Cowboys WR Michael Gallup (knee) is on track to return for Sunday's game against the Packers, according to insider Michael Gehlken. He was reportedly able to do more than expected in Wednesday's practice. "If I feel good, I can keep going," he said afterward. "If I didn't feel good, I was just going to do [individual drills]. It's all on me." We'll see whether Gallup will be limited this weekend, but his return is a nice boost for QB Dak Prescott. It's no coincidence that Prescott averaged 10.9 yards per pass attempt with Gallup over the first 2 games vs. just 7.2 without him over the last 2.
Cowboys WR Michael Gallup is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery to trim his meniscus. There's no other structural damage to the knee, so it's a pretty basic procedure. WRs Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb should see target boosts with Gallup out. WR Devin Smith, who hauled in all 3 of his targets for 74 yards and a score in the Week 2 win over Washington, is the best bet to slide into Gallup's spot.
Cowboys QBs coach Kellen Moore has been promoted to OC and will call plays in 2019, HC Jason Garrett said over the weekend. “I said to everybody, ‘I want those new ideas. I want them thought through far. And if they are not being implemented call me.’ But let’s get in there and do the kinds of things to get the most out of a very talented roster," owner Jerry Jones said. "Kellen has the skill and the right attitude and style to make this work.” This is a huge step for a guy who was a player just 2 years ago. Moore's play-calling ability will be a legitimate question mark heading into 2019.
The Cowboys have fired OC Scott Linehan. Dallas finished better than 14th in total yards or points in just 1 of Linehan's 4 seasons. And the offense took a big step back in 2018, ranking 22nd in both yards and points. We'll see who the 'Boys tab as Linehan's replacement. They have a young core in place with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper.
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott is officially inactive for today's game against the Giants. QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper are active, but don't bank on either guy playing much.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Monday that his team will go "all out" in this weekend's regular-season finale against the Giants. Dallas is locked into the NFC's #4 seed, so we'd be surprised if guys like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper played much, if at all. In a meaningless 2016 Week 17 game, Elliott didn't play at all and Dak Prescott played just 15 snaps.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is off to an uneven start to training camp. “Well, we’re a work in progress,” OC Scott Linehan said. “We’re not where we want to be, but there’s bright spots, things we build on." It's early, and this shouldn't come as a major surprise considering the wholesale changes to Dallas' pass-catching corps. But in a time of the year when everyone is "in the best shape of their lives" and "ready for a breakout season," it's notable to hear a negative report on an offense. We'll be keeping a close eye on the Cowboys this preseason, but this isn't a passing game we're looking to invest in heavily.
The Cowboys are expected to release WR Dez Bryant, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer. We've heard whispers about this for a while now. Dallas reportedly wants Bryant to take a pay cut from the $12.5 million he's scheduled to earn this year and next -- and the mercurial WR evidently isn't willing to oblige. The 2 sides are meeting today, but a divorce is expected "barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart," Schefter tweets. Bryant's production has crated since 3-straight seasons of 1,200+ yards from 2012 to 2014. Over the past 3 years, he's totaled just 150 catches for 2,035 yards and 17 TDs across 38 appearances. He seemingly struggled to get on the same page as QB Dak Prescott, corralling just 52.2% of his targets over the last 2 seasons. Bryant is still just 29, so there's certainly a chance he bounces back in 2018. We'll see where he lands before assessing his fantasy value. The Cowboys, meanwhile, are left with Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley atop their WR depth chart. They figure to be in the market for a rookie WR or 2.
Update: They did.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hand) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final injury report. He'll start Sunday's game against the Giants -- and we're not expecting the hand to be an issue. Still, Prescott is a shaky QB1 after failing to reach 180 passing yards in 5 of his last 6 games.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (hand) is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Giants, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Prescott escaped with just a bruised hand and didn't seem impacted by it last Thursday night. He's a borderline QB1 for Week 14.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott downplayed the throwing-hand injury he suffered in Thursday night’s win over the Redskins. “It’s good,” Prescott said afterward. “I’m fine.” Prescott got a quick X-ray in the locker room during the game that came back clean, but his hand was noticeably swollen. It’ll be a situation to monitor when Dallas returns to practice next week.
Cowboys LT Tyron Smith is active for today's game against the Chargers after missing the past 2 games with his back injury. That's good news for QB Dak Prescott, who posted 2 of his 3 worst outings all season over the past 2 weeks.
The Cowboys have decided to get QB Tony Romo some action in Sunday's finale against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It'll be his 1st regular season appearance since Thanksgiving 2015. QBs Dak Prescott and Mark Sanchez are also expected to play vs. Philly, per Schefter, but the exact rotation remains unclear. It's obviously a situation to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups
The Cowboys don't plan on playing QB Tony Romo in Sunday's finale vs. the Eagles. "We don’t feel like we can gain anything from him running a few plays," owner Jerry Jones said. "Not worth the risk.” It's still unclear whether QB Dak Prescott will play the entire game or if Dallas will use 3rd QB Mark Sanchez.
Cowboys HC Jason Garrett confirmed to ESPN's Ed Werder that he won't rest starters in tonight's game against the Lions. Dallas has clinched the NFC's #1 seed and could limit or hold out some guys in the regular-season finale. But doing so tonight would mean 3 weeks off between games. QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are all safe to use in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott completed just 17 of 37 passes in Sunday night's loss to the Giants, compiling 165 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. Prescott added just 1 yard on his lone rushing attempt and took sacks on 3 of his dropbacks. The game marked Prescott's 3rd straight with less than 200 yards and just 1 TD. Next up: Defenses from Tampa and Detroit that have played better lately but remain non-scary. Prescott's previous 2 low-yardage games came on his 2 lowest pass-attempt totals of the year (1 tied). He still finished each of those contests with QB ratings above 108.
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