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Murray: Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle will have an 'important role' in offense

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 11:13pm

Dallas News - [Full Article]

What he’s seen throughout the offseason and training camp from backs like Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle has Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray feeling more comfortable about taking a breather in 2014.

“[Dunbar] and Randle are going to have an important role this year and those are guys that not only do I trust, but the coaches trust,” Murray said Wednesday. “Me not wanting to come out last year was because I wasn’t sure if things would go right, but these guys playing the way they play and practice the way they practice, I’m very confident that if I come out they can continue to carry the load and do some great things for us.”

Fantasy Impact:
This is not earth-shattering news but it speaks to the workload that Murray is expecting heading into the season. He may not be quite the bellcow he has been in recent years. He saw nearly 65% of the carries in 2013, but only played 14 games.

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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.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:48am

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RB Ryan Williams, the former Arizona Cardinals second-round pick who signed with the Cowboys this summer, raised eyebrows with his impressive running late in Saturday's preseason game. But Joseph Randle, who the Cowboys gave a third-round grade coming out of Oklahoma State, has performed better on the whole since camp started and has consistently been ahead of Williams on the depth chart.

"Joe Randle right now is really playing outstanding," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 FM The Fan. "That's not an exaggeration."

Randle, who averaged only 3.0 yards per carry last season, has gained 91 yards on 20 carries in two preseason games, getting a lot of his work against the San Diego Chargers' starters. He looks more decisive and more elusive than he did last season.

Fantasy Impact:
The two are competing for the RB3 spot behind DeMarco Murray and Lance Dunbar. Who ever wins the job would likely see a jump in snaps if something happens to Murray.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 11:21am

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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.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:38pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Ravens running back Ray Rice, who left Saturday's preseason game after two carries to get his shoulder examined, was practicing Monday as the Ravens got back to work following their 37-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

Rice, who was diagnosed with a shoulder bruise, was participating in individual drills.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:10pm

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Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden has only 20 career starts and 23 games overall in two seasons.

Some of that inexperience showed up in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Baltimore Ravens, according to coach Jason Garrett. Weeden completed 10 of 19 passes for 129 yards and an interception. He also could have had a second pass intercepted. He was sacked once and hit countless times.

It was a little different than Weeden’s start in the preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.

“As much as anything else, it’s the mechanics of the game: handle himself at the line of scrimmage, making sure we’re in the right play,” Garrett said. “His decision-making at different times was only OK in this game, but he did some good things. Obviously we’ll highlight those and try to correct the other things. Like we talked about with him all along, he needs to play. He needs to play a lot of snaps, and I think he’ll get better and better the more chances we give him in game situations.”

Fantasy Impact:
If Tony Romo goes down, Weeden would be given the keys to a pretty nice offense filled with talent. Dustin Vaughan has got a ton of attention in preseason games but is still 4th on the team's depth chart and may not make the team. Caleb Hanie is the team's QB3 behind Weeden.

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.

Kyle Rudolph shining in Norv Turner's offense

Sunday, August 17, 2014, 10:24am

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The corner route Kyle Rudolph ran in the second quarter Saturday night, lining up between the hash marks at the Minnesota Vikings' 49 and roaming to his left just inside the numbers at the Arizona Cardinals' 30-yard line, is exactly the kind for which Rudolph lost 15 pounds this offseason. It's an effort to become the latest Norv Turner tight end to feast in the middle of a defense.

Rudolph spent his offseason watching film of tight ends in Turner's offenses, from the Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron all the way back to the Dallas Cowboys' Jay Novacek, and slimmed down in an effort to speed up. He knew what kind of a role could be waiting for him with Turner as the Vikings' offensive coordinator, and he wanted to put himself into position to seize it.

Fantasy Impact:
So far, Rudolph has done exactly that. He caught one pass for 22 yards in the Vikings' preseason opener and followed it up with four catches for 89 yards, including his 51-yard touchdown from Matt Cassel on the aforementioned corner route, in the Vikings' win Saturday night over the Arizona Cardinals. The tight end, who got a five-year contract extension earlier this month, seems set to earn his money the same way Turner's tight ends have done it for years, the story said. We've been hearing good things about Rudolph even before camp started and he's shaping up to be one of several TEs who should fall somewhere in rounds 7-9 that could prove to be a great value.

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.

Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:19am

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Apparently, Eagles QB Nick Foles is gonna be just fine.

Foles, coming off his two-interception preseason debut last Friday against the Bears, bounced back from his spotty performance and returned to Folesian form Friday night in New England.

“Yeah, I thought he bounced back,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “Unfortunately the first play of the game, we fumbled and couldn’t get them (the Pats' offense) off the field, so it took a while to get back into rhythm. I thought when he got back out there, I was pleased with how he performed and how he moved those guys down the field a little bit.”

Despite having his two top receivers sidelined, Foles completed 8 of 10 passes for 81 yards and tossed a touchdown in his four total series (see 10 observations). He compiled a passer rating of 133.8.

Fantasy Impact:
Foles looked great all week in team drills against New England and in limited time thanks to turnovers, turned in another good performance. We've seen him bounce back before, like last year in a brutal game against the Cowboys, he was fantastic the rest of the season. He continues to be a middle round target for those who wait at QB.

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.

Monday, August 11, 2014, 1:55pm

Dallas Morning News - [Full Article]

Dallas WR Dez Bryant has developed into one of the NFL’s top receivers. Over the last three seasons, he had 34 touchdown catches.

But Bryant wants to be a complete receiver and knows how important it is for him to also excel at blocking. Bryant has no problems with getting physical with his blocking. He said it’s “very important” to him.

“That’s one of my focus points coming into this training camp, getting there, blocking, finding that guy on the backside,” Bryant said. “Playing with [running back] DeMarco [Murray], the ball is supposed to be going left and he’ll end up coming back right. So you got to be aware. I think I’ve took a step forward, not only me, but the rest of the guys have took a step forward by taking a different approach with our blocking.”

Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley has had the Cowboys receivers working on the blocking sleds during training camp. Bryant said he’s done some of that before, “but not as much.”

Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:42am

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There should be no worry about Cowboys Terrance Williams as the No. 2 receiver.

He has done everything asked of him. The No. 3 job has the look of a committee with Cole Beasley serving as the leader on it, followed by Gavin Escobar, Dwayne Harris and rookie Devin Street.

Monday, August 11, 2014, 11:40am

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Last year, WR Dez Bryant became the first Cowboys wide receiver with back-to-back 90-catch seasons. He also earned his first Pro Bowl spot.

Over the past two years he has 25 touchdowns.

In training camp he has been just as good if not better. Bryant can do things athletically that only a few receivers in the NFL can do with his size, speed and athleticism. He can run through and by corners. He can jump over and around them. He gives Romo the ability to throw a bad pass and turn it into a long completion.

He still has to fine-tune his route-running, but he is taking the role of leader in the receivers' room seriously now that he is the most experienced Cowboy.

Fantasy Impact:
These are all reasons why Dez Bryant is getting drafted as one of the top receivers on draft day. Getting him as a low first rounder seems to be the trend so far this summer.