Cowboys News: Garrett’s advice for McCarthy, Dalton Schultz at Tight End University

Dalton Schultz is improving his game even as he hits a stalemate with a new deal, plus could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want him in a trade? | From @ToddBrock24f7

The Cowboys and their starting tight end have hit an impasse in their contract negotiations, it seems. With three weeks until his franchise tag salary locks in, Dalton Schultz himself was in Nashville, putting himself through the paces with over 80 other tight ends at TEU, the position-specific camp put on by a few of the league’s biggest superstars. And with one of the game’s most recognized tight ends suddenly calling it a career, could that team be looking at Schultz as a trade target?

Elsewhere, Micah Parsons is hoping to build off last year’s sack numbers and put his name in the record books, Terence Steele looks to continue his improvement along the offensive line by fine-tuning the fundamentals, and once-embattled coach Jason Garrett has a unique perspective on what Mike McCarthy is feeling as he heads into what many are considering a make-or-break season. All that and more in this edition of News and Notes.

News: Trevon Diggs at WR? Cowboys look to finally beat Brady, saying farewell to Marion Barber

Exploring a Trevon Diggs move to offense, ranking NFL divisions by QB, the not-so-sudden rise of HBCUs, and saying goodbye to Marion Barber. | From @ToddBrock24f7

Notehing like some hypothetical mind games to pass the time between minicamp and training camp. The Cowboys staff writers engage in a little what-if wondering as they’re asked about moving cornerback Trevon Diggs back to wide receiver, where he started in college at Alabama. It’s an interesting idea, given his evident ball skills…

Also in the alternate reality genre, make sure to play our build-a-team game, assembling your own Cowboys all-star offense with a $15 budget.

Elsewhere in the news, we’re looking at whether finally beating Tom Brady just got easier, we’re ranking the NFL’s divisions by quarterback, and we’re champing at the bit to hear if the Cowboys will bust out the white throwback helmets this season. The team is making good on its promise to work on reducing penalties, a Cowboys legend believes that HBCUs have always been good enough to compete on the national stage, we’re picking a rookie to keep an eye on in 2022, and we’re watching Jerry Jones get even richer. All that, plus Oxnard dates and saying goodbye to Marion Barber III at a celebration of his life.

Cowboys News: High rankings for Martin, Diggs, McCarthy; Nate Newton immortalized at college level

Zack Martin and Trevon Diggs top their lists; Mike McCarthy finishes higher than you think. Also, two ’90s icons flirt with immortality. | From @ToddBrock24f7

It’s the time of year for rankings to get football fans through the break until training camp. It’s more fun, though, when your team’s guys are near the tops of the lists. Trevon Diggs and Zack Martin claim best-of honors for their respective countdowns, but much-maligned Anthony Brown and supposed hot-seat occupier Mike McCarthy place surprisingly high, too.

Elsewhere, we take a look at the biggest storylines that have brought the Cowboys to this pre-training camp break, we preview a big year for center Tyler Biadasz, and we take look at that promise Jerry Jones made about Jimmy Johnson being enshrined in the team’s Ring of Honor. Also, dynasty legend Nate Newton attains football immortality in the Black College Football Hall of Fame, Jason Garrett welcomes a special guest, George Teague can’t get any respect… and Tom Landry had to go to court to defend Danny White??? We recognize the anniversary of a strange sidenote in Cowboys history. That’s all ahead in News and Notes.

Cowboys News: Coordinators rank near top, previewing trench battles

The latest Cowboys news and notes, including praise for the coordinators, Jerry Jones recent remarks on Sean Payton, and more. | From @AsaHenry_55

Power ranking random NFL-related topics is a staple of the offseason. This week multiple rankings aired from PFF and CBS Sports that all showed the Cowboys serious love. Dan Quinn and Kellen were bothh named the league’s second-best coordinator for their respective sides of the ball, and Ezekiel Elliot showed enough while healthy in 2021 to remain a top-10 running back.

This week Mike McCarthy was fined $100K and the Cowboys were penalized one 2023 practice for OTA violations- more specifically, “excessive contact.” However, Dallas wasn’t the only NFC East team to be hit with that penalty, as the Washington Commanders were docked the same fine and two future practices. Elsewhere around the division, the Eagles front offices has another shake-up, and the latest on the Giants’ looming potential decisions in their wide receiver room.

Plus, the imminent Zack Martin-vs-Jordan Davis matchup has fans of all teams excited, Jerry Jones continues to vaguely commit to Mike McCarthy, and will Dak Prescott regain some of his mobility and willingness to run in 2023?

Cowboys News: Minicamp comes to surprise end, Jerry says no second team in Dallas

Mike McCarthy has released the players until Oxnard; Jerry says the NFL won’t “water down” the team’s fanbase by adding a team in Dallas. | From @ToddBrock24f7

The Cowboys had better hope they come out of the gates swinging and then make a deep playoff run. If they don’t, there will be those who point to this week as the reason why. After just one mandatory practice session, head coach Mike McCarthy has made the (perhaps) stunning decision to scrap the two remaining sessions of minicamp and send everyone home until training camp in Oxnard. The players enjoyed some off-campus team-building with golf clubs and had Thursday nixed from the schedule entirely. Die-hards will say a team that got embarrassed in the postseason should be logging every practice rep they can get, but actually, teams around the league are getting back to the notion of the offseason being… well… a season off.

Elsewhere, Jerry Jones finally puts his foot down, squarely on that story from the spring about how the mayor of Dallas wants another NFL team to play inside the city limits. It’s not going to happen, says the most influential man in the league. We may now have some idea of what Sean Payton’s price tag will look like, thanks to a story out of Miami. The Cowboys rank among the best in the business when it comes to pass-rush tandems, and one member of that duo is literally in a class by himself, according to the metrics. All that, plus strange-looking new safety gear makes its debut in Dallas, and a longtime Cowboys scribe prepare to sign off… for now. That’s all up in News and Notes.

Cowboys News: Roster prediction, Sam Williams gets mentor, Newman on Barber

Cowboys 53-man roster prediction, 5 spots set for camp battles, more on the passing of two former Dallas standouts, and more news and notes. | From @AsaHenry_55

With just over month until the Cowboys take the field for training camp, there are a few positions with little to no questions to be answered, such as quarterback. However, there may be at least five starting spots that are potentially up for grabs to the most impressive player throughout the summer. An early 53-man roster prediction does it’s best to forecast the outcome of those upcoming position battles.

It was announced late this week that Cowboys’ Ring of Honor running back Don Perkins died at the age of 84, making him the second notable former Dallas ball carrier to pass away this month after the news of Marion Barber III. Find out more about Perkins eight years in Dallas, and Barber’s former teammate’s recent comments about his passing. Plus, rankings of NFL wide receiver rooms, NFC quarterbacks, and  coverage defenders from 2021 in this edition of news and notes.

Cowboys News: Thursday’s OTA gets chippy, McCarthy talks Schultz

Two players had to be separated at practice, a veteran Cowboy is lost for the season, plus the latest on the Jerry Jones paternity lawsuit. | From @ToddBrock24f7

It’s still just June and things are already getting heated for the Dallas Cowboys. We’ve got the latest from a steamy OTA session, including two players who had to be separated at practice, and news of one veteran who’s now lost for the season. Coach Mike McCarthy says he’s being “smart” regarding the workload with three months to go before the season opener, but one outlet reminds that he’s already fighting for his job.

Elsewhere, the coach weighs in on his missing starting tight end, and he offers guidance to a group of high school assistants on their way up the ladder. The team is nearing a reckoning- for better or worse- for the way they’ve handled their offseason business, and the stats show what fans have said all along: that the Cowboys are singularly faithful (or stubborn) when it comes to the players they pick. All that, plus the latest in the Jerry Jones paternity lawsuit, a look at how Deion Sanders is shaking up the college football landscape, and Jason Garrett is coming to Sunday nights. That’s all ahead in this edition of News and Notes.

Devery Hendreson, Fred McAfee to be inducted to Saints Hall of Fame

Devery Hendreson and Fred McAfee will be inducted to the Saints Hall of Fame, with celebrations planned ahead of Week 8’s Raiders game:

Here’s some well-deserved recognition for two underrated players in New Orleans Saints history: the team announced Thursday that wide receiver Devery Henderson and running back Fred McAfee will be inducted to the Saints Hall of Fame, with further celebrations of their accomplishments planned for the weekend of Oct. 28-30 prior to New Orleans’ Week 8 kickoff with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Additionally, longtime trainer Kevin Mangum was named the recipient of the Joe Gemelli “Fleur de Lis” award for his decades with the team. Hired way back in 1981, Mangum has seen a lot of change within the organization and shares some unique insight to the franchise’s early days. It’s great to see him get his recognition.

Henderson, 40, joined the Saints as a second round draft choice out of LSU in 2004 and spent nine seasons with New Orleans before calling it a career. He currently boasts the seventh-most receiving yards in franchise history and leads all Saints players with 200-plus career receptions in yards gained per catch (17.9). He paced the NFL in yards per catch twice, in 2006 (23.3) and 2008 (24.8), as one of the most dangerous big-play threats of his generation.

McAfee, 53, was picked in the sixth round of the 1991 draft out of Mississippi College and spent 10 years with the Saints as a player (across two different stops — he had a 5-year stop in Pittsburgh while also spending a year in both Arizona and Tampa Bay), making a name for himself on special teams after leading the team in rushing yards as a rookie (picking up 494 yards in just 9 games). He’s continued to work in New Orleans’ front office since retiring in 2006 and is entering his second year as vice president of player engagement.

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Cowboys News: Parsons and Diggs have plans to improve, franchise value skyrockets

Cowboys’ notes including expectations for Parsons and Diggs, Dallas signs a tight end, and what are the Cowboys really worth? | From @AsaHenry_55

The Cowboys’ defense made mammoth improvements a year ago, in large part due to the performances of linebacker Micah Parsons and cornerback Trevon Diggs. That deadly duo has sky high expectations entering 2022, but both clearly understand they have a lot to learn if they wants to continue on the path they have started for themselves.

On the other side of the ball, the news in recent days has centered around the absence of tight end Dalton Schultz from voluntary OTAs. Schultz is hoping to use the little leverage he has to obtain a long-term deal, but it was a different tight end, rookie Jake Ferguson, that signed on the dotted line with Dallas this week.

Plus, a deeper look at the quarterback position, an under-the-radar wide receiver who could make the roster, and after the Broncos sold above their evaluation what is the true value of the Cowboys?

Cowboys News: UDFA on fast track, Prescott weighs in on Dalton Schultz, Micah Parsons goes yard in Home Run Derby

Micah Parsons took the charity Home Run Derby VERY seriously, plus Dak Prescott says he’s confident in Dalton Schultz’s OTA situation. | From @ToddBrock24f7

A handful of Cowboys stars laid some big hits of a different kind Tuesday night. The Reliant Home Run Derby is an annual event that lets the team’s top names swing for the fences to raise money for The Salvation Army. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Trevon Diggs took some good cuts, and Leighton Vander Esch went on to take first place… but Micah Parsons was the MVP of the night. With a new bat he rushed out and bought right beforehand, Parsons sent two balls out of the entire stadium, furthering the belief that there is nothing the man cannot do.

Elsewhere, the Cowboys learned the final details of their preseason schedule, Diggs is honored by the state of Alabama, CeeDee Lamb is projected to take a massive leap forward, and one undrafted free agent is seemingly taking the express lane to the 53-man roster. We look at how much the Cowboys have riding on keeping last year’s coaching staff together, we explore the league’s new recruiting efforts on the other side of the world, and we visit with a Texas boy who became a nightmare for Cowboys fans… who now admits he couldn’t hang with today’s uber-conditioned athletes in a fascinating interview. That’s all ahead in New and Notes.