Dallas Cowboys News
12-28-15: Brandon Weeden winning a game for the Houston Texans just adds to the overall theme of a crummy Dallas Cowboys season, which lost their third straight game and secured last place in the NFC East. They’ll try to finish strong against the Washington Redskins at home to finish a forgetful season.
12-22-15: The Dallas Cowboys will go into evaluation with backup quarterback Kellen Moore, who had to come in for relief duty against the New York Jets last week. His tests will come against the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins in Week 16 and 17.
11-23-15: The Cowboys quest of winning out started off strong with a road win against the Miami Dolphins in Tony Romo’s debut. The Cowboys host the undefeated Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving before having back-to-back road games against the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.
11-16-15: The losing streak is now seven, as the Dallas Cowboys would have to basically win out for their outside chance at the playoffs. They should have Tony Romo back under center this week against the Miami Dolphins who hasn’t played since Week 2.
11-9-15: The losing streak has reached six games for the Dallas Cowboys after a tough overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys do not have a lot of room for any more losses as they try to score a road win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.
10-20-15: With a change at quarterback and rumored changes at running back, a different Dallas Cowboys team will be on display after having their bye week. Matt Cassel and Christine Michael will try to keep the Cowboys afloat with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out as they head to MetLife Stadium to face the New York Giants.
9-29-15: Joseph Randle went nuts in week three, as he totaled over 100 yards and punched in three touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons. Randle’s heroic effort went wasted in a 39-28 home loss, however, as the Falcons outscored Dallas 14-0 in the final period to steal the win. Brandon Weeden filled in for an injured Tony Romo and initially performed admirably, but ended up throwing a key interception that turned the game around for Atlanta. Initially up 21-7, the Cowboys faded down the stretch and were handed their first loss of the year. Dallas will unfortunately not have much time to hang their heads, as they’ll welcome the New Orleans Saints into town in week four. The winless Saint could have a healthy Drew Brees as their disposal and will be hungry to earn their first win of the year.
9-22-15: The Dallas Cowboys had a bittersweet experience in week two, as they took down the Eagles to get to 2-0, but also lost star quarterback Tony Romo to a broken collarbone. Romo was enjoying an efficient performance before being knocked out of the game on a crushing hit. Dallas overcame the loss of their star passer and leaned on a gritty performance by their defense, which ended in a 20-10 road win. The Eagles were absolutely awful on the other side, as DeMarco Murray was stuffed for just two yards on 13 carries, while Sam Bradford looked absolutely erratic en route to three turnovers. Dallas will have some work to do moving forward with Romo out for at least the next two months, while Brandon Weeden looks to take over under center in his absence. With tight end Jason Witten also banged up, the Cowboys could very well be without their three best offensive players when they take on the Atlanta Falcons in week three.
9-15-15: The Dallas Cowboys avoided a heart-breaking loss in the first game of the season, as Tony Romo was as clutch as ever with three touchdowns in a heroic 27-26 win over the rival New York Giants. Romo connected with tight end Jason Witten for two scores (including the game-winner with seven seconds left) and withstood the loss of star wide receiver Dez Bryant (foot) to get the win. Dallas almost wasted a solid defensive effort on the night, as the Cowboys largely held the Giants in check for most of the game, but two key first half Dallas turnovers put the defense’s back against the wall. Joseph Randle did a solid job as the lead back for the ‘Boys, as he carried the ball 16 times for 65 yards. Randle may need to be even better going forward, however, as Dallas could be without Bryant for 4-6 weeks due to a broken foot. The Cowboys will try to stay balanced on offense in week two, when they try to keep the Philadelphia Eagles in check.
9-8-15: The Dallas Cowboys weren’t done addressing their offensive backfield, as they recently swung a trade with the Seattle Seahawks to land running back Christine Michael. While the raw and physical was a strong depth add, Dallas remains unlikely to activate their new running back for week one, when they’ll take on the hated New York Giants. To start the year, the Cowboys will instead get a good look at both Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden and see how their rushing attack progresses from there. Facing a shaky Giants defense sans Jason Pierre-Paul, there’s a decent chance both Randle and McFadden find plenty of success - especially with game one going down at home in AT&T Stadium. Dallas projects to have an improved defense in 2015, but they’ll start the year without both Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain, both of which are serving four-game bans. Often injured star linebacker Sean Lee is back to contribute, though, and he’ll try to do his part to help Dallas put the clamps down on Eli Manning and the Giants to start the year.
9-1-15: The Dallas Cowboys dropped to 0-3 in preseason play this past weekend, as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings at home, 28-14. The loss is meaningless in the end, while the stellar play from Tony Romo (two early touchdowns) surely shouldn’t go unnoticed. Romo was excellent with the first team offense, as he completed 5 of 8 passes and connected with Terrance Williams and Lucky Whitehead for his two touchdowns. Dallas struggled from there with their backups, but look to enter the 2015 NFL regular season largely healthy. Running back Darren McFadden also impressed in his second preseason game, as he had one electrifying run and ended the day with 43 total yards on just five touches. Dallas will likely keep most of their starters out in their week four preseason finale, when they battle the Houston Texans on Thursday.
8-25-15: Tony Romo and Dez Bryant sat out of the Cowboys’ second preseason game and the end result wasn’t a total shock - a 23-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Dallas offense struggled to move the ball without their two top players, while turning the ball over three times. On a positive note, Darren McFadden finally made his 2015 debut and started the game, although he was ineffective with just four yards on three carries. Joseph Randle and Gus Johnson were both expected to sit out with injuries, but they both played and were the lone bright spots, totaling for 54 yards on the ground. Dallas figures to get most of their key offensive starters back on the field for week three of preseason play, when they battle the Minnesota Vikings at home.
8-18-15: The Dallas Cowboys kept things simple in their first preseason game, as none of their key offensive starters took the field in a ho-hum 17-7 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Backup running back Gus Johnson managed to impress with 35 rushing yards and a score, but ultimately injured his shoulder during the game. Dallas has listed the injury as “day to day”, still giving Johnson a chance to make the final roster. His chances of doing so went down recently, however, as fellow running back Darren McFadden returned to practice this week. Should McFadden stay healthy and impress, he is likely to work with Joseph Randle as the ‘Boys top two running backs. After sitting out the first preseason game, star wide receiver Dez Bryant is expected to make it two in a row thanks to a hamstring issue. Dallas fans can expect to see most of the other key starters suit up in week two, though, when the Cowboys face off with the San Francisco 49ers.
8-12-15: The Dallas Cowboys remain confident that Joseph Randle might be able to pick up the torch from departed rusher DeMarco Murray, but their patience appears to be wearing thin with veteran speedster, Darren McFadden. McFadden hasn’t been able to kick nagging injuries all summer and may need a strong showing in preseason just to make the team. Dallas has so far rejected rumors that they might be interested in the likes of Chris Johnson or Ray Rice, but whispers have surfaced again that they aren’t opposed to finding rushing help on the open market. McFadden isn’t the only Cowboys player who has struggled with his health in camp, unfortunately, as the team still doesn’t know when they’ll get linebacker Rolando McClain (knee) back to full strength. McClain is suspended for the first four games of the year, however, so Dallas doesn’t appear to be in any rush to hurry him back.
8-5-15: The Dallas Cowboys have held firm that their offense is “not going to change” despite losing star running back DeMarco Murray in free agency. Owner Jerry Jones even expressed confidence in Joseph Randle as the starter recently, while it’s been rumored that the third-year rusher could see 15+ carries per game. Veteran running back Darren McFadden is also supposed to factor in to a certain degree, but he’s (surprise!) injured yet again. The former Razorback has dealt with hamstring woes in both legs, but owner Jerry Jones said he’s not worried and that the plan is for everyone to simply be healthy for week one. Dez Bryant is plenty healthy, but made headlines this week after throwing a punch at a fellow teammate. Cornerback Tyler Patmon rubbed Bryant the wrong way in practice and the two got into a scuffle, but the incident was minor and was quickly resolved.
7-28-15: The Dallas Cowboys have begun trimming the fat off their roster even before training camp, which starts for rookies and veterans on July 29th. Running back Ryan Williams was the most popular casualty, as the team cut him to make room for fellow running back Gus Johnson on Monday. The team also waived linebacker Cameron Lawrence and offensive lineman Ryan Miller to open up roster room. One player that probably won’t be joining the team is free agent running back Chris Johnson. CJ2k supposedly established communication with the Dallas front office, but the Cowboys have said that they are not interested in the former Titans rusher. Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle will hit camp in an open competition to replace the departed DeMarco Murray.
7-22-15: Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said “it’s all coming together” following the signing of superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant. He may have a point, as Bryant returns for 2015 and beyond on a massive five-year, $70 million contract. Bryant’s presence keeps Dallas among the top offenses in the league, especially with a top flight offensive line still protecting Tony Romo and blocking in the run game. The running game is still somewhat in question, however, as DeMarco Murray is now in Philly. That makes Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden two of the top players to keep an eye on when the ‘Boys open camp on July 29th. The offense really could be set if those two can successfully replace Murray, though, while the defense gets stud pass rusher Greg Hardy (suspension reduced from 10 games to 4) and Sean Lee (returns from torn ACL) on the field. Rookie pass rusher Randy Gregory will also be a name to watch during training camp, as he tries to carve out a role in the pass rushing rotation.
5-4-15: Gone are the days of silly drafting from Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys. For the second year in a row, the ‘Boys made extremely smart decisions from top to bottom in the draft and even may have made out with the steal of the draft in stud pass rusher Randy Gregory. Dallas began the 2015 NFL Draft by patching up a shaky secondary with stable cornerback prospect Byron Jones, and then started day two by landing the troubled but immense talented Gregory. With Greg Hardy opening 2015 with a 10-game ban, Gregory could end up being a huge pick, while he also is a great investment for the future. Dallas didn’t stop there, either, as they attacked key defensive needs by adding inside linebacker Damien Wilson and defensive end Ryan Russell. Many eyebrows were raised when the Cowboys exited the draft without a new running back, but few can complain after such a solid draft. Read on for a complete list of their 2015 draft class:
Round One - Pick 27: Byron Jones, CB, UConn
Round Two - Pick 60: Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
Round Three - Pick 91: Chaz Green, OT, Florida
Round Four - Pick 127: Damien Wilson, ILB, Minnesota
Round Five - Pick 163: Ryan Russell, DE, Purdue
Round Seven - Pick 236: Mark Nzeocha, OLB, Wyoming
Round Seven - Pick 243: Laurence Gibson, OT, Virginia Tech
Round Seven - Pick 246: Geoff Swaim, TE, Texas
4-9-15: The Dallas Cowboys will hope they didn’t make a huge mistake in free agency, where they let last season’s leading rusher jet to the rival Eagles. DeMarco Murray fled for more cash and left the ‘Boys looking for a replacement. The team added Darren McFadden to the offensive backfield, but will almost certainly add to the position in April’s draft, possibly via Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon. The Cowboys did make sure to keep the rest of their offense intact, at least, as they re-signed shifty slot man Cole Beasley and kept stud offensive lineman Doug Free in town. It’s the defense that needs the most attention, however, and Dallas wasted little time beefing up their linebacking corps with Keith Rivers, Jasper Brinkley and Andrew Gachkar. With Sean Lee hopefully making a healthy return this summer, Dallas could be vastly improved on defense.
3-9-15: The Dallas Cowboys enjoyed a magical 2014 season, where they rode DeMarco Murray to a 12-4 finish and an NFC East title. They even won a playoff game before bowing out to the Packers on the road. That’s visible progress for Jason Garrett and co., who will be getting linebacker Sean Lee back and have already franchised stud receiver Dez Bryant. Keeping Murray (who is a free agent) or replacing him somehow will be extremely key to how their offense looks and produces in 2015, but the biggest problem of all will be making sure their defense doesn’t slide backward. Lee’s return could be key, but he’s hurt often and Dallas will need to add depth at defensive end, linebacker and in the secondary to make sure they don’t just drop off, but also get better.
1-12-15: On fourth down with fewer than five minutes remaining in the game, Tony Romo seemed
to connect with Dez Bryant on a 31-yard pass, but the Green Bay Packers challenged the
catch, and the referees reversed the call. That controversial play is the topic of
conversation in Dallas after the Cowboys’ 26-21 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field in
the divisional playoffs. In the defeat, DeMarco Murray finished his stellar season with 123 rushing yards and a touchdown.
1-6-15: In the final game of the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the Cowboys made a tremendous comeback, which was aided by a controversial play, to beat the visiting Detroit Lions, 24-20. Tony Romo threw for 293 yards and connected with Terrence Williams twice for touchdowns. Romo, who does not have a strong postseason career in cold temperatures, will be in Green Bay with his Cowboys on Sunday.