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Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin was left off the PUP list to open training camp. It's excellent news after last September's torn ACL and confirms that the team expects him to be ready for the start of the season. Jarwin got a nice 4-year, $22 million deal last offseason and was set to serve as Dallas' starting TE before that knee injury. Assuming he's back to 100%, Jarwin should get that chance again in 2021. He faces stiff target competition in WRs Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup -- but the strength of the Cowboys passing game gives Jarwin top-12 fantasy upside.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is not expected to be limited at the open of training camp. “I see for him to be a full participant,” HC Mike McCarthy said on Wednesday. “It’s still a projection. We’ll see how it goes. Obviously, we’ll watch it.” Dak, who suffered a compound right ankle fracture on October 11, was held out of team drills in OTAs. We’ll keep an eye on the ankle, but with a loaded supporting cast, Prescott's positioned to tally top-5 fantasy totals.

Details on Cowboys WR Amari Cooper's offseason ankle surgery have been scarce. Until now. Sports Illustrated's Mike Fisher reports that it was a "routine clean-up procedure" and happened in January. Fisher adds that the team is "unconcerned about any long-term issues." ESPN's Todd Archer previously reported that Cooper is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, but Fisher hears that Cooper will be "cutting it close." We'll see when he's able to take to the practice field, but it doesn't sound like there's any concern about his status for the start of the season.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott's personal trainer believes he's "way quicker, way more elusive" than he was even a few months ago. "I don’t think Zeke has ever worked like this in the offseason," trainer Josh Hicks added. We thought Elliott looked sluggish at times last season, when he averaged a career-low 4.0 yards per carry and ranked a middling 26th among 47 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating. So it's good to hear he's putting work in this offseason. “Zeke looks great,” QB Dak Prescott said. “He’s in the best shape of his life. Looking fast." With Prescott back and hopefully better health on the offensive line, Elliott is an obvious 2021 bounce-back candidate.

ESPN's Todd Archer hears that Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He missed spring practices after undergoing ankle surgery this offseason. "They'll just monitor him and see how it goes" in camp, Archer adds. We'll be keeping a close eye on Cooper, who is going in the 3rd round of early fantasy drafts.

According to Jon Machota of The Athletic, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott appears “on track” to be a “full participant” in training camp. Machota observed Dak moving well in OTAs, all while “never seeming to favor his surgically repaired right ankle.” HC Mike McCarthy added the following: “Physically, I think he’s right where he needs to be. He’s done everything. He hasn’t missed anything that’s been slated. He’s doing a lot of extra, frankly, so the anticipation would be for him to go every day (in training camp) is the outlook. We’re not naïve. It’s just like any player that comes back from injury, especially a major joint injury, the first year back there’s going to be some things you have to work through. But I would anticipate we’d start with him in full mode, get him into the team periods and get back to playing football.” Prescott, almost 28, remains a high-ceiling QB1.

Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy revealed that WR Amari Cooper underwent ankle surgery this offseason. We don't have any other details on the injury or procedure. Cooper is "still working through" the issue, per McCarthy, and hasn't participated in spring practices. McCarthy added that he's "hopeful" Cooper will be ready for the start of training camp. We'll keep a close eye on him throughout the summer.

Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin (knee) isn't participating in OTAs but expects to be ready for the start of training camp. "I'll just keep pushing along, and I anticipate, Day 1 of training camp, being ready to roll," he said. Jarwin will be just about a full year removed from his torn ACL come Week 1. One of our favorite 2020 breakout candidates, Jarwin is coming even cheaper in fantasy drafts this year and still carries intriguing upside.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (ankle) was on the field for the start of OTAs on Monday. It was his 1st live action since suffering a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle in Week 5. All reports on his recovery have been positive, and Prescott remains on track to be full-go for the season opener.

Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy said Saturday that QB Dak Prescott (ankle) is on track to be a full-go when training camp opens in late July. Prescott has had "excellent workouts" the past couple of weeks and is expected to do "most things" at OTAs, McCarthy added. Prescott, by all indications, has had a smooth rehab from October's fractured and dislocated ankle. We're not expecting it to be an issue this season.

The Cowboys have declined the 5th-year option on LB Leighton Vander Esch, leaving 2021 as the final year on his rookie contract. It's not a surprising move given LVE's injury issues the past 2 years (13 games missed). The decision adds upside to 1st-round pick Micah Parsons, who should find a full-time role by 2022 (if not sooner).

The Cowboys selected Stanford WR Simi Fehoko in Round 5 of the 2021 NFL Draft. Fehoko went on a 2-year religious mission after high school, so he’s already 23 years old despite spending just 3 seasons at Stanford. After a quiet freshman year, he ranked 3rd on the team with 566 yards and was tops with 6 TDs as a sophomore. Then he easily led the Cardinal with 37 catches, 574 yards and 3 TDs in 6 games this past season. Fehoko has plus size at 6’4, 222 pounds and impressed at his Pro Day with a 4.44-second 40 time, a 34.5-inch vertical and strong times in the agility drills. He has work to do in the route-running department, but there’s intriguing developmental upside here. He'll have room to develop on a loaded WR depth chart in Dallas, led by Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup. Fehoko's best early bet might be challenging for Noah Brown's #5 spot. He'll be just a late-draft consideration for dynasty managers.

The Cowboys selected Penn State LB Micah Parsons 12th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, after a trade down with the Eagles. Before opting out of 2020, Parsons delivered cross-category production for the Nittany Lions. His 2019 stat line included 109 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 5 pass breakups and 4 forced fumbles. He backed up that college production and tape with stellar athletic testing, including a class-leading 129.6 speed score (on a 4.41-second 40). That’s an even better speed score than Isaiah Simmons or Devin White, who led the past 2 LB classes. Parsons could be an option at any LB spot for the Cowboys. Sean Lee recently retired. Leighton Vander Esch has had neck issues. Even Jaylon Smith has been up and down. We'll see about the specific plan for Parsons, but he looks like a good bet for stat production.

Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is “expected to be ready to go” for training camp. He adds that Prescott isn’t expected to participate much in spring practices. Regardless, it’s good news, as the 6th-year passer has progressed well from 2 ankle surgeries. A healthy Dak projects as a top-5 fantasy passer.

The Cowboys and QB Dak Prescott have agreed to a 4-year, $160 million contract, according to multiple reports. Prescott is getting a $66 million signing bonus, a record $126 million guaranteed and a no-trade clause. This deal took years to get done, but the Cowboys were never going to let Dak get away. He's been awesome since arriving back in 2016, completing 66% of his passes, averaging 7.7 yards per attempt and tossing 106 TDs vs. 40 INTs. More of a game manager for his first 3 seasons, Prescott exploded for 4,902 yards and 30 scores in 2019, finishing 2nd among QBs in fantasy points. He was on pace to smash those marks last season before suffering a season-ending fractured and dislocated ankle in Week 5. Prescott's rehab is reportedly going well -- and this contract is confirmation that the Cowboys have no concerns. Dak sits 3rd among QBs in our early 2021 fantasy rankings.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is "a little ahead of schedule" in his rehab from October's fractured and dislocated ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Prescott was originally pegged for a 4-6 month recovery timetable and is expected to be ready "long before" the start of the 2021 season. Rapoport also reports that Dak had a 2nd surgery on that ankle in December to "strengthen his deltoid ligament, clean out the ankle and make it more structurally sound." The Cowboys are expected to franchise-tag Prescott again if the 2 sides can't agree to a long-term deal.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is making "great progress" in his recovery from October's fractured and dislocated right ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's walking and working in the pool and on an anti-gravity treadmill. Dallas believes Prescott will "come back better than ever." Those 2 sides still need to come to an agreement on a long-term deal after Dak played under the franchise tag in 2020.

The Cowboys have ruled LB Leighton Vander Esch (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Giants. It'll be his 2nd straight missed game. No Dallas LB other than Jaylon Smith played more than 58% of the snaps with LVE out last week against Philadelphia.

The Lions are waiving S Jayron Kearse. He started 7 games before missing Week 16 with a hip injury. His departure seems to clear the way for Tracy Walker to remain in the starting lineup. Walker returned to full playing time Saturday against the Bucs after 6 straight contests of part-time duty. He led the team with 9 tackles (6 solo) in the loss to Tampa Bay.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott (calf) is active for today’s game vs. the Eagles. We’re expecting him to share backfield work with Tony Pollard, leaving both guys as just RB3 or flex plays.

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