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Cowboys VP Stephen Jones says WR Dez Bryant has "done an outstanding job" with his offseason work so far as he rebounds from January surgery on the foot he broke in September. “That's what we need of him, is to get well and do his rehab and then get in great shape," Jones added, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Jones said Bryant "probably wasn't in his best shape" heading into last season after a contract dispute kept him away from offseason activities and hamstring trouble limited him in camp. Bryant hasn't been cleared for field action yet, but Dallas reportedly expects him to participate to some degree in OTAs and June minicamp. We'll have to watch Bryant through the summer, though. Our friends at SportsInjuryPredictor.com have pointed out how foot injuries can linger and lead to surrounding issues. Bryant looks risky right now at his Round 1 ADP in best-ball drafting, with similar #1 type WRs around him.

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3 weeks ago

Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Thursday that rookie LB Jaylon Smith won't open this season on IR. "We'll take a chance he'll  be back for the playoffs," Jones said. (A snarkier writer might ask why that would matter for a Cowboy, but we'll skip that here.) Realistically, it's tough to imagine the team getting significant contributions at that point from a rookie who has spent the whole season on the sideline. IDP owners still shouldn't expect Smith to factor into 2016 redraft fantasy football leagues. He'll be worth a shot in dynasty rookie drafts, however.

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1 month ago

The Cowboys selected QB Dak Prescott in the 4th round of the 2016 draft. The Mississippi State product completed 64.1% of his passes with 56 TDs vs. 16 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He added another 1,574 yards and 24 TDs on the ground. Prescott goes 6’2, 226 pounds with a SPARQ score in the 67 percentile among QBs. He’ll sit behind Tony Romo but has the tools to emerge as Dallas’ starter down the road.

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1 month ago

Ian Rapoport reports that Cowboys OLB Sean Lee had minor knee surgery on Friday, "a cleanup scope." Lee's only expected to need 2 weeks of recovery time. Any time a player goes under the knife is noteworthy, especially when said player has the checkered medical history of Lee. But this doesn't seem like it should affect his 2016 status. We'll keep an eye on Lee's readiness this summer. Lee is signed through 2019, but the cap numbers make it possible that the team could decide to dump him in either of the final 2 seasons if his body breaks down further. Dallas just spent a 2nd-round pick on LB Jaylon Smith, whose ideal fit seems to be on the weak side in a 4-3 setup.

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1 month ago

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed Friday what his team's actions have suggested all offseason regarding DE Greg Hardy. Despite not selecting an edge rusher through the 1st 3 rounds of the NFL Draft, Jones answered "yes" when asked if a Hardy return is off the table for 2016, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer. Hardy followed his domestic assault conviction and resulting suspension in Carolina by providing attitude and tardiness issues in Dallas. We wouldn't be surprised if the whole league passes on him at this point. That said, Hardy will be just 28 when the season begins and remained a talented player when on the field in 2015. So no one should be shocked if he gets another chance.

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The Cowboys reached out to draft former Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith with the 3rd pick of the 2nd round in the NFL Draft. It was a surprising move for a guy with serious questions about the knee that he injured in his final college game. But Dallas' team doctor did the surgery, so the Cowboys should know at least as well as any team what to expect. Fantasy football owners should not expect Smith to play in 2016, but his talent will be worth a shot at least starting late in the 2nd round of dynasty rookie drafts in IDP leagues. Smith projects as a weak-side LB optimally but can play anywhere in Dallas' 3-LB alignment. At full health, he can deliver both in coverage and pass rushing.

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The Cowboys grabbed RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. It’s a perfect marriage between elite prospect and elite offensive line. Elliott ripped off back-to-back 1,800-yard seasons at Ohio State as a true sophomore and junior. He averaged 6.6 yards per carry with 41 TDs and 55 receptions over that span. Elliott has plenty of speed and wiggle and is a tackle-breaking machine. He picked up over 1,000 yards after 1st contact last year, according to Pro Football Focus. Also considered 1 of the top blocking backs to enter the league in recent memory, Elliott is an NFL-ready, 3-down back who should immediately step into a workhorse role. Plus, he doesn’t even turn 21 until July, so there’s still plenty of room for growth. Elliott is the clear-cut #1 pick in dynasty rookie drafts and a potential 1st-rounder in redrafts. He’ll quickly zoom by Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris on Dallas’ depth chart.

Check out our scouting report on Elliott.

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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence is facing a 4-game suspension for violating the league drug policy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Lawrence is reportedly appealing the ban, but we don't often see those things overturned. Assuming the suspension holds up, Lawrence will join DE Randy Gregory on the sideline for the season's 1st 4 games. That only heightens Dallas' need for edge-rushing help and could impact the team's early-round plans for the NFL Draft. The Cowboys have also elected to not re-sign DE Greg Hardy so far. We'll see how Dallas addresses the situation. Lawrence delivered 7 sacks and 9 total QB hits over the final 8 games last season. He remains a promising IDP option for the long term, as long as he doesn't continue this off-field pattern.

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1 month ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo said Saturday that he has been back throwing for about 2 weeks and that he plans to participate fully in the team's offseason program, according to ESPN.com. Romo had March 8 surgery to treat the left collarbone that he has broken 3 times, including twice last season. The fact that he started throwing within a month after indicates that his recovery has gone well. Romo is going in the middle of Round 13 as the 17th QB on average in MyFantasyLeague.com MFL10 drafting so far. He obviously carries durability risk, but that price could prove to be a bargain for the per-game production you'll get when Romo's healthy.

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Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar might not be ready for the start of the 2016 season after tearing his ACL, MCL and patella tendon last October.  He just recently resumed jogging and has no timetable for a return to full activity.  "I feel fine," he said. "Just taking it slow and doing whatever they tell me to do, not trying to do too much."  Dunbar hauled in 21 passes in his 3 full games last year and will be an intriguing PPR option if he gets healthy.

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's rehab from foot surgery is "on schedule," according to HC Jason Garrett.  "Dez is doing really well. He's rehabbing. He's around our building. He's had a lot of productive days," Garrett added.  It's a stock quote around this time of year, but it's better than hearing that he's had a setback.  All signs point to Bryant being back to 100% well before the start of training camp.  The uber-talented 27-year-old is a prime bounce-back candidate in 2016.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday that Darren McFadden remains the team's starting RB, despite the addition of Alfred Morris.  Jones added, though, that Morris will have a "substantive" role.  This figures to be a fluid backfield throughout the summer and possibly the season.  McFadden has the early edge based on his experience in the offense and last year's 1,000-yard season.  But he also turns 29 in August and hasn't exactly been a model of good health.  Morris, meanwhile, is only 27 but has seen his rush yards and yards per carry drop each season since his rookie campaign.  Dallas also re-signed RB Lance Dunbar, who was busy in the passing game last year before tearing his ACL.  We'll be keeping a close eye on this backfield all offseason.  There's fantasy value to be cultivated behind 1 of the best offensive lines in the league.

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2 months ago

Adam Schefter reports that former Washington RB Alfred Morris will sign a 2-year deal with the Cowboys. After a terrific rookie season in both real and fantasy terms, Morris saw his rushing attempts, yards, TDs and yards per carry fall each of the past 3 years. That slipped to 3.7 yards per rush in 2015, when Morris couldn't keep the primary backfield job away from rookie Matt Jones (but also never totally lost it). We wouldn't be surprised to see Dallas also add a mid-round RB in the upcoming NFL Draft, likely a more dynamic player than Morris. But the veteran will give them a steady presence behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines. Short of that, Morris will need to fend off and/or share the job with Darren McFadden, while Lance Dunbar remains a passing-game factor. The crowd might challenge Morris' volume and keep him in RB3 range for fantasy football, even if he leads the backfield in touches.

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2 months ago

The Cowboys re-signed RB Lance Dunbar to a 1-year deal worth $1.75 million. Dynamic and shifty – especially in the receiving game – Dunbar’s 2015 was disrupted by a torn ACL and a torn patellar tendon. Both injuries occurred in mid-October. He certainly isn’t a lock to play Week 1, and he’s not a viable flier for early fantasy drafters.

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Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has agreed to a 1-year, $5 million deal with the team, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McClain spent most of the past 2 seasons starting for Dallas but has also dealt with injuries and provided inconsistent IDP production. He's a late LB3 or bench/waiver fodder for fantasy football owners.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo will undergo surgery on his collarbone next week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  The procedure will insert a plate into the collarbone to reduce the risk of another fracture.  Romo broke the bone twice last year and once back in 2010.  He's expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks, so he's iffy for OTAs but should be a full-go for training camp.

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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence had back surgery recently, and ESPN.com reports that the issue ended up being more serious than the team had expected. "We were somewhat surprised that it was what it turned out to be," executive VP Stephen Jones said. "We thought it might be something a little less significant, but it’s nothing that we have concerns about going forward.” Dallas reportedly expects Lawrence to participate some in offseason workouts and be 100% by training camp. IDP owners should hope that happens after a breakthrough 2nd half in Lawrence's 2nd pro season.

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