Dallas Cowboys: Titus Ryan

Cowboys cut Titus Ryan, sign Curtis Clay

August, 12, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Last year a wrist injury led to the departure of Titus Ryan from the Cowboys. This year it is a foot injury.

The Cowboys waived the wide receiver on Friday and added TCU-ex Curtis Clay to keep the training camp roster at 90.

Ryan suffered a foot injury last week and the hope was that with some rest he would be able to return quickly but that did not happen. If Ryan is not claimed, he would revert to the Cowboy’ injured reserve list and would likely receive an injury settlement.

Clay had 34 catches for his career and three touchdowns at TCU.

Bryant won't return punts in preseason

August, 5, 2011
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SAN ANTONIO -- When the Cowboys open the preseason, don't expect Dez Bryant to return punts.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis said he wants to evaluate some other return men in the preseason starting Thursday night when the Cowboys take on the Denver Broncos.

"I don't think we will need him back there," DeCamillis said after Friday's practice.

Last season, Bryant returned 15 punts for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He scored on a 93-yarder vs. the New York Giants and a 62-yard burst vs. the Chicago Bears.

Rookie receiver Dwayne Harris, safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and corner Bryan McCann will field punts in the preseason opener.

Bryant won't return kickoffs, either.

Titus Ryan, Harris, Owusu-Ansah and McCann will field kicks. DeCamillis said he would like to see rookie running back DeMarco Murray return kicks, but he's still recovering from a hamstring injury.

Owusu-Ansah led the Cowboys in kick returns with 25 for 543 yards in 2010. There were no touchdowns from the return unit that averaged 21.2 overall last season, 23rd in the NFL. The Cowboys did, however, have 41 returns of 20 or more yards, ranking seventh.

Cowboys practice report

August, 1, 2011
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SAN ANTONIO -- The fifth day of Cowboys' training camp practice was the most physical of all the sessions. Several players were knocked to the ground and there was some popping. Not like in a game, but enough to make you take notice. There was one injury: Cornerback Mike Jenkins left the session with about 30 minutes left with a stinger, the result of a hit by running back Lonyae Miller.

Jenkins should return to practice on Wednesday.

Highlights:

* Monday was the best day for the kickers. David Buehler and Dan Bailey alternated attempting kicks, and each went 4-for-4, making kicks from 28, 34, 40 and 46 yards. However, on kickoffs, Buehler did a much better job of sending the ball down the field while Bailey continues to struggle in that area. Overall, Bailey seems to hit the ball with more confidence, especially on field goals, but he said it doesn't mean anything until the games start.

* The two best defensive players are Jay Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware. It's not breaking news, but watching them everyday gives you an appreciation of the pair. Ratliff takes on double teams, even in practice, and is able to make tackles. Ware gets one-on-one coverage and is blowing up the tackles. Even when he backs up in coverage -- he picked off a Tony Romo pass intended for Dez Bryant -- he's a force. Ware also did a nice job of reading an end around to stop the ball carrier for a loss.

* Of the young receivers in camp, you need to watch out for Raymond Radway. He's a 6-foot-3, 193-pound undrafted free agent from Abilene Christian who is trying to earn a star on his helmet. Radway made a diving catch while going deep and is doing the little things like running good routes and trying to find the ball. One example of this was on a back shoulder fade pass that went for a touchdown. Radway was blocked by the defender but had the presence of mind to find the ball and catch it for the score. In sharp contrast, Titus Ryan, who is making his second attempt to make the team, dropped a pass during a drill with no defender around him.

* In the early portions of practice, the tight ends, wide receivers and running backs worked on a drill where they protect the ball when another player tries to force a fumble. The Cowboys' defense recovered six fumbles last season and forced 12.

* Running back Tashard Choice is still limping slighly from a right calf pull and still has some swelling. Andre Gurode, who is nicknamed the Penguin because of how he walks, has a slight limp but was running hard during his rehab work from minor knee surgery. ... The Cowboys have 87 players in camp after adding wide receiver James Cleveland, a rookie from Houston. The largest position in terms of numbers is defensive backs with 15, followed by 13 wide receivers, then linebackers and offensive linemen. When Jason Hatcher signs his new deal, the Cowboys will have 11 offensive linemen, moving the total to 88.

Cowboys random thoughts

May, 9, 2011
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Here's some random thoughts to get you through Monday. Maybe even Tuesday.

1. The first day of the Cowboys' workouts drew 40 players last week. The next day 41 showed up (Dez Bryant being No. 41). It's a good sign the players have responded to quarterback Tony Romo's request to show up at an undisclosed location to work on some seven-on-seven drills and learn Rob Ryan's 3-4 defensive scheme. We're hearing some of the drafted players (Tyron Smith) and even some players signed to futures deals (Titus Ryan) want to show up to learn things. If that's the case, it's a positive thing for the Cowboys.

2. Tony Romo is attempting to qualify for the U.S. Open today in McKinney, Texas. Romo advanced to the sectional qualifier last year after a strong beginning in the sectional at The Woodlands, weather delays and a bad opening hole forced him to call it a day in the second round. There will be these silly discussions about Romo's commitment to the Cowboys in comparison to golf. In my talk with Romo last week, he never seemed more serious about football than he is now especially coming off a 6-10 season. He was wearing his Cowboys gear, t-shirt and shorts, after one of those team workouts and said the only time he plays golf is to qualify for a tournament. Romo is tired of hearing about how his golf game is causing a distraction to his NFL career. We agree.

3. You want to find Terence Newman's replacement? Well you might not find it this season in free agency. Todd McShay conducted a mock draft for 2012 last week and based on NFL power rankings provided by Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson, the Cowboys would have the 21st pick of the draft and take Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris. If there was ever a time to draft a corner or safety in the first round, 2012 might be it. McShay has six corners and two safeties going in the first round. This year no safety was taken in Round 1 and three corners were picked up. Here's the projected 2012 first round. Oh yeah, you have to be an ESPN Insider to read this. Become one, it's worth it.

Cowboys sign wide receiver

January, 24, 2011
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MOBILE, Ala. -- The Cowboys signed wide receiver Titus Ryan to a two-year futures contract according to his agent Jasmon Warren.

Ryan was signed last year to the squad but injured his thumb in training camp and was released August 10.

The Cowboys liked Ryan's speed and his ability to return kicks. In played with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League in 2009.

But after he recovered from a broken thumb, Ryan elected not to play football, despite a offer to return to the CFL.

The Cowboys have several decisions to make at wide receiver.

Roy Williams has underachieved in his nearly three years on the team and could be released, which would be a $12.9 million cap hit.

Sam Hurd is expected to become an unrestricted free agent and he wants to play more at receiver than be a captain on special teams.

Cowboys sign tight end DajLeon Farr

August, 10, 2010
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The Cowboys signed undrafted rookie tight end DajLeon Farr (pronounced DAY-lee-on) on Tuesday.

Farr, who was released by San Diego in August, passed his physical and signed a contract Tuesday afternoon. He is expected to practice at Cowboys Stadium on Tuesday night.

To make room for Farr, 6-6, 260 pounds, the Cowboys will released tight end Kevin Brock, who suffered an ankle injury in Sunday's preseason opener vs. the Bengals. Brock will be waived injured and if he's not claimed by any team by 3 p.m. CT on Wednesday, he will revert to the Cowboys injured reserve list. And once he's on IR they can give him an injury settlement.

Update: The team announced on Tuesday they also waived/injured wide receiver Titus Ryan. Ryan broke his left thumb vs. the Bengals. Ryan, who needs surgery, had hoped the club would let him remain on the roster for about four weeks while the thumb heals without surgery. But it was difficult for the Cowboys to devote a roster spot to a wide receiver who has thumb injury.

A Houston native, Farr played at University of Miami and Memphis in college. He caught just 24 passes for 210 yards while in college.

Here's a story about him from chargers.com.

OT Alex Barron, others suffer injuries

August, 8, 2010
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CANTON, Ohio -- Thus far, the Cowboys have suffered four injuries in its preseason opener against Cincinnati.

Newly-acquired tackle Alex Barron has a right-ankle sprain and his return against the Bengals is questionable.

The Cowboys traded linebacker Bobby Carpenter for Barron in the hopes of building more depth on the offensive line.

Also, backup tight end John Phillips is out with a right-knee injury. He was taken to the locker room for further evaulation. Another tight end Kevin Brock has a left-ankle sprain. His return is questionable.

Wide receiver Titus Ryan has a broken left thumb and will require surgery.

Scout's Eye: Day 11 observations

August, 4, 2010
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My thoughts from Tuesday’s practice:

*Quarterback Stephen McGee will get the lion’s share of the work this summer, and with five preseason games, he will need every one of them.

These games will be the best opportunity and really the only opportunity that the staff and front office will have to get a true read on his ability. Sure, they have seen McGee in practice and been with him in meetings, but how he handles these games will be the true measuring stick.

McGee has had his moments in this camp, but he has also had his struggles as well. A two-minute drive moving well down the field ends up with an interception on the goal line by Cletis Gordon, who drives on the ball intended for Titus Ryan. In the afternoon session, he threw another two picks, but one of those really wasn’t his fault because Tashard Choice couldn’t handled a checkdown pass that ended up in Leon Williams’ hands.

There are several traits that you have to like in McGee. He does have a strong arm, he does show mobility and he has quarterback intelligence.

Look for McGee to be given every chance to prove himself. A coach told me that McGee will have every opportunity to shine with quality players around him, which is important. If McGee is running for his life, or struggling with receivers not making a plays, it will be hard to evaluate him.

*Choice has had a very quiet camp, which has been surprising to me. Choice just hasn’t played like his normal self.

Haven’t seen that runner that gets to and through the holes quickly. He has been running like he is not seeing what is in front of him. There is hesitation and indecision, which we don’t normally see from him.

Granted, Choice has had to take reps with the second and third lines, which at times have had their struggles as well. In the passing game, Choice is normally sure-handed, but he had a bad bobble that cost McGee an interception.

Having studied him on special teams and as a blocker on the second punt team, he has struggled to work on the edge and secure his block. Know he is a much better player than what we have seen in this camp to date.

*Have been impressed with the linebackers on this club all through training camp. Whether it’s the pass-rushing of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer or the sideline to sideline play of Keith Brooking, as a collective group they have been outstanding.

Bradie James has been playing with a purpose this camp. He looks lighter and he is moving better even in coverage, where in the past he has been a bit of a liability. When balls that have gone to the outside in the running game, James has shown the ability to quickly read the scheme, react and get in on the play. James has been solid as well on point of attack plays during the 9-on-7 drills. He is a powerful man that plays with a thump.
We like to halt the latest story on Dez Bryant to talk about who else attended the Cowboys rookie minicamp last weekend at Valley Ranch.

Nothing against Bryant who looked fantastic, good hands, body control, speed, but there were some other players, coach Wade Phillips was praising.

Wide receiver Titus Ryan, a 6-0, 190 pounder, with a year of experience caught Phillips' eye.

"I thought he looked well, ran routes well, looks really fast," Phillips said.

Now the coaches know a thing or two about defensive players. Defensive end Lorenzo Washington, a 6-4, 291 pounder from Alabama was impressive. Phillips also liked tight end Scot Sicko, safeties Danny McCray and Barry Church, who were around the ball it seemed almost all the time, sixth-round pick Sam Young, the tackle from Notre Dame and undrafted tackle Mike Tepper.

Of course, Phillips liked Bryant and second round pick Sean Lee.

"They need to get physically better when they come back," Phillips said of all the players who attended the minicamp. "We threw a lot at them. I thought it was a real good group, very smart. A smart group overall and one of the beter ones we’ve had since I've been here as far as talent so I was pleased with some of that."

Notes: Phillips said fourth-round pick Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, the cornerback moving to safety, has to get better in the classroom. ... Lineacker Sean Lee knows three-quarters of the playbook. ... Now don't get excited, but Scott Sicko looked pretty good on long snaps. ... Kicker Connor Hughes said he's excited about the possibility to competing for the field goal job with David Buehler this summer. ... This is what Phillips had to say about inside linebacker Jason Williams, who enters his second season: "Well, I think it's his year to step up and contribute more than what he did last year. I think he's ready to do that." Williams missed the first three games with an ankle injury, was inactive for eight regular season games and both playoff games. ... In the Cowboys last four drafts under Phillips, they've drafted 17 defensive players, 13 offensive and two specialists.

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