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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 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: August 28, 2010 10:11 pm
 

Booing Roy Williams

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Dallas Cowboys’ marathon training camp finally ended this week. Over 300,000 fans in Texas and California watched America’s Team practice at some point. And, seemingly, every one of those fans booed receiver Roy Williams at some point.

"No question, they booed me,'' Williams said of the fans at one point during training camp, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. "I'm the bad guy.

"It's fine. It doesn't bother me.''

Williams has always been well-liked, whether as a Texas Longhorn or Detroit Lion. So what has it been like on the other end of the spectrum?

"It's a good challenge for me,'' Williams said. "I'm anxious to see if I have a good year, how many of those boos and 'go back to Detroit' chants will turn into 'man, I'm so glad you came.'''

Not helping Williams’s cause is the fact that his ostensible replacement, Dez Bryant, is arguably the most popular Cowboys rookie since the Super Bowl years.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 2:52 pm
 

V-Jax agent says they never demanded $50 million

Posted by Will Brinson

The biggest sticking point in the whole "where will Vincent Jackson play, if at all, this season?" situation is money. That's not surprising, because typically when NFL players aren't showing up to camp, that's why. Jackson appeared with Jason LaCanfora on an NFL Network interview last night and discussed his plans for the 2010 season, saying he would "absolutely" sit out the entire year .

The problem with Jackson's plans, in so far as everyone has understood it, is that he wants $50 million over five years and no one -- or, at least the Vikings and Seahawks, the only two teams who have supposedly inquired as to his price tag -- wants to pay it.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk did something smart Saturday morning, though: he called Neil Schwartz and asked him about the deets on Jackson's demands. Turns out there's a little more than meets the eye.

"There's no truth to the report that we asked for $50 million over five years and $30 million guaranteed," Schwartz told PFT by phone this morning. "We only talked concepts with the Seahawks, and I specifically mentioned players like [Cowboys receiver] Roy Williams, [Bills receiver] Lee Evans, [Falcons receiver] Roddy White, who we represent, [Dolphins receiver] Brandon Marshall, and [Cardinals receiver] Larry Fitzgerald. No numbers were mentioned."

Now, it's really impossible to know if Schwartz is 100 percent telling the truth; someone told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson wanted $10 million a year (which, yes, as we've previously established, is way too much for a guy with off-field issues and potential baggage to demand).

But, as Florio notes, it's entirely possible that it was the Chargers who told the Vikings and Seahawks that Jackson's camp was looking for such a big contract. The logic there is that a) Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was the one reporting the number, and his sources clearly lie more closely with one side than the other, and b) Schwartz never got permission to speak with the Vikings -- for Minny to find out that Jackson was "too expensive" for them, the information would have most likely come from the Chargers.

The long and short of this is that as much as Jackson may say he's willing to be a Charger this year, there's enough tension/anger/etc between the two sides that things might be irreconcilable.

That's why we're getting numerous PR-looking statements and interviews and actions from both sides. What would be nice is to see a team -- the Rams, perhaps? -- step up, make the Chargers an offer and then hammer out some kind of deal with Jackson. Of course, the fact that whoever is looking to acquire the disgruntled wideout has to negotiate with multiple sides only makes this harder to sift through.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 12:27 pm
 

Bengals safety Gibril Wilson out for season

Posted by Andy Benoit

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com is reporting that safety Gibril Wilson suffered what appears to be a season-ending knee injury in Friday night’s game against the Eagles.

Soon after Wilson left the locker room on crutches, his agent Alvin Keels tweeted, “ACL/MCL for Gibril Wilson what a bummer. I felt he would really contribute this year. He will bounce back.”

This is a major setback for Wilson, as the former Giant is trying to reclaim his reputation after failing as a pricey free agent in Oakland and Miami.

Losing Wilson hurts depth, but, frankly, the Bengals still have plenty of resources at safety. Roy Williams, if healthy, is the starting strong safety. Chris Crocker is the free safety. Superb run-defender Chinedum Ndukwe is the top backup off the bench. Rico Murray, a cover specialist, and special teams captain Kyries Hebert now figure to fight for the fourth safety job.

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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 9, 2010 12:11 am
Edited on: August 9, 2010 12:16 am
 

Winners and losers from the Hall of Fame Game

Posted by Will Brinson

Football is underway. That means two things: 1) we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief and 2) it's time for immediate snap judgments!

Sure, firing out winners and losers for one little football game that featured only two teams may seem a bit extreme, but, look, this is all the NFL action we've got right now, okay? So we're gonna break it down.

Winners
Doug Free -- He's was the most talked about player on the Cowboys this offseason (somehow). And he showed exactly why the Cowboys had faith enough in him to let Flozell Adams go. Granted, it was just one serious, but he looked strong, agile and acc-ur-ate, if I may quote Ben Wallace. Given Alex Barron's struggles and the injury he suffered on Sunday night, there's no reason to think Free's job is in trouble.

Jordan Shipley -- The rookie out of Texas managed to make two catches for 17 yards, which is pretty impressive when J.T. O'Sullivan and Jordan Palmer are throwing the ball. But he made his biggest impression when he made a sick 63-yard punt return to setup Cincy for their only touchdown of the game. Consider that not only is Carson Palmer being very vocal for Shipley but that Antonio Bryant is injured, and it's entirely possible we see Shipley getting a lot of action in the slot early in the season. He would do quite well there.

Tashard Choice -- Choice's "job" (read: third-string running back) is necessarily in jeopardy. But the better he performs, the more action he'll get during the regular season. And that's not even counting when the oft-injured Felix Jones eventually goes down, which he will. Choice piled up 41 yards on just seven attempts and looked vastly better than any other running back on the field outside of this guy ...

Marion Barber -- He didn't do anything -- two runs, one for five yards and one for two yards -- really special. But it's what he didn't do (fumble in the red zone) that separates him from Jones. And considering that many people felt like Felix could take over the starting role this year, well, that's a good thing.

Terrell Owens -- There's nothing special about two catches for 18 yards, but the good news for the prima donna is that it looks like the Bengals are willing to cater to him. Either that or it was just all fun and games spending the offense's first quarter targeting him at every opportunity. For Owens' part, he really did nothing wrong outside of he and Chad Ochocinco's eye-rolling Batman/Robin interview before the game. Also, he signed autographs for fans during the entire second half.

Losers
Felix Jones -- See above. If you're trying to steal carries during a season in which you bulked up to make yourself a better "between-the-tackles" back, do NOT fumble the ball on your first red zone carry of the season. There are only so many opps that Jones will get in the preseason to prove he carry the ball there before Wade Phillips just hands Barber the rock every time.

Alex Barron -- He got injured and blew any shot he had of getting the upgrade to left tackle.

Brian Leonard -- He's not exactly a fantasy monster or anything, but Leonard became a fan favorite (I think anyway -- I was rooting for him) after beating out "better" players for a roster spot during last season's Hard Knocks . Now the report is that his ankle injury "doesn't look good," which, obviously, is not good. I'll make the frowny face if Leonard is down for an extended period of time.

Dez Bryant -- His status isn't exactly getting crushed, but it's really important to note that the Cowboys have plenty of weapons on their squad. Roy Williams showed some life, Miles Austin is clearly the No. 1, Jason Witten is there, etc., etc. All I'm saying is that anyone expecting a 2,000 yard season out of Bryant already might want to slow their role.

David Buehler -- Three-for-four ain't a bad percentage, when you're talking about field goals. But he nearly missed his second one, and 2/4 would have people talking in hushed tones on Monday. He needs to crush it all preseason to keep his job on lockdown.

John Phillips -- He's at the bottom only because he was balling so hard that he suffered an injury later in the game. Phillips ended up being the early star of the show, catching four balls for 60 yards (and the first two were on horrible Jon Kitna passes, no less) and laying down some pretty sick blocks. He probably won't be seeing a ton of playing time because of Jason Witten and Martellus Bennett, but let's just hope the injury isn't too serious. (Edit: Moved him to the "losers" section since it appears he tore his ACL . Ugh.)

Jordan Palmer/J.T. O'Sullivan -- If Carson Palmer doesn't stay healthy this year, things will not go well for the Bengals.

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 9:44 am
 

Bryant's injury not the result of bad karma

In one of the more stupid theories I’ve heard in the past 24 hours, Dallas rookie WR Dez Bryant is said to be experiencing the downside of karma, simply because he refused, on the first day of training camp, to carry veteran WR Roy Williams’ pads after practice. The karma, of course, came in the form of a high ankle sprain suffered by Bryant on Friday that will keep him out four to six weeks and probably the rest of training camp.

Good for you if you believe in karma – like Earl Hickey , who took his cues from Carson Daly – but this seems like a bit of a stretch.

Williams, for one, isn’t buying it.

"People are saying it's karma with the whole pads situation,” he told the Dallas Morning News . "No, it's not that. It happened. It's football. Unfortunately, it happened."

Karma or not, Bryant’s injury most likely cements Williams’ place as the starter opposite Miles Austin to open the season. Bryant was expected to challenge for that position, and many observers think, eventually, Bryant will take Williams’ job.

--Josh Katzowitz

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