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Cowboys preview: Make-or-break stretch

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The end of the season has not been kind to the Dallas Cowboys in recent years. It's not been just a Jason Garrett problem, but the Cowboys lost three of their last four in 2013, their final two in 2012 and four of their last five in 2011 to finish 8-8 all three years. This year's late-season schedule is difficult -- five of the last seven away from home -- but the pivotal stretch will be early in the year to make sure the end of the year is relevant. Six of the Cowboys' first nine games are at AT&T Stadium, which has not provided the greatest of home-field advantages since opening. The Cowboys have a three-game homestand from Oct. 19-Nov. 2 against three NFC teams that they almost have to sweep to stay in contention in the division or help in the wild-card standings.

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Cowboys go with three QBs, nine on OL

August, 31, 2012
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For the moment, the Dallas Cowboys will head into the 2012 season with three quarterbacks and nine offensive linemen. They will also be without two players from the 2012 draft class.

The Cowboys have trimmed their roster to 53 but could make changes if a player of interest becomes available on the waiver wire.

The biggest surprise came at quarterback. Stephen McGee will be the third quarterback for a fourth consecutive season. During training camp, coach Jason Garrett said he would prefer keeping three quarterbacks but understood if that needed to change to increase depth at other roster spots.

The offensive line remains a concern behind four trusted starters in Doug Free, Tyron Smith, Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. The starting center is Phil Costa, but there are issues not only with him but with the backups. David Arkin played center for the first time as a pro during the preseason when Costa suffered a strained lower back injury.

The Cowboys traded for depth at center in giving up a seventh-round pick in 2013 to Miami for Ryan Cook, who can play guard and center. Veteran Derrick Dockery remains with the team at guard. He was one of two linemen -- Daniel Loper being the other -- who signed during training camp after injuries to the line left the Cowboys seeking help.

Five of the seven draft picks from the 2012 class remain. Wide receiver Danny Coale, a fifth-round pick, battled injuries to his foot and hamstring this summer, and the Cowboys just didn't see enough of him to keep him. Coale could return to the practice squad if he clears waivers. The Cowboys have to finalize the practice squad by midday Saturday.

Linebacker Caleb McSurdy, a seventh-round pick, is on injured reserve with a torn Achilles, suffered during training camp.

The Cowboys made two interesting decisions, cutting undrafted rookie guard Ronald Leary, who was guaranteed $214,000,, this season, and linebacker Orie Lemon. Lemon was cut despite a strong preseason which included returning an interception for a touchdown. But there were concerns about his special teams abilities.

Both players could return to the practice squad. The same goes for running back Lance Dunbar (North Texas), who rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown in the preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins.

Wide receiver Andre Holmes, who struggled at times during training camp, made the 53-man roster despite not having a big preseason. Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris emerged as the best of the backup wide receivers.

The Cowboys also elected to keep three tight ends and one fullback, despite the uncertainty of tight end Jason Witten's availability for the Sept. 5 regular-season opener at the New York Giants.

The players who were released Friday: Jeff Adams, Baraka Atkins, Ben Bass, Tim Benford, Robert Callaway, Rudy Carpenter, Shaun Chapas, Coale, Dunbar, Clifton Geathers, Harland Gunn, Saalim Hakim, Adrian Hamilton, Ronald Leary, Lemon, Jamize Olawale, Pat McQuistan, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Lionel Smith, Andrew Szczerba, Eddie Whitley and Teddy Williams.

The Cowboys waived/injured guard Loper, who suffered a hamstring injury in the preseason finale.

Cowboys make roster moves, still two to go

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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will make their final cuts today to reach the 53-man limit, but they have already notified 21 players that they have not made the cut.

According to sources, the Cowboys have informed Shaun Chapas, Adrian Hamilton, Danny Coale, Eddie Whitley, Orie Lemon, Ronald Leary, Pat McQuistan, Jeff Adams, Teddy Williams, Harland Gunn, Daniel Loper, Clifton Geathers, Rudy Carpenter, Lionel Smith, Baraka Atkins, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Andrew Szczerba, Ben Bass, Saalim Hakim, Tim Benford and Robert Callaway of their release.

They have two more roster moves to make by 7 p.m. after the trade for offensive lineman Ryan Cook from Miami.

The Cowboys would like to bring some -- like Hamilton, Coale and Leary -- back on the practice squad if they clear waivers.

Leary was the apple of Jerry Jones’ eye as an undrafted free agent and early in training camp, but he will not be on the 53-man roster.

The Cowboys considered drafting Leary despite a knee condition, but ended up guaranteeing him $214,000 in base salary and signing bonus to sign as an undrafted free agent. When the interior line was hit by injuries early in camp Leary took some first-team snaps but he hit a wall midway through camp.

Five to watch: QB Rudy Carpenter gets a shot

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IRVING, Texas – For at least 18 players, tonight’s game against Miami will be the last time they put on a Cowboys jersey for a game.

The Cowboys have 75 players under contract but have to get to the 53-man limit Friday. It’s possible they could cut more and claim players off waivers.

Tonight is all about the backups as the Cowboys rest most of their regulars in preparation for the regular season opener at the New York Giants, but can a player change the minds of the coaches and front office staff with a good showing?

Maybe.

Here are five guys to watch:

QB Rudy Carpenter: Calvin Watkins wrote about Stephen McGee, so I’ll look at the other quarterback playing tonight. Carpenter does not have McGee’s measurables but he knows how to play the game. I think that’s why Jason Garrett likes him. Maybe he sees a little of himself in Carpenter. What helps Carpenter is that he has practice squad eligibility left, unlike McGee.

RB Lance Dunbar: His hamstring injury really hurt his chances, but he’s in the mix for the No. 3 tailback spot. Where he might be able to make a difference is in the return game, so let’s hope he gets some opportunities. He is fast, elusive and can hit it. The key for a kick returner is to be decisive. Too often the Cowboys' returners have not been decisive (think Teddy Williams) and the returns hardly get to the 20. Dunbar has a chance to turn some heads tonight.

WR Saalim Hakim: Like Dunbar, he was done in by an injury early in camp. He broke his finger and missed three weeks. He saw some action vs. St. Louis and had a catch negated by a penalty. But he’s another guy to watch on special teams. He could be a terror as a gunner on the punt team with that speed. Now, is it enough to keep on the 53-man roster? Probably not. But it could buy him a spot on the practice squad.

LB Adrian Hamilton: He’s been on this list before and has become something of a pet cat for a lot of fans. He had a sack vs. the Rams. He played well in the opener at Oakland, too. If he harasses the Dolphins’ quarterbacks tonight, maybe he makes it too hard for the Cowboys to cut him. Pass rushers don’t grow on trees, but he’s not even close to a finished product. With injuries at a lot of spots, it’s hard to put a redshirt year on a guy on the 53-man roster.

OT Jeff Adams: Again, this is more about the practice squad. He did a nice job vs. San Diego game before he just ran out of gas in the fourth quarter when Jermey Parnell was kept out of the game with a neck injury. If Adams plays well, then maybe the Cowboys don’t keep four tackles on the 53-man roster, but that seems like a little bit of a stretch. At the very least, he can show he has a chance to grow with more work on the practice squad.
SAN DIEGO -- At the end of Saturday night's second preseason game, the numbers showed No. 3 quarterback Stephen McGee completing 9-of-16 passes for 86 yards with an interception and a fumble. McGee's two turnovers led to San Diego touchdowns.

Now, you can't blame everything on McGee. The interception was on a tipped ball and the fumble came when tackle Jeff Adams missed a block off a blitz.

But McGee missed a wide open Dwayne Harris down the middle of the field and elected to dump off a pass to James Hanna on a third-down play, forcing the Cowboys to attempt a field goal.

Rudy Carpenter, playing with the same offensive line, finished 6-for-9 for 78 yards with one touchdown. Carpenter led the Cowboys to three first downs.

McGee led the offense to five first downs on six possessions.

"I thought Stephen did a nice job," coach Jason Garrett said. "He handled the different situations that came up in the game well. I think that’s a really important thing when you’re a quarterback going into the end of a game like this. Somebody misses a block and there’s a sack for a 9-yard loss. Do you get frustrated? Or let the emotions get to the best of you? Do you come back and try to execute the next down? I thought he really did a good job of that throughout. We moved the ball a little bit with him."

Garrett said last week his preference was to keep three quarterbacks, as long as it didn't make the Cowboys short at another position. But McGee hasn't looked impressive in two preseason games, and Carpenter is moving the ball downfield.

McGee has been under duress for the majority of the time he's been on the field, but Carpenter seems to have a better feel for the position.

"He moved around, made some throws in the pocket and made some throws on the move," Garrett said of McGee. "I think he’s getting better and better with every chance he gets."

Mike Jenkins' shoulder feeling better

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SAN DIEGO – Here are five random thoughts from the Cowboys' 28-20 loss to San Diego on Saturday:

* I spoke briefly with Mike Jenkins in the locker room after the game and he said that his surgically-repaired right shoulder is feeling better and better every day. He is working through some scar tissue issues that have hampered his strength, but his range of motion is fine. He isn’t ruling out being available for the Sept. 5 opener at the New York Giants, but he will take another trip to Pensacola, Fla., to visit with Dr. James Andrews for a checkup.

* At some point Saturday I started to feel badly for Stephen McGee. Sometimes he just had no chance because of the blocking. Sometimes he made the mistake, like on the sack/fumble when he should’ve gotten rid of the ball quickly. But then Rudy Carpenter comes in and completes 6-of-9 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Maybe San Diego called off the dogs with a 15-point lead for that final drive, but Carpenter has a feel for the position.

* So I read in Teddy Williams' bio that he was a sprint champion at UT-San Antonio with a time of 10.25 in a 100-meter win in an NCAA Regional event. Why doesn’t he play that fast? Williams was given a chance to return kicks against San Diego and he just didn’t get up to speed fast enough. Covering a punt, he couldn’t close on Roscoe Parrish. At corner, he doesn’t show the top-flight speed. There’s track fast and football fast.

* Raymond Radway was also a track guy, but at Abilene Christian. He might have had the most memorable play of the game because of his speed. McGee’s interception by Shareece Wright came on a throw to Radway, who was on the ground as Wright turned up field. Radway got up and caught Wright at the Cowboys' 2. San Diego scored two plays later, but I would guess Jason Garret will show that play to his players because of the effort. Radway probably won’t make the team, but his effort should be noted.

* Because of Jermey Parnell’s stiff neck, Jeff Adams was able to see more action than the undrafted backup tackle from Columbia ever could have imagined. And he didn’t do poorly until he just ran out of gas. Clearly he was tired in the fourth quarter on a steamy night after seeing only limited time in training camp.

Calvin Watkins' practice report

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OXNARD, Calif. -- A look at the last practice from Oxnard before we move to San Diego for about a week.

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* If you don't believe the Cowboys have leaders on this team, check out inside linebacker Sean Lee. After Andre Holmes made a sliding catch near the sideline, it appeared cornerback Morris Claiborne didn't touch him. Lee shouted at the rookie corner: "Hey, you gotta touch him." It's not college where if a player hits the ground when carrying the ball, then he's ruled down. In the NFL, a player can get up. It's something Claiborne hasn't seen yet.

* Sometimes the pressure on a quarterback gets to him. Tony Romo dropped the ball when trying to avoid pressure from DeMarcus Ware.

* With Jermey Parnell out with a stiff neck, Jeff Adams received some second-team snaps at tackle.

* Practice was held in helmets and shorts for the first time this camp. The first three days of camp, the players didn't wear helmets and wore full pads thereafter. With a game coming up Saturday night, the Cowboys wore full pads Wednesday and went with a padless and shorter practice Thursday.

* This is what burns the Cowboys coaches: Inconsistency. Holmes allowed Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to strip him of the ball after a catch.

* Speaking of stripping players, Tim Benford did a nice job holding onto the ball as Lionel Smith tried to force a turnover after a reception.

* Romo threw a deep ball along the sidelines to Dez Bryant. But Claiborne had inside position, and despite contact from both players, no penalty was called. The pass landed incomplete.

* Felix Jones showed a nice burst after catching a swing pass. Jones has looked sluggish at times, but here he displayed some speed as he moved through the defense. During kick return drills, Jones displayed some wiggle and speed.

* Running back Lance Dunbar returned to practice after his recovery from a hamstring injury. He made a nice catch underneath the linebackers, who were in zone coverage, and got up field.

* Everyday you can find a new wide receiver emerge as the favorite to become No. 3 on the depth chart. Dwayne Harris made a nice catch while falling down. Mario Butler had the coverage but his back was to the ball. Harris made the catch as he hit the ground and lost his helmet, but he held on.


OXNARD, Calif. -- The Dallas Cowboys cut short their final practice in Oxnard Thursday when Dan Bailey made a 27-yard field goal, sending the players sprinting to the locker room and confusing fans.

Where did the players go? They boarded buses and went to the beach for a quick jump in the Pacific.

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It was already a strange practice when Jason Garrett chose not to have the players in full pads for the first time in camp. Players were in shells and helmets for the roughly 80-minute workout.

The players have an 8:45 a.m. walkthrough Friday before boarding a train to San Diego.

On to the observations (albeit a smaller number):

** WR Dwayne Harris had the catch of the day, working down the seam on CB Mario Butler. QB Kyle Orton threw to Harris’ back shoulder and he was able to make a nice adjustment on the ball for the catch but lost his helmet as he went to the ground. It made up for a fumble after a bubble-screen catch earlier in the session.

** The first exchange between Tony Romo and David Arkin ended up on the ground. There were no other issues for them, but Stephen McGee and Harland Gunn combined for a poor snap.

**CB Morris Claiborne did a nice job on back-to-back plays on WR Dez Bryant. He was able to stick with Bryant on a crossing route that led to a high throw and was physical with Bryant on a deep ball from Romo that led to an incomplete pass.

** Haven’t seen too many bursts from RB Felix Jones in camp but he had one on a check-down from Romo, coming back to the line of scrimmage and getting away from S Danny McCray.

** With Jermey Parnell sitting out with neck stiffness, Jeff Adams worked as the second-team left tackle. Parnell should be good to go for the San Diego game.

** LG Nate Livings was in shells and pads for the first time since straining a hamstring early in camp. He did not take part in team drills but went through some individual work and could be back for practice next week vs. San Diego.

** WR Andre Holmes sometimes just gets out of sorts with his route running and looks awkward. After dropping a pass in on-air drills, Harris was made to run the same route for a second time.

Camp observations: DeMarcus Ware shines

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OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys got back to work for the first time since their scintillating 3-0 win at Oakland on Monday with a shorter-than-normal practice Wednesday, but there was plenty to still see.

On to the observations:

** I’ll break some news right off the bat: DeMarcus Ware is really good. On the first play of team drills he sped around LT Tyron Smith and pressured Tony Romo. In the second series of team drills, he had a sack of Romo. Later, he stuck with RB DeMarco Murray in coverage and strung out a reverse to WR Kevin Ogletree.

** After getting tripped up/tackled from behind by LB Bruce Carter, Murray was a little slow getting up and there was some worry he might be hurt. On his next carry, he busted through a big hole for a long gain, looking like nothing was wrong.

**The battle for the No. 3 receiver rolls on and Ogletree had the best day of the competitors, catching three passes from Romo. His best came on a read-and-react route in the slot when he stopped and changed direction on CB Morris Claiborne for a nice gain.

** WR Andre Holmes did not have as good a day. A deep ball from Romo went off his finger tips in one-on-one drills and he was unable to hold onto a comeback route along the sideline. Both catches would have been difficult but if he wants to secure the job, those are catches that have to be made.

** WR Dez Bryant was stuffed off the line by CB Brandon Carr on a slant, leading to a pass breakup by Carr. On his next play against Claiborne, he caught a crossing route from Romo and sprinted up field on S Gerald Sensabaugh. In a game, it may have been a touchdown with the momentum Bryant had built up.

** With LB Caleb McSurdy done with a torn Achilles, Alex Albright could get more action at inside linebacker. He did a nice job of dropping back in coverage to knock away a pass from Kyle Orton to crossing Holmes.

** Sometimes things just aren’t fair. One is when Jeff Adams and Tyrone Novikoff are asked to block Ware on a twist. The All-Pro was just too quick for the undrafted rookies.

** K Dan Bailey took all of the field goals Wednesday, making all seven kicks. His longest came from 42 yards.

** CB Mario Butler ended the one-on-one period with an athletic interception of Kyle Orton, jumping for the pick while covering Raymond Radway on a deep ball.

** Orton made a throw few quarterbacks can make when he threaded a ball over CB Teddy Williams and S Mana Silva near the sideline to WR Dwayne Harris. The defensive coaches were calling for an interception, but Orton had the right mix of speed and touch on the pass.

** With a shortage of tight ends because of Jason Witten’s injury and John Phillips’ return from an injury, the offense featured mostly three-wide receiver sets. Only one Romo pass was caught by a tight end when he hit Phillips on a hot route. Romo went 15 of 20 on the day.
IRVING, Texas -- Rookies and selected veterans had their last chance to impress Saturday as the minicamp came to an end, and here are some lasting impressions from both practices:

** Each year it seems the focus of the Cowboys’ defense is to create more turnovers and it has not happened nearly enough. If possible, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is even more committed to the cause. He was constantly reminding the defense to force a fumble or pick off a pass. He got his wish on the first play of team run in the afternoon when Darrell Scott put the ball on the ground on a run up the middle.

** Rookie free-agent linebacker Adrian Hamilton, a Dallas Carter grad, opened up a lot of eyes. He had a would-be sack coming off the edge and then pressured quarterback Nathan Dick into running to his right before throwing the ball away. In the morning practice, he also displayed the ability to drop in coverage to get in the throwing lane on a slant to Cole Beasley for a deflection.

** Wide receiver Saalim Hakim had a rough afternoon, dropping two passes in on-air drills. In the morning, Hakim was slow to get up after he was pushed in the air by cornerback Isaac Madison. The referees called pass interference on the play.

** North Texas running back Lance Dunbar and Scott showed some quick feet without many holes to get through. Dunbar’s quick change of direction hurt a defense that overpursued on a run to the right, while Scott used a spin move to create space on his best run of camp.

** Rookie free-agent tackle Jeff Adams struggled with Tyrone Crawford’s power on a pass rush, allowing the third-round pick to push him back in the pocket. But on the next play, Adams got his hands on Crawford first and was able to hold his ground.

** Wide receiver David Little, who was in camp on a tryout basis, made a nice adjustment on a deep pass from Dick down the sideline, turning his body in mid-air to come down with a throw to his outside shoulder.

** Secondary coach Jerome Henderson is going to be fun to watch. He is active at practice and instructive. At one point, he told the secondary that they never should catch a ball with their pinkies together. He wants them to catch the ball with their thumbs together because that means they are getting the ball at the highest point and not allowing the wide receiver to make a play on the ball.

** Wide receiver Donavon Kemp (hamstring) and tight end Andrew Szczerba did not practice Saturday.

Cowboys add 21 college free agents

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IRVING, Texas – After the draft ended Saturday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the Cowboys would be aggressive in the college free agent market, particularly on the offensive line since the team did not draft a lineman.

He wasn’t kidding.

The Cowboys signed six, highlighted by Memphis guard Ronald Leary, whom the team almost drafted in the sixth round but backed off because of concerns over a knee injury. The other undrafted lineman signed were: Columbia tackle Jeff Adams, Oklahoma State tackle Levy Adcock, Notre Dame tackle Taylor Dever, Miami guard Harland Gunn and Idaho tackle Tyrone Novikoff

Here are the additional signings:

Cole Beasley WR Southern Methodist
Tim Benford WR Tennessee Tech
George Bryan TE North Carolina State
Lance Dunbar RB North Texas
Saalim Hakim WR Tarleton State
Adrian Hamilton LB Prairie View A&M
Charley Hughlett LS Central Florida
Donavon Kemp WR UTEP
Isaac Madison CB Arkansas
Darrell Scott RB South Florida
Lionel Smith CB Texas A&M
Andrew Szczerba TE Penn State
Aston Whiteside LB Abilene Christian
Eddie Whitley S Virginia Tech
Troy Woolfolk CB Michigan

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