Tag:Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:07 pm

Buehler has a bad day for Dallas

D. Buehler had a bad today for Dallas (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

David Buehler has seen nothing but success with the Cowboys. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2009 and brought into town after Dallas failed to record a touchback the season prior. The result: Buehler, as the team’s kickoff specialist, led the league with 29 touchbacks last year.

Now, he’s being given the chance to fix the place-kicking problems. Last season, Nick Folk went 18 of 28. The result: Buehler will take over Folk’s old job.

So far this offseason, he’s been consistent with his kicks and has improved his technique. That is, until today when Buehler – who last place-kicked at USC, where he connected on 78.8 percent of his field goal tries during his career – went 3 for 7.

The Cowboys, though, aren’t worried.

"The wind was blowing out here, and we kicked more long ones today," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips told reporters, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "He was upset that he missed them, and we were too. He's been pretty consistent, and we've just got to stay with it. You've got to stay with what he's been doing well."

Buehler, it should be noted, had made 11 of 12 with the team training in Oxnard, Calif., and he’s 5 for 6 in preseason games.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 9:10 am

Hot Routes 8.19.10: No Favre news here

Posted by Andy Benoit

Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill met with GM A.J. Smith Wednesday. McNeill requested the meeting, but according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune, little progress was made.

Wide receive Brandon Jones signed a five-year, $16.5 million contract with the 49ers last offseason but was released Wednesday. Jones hurt his shoulder in ’09 and fell to the bottom of the depth chart. Speculation is the current coaching staff was never taken with Jones.

Cowboys left guard Kyle Kosier sprained his knee Wednesday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Journeyman Montrae Holland will fill in. Kosier is Dallas’s prime source of mobility inside.

Chargers rookie nose tackle Cam Thomas is impressing some people early on. He seems to have good perspective, too.

The Jets are trying to trade third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Finally! Some good news for the Ravens and their cornerback situation. Fabian Washington, back from last year’s ACL injury, will play against the Redskins Saturday.

With Brent Grimes having a groin injury, the Falcons cornerback competition could be opening up.

Redskins rookie left tackle and No. 4 overall pick, Trent Williams, faces a reckless driving charge from an incident in June.

In either a marketing ploy or a sadly confused effort to beat the summer heat, the Arizona Cardinals will wear black jerseys in their next preseason home game (vs. Redskins). (Perhaps with Kurt Warner retired, the Cardinals are already mourning their 2010 season.)

We knew the Browns were extremely high on strong, athletic outside linebacker Marcus Benard, but is the 2009 undrafted free agent really in line for a starting job?

Maybe the NFL is right when it says fans can’t stand preseason games. Looks like a game featuring two marquee teams, the Chargers and Cowboys, could be blacked out.

Because it’s late in training camp for most teams, there’s probably four or five worthless stories out there about coaches cancelling practice and sending their players to the movies instead. To save you from the temptation of wasting two minutes of your life reading one of these stories, we won’t even provide a link.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:32 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 8:40 am

Jerry Jones coming off surgery of some type

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told ESPN Dallas that he underwent major surgery recently but that he’s feeling better now.

From the story:
Jones, 67, wouldn't be specific about what the surgery was for, other than to say it wasn't life-threatening or heart-related.

"The bottom line is I have been kinda easing it around a little bit, but that's about over with," Jones told ESPNDallas.com. "With a couple of limitations."
I’m tempted to make some kind of cosmetic surgery joke, but I just don’t have the heart to do that. So, I’ll leave it alone.

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Posted on: August 16, 2010 7:51 pm

An update on the supplemental draft picks

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One is performing well and impressing coaches. One is on injured reserve and will have to look to next year to try to make his team.

Josh Brent, as Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News writes, has come off well since the Cowboys drafted him in the seventh round of the NFL supplemental draft.

Writes Archer:

(Coach Wade) Phillips lauded Brent's effort on a tackle vs. Oakland on Thursday that came on a screen pass to running back Michael Bennett. The 312-pound Brent tracked down Bennett about 20 yards down field. Brent also had a tackle in which he was engaged with a blocker but snagged a runner with one hand.

It was something Jay Ratliff would do.

"I wouldn't say that was a 'Ratliff play,'" Brent said. "He would've made it a lot sooner. Coach talks about running to the ball and that's all I was doing. Not that you don't go down there thinking you'll make a play but I was just making sure if he broke back my way I was there."

Brent is still fighting to make the team, but he’s apparently made a good first impression.

Meanwhile, Harvey Unga – the seventh-round RB/FB hybrid who hurt his right hamstring early in training camp with the Bears – is out for the season. Tough break for what seems like a nice dude.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 9:53 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 9:58 pm

Marc Colombo needs surgery, out 2-4 weeks

Posted by Will Brinson

Right tackle Marc Colombo was carted off the field at Cowboys practice on Sunday evening, according to our Cowboys' Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman , and there was some concern that the injury could be serious. (Carts are generally indicative of "serious" when it comes to injuries.)

Now it appears, according to Calvin Watkins on Twitter , that Colombo will require surgery and miss 2-4 weeks.

Colombo, after starting all 16 games for the Cowboys from 2005-2008, missed the last seven games of the 2009 season with a pair of leg and ankle injuries.

The Cowboys are still waiting on the official MRI results, but the injury will definitely require surgery and, given the struggles and injuries backup right tackle Alex Barron's been dealing with, could have serious long-term repercussions if Colombo can't stay healthy.

Although for now, 2-4 weeks could certainly be classified as "not awful" news, considering the initial worries surrounding the injury. Expect rook Sam Young to get a quick case of trial by fire.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 12:01 am

Dez Bryant could be back in preseason

Posted by Will Brinson

Dez Bryant appears not only to be talented, but to posses excellent healing abilities as well.

Or something -- the point is that he could, potentially, return to the Cowboys' lineup in time for their third preseason game against the Texans.

"No pain at all," Bryant told the Dallas Morning News . "I'm fine. At the same time, I still know I can't cut the way I want.

"It doesn't hurt when I cut. It doesn't give out. I feel like I don't get enough push."

Bryant did point out, however, that while he does "want to rush back" he knows it's not necessarily beneficial to do so. Originally, he'd targeted the final preseason game against the Dolphins to make his debut following the injury, but has bumped it up to the third game against the Texans based on the way he's felt working the ankle.

Don't be shocked if the Cowboys hold him back a little further just to make sure their new insurance against Roy Williams actually having to be important doesn't injure himself further though.

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 9:51 pm

Longwell critical of Cowboys kicker

Posted by Andy Benoit
R. Longwell (US Presswire)
We have a rare case of a kicker speaking candidly and critically. Before you clinch your fist, you should know, it’s NOT Mike Vanderjagt. Not even close, in fact. This is a kicker most people actually like: Minnesota’s Ryan Longwell.

Surprisingly, Longwell’s candid comments were about another kicker: Dallas’s David Buehler (Buehler?...Buehler?....Buehler?....)

Buehler is transitioning from kickoff specialist to all-around kicker (i.e. he’s learning how to kick field goals). He is 6/7 in the preseason thus far, though in speaking with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Longwell talked about the youngster’s lone miss (which came in the Hall of Fame Game against Cincinnati). "He's got a huge kickoff leg, but he missed that field goal ... by 20 yards," Longwell said. "I'm not sure if you can be there if you're hitting balls like that."

Longwell isn’t shy about his high opinion of kickers – and, in truth, he makes some good points:

"In building a team, I think kicker would rank pretty high. It's one of the few positions in the world that's either an A or an F. There are no C's in kicking. Your successful teams always seem to have the consistent kickers. And the teams that are always a near miss are always teams that think they can sneak one by with a kicker who doesn't have the experience."

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 10:13 am

Hot Routes 8.12.10: injuries, absences and morons

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USA Today reports that people living in the New York and New England area will get a chance to see the September 2 Patriots-Giants preseason game in 3D. No word on when fans will get a chance to see NFL starters in 3D.

Bills fourth-round rookie receiver Marcus Easley will indeed need knee surgery. Easley's 2010 season is over. Also, wideout James Hardy is out 7-10 due to injury. This likely means that Steve Johnson will capture Buffalo’s No. 2 receiver job.

Something people need to realize about the story of the fan who was told to remove his McNabb jersey at Eagles camp: that “fan” had a guest to be at practice. Team-issued credentials usually carry the unwritten – though sometimes written – rule of not wearing NFL apparel with them. And, the fan gladly removed his jersey and bought a Kevin Kolb jersey later in the day. In other words, this whole thing is no big deal.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis had this to say about super talented right tackle Andre Smith: “Andre’s doing OK. That’s not a well, that’s not a jumping jack. That’s not a backflip, he’s doing OK."

Michael Crabtree strained his neck in yesterday’s practice. It happened when Crabtree went up for a ball and came down hard on his back. No word yet on the severity.

Brad Childress still doesn’t know when Percy Harvin will return.

Since we’re on the Vikings, we’ll just get this over with for today: Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre, Brett Favre…undecided.

Ladies and gentleman….Martellus Bennett: "What really counts is the season,” Bennett, who is sitting out with an injury, recently told Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “S***, I had a hell of a preseason last year. That s*** didn’t mean nothing. I had 300 yards or whatever in three games, but that doesn’t mean nothing. But what really counts is the season, not the preseason or whatever. I just want to get to the season and do my job."

Former Cowboys first-round pick Bobby Carpenter can’t even keep a starting job in St. Louis. Larry Grant has supplanted Carpenter at weakside linebacker.

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