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Working the Late Shift: Dallas Signs DEs Coleman and Spears Published 7/29/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

At practice yesterday, defensive coordinator Rob Ryan unveiled a lot of two and one lineman fronts.  This may have been by necessity.  Where Dallas is two deep at nose tackle, with starer Jay Ratliff and backup Josh Brent, the team was thin at left DE and right DE.On the right, Igor Olshansky got on the field and manned his starting... read more→


Cowboys Camp, Day Two: Knocking Off the Rust Published 7/29/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Update:  Will chat on Twitter and Facebook tonight at 9 pm CT.   You can find the page here. This Psycho is a Rude BeastRob Ryan's defense works a lot on scheme.  He mixes lots of pre-snap movement with heavy pressure, hoping to knock opposing QBs and their receiving corps out of sync.Ryan also likes to sow confusion by playing... read more→


Sly Devils -- Cowboys In the Nnamdi Sweepstakes Published 7/29/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Mid-day Update:  All forms of coy denials around the Alamodome, regarding Asomugha.  In the meantime, the free agent market churns on.  DE Brandon Mebane is close to signing with Seattle, according to several reports. On the safety front, Danieal Manning has signed with the Texas.  I saw a tweet that Gerald Sensabaugh is... read more→


Cowboys for Breakfast: Looking Thin in Shorts Published 7/29/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

There were moments in yesterday's session where the new CBA rules hit you square.  An hour in, during agility drills, I took a look at the defensive line group working on the back left corner of the Alamodome, at the blocking sleds.  There were six linemen participating and one of them, Jay Ratliff, was getting shorter work than the... read more→


Baby Steps: Cowboys Crawl Quickly on Day One of Camp Published 7/28/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Update:  Cancelling the Facebook chat tonight.  Having lots of trouble with my hotspot and can't keep a signal.  Will try again Friday. Bill Parcells' and Wade Phillips' training camps worked on quick time, breaking their sessions into 10 and 15 minute segments.Today, Jason Garrett started his tenure as Cowboys coach with a brisk... read more→


Opening Day: Smith a Cowboy, Bowen A Redskin Published 7/28/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Update, 5:53 -- Session one is in the books.  Lots to report, in about 40-45 minutes. Update II: OT Tyron Smith has signed his contract.Update:  DE Stephen Bowen has signed a mega-deal with the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Five years, $27.5 million total, $12.5 million guaranteed.  Good business... read more→


Kosier Re-Signs. O-Line Taking Shape Published 7/27/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

The Jason Garrett Cowboys line is taking shape, and it's a far different animal than the Cowboys lines he played behind.Dallas tonight scored its second veteran re-signing, getting left guard Kyle Kosier's signature on a three-year deal.  This comes roughly 24 hours after left tackle Doug Free re-upped for four years. Add rookie tackle Tyron... read more→


Camp Eve: Hurry Up and Wait and Hurry Published 7/27/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Some notes from the day before football.-- The team comment that it has budgeted for six veteran free agents makes sense.  The cornerstone signing came yesterday with Doug Free.  Let's consider where else the players will come.According to the FWST's Clarence Hill (see his twitter post at right) those other slots are for two DEs, a... read more→


Is Anybody Going to San Antone? Published 7/27/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

The 2011 Cowboys Over San Antonio Tour opens tomorrow afternoon. Cowboys Nation will be there.  I'm planning on attending every afternoon, full-pads session and will provide full reports and Facebook chats every evening. The fun begins tomorrow!    I'm looking forward to seeing this big guy in a Dallas uniform. (Any Central Texas... read more→


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