Morning After: Checking In With The Linebackers

Now that the preseason has given us 2 games to look at with some great detail, I wanted to begin to try to envision what the coaches are looking at when they piece this team together for the actual battles that lie ahead, starting with the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. Clearly, the #1 offense has been one of the delights of camp.  It appears that this group has a chance to do...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is Bruce Carters starting job in jeopardy

Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) Bruce Carter is now in a serious battle to keep his position with the starting linebackers. At the beginning of training camp Carter looked to be the only linebacker who was not in danger of losing his starting spot. When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Carter, it was hoped that they got a sure fire starter who would take his place next to Sean...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brawls breakout in Oxnard – Dallas vs Oakland

Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) The Oakland Raiders joined the Dallas Cowboys for practice this week. The Raiders did not come alone; they brought their gang of thugs with them. While competition is a great thing in training camp, there is no room for fan violence. On Tuesday, a fight irrupted after Maurice Claiborne laid the wood to tight end Mychal Rivera and put Rivera...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cowboys preparing the Tsunami Effect

  (credit: dallascowboys.com) There has been a lot of chatter about the Marinelli Wave that is planned for the Cowboys’ defensive line, but this is merely the calm before the storm. Look for more of a Tsunami effect from the energized, new youth movement on both sides of the ball. While sadly having to move on from some older, respected players, the team has brought in a solid...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag: Cowboys burning questions amidst Training Camp.

Dallas, TX - The Dallas Cowboys landed in Oxnard, California for their annual Training Camp visit which means that Football is right around the corner. Before I myself join them I though I should take the time out to answer a few questions I’ve been getting over the past few days. Are the Cowboys more likely to weather the storm in case a few injuries take place? I believe they...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Training Camp Will Provide Answers

With Cowboys Training camp set to kickoff Thursday, it’s time to re-visit some topics and find answers for areas of the team that have some uncertainty. Last year the Cowboys were dealt a horrible start to training camp when Tyrone Crawford blew out his achilles tendon, and the rest of camp was full of injuries and players missing a lot of time. If the Cowboys are going to make...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys: Three most intriguing positional battles

The Dallas Cowboys will head off to Oxnard, California to start training camp on July 24th. There are many questions to be asked about who will be on the starting lineup for their week one matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Many things are uncertain heading into camp but one thing is for sure. The Cowboys will have some very important and intriguing positional battles in training...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Eberflus, Cowboys Linebacker Coach

This season when the lights shine upon AT&T stadium, Matt Eberflus will be in the spotlight. Matt escaped a lot of last year’s criticism for the worst defense in Cowboys history. This season Matt will have to prove that he is that “linebacker genius” that Rob Ryan praised so heavily. When he followed Rob to the Big D, he was virtually an unknown factor to most Cowboy fans...
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July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL Notes: Cowboys, Lions, Packers & Saints

  Cowboys According to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, Justin Durant will “likely be the first-team middle linebacker” at the start of Cowboys’ training camp. “When the Cowboys open camp, Justin Durant will likely be the first-team middle linebacker,” Archer writes. “He took the first-team snaps in the minicamp and during most of the organized team activities after Sean...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the ‘Boys: “Mike” linebacker leaves uncertainty

Dallas, TX – Ever since the dreaded injury to the face of the defense Sean Lee was inked, there has been such speculation as to what the Cowboys will do to weather the blow. Well the truth is they won’t be able to replace his production with just one guy or his leadership with anyone. All they can do is thank their lucky stars that they at least get time to evaluate the current...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Durant taking snaps at middle linebacker for Dallas

Veteran linebacker Justin Durant is taking the first-team snaps at middle linebacker with Sean Lee now done for the season. Justin Durant opens as the starter at Mike with Carter and Wilber. — Bryan Broaddus (@BryanBroaddus) June 2, 2014 The Cowboys have shown interest in Jonathan Vilma and Brian Urlacher, but it continues to look like they want to see if one of their own players...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Cowboys using ballet in hopes of decreasing injuries

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping that ballet will help them decrease the amount of hamstring injuries their players suffer,  according to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. The Cowboys actually installed ballet bars right outside their locker room so their players can do some extra stretching if they feel the need to. Associate athletic trainer Britt Brown, “told me, ‘You know, that’s...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Which Cowboys Could Lose Their Starting Jobs in 2014?

Now that free agency and the draft are complete, we are slowly getting a better grasp of what this team will look like in 2014. The biggest need heading into this offseason was the defense and depth across the board. The Cowboys have been very calculating in every decision; from releasing DeMarcus Ware; letting Jason Hatcher walk; to going heavy on defense in the draft. So now, its...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Making Dollars And Sense Of The Cowboys Draft

It remains to be seen which players can emerge as key contributors from this draft class, but as the OTA's and training camp approaches there will be some key position battles that can not only provide a bright future, but open some cap dollars for next year.  Here are some competitive posiitons and what that means for the Cowboys.Justin Durant Vs. The Field - Potential Savings...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NFL COMPENSATORY PICKS: League awards Dallas Cowboys 3 additional picks for 2014 NFL Draft

ORLANDO – The Dallas Cowboys saw their 2014 draft pick total jump from eight players to 11 with one announcement Monday by the NFL. The league awarded three compensatory picks to the Cowboys – all in the seventh round, giving the Cowboys six in the final round, although those three new picks cannot be traded. The NFL gave the Cowboys the picks for the free-agent losses of Kenyon...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Wesley Woodyard Reportedly Generating Interest From Cowboys

  According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Cowboys have expressed interest in Broncos’ free agent ILB Wesley Woodyard. Watkins mentions there is at least a chance that LB Justin Durant could be released and Woodyard brought in as his replacement. Durant’s release would free up around $1.25 million in cap space, according to Watkins. Woodyard, 27, was an impressive performer...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas needs help at LB — bad year to find it in free agency

No matter the position group, the Cowboys’ defense underachieved in almost every way possible last season. As a whole, the defense finished last in the league. And the linebacker corps was part of the problem. The Cowboys believed before the season that Bruce Carter was a perfect fit for the weakside linebacker spot that’s so important in the 4-3 Tampa 2 scheme. However, Carter...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cowboys place Justin Durant on IR; re-sign Orie Lemon

The Dallas Cowboys linebacking core is getting thinner by the day. Sean Lee may not be able to return this season and fellow linebacker Justin Durant will definitely be out for the rest of the year as he has been placed on the injured reserve list, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.Durant reinjured his hamstring during Sunday's 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys Add Kick Returner. LBs, and DT

Yesterday the Cowboys sent LB Justin Durant to the IR, released LB Kyle Boswroth and DT Drake Nevis, as well as, released practice squad RB George Winn. Couple those moves with the fact Dwayne Harris is likely done for the season, and Terrance Williams is limping around on a sore hammy, Dallas has roster spots needed to be filled and backups to procure. To fill the...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Aside From Justin Durant to the IR, the Cowboys Release Two More Defenders

Justin Durant going to the IR wasn't the only change that the Cowboys made to their defense. The team also released two defenders, per Yahoo! Sports: The Dallas Cowboys have placed linebacker Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve and released linebacker Kyle Bosworth and defensive tackle Drake Nevis. Per the Yahoo! report, the Cowboys also re-signed...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys place Justin Durant on IR

The Dallas Cowboys have placed linebacker Justin Durant on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Durant played just a handful of snaps in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers before re-injuring his hamstring. His absence coupled with questions about the availability of Sean Lee for the remainder of the season have left the Cowboys thin at linebacker. The Cowboys had Durant...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Justin Durant done for the season

As much as it does not seem like this matters, it does. LB Justin Durant done for the season. On IR with a hamstring. Team not expected to sign a vet LB right now. — Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) December 17, 2013 The Cowboys are STILL in position to get to the playoffs. And if they do, it will be difficult to match-up with the likes of Seattle, San Francisco...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys Place LB Justin Durant On IR, Waive DT Drake Nevis & LB Kyle Bosworth

Nick Eatman reports that the Dallas Cowboys placed LB Justin Durant on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday. Dallas also waived DT Drake Nevis and LB Kyle Bosworth, according to Eatman. Eatman adds that more moves are expected from the Cowboys in the near future as well. Durant, 28, suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday’s demoralizing loss to the Packers. He has...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys' Injury Report: Sean Lee, Dwayne Harris, Morris Claiborne, Justin Durant, DeVonte Holloman, Jason Hatcher, Bruce Carter

The Dallas Cowboys welcome the Green Bay Packers to Jerry’s palace today for a game they need to win to stay afloat in the NFC East race with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys find themselves one game behind Philly and a win would at least ensure they keep pace in the division. If the Cowboys are going to beat Green Bay today, they are going to have to do it without a few key...
Via Sports Injury Alert
December 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Sean Lee, Justin Durant returned to practice for Dallas

    Linebacker Justin Durant and Sean Lee returned to practice for the Dallas Cowboys as they prepare to make a playoff push with four games to go in the regular season. Linebackers Sean Lee and Justin Durant both returned to practice in full pads as the Cowboys began their preparations for their Monday night tilt against Chicago. Cowboys coach Jason...
Via Pro Football Zone
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss
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