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Posted on: July 27, 2010 12:02 am
 

Nate Newton will shock you

Want to see something amazing? Click this link and check out what Nate Newton looks like after losing 133 pounds (i.e. 1/3 of an entire Nate Newton). Newton currently weighs 263 pounds and hopes to get to 235. Oh, and did we mention he has dropped the 133 pounds in roughly three months?
N. Newton (US Presswire)
David Moore of Dallas Morning News writes:

After Newton's father passed away several months ago, he worried that he might not be around to watch his 12-year-old son grow up. Newton weighed 396 pounds and suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.

On April 19 Newton underwent what is called a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, where up to 75 percent of the stomach is removed. Since then he has altered his diet and worked out twice a day, riding his bike and lifting weights.

The Nate Newton that stood on the sidelines Sunday weighed 263 pounds.

He has lost 133 pounds, his diabetes is in remission and he no longer has high blood pressure.

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Wade Phillips has 'a little chat' with Dez Bryant

Yesterday, rookie sensation (and future Canton inductee, based on his first two days at practice, obviously!) Dez Bryant made a lot of noise with his play on the Cowboys practice field. He made more noise with his refusal to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads.

Today, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Wade Phillips had a little something to say to Dez .
Dez Bryant walks out onto the field today and Wade Phillips has a little chat with him. Whether that chat involved the words "You WILL carry my spare ribs" no one can know for sure. But more than likely, it served as the Cowboys' manner of letting Dez know that future disrespect -- whether intended or not -- towards veteran players would not go over well.

If we're all lucky, Bryant will become his own character in Kissing Suzy Kolber's ever-popular "Wade and Jerry" series (warning: strong language). And if Bryant's lucky, Williams won't' have to order a code red on the youngster.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 26, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Wade Phillips has 'a little chat' with Dez Bryant

Yesterday, rookie sensation (and future Canton inductee, based on his first two days at practice, obviously!) Dez Bryant made a lot of noise with his play on the Cowboys practice field. He made more noise with his refusal to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads.

Today, according to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, Wade Phillips had a little something to say to Dez .
Dez Bryant walks out onto the field today and Wade Phillips has a little chat with him. Whether that chat involved the words "You WILL carry my spare ribs" no one can know for sure. But more than likely, it served as the Cowboys' manner of letting Dez know that future disrespect -- whether intended or not -- towards veteran players would not go over well.

If we're all lucky, Bryant will become his own character in Kissing Suzy Kolber's ever-popular "Wade and Jerry" series (warning: strong language). And if Bryant's lucky, Williams won't have to order a code red on the youngster.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 10:09 pm
 

Dez Bryant refuses to carry Roy Williams' pads

Dez Bryant's been the talk of Cowboys camp for his big plays, fan-friendliness and fantastic demeanor.

Until a report from Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com came out Sunday night, in which Bryant refuses to carry veteran Roy Williams' pads. (It is, of course, customary for rookies to suffer through, for lack of a better word, hazing during their first year.)
"I'm not doing it," Bryant said. "I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player's pads."

"If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing. I just feel like I'm here to play football. I'm here to try to help win a championship, not carry someone's pads. I'm saying that out of no disrespect to [anyone]."
The normal reaction to this would be: "What the hell is this rookie thinking???"

The appropriate reaction here might be "Who the hell does Roy Williams think he is telling ANYONE to carry something for him?"

Fortunately, things seemed to be a little too friendly between the rook and the vet, so Dez refusing to carry Williams' stuff is actually fairly refreshing, in that we should see some drama -- outside of Williams' 2004 Navigator comment -- unfold in the receiving corps in Dallas.

And, possibly, Williams losing his job and trying to go all O'Bannion on Dez for the rest of the season.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 25, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Felix Jones now outweighs Marion Barber

For as long as Felix Jones has been in the NFL, he's been the "lightning" to Marion Barber's "thunder." Or some cheesy running back stereotype along those lines anyway -- Jones is the home run-hitting speedster, Barber is the every down back. That's just how it is.

Maybe not anymore, though. Rumors that Barber was slimming down (and that Jones was bulking up) were confirmed this weekend as Jones outweighed Barber during the team's weigh-in .

Barber weighed 214 while Jones clocked in at 218.

"It's hard to believe,'' coach Wade Phillips said. "You might have won a bet on that.''

Phillips also added that "Both of them looked really good." Jones added about five pounds in the offseason, while Barber dropped about eight.

This shift in the players' respective weights confirms the running theory that Jones will see more first- and second-down carries, while Barber will be the red zone specialist.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:13 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 10:31 pm
 

Doug Free has a rough start to training camp

Doug Free's strong play at right tackle convinced the Cowboys that they could live without Flozell Adams on the left side of the line. So, there's a fair amount of pressure on Free heading into 2010.

After all, he's the guy who's in charge of making sure that Tony Romo stays in one piece. Which is what makes this report from ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon a little disturbing:
Twice during team drills, backup outside linebackers blew by Free for what would have been clean shots at Romo's back. Free didn't get a finger on Brandon Williams or Steve Octavien as they turned the corner on simple speed rushes. Two padless practice plays a season does not make, of course. And it's entirely possible that Free was just nervous. Or something.

That being said, Alex Barron is in town following the team's swap with the Rams for linebacker Bobby Carpenter, and that gives Dallas another option if it turns out that Free isn't ready for the left tackle role.

For now, it's not worth speculating that Free's job is in too much trouble. But a few more practices like Saturday's, and we might have to rethink exactly which position battles in the NFC East we're watching .

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Cowboys open camp today

In honor of the Cowboys opening training camp today, we have some news for you.

So, what will Dallas’ players be in store for today, beginning with their first practice this afternoon? Lots of running probably. As the Dallas Morning News points out this morning, the first day of camp is devoted to conditioning and determining what kind of shape the players are in as they report.

"I expect them to come in in good shape,'' coach Wade Phillips said. "When they left the off-season program, they were all at least pointing toward coming in at a good weight.”

According to the Morning News, quarterback Tony Romo weighed in at 226 pounds, five pounds under his assigned weight.

-Two players who won’t be involved in workouts today are linebacker Stephen Hodge and rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – who have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning they won’t be available to play for the first six games of the season.

From the team’s official web site :

Hodge is still recovering from last year's season-ending microfracture knee surgery, and Owusu-Ansah missed every offseason practice following his March shoulder surgery. Head coach Wade Phillips said Owusu-Ansah appears close to returning, but Hodge's timetable for medical clearance is a bit more uncertain.

-With the official beginning of training camp, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones sat down for a preseason news conference. He had good news to report. Now that the Cowboys have signed second-round pick, LB Sean Lee, they’ve secured contracts with all of their draft picks. That means no hold-outs for Dallas.

How in the heck did that happen?

“We knew initially we were going to have to be the first ones out of the bag in terms of getting these guys signed and so we came up with a strategy to work with the agents on what those increases will be from last year," Jones said. "Rather than typically what we would do is just go slide it, the guy in front of you the guy in back of you, sometimes a couple of slots, but it’s much easier to get it done that way. We had commitments from the agents and I think it speaks to the players as well. Both Dez (Bryant) and Sean Lee are obviously more difficult players to get done because you’re dealing with a larger magnitude of money and that first and second round is usually a little more complicated in terms of the deal. But both Dez and Sean are the type of guys who don’t want to miss anything and who really want to help contribute this year and didn’t want to miss anything.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 11:48 am
 

Bryant's signing a win-win

Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised that agent Eugene Parker and the Cowboys completed a deal Thursday to sign the first first-round pick of the 2010 Draft class, WR Dez Bryant.

Although Parker isn’t known for getting his players to training camp on time, he has a positive relationship with Dallas’ front office, and according to the Dallas Morning News’ David Moore , that familiarity “allowed them to jump out and set the market rather than let it come to them.”

Parker told Moore: “When you don't have to build that trust, you can minimize the posturing. You can get right down to the tough issues. The trust factor allows you to get right to the real issues.''

Bryant really wanted to finish his contract before the start of training camp, because he hasn’t been in pads since the middle of last year when he was suspended for much of Oklahoma State’s season.

The completed contract also reflected the Cowboys wishes. Now, he’ll get a chance to compete against Roy Williams for a starting WR spot. How fast could that happen?

The National Football Post’s Matt Bowen has an opinion. Writes Bowen:

Could we see Bryant moving ahead of Williams on the depth chart by September? Maybe, as we know the overall skills are there. But just like any rookie WR, Bryant will struggle to adapt to the speed of NFL defenses, the coverage schemes and the ability of pro defensive backs. How will he respond to press coverage (something he didn’t see a lot in the Big 12), the everyday marathon that is the NFL training camp, a bad practice, etc.?

We will get to see all of that unfold over the month of August. By getting the deal done, Bryant has those opportunities to learn the pro game and use the practice time and the preseason games as a learning tool.

Too often (as we will see in the coming weeks) first-round picks sit at home and miss crucial time on the field and in the meeting room. Miss three days and we are talking up to six practices and hours in the film room watching tape. As a rookie, you need that time to see your mistakes and correct them on the field the next day.

All in all, a good deal for everyone involved.

--Josh Katzowitz

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