Dallas Cowboys: 2012 Stock Report

Stock Report: Sean Lee up; Tony Romo down

October, 2, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys have a bye week after their 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears pushed them to 2-2 on the season.

We review the loss in our weekly Stock Report.

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Jason Witten. The return of the talented and elite tight end was welcomed as he caught 13 passes for 112 yards and one meaningless touchdown. You can say, why is Witten getting praised? No. 1, no drops. He leads the NFL with five. No. 2, he was targeted 14 times in the Bears game, meaning quarterback Tony Romo still has confidence in his favorite target.

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Cowboys LB Sean Lee discusses the play of the defense, focusing on their mistakes during the bye week and more.

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Sean Lee. He can be here every week. Lee had a season-high 10 solo tackles. He also had a tackle for loss, and if you're thinking about one of the NFC's Pro Bowl linebackers, look toward Lee. He also had a combined total of 14 tackles and played with a fury the entire night.

Danny McCray. Playing for the injured Barry Church, McCray finished second on the team with six total tackles, four solo, but some of those were in the open field, where if you don't perform well, a short gain can turn into a big one. McCray also tipped a pass in the end zone that negated a pass interference call on Brandon Carr.

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Tony Romo. Not all of the five interceptions he threw Monday night were his fault, but at least two were and there were some overthrows. Romo does a nice job of escaping the pocket, but his numbers were just bad. He completed 31 of 43 passes for 307 yards, but those picks put a damper on his night.

Dez Bryant. He had a career-high 105 yards, marking the second 100 yard game of his career, but he had two drops and it appeared he ran the wrong route, resulting in an interception. Bryant didn't score Monday night, and his mental mistakes overshadow his 100-yard receiving game.

Pass defense. Morris Claiborne got beat for a touchdown, the first of his career, thanks to the stop-and-go route by Devin Hester. Carr got beat up, too. Overall, Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 138 yards, Hester had a 34-yard score, rookie Alshon Jeffery made three catches for 32 yards and tight end Kellen Davis averaged 20.7 yards per catch on three receptions.

Stock Report: Mike Jenkins up; O-line down

September, 24, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Cowboys' 16-10 victory over Tampa Bay had many interesting aspects. We review who's up and who's down in our weekly Stock Report:

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Mike Jenkins. In his first extensive action of the season, Jenkins finished with one pass breakup and a tackle at cornerback. The Cowboys made a personnel change, moving Brandon Carr to a free safety spot to allow Jenkins to play as an outside corner. Jenkins is a good corner. He was the best at his position last season, and he showed that Sunday with solid man coverage.

DeMarcus Ware. The outside linebacker picked up two sacks along with five tackles Sunday. It was clear from the first snaps that Ware was going to be an active participant. He beat single and double coverage at times. He hit quarterback Josh Freeman just once but forced two fumbles on strip sacks.

Miles Austin. He picked up the 12th 100-yard game of his career. He didn't score a touchdown but finished with five catches for 107 yards and returned to the game after a rib injury. All three of Austin's second-half catches were for first downs. The yardages: 21, 49 and 17 yards.

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Jason Witten. This is getting ridiculous. The veteran tight end had three drops and two false starts. He's an elite player who's going through a tough stretch at this stage of the season. He did recover from a spleen injury but the missed practice time could be hurting him.

Offensive line. An embarrassing performance from this group, considering the money invested in three of the players: Nate Livings, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Doug Free and to go with Tyron Smith. You expect better. Tony Romo was knocked silly, and the run game was, well, bad. DeMarco Murray somehow rushed for a touchdown. But overall, he had just 38 yards on 18 carries.

Jason Garrett. At some point you've got to make some changes. Felix Jones is giving you nothing on kick returns. He did have two catches for 28 yards but isn't making anyone miss out there. The passing game can't get Dez Bryant and Austin off on a consistent basis, and you have to find a way to get the run game going again. Protection is the key, and Garrett must solve these problems.
SEATTLE -- The Cowboys' 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks is over, pushing both teams to 1-1 on the season. As always, we review with our weekly report.

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Miles Austin. The wide receiver picked up his second touchdown of the season, a 22-yarder that cut the Cowboys' deficit to 10-7 in the first half. Overall, Austin finished with five receptions for 63 yards and the touchdown. Jason Garrett continues to line Austin up in various formations -- mainly outside and in the slot -- and he excels.

Sean Lee. The inside linebacker finished with 14 combined tackles, including four solos. But he was on the receiving end of a hit by Seahawks WR Golden Tate, and that might make more news than anything else. Lee missed a few snaps after getting knocked down by Tate but later returned. Lee said the hit was questionable but said if he took on Tate one-on-one, he would most likely get the best of him.

Anthony Spencer. Spencer was tied with Bruce Carter and Lee for the team-lead with four solo tackles. Spencer finished with seven tackles but had two sacks, one tackle for loss and two quarterback hits. He also had a pass breakup. Spencer set the tone for second half with a sack on Russell Wilson and then he defended a pass to Sidney Rice on third down.

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Felix Jones. His fumble on the opening kickoff led to the first score of the game, a Seahawks field goal, and it went downhill from there. Jones averaged 21.8 yards a return and brought back two kicks from five and eight yards deep in the end zone when it was apparent he should have downed the ball.

Jason Witten. Witten dropped three passes out of 10 targeted attempts and made four catches for 58 yards. Witten doesn't appear to be 100 percent healthy, but he took a hard hit after one catch. He returned after missing a snap. Before the end of the first half, Witten went to the locker room but started the second half fine.

Special teams. Punter Chris Jones sent three of his five punts inside the 20, but he had one blocked that resulted in a score. Felix Jones' turnover led to a field goal, the first score of the game. Dez Bryant muffed a punt and averaged just 1 yard per return.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Week 1 is over for the Dallas Cowboys, and they're 1-0 heading into a nice long weekend. The Cowboys won't play again for 10 more days. That's when they visit the Seattle Seahawks.

Before he move to that, let's talk about what happened Wednesday night in Dallas' 24-17 victory against the New York Giants with our weekly Stock Report.

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Kevin Ogletree: The No. 3 receiver had an outstanding performance, which might result in him getting picked up in a few more fantasy football leagues. Ogletree finished with career-highs in catches (eight), yards (114) and touchdowns (two). According to ESPN Stats and Information, Ogletree was targeted a career-high 11 times, five more than his previous best.

DeMarcus Ware: The outside linebacker talked about setting the tone for the season. How's this for starters? Two sacks and five solo tackles. Ware dominated Giants tackles Sean Locklear and David Diehl. Ware faced double-teams, single coverage and quick throws during the game. Just a regular night for the Cowboys' best player.

Sean Lee: Big night for the starting inside linebacker, who finished with 12 total tackles (10 solo) and forced a fumble that, as Ware talked about before the game, set the tone for the Cowboys. Lee is one of the leaders of this defense, and he helped hold the Giants to just 82 yards rushing.

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Phil Costa: The starting center played only three snaps before his back locked up on him and he had to be replaced by newly signed Ryan Cook. Now Cook wasn't perfect, but the veteran was more than serviceable. What this means for Costa's future is uncertain because of his health.

Tyron Smith: The second-year tackle struggled at times on Wednesday night. Of the five false start penalties that were called, three were on the new left tackle. Smith also had a horse collar called against him on an interception return, but that ended up being a blessing in disguise because it prevented a touchdown. The Giants settled for a field goal.

Felix Jones: For the third time in his career, Jones was active for a game and didn't get a single carry. Jones left the game briefly after getting shaken up, but he did return. On kickoff returns, it seems Jones has lost a burst from when he first had did the job as a rookie. Maybe he could lose five pounds or so? Jones averaged 20.3 yards a return.

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