Cowboys following Patriots' model

April, 30, 2013
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The Dallas Cowboys are using the New England Patriots' offensive blueprint as they build their team, which is a theme that owner Jerry Jones relayed after this year's draft.

Some felt the Cowboys reached with their draft picks (first-round center Travis Frederick), just as some have felt the Patriots did over the years (e.g. Logan Mankins in the 2005 first round). There was also a heavy focus on tight end (second-round pick Gavin Escobar) as well as a plan of adopting a running back by committee approach.

Here is part of a piece on DallasCowboys.com:
During every day of the NFL draft, following his post-draft press conferences, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones spoke briefly with the media, and three days in a row he referenced the Patriots specifically.

“They’re a good role model for us,” Jones said Thursday night. “They’ve got a quarterback in Brady, they’ve done a good job of having an offensive football team and they’ve given up a little bit on their defense – they want to score points. ...

"We welcome the opportunity to add a real tight end – with New England-type emphasis there. And can this quarterback have both of them? He sure can."

Head coach Jason Garrett added: "They’re a team, like a lot of teams around the league, that we’ll study in the offseason. We’ll watch what they do and see what the trends are. They typically do the trends better than most, so they’re a good example for us."

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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