The Dallas Cowboys took the first step this week in what is certainly one of the tougher NFL roster-building challenges in years, by signing defensive end Demarcus Lawrence to a five-year, $105 million contract.
Next up for the team and owner Jerry Jones: Make decisions on potential long-term extensions for quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, wide receiver Amari Cooper, linebacker Jaylon Smith, cornerback Byron Jones, defensive lineman Maliek Collins and right tackle La’el Collins.
Clearly, all of those can’t be completed in the next year. Elliott might have to wait until next offseason, and both Collinses could be allowed to walk away.
Tyron Smith has developed into one of the cornerstones of the Cowboys offensive line. Here are 10 things you might not know about him.
Considered a five-star recruit and described as “an amazing right tackle prospect” by Rivals.com, Smith was ranked as the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect. The five guys ahead of him? Mike Adams, Baker Steinkuhler, Matt Kalil, Michael Brewster and Matt Patchan.
Scout.com listed him as the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation. In 2010, Smith won the Morris Trophy award as the Pac-10 (now called the Pac-12) conference’s top offensive lineman.
The Cowboys drafted Smith ninth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was the first offensive lineman drafted in the first round by the Cowboys since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989, and the highest in franchise history since John Niland in 1966.
Selecting Smith might’ve started a trend with Jones. In the drafts after Smith’s, the Cowboys have taken Travis Frederick (center) and Zack Martin (guard) in the first round.
ATLANTA — Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith is a man of few words. But Cowboys fans will want to hear what he had to say about his injury to end Sunday’s game.
Smith suffered a stinger late in the win over Atlanta. He was injured on the final drive on a Dak Prescott 19-yard pass to Cole Beasley to put the Cowboys in position for the game-winning field goal.
Cameron Fleming played left tackle on the Cowboys’ final three running plays before the game-winning field goal with Smith getting checked out on the sideline.
“I’ll be fine,” Smith said. “I’m good.”
And there you go. Smith said he’ll be OK to play Thursday in the Thanksgiving game against Washington.
Smith didn’t play at Atlanta a year ago because of injury. He was replaced at left tackle by Chaz Green, who gave up four of the six sacks by end Adrian Clayborn. The Falcons sacked Dak Prescott eight times a year ago with Smith out.
Foul play: Cowboys reserve receiver Lance Lenoir helped give the Falcons better field position Sunday to begin their game-tying touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter.
Lenoir, who has only been active for the last two games and used only on special teams, was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty with 4:02 to play.
Lenoir hit Falcons punt returner Justin Hardy out of bounds to draw the flag. Hardy was a few yards out of bounds and hit well after the return had ended.
The penalty put the ball at the Falcons’ 32 instead of Atlanta having to begin the drive inside its own 20. Six plays later, quarterback Matt Ryan completed a game-tying, 34-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones down the right sideline. Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie had single coverage on Jones and was beat for the score.
Two leaders of the Ravens’ top-ranked defense and the offense’s top lineman were named to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday night.
Ravens inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, safety Eric Weddle and right guard Marshal Yanda were honored, the third straight year the team has had at least three players make the all-star roster.
Mosley and Yanda were named starters, while kicker Justin Tucker and left tackle Ronnie Stanley are among the first and second alternates, respectively.
While the Ravens did not have a player lead at their position during the fan voting this season, the Pro Bowl selection process also considers equally the input of players and coaches. Voting concluded last…
ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) – After sitting out for two weeks due to an injury, Dallas Cowboys lineman Tyron Smith is set to return for the game againt Philly.
Tyron has been dealing with a neck ‘stinger’ for the past two week, keeping him on the sidelines and in limited practice. He was listed as ‘questionable’ on Friday, but is set to make his return Sunday, according to reports.
Smith was active before Dallas’ Thanksgiving game against Washington, but didn’t play because he had discomfort in his neck while warming up. Smith said he sustained the neck injury the previous game against Atlanta.
Other Cowboys inactives include: Sean Lee, Mike White, Tavon Austin, Chris Covington, Geoff Swaim, David Irving and Taco Charlton.
Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith said Saturday he feels “awesome” as he recovers from a knee injury suffered late in the 2017 NFL season.
Nick Eatman of the Cowboys’ official website provided comments Smith made about his recovery while attending a football camp held by teammate Tyrone Crawford.
“I’m feeling great now,” he said. “Actually, I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in a while. I’ve taken this offseason to get back into it a little early and try to take care of my body a little more. I’m just doing the little small (rehab) things and I just feel awesome right now.”
Smith was limited to 13 appearances last year because of knee and back injuries and was also forced to leave a couple games early with those ailments.
The 27-year-old USC product remained effective when healthy. Pro Football Focus graded him as the league’s No. 20 offensive tackle.
He told Eatman he underwent MRI exams that confirmed he didn’t need any surgeries, but he started his offseason program early to avoid recurrence of the problems in 2018.
“I went to California and went to a facility out there and starting training and rehabbing a little early,” Smith said. “We just worked on the little things like stretching and taking pressure off my back and opening up my hips a little bit. It’s just little things but I’m feeling great.”
His presence on the left side of the line is crucial for the Cowboys, who dropped from fifth in total offense during the 2016 campaign to 14th in that category last year. Quarterback Dak Prescott was sacked 32 times, seven more than his 2016 Rookie of the Year season.
Smith added he’s “happy” with where he stands with just over three months until training camp and appreciates the Cowboys’ effort to bolster the line with free-agent additions Cameron Fleming and Marcus Martin.