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2014-2015 GAME 6 RECAP: Dallas vs. Seattle | Big D shocks Seahawk jocks | Dallas defeats defending champs, 30-23 | Dallas D Shines in Seattle; Special Teams Struggle | Postgame videos and analysis | Highlights

2014-2015 GAME 6 RECAP - Dallas vs. Seattle - Seahawks Shocked by Big D jocks - Dallas defeats defending champs, 30-23 - Dallas D Shines in Seattle; Special Teams Struggle

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2014-2015 GAME 5 RECAP: Houston vs. Dallas | Texans bring Cowboys down to earth | Cowboys stumble, then rebound to 20-17 overtime win | Team finds a way to win | Gameday videos | Postgame Analysis | Highlights

2014-2015 GAME 5 RECAP - Houston vs. Dallas - Texans bring Cowboys down to earth - Cowboys stumble, then rebound to 20-17 overtime win - Team finds a way to win - Awareness

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2014-2015 GAME 1 RECAP: San Francisco vs. Dallas | Cowboys opener spoiled by 49ers, 28-17 | Early turnovers overshadow decent defensive effort | Game analysis | Gameday videos

2014-2015 GAME 1 RECAP - San Francisco vs. Dallas - Cowboys opener spoiled by 49ers, 28-17 - Early turnovers overshadow decent defensive effort - Analysis - Videos

FIRST TAKE VIDEO – Dallas Cowboys can’t overcome early struggles | 3:54 | First impressions of the Dallas Cowboys loss against SF 49ers. (Watch | Listen)


GAME RECAP – Dallas Cowboys fall to visiting San Francisco 49ers, 28-17

A fumble, an interception, untimely penalties, poor play selection and 21 points surrendered.

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DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER 2014 | Meet your initial 53-man squad | 2014 Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad taking shape | Final roster cut-down | Player trade

DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER 2014 - Teams 53-man squad set - Practice Squad taking shape - Final roster cut-down - Player trade

IRVING, Texas – The 2014 Dallas Cowboys roster for Week 1 against San Francisco is bound to look change. But for the time being, this is the team’s 53-man roster – a group that has several surprising additions and subtractions, particularly at quarterback. Continue reading →

OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN: Dallas Cowboys LB DeVonte Holloman’s suffers career-ending neck injury | Former coach, players react | LBs continue position shifts in aftermath

OVER BEFORE IT BEGAN - Dallas Cowboys LB DeVonte Holloman's suffers career-ending neck injury - Former coach, players react - LBs continue position shifts in aftermath

Reaction to Holloman Retirement | 3:33 | Jason Garrett and Dallas Cowboys players react to the news of DeVonte Holloman’s career-ending neck injury. (Video | Audio)

Jason Garrett – Holloman’s future; Starters playing time | 15:22 | Coach Garrett speaks with the media prior to leaving for this weekend’s preseason game at Miami. (Video | Audio)


IRVING, Texas – With just one season under his belt, DeVonte Holloman’s career seems to be over.  Continue reading →

FACING THE COACH, TEAM, MEDIA: Dallas Cowboys acquire CB from Patriots by trading Ben Bass | Orlando Scandrick talks about his 4 game suspension | Jason Garrett Press Conference | Dallas Cowboys fan reaction

FACING THE COACH, TEAM, MEDIA - Orlando Scandrick talks about his 4 game suspension - Jason Garrett Press Conference - Dallas Cowboys fan reaction - Analysis

Orlando Scandrick: This Will Never Happen Again | 5:24 | Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick talks about his 4 game suspension. (Watch | Listen)

Jason Garrett Press Conference: Scandrick’s suspension; Raiders practice | 16:47 | Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett speaks to the media before his teams afternoon practice with the Oakland Raiders. (Watch | Listen)


OXNARD, CA – Cornerback Orlando Scandrick clarified how his four-game suspension came about today (Tuesday) and blamed no one but himself.   Continue reading →

2014 PRESEASON ROSTER RUNDOWN: Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr returns | Stephen Goodin, Tom Hornsey added; Andre Cureton and Cody Mandell released | OG Brian Clarke cut; replaced with AFL veteran Wayne Tribue | DB’s debut | Club expected to sign RB D.J. Adams; release Ben Malena

2014 PRESEASON ROSTER RUNDOWN - Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr returns - The Boys Are Back website 2014

Brandon Carr: I Worked Out In a Church Parking Lot | 5:07 | Dallas Cowboys CB Brandon Carr returned to training camp after the passing of his mother last week. He talked about those difficult times and the support he received from his teammates. (Watch | Listen)


OXNARD, CA – For a couple of weeks while his teammates were out in California grinding through training camp, Brandon Carr was in the middle of his own grind.   Continue reading →

2014 PRESEASON GAME RECAP: Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers | Defense struggled without key starters | Players performance reviewed | Broaddus from the broadcast booth | Ahmad Dixon shines | Third-string RB battle taking shape

2014 PRESEASON GAME RECAP - Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers - Highlights Video

Highlights Video | Cowboys at Chargers | 2:21 | The San Diego Chargers played host to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 of the preseason, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden had 107 yards and a touchdown. (Watch | No Audio)

First Take | 3:33 | Break down of the game from Qualcomm Stadium after the Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers opener. (Watch | ListenContinue reading →

2014 PRESEASON GAME RECAP: Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers | Starter-less opener brings expected combination of good and bad | Brandon Weeden plays well | Most of the first-string defense sits out game one

2014 PRESEASON GAME RECAP - Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers - Opener brings expected combination of good and bad - Weeden played well - Most of the first-string defense sits out game one

SAN DIEGO – Take the good with the bad after two quarters of preseason football – there was a decent amount of both.  Continue reading →

THE BOYS ARE BACK TONIGHT: 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers | Pre-Season opener 2014 | Weeden getting feet wet | Nine intriguing players to watch | Five storylines to watch

THE BOYS ARE BACK TONIGHT - 2014-2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers - Pre-Season opener 2014 - Weeden getting feet wet - Players to watch

SAN DIEGO – When Brandon Weeden signed with the Dallas Cowboys back on March 17, he had both short-term and long-term goals.  Continue reading →

2014 COWBOYS CAMP COVERAGE: Rookie DeMarcus Lawrence out with broken foot | DE back to Dallas for surgery | Garrett, Marinelli discuss options without Lawrence | Analysis

2014 COWBOYS CAMP COVERAGE - Rookie DeMarcus Lawrence out with broken foot - DE back to Dallas for surgery - Garrett, Marinelli discuss options without Lawrence - Analysis

DeMarcus Lawrence Goes Down | :27 | Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end and second round draft pick DeMarcus Lawrence went down with a foot injury during Tuesday’s practice. Reports have him expected to miss 8-12 weeks (Watch Video)

Jason Garrett: DeMarcus Lawrence injury; Tyron Smith extension | 13:59 | Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett addresses the media from Oxnard. (Watch | Listen)

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DALLAS COWBOY FOR LIFE: America’s Team signs Tyron Smith to eight-year contract extension

DALLAS COWBOY FOR LIFE - America’s Team signs OT Tyron Smith to eight-year contract extension - The Boys Are Back website 2014

Tyron Smith: Happy to be a Dallas Cowboy for life | 3:40 | Dallas Cowboys LT Tyron Smith talks about his 8-year extension and everything that went into it. (Watch | Listen)

Stephen Jones: Tyron deserved to be the highest paid LT | 7:01 | Stephen Jones speaks with the media about the 8-year extension given to Tyron Smith. (Watch | Listen)

OXNARD, CA – The Dallas Cowboys have signed NFL Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith to the biggest non-quarterback deal in franchise history.

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COURT ROOM TO LOCKER ROOM: Rolando McClain to appeal Alabama conviction ruling | Dallas Cowboys linebacker eager for another chance

COURT ROOM TO LOCKER ROOM - Rolando McClain to appeal Alabama conviction ruling - Dallas Cowboys linebacker eager for another chance

Rolando McClain: Yesterday I was in court, today I’m here | 5:55 | Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain talks about his opportunity in Dallas with the Cowboys, and why he is ready to take the next step. (Watch | Listen)

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COWBOYS CAMP COVERAGE: Dallas Cowboys opening press conference with Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones | 2014 NFL Training Camp Oxnard, California

COWBOYS CAMP COVERAGE - Dallas Cowboys opening press conference with Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones - 2014 NFL Training Camp Oxnard, California

Training Camp Opening Press Conference | 46:56 | Join Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones as they open up the 2014 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp from Oxnard, California. (Watch | Listen)


RELATED: Brandon Weeden’s performance played role in Kyle Orton cut

OXNARD, Calif. – The decision to waive Kyle Orton wasn’t exactly hard-hitting news as the Dallas Cowboys opened training camp with a state-of-the-union press conference.

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MEET MARINELLI’S MAULERS: Loss of DeMarcus Ware means relentless waves of Dallas Cowboys rushmen | 2014-2015 defensive trenches outlook | Seventeen DL-men remain | In-depth Analysis

MEET MARINELLI’S MAULERS - Loss of DeMarcus Ware means relentless waves of Dallas Cowboys rushmen - DeMarcus Lawrence - The Boys Are Back 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys report to Oxnard for training camp in a few days (July 22). Several questions center around Rod Marinelli’s 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys 4-3 defense … including:

Where will the pass rush come from after the notable personnel changes this offseason?

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MUDDLED IN THE MIDDLE: Dallas Cowboys scrambling to set linebacker unit without star anchor Sean Lee | 2014-2015 linebacker position outlook | Eleven LBs Remaining | Analysis

MUDDLED IN THE MIDDLE - Dallas Cowboys scrambling to set linebacker unit without star anchor Sean Lee - 2014-2015 linebacker position outlook - The Boys Are Back

What’s the Deal?

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QUARTERBACKUP SAGA ENDS: Kyle Orton released by the Dallas Cowboys | 2014-2015 quarterback position outlook | Four QBs Remaining | Analysis

QUARTERBACKUP SAGA ENDS - Kyle Orton released by the Dallas Cowboys - The Boys Are Back blog 2014

IRVING, Texas – The standoff between Kyle Orton and the Dallas Cowboys is over. And from the looks of things, Orton is getting what he wanted all along.

The Dallas Cowboys officially cut the backup quarterback in a move that was made official  today (Wednesday).

Orton did not participate in any of the Cowboys’ offseason practices or workouts, missing all of the OTAs and minicamp sessions. Although Orton has not made public comments this offseason, it has been believed he has hinted at retirement.

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COWBOYS BATTLING COWBOYS: DeMarcus Lawrence’s daily practices with Tyron Smith will eventually pay off

COWBOYS BATTLING COWBOYS - DeMarcus Lawrence’s daily practices with Tyron Smith will eventually pay off - The Boys Are Back Dallas Cowboys news

ARLINGTON, Texas – Ever since the Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the second round of the NFL Draft back in early May, DeMarcus Lawrence said being an NFL player wasn’t exactly “official.”

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COWBOY STAR SEASON SIDELINED: Sean Lee suffers 2014 season-ending ACL tear in left knee | Dallas Cowboys locker room reaction | Watch Videos

COWBOY STAR SEASON SIDELINED - Sean Lee suffers 2014 season-ending ACL tear in left leg - Dallas Cowboys locker room reaction

IRVING, Texas – And we thought it couldn’t get more frustrating for Sean Lee.

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DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER UPDATE: Standout CB Tyler Patmon replaces injured S Marvin Robinson | Dallas Cowboys Injury Update 2014

DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER UPDATE - Standout CB Tyler Patmon replaces injured S Marvin Robinson - Dallas Cowboys Roster 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys signed their first player from the rookie mini-camp workouts last weekend in cornerback Tyler Patmon, an undrafted rookie from Oklahoma State.

Patmon, whom defensive coach Monte Kiffin said reminded him on a “younger Ronde Barber,” turned more than a few heads last weekend at Valley Ranch.

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DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER UPDATE: Veteran free-agent RB Ryan Williams added for depth | NFL Free Agency 2014

DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER UPDATE - Veteran free-agent RB Ryan Williams added for depth - Dallas Cowboys NFL Free Agency 2014

IRVING, Texas – This weekend is supposed to be about the evaluation of rookies and first-year players and how they might fit into the roster.

However, the Dallas Cowboys always keep their eyes open for (affordable) available veterans as well. That was evident today when the club worked out running back Ryan Williams, a second-round pick (38th overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011.

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VETERAN COWBOY ON A MISSION: Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer dedicated to rehabilitation and recovery

VETERAN COWBOY ON A MISSION - Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer rehab on schedule and optimistic about recovery - The Boys Are Back blog 2014

Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer: | 6:11 | Anthony Spencer gives an injury update, and talks about what it has been like trying to recover from microfracture surgery. (Watch | Listen)


IRVING, Texas – While yesterday’s (Friday) focus was mainly on the near-50 players at the Dallas Cowboys rookie minicamp, defensive end Anthony Spencer was one of the veterans at the facility after his rehab workout.

Although he said he was on schedule and optimistic about his recovery from microfracture surgery, he didn’t give a specific timetable when he might return this season.

But later in the day, Dallas Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones was a little more detailed.

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THE MARINELLI CONNECTION: Dallas Cowboys sign former first-round DT Amobi Okoye | NFL Free Agency 2014

THE MARINELLI CONNECTION - Dallas Cowboys sign former first-round DT Amobi Okoye - NFL Free Agency 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have signed free agent Amobi Okoye, a former first-round pick in 2007, to a two-year deal.

Okoye could possibly give the Cowboys some help at defensive tackle if he can get healthy, something that has been a challenge for the former No. 10 overall pick of the Texans in 2007.

Okoye, born in Nigeria, was drafted when he was just 19 years old. The 6-foot-2, 292-pound tackle became the youngest player to start an NFL game since 1967.

Okoye reunites with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who coached him two years in Chicago from 2011-12.

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Still just 26 years of age, Okoye will likely play the 3-technique in the Dallas Cowboys 4-3 scheme.

“We like a lot of things about him. He’s a young player coming out of (Louisville),” Jason Garrett said of Okoye.”He has a lot of talent. Rod was around him in Chicago so we know him well. We think that’s a positive thing. He’s had some health issues the last year … we feel like he has a chance to be a contributor on the line.”

In four years with the Texans, Okoye started 58 of 62 games. He played 25 games in two years with the Chicago Bears but only started once. Out of football in 2013, Okoye might have some position flex at tackle.

“We feel like he has the move to play (3-technique) but he can certainly play the nose,” Garrett said. “We’re not going to rush him into anything. But it’s good to have him in here.”

To make room for Okoye’s spot, the Dallas Cowboys waived linebacker Jonathan Stewart, who spent time on the practice squad last year.

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TIME TO EARN THE STAR: Defining roles for the Dallas Cowboys new 2014 NFL Draft picks

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IRVING, Texas – Early in the draft, players are picked not only for their skills and talent, but also for their abilities to contribute early.

Later in the draft, teams aren’t worried about roles as much and more concerned about acquiring players with traits that can be developed down the line.

For the Dallas Cowboys, they’ve got nine draft picks who will be on the field tomorrow (Friday) for the team’s rookie minicamp. With that in mind, let’s examine specific roles for each player and outlined their chances of making the team.

TIME TO EARN THE STAR - Defining roles for the Dallas Cowboys new 2014 NFL Draft picks - The Boys Are Back blog

Zack Martin | 1st round, G, Notre Dame

This guy will step right in and start at one of the guard spots this year, presumably the right side for Mackenzy Bernadeau, who likely handles the backup roles at both guard and center. There has been talk of Martin returning to his collegiate position of tackle at some point, maybe in Year 2 when he gets stronger and more established in the league. But, he currently has the size and makeup of a guard and that’s probably where he’ll end up for most of his career.

Demarcus Lawrence | 2nd round, DE, Boise State

Unlike most draft classes, there could be more eyes on the second-round pick than the first. What the Dallas Cowboys decided to give up (a third-round pick) to move up 13 spots in the second and take Lawrence will put some added pressure on him. The fact that he’s replacing DeMarcus Ware’s position and has the same name won’t help matters either. But the Dallas Cowboys don’t have a lot of options remaining for a right defensive end. He he might start out on the second team behind the likes of Anthony Spencer or Jeremy Mincey. If Lawrence meets Marinelli’s expectations, he’ll take over sooner rather than later.

Anthony Hitchens | 4th round, LB, Iowa

Right away, the Dallas Cowboys have a plan to play Hitchens as the backup to Sean Lee at middle linebacker. For that specific spot, it could be a big role for Hitchens, considering Lee’s injury history and the fact he’s coming off a neck injury that sidelined him for the last three games in 2013. Considered more a “thumper” linebacker who likes to mix it up and hit, Hitchens could get some work at outside linebacker, but don’t be surprised if he steps right into a MLB role.

Devin Street | 5th round, WR, Pittsburgh

The Dallas Cowboys were excited to land Street, a player with a third-round grade that they liked enough to move up in the fifth. What the club likes the most about Street is his knowledge of a pro-style offense. He already knows all of the positions, which will give him a big advantage in adjusting to the NFL. He could use a little upper-body strength and that might plague him. His build is similar to Terrance Williams last year and they share similar on-field traits in their size and ability to get behind defenders. Street might start out as the fifth receiver.

Ben Gardner | 7th round, DE, Stanford

A pectoral injury cut his senior season short and consequently hurt his draft stock. Gardner was a tenacious college player who has a high motor. If that translates well to the NFL, he could garner some playing snaps even as a rookie. The Dallas Cowboys have quite a few defensive linemen (now), so the players who stay healthy and take advantage of limited reps will get the biggest boost. Gardner must shine in fourth quarters of preseason games to stick around.

Will Smith | 7th Round, OLB, Texas Tech

Like many players drafted this late, Smith’s primary task (to start out) will be on special teams. Aside from that, the Dallas Cowboys view him as a guy who can add depth and create competition in the linebacker corps during training camp. Smith was a tackling machine at Texas Tech, racking up 120 tackles from the weak side last season. Smith said that the “Will” linebacker spot is his specialty, and if he adapts well he could push Bruce Carter for playing time. We saw this same story play out just last year, when DeVonte Holloman joined the team in a special teams role and finished his rookie season with two starts.

Ahmad Dixon | 7th Round, S, Baylor

It’s easy to write off anyone drafted just eight spots away from the end of the draft, but the lack of an established starting free safety has to be encouraging for Dixon. The Baylor veteran looks like more of a run-stopper than a ball hawk – he managed just four interceptions, compared to 288 tackles, in three years as a starter for the Bears. But again, it’s not like Dixon’s competition is that steep. The other contenders to start opposite Barry Church are a pair of second-year players in J.J. Wilcox and Jeff Heath, and a third-year player with no career appearances in Matt Johnson. If there’s one position on the Dallas Cowboys depth chart where a seventh-round pick could make some serious headway, it’s probably safety. As usual for late picks, special teams duty is a given as well.

Ken Bishop | 7th Round, DT, Northern Illinois

Bishop was among the 30 players who visited the Dallas Cowboys back in April and the club was happy to see the lineman fall to them. He could very well end up getting playing time right off the bat. The active defensive tackle made 70 tackles last season, which is somewhat ridiculous considering he played nose guard. The Dallas Cowboys valued the lineman from the start, and as the only defensive tackle chosen by the team in the draft, he should get more opportunities than the typical seventh-round pick to stick around. Bishop likely starts out at the 1-technique in this defense, rotating with guys such as Nick Hayden and perhaps Terrell McClain

Terrance Mitchell | 7th Round, CB, Oregon

It didn’t sound like Mitchell realized the interest the Dallas Cowboys had in him prior to the draft, but they liked him enough to snag him before someone else could in free agency. The Cowboys final NFL Draft pick has some size for his position at 5-11, 192, and some nice stats. Starting every game last season and notching five picks for the Ducks. He was clocked among the quickest defensive backs at the NFL Combine in the 3-cone drill and 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles. The Cowboys didn’t take another corner in the draft, which gives him a better shot to stick around, but they added a couple as undrafted free agents. Mitchell will need to show off that quickness and some special teams skills early on to earn a permanent spot on the roster.

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