Cowboys 1st and 10: The DE dilemma to watch at training camp

This week in Cowboys First and 10 we look at the DE dilemma the Cowboys face at training camp and the newest addition to AT&T Stadium

Each Sunday I provide 10 quick hits on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys keep expanding their empire at AT&T Stadium. We give you the inside scoop on the Dez Bryant lawsuit. And we give you a chance to get ready for Fantasy Football season in this edition of First and 10.

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1. Here's a sobering thought as the Dallas Cowboys enter training camp. Ourlads.com does a solid job of keeping up with depth charts in the NFL, taking into account things that are happening on and off the field at that moment, as opposed other depth charts that just assume starters, even if they're hurt or suspended. For example, right now OurLads.com doesn’t have Randy Gregory or Demarcus Lawrence on the depth chart at defensive end, assuming the pair will be suspended the first four games.

Well, that's the worrisome part. Right now OurLads.com has David Irving and Benson Mayowa — coming off a knee scope himself — at the ends and Cedric Thornton and Tyrone Crawford at the tackles. Our coverage of mini-camp last week backs that up. Irving received plenty of time at left defensive end, while Ryan Russell — listed as the backup at right defensive end at the moment — saw first-team reps on the right side in the wake of Mayowa's surgery. Mayowa is expected back for training camp.

If there is any part of this team you're worried about right now, it's the defensive line. The tackles look solid but the edge rushers look positively non-threatening if you're an opposing offensive coordinator. It's the Cowboys' biggest gamble of the offseason and it will play out before your eyes at training camp in Oxnard, Calif., in a few weeks.

 

2. Hard to believe at one point the Dallas Cowboys thought Joseph Randle was the answer at running back. Earlier this week Randle was charged with a third felony in his seemingly never-ending dumpster fire with the law in Kansas. This time he threatened a deputy while he was in jail, which is sort of like threatening Daenerys Targaryen in a room full of dragons.

3. The Cowboys continue to up the ante at AT&T Stadium, with the opening of the Stadium Club. The restaurant will be open every day for lunch and dinner and boasts 19,000 square feet of dining and socializing space. Obviously the place will be hopping on gameday, but I'm curious to see how well it does during the offseason. The Texas Rangers had their own restaurant at the Ballpark for quite some time before it shut down several years ago. Same concept. Something tells me Jerry Jones' bottom line won't be all that influenced by how many diners he has on a Tuesday afternoon.

4. I did some time with Wess Moore and Game On up on Fox Sports Arkansas earlier this week. Wess and I wrapped up mini-camp and we talked about the injuries that have depleted the Cowboys' defensive line and the two players that the Cowboys are hoping will step up and fill the void — David Irving and Ryan Russell. Meanwhile, Wess catches us up on how exactly Darren McFadden broke his elbow.

https://twitter.com/FSRArkansas/status/746451406907793409

Listen to the appearance here and follow Wess Moore @WessMoore.

5. Earlier this week ESPN.com ranked the NFL's 32 head coaches by their exploits in their playing days. Get ready for some great black-and-white photos and 1970s hair in this one. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett came in at No. 6. But this story is worth 10 minutes of your time is No. 18 — current Bears head coach John Fox. He played his college ball at San Diego State and his yearbook photo is darned near the spitting image of Fast Times at Ridgemont High's Jeff Spicoli, as played by Sean Penn.

6. CowboysCast delves into the Dez Bryant lawsuit. In case you haven't heard, one of Bryant's former mentors, State Sen. Royce West, is suing Bryant for damages to one of his rental homes in DeSoto, a home Bryant rented. West's lawsuit is looking to cover more than $60,000 in damages. Our Mike Fisher spent some time with CowboysCast host Bobby Belt and talked about some of the issues that are orbiting around this. If you haven't heard it, give it a listen. It's well worth your time and is chock full of information only Fish can get.

Meanwhile Belt talks with Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead and chats with Inside the Star's RJ Ochoa later in the podcast. 

Check out CowboysCast today and download the Cowboys Sports Radio app today for IOS and Google. That way you can listen to CowboysCast whenever you want.

7. In case you missed it, here's the Cowboys' training camp and preseason schedule. Mark down this date — Aug. 18. That's the day the Cowboys break down camp in Oxnard, Calif., return to Dallas-Fort Worth and move into The Star, their new facility in Frisco. Something tells me some of us at CowboysHQ.com will be there that day.

8. It's our Tweet of the Week:

https://twitter.com/therealmarklane/status/746723898264215552

So how did you spend your Saturday? Our Mark Lane went to Star City, Ark., to cover Cedric Thornton's youth football camp. Then, after that was done, he went to Shreveport, La., to cover Morris Claiborne's youth football camp at Independence Stadium.

And why is a monthly subscription to CowboysHQ.com at $5.99 a month worth it? That's why. Nobody else travels that far to get access to Cowboys players like we do. Seriously, did you see this on Mark's Twitter feed (@TheRealMarkLane):

https://twitter.com/therealmarklane/status/746799039983792128

Yes, Premium Cowboys Fans, Mark will have full stories on his 1-on-1's with Thornton and Mo as well. Stay tuned!

9. This week's Great Moments in Headline Porn? "Orlando Scandrick explains how his knee injury was maybe a good thing" from sportsday.dallasnews.com.

I grant you its not our best piece of headline porn, and while Scandrick makes his point (it's all about keeping things in perspective), and I know he spoke to Fish 1-on-1 on this subject and it was really inspiring in a way ... the whole concept is a bit absurd. What at any point during a year-long rehab process from an excruciating knee injury leads anyone to believe it's a good thing?

                   

But ... if you believe it, you believe it. So go for it, Orlando!

10. Getting ready for Fantasy Football season? I know I am. CowboysHQ.com has you covered. Scout.com recently published its Fantasy Football Primer, featuring all you need to know as you prepare for your fantasy drafts in August. Take a look today.

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