Posts Tagged ‘Cowboys’

Notes, quotes and other random stuff from the Cowboys first day of training camp…

I spent three years watching the Patriots begin training camp… and it was nothing like how the Cowboys do it. Out here in Oxnard, Calif., was an opening ceremony featuring three(!) skydivers, a marching band, and cheerleaders. Owner Jerry Jones asked fans to help him kick the Giants butt, and Oxnard Mayor Dr. Thomas E. Holden was on hand. So were 5,266 fans. What else happened today? A quick run-through… after you watch my hit from NFL Network’s Total Access. — First, three players failed the Cowboys conditioning test, including RB Felix Jones. Just an inexcusable thing. Jones missed mini-camp with a shoulder injury, and coach Jason Garrett was essentially asked if that made it OK. “We would anticipate all of […]

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL…

Ian Rapoport‘s weekly report is back after a brief hiatus. This Sunday his nine notes begin with a conversation with Falcons coach Mike Smith, who is sticking to his fourth-down strategy.

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL…

As we do every week, let’s take a swing through the NFL to see what was going on during one of the last weeks of football before the summer. So, what’s been up? 1. I spent a few days watching the Cowboys this offseason, including two days this week. There is a lot to like about this team (as is the case every year around this time), but I feel like I’ve found the thing Dallas fans should be most excited about: Dez Bryant. I know, I know, you’ve been waiting for this for a while. Yet you’ve heard more about his off-the-field issues (money problems, jewelry) than his on-the-field stuff. But man, he has looked excellent this spring. The highlight […]

Nine really random things and whatever else is going on around the NFL…

As we do every week, let’s take a swing around the NFL, looking at a bunch of random things …

Days later, tributes are still pouring in for fallen LB Junior Seau

It has been three days since legendary linebacker Junior Seau tragically took his own life. The 12-time Pro Bowl selection is still on the minds of many in the NFL.

My story: The Cowboys pick of Morris Claiborne shows how confident they are in 2012

During the week leading up to the NFL Draft, and then during the draft itself, I was in Dallas. In related news, I also live in Dallas now. Anyway, it gave me a chance to see the Cowboys up close, learn how they tick, see how they draft, and gain an understanding for why they did what they did. Hearing them before the draft, then watching them trade for LSU CB Morris Claiborne at No. 6, told me something very pertinent. They think they are gonna be really, really good. The result was my story that is now on the front page of With every move they made, from the blockbuster to add Claiborne, to filling in with projects […]

My story: How in the world did the Cowboys end up selecting CB Morris Claiborne?

It was one of the shockers of the first night of the NFL Draft. The Cowboys pulled off a stunning trade to select LSU CB Morris Claiborne, who was supposed to be gone in the Top 5. Instead, the Cowboys grabbed him at 6. And it surprised everyone. The Cowboys. Claiborne. The player’s family. Everyone. How did it come down? What went on behind the scenes? Figured I’d tell you, and take a long time to do it. This is the link to my explanatory story posted on

Cowboys very nearly didn’t pick Emmitt Smith

Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones gave NFL Network an exclusive tour of the team’s war room at Valley Ranch. During this tour, we got a chance to look at the Cowboys’ original draft notes on Emmitt Smith from the 1990 NFL Draft.

Losing bet puts Cowboys’ Johnson in tight spot

The Dallas Cowboys managed to have a little fun this week while preparing for Sunday’s game with the Bengals. Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports that backup quarterback Rob Johnson lost a bet to WR Terrell Owens on the outcome of the Georgia-Alabama game.

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