Tavon Austin Jersey

Tavon Austin is where he needs to be to finally realize his full potential, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones couldn’t be happier with the team’s new offensive weapon.

Jones made a surprising comparison when discussing Austin at training camp.

“I like the energy that No. 10 is bringing,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota. “That’s inordinate because just by the nature of how we got him here and his pedigree, for him to bring along that really, it’s Michael Irvin-ish as far as the energy that he brings. I know the guys appreciate him.”

The Playmaker isn’t walking through the door at 52 years old to solve the Cowboys’ wide receiver problems. But Austin is now mentally and physically ready to become a dynamic threat.

The fact that Austin is drawing positive reviews shows how far he has come in a few months. The Los Angeles Rams were ready to release the failed draft pick, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, before finding a trade partner.

Jones’ reference was a nod to Austin’s on-field demeanor and not his skill set. Comparing any current player to a Hall of Famer is always a mistake. Yet, a larger-than-life personality is exactly what the Cowboys need among a nondescript group of skill-position performers.

A take-charge version of Austin is a far cry from the previous incarnation that played for the Rams organization. Calling the receiver’s first five seasons a disappointment is an understatement. The Rams traded up to the eighth overall pick in the notoriously awful 2013 draft and chose the West Virginia product. He’s never managed more than 907 total yards from scrimmage in any season yet signed a $42 million contract extension before the 2016 campaign. In March, the Rams and Austin agreed to void the last three years of his contract, which made him easier to trade.

A month later, the Cowboys flipped a sixth-round pick to the Rams for Austin. He’s been everything the team wanted upon agreeing to the deal.

“He’s a steal,” Dak Prescott said during minicamp, per ESPN.com’s Todd Archer.

The quarterback could already see what Austin brought to the offense as a hybrid runner/receiver. However, Austin’s turnaround in the blue and silver occurred long before he ever put on the team’s uniform.

His misusage within the Rams offense under previous head coach Jeff Fisher from 2013 to 2016 is not a secret. Fisher’s staffs lacked creativity and didn’t continually place Austin in a position to create, which is amazing after they paid a stiff price to draft him. It’s not like his skill set changed from West Virginia to the professional ranks.

This doesn’t excuse the 28-year-old target, who is equally culpable in his disappointing play. Austin never committed himself. Other priorities superseded what happened on the field.

“I didn’t respect the game enough,” Austin acknowledged, per the Dallas Morning News’ Brandon George. “That’s what I’m doing again. I’m getting back to leaving the money and all that stuff alone and coming in and playing the sport that I love.”

Reporters pressed Austin on what he meant about not respecting the game.

“For one, my work ethic,” he said. “My work ethic went out the window. I’m not saying I wasn’t working hard, but it went out the window. I didn’t work as hard as I used to do.”

It didn’t take long for Tavon Austin and the Cowboys to show their true colors and disrespect the red, white and blue on national television, again. Dak “MAGA Seneca Wallace” Prescott got Dallas on the board early with a deep bomb to Austin, who’d burst right past New York’s defense in an absolute blaze of glory.

Austin was traded to the Cowboys from the Rams in the offseason in exchange for a sixth-round pick. The move was hardly objectionable as he didn’t score a receiving touchdown all of last season (he scored once rushing). This season wasn’t off to the greatest start either as he only recorded one rushing yard of total offense Week 1 against the Panthers. This game seems to be going a bit better. Not only has he burned a safety nicknamed “The Jackrabbit,” he also had a throwback performance that allowed some fans to bring up Rams-era Nick Foles.

Cowboys fans will certainly hope the fever of throwback performances becomes contagious, and gets Dak Prescott to back to his Offensive Rookie of the Year heights.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Tavon Austin’s fresh start with the Dallas Cowboys wasn’t much different than the stale final season the versatile receiver endured with the Los Angeles Rams.

The difference is that Austin has a chance to change the feeling — against his former team, in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The Cowboys traded for Austin during the draft, but he missed nine games after injuring a groin. While he was out just one game last season under first-year Rams coach Sean McVay, Austin was hampered by wrist and hamstring issues while simply getting buried on the depth chart.

He’s trying not to view Saturday night’s game in LA as a matchup of a team that wanted him against a team that didn’t .

“You’re always going to feel disrespected because you’re getting traded,” Austin said. “If you get traded, evidently you’re not doing something right. Or you ain’t getting it done, or they don’t believe in you. I felt disrespected, but at the end of the day it’s the business side.

“(McVay) talked to me on the phone about it and told me he was going to give me a chance to go somewhere else and finish my career. And that was good enough for me.”

Austin had the first long play of the season for the Cowboys, a 64-yard touchdown catch from Dak Prescott in a Week 2 win over the New York Giants before getting injured four weeks later. He returned in time for the regular-season finale at New York, setting up a strong showing in the 24-22 wild-card win over Seattle.

An 80-yard punt return for a touchdown was nullified by a holding penalty that didn’t make any difference in Austin breaking free. He added a 51-yard return early in the fourth quarter to set up a drive that ended with Prescott throwing an interception in the end zone.

The Cowboys haven’t had much of a threat in the return game without Austin, and haven’t been able to utilize many gadget plays on offense without the hybrid receiver/runner.

The eighth overall pick in 2013 when the Rams were still in St. Louis, Austin had five disappointing seasons, including the franchise’s first two after moving back to LA. The former West Virginia player heard the “bust” talk, but tried to ignore it. He’s still trying to ignore it.

“Every game is emotional,” Austin said. “Not really a difference between games. It’s just the fact that I played over there for so long. I’m all right. I’m not going to make it a Tavon against the Rams thing.”

It wasn’t so much the Rams wanting to dump Austin as it was simply not having a spot for him two years after he signed a four-year, $42 million extension.

The 28-year-old Austin was a good fit for Dallas because offensive coordinator Scott Linehan likes gadget guys. Linehan just never got to use him much.

“Tavon has the unique ability of making big plays with not playing every game,” Linehan said recently. “He’s going to feel like a guy with fresh legs on the field.”

And Austin has a fresh outlook, even after another stale season marked by an injury that led to career lows in games and catches.

“You always want to show out. That’s the point,” Austin said. “We’ll see when we get over there. Hopefully I do, but if I don’t, hopefully we just get the win.”

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) – The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed receiver Tavon Austin to a one-year deal, according to 105.3 The Fan’s Mike Fisher.

It’s unknown how much Austin will earn.

105.3 The Fan reported last week that Austin had been working out at The Star with Cowboys trainers.

With the departure of Cole Beasley, Austin could see more opportunities in the slot along with Allen Hurns.

Austin had 8 receptions for 180 yards in seven games played with Dallas last season. He suffered a gruesome groin injury that cost him half the season.

The Cowboys also reportedly signed defensive end Christian Covington to a one-year deal on Thursday.

Marcus Martin Jersey

Amidst a flurry of roster moves on Thursday, which included releasing two franchise icons in Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor, the Seattle Seahawks quietly signed free agent guard Marcus Martin.

Martin, 25, was a second-round pick in 2014 by the 49ers. The former USC product appeared in 26 games (24 starts) for San Francisco from 2014-2016, before he was cut.

He spent the past two seasons bouncing around the Browns and Cowboys, spending all of 2018 on the injured reserve.

Now, he’ll get a chance to crack the roster on Seattle’s very crowded offensive line.

Martin’s biggest skill set for the Seahawks will be his versatility, as he has played center, guard and tackle in the NFL – although he is primarily a center.

Seattle is set in the starting five, with Duane Brown, Mike Iupati, Justin Britt, D.J. Fluker and Germain Ifedi. Phil Haynes, Jamarco Jones, George Fant, Joey Hunt, Jordan Simmons and Ethan Pocic all seem likely to occupy a roster spot, and Joey Hunt, Jordan Roos and Elijah Nkansah have NFL experience as well, giving Seattle one of the deepest offensive lines in recent memory.

However, it is worth noting Seattle is bringing in a veteran who has experience playing guard and center, as that could be a sign that Pocic, Seattle’s 2017 second round pick, doesn’t have a secure roster spot.

Martin has a long road ahead of him to make the roster, but his invitation into camp is proof that coach Pete Carroll remains committed to his intense culture of competition – especially during training camp when no one’s job is safe.

BALTIMORE — The Rams have made a roster move on the eve of their first practice with the Ravens, signing defensive end Marcus Martin.

A college free agent out of Division-II Slippery Rock, Martin initially signed with the Seahawks following the spring’s draft. Even though Martin recorded a record-setting 56.0 sacks in college, he joined the Seahawks to play as a fullback. That ultimately did not work out, as Martin was waived in late May.

Martin is the all-time NCAA leader in sacks irrespective of division with his 56.0 quarterback takedowns. He holds the record for Division-II career tackles for loss as well, with 92.5.

Los Angeles announced Margin’s signing as a defensive end, meaning he will likely go back to playing defense.

The Rams will practice with the Ravens this week before taking on Baltimore for Los Angeles’ first preseason matchup on Thursday evening.

While the Seattle Seahawks roster went topsy turvy on Thursday by releasing two of their legends; the roster spots cleared by waiving strong safety Kam Chancellor and wide receiver Doug Baldwin were put to immediate use by signing three lesser-known players.

Much lesser known players.

By waiving Chancellor and Baldwin due to failed physicals along with their last remaining open roster spot, the organization created the room to sign cornerback Jamar Taylor, fullback Nick Bellore and guard Marcus Martin. It was known the Seahawks planned to add Taylor as presumably a veteran option for their nickel cornerback competition featuring Akeem King and Kalan Reed but Bellore and Martin weren’t known until the Seahawks made the move official.

Taylor has considerable experience at corner.

Well, Bellore and Martin also boast similar experience at positions with different degrees of difficult to make the team. Although the Seahawks worked out a few fullbacks during rookie mini-camp last weekend; they had no full-time fullback on the roster, as two-year starter Tre Madden remains a free agent with no sign the Seahawks will re-sign him. With Bellore filling the void now, he’s no spring chicken — so Madden’s veteran pricing wasn’t the issue.

One would think the Seahawks would skew younger or go through 2019 sans fullback but at this point, they aren’t.

An undrafted player out of Central Michigan in 2011, Bellore brings special teams versatility to the table, which likely helped him earn the job. Another recent Detroit Lions player who played with the organization from the past two seasons, he also has a two-year stint with a Seahawks division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, before signing with the Lions. Rounding out, his NFL experience is the team that gave him his start — the New York Jets. Signed following the drafted in 2011, he spent his first four seasons in New York.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had plenty of success over the years with finding defensive talent from small schools. From Donnie Shell and Jack Lambert to Greg Lloyd and Javon Hargrave, they unearthed gems that most teams overlooked. The Steelers believe they found promising talent at outside linebacker last year with Keion Adams from Western Michigan. This year’s small school talent pool includes someone from the Steelers own backyard. West Mifflin High School graduate Marcus Martin, a defensive end from Slippery Rock University, should be on the Steelers radar. Why? Because he capped off an amazing college career with a historic senior season. Martin’s senior year proved he belongs with his big school counterparts.

The 2018 NFL Draft is just around the corner. One of the Steelers main needs is an inside linebacker who can cover ground and tackle. Martin is someone who can do just that, with a whole lot of heart and a non-stop motor. Despite his small school status, Martin is one of the most productive defensive linemen in NCAA history. Prior to his legendary Division II career, Martin was a standout defensive player at West Mifflin High School. In addition to football, Martin made a name for himself participating in track events such as running the 200m, javelin and shot put.

Martin isn’t the most imposing player in college football, but he’s made a name for himself with his production. He’s the all-time sack leader in college football with 56, and owns the all-time Division II record with 92.5 tackles for loss. Martin was a dominant force for Slippery Rock from the moment he stepped on the field in 2014. He started every one of his 48 games. The West Mifflin native racked up 302 tackles (139 solo), 56 sacks, six forced fumbles, and six passes defended. Slippery Rock’s coaching staff appreciated Martin’s unrelenting effort and hustle.

“There’s no question he could be starting at Pitt or anywhere else in the country,” Slippery Rock coach Shawn Lutz said. “The myth is that a defensive end in a 4-3 (defense) has to be 6’4″ or 6’5″. A lot of these teams are saying if you can pass rush, we can’t coach that. I don’t care what defense we play.” Considered short for a defensive lineman at 6’1″, Martin did not receive a Division I scholarship. Slippery Rock offered him a home and he rewarded them with 16 sacks, earning the PSAC West Freshman of the Year award. “I don’t know that there are many of him at any level,” said Cal (Pa.) coach Gary Dunn, “He’s the total package. He plays nonstop.”

To say Martin accomplished a lot at the Rock would be an understatement. His awards are a testament to his athletic ability, superior work ethic, and a genuine love for the game. “One thing I’ve definitely gotten better at is football IQ: understanding offenses and being able to predict things before they happen and being able to read backfields,” Martin said. Despite major schools holding his stature against him, Martin proved them wrong. “That’s just something I keep in the back of my head,” Martin said. “I am a shorter guy, so I gotta work on my other (skills). I can’t change my physical attributes, I’m as tall as I’m going to get. The things you can get better at is your quickness, your strength and everything mentally. So that’s the things I focus on.”

Deonte Thompson Jersey

Adam Gase has kept himself busy as the Jets’ interim GM.

On Tuesday, Gase signed one of his former wideouts in veteran WR Deonte Thompson, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, to help bolster the Jets’ wide receiver room. Thompson brings a winning pedigree with an outside shot at making the Jets roster.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Deonte Thompson said on Wednesday that the team’s receiving corps is looking to exceed expectations after the release of Dez Bryant.

According to Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News, Thompson said: “I’m excited to be in a group of guys who are hungry and want to prove the world wrong. I don’t really have too much social media stuff, so I barely hear it, but we know what they say. But we’ll be having this discussion in November, and it will be totally different.”

Thompson is part of a revamped wideout group for the Cowboys that will look significantly different in 2018 with Bryant out of the fold.

Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Noah Brown are the holdover receivers in Dallas. Williams was arrested for public intoxication last week and is recovering from surgery on his broken right foot.

Aside from that trio, the Cowboys signed Thompson and Allen Hurns, traded for Tavon Austin (who is listed as a running back on the team’s depth chart) and drafted both Michael Gallup (third round) and Cedrick Wilson (sixth round).

None of the pass-catchers on Dallas’ roster have ever been a true No. 1 at the NFL level, but there is strength in numbers.

Hurns is no stranger to success, as he registered 64 receptions for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015.

Thompson has had something of a nomadic career featuring stints with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears.

The 29-year-old veteran enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017 with 38 catches for 555 yards and two touchdowns split between the Bears and Bills.
While there are major question marks among Dallas’ wide receivers, quarterback Dak Prescott will likely be forced to lean even more heavily on his wideouts in 2018 following the retirement of tight end Jason Witten (63 receptions, 560 yards, five touchdowns).

The Jets and interim general manager Adam Gase are at it again.

New York has signed veteran wide receiver Deonte Thompson, the team announced Tuesday. Thompson’s agents, DEC Management, had revealed the deal on social media earlier in the day. Terms were not disclosed.

Thompson’s signing comes after Gase completed his first deal as interim GM last week by sending linebacker Darron Lee to the Chiefs in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick.

Thompson, 30, was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Ravens in 2012. He has since had three stints with the Bills and also spent time with the Bears and Cowboys.

He totaled 17 catches for 161 yards in 13 games for the Cowboys and Bills in 2018.

Should he survive the cut, Thompson will compete for a spot behind Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder on New York’s depth chart.

Quann Shears is a Steelers fan, but he wasn’t going to pass up the chance to meet pro football players.

Even if they were from the Baltimore Ravens.

Quann left Monday night’s youth football clinic at Fort George G. Meade with defense tackle Brandon Williams’ hat — something he had to concede was “pretty cool.”

The 12-year-old was of 150 children from military families to take part.

Ravens players Kamar Aiken, Will Hill, Jeromy Miles (who attended the Naval Academy for one year), Steve Smith, Deonte Thompson and Williams provided pointers on football fundamentals, as well as the importance of physical activity.

FRISCO — The Cowboys’ plan all along was to keep veteran Deonte Thompson as their sixth receiver on the roster, but they had to be calculated in their approach.

The Cowboys initially released Thompson on Saturday as part of their final cuts and kept injured second-year receiver Noah Brown, who missed the preseason with a strained hamstring. On Monday, the Cowboys placed Brown on the injured reserve list and re-signed Thompson.

The reason the Cowboys kept Brown initially on the 53-man roster instead of Thompson came down to waivers. If the Cowboys would have released Brown, he would have been exposed to waivers and any team could have claimed him. Thompson is a vested veteran and doesn’t go through the waivers process, therefore he was free to sign with any team.

However, the Cowboys talked to Thompson before the release and told him they planned to re-sign him so he didn’t look for another team, knowing it would come soon with Brown being moved to injured reserve.

Thompson battled a strained groin throughout training camp but over the last week of practices looked healthy and ready to contribute. The Cowboys value him as a deep threat because of his speed and he’ll likely be the club’s primary kickoff returner.

Here are five things to know about new Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson.

Deonte Thompson was born on February 14, 1989 in Belle Glades, FL. Thompson attended Glades Central High School followed by the University of Florida. The 6-foot, 200-pound wide receiver is a six-year NFL veteran and has played for the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears.

Thompson has the rare distinction of winning a championship in college and the NFL.

He was a member of the 2008 Florida Gators squad that won the BCS National Championship under head coach Urban Meyer. Thompson finished his Florida career with 1,446 yards and He was later part of the Baltimore Ravens team that beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Thompson may only play football now, but he used to be a track and field star as well. He ran track in high school and was a member of the Gators’ track and field squad in 2008, according to Florida’s official website. Thompson’s track and field prowess clearly helped him as a wide receiver — he ran a 4.30 40-yard dash before the 2012 NFL draft when he went undrafted.

Thompson spoke more about his track and field experience in the video below for the Baltimore Ravens.

Thompson might not be a major weapon in the Cowboys’ passing game — his best season as a receiver came last year when he caught 38 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears and Bills.

But Thompson may provide the Cowboys with a boost in their special teams unit. Thompson doesn’t have any kick or punt return touchdowns, but has accumulated a total of 3,059 all-purpose yards in his career. Look for him to immediately contribute in the Cowboys’ return-game. This missed field goal during the preseason is a good example…

The Cowboys have seen Thompson’s big-play ability firsthand. Thompson returned a kick at AT&T Stadium 108 yards for a touchdown against Dallas in a 2013 preseason game. Perhaps Cowboys fans will see more of that in 2018.

Antwaun Woods Jersey

For Cowboys defensive lineman Antwaun Woods, the journey from growing up in Los Angeles to America’s team has not always been an easy one.

“I grew up in the jungle, probably one of the most-dangerous parts of L.A.,” Antwaun said. “I got into some trouble.”

“It lives up to its name, the jungle,” Antwaun’s father Phillip Woods said. “There is poverty, low income, no income, drugs. One day you have a friend, the next day they’re gone.”

Because of the crime-filled environment at home, Antwaun’s father, Phillip, made the decision to bus his son almost two hours each way out of the jungle for school, sending him to Taft Charter High School in Woodland Hills, California, north of Los Angeles.

“He was mad, he was hot about that one,” Phillip said. “It taught him there was more than just the neighborhood. There was more out there for him to go out and get.”

“That ended up being the best decision (my dad) ever made,” Antwaun said. “He raised me in a society that not a lot of fathers raise their child, and for that, I respect him. He means a lot to me.”

Phillip’s decision to send his son to Taft opened the door for Antwaun to attend his dream college, playing football for the USC Trojans in the Los Angeles Coliseum, the same stadium he will play in Saturday night now as a starter for the Dallas Cowboys.

Antwaun Woods shared a photo on social media of him preparing for an operation. It turns out he was undergoing surgery for an injury suffered during the Dallas Cowboys’ playoff game last weekend.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Woods tore a labrum during the second quarter of Dallas’ game against the Los Angeles Rams and played the rest of the game with the injury.
Woods was undrafted coming out of USC and began his career with the Titans, playing in one game in 2016. He surprisingly made the Cowboys’ roster this year and had 34 tackles in 15 games as the starting nose tackle.

It’s moments like this that help a young player earn profound respect and admiration from his teammates and coaches. Woods already earned much of their respect with some of his play on the field this season, and this should only strengthen that among his peers.

According to the report, Woods underwent surgery to repair the torn labrum on Thursday. Hopefully he is able to make a full recovery and be healthy for the final year of his contract before becoming a free agent in 2020.

Now this is what you call adding insult to injury. After the Dallas Cowboys roughed up ​Jameis Winston en route to a 27-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that won them the NFC East, a Dallas D-lineman thought it would be a perfect opportunity to troll the Bucs’ QB. So that’s what Antwaun Woods did, “eating a W” right in Winston’s face.

​​”Eat a W” of course became famous when this ridiculous video surfaced of Winston’s pregame speech to his Bucs teammates.

​​Man, talk about egg on your face — almost as bad as crab legs in your pockets.

Winston has played well during the second half of the season after playing terribly when he returned from his suspension, forcing Tampa Bay into a tough decision regarding whether or not to keep their quarterback. But ​considering how much money he’s owed, it’s likely that Tampa Bay will move on from Winston.

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods has been fined by the NFL for taunting.

Woods was fined $10,026 for celebrating Dak Prescott’s two-point conversion pass to Michael Gallup last Sunday against the New York Giants. The pass gave the Cowboys a 36-35 lead with just over a minute left on the clock.

Many of USC’s defensive players are shifting to new positions in the Trojans’ “52” scheme.

Morgan Breslin and Devon Kennard are morphing from ends to hybrid linebackers. Leonard Williams moves from tackle to end.

Meantime, third-year sophomore Antwaun Woods keeps working at his craft as a nose tackle.

“No difference in my world,” he said Tuesday.

The 6-foot, 310-pound Woods started the first four games last season and then played as a reserve, finishing with 4 1/2 tackles for losses, including three sacks.

Coaches and teammates said Woods is among the Trojans’ most knowledgeable players.

“He’s a very smart kid,” defensive line coach Ed Orgeron said.

Woods’ has a simple goal this season.

“Just being accountable,” he said. “Knowing that I’m in there, I’m going to get the job done.”

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford is facing up to 60 days in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor unlawful assembly charge stemming from a March bar fight.
On March 15, Crawford was filmed at the Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City Beach, Florida, fighting with bouncers. He reportedly also pushed two police officers:

The brawl reportedly occurred after Crawford and his party were told to stay outside the bar since members of Crawford’s party were allegedly bothering a female bartender.

The 29-year-old Crawford is coming off a strong 2018 season that saw him register 34 tackles, four tackles for loss and a career-high 5.5 sacks.

Crawford, who can play anywhere on the defensive line, ranked third on the team in sacks behind only Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.

The Windsor, Ontario, Canada, native has spent his entire seven-year NFL career with the Cowboys since they selected him in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft out of Boise State.

Crawford is penciled in as a key part of Dallas’ defensive tackle rotation entering 2019 along with Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods and rookie second-round pick Trysten Hill.

With veteran Robert Quinn joining a defense end group that already includes Lawrence and 2017 first-round pick Taco Charlton, Crawford will primarily be tasked with generating pressure up the middle, which is something he has excelled at throughout his career with 22 sacks to his credit.

Crawford is next scheduled to appear in court in June.

Allen Hurns Jersey

ARLINGTON, Texas — Dallas receiver Allen Hurns was in surgery for a broken left ankle, a gruesome injury sustained in the first quarter of the Cowboys’ 24-22 wild-card win over Seattle.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Hurns was “probably in surgery at this time” after the game Saturday night.

Hurns was being dragged down by Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald at the end of a 14-yard catch for a first down when his lower left leg appeared to buckle.

The 27-year-old Hurns writhed in pain on the turf as medical personnel rushed out to immobilize his leg. He was taken off the field on a cart after being placed on a stretcher, tears streaming down his face.

Several players from both teams crowded around the stretcher as Hurns was wheeled off. Hurns held up his left fist as the crowd cheered while the cart was driven off the field.

The Cowboys signed Hurns as a free agent in the offseason after waiving franchise career touchdown catches leader Dez Bryant in a cost-cutting move. With the catch against the Seahawks, Hurns had 21 catches for 309 yards with two touchdowns this season.

On the inside of Allen Hurns’ left ankle are the marks from where the bone broke through. On the outside, evidence remains of the plate and screws that are helping the ankle and fibula again support the Cowboys wide receiver as he runs routes and makes cuts and catches, like he always has.

Hurns took part in individual drills Tuesday during the first day of Dallas’ mandatory three-day minicamp at The Star, a true sign of progress since the gruesome injury he suffered during the Wild Card playoff win over Seattle on Jan. 5 at AT&T Stadium. After his ankle snapped, his foot pointed the wrong direction. Coach Jason Garrett held his hand as the medics worked, Hurns’ teammates gathered nearby as a show of respect. Tears ran down Hurns’ face and he raised his fist as he was carted off the field.

“I have a lot of faith in God,” Hurns said. “I knew that I would make it back.”

Hurns, who hopes to be full-go by the start of training camp in late July, returns to a crowded receiving corps. The Cowboys projected starters at receiver are Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. In the final year of his two-year, $12 million deal, Hurns could be considered expendable. He has dealt with worse.

“My main thing is to get healthy, put together a great training camp,” Hurns said, “and go from there.”

Hurns had earned respect from the coaching staff and teammates with his ability to play all over the field, accumulating a mostly quiet 20 catches for 295 yards and two touchdowns in his first season in Dallas before the injury. Oh, the injury.

Not far into the Cowboys’ wild-card game against the Seahawks, receiver Allen Hurns went down on the field after suffering a gruesome ankle injury.

The game was stopped for several minutes as team doctors and athletic trainers placed Hurns on a stretcher and then onto a cart to be removed from the field and immediately transported by ambulance to a hospital. Tears flowed down the side of Hurns’ face on the stretcher and he raised his fist in the air as he left the field.

“The surgery went well,” Garrett said Sunday night. “He seems to be doing well and seems to be in good spirits. There is an expectation of a full recovery.”
The reaction to Hurns’ injury continued on Sunday morning after NFL Network’s Jane Slater posted photos of her friend’s son, Luke, who wrote a letter to Hurns after seeing the injury.I saw the Cowboys-Seahawks game last night. I saw you get hurt, I hope you are okay. Don’t worry, you have the best doctors in the world. I prayed four times for you. You will get way better shortly.

His mother, Kim McSwain, responded to Slater’s tweet saying her son was looking for his football card to fill the spot marked with an orange sticky note.

Hurns underwent surgery immediately after exiting the field and is expected to return to football by August, barring any complications. He spoke out on social media on Sunday for the first time since the injury and also thanked Luke for his letter.

Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns suffered a gruesome left ankle injury in the team’s 24–22 NFC Wild Card win over the Seahawks on Saturday.

USA Today’s Jori Epstein reported owner Jerry Jones said Hurns was most likely in surgery after the game and that Hurns dislocated his ankle and fractured his knee.

Hurns was injured with 7:28 remaining in the first quarter. Medical staff came out to attend Hurns as teammates gathered around to show support. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett came out to hold Hurns’s hand.

Medical staff placed an inflatable boot over Hurns’s left ankle and foot, and the sellout crowd cheered as Hurns was carted off. Hurns gave a thumbs up to the crowd as he was taken off the field. He did not return.

The 27-year-old receiver had 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns this season. Hurns signed with the Cowboys in March after playing for the Jaguars since 2014.

Three games into his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Allen Hurns is frustrated by the team’s slow start.

Speaking to Calvin Watkins of The Athletic, Hurns said his role in the offense has been trying to this point.

“The majority of my snaps, I feel like I can get separation,” Hurns said. “You will get frustrated, that’s part of it. The main thing for me is just staying positive in the head and control what I can. I can’t let that affect how I am. If I let it affect how I am then I won’t be getting open and I will be dropping the ball when it does come my way.”

The Cowboys signed Hurns to a two-year deal in the offseason. He was trying to rebuild his value after playing just 21 games over his previous two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hurns has appeared in each of Dallas’ first three games. The 26-year-old ranks fifth on the team with nine targets, sixth with four receptions and he has yet to catch a touchdown.

“I don’t do nothing,” Hurns said. “Hopefully they see it on film.”

The Cowboys enter Week 4 ranked 30th in the NFL in yards per game (277.7) and 31st in points per game (13.7) and passing yards per game (145).

Dallas is searching for an offensive identity in 2018 after releasing Dez Bryant and seeing Jason Witten retire. Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick is out of action for the foreseeable future after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder.

The Cowboys have a favorable matchup on Sunday against a Detroit Lions defense that is allowing the seventh-most points per game.

When Allen Hurns takes the field in 2018, he will be doing so both in a new uniform and a new number.

Hurns moved on from the Jacksonville Jaguars and signed with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, but his decision to switch his uniform number from No. 88 (which Dez Bryant currently wears in Dallas) to No. 17 goes much deeper.

The Miami native told 105.3 The Fan that he made the change to honor the 17 victims of last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:

Classy move.

Jamize Olawale Jersey

The Dallas Cowboys spent the first day of the new league year by agreeing to contract terms with a pair of offensive players.

Fullback Jamize Olawale agreed to a three-year, $5.4 million deal with $2.8 million guaranteed to remain with the Cowboys, according to a source. Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming agreed to a two-year deal.

A fullback has been a consistent part of the Cowboys’ offense since Jason Garrett became head coach. Olawale helped block for Ezekiel Elliott as the Pro Bowl back rushed for a league-high 1,434 yards and six touchdowns in 2018.

Olawale, who Dallas acquired in a trade with the Oakland Raiders last March, played in all 16 games last season. He did not get any carries, but he caught two passes for 13 yards.

He was also a significant special teams contributor, playing 63 percent of the snaps and leading that unit in tackles with 13.

The Dallas Cowboys have been relatively quiet during the early parts of the 2019 NFL free agency negotiating period. The Cowboys will stick with one of their own, which means their love for fullbacks will continue in 2019.

The team has agreed to terms with fullback Jamize Olawale on a 3-year deal worth $5.4 million in total. The deal will contain $2.8 million in guaranteed money.

Olawale came to the Cowboys in 2018 after the team sent their 2018 fifth-round pick (No. 173 overall) to the Oakland Raiders. In return, Dallas obtained a Oakland’s sixth-round pick (No. 192).

He will lead the way for Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott once again this coming season, when the team uses the fullback of course. Olawale, although playing in every game during the 2018 season, he only played a total of 114 offensive snaps.

Olawale had been hyped up as a fullback who can also catch the ball out of the backfield, but in 2018 he only recorded 13 receiving yards on two receptions. He had zero rush attempts in 2018, but the hope for Cowboys fans is that new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore can change how he was utilized.

The talk about the Dallas Cowboys’ offense has covered many topics. Will Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott return to the high levels of play they showed in their rookie season? Does the addition of Connor Williams mean the offensive line will once again be among the elite in the league? Can the team find the answers they need at wide receiver? How will the tight end situation shake out? Can Scott Linehan incorporate do-everything wide receiver/running back Tavon Austin successfully into his scheme?

That covers everything – almost. As has become the norm in the NFL, the fullback position is overlooked. The Cowboys are a team that still employs one, and the only FB on the roster according to DallasCowboys.com is Jamize Olawale, acquired in a trade with the Oakland Raiders. Even in Dallas, the fullback has a limited role, primarily as a lead blocker. But with the expected emphasis on making the offense less predictable this season, that may change. Because Olawale is not your normal fullback.

Earlier this month, our Connor Livesey took a detailed look at Olawale’s play with the Raiders, and came away impressed.

While stats scouting is not a reliable way to evaluate a player, combining the video analysis Connor did with his numbers in Oakland paints an intriguing picture. While they did not hand him the ball much, he was surprisingly effective as a runner in 2015 and 2017, averaging 4.6 and 4.8 yards per attempt, respectively. Those are big numbers for a fullback. And he showed real breakaway talent as a receiver in 2016, averaging an impressive 18.9 yards a catch (a number that was admittedly skewed by the 75-yard touchdown reception he had that season). It also should be noted that the sample sizes were pretty small in all cases, as the Raiders did not employ him extensively as a runner or receiver.

When the Cowboys first acquired Olawale, I noted how he could be an unexpected part of the new plan for the offense. Now, with training camp just a few days away, it seems a good time to revisit that. Especially because of something else the team did.

One thing that was not known at the time Dallas completed the trade for Olawale was that they would also execute a trade during the draft to get Tavon Austin from the Los Angeles Rams. Austin has been described as a “web” back, who can line up in the backfield, the slot, or out wide, and who can run jet sweeps as well as a pass route. That sounds rather like what Connor said about Olawale. He, like Austin, can fill multiple roles, and his presence in the lineup does not necessarily tip that he is going to lead block or pass protect. Olawale could be used much the same way – except that instead of being a speedy and elusive 5-8, 179-pounder like Austin, he is a 6-1, 240-pound load that can still move with alacrity. Imagine being a corner tasked with defending the jet sweep, only instead of Austin coming at you, it could be Olawale with a full head of steam and violence in his eyes.

Business decision time, anyone?

It all depends on just how creative and out-of-the box Linehan is willing to get, but in the past he has shown he can do just that, as he did with Reggie Bush as the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. If he is willing to try and maximize Olawale’s talents, there are some fascinating ideas.

These are just ideas off the top of my head, and in no way a prediction of what Linehan will actually try. But Olawale makes them at least possible. And Linehan was willing to occasionally call Keith Smith’s number in the passing game. Olawale is, by all indications, a much more capable receiving threat than Smith. Put him in the pattern a few times a game, give him a couple of handoffs, and he becomes a credible threat. Again, it is all about getting the defense in the wrong position or keyed on the wrong player. Olawale makes that easier.

Although preseason games tend to have vanilla game plans, it will be interesting to see if Linehan tries a few wrinkles with his fullback. If nothing more, it would put those ideas in the heads of opposing defensive coordinators. And since Olawale is the only fullback currently listed on the roster, those experiments could come at any time in a preseason game – which could lead to some big plays and a little more entertainment than we normally see. And it is also something to watch for during training camp. If they are practicing plays that put the ball in Olawale’s hands, we are much more likely to see those in the regular season.

There has been a lot of talk about how Austin is an X-factor type player, but Olawale can be another. A hidden X, if you will. While he is not going to be a major factor in games, he could provide a handful of plays during the season. That would make getting him a good move by the Cowboys.

The Oakland Raiders have traded fullback Jamize Olawale and a sixth-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a fifth-round pick in April’s NFL draft in Arlington, Texas.

On Tuesday, the Cowboys announced the deal.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network initially reported the news.

Olawale, 28, has spent his entire six-year NFL career with the Raiders, though this does represent something of a reunion. The Cowboys signed Olawale as an undrafted free agent in 2012 before cutting him at the end of training camp, allowing him to land in Oakland off Dallas’ practice squad.

The Cowboys and Raiders essentially swapped their respective fullbacks this offseason. Keith Smith, who has been a fullback for Dallas each of the last two campaigns, signed with Oakland as a free agent.

Olawale is a converted wide receiver who has become a reliable blocking fullback and an occasional ball-carrier.

“I enjoy winning,” Olawale said in November, per Scott Bair of NBC Sports. “Whatever I have to do to make that happen, I’m all for it. That’s my goal every week. Sometimes I’m focused on blocking or catching passes or running the ball.”

The Cowboys will be responsible for Olawale’s $1.5 million base salary in 2018. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent following the campaign.

Dallas will likely choose to use Olawale in the same role as Smith, keeping him almost entirely as a blocker for Ezekiel Elliott. Smith recorded just two carries over the last two seasons.

Brett Maher Jersey

Kevin Sherrington, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the Cowboys in a live chat recently. Check out the highlights:
If you look at his numbers, he was 10th in the league in points, which is pretty good for a kicker playing for a team that doesn’t score much. Of the nine kickers in front of him on PATs, six had more attempts, and three or four had almost twice as many attempts. Give him that many PATs, and he’s in the top five in the league. His problems were between the 30 and 50, where he was only 13 of 19. On short and long attempts, he was almost automatic. No question he has to be more consistent in mid-range attempts, but that’s a pretty good asset, a guy who can kick a 60-yarder. If he can do that and make short ones, it stands to reason he can improve in mid-range.He wants too much money? Can’t imagine it won’t happen. Might not happen before they have to tag him on March 5, but it’ll get done at some point. The Cowboys can afford to slow play it a little because he’s going to have shoulder surgery for a torn labrum at some point. But they can’t wait too long because he’s said he won’t do anything until a contract gets done. Lots of posturing here. No reason for it. He’s the most valuable player on the defense. Great all-around defensive end. Good pass rusher and good run defender. Plays hard, plays hurt, team leader. No-brainer to get this done.Funny thing is, because of tag, he’s already the second-highest paid DE among 4-3 types. Only Ezekiel Ansah makes more. Olivier Vernon got five years, $85 million from the Giants. I figure Lawrence will get somewhere between that and five years, $100MFind it hard to believe, though he’s still young. Even if another team picks him up this season, he probably will have to miss more games because he reportedly missed drug tests. It’s just always something with Irving. Which is a shame, because he’s a huge talent.

Kristi Scales, sideline reporter for the Dallas Cowboys radio network, answered questions and shared interesting notes about the team during a recent live chat. Here are some highlights:Brett Maher was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday thanks mostly to his 59-yard field goal in Sunday’s win over the Bucs. It’s Maher second time to win the award this season which makes him the first Cowboys kicker in 15 seasons to earn the honor twice in the same season (Billy Cundiff, 2003). He is the second Cowboys’ special teamer to win the award twice in a season since 2013 (Dwayne Harris).Maher’s two awards in 2018 bring the Cowboys’ grand total of NFC Player of the Week honors to five. Do you remember the other three awards? Here’s a hint: two of the three belong to the same star player on offense.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper won NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice: in the Week 12 win over the Redskins with 180 yards and 2 TDs; and the Week 14 home win over the Eagles (3 TDs, 217 receiving yards).

Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch won NFC Defensive Player of the Week thanks to his 19 tackles and first career interception in the win over the Eagles at Philly on November 11.

Those are your five NFC Player of the Week honors for the Cowboys: Brett Maher (2), Amari Cooper (2), and Leighton Vander Esch (1).
La’el Collins is on the books in 2019 with a $7.4 million hit against the cap, then he’ll hit free agency in 2020. Is he someone I would like to sign to an extension before he hits the market, yes. And one reason is that he’s shown he can play multiple positions along the line; he’s been a season-long starter at both guard and tackle. Of course, he would be in line for tackle money, not guard money. Tackles are more expensive than guards, of course.

The Cowboys positional spending at offensive line ($37 million in 2018) is more than any other NFL team. The Jones family will pay premium prices for the guys who open the holes for Zeke and who protect Dak.

If we can, I’d like to take a brief amount of time out of your lives today to talk about No. 2. No, I’m not talking about what goes on in the privacy of the bathroom. I’m talking about the current player on the Dallas Cowboys roster who wears the No. 2 jersey, Kicker Brett Maher.

Brett Maher surprisingly took over the placekicker job last season after outperforming fan favorite Dan Bailey. Bailey was near automatic during his time with the Dallas Cowboys, but unfortunately never returned to his old self after sustaining a groin injury in 2017. He even struggled with the Minnesota Vikings last year, making the Cowboys look pretty smart going with the unknown leg of Maher.

As good as the decision looks now to move on from Dan Bailey, Brett Maher had his ups and downs in 2018 as well. He made 80.6% (29 of 36) of his field goals with the long of 62 and made all but one of his 33 extra point attempts. His big leg came in handy on a number of occasions, but his midrange accuracy left much to be desired.

As things stand right now, Brett Maher is the only player on the entire Dallas Cowboys roster who doesn’t have any competition, making him the unquestioned placekicker heading into the 2019 season. I’m not completely against him resuming his current role this year, but for the Cowboys not to look for an upgrade is uncharacteristically like them.

We all know the Dallas Cowboys pride themselves on creating as much competition throughout the roster as possible. For me, this includes the specialty positions such as kicker, punter, and even long snapper despite how consistently impressive L. P. Ladouceur has been in his 15+ seasons with the Cowboys.

I know a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to see Matt Bryant in a Cowboys uniform this season, but his asking price and age (44) likely causes Dallas to look elsewhere. I wouldn’t rule it out completely considering he made 95.2% of his FGs last season with the Atlanta Falcons and the fact he’s a Texas native, but I also wouldn’t hold my breath on it happening.

The more likely scenario is the Cowboys bring in some younger kickers as a camp leg to see if one of them can unseat Maher. It would probably take some doing considering what a weapon he can be from long distances, but consistency is something that should definitely be factored in as well. Unfortunately, we all know just how important the impact of a missed or made FG can have on the outcome of a ballgame.

With the Dallas Cowboys in “win now” mode, they can’t afford not to look for an upgrade over Brett Maher. So, don’t be surprised if you see another kicker or two added to the roster sometime between now and training camp. Who knows, maybe they can find another diamond in the rough like they did with Dan Bailey when he joined the team as an undrafted free agent.

You might think that kicker is one position the Dallas Cowboys aren’t worried about for 2019. However, despite winning two Player of the Week awards and setting a new Dallas record for longest field goal, Brett Maher’s performance in 2018 left plenty of room for improvement.

When Maher was good last season, he was really good. After surprisingly replacing Dan Bailey as the team’s kicker following the preseason, Brett missed his first kick of the year but then made the next 15. He went 4-for-4 in Dallas’ win over the Detroit Lions, earning the first of his two awards.

In December against Philadelphia, Maher hit a 62-yarder to set the new Cowboys record for distance. Two weeks later he hit a 59-yarder against Tampa Bay.

But along the way, Brett also went just 6-of-8 in field goals ranging from 30-39 yards. He was only 7-of-11 in the 40s. He finished the year with a total accuracy of just 80.6%, ranked just 25th among NFL kickers.

While there’s no denying the intrigue of Maher’s big leg, he clearly was a liability from closer range. The Cowboys have to decide if his overall game makes him a bigger threat to the opposition or to themselves.

The Cowboys might be willing to hope for improvement in the short and mid-range kicking with Maher now being the full-time starter. Last offseason, he was just here to give Dan Bailey some occasional rest. But now he’s the man, and the increased work with Chris Jones and L.P. Ladouceur could make a difference.

But even though Maher is just breaking out in the NFL, he’s still 29 years old. He’s been in offseason program with the Jets and Browns before, and even the Cowboys back in 2013. He’s also kicked in the CFL.

Brett may just be what he is at this point, and the Cowboys can’t be too flippant about the kicker position as they eye a return to the playoffs next year. A single kick can make all the difference in a game, and one game can mean everything in the NFL.

Dallas might be able to do better with some of the impending free agents this offseason. If they don’t get re-signed before March, veterans like Matt Bryant, Robbie Gould, Jason Myers, and Josh Lambo are all set to be on the open market. They all hit 90% or better on their field goals last season.

To get any of them, the Cowboys would have to pay a lot more than the $570k that Maher is due in 2019. They would likely be paying at least $4 million, which is about what Dan Bailey was making his last few years here.

But if your entire season can come down to one kick, how much do you really trust Brett Maher to make it?

That’s the big question for the Cowboys, and they need to decide before the top kickers in the game all get jobs elsewhere. Maher had big moments last season, but does his overall game really make him trustworthy going forward?

Ibraheim Campbell Jersey

Green Bay Packers safety Josh Jones shocked Packers nation yesterday when news broke he wants out of Green Bay. The 2017 second-rounder has seen more failures than successes during his first two years and it has landed him as a rotational defensive back.

Jones’ play has given him very little leverage to demand anything but GM Brian Gutekunst will likely honor the players’ request even if compensation turns out to be a day three pick. If the Green Bay Packers find a suitor for Jones, they have brought in a ton of safeties to fight for his job, however, it may not be a bad idea to call last year’s midseason signing Ibraheim Campbell, who is currently still a free agent.

Campbell only saw action in three games in 2018 before an undisclosed injury landed him on injured reserve after their week 13 loss at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals. For a player signed off the street, Campbell had a significant impact recording 18 tackles in limited snaps. Injuries to the team’s secondary allowed him to start against the Cardinals as he went on to record eight tackles and force a fumble in that game.

This offseason the Packers have completely reshaped their safeties since last year, bringing in Adrian Amos and drafting Darnell Savage in the first round. Last week, they used a flier on Mike Tyson, who like Campbell, has bounced around the league quite a bit in a short amount of time. This does not include last year’s safeties Raven Greene and Natrell Jamerson who are also trying to make the final 53 this summer.

Campbell quickly jumped Greene on the depth chart in 2018 and it may not be that hard to do it again. Greene is still very raw and doesn’t possess the same level of versatility as Campbell. As an undrafted free agent, Jamerson was lucky enough to see snaps on special teams a season ago and is a converted corner.

Tyson may be the first one to take Jones’ reps given his experience but it may pique Green Bay’s interest to reach out to Campbell before training camp. If his inability to pass a physical is what is keeping him unsigned, he could be on a roster at any point in the coming months.

With the Jets secondary getting thinner by the day, it’s no surprise that the team is perusing available options.

Rollins, a second-round pick of the Packers’ in 2015, was released by Green Bay with an injury settlement after suffering a hamstring injury during the preseason. He can play cornerback and safety, which would give the Jets some much-needed versatility given the current fragile state of the secondary.

Campbell, meanwhile, was a fourth-round pick of the Browns’ in 2015 and has also spent time with Houston and Dallas. A safety, he played four games for the Cowboys this season, primarily on special teams, before being released recently.

The Jets secondary is currently in shambles, so they are doing their due diligence; expect other names to come through Florham Park this week.

Good morning and welcome to the Titletown Report. The Green Bay Packers have had two tough road losses since returning from their bye week, but they now return home to take on the Miami Dolphins.

In today’s Titletown Report: Dairyland Express’ article on three players in the spotlight this week against the Miami Dolphins, predictions for every Week 10 game, and Paul Bretl’s article on Ibraheim Campbell’s role in Mike Pettine’s defense.

So let’s get started. Here’s a roundup of the latest articles from around the internet.

Lombardi Ave’s Paul Bretl looks at the safety position. Without Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Jermaine Whitehead, new signing Ibraheim Campbell could be set for an important role on defense in the near future.

After cutting their roster down to 53 players yesterday, the Cowboys announced on Sunday they picked up safety Ibraheim Campbell and center Adam Redmond off waivers.

With the acquisition, the Cowboys waived guard Kadeem Edwards and defensive tackle Brian Price to bring the roster back down to 53 players.

Center became a position of need for the Cowboys with starter Travis Frederick dealing with an autoimmune disease diagnosis. Redmond appeared in four games for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017.
Campbell started 11 games in three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and had 61 total tackles and a pass deflection.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have a pair of openings in their defensive backfield, and second-year safety Ibraheim Campbell is anxious to fill one of them.

Thus far, through the first 10 days of training camp, Campbell has worked his way in with the first-team defense alongside fellow safety Jordan Poyer in an effort to replace Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner, who held down starting spots next to each other for the last two years.

“Absolutely, it was a tremendous opportunity to come in and be running with the ones this year,” Campbell said. “I made sure that I kind of did everything that I could in preparation for that opportunity. I’ve just been working every day to make sure that I took full advantage of it and was ready to go.”

According to Campbell, the experience he has gained by running with the first-team defense has been “extremely important” to his development.

“No matter how much film you watch on those types of things, there’s no substitute for experiences, so I’m cherishing every opportunity that I have on the field, every rep that I get in practice,” Campbell said. “Whether it be individual drills, whether it be team drills, seven-on-seven, I’m always trying to make sure that I’m making the most of those reps to be productive on the field.”

Additionally, the first-team work has given Campbell an opportunity to build a rapport with Poyer.

“It’s very important, the relationship between the safeties and the corners and the linebackers,” Campbell said. “Any team, you need to kind of know what to be able to expect from your teammates.

“That’s something we really harp on. We’ve been really focusing on building each other up as a team and on and off the field, and I think it’s really starting to show. It also makes the on-the-field experiences that are much better when you’re doing things, gelling well, all those types of things. It creates a great environment for the team.”

The 115th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Campbell was a co-captain at Northwestern and second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection by league coaches during his senior season.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound native of Philadelphia registered 39 solo tackles, 15 assists, 54 total stops, and one tackle for lost yardage, forced four fumbles, recovered another, defended three passes and intercepted three throws, which he returned for 79 yards in only eight games in 2014.

During his four-year career at Northwestern, Campbell registered 192 solo tackles, 124 assists and 316 total stops, 7.5 tackles for lost yardage, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, 24 passes defended and 11 interceptions.

And he hopes to put his versatility on display for the Browns this season, so long as it will better the team.

“I see myself as someone who can play down in the box, really create turnovers in the box, whether that be forcing fumbles, whatever,” Campbell said. “Also, I play high, but at the free safety position, being able to break on balls and catch interceptions as well. I think my versatility is probably one of my biggest strengths.”

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Timber. That was the sound of some tall trees falling in a hurry in the NFL draft as several top draft prospects plummeted due to character questions.

Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory fell out of the first round altogether after testing positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine and facing other lingering questions about his personality.

LSU offensive tackle La’el Collins may go undrafted completely as police want to interview him in connection with a murder investigation of a pregnant woman who was his former girlfriend. Although Louisiana police say he’s not a suspect in the crime, the specter of having an employee embroiled in a legal situation caused NFL…

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Fresh off the news of his indefinite suspension from football for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Randy Gregory has been hit with more bad news.

Gregory is now facing eviction from his Frisco home after allegedly failing to pay nearly $15,000 in rent and utilities, according to TMZ.

Gregory rented the 3,500 square-foot 3-bedroom home in Frisco in August 2018. Reports say a letter was sent to the Cowboys player and his attorney on Feb. 5, after he fell behind in payments.

The total amount owed comes to $13,674, but TMZ says that number has now inflated to nearly $15,000.

Gregory played in just two games in 2016 for the Cowboys due to suspensions. He missed all of 2017 after a year-long ban.

Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Tuesday that defensive end Randy Gregory is still waiting to hear from the NFL regarding his appeal for reinstatement.

“You know, I know it’s proceeding,” Jones said, per the Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill Jr.

“We don’t have anything to report differently, other than that I know he’s wanting to move forward with the appeal. I don’t really have anything new to report on that front, other than that. I know he’s done the application process, but I’m pretty sure he hasn’t had the actual appeal. It’s in the league’s hands.”

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported May 16 that Gregory planned to submit his formal application for reinstatement after he was suspended for the entire 2017 season following a third violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Before that, the 2015 second-round pick served four- and 10-game suspensions for his first and second violations, respectively.

According to Rapoport, Gregory filed his application after spending “more than 6 weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehab in addition to counseling.”

The NFL has 60 days to approve Gregory’s paperwork for reinstatement retroactive to the date it was received.

Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory missed part of the 2016 season, all of the 2017 season and was finally reinstated last year due to suspensions. Now, it’s being reported that the former Nebraska star has been suspended once more.

This time it’s an indefinite suspension (his fourth suspension total) for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatement, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Coming out of Nebraska, Gregory certainly had a red flag for this very issue. He had a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine and has tested positive for marijuana multiple times throughout his career.

Last year after being conditionally reinstated, Gregory tallied 25 tackles and six sacks for the Dallas Cowboys, who have stuck with him to this point through thick and thin. It remains to be seen if Jerry Jones will continue to stand behind Gregory after this latest setback.

OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys activated defensive end Randy Gregory off the nonfootball injury list after a year away from football on a substance-abuse suspension.

The former Husker picked in the second round of the 2015 draft has played in two of the past 32 regular-season games because of multiple suspensions. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him not long before the Cowboys reported to training camp.

Gregory participated in a walkthrough practice for the first time Wednesday. He wasn’t expected to participate in the padded practice in the afternoon. Coach Jason Garrett said Dallas is “still going to be very deliberate with him.”

The 25-year-old was banned for the first four games of 2016 before a 10-game suspension was announced while he served the first penalty. Gregory was suspended indefinitely after getting his first career sack in the final game of the 2016 regular season.

PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz is trusting the process.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback didn’t participate in 11-on-11 drills for the third straight practice for precautionary reasons after taking part the first three days.

“Just have to listen to what the doctors and coaches are saying. Just trust that plan,” Wentz said Wednesday.

Coach Doug Pederson emphasized that Wentz hasn’t had any setbacks. He said he’s encouraged by Wentz’s recovery from surgery to repair a torn left ACL last December. Wentz again was on the field for the 7-on-7 portion of practice.

Wentz said he feels great physically and understands that the medical staff wants to keep him in a controlled environment. He still hasn’t been cleared for contact. His goal is to be ready for Week 1 when the defending Super Bowl champs host the Falcons on Sept. 6.

LOS ANGELES — The former linebacker known as “Lights Out” will try to punch out an opponent’s lights in a bare-knuckle boxing match.

Shawne Merriman agreed to compete with the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation on a pay-per-view event in Casper, Wyoming, this fall, the promoters announced Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Merriman was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his eight-year NFL career with the Chargers and the Bills.

Merriman retired from the NFL in 2013, and he flirted with the idea of becoming a professional wrestler the next year. He has trained in mixed martial arts during his retirement, even considering a professional bout in Japan.
His once-promising career got derailed by a series of injuries that kept him out of 11 of the Colts’ last 20 games. He finished each of the last two seasons on injured reserve.

Randy Gregory’s week ain’t gettin’ any better … ’cause the Cowboys star is now facing eviction after allegedly failing to pay almost $15,000 in rent and utilities.

26-year-old Gregory had been living in a nice 3-bedroom home in Frisco, Texas since August 2018 — but according to a letter sent to the NFL player and his attorney on Feb. 5, he fell behind in payments to the tune of $13,674.

Sources involved in the situation tell us that number has now inflated to nearly $15,000.

The letter, obtained by TMZ Sports, demands Gregory either pay the money he owes or “vacate the premises within one day.”

According to our sources, Gregory has still not forked over the cash … and he’s still living in the home.

The home is pretty nice — 3,500 square feet, 3.5 bathrooms, with a bar, game room and a nice outdoor BBQ area. It’s also located about 1 mile from the Cowboys practice facility.

We’re told Randy had signed a 1-year rental agreement in August — but stopped paying the $4,500/month rent back in December.

Gregory’s made some money … he signed a 4-year, $3.8 million deal after being drafted by the Cowboys with the 60th pick in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

But, his time in the NFL has been plagued with drama and failed drug tests (reportedly 7 or more) — with the most recent coming to light this week — prompting the league to indefinitely suspend the talented defensive end.

TMZ Sports reached out to Gregory’s rep — Daniel Moskowitz — who declined comment.

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Byron Jones has a lot of things on his plate as the No. 1 cornerback of the Dallas Cowboys. His mission is to prove that 2018 was no fluke, that he truly is one of the game’s best cornerbacks and an elite player worthy of continuous Pro Bowl and All-Pro accolades. Standing in his way is a hip injury suffered sometime during the 2018 season that required offseason surgery.

When the injury and under-the-knife plans were revealed earlier in the year, there was a projected timeline that would have Jones miss most of the offseason work and still be held out into training camp. Jones, however, on the final day of organized team activities, isn’t subscribing to that theory. Rapid improvement in the hip leads him to believe he can be ready to go by the beginning of camp in late July.

“Overall, rehab is going well. Working on it every day. I’m starting to do lower-body lifts,” Jones said. “The frustrating part is I want to go, and I feel I can run. But I have to listen to the (athletic trainers), and so I’m taking my time, being patient and just doing what they’re telling me to do.”

But ultimately, the goal isn’t for Jones to be ready this summer, or even make it back for next week’s three-day minicamp. He is eyeing the start of training camp in late July as a true target date for his return.

“Definitely. I want to be back at training camp,” Jones said. “I want to be back with my teammates and play in the preseason games. That’s the target.”

This accelarated timeline shouldn’t be a surprise. Jones famously snapped his knee back into place and kept it pushing a few years ago.

Jones had an iconic year at right cornerback for the Cowboys. After spending the majority of his first three seasons playing a hybrid defensive back role and spending far too many snaps at safety, Kris Richard moved him to boundary corner and the 2015 first-round pick flourished. He was as lockdown a defender as there could be in today’s NFL, allowing under 50% completions in seven of the team’s first 12 games.

It was in the 12th game, against New Orleans, where Jones may have suffered the injury. His play certainly wasn’t on par after that point, giving up a passer rating over 138 on throws in his direction in three of his final six games, and over 90 in five of those six.

His play was so good over the first stretch of the season though, it didn’t much matter, earning Jones high praise and a second-team All-Pro nod.

Jones has a lot on the table in 2019, so getting back on the field is imperative. He is going to play the season on his fifth-year option, meaning he is slated to be an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Even with the option being based on the transition tag, Jones is severely underpaid. The option is based on the position played during the player’s third season, which for Jones was at safety – a less rewarded position than corner.

Granted, $6.3 million surely isn’t chump change, but it’s about $3 million less than if Dallas had been playing him at corner all along. The Cowboys are looking to work out long-term agreements with many of their young stars, but have QB Dak Prescott, WR Amari Cooper, RB Ezekiel Elliott and even possibly LB Jaylon Smith ahead of Jones in their hierarchy.

That could lead to Jones receiving the franchise tag in 2020, to make sure Dallas doesn’t lose him. The entire cornerback depth chart is full of rentals at this point, making things even more difficult.

Anthony Brown, the starter in the slot, is also on an expiring deal, and No. 2 and No. 4 corners, Chido Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, will have their contracts expire after 2020. Dallas drafted Miami’s Michael Jackson in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, hoping he can learn quickly and be inserted in the rotation to help offset any depth.

Jones doesn’t seem to have plans for that to happen on his watch, for his position.

“You always want to be better than the previous year. That’s always my goal,” Jones said. “That’s really my philosophy in life – just be better than the day before. Just keep building on top of that.”

If he gets back in time for a full training camp, there’s no reason to question his ability to do so.

What if an NFL draft prospect ran a 3.99-second 40-yard dash? Or put up 52 reps on the bench press? That’s essentially what UConn cornerback Byron Jones did at the NFL Scouting Combine, when he set his feet and broad-jumped an astounding 12’3″.

Per NFL Media’s Mike Mayock, the best he’d seen since covering the combine in 2003 was 11’7″; Jones beat that mark by 5.8 percent.

The 6’1″, 199-pounder’s incredible explosion was on display in the vertical jump, too. His 44.5″ mark was best among defensive backs this year and second to only Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley overall. In case you missed it, NFL Media kindly provided the jaw-dropping clips:

As fantastic as those numbers were, we didn’t get to see the one drill we wanted to see most: Jones sprinting halfway down the Lucas Oil Field sideline. Unbelievably, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Jones is still recovering from labrum surgery, so we’ll have to wait until Jones’ pro day to see him in full flight.

The 2015 draft class is thin at cornerback—a premium position—and elite athleticism commands a premium above and beyond that. Did Jones just vault to the top of draft boards around the NFL?

Going into the combine, Bleacher Report NFL draft lead writer Matt Miller didn’t have Jones in his top 50 prospects. In fact, Jones only barely cracked Miller’s top 25 cornerbacks, at No. 24. With his big frame and aggressive, physical approach, Jones’ explosion numbers should make him a lock for the first round. So why isn’t he?

As the Hartford Courant’s Desmond Conner wrote during the season, the team captain and four-year starter fell short of everyone’s expectations on the field in 2014.

“I think I need to step it up,” Jones said, per Conner. “Being as athletic as I am, I have to apply that to the game of football. There’s no reason to be in a good position and not get an interception or not bat the ball away and make the tackle.”

That quote came in a story reacting to Jones’ poor game against FCS squad Stony Brook, where one of the Seawolves went up over Jones for a crucial catch in an unexpectedly close 19-16 UConn win.

“I’m working on it every day,” Jones said. “I talked to Coach multiple times. We’re on it together. He’s down my back. I’m down my own back. I was frustrated with the play but you have to roll with the punches and keep playing. I couldn’t crawl into a corner.”

Five weeks later, Jones returned his first interception of the season for a touchdown against South Florida. One week after that, Jones snagged another pick—and then suffered the torn labrum that ended his collegiate career.

NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah shared his scouting report on Jones, calling him a potential “steal”:

Across the NFL, scouts will be going back to the miles of tape Jones put out in four seasons at UConn to figure out where those top-of-the-draft tools were hiding. They’ll also try to spot what held Jones back from getting the most out of his jaw-dropping skill set. Per Chip Malafronte and Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register, it isn’t an issue of character or motivation.

With so few elite athletes at the cornerback position, NFL teams will do their homework on this kid. Of course, there have been plenty of workout warriors who failed to translate those skills to the football field. Plenty of freakily athletic prospects never became All-Pros.

Jones did, however, catch the attention of everyone in the football-watching world. After all, there’s a huge difference between a player who can’t jump 44.5″ and a player who doesn’t always out-jump Colonial Athletic Association wide receivers—and sometimes, NFL coaching can bridge that difference.

If Jones wants to keep the football world drooling, first he’ll have to repeat the feats (or come close) at UConn’s Mar. 31 pro day, per DraftInsider.net’s Tony Pauline. Then Jones will have to top himself by cutting a very fast 40-yard dash.

If he does those things, Jones just might jump up the draft board—way, way up.