Daily Archives: November 6th, 2013

COWBOYS VS. SAINTS GAMEDAY PRIMER: Jason Garrett press conference | Wednesday practice

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Jason Garrett: Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints road game (15:33)

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett speaks to the media from AT&T Stadium before his team takes the field for Saints practice. (Watch Video | Play Audio)

Garrett discussed:

  • Comparing Brees to the other prolific passers faced in 2013-2014 season
  • Everett Dawkins addition to Marinelli’s Misfits
  • Key to stopping New Orleans offense
  • Confidence in secondary, after seeing how they’ve covered similar offenses
  • DeMarcus Ware’s return to practice; expected game impact
  • Familiarity with Rob Ryan vs. Rob Ryan’s familiarity with Cowboys offense
  • Comparing the Rob Ryan defense in New Orleans compared to his Dallas scheme
  • Relationship he has with Rob Ryan after termination, and now
  • Lessons learned from Sean Payton’s style, as an offensive play caller
  • Comparing the defensive injuries from this season compared to last year
  • Applying lessons from other tight ends this season to game planning Graham
  • Will Graham be defended as a tight end or wide receiver
  • Evaluating Gavin Escobar production relative to the spot taken in the NFL Draft
  • Staying with Jason Witten, even when he’s in catching slumps; overall impact
  • How they’ll preparing for uniquely gifted athletes, like Darren Sproles
  • Addressing the locker room situations that have developed in Miami
  • Simulating and handling stadiums with crowd noise issues
  • Weather yards-per-carry is an effective way to grade offensive linemen
  • Evaluating run efficiency vs. yards-per-carry; season grade on this line
  • Bruce Carter and Ernie Simms competition for starting spot

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DALLAS COWBOYS CAROUSEL: Marinelli’s Misfits created with twenty-nine Dallas 2013-2014 roster moves

DALLAS COWBOYS CAROUSEL - Marinelli’s Misfits created with twenty-nine Dallas Cowboys roster moves in 2013-2014 season

IRVING, Texas — Since May 16, the Dallas Cowboys have signed, traded, acquired, put on injured reserve or released 28 defensive linemen. They saw another, Josh Brent, retire on July 18.

Everett Dawkins and Hall Davis are the latest additions. Dawkins was signed off the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad to the active roster, and Davis filled the final practice-squad vacancy.

There has been an incredible amount of movement on the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive line. If you remember the Travis Chappelear era consider yourself fortunate.

Check out these transactions by date involving only the defensive line:

May 16 – Signed Anthony Hargrove

June 5 – Waived/injured Robert Callaway

June 11 – Signed Jeris Pendleton

June 20 – Cut Hargrove

June 25 – Signed Jerome Long

July 18 – Josh Brent retired

July 26 – Signed George Selvie and Landon Cohen

July 31 – Cut Ike Igbinosun, signed Toby Jackson

Aug. 1 – Waived/injured Cameron Sheffield

Aug. 6 – Waived Monte Taylor, signed Jabari Fletcher

Aug. 12 – Signed Travis Chappelear

Aug. 13 – Claimed Thaddeus Gibson

Aug. 19 – Waived Chappelear, Jackson

Aug. 21 – Signed Jason Vega

Aug. 26 – Cut Pendleton

Aug. 27 – Placed Tyrone Crawford on injured reserve, Jay Ratliff on reserve/PUP

Aug. 31 – Cut Fletcher, Gibson, Long, Vega; acquired Edgar Jones from Kansas City

Sept. 1 – Traded Sean Lissemore to San Diego

Sept. 2 – Signed Vega to practice squad

Sept. 3 – Acquired Caesar Rayford from Indianapolis

Sept. 5 – Chappelear waived off injured reserve

Sept. 7 – Placed Ben Bass on injured reserve; re-signed Long

Sept. 17 – Cut Cohen, signed David Carter

Sept. 24 – Cut Long, signed Drake Nevis

Sept. 25 – Placed Anthony Spencer on injured reserve

Oct. 15 – Cut Carter, Signed Jarius Wynn

Oct. 16 – Released Ratliff off reserve/PUP

Oct. 18 – Signed Vega off practice squad; placed Jones on IR to return list

Oct. 21 – Signed Marvin Austin

Oct. 29 – Released Vega; signed Everette Brown

Oct. 31 – Signed Vega to practice squad

Nov. 5 – Cut Austin

Nov. 6 – Signed Everett Dawkins off Minnesota practice squad; signed Hall Davis to practice squad

INJURY AND PRACTICE UPDATE: 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints | Dez Bryant back tightness

INJURY AND PRACTICE UPDATE - 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints - Everett Dawkins with DeMarcus Ware

ARLINGTON, Texas – For a couple of reasons, the Dallas Cowboys moved practice indoors Wednesday to AT&T Stadium in preparations for Sunday’s game with the New Orleans Saints.

But a few key players were not included, highlighted by the absence of wide receiver Dez Bryant. Early reports indicate tightness in his back.

Other players not in attendance were Jason Hatcher (stinger), cornerback Morris Claiborne

(hamstring), wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) and safety J.J. Wilcox (knee).

One player back to practice was DeMarcus Ware, who has missed the last three games with a quad strain. Ware could be limited when the team releases the official injury report later in he day.

One new face on the field was defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, who signed with the team today. Dawkins, who joined the team from Minnesota’s practice squad, is wearing No. 90.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team went inside to escape the rainy conditions and to crank up the noise inside to try simulating the expected noise at the Superdome in New Orleans.

AROUND THE NFC EAST: Eagles and Giants to face Green Bay without MVP Aaron Rodgers

AROUND THE NFC EAST - Eagles and Giants to face Green Bay without MVP Aaron Rodgers - 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys schedule

This is going to sound a lot like whining, but it’s really just an interesting observation.

A couple of days removed from his injury on Monday Night Football, we’re now aware Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a broken clavicle. The Packers’ signal-caller is slated to miss at least three or so weeks, but he is expected back before the end of the season.

By a twist of fate, that simple fact is likely going to affect the NFC East championship race in a very direct manner. The NFC North drew the NFC East on the schedule this season, which pits the Packers against all four East squads.

Rodgers and Co. have only played one team from the division to this point, however. The Packers crushed the Redskins, 38-20, in Week 2 of the season. But the other three matchups against the NFC East are slated for later in the season.

And now it brings us to this point. The Packers’ next two games, with Rodgers sidelined, are a home date against Philadelphia this weekend and a road trip to play the Giants on Nov. 17.

Obviously, anything can happen in any NFL matchup – that’s what makes this league so much fun. But you’ve got to admit the prospects of defeating Green Bay with Seneca Wallace running the offense look a lot brighter than if it was one-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers round into view on the Dallas Cowboys’ schedule on Dec. 15, by which point it’s a good bet Rodgers will be coming back to full health, if not back on the field already.

In the same vein, the Bears look likely to have Jay Cutler back for the home stretch – which includes the Cowboys – after Cutler said he planned to play this weekend against Detroit. Cutler went down with a groin injury early in the Bears’ game against the Redskins – a game they lost. But he will be back in the mix for games against the Eagles and Cowboys.

It’s the NFL. So counting games ahead of the schedule is an exercise in futility. Green Bay is still probably a good enough team to beat Philadelphia and New York without Rodgers. And with four games on the schedule before the Packers come to town, it’s not worth fretting over matters outside the Cowboys’ next opponent.

But it’s certainly not a twist that looks likely to benefit the Cowboys. 

2013-2014 COWBOYS ROSTER: Dallas Cowboys sign Everett Dawkins from Vikings practice squad | Manley and Davis fill practice squad

2013-2014 COWBOYS ROSTER: Dallas Cowboys sign Everett Dawkins from Vikings practice squad | Manley and Davis fill practice squad

IRVING, Texas – Who’s next to join the Dallas Cowboys’ always-rotating defensive line carousel?

That would be Everett Dawkins, a rookie defensive tackle from Florida State who has been on the Vikings practice squad. Dawkins, a seventh-round pick (229th overall) in 2013, fills the spot vacated by Marvin Austin, who was placed on the waived/injured list on Tuesday because of a back injury he sustained in the last game against Minnesota.

Dawkins (6-2, 300) would be the 17th defensive linemen to play for the Dallas Cowboys this year, assuming he will be ready to get snaps this week against the Saints.

Last week, the Dallas Cowboys signed Everette Brown, a defensive end off the street who came right in and played meaningful snaps. He even had a key sack and forced fumble late in the game against the Vikings.

Currently at tackle, the Cowboys have starters Jason Hatcher and Nick Hayden, both of whom have been dealing with injuries. Hatcher left the game last week with a neck stinger that has plagued him for several weeks. Hayden had to miss a few plays with a lingering back issue but returned and scored his first career touchdown.

Drake Nevis has been in the rotation as well along with Austin, who suffered the back injury in pre-game warm-ups and didn’t play in the game.

In college, Dawkins played 54 games for the Seminoles in four years, playing mostly the three-technique. He only had five career sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

But coming out of the draft, he was considered a high-motor player that would get picked in the middle rounds, but fell to the seventh. However, the Dallas Cowboys had a third-round grade on him.

The Cowboys also signed a pair of players to the practice squad. Guard Phillip Keith Manley (Atlanta Falcons), from Toledo, and Cleveland’s defensive end Hall Davis (Louisiana-Lafayette) were added to fill out the eight-man squad.


Everett Dawkins - 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys roster - From MIN Vikings practice squad

Everett Dawkins:    Height: 6-2   Weight: 300   Age: 23    College: Florida State

Philipkeith Manley - 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys roster - Philip Keith Manley

Phillip Keith Manley: Height: 6-5   Weight: 309   Age: 23    College: Toledo

Hall Davis - 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys roster

Hall Davis:    Height: 6-4   Weight: 270   Age: 26   College: Louisiana-Lafayette

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