draft-Board-Gate yet? If not, assume that'll happen shortly. News broke yesterday that the Dallas Cowboys' draft board, complete with rankings and grades for each potential draftee, had been pieced together by SB Nation's Dallas Cowboys site, Blogging the Boys. Naturally, everyone rushed to the presses and spoke of what a big deal it was that Dallas had actually assigned a 2nd round grade to Travis Frederick, not a first-round grade as they had previously told the press.

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Who cares? It doesn't matter whether or not he had a first round grade, a second round grade, or a seventh round grade. The team felt comfortable enough to select him as their first round pick, and that should be all that matters. Frederick has kicked off the offseason as the teams starting center, so clearly they've done something right if he's already projected to start. 

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Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne Ready to Live up to the Hype in 2013

May 29th, 2013 at 8:41 AM
By Nick Sharp

Since the day former LSU Cornerback Morris Claiborne joined the Dallas Cowboys, he's had a lot to live up to. That's the reality of the situation when the team that drafted you gives up a 2nd round selection just to pick you. And of course Jerry Jones might not have helped his cause by letting the world know how Claiborne had the highest CB ranking since some baseball player named Sanders (you might have heard of him).

So needless to say, with expectations through the roof, fans were a bit disappointed by the shiny new toy at corner last season. Morris finished with a pedestrian 55 tackles and 8 defensive passes, while only pulling down one interception (he did also manage two fumble recoveries, one of which turned him into a prancing ballerina….in a good way!). All offseason there was talk about how much of a playmaker Claiborne is, but no one really saw the plays being made on the field. In 2013, with a full NFL offseason under his belt, Claiborne looks ready to finally start making the impact he was drafted to make.

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