Dallas Cowboys: TCU

Cowboys have interest in TCU corner

March, 6, 2014
Dallas Cowboys' officials were one of several teams attending TCU's pro day on Thursday morning.

The biggest name to watch from the pro day was cornerback Jason Verrett, a potential late first-round or second-round pick.

The Cowboys have an interest in bringing Verrett in for a private workout, but will be cautious because of his health. Verrett will need surgery to repair a torn labrum.

"[The doctors] feel like it’s gonna be a very short process," TCU coach Gary Patterson told TCU 360. "Everybody that’s done it has been able to be back before camp. On the high road, I think that’s what he’s anticipating. That he’ll be back before camp."

Verrett, the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, missed just one game last season because of the injury.

As for the workout, Verrett did 19 reps of 225 pounds, impressive considering he needs surgery. Verrett didn't run the 40, however he posted a 4.38 40 at the combine. Verrett had a 39.5 vertical jump at the pro day.

Quarterback Casey Pachall, safety Elisha Olabode, tackle James Dunbar, guard John Woolridge, cornerback Keivon Gamble, running back Waymon James and center Eric Tausch participated in the pro day as well.

TCU RB Ed Wesley added to 90-man roster

July, 26, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- When running back Darrell Scott failed his physical, the Dallas Cowboys were forced to release him. With an open spot on the 90-man roster, the team singed TCU running back Ed Wesley on Thursday.

Wesley was available in the NFL supplemental draft but wasn't selected. He worked out for 14 teams, including the Cowboys, and he even visited the Cincinnati Bengals.

Wesley didn't have any takers until a few days ago when the Cowboys called him to inform him they would sign him if something changed on their roster.

"I got the call about two days ago," said Wesley, who measured in at 5-8 and ran a 4.6 and 4.7 in the 40-yard dash for his pro day. "I was surprised and I was happy more than anything. I was trying to calm my mom down; she was getting a little too hyped. I walk in the house after my workout and she comes running down the hallway, in her condition, scaring me, and I knew it was something good or something bad. She kinda scared me, (but when) she told me the Cowboys called I was ecstatic and all I had to do was pray and just wait for confirmation."

Wesley was humbled because of what his mother, June Gates, has had to deal with physically. Gates has rheumatoid arthritis, which attacks the joints of the body.

"She's just having a hard time out here dealing with things, and I was at TCU having a great time," said Wesley, who rushed for 726 yards last season and led the team in rushing in five of the last nine games. "So I just felt like the person who always sacrificed so much for me, I felt like I had to do the same thing."

Wesley thought some NFL team would select him in the supplemental draft but admitted he wasn't in shape. So he went to a training facility in Carrollton, Texas to work out and felt better about his chances of getting signed.

He had to wait, but things finally worked out for him.

"I'm not disappointed at all," Wesley said. "I really thought I was going to get picked up. Obviously, I wasn’t in the shape that I needed to be in at the time, but that also gave me a little time to think about how I was going about things and improve upon on what I was doing. I got in touch with the right people and got in better shape and I'm here now."

SMU and TCU players at Dallas Day

April, 5, 2012
The Cowboys' Dallas Day kicks off today at Valley Ranch with several area players getting a chance to talk with team officials.

SMU guard Josh LeRibeus, a 6-3, 312 pounder and TCU defensive end Braylon Broughton, 6-4, 255, will visit the complex.

LeRibeus missed his junior season for academic reasons but played his senior season. Here's the scouting report on him from NFL.com. Our guys at Scouts Inc. have this report.

Broughton improved his stock among NFL teams with a strong effort at TCU's Pro Day. He ran a 4.5 40 and has the size and power to maybe get drafted in the middle-to-late rounds.

Broughton also visited the Detroit Lions.

Dez Bryant fields punts in practice

September, 8, 2010
FORT WORTH -- The Cowboys moved things indoors, to TCU's indoor practice facility due to the rains in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on Wednesday.

Here's what we noticed in the 30 minutes the media was allowed to watch things.

*Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier were missing again as they still recover from knee injuries. Kosier won't be ready until Week 2 and Colombo was 50-50 for this week.

With Colombo and Kosier not going today, it appears their playing status for Sunday night is doubtful.

*Dez Bryant and Terence Newman were fielding punts. Coach Wade Phillips is evasive regarding who the punt and kick returners will be on Sunday vs. Washington.

We assume if the Cowboys can get a nice return on a punt, Bryant will go. But if the team is backed up, Newman, with his experience, will make the decisions whether or not to catch a punt near the 10.

*TCU's indoor facility is 80-yards long. Mark Cohen, the crack TCU sports information director, explained that's all the land allowed for when the school built the facility. Ran into football coach Gary Patterson, who said the stadium and weight room is getting a face lift.

*As the media was led out of the facility, three students sat on a hill taking a sneak peek of practice.

*One last thing, there is no air conditioning at the facility. Just some big fans and doors to help with a breeze.