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Dallas Cowboys’ Final Day of the 2014 NFL Draft a Hit

May 12th, 2014 at 6:17 AM
By Katie Kluetz

The Dallas Cowboys went out with a bang in the final few rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft this Saturday. They had a total of five picks in the seventh round, in which the Cowboys addressed heavily their defensive needs. They drafted a strong safety, an outside linebacker, a cornerback, defensive tackle, and a defensive end all of whom are not very high draft grades, but still impressive nonetheless.

With the 231st pick, they selected defensive end Ben Gardner from Stanford. The 238th pick went to outside linebacker Will Smith from Texas Tech, and 10 picks later, strong safety Ahmad Dixon from Baylor. Drafting Ahmad Dixon adds another strong safety to the Dallas Cowboys’ lineup to go along with Barry Church. Just a few picks later, Dallas selected defensive tackle Ken Bishop from Northern Illinois with the 251st pick. Finally, with the 254th pick overall, the Dallas Cowboys selected cornerback Terrance Mitchell from Oregon, a much needed position for the Cowboys.

In the post-draft press conference with Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, both the general manager and head coach explained their reasoning behind the picks.

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Thinking About the Future: When Should Dallas Cowboys Consider a Replacement for Tony Romo?

April 30th, 2014 at 1:01 PM
By Katie Kluetz

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot to think about when it comes to the future of their quarterback. On Thursday April 24, 2014, the Dallas Cowboys signed quarterback Caleb Hanie to a one-year contract. Caleb Hanie played for the Cleveland Browns last season, the Denver Broncos in 2012, and the Chicago Bears in 2011. Signing Hanie now gives the Dallas Cowboys four quarterbacks on their roster, pending the uncertainty of Kyle Orton returning of course. One may wonder why Dallas decided to pick up a QB like Hanie when they just signed Brandon Weeden in free agency.

Of course there’s also the issue of Tony Romo: When should Dallas consider picking a quarterback for the post-Romo future? Probably two years ago, but this year’s draft will have to suffice. Romo has been throwing and participating in the off season conditioning which started last week and team officials have said he recovered well from surgery. The question that the Dallas Cowboys have to ask is: With Romo turning 34 just last week and coming off a back injury, would it be a smart move to draft a quarterback in one of the later rounds? If Dallas picks up a young quarterback, he would be able to have a few seasons minimum to learn under Romo, kind of like the Green Bay Packers did with Brett Favre grooming Aaron Rodgers. Look where Rodgers is now.

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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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