We take a trip around the internet to find the latest on the Dallas Cowboys. Who's left on the running back totem? What other injuries have occured and how serious are they? Will Romo be the sleeper fantasy QB of the 2015 season? What were the highlights of the Blue-White Scrimmage this past Sunday? All this and more in your tasty Cowboys Links.
The biggest news to come out of almost every training camp session is the injury report, and this one’s no different. RB Joseph Randle has a slight oblique strain and missed practice today. Furthermore, he’s already being ruled out of this Thursday night’s preseason opener. The injury isn’t expected to be a big deal; for now the team is just being cautious. Dallas also lost second-year pro Chris Whaley, who was carted off the field after suffering an ankle injury. Whaley was out all of last year due to a knee injury. Projected starting DE Demarcus Lawrence left practice with a tight back, but said the problem isn’t serious. Also new to missing practice was CB Tyler Patmon, while LG Ron Leary returned to the field.
Before news of Randle’s injury, CHQ posted this piece looking at the viability of Gus Johnson making the 53 man roster. For the last couple weeks I’ve hinted that I think Johnson would surprise people, and over the last few days, including the B/W Scrimmage, he has impressed. This article looks at his collegiate accomplishments and comparisons for a player with his size, evoking comparisons of successful players such as Mewelde Moore, Cedric Benson and Mark Ingram. Of course, he’ll be on full display as the projected starter Thursday night now that Randle is out. Have a look and impress your friends when watching the game in a few days.
Want an in-depth look into the live game situation the team ran on Sunday afternoon? Let Rabblerousr walk you through the event . Get the latest on the backup QB battle and other under-the-radar competitions up and down the 90-man roster.
Our man Jordan Ross honed in on the star attraction, QB Tony Romo, to lead off his recap of the B/W scrimmage. Romo has been impeccably sharp all training camp, and the difference between him and the backup QBs is night and day. The connection with slot receiver Cole Beasley isn’t yet to the level of Dez Bryant or Jason Witten, but it’s getting there. Read more here.
The fantastic Fantasy Football site checks in with a look at whether or not 2015 will be a new breakthrough for the Cowboys field general. Romo had one of the most efficient seasons in NFL history last year, with a 113 passer rating and a completion percentage just a tick under 70%. RotoViz uses their prediction metrics (really, really good stuff by the way) to run through certain scenarios in predicting Romo’s season. They look at Scott Linehan’s playcalling history, Romo’s admitted supremacy to Mattew Stafford, various levels of run game support, and whether or not the Cowboys are playing from ahead (a lot). Three different scenarios, but the author thinks if Dallas’ running game suffers from last year, Romo could see a magical season of 4,500 yards and 40 touchdowns. In other words, he’s a lot better than the QB10 his average draft position says he is. INVEST!
The incomparable Scott Kacsmar takes a stab at who will be the 2016 Hall of Fame class, using meticulous comparables and tracking results. Cowboys Nation is heavily invested in this class with Flozell Adams, Jimmy Johnson and Terrell Owens all eligible for induction. Kacsmar sees both Terrell Owens and Jimmy Johnson as making the list of finalists, with neither getting the nod. In essence, Johnson “loses” to Tony Dungy, Owens to Marvin Harrison and Adams to Orlando Pace. Owens would have a serious argument, but Harrison has been waiting and the wide receiver logjam is a real thing.
The always talkative NFL Network host and Cowboys legend always has plenty to say about the state of the Dallas Cowboys. Here, he weighs in on several topics including this nugget about following up on a 12-4 season. “Each year it is a different year. I love that you hear that everyone is regurgitating the theme that coach [Jason] Garrett has placed out here. ... But I can bring some of that pain from last year to this year. I can say I know this is a new year, but last year was some unfinished business. This year is a new year, but I’m going to make sure I get to the jewelry that I didn’t get last year this year. That’s how I know it’s going to be a new year.”
Cowboys second-round pick Randy Gregory gets some love on this list, checking in at No. 7 under the refrain of competing with Jeremy Mincey for starting DE opposite Demarcus Lawrence (until Greg Hardy returns from suspension). S Landon Collins (2nd) and CB Eric Rowe (8th) also made the list from the NFC East.
DMN’s Jon Machota was the first to tweet out the depth chart, and O.C.C. put the picture in easy-to-read chart form and added his analysis of the situation. Of note, the battle for the fifth wideout position, Jeremey Mincey on the left side, and a possible clue to potential trade bait. Interesting that the Cowboys have two lines for their tight ends.Even more interesting that Geoff Swaim is penciled in at the same level as James Hanna, which could further fuel trade speculation.Also included at the end of the article is a link to the fantastic BTB Interactive Roster Builder, which gives you the chance to construct your own version of a 53 man roster, complete with practice squad, PUP list and salary cap implications.