Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm
Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) missed practice again Thursday. It doesn’t appear that Cruz will play in Week 2, which is a shame since it’s a great matchup against the Falcons. Rueben Randle is once again an undependable Sneaky Start.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:08pm
Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) did not practice Wednesday. It doesn’t appear that Cruz will play in Week 2, which is a shame since it’s a great matchup against the Falcons. Rueben Randle is once again an undependable Sneaky Start.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:08pm
Giants TE Daniel Fells (foot) did not practice Wednesday.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8:22pm
Harper, undrafted out of Cal, had a productive preseason for the Pats. He caught a few breaks along the path to a spot on the 53-man roster, too. Brandon Gibson, who looked like a good bet to make the team, suffered a torn ACL in the Pats' second preseason game, and the Reggie Wayne signing didn't work out.
The Pats brought Thompkins, a favorite target of Brady's, back into the fold this past week. He spoke Monday about what it's like to be back "home" in New England. The Pats also reportedly worked out ex-quarterback-turned-receiver Terrelle Pryor Tuesday.
Cowboys owner, president, and general manager said his team ran the two-minute drill "inordinately" in the club's 27-26 last-second win over the New York Giants Sunday at AT&T Stadium. The norm, according to Jones, is for running back Joseph Randle to get 20-plus carries in a game.
"The facts are as that game went, apart from that first drive, we departed from the way that you'll hopefully see the Cowboys play," Jones told "Shan & RJ" on Dallas-area 105.3 The Fan. "Now, every game, we'll have to make adjustments for what happens and other things could happen. But, for instance, I think Randle got about 10 or 15 or 16 carries, but you will probably see him in a normal game, and one that didn't go the way that one went, you'd probably see him up there at 22, 23, 24 carries."
Randle carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards and averaged 4.1 yards on the ground. His longest rush went for 15 yards on left end in the first quarter. In his career, the most rushing attempts Randle has had was 19 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 20, 2013, his first career start. Jones also indicated that had the Cowboys not dug themselves a hole with three turnovers that the Giants converted in 17 free points, running back Darren McFadden, who only had six carries for 16 yards, would have been featured more, the story went on to say.
Bryant had surgery on Monday, the same day that ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Bryant's recovery could take as long as eight weeks.
And ESPN's Adam Schefter added: "ESPN's Dr. Mark Adickes said [four to six] weeks was an aggressive time frame, and a more likely time frame for Dez Bryant's recovery is [eight to twelve] weeks."
As the story said, everyone heals differently. But past cases of similar injuries have taken up to 8, even 12 weeks to heal for some athletes. Bryant tweeted not to believe the craziness and he would personally keep everyone updated. But as we all know by now, athletes tend to think they will return sooner-than-later.
And it’s not about persuading the coaches he should get a few more passes directed his way, or that the third-year receiver has the ability to be a No. 1 receiver.
It’s really about Williams proving something to himself: He doesn’t need Bryant on the field to thrive.
“Dez is my guy,” Williams said after the Cowboys' 27-26 win Sunday against the New York Giants. “He does a lot for me. He gets my mind right. It’s kind of hard to talk about his injury because I get emotional. He keeps me normal."
Tight end Jason Witten and slot receiver Cole Beasley will allow the Cowboys to control time of possession with their passing game by converting on third down. But for the Cowboys’ offense to be efficient, Williams must provide big plays, which is his specialty, the story said. Bryant's injury could mean more fantasy points for Williams, Witten and Beasley as a result. The story said the Cowboys other WRs, Devin Street and rookie Lucky Whitehead, are the only other outside receivers on the roster, and they’re not ready to be consistent factors in the offense.
In Sunday’s 27-26 win against the New York Giants, Tony Romo threw 45 passes, his most in a game since 2013. Last year the most he threw in a game was 41 times in an overtime win against the Houston Texans.
But game situations dictated what looks like a larger-than-expected reliance on the passing game.
The Cowboys closed the first half in a two-minute situation and closed the game with 12 passes on their final two drives to overcome a 10-point deficit with 8:01 to play.
“I thought when we ran the ball it was efficient,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “We’d like to pop a few long runs, but I didn’t think that our running game was a concern at all. There were some things that were there. It was just a weird game.”
The Cowboys running was one of the bigger fantasy questions coming into the season and, as expected, Randle looks like he's going to lead the way in terms of carries. Randle carried 16 times for 65 yards. Darren McFadden had six carries for 16 yards. The Cowboys’ 80 yards on 23 carries on Sunday would have been a season low in 2014. Their lowest total last season was 92 yards on 25 carries in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
The NFL could have another concussion controversy on its hands this week.
Beckham was leveled by Cowboys safety J.J. Wilcox on a throw over the middle with 2:42 left in the first quarter of the Giants’ 27-26 loss, held his arms out in disoriented fashion and then stumbled groggily to the Giants’ bench.
Beckham was looked at by Giants trainers and doctors after he tried to wave off their attempt to make him undergo the NFL’s mandatory concussion protocol. They cleared him in surprisingly quick fashion, not even making Beckham go in the locker room for a more in-depth look.
And because a potential Beckham fumble was reviewed on replay, which took several minutes, he ended up being able to return to the game right away.
The hit seemed to linger with Beckham, who wasn’t himself at the start of his sophomore season. The 22-year-old had only played 12 career games, but had proven to be capable of just about anything, including outdoing last year’s unforgettable one-handed touchdown catch against Dallas, which vaulted him to superstardom.
Beckham, who did not speak with reporters following the game, was limited to just 44 receiving yards.
It's really just an observation, and there is no proof in the story. But it's something to monitor if Beckham is held out of practice this week for any reason.
Garrett confirmed the bone break and said that Bryant will undergo surgery. Garrett said the team expects Bryant to miss four to six weeks.
It's a huge blow to both Bryant and the Cowboys, but if owners can navigate the next month or so without him, he should be back for the stretch run. The Cowboys have a Week 6 bye, so he'll likely be out until Week 7 at the earliest as there probably isn't enough time for his foot to heal prior to Week 5. In the meantime, both Terrance Williams (WR2/WR3) and Cole Beasley (WR3 in PPR) will get a bump, and Jason Witten is bound to see a few more targets at tight end. Devin Street will likely come in for three-WR sets. It's a downgrade for Tony Romo, but he'll still be startable in good matchups.
Whether Joseph Randle starts Sunday or not won't be nearly as significant in determining the Cowboys' lead option in their running back-by-committee approach for replacing DeMarco Murray. What's more telling is which running back will receive the most carries.
All indications point to Randle as being the Cowboys' No. 1 option in their backfield to begin the season.
Cowboys coaches wouldn't say this week which running back would start against the Giants. But if practice is any indication, it will be Randle.
Randle practiced with the first-team offense all week and received the majority of the work.
We believe Randle is the back to own in Dallas, but given the uncertainty in the backfield, his 4th round price was too much to recommend on draft day.
Friday, September 11, 2015, 6:21pm
Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 1. Romo is good to go for a tasty matchup with the Giants.