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Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2007

With the cuts in the bag, here’s what the starting 53 look like. Remember these are dynamic, so they can change at anytime during the season, but here’s what we’re rolling with right now: OFFENSE QB(2): Tony Romo, Brad Johnson RB(5): Julius Jones, Marion Barber, Tyson Thompson, Deon Anderson, Oliver Hoyte TE(3): Jason Witten, Anthony Fasano, Tony Curtis WR(6): Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn, Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, Miles Austin, Isaiah Stanback OL(10): Flozell Adams, Kyle Kosier, Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo, Pat McQuistan, Cory Procter, Doug Free, Joe Berger, James Marten DEFENSE DL(6): Marcus Spears, Jason Ferguson, Chris Canty, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen LB(7): Greg Ellis, Bradie James, Akin Ayodele, DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Kevin Burnett, Bobby Carpenter DB(11): Anthony Henry, Terence Newman, Roy Williams, Ken Hamlin, Keith Davis, Pat Watkins, Jacques Reeves, Nate Jones, Courtney Brown, Alan Ball, Abram Elam ST(3): P Mat McBriar, K Nick Folk, LS L.P. Ladouceur My Take on the roster moves: We kept all (8) of our draft picks, I’m surprised Glymph was released considering the injuries we have on the team with Ellis and Burnett.

Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2007

Aaron Glenn and Martin Gramatica are packing their bags. Other players cut today are: LB Junior Glymph,C Matt Tarullo, WR Mike Jefferson, WR Damarius Bilbo, CB Joey Thomas, RB Alonzo Coleman, RB Arliss Beach, CB Quincy Butler, FB Lousaka Polite, TE Rodney Hannah, LB Blair Phillips, G Trey Darilek, NT Remi Ayodele, DE Marcus Smith, QB Matt Moore, QB Richard Bartel, TE Adam Bergen, LB John Saldi, LB Khari Long and WR Jerheme Urban From DMN: In a major surprise, the Cowboys cut veteran cornerback Aaron Glenn Saturday, among the 22 players released in order to reach the 53-man limit. Glenn started three of the four preseason games with Terence Newman out with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot. He played better in Thursday’s preseason finale, but evidently it was not enough to keep him on the final roster. He was scheduled to make $1.7 million this season, but he will receive $500,000 because part of the base salary was guaranteed when he signed an extension last season. Newman’s status for the season opener remains in question. He did not take part in Saturday’s workout and it’s not clear if he will practice Monday. Without Glenn as the No. 3 corner,

Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2007

There’s an update on Wilson’s involvement in the HGH investigation, Wilson has been suspended and fined: (AP)The Dallas Cowboys announced assistant coach Wade Wilson has been notified that he is suspended for the team’s first five regular-season games and fined $100,000 for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing drugs, according to an NFL spokesperson. Wilson has acknowledged purchasing and using such prohibited substances. Evidence supports his statements that he used the substances for personal use only, did not distribute the substances to other people, and has stopped using those substances. He is eligible to be reinstated Oct. 9. So, that’s that for now, it would appear that any rumor of distributing to other players, mainly Rex Grossman have been debunked. I wonder if we will add another assistant coach to fill the void of Wilson being gone for almost half the season. Share

Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2007

Well, the latest from the news wire revolves around our QB Coach, Wade Wilson. Apparently, Wilson had received HGH (Human Growth Hormone), and admitted to league officials that he ordered them online. Also involved in this investigation is, Patriots safety, Rodney Harrison also admitted to the use, and has now been suspended by the league for (4) games. On the surface this doesn’t appear to be more than Wilson using the HGH to help heal himself, but there’s speculation, that he could have ordered them for other players. Wilson admitted receiving human growth hormone and anabolic steroids while a coach with the Chicago Bears, where he worked from 2004-2006. League officials were interested to know whether he used the drugs himself or whether he supplied them to players. The two are the first of what is expected to be many connected to the NFL to arise in the investigation. Sources said officials from the Albany Co. District Attorney’s office approached NFL officials about Harrison and Wilson, saying that both had received drugs from Signature Pharmacy in Orlando. (NYDailyNews) I was listening to the sports radio this morning, and an interesting point was brought up

Last Updated: Friday, August 31, 2007

I’ll go ahead and put this out there right now. Jason Hatcher is YOUR starting defensive end against the Giants and for the rest of the year, as a matter of fact. I’ve seen enough of what Spears brings, and nothing has changed. The new scheme has helped Bradie James back into his stellar self again, but the results are far from the same for Marcus Spears. Hatcher on the other hand, has continued to improve, he was good last year, and looks even better this year. You want to see a steady progression, and Hatcher has surpassed Spears in all phases. Hatcher is much more explosive off the line, aggressive, and has a high motor that doesn’t stop. Time to unleash hell upon Eli Manning. Its Hatcher time baby! Share

Last Updated: Friday, August 31, 2007

Alright, that was a lame preseason game, Cowboys lose a meaningless game 23-14; however, we came out of the game without any major injuries. Expect the cuts and practice squad to come swiftly as we are now in full regular season mode now. BOX SCORE It’s here everyone, the moment we have all been waiting for. The regular season is here, first game is on Thursday night on NBC, followed by the rest of the weekend games on Sunday, and the Cowboys headline Sunday Night Football in America on NBC as we host the NY Giants. Major questions remain: Will shutdown CB Terence Newman play? Will deep threat WR Terry Glenn play? Will Greg Ellis ever play this year, or go on IR? I’ll take a closer look as we finalize the roster in a few days. Share

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Much has been said about the 2-Back system in the NFL, some have called it a gimmick, and some call it a phase. But when you look at the teams in playoffs last year, a majority of them ran an effective 2-Back system. The Cowboys are on the forefront with perhaps the best 2-Back attack going into the 2007 season, the Saints and Chargers are the other two premium running attacks next to the Cowboys. The major misconception amongst fans and outsiders is that we run a single running back attack, where we have a clear #1 starting running back that carries the load. This is not the case in Dallas, neither previous Coach Parcells, nor, current Coach Phillips announce the starting running back because there is no starting running back, its a shared load. There’s no camp battle, its a lethal 1-2 punch to the nose with Julius and Marion providing the knockout runs. “It used to be you had one running back,” coach Wade Phillips said. “Now it’s changed where a lot of teams have been able to utilize two good backs. That’s the situation I’ve walked into and I think it’s a good situation.” Phillips came into this 2-Back system, he knew it would

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2007

I got together with NFL Draft Guru, Scott Wright of NFLDraftCountDown.com and conducted a brief Q&A in regards to the 2008 draft class. Its never too early to look at the upcoming prospects; furthermore, I thought it would be a great idea to get a jumpstart and take a look at areas of concern for the Cowboys. In light of the recent events surrounding Newman’s injury, its clear that the Cowboys are not running a quality core group of cornerbacks, and with Newman out this just underlines our inadequacies. I look for the Cowboys to go CB in 2008, an area where we’re paper thin with quality. Here’s my 5 question session with Mr. Wright: 1. There’s no secret the Cowboys are thin at cornerback, We have Terence Newman, and a capable Anthony Henry. After the two starters, we have nothing solid. Its even debatable whether or not Henry is the guy opposite Newman next year and beyond. When you think of a complete CB senior/junior that will be in the draft, who’s the first player that comes to mind? Tell me why we should keep an eye on this player. And who else are some top CBs you really like for 2008? Well, there’s good news and bad news for teams in the

Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2007

I wasn’t surprised by the first round of cuts today; however, I hope Jackie Battle can return via the practice squad, assuming he can recover from the ankle injury. After watching training camp and the first three preseason games, the 53-man roster is becoming clearer. Here’s my latest roster projections: QB (2): Tony Romo, Brad Johnson RB (3): Julius Jones, Marion Barber 3, Tyson Thompson FB (2): Oliver Hoyte, Deon Anderson WR (6): Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn, Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, Isaiah Stanback, Miles Austin TE (3): Jason Witten, Anthony Fasano, Tony Curtis OL (9): Flozell Adams, Kyle Kosier, Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo, Pat McQuistan, James Marten, Doug Free, Cory Procter Offense (25) DL (4): Jason Hatcher, Jay Ratliff, Chris Canty, Marcus Spears NT (2): Jason Ferguson, Remi Ayodele LB (8): DeMarcus Ware, Bradie James, Akin Ayodele, Greg Ellis, Bobby Carpenter, Anthony Spencer, Kevin Burnett, Junior Glymph CB (6): Terence Newman, Anthony Henry, Aaron Glenn, Jacques Reeves, Joey Thomas, Quincy Butler FS (3): Ken Hamlin, Patrick Watkins, Courtney Brown SS (2): Roy Williams, Keith Davis ST (3): Nick Folk, Mat McBriar, L.P. Ladouceur Defense (28) With

Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2007

Cowboys have announced player cuts, and an injury settlement with Jackie Battle. Cowboys | Stanley released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:24:20 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released DL Montavious Stanley. Cowboys | Richardson released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:23:53 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released WR Jamel Richardson. Cowboys | Rabb released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:23:03 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released WR Jerard Rabb. Cowboys | Obomese released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:20:23 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released LB Alex Obomese. Cowboys | Hilliard released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:16:39 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released OT Jason Hilliard. Cowboys | Harrington released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:15:38 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released LB Dedrick Harrington. Cowboys | Dagunduro released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:14:23 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released DL Ola Dagunduro. Cowboys | Rector released Mon, 27 Aug 2007 13:11:37 -0700 The Dallas Cowboys have announced they have released injured WR Jamaica Rector (knee). Cowboys | Team reaches agreement with Battle Mon,

Last Updated: Monday, August 27, 2007

Can Kevin Burnett go one season without an injury. There were rumors the Cowboys would be looking at moving a LB for a CB, and I’m hoping this comes true. Please take the injury prone Burnett off our hands and get us a capable cornerback. The latest news from Cowboys camp is not good, Newman has a tear in his heel, and says the injury will bother him all year. Not good, not good at all! In addition to that, we have Burnett being injured again, and will require surgery. Ellis will not be ready, and could go on PUP for 6 weeks, and in all honesty, Spencer and Carpenter have just been average at OLB. I’m not hitting the panic button yet, but it’s looming. DMN on Burnett: LB Kevin Burnett said Saturday night that he didn’t think his ankle injury was serious, but X-rays showed bone chips. He’ll have an operation tomorrow, and the plan is for him to be ready to go against the Giants. Other injury news: OLB Greg Ellis, who has been day-to-day for a month, is visiting Dr. James Andrews in Alabama to get a second opinion. “We think he’s pretty close [to playing],” Wade Phillips said. “We’d like to get a second opinion for both parties,

Last Updated: Sunday, August 26, 2007

Interesting little tidbit from the DMN Blog gives us this to read: Aaron Glenn said he thinks the Cowboys have a good group of cornerbacks. Wade Phillips disagreed after watching Glenn, Jacques Reeves and Alan Ball get beat for touchdowns tonight. “We played a lot [of guys] at corner to see who would do something,” Phillips said, “and we didn’t see anything.” Phillips said this week that he was concerned about the lack of quality depth at cornerback. Consider it a huge problem if Terence Newman’s plantar faciitis doesn’t get better. The Cowboys attempted to address the issue earlier this month. They inquired about trading for Dante Wesley, but the Bears opted to send him to New England for a conditional seventh-rounder. And some of you want Darren MacFadden…forget about it, we have bigger issues at hand. Phillips is going to upgrade the CB position in the next draft, you can write that down, put it your calender as an event reminder, or whatever you want. Besides Terence Newman, we don’t really have a good #2CB. We have Henry, he’s capable, but nothing spectacular at all, the truth is that we are really thin on quality corners

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