Tag:Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:34 am
Edited on: September 6, 2010 11:15 am
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Hot Routes 9.6.10: Shaking off the Revis hangover

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I hope you were awake late last night to catch the Darrelle Revis saga unfold. I was heading to bed about 12:45 a.m. when I happened to check Twitter one last time. And then all hell broke less. Just because you probably were asleep, here’s what Clark Judge wrote about why the Jets organization was at fault here and here’s what I tapped out about how the organization now truly is a Super Bowl contender.

- This video might get lost in the shuffle today, but credit former Cowboys star and Hall of Famer Dan Hampton for creating some kick-ass analogies. Unfortunately, they’re entirely inappropriate. In doing analysis for Pro Football Weekly’s TV show, he said the Cowboys “think they’re Clint Eastwood. They’re more the Brokeback variety, if you know what I’m talking about.” Then, he said the Vikings “need to go down and hit (New Orleans) harder than Katrina.” All you can say is “Wow.” And “ugh.”

- Buccaneers starting QB Josh Freeman’s sprained thumb has progressed to the point where he can take snaps from center Jeff Faine. He reported no pain while taking the full-speed snap. That’s obviously great news for the Bucs.

- Vikings coach Brad Childress is a little tired of talking about the Vikings backup QB situation. He referred to the constant questioning as discussing, in great detail, Twins catcher Joe Mauer’s backup. It’s not at all the same thing, but whatever.

- Vikings receiver (and migraine sufferer) Percy Harvin declared Sunday that he’s ready to play some football. He also expressed confidence in the plan he’s on that will help him deal with those debilitating migraines.

- The Dallas Morning News asks if 13-year veteran Keith Brooking still has it. Apparently, he does. Said Brooking: "I still have it. Sometimes it takes a little more effort to bring it to the surface, but I feel really good."

- Tramaine Brock entered 49ers camp as a safety after earning a signing bonus of $250. Until one day he looked at the Internet and - discovered San Francisco had him listed as cornerback. The rookie free agent longshot made the 53-man squad this weekend (as a cornerback, of course) – not bad for a Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Bellhaven (Bellhaven?!?) standout.

- One last one: Pro Football Talk writes FB Tony Richardson, cut by the Jets on Sunday, could be back with the team as early as today.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Hurd knows when to hold 'em

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If Cowboys WR Sam Hurd was a poker player, he’d be Daniel Negreanu. Luckily for Hurd, he’s also not a bad football player.

Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News (via Pro Football Talk) has the story of Hurd calling the Cowboys bluff to take a paycut of his $1.759 million contract in order to guarantee his roster spot and refusing to take the deal.

Hurd, it turns out, made the team anyway.

Archer writes how the Cowboys approached Hurd this week and said they could lower his base salary, guarantee him a roster spot and give him a chance to reach his original base with some incentives.

Hurd said, “Ah, no thank you.”

Though he’s buried on the depth chart behind Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree, Hurd has value to Dallas with his special teams ability. Hurd also thought that if he didn’t make the Cowboys roster, he would have other opportunities with other teams.

And if none of this works out, there’s always the World Series of Poker.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:55 am
 

Hot Routes 9.4.10 nobody getting cut in this post

Posted by Andy Benoit

How in the world does Ndamukong Suh get fined only a $7,500 for that assault on Jake Delhomme? If you haven’t seen the video yet, click here.

Along these lines, Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson has a brilliant idea: start fining players a percentage of their salary. $7,500 is chump change for Suh. But for an undrafted free agent (like, say, Erin Henderson?), it can be a blow.

Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and won’t be ready for Week 1. In fact, Week 2 might be iffy at this point, as well.

Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini had a meeting beforehand to discuss how best to use Montario Hardesty in Cleveland’s preseason finale Thursday night. They decided that, because Hardesty had missed so much time, a heavy workload was best. Obviously, if they knew then what they know now, they wouldn’t have given Hardesty any workload that night.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Max Hall was the victim of a small prank in the team’s preseason finale Thursday night.

Jeff Ireland and Dez Bryant shook hands and made amends prior to the Dolphins-Cowboys game Thursday night.

The Washington Redskins apparently gave John Beck the Kellen Clemens treatment. Sounds like he took a pay cut.

Are we really supposed to believe that the Rams still haven’t made a decision about their Opening Day starting quarterback?

Josh Freeman appears to be on target for a Week 1 return.

Titans outside linebacker David Thornton will start the season on PUP. He’s lucky – a few months ago, speculation was he wouldn’t even make the team.

Eagles center Jamaal Jackson says there is a 99.9 percent chance he’ll play in the Season Opener. That’s remarkable. Jackson tore his ACL in Week 16 last year.


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Posted on: September 3, 2010 4:05 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 4:55 pm
 

Quick analysis on the Crayton to Chargers trade

Posted by Andy Benoit

A couple of birds were killed with one stone Friday. One of the birds was Patrick Crayton’s disenchantment in Dallas. The other bird was San Diego’s dearth of wide receivers (a product, of course, of the Vincent Jackson holdout). The stone that killed these birds: a trade.
P. Crayton (US Presswire)
CBSSports.com's fantasy guru Dave Richard informed us that the Cowboys sent Crayton to San Diego for a mere seventh-round draft pick. The entire NFL knew the Cowboys were set to release the veteran wideout, which explains why Jerry Jones should be able to write off the Crayton trade as a donation.

This fills a significant need for the Chargers. Crayton is a precise route runner and one of the softest-handed interior receivers in the game. He's well-equipped to fill the underneath role in Norv Turner's downfield offense.

Crayton can operate in the slot receiver role vacated by versatile athlete Legedu Naanee (Naanee is now starting in Jackson’s spot). Malcom Floyd remains the No. 1 receiver.

Crayton’s arrival might spell the end for former Bill Josh Reed or disappointing former first-round draft pick Buster Davis. And, of course, many are speculating that this opens the door for a Vincent Jackson trade. As CBSSports.com's Clark Judge explains, Crayton's arrival takes some of the pressure off the Chargers on the Jackson front.

Finally, for what it's worth, in response to our article yesterday, this trade means the Cowboys did not stab Crayton in the bank after all. Looks like he'll still get his $2 million in 2010.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Is Crayton about to get jobbed by the Cowboys?

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Cowboys are set at wide receiver. Dez Bryant is healthy (though not playing Thursday night). Roy Williams is inexplicably entrenched in the team’s plans. Miles Austin is a bona fide No. 1. Kevin Ogletree, while inconsistent, shows great acceleration and change-of-direction quickness as a catch-and-run weapon. P. Crayton (US Presswire)

This stability translates to insecurity for Patrick Crayton. As in job insecurity. Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas says that Crayton is on the trading block. And, if there are no takers, the veteran could simply be cut Saturday night.

If that scenario indeed plays out, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more egregious stab in the back this season. Crayton, you may recall, was granted permission to seek a trade back in spring after Dallas drafted Bryant. When no teams bit, Crayton requested his release. That request was declined.

Crayton, relegated to No. 4 duties at best, publicly voiced his displeasure with his situation during the offseason. But in the end, he reported to camp and was a good soldier. Though still unhappy with his role, Crayton has willingly accepted it in the spirit of team chemistry. 

Admirbale character aside, it’s important to remember that Crayton is a solid special teams contributor and, arguably, Dallas’ third most dependable wideout (Ogletree has been a disappointment in recent months; Roy Williams is more talented but also more mistake-prone).

Yes, Crayton’s $2 million salary is a bit hefty for someone at the bottom of the depth chart – but it’s obviously not unworkable in an uncapped year. And what about simple respect for a veteran who has mostly overachieved in his previous six seasons? Crayton’s value as a free agent was greater in spring than it would be at this point. Why back-stab a solid player who can still help your aspiring Super Bowl club? If the Cowboys are wise, they won’t.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Report: Ireland wants to talk with Dez tonight

Posted by Will Brinson

Jeff Ireland and Dez Bryant, telephone apologies aside, probably aren't BFF's. After all, if a man asks another man if his mother has ever worked as a prostitute, and does so in a serious fashion, things won't be patched up easily.

Still, Ireland is, according to a report from the Miami Herald , going to try to keep apologizing, and plans to "seek out" Dez during Thursday's game.
But Ireland has decided he will try to find Bryant and talk to him if that search is successful. Ireland has told at least one person that he would ``try to make sure Bryant is OK with everything,'' and perhaps repeat in person what he said during a phone conversation with Bryant following their predraft incident. Obviously, that's a story that will be mentioned once or twice when the Dolphins and Cowboys meet -- Ireland's questions to Bryant were a HUGE deal once they got reported nationally.

Bryant, for his part, has handled the matter pretty darn well -- he said what he said re: the meeting but hasn't indicated anything other than a good attitude since then. One would presume that he'll simply shake Ireland's hand, accept an apology and then decline to talk about the issue.

Anything else would probably be unwanted attention for the Cowboys' rookie.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:46 am
 

Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder filmed a Papa John's ad

Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Jones and Dan Synder are two of the most recognizable names in NFL ownership -- they're also diametrically opposed when it comes to their team's interests on the field.

But they joined forces recently for a Papa John's commercial. This is the moment where I would link you to the hysterical video of me and Papa John at the Super Bowl in Miami last year but for some reason it's been pulled from YouTube.

Instead, via Papa John's Facebook page (via Dan Steinberg at D.C. Sports Bog ), I'll offer up some more photos of Jerrah, Danny and the Papa. By the by, the point of this little meet-up is that Jones and Snyder -- who both have sponsorships with the pizza chain at their respective stadiums -- are appearing in a commercial that'll air a week from Sunday when the Redskins and Cowboys face off.




Posted on: August 30, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Hot Routes 8.30.10 decisions decisions decisions

Posted by Andy Benoit

One ESPN writer thinks Shanahan can’t be serious about McNabb sitting out Week 1.

The Lions plan on doing what most teams do when they get overwhelmingly insecure about their linebacking depth: sign Rocky Boiman.

It’s hard to picture the Bucs keeping Michael Clayton in 2010, though the underachieving veteran wideout is confident he’ll remain with the team. Clayton hasn’t played much this preseason, but Raheem Morris tends to sit his veterans in August more than most head coaches.

The Cardinals will apparently consider intangibles when making their quarterback decision – whatever that means.

The Panthers defense has performed well this preseason...does it matter?

How about the Panthers offense scoring zero touchdowns in 42 possessions so far this preseason...does that matter?

There is still plenty of competition for the kick return duties in Dallas.

Who else found themselves kind of wishing that we’d get at least one look at the gash in James Farrior’s head Sunday night? The Steelers linebacker did a good job covering it up (though it was impossible to hide all the excess blood).

New England’s young defensive backs are getting some help from the veterans.

The Broncos weren’t exactly thrilled with James Harrison’s hit on Kyle Orton.

And, even better, James Harrison doesn’t exactly care. According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, Harrison said of Orton, “"He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train. And the train wasn't coming off the track. (Orton) was popping off down there the first time they were about to score. So you run your mouth, expect to get something. Everything's between the lines, so he got what he had coming."
 

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