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October 14, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Calvin Watkins

Calvin Watkins
  (2:59 PM)

Welcome to our weekly chat. Let's get to it.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:00 PM)

First a bit of news. Kicker David Buehler said he's not playing Sunday. He expects to play next week vs. St. Louis. Also, Dez Bryant said his thigh feels great and could return to his punt return duties.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:01 PM)

First a bit of news. Kicker David Buehler said he's not playing Sunday. He expects to play next week vs. St. Louis. Also, Dez Bryant said his thigh feels great and could return to his punt return duties.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What is the Hardest AFC Team will the Dallas Cowboys face this season?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:02 PM)

At first, I thought it would be Gang Green, but now, it's the Patriots. Yeah, the defense isn't that good, however the offense doesn't make too many mistakes and a Tom Brady four interception game most likely won't happen again. DeMarcus Ware said it best, "They don't make many mistakes."

Marc Headley (Savannah, Ga)

I grew up a Cowboys fan, still am to this day. When we were winning Super Bowls in the early 90's, we got a lead then ran the ball in the 2nd half with Emmitt until the clock ran out. With that said, my question, Why is all the blame being put on Romo, not our coaching staff, Garrett in particular, for throwing late and not running the ball and protecting the lead?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:04 PM)

Marc,Jason Garrett said he should have run the ball more vs. the Lions, but Romo's picks have nothing to do with the coaching staff. The coaching staff tells him to protect the ball, especially late in the game, however his constant goal of trying to make a play when nothing is there, hurts him.

KB13 (Dallas)

How has scandrick looked in practice. ME being a former corner i expect more (i know its not easy). Unlike yall i dont have that much faith in him like others do, yes hes a good slot corner but he never seems to stop the BIG play.(revis couldnt stop him) And playing against THE best slot wr do you think he'll have a descent game slowing down welker coming off the ankle injury??

Calvin Watkins
  (3:05 PM)

We don't get to see practice during the regular season. Scandrick was playing well before his high ankle sprain. He will cover Wes Welker from the slot on Sunday. Welker is a guy who breaks tackles if you can't get a handle on him. If you think he can't beat you deep, guess again, he takes a short route and goes down the field.

Lila Ann (Hawaii)

Hi Calvin,Its obvious we need to get more of the running game going with Felix Jones & Co. however do u see the COWS bringing in this kid TANNER at some point during the SEASON? Your thoughts

Calvin Watkins
  (3:08 PM)

That's interesting because I asked RB coach Skip Peete about Tanner yesterday. Peete said Tanner isn't afraid of the big stage. Overall there are some issues here. While the run game has gotten better the last two games, there is a question about Demarco Murray's ability to overtake Tashard Choice.

Sammy (PA)

I see Romo playing well the entire game with all WRs back. I think some of the INTs were a result of communication issues with WRs. What are your thoughts?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:10 PM)

INTs are a result of so many different things: QB, DB, coaching, WR, DL or LB. So many things. Romo's picks in clutch moments is the big problem. I do like the Cowboys to win on Sunday.

WE BELIEVE IN ROMO!!! (Chicago, IL)

What are your toughts on LB Bruce Carter do you think he can help us be a better defence this year??? Personally I believe he will be an impact player on special team and toward the end of year he'll be in Nickel packages taking on TE.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:11 PM)

Carter should come back after week 6 and I expect the Cowboys will put use him quickly. He looks in great shape and has done some rehab in pads. Not sure how the snap counts are going get split between him and James, but we'll see.

Chip D (Wichita Falls, TX)

When will we see Hatcher and Dockery back in the line up? 2-3 weeks each or are the on seperate time tables? Keep smilin'!

Calvin Watkins
  (3:12 PM)

Hatcher maybe next week and Dockery might need one more week to get well.

Mike (VA)

Dallas needs this game after giving one away against the Lions. They are much healthier and had a bye week to prepare. Do they get it?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:12 PM)

The Cowboys are 16-6 after a bye and should play well in New England. Expect a Cowboys victory. A upset.

Ross Millsaps (Dayton Ohio)

What do you think we (the Cowboys) can do to get Dez in better shape to be able to play full games at full strenth, both physically and mentally. I can only imagine the offensive strenth we would have with Austin, Witten and Bryant all prepared and in the correct shape mentally and phisically. I do believe we have two of the three that do what they need to. Don't get me wrong either I love Dez's talent so I just think he needs the proper guy to help build maturity and the team concept.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:14 PM)

Dez is in good shape, yet he continues to get these nagging injuries that he needs to learn how to play through. Today he fell down after catching a punt in practice. A few minutes later the trainer was wrapping his wrist. Just these little things holds him bac k from not only playing but learning the offense because when you're hurt you can't practice and get the mental reps .

Mike (VA)

Do you think Ryan's scheme will work on Brady and the Pats this week as well as it has in the past? Dallas' D is much better.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:17 PM)

It did last year when it picked Brady off and dominated. Now remember, Ryan was the DC in Cleveland and didn't have as much talent as he does here. With the Cowboys he's got an elite pass rusher and some excellent defensive linemen. The corners are pretty good, compared to Cleveland. So I would think the Cowboys are the best defense the Pats have seen all season.

Romo's Ribs (Romo's Abdomen)

How am I feeling?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:17 PM)

Good. You still need a few more weeks.

Jeff (NY, NY)

Is Miles Austin going to be close to 100% this weekend?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:17 PM)

Austin said he's 100 percent.

PNUTZ (TORONTO)

is there any chance - and if so, why - that choice might get carries this weekend, or even steal the job off felix at some point this year?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:18 PM)

Choice is not going to steal the job. The best RB on this team is Felix Jones, bottom line. Choice had his chance but doesn't get enough carries to show what he can do.

Matt (PA)

Are the coaches happy with the way the offensive line has played?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:19 PM)

I would say yes. Doug Free hasn't played as well as last year, but Phil Costa, Tyron Smith and Bill Nagy have done a nice job. And I can't say enough good things about Kyle Kosier.

Mina (Montvale Nj)

Other than the pressure on the qb that we need this week to win vs the pats.... how well do u think the linebackers can stay with the TEs and then what are some of the things we should watch out for with Scandrick trying to cover Welker?... Thanks Calvin im ad avid follower on twitter as well .. Great Coverage

Calvin Watkins
  (3:24 PM)

Jason Garrett had to think about how the Cowboys have done against TEs this season. He's got two good ones to take on this year in Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Against the Jets, Dustin Keller had five catches and one TD, in which the defense lost him. Vs. the 49ers, Vernon Davis had just two catches for 18 yards, Chris Cooley of the Redskins, playing a lot of H back, had just four catches for 41 yards. In the Detroit game, Pettigrew had six for 64.

Jim (Maine)

Cowboys play super stupid at times and the pats are super smart most of the time. How do the Cowboys win this week?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:24 PM)

Just like the passing attack of the Cowboys this week. Having a healthy Miles Austin should help.

PNUTZ (TORONTO)

follow up - so is it safe to say felix's shoulder is in reliable condition?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:25 PM)

Felix is in good shape. Now this dislocated shoulder is something that's going to bother him for the bulk of the season, but the bye week should help him feel better.

Big Red (New Jersey)

Could Bill Belichick have gotten into Princeton?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:25 PM)

Sure.

Jeremy (Albuquerque)

What are the chances the cowboys make a trade by next tuesday?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:26 PM)

50-50. The question is who do you want to give up: Bennett, Choice, Buehler, who? If you give up any one of those players the best you can get is a seventh-round pick.

Lila Ann (Hawaii)

Calvin are all the INJURED players about 100% healthy at this point?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:27 PM)

No. I think Bryant said he's close to 100 percent.

Luis H (Chicago, IL)

Romo has something to prove to Deion or whoever Criticizes him! With that said I expect Romo to come out of the gates firing and winning this game! You may not agree with me but IT WILL HAPPEN!!

Calvin Watkins
  (3:32 PM)

I think Romo shouldn't worry about what Deion Sanders or anybody else says. He's never been that way. But there is plenty of outside noise regardign him because he's struggled late in games.

johnny (texas)

would u trade bradie james to the eagles for cb crome?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:33 PM)

Why would the Eagles want Bradie James?

Trade these people (Chicago, IL )

Calvin, I know at best you think we might get a 7 round pick for these guys that should be better than not getting nothing at all?? Your toughts.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:33 PM)

You have to find somebody willing to give you a seventh-round pick. It's not easy. If the Cowboys were going to make the deal, it should have happened last year. Now Choice and Bennett are in the final year of their contracts.

COME ON "D" (Superbowl Bound )

I have a gut feeling about Rob Ryan! When is all said and done I believe the DEFENCE will have had a very produvtive day 2 INTS and 1 Force Fumble!

Calvin Watkins
  (3:34 PM)

I see ya.

johnny (texas)

because he would be an upgrade at lb. u didn't answer the question

Calvin Watkins
  (3:36 PM)

Bradie James had two games where he didn't have a single tackle. Two games and he's a starter on a NFL team. James isn't what he once was.

Luis H. (Chicago, IL )

Miles is back that only means Dez will not get double team. Who do you think will have a better game between the two of them?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:44 PM)

I would say Austin is poised to have a good game, he should take some pressure off Bryant because defenses won't shade an extra defender his way.

CJ (Baltimore)

Are the cowboys still playing Martellus Bennett so much because Phillips is still not back to where he was before the knee injury?

Calvin Watkins
  (3:45 PM)

Phillips is not the same but he can be a productive player. Bennett is very athletic and has potential to do good things, but hasn't done it yet.

Calvin Watkins
  (3:45 PM)

That's all the time we have. Take care.