Cowboys WR Dez Bryant – Team Done with Anthem Demonstations

Monday in Arizona the Cowboys were one of those teams that showed their displeasure in President Donald Trump with a protest during the National Anthem.

This week? It won’t happen.

Wide out Dez Bryant said last week is in the past, and this week the team is going to go about their business and simply stand for the Anthem like normal, and not do any type of protest.

Here’s the tweet from Clarence Hill Jr. about what Bryant had to say.

Dallas Cowboys News & Predictions

The NFC East has not crowned a repeat division champion since way back before you can find your favorite DIY tutorials on youtube … yup that’s right we are going on thirteen years of swapping back and forth. The last back-to-back NFC East champs were the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2004. Will the Cowboys break the cycle? Will they breeze into the playoffs for the second year in a row?

A Lot of Talk About Regression

I’m not sure how many times I have heard it … and I am definitely not sure how much I believe it, but there has been a lot of talk about the Dallas Cowboys entering a ‘sophomore slump’, so to speak. Much of this is coming from the fans, like the 13-3 season is too good to be the real deal and can’t last. This conversation usually starts with the new guys on the O-line. That uber-dominant front line of Big Uglies got a face lift with three newbies. This inevitably leads to the effectiveness of the rising stars, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliot.

And oh … the NFL legal woes. Zeke and his camp are going back and forth with the NFL and we are still uncertain whether or not he’ll be suspended for the first six games of the season. If this is the case, that tough Week-1 test against the G-Men will get all the tougher.

Odds-On The Cowboys

Despite some fans’ fears about regression, the Cowboys opened before preseason as the odds-on favorites to win the NFC East. Let’s review Bovada for the most up to date odds for who takes the NFC EAST:

  1. Dallas Cowboys          +180
  2. New York Giants         +200
  3. Philadelphia Eagles    +275
  4. Washington redskins  +550

Confirmed. The Cowboys still lead the pack and are even fourth in line to win the Super Bowl –according to many sportsbooks.

On the Waiver Wire

Yes … it is a real thing, not just a made-up Fantasy Football term! Jerry’s Merry Men just hustled and finagled to fortify the defense. Defensive Tackle Brian Price and Line Backer Jayrone Elliot have joined the roster to bolster defensive depth. Speaking of depth … It’s not on the waiver wire but it’s all across the wire; that rookie QB, Rush Cooper is looking pretty darn good!

Not All Fluffy and White in Hog Heaven

So, what about the rest of the competition? Well, it isn’t looking very divine over in hog heaven. The Skins are like an old road bus that is broken down on the lee side of hill which blocks all sight of the playoffs for the foreseeable future. The Redskins have been lined out with an Over/Under of 7.5 wins … which I feel is WAY too high. They get six at best.

The Eagles are expected to win eight games and though they are cresting to the positive side of the post-Kelly rebuilding process, eight wins is par for the course in 2017.

I don’t need to tell you that the Giants are the Cowboys toughest competition this season. Though they are not as highly touted as the Cowboys on the futures odds markets, they are only set a half of a game back from Dallas at nine wins on the season. The Giants are going to be tough this year. I had a conversation with Johnny Football … yes. You heard that right. I won’t do any direct quotes, but the NFC East came up in our conversation and he talked about the various reasons why he believes the Giants are going to be an improved team in 2017. Now, will it be enough to scoot past Americas Favorite Team? I really don’t think so.

After the Preview There’s a Prediction

What it boils down to is this: The Giants will be scratching, clawing and kicking all season long but the Cowboys should be the first team since 2004 to win the NFC EAST twice in a row!

Cowboys Rookie FA QB Cooper Rush Turning Heads and Making it Tough to Not Give Him More Chances

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Last year’s Cowboys playoff loss at home to the Green Bay Packers was as stunning as any in the league after how well the team played to get to 13-3 and the number one-seed in the NFC.

The team this year is getting a lot of love from places like NetBet Sport, who are favoring the Cowboys in most of their early games of the 2017 campaign despite not having star running back Ezekiel Elliott who is suspended for the first six games.

The team is looking to make sure that the collapse of last year’s postseason doesn’t repeat itself, and one position that they are putting a focus on in this year’s camp and now practices is that of the backup quarterback spot.

One player that is turning heads is that of rookie free agent quarterback Cooper Rush, who has been impressive and has been making plays since taking the field day one for the Cowboys.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he wouldn’t go as far as putting Rush in the running with Kellen Moore for the second-string job behind Dak Prescott, but that didn’t last long as Rush took some second-team reps in practice on Monday according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Rush earned it, playing well for the Cowboys in their preseason game on Saturday against the Colts, going 8 of 9 passing for 92 yards, two touchdowns and a 148.8 passer rating.

Moore finished with 131 yards on 10 of 21 attempts and a 67.8 passer rating. He also had a lost fumble on a sack that was returned for a touchdown.

“I’m just glad to see Rush taking advantage of his opportunities out there,” Jones said after the game. “We wouldn’t want to get ahead of ourselves, in any way here. We have a lot of confidence in 17 (Moore).”

Video: CBS Reporter Evan Washburn Visits Cowboys Practice

CBS Sports Network reporter Evan Washburn joins Adam Schein to discuss the Dallas Cowboys depth at running back, and the season outlook for the defensive unit.

Cowboys Ink Punter Chris Jones to a Four-Year Extension

The Cowboys have signed punter Chris Jones to an four-year extension through 2021, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Jones was set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cowboys in 2011 and was released before the season started. He was signed to the team’s practice squad and filled in for an injured Mat McBriar in two games, recording a 42.6-yard gross average.

Last season he punted 58 times, averaging 45.9 yards per punt.

Under New Rules, Ezekiel Elliott’s Kettle Celebration Would Be a Penalty

Ezekiel Elliott’s jump into a Salvation Army kettle would still draw a penalty this season, even after the NFL’s decision in May to relax its celebration rules, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports.

Elliott’s spontaneous leap, which came during the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is featured in a video that the league is showing all players and coaches during training camp. The relaxed ruled allow players to use the ball but nothing else as a prop. In the Elliott scenario, the kettle is considered a prop.

ESPN earlier reported that “dunking” the ball over the crossbar after a score will remain illegal because it uses the goal post as a prop.

Jerry Jones Says the NFL Has All the Info They Need to Make a Decision Regarding Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott has met with NFL officials concerning his case, which is why Jerry Jones has said a decision regarding the running back is imminent, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

The Cowboys owner divulged early Saturday evening that Elliott traveled to New York within the past month for the meeting. He declined to say whether or not commissioner Roger Goodell was involved.

“I don’t want to get into details,” Jones said. “But they (NFL) were certainly represented by key league officials as well as Zeke’s representatives and Zeke.

“They have had their hearing and they have had all of the responses, so everything is in place to make a decision.”

Terrific Tailgating Tips For The Upcoming NFL Season

Football season is around the corner. That means it’s time to begin planning for the ever so fun tailgating parties. Some tailgating parties are tremendously lavish affairs with huge recreational vehicles rolling out a spread of cocktails and appetizers on white linen covered tables with candelabras. On the other hand, the trunk of a car and folding tables and lawn chairs usually suffice for creating a fun and memorable tailgating experience. Whatever your means, be sure to take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and order a hat or visor from your favorite team from the huge selection available at Lids.

The best tailgating parties are generally the result of advanced planning. Determine the number of guests you plan to have join in the fun. This count is needed in order to begin the planning process for the menu. Select items that can be prepared well in advance and easily transported to the venue. It’s always fun to grill at a tailgate and hotdogs and hamburgers are typically enjoyed by most guests. Plan to have several large coolers. Freeze water bottles several days in advance to use in lieu of ice to prevent foods from getting soggy or wet.  Purchase the condiments needed for hotdogs & hamburgers as well as buns and have them on hand.  Prepare several salads and store in air tight containers for transport in the coolers. Chips and salsa or a tray of appetizers prepared in advance will always be welcome as appetites grow with the smell of dinner on the grill.

Plan on having plenty of paper products for the meal. Paper plates & plastic cutlery will make clean up muck easier. Do bring sturdy utensils for grilling and serving. Have several trash bags and rolls of paper towels on hand for easy cleanup. Ask guests to bring their own lawn chairs or collapsible chairs. A large folding table for serving can easily be set up adjacent to the trunk. Have a separate cooler and paper cups with a large selection of drinks on hand. Have a grand time at your tailgating party!