Tony Romo Fantasy News

Tony Romo should get full week of practice

Monday, September 1, 2014, 3:52pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys QB Tony Romo hasn’t practiced more than two consecutive days since training camp began.

That’s about to change. Romo practiced Monday. The players are off Tuesday. But head coach Jason Garrett said he anticipates the quarterback will practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the Cowboys prepare for their regular season opener with San Francisco.

“We anticipate a full week of practice,’’ Garrett said. “But again, we’ll monitor how he does with the work we give him.’’

Fantasy Impact:
Garrett reiterated that he believes Romo has looked more like himself over the last two weeks as he puts more distance between himself and offseason back surgery. Romo ranks 13th on our QB list and also has a tough fantasy matchup against the 49ers. If you have a better play it may be best to go that direction.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:12pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo returned to the practice field Tuesday after sitting out Monday’s workout to rest his surgically repaired back.

Romo went through individual drills during the portion of practice open to the media.

Romo will not play Thursday against the Denver Broncos, and the Cowboys won't have a full practice again until Saturday as they up their preparation for the Sept. 7 opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:57pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was not on the practice field Monday as the team went through a workout without pads in preparation for Thursday's final preseason game against the Broncos.

Romo and the starters had five possessions in the first half of Saturday’s game, a 25-20 loss to the Dolphins. They gained 110 yards, punted three times and came away with two long field goals from Dan Bailey to take a 6-3 lead into the locker room against a team not considered a defensive juggernaut. Romo was 10 of 18 for 87 yards.

Romo is not expected to play in Thursday's game in AT&T Stadium. As the final of the Cowboys' four preseason matchups, the tuneup against the Broncos isn't expected to feature veteran starters in the lineup.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:15pm - [Full Article]

The first-string wave of Dallas OL Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Doug Free weren't able to shield a post-surgery Tony Romo from three first-half sacks on a night that saw the 34-year-old passer finish 10 of 18 for just 87 yards.

"That concerned me," team owner and general manager Jerry Jones said, per The Dallas Morning News. "Not because of being able to correct what it takes to block them, but it just concerned me that he was taking those sacks."

Said Jones of his line: "They're a strength, but it shows that they've got some more work to do."

Fantasy Impact:
There are a lot of questions about Romo being able to stay healthy this year coming off back surgery, but if the O-line can't keep him upright it's not going to help Romo's chances of making it through the season. He's a great QB2 option until we can see how his back holds up, and if he can stay healthy he has potential to be a QB1 this season.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo expected to practice in full during the season

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 9:39pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

Quarterback Tony Romo never practiced more than two consecutive days while the team was in Oxnard for training camp.

He will follow that routine this week. Romo didn’t practice Wednesday but is expected to return Thursday.

Head coach Jason Garrett indicated that routine will change once the regular season is underway.

“Again, that’s a couple, three weeks out,’’ Garrett said. “We do anticipate him being able to handle the load of a work week leading up to the game.

Fantasy Impact:
Much has been written about how Romo will thrive under new “Passing Game Coordinator” Scott Linehan. Under Linehan, the Lions threw the ball 62.2% of the time in the last two seasons. Over the same span, the Cowboys threw it 64.3% of the time, so the Cowboys may not be that much more "pass happy" under Linehan, though the number of plays they run could increase, helping the offense as a whole. The Lions have averaged 1,105 plays in the last two seasons, while the Cowboys averaged just 968 plays, so Detroit ran 14% more plays than Dallas over that span. This bodes well for Romo and Co. Hopefully that back holds up.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 11:21am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones anticipates QB Tony Romo playing approximately two more preseason series.

“Well, I think you’ll probably see him here against Miami about like you did the other night,” Jones said during a Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “I don’t know that we ought to do any more than that then really see not only [Brandon] Weeden but our young quarterback can get some snaps out there.”

Romo and the rest of the starters have typically played at least a half in the third preseason game, considered the dress-rehearsal game, and sits out the preseason finale.

Fantasy Impact:
The Cowboys planned for Romo to play about 12 snaps Saturday night against the Baltimore Ravens, his first game action since undergoing back surgery to repair a herniated disk in December. He ended up playing 16 snaps, including two plays negated by penalty. The big question is how will he respond after taking a hit, something he didn't do in his first preseason action.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:45pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has certainly looked like one of the NFL’s best receivers throughout training camp and during his two series of work Saturday night against Baltimore. He caught three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown during the first quarter.

Coming off his first Pro Bowl season, Bryant looks even better entering his fifth year in the league.

So what does Bryant need to work on?

“Oh, everything,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett responded.

Garrett then mentioned a play on the game’s opening series where Bryant ran a bad route. Bryant went deep along the visiting sideline and failed to make the catch. The play was called back because of holding on left tackle Tryon Smith.

Fantasy Impact:
Bryant has done nothing but gain positive reviews since camp started and is proving his worth as a late first round draft pick in typical leagues this year. The only worry with Bryant is if QB Tony Romo can stay healthy. QB2 Brandon Weeden has proved to be inconsistent so far and would be a huge dropoff.

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 12:40pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Like Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray took part in his first preseason game Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

Murray played the first two series, getting the ball on nine of Dallas’ first 14 plays.

The fourth-year back carried eight times for 34 yards and turned a short screen pass into a 21-yard gain. Murray also failed to secure a Romo handoff on the game’s opening series and the fumble was returned for Baltimore’s first score.

Fantasy Impact:
Murray said he's ready to carry the ball however many times they give it to him, but that's the big question - will the Cowboys run more this year. With an aging Tony Romo coming off back surgery, one would think that would be the case but we've heard reports that everyone in the Dallas organization loves to throw the ball, so a lot remains to be seen. Murray is a low-end first round pick to high-end second round pick in just about any format.

Tony Romo returns to action

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:02pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went 4-for-5 for 80 yards but a fumbled exchange in the backfield led to Baltimore's first touchdown.

During the game, Romo spoke to CBS11's Steve Dennis about his play, the first live game action he has had since facing the Redskins in 2013 and since back surgery.

"When you play long enough, you're always excited to play when the season starts and that was exciting," Romo said. "As far as just the progressions and the reads and going through my mechanics, that's kind of the same. So it was good to go out here and do what we did."

Fantasy Impact:
Romo did throw a TD to WR Dez Bryant. Head coach Jason Garrett was quoted as saying he thought Romo looked a lot like his old self. It's a good first step for Romo who ranks 14th on our list of QBs. If he can somehow survive this season, he could be a great QB2 value later in drafts.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo will play on Saturday

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:30pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Tony Romo will play his first game for the Dallas Cowboys since undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk last December.

Romo will start for the Cowboys in Saturday's exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens. Romo missed Dallas' exhibition opener against San Diego as the Cowboys are easing him back into things after his second back surgery in the past two years.

Romo said he gave no thought to skipping the preseason to make sure he stayed healthy, saying the only way to get better at football is to play football. It will be his first chance to play in a game under new play caller Scott Linehan.

"I think you have to play in the preseason," Romo said. "Obviously, some people can't, but I do know from my perspective, this game is not something where you can show up and think that you can do it. I think it's been proven far too many times that if you take too long of a break or don't get reps under you that you will be exposed in certain areas."

Fantasy Impact:
Much has been written about how Romo will thrive under new “Passing Game Coordinator” Scott Linehan. Under Linehan, the Lions threw the ball 62.2% of the time in the last two seasons. Over the same span, the Cowboys threw it 64.3% of the time, so the Cowboys may not be that much more "pass happy" under Linehan, though the number of plays they run could increase, helping the offense as a whole. The Lions have averaged 1,105 plays in the last two seasons, while the Cowboys averaged just 968 plays, so Detroit ran 14% more plays than Dallas over that span. This bodes well for Romo and Co. Hopefully that back holds up.

Jason Garrett: Tony Romo 'looked like himself'

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 7:46pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Head coach Jason Garrett’s starting to see the QB Tony Romo he’s used to.

Romo hasn’t always looked like himself throughout camp, particularly on the deep ball, but he connected to multiple receivers on the deep pass in Saturday’s practice and is expected to practice once again Sunday.

“I thought he had a really good day,” Garrett said. “He looked like himself. Obviously having the time off prior to the game and after the game I think was good for him. Our thing all along with him has been monitor the work, communicate, get great feedback and then make our next best decision, and I think we’ve done that up to this point.”

Garrett could tell from Romo’s expressions that he felt more comfortable. That showed in his throws and throughout Saturday’s practice, particularly on deep passes to Terrance Williams and Gavin Escobar.

He also seemed to get through the practice all right, considering he’s going again Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:
Romo slowly seems to be making his way back, so perhaps the plan the team had in place for him is working. Romo is a bit of a risk coming off back surgery, but could be a steal if he can make it through the whole season. He's ranked 14th among our QBs and can be had in the 11th round.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo struggling with the deep ball

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 8:03pm

Star-Telegram - [Full Article]

Wade Wilson, who has monitored Cowboys QB Tony Romo as closely as anybody over the past nine years as the team's quarterbacks coach, agrees with that overall assessment, save for one exception.

Wilson said Romo has had problems throwing the deep ball since coming back to practice following back surgery.

"It’s been OK. I think the deeper the ball goes down the field, it’s a little bit more inconsistent," Wilson said. "He’s thrown all the intermediates --- the fours and the seven routes and the deep outs – have been fine. It’s just the nine routes and the deep posts. Those things have been a little inconsistent. I think that’s all due to his back."

Wilson believes Romo is not cutting it loose completely and is a little tentative when it comes to the deep ball. But Wilson is not overly concerned, partly because the Cowboys don't feature the go-route in the game plan as much anymore.

Fantasy Impact:
Romo is primed for a big season if he can just stay healthy. Back injuries are tricky, and it sounds as if Romo is not 'cutting it loose' on the deep ball and that's causing the pass to flutter. The Cowboys defense is bad and the offense should be great, and that's a recipe for a lot of fantasy points, but Romo's back is a red flag.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 10:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris, an outstanding return man, is somewhat of a forgotten man in the Cowboys' receiver corps. That could change if he can consistently perform like he did during Monday's team drills. In one four-play span, Harris caught a short touchdown pass on a slant from Tony Romo despite heavy contact from Orlando Scandrick, a deep out from Brandon Weeden to the 3-yard line and another short touchdown on a slant from Weeden.

Monday, August 4, 2014, 9:50am

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who underwent back surgery in December but has been participating in training camp, won't play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers.

“We've talked about it a little bit, and we're going to be smart,” Romo said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Charean Williams. “… Most likely I'll probably sit out the San Diego game and play in Game 2 and go from there.”

Last week, owner and general manager Jerry Jones announced that Romo was "100 percent" recovered from the surgery, but Jones also said the team was "that close" to drafting Johnny Manziel, a revelation that may or may not be true. Either way, Romo, 34, won't be on the field when the Cowboys face the Chargers, which means we'll get our first look at backups Brandon Weeden and Caleb Hanie.

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 6:34pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Cowboys OC Scott Linehan is not concerned that QB Tony Romo will likely miss Sunday’s Blue-White Scrimmage. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has been held out of three of the eight training camp practices and is expected to play in only two of the team’s four preseason games.

“He’s been great,” Linehan said. “I think the plan for managing his reps is a great one. We’re getting a lot done when he does go. I’ve been really happy with the way things are going.”

Fantasy Impact:

At least the Cowboys seem like they have a plan with Romo, something many questioned recently when there was miscommunication as to whether Romo would take part in an afternoon practice. Romo is 100-percent according to owner Jerry Jones, so it appears the team is taking their time easing him back into things.