The Dallas Cowboys 2016 Training Camp begins the end of this week!
We're as excited as you are! To whet our appetites even more for the return of football, our Inside The Star team worked together to compose a six-part Camp Preview Series.
To kick things off, we each shared what our most anticipated position battle will be for this 2016 camp:
Brian Martin ( @bmart0204 ) I’m really interested to see how the wide receiver position shakes out, but let's be honest, starters are pretty much set.
I think the best position battle will end up being the cornerback position. I think Orlando Scandrick will start on the left side and Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne will compete to see who starts on the right side.
Scandrick’s return makes this position battle really interesting.
Bryson Treece ( @BrysonTreece ) - Wide Receiver. Terrance Williams, Brice Butler, Cole Beasley, Lucky Whitehead... who lands where will have a huge impact on the season. The guy lining up opposite Dez Bryant will have opportunities to change the outcome of games.
Ian Koplowitz ( @BleedingTheStar ) - While the wide receiver situations seem far from set for both Terrance Williams and Lucky Whitehead, I can't help but to think that the battle for defensive end, on both sides, will be heated.
What people think is that the battle is between guys like Mayowa, Russell, Irving, Crawford, and Tapper, but you can't take Randy Gregory out of the conversation. Just because he's sitting out the first four games, doesn't mean he can't be beaten out when he gets back. He wants that starting job when he gets back, and he'll have to fight for it in Oxnard.
Jess Haynie ( @CowboysAddicts ) - It has to be Brice Butler and Terrance Williams, right? Not only is a starting job on the line but both guys are free agents after this year. Fighting for pride and playing time are great, but history has proven that money is what pushes guys to new heights. Will one of them crack under the pressure?
Kevin Brady ( @KevinBrady88 ) - The most intriguing position battle to me is at wide receiver. I expect the Cowboys to keep five receivers, and with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley already just about locked into the roster, there are only two spots left with three guys competing.
Lucky Whitehead is going to be hard to cut given his versatility, and Brice Butler will be hard to pass on given his length and promising attributes. That leaves Devin Street, whose time in Dallas may be up come training camp.
RJ Ochoa ( @RJOchoa ) - Among the saddest things in Cowboys lore (Danny White's inability to reach the Super Bowl, the 1994 NFC Championship Game, the 2015 season, etc.) resides the 2016 Dallas Cowboys Middle Linebacker competition.
Sean Lee is there, sweet action, but that means he's in line for some serious wear and tear. Rolando McClain isn't there, but he is... so hip, hip, hooray. It's going to be very interesting to see who comes out on top between Justin Durant, Damien Wilson, Mark Nzeocha, and the rest of that fun bunch.
Sean Martin ( @ShoreSportsNJ ) - I'm going to be keeping the closest eye on the battle between Brice Butler and Terrance Williams. While having Dez along with Romo and Ezekiel Elliott is a great start, this offense is not going to be elite without a consistent play maker at WR2.
For Williams, the problem has been falling off the map entirely, and that is something that will need to change throughout camp. Butler, of course, does not have the same chemistry but could be a guy that benefits greatly from working with Romo. If Kellen Moore was able to get the ball into his hands at the end of 2015 (with some explosive results), watch out for what a healthy Romo can do for Butler.
At the same time, I really do expect Terrance Williams to make this competition interesting. Williams has the upper-hand over Butler if he is even close to productive - knowing how much this coaching staff values continuity.
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Here are the categories still to come this week...
Biggest Name to be Cut - Tues
Strongest Position - Wed
Weakest Position - Thurs
Favorite Dark Horse - Fri
Most Likely Starting Job Change - Sat
All of this, and much more, as Inside The Star helps get you ready for another season of Dallas Cowboys football!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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