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.’’
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:28pm
Welker has not yet been medically cleared from his concussion to engage in contact, so he won't play in the game Thursday night at AT&T Stadium. Then again, none of the Broncos' other projected opening-day starters will play against the Cowboys.
The slot receiver's recovery, though, is encouraging. He was seen joining the Broncos' offense in the team's weightlifting and exercise facility Tuesday and was able to travel Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:11pm
ESPN consider's RB Knowshon Moreno's stock to be up.
Moreno had an impressive debut in last week’s 25-20 win over the Dallas Cowboys. Moreno rushed for 64 yards on 10 carries (6.4 yard average). He showed good vision, patience and strength to finish runs.
Moreno has officially put his name in the conversation to be Miami’s starting running back in Week 1 against the New England Patriots despite missing much of training camp and the preseason.
It falls right in line with a news item also posted today from the Sun-Sentinel where a beat writer feels eventually this could be Moreno's job. It's a fantasy situation to probably just stay away from, but if you can land Moreno on the cheap that certainly seems like the direction to go.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 12:12pm
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
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
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."
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.
On his first carry in a Dolphins' uniform, Moreno displayed a nifty cutback to find a crease before powering his way to a 19-yard gain to set up a field goal on Miami's opening drive of Saturday's 25-20 comeback victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Sun Life Stadium.
From there, Moreno, 27, whose coming off his first 1000-yard season as well as arthroscopic knee surgery in June, displayed his trademark strong, downhill running style en route to 64 yards on 10 carries in his first half of work before sitting.
Not only did Moreno spark a running game that had produced just 98 yards on 2.1 yards-per-carry in the first two preseason games to 200 yards at 5.7 per with two touchdowns, but he most likely catapulted from fourth on the depth chart. The story mentioned Moreno would get the start against the Pats as well. Whether that happens or not, both he and Lamar Miller look like they'll be involved in the running game. It could be a committee or a hot hand situation.
“[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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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
“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.
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
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.
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
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
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.”
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
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.
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.
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