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Cowboys Camp: Damontre Moore’s Role Expanding By The Day

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Cowboys Camp: Damontre Moore's Role Expanding By The Day

The pads won't come on for the Dallas Cowboys at training camp in Oxnard until later today, but that hasn't stopped newfound excitement for a suddenly deep group of defensive ends from building up steadily for Cowboys Nation.

The Cowboys' missing piece for more than a few seasons now has been that dominant pass rusher, particularly one that can pressure the quarterback off the right edge. Benson Mayowa did come on strong to lead the team with six sacks at the end of 2016 from this RDE position, and so far in camp he's been joined by a healthy DeMarcus Lawrence, red shirt rookie Charles Tapper, 2017 first round pick Taco Charlton - and under-the-radar FA acquisition Damontre Moore.

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Damontre Moore has quickly made a strong impression on the Cowboys' coaching staff, getting work as a DE and special teams player during OTAs before apparently throwing his name into the competition for SAM LB at camp. With some 3-4 outside linebacker experience dating back to his college career at Texas A&M, Moore has yet to find his footing in the NFL thanks to behavioral and locker room issues.

Now getting the best chance of his pro career to put everything together at just 24 years old, Moore is looking like an excellent addition to Rod Marinelli's front seven.

If his rotational ability as an explosive pass rusher was not enough for Damontre to make a final roster that will undoubtedly have to move on from some edge rushers, Moore's ability to play some situational LB with the same burst and range will assuredly earn him his star.

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Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones on @1053thefan talking about DE Damontre Moore:

It may seem like a depth chart too good to be true this early into camp, with a free agent that garnered little league-wide interest coming in to play as a weak side DE and strong side LB, but these roles makes a lot of sense for Moore considering how the rest of Dallas' defensive line is built.

The LDE position projects to be filled again this season by Tyrone Crawford, David Irving (following a four game suspension), and Taco Charlton. As one of their key strengths, all three players provide exceptional leverage and support against the run which will allow a player like Moore to naturally burst to the ball as a SAM if called upon.

Plenty of other defensive ends and linebackers are going to be competing for playing time over the remainder of camp and deep into the preseason, and we are still awaiting news on a potential Damien Wilson suspension - the third-year linebacker that has been practicing every day as the projected starting SAM.

Damontre Moore has done nothing but help his cause from the second he joined the Cowboys though - including working on a new position of need in the silver and blue.

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  • John Williams

    I love that the Cowboys do this with players to help them find a spot on the team. Too many teams don’t think outside the box when it comes to positions. If Moore can be another Wilber type, but with better pass rushing ability, that could be a huge asset. It could even allow them to rush five more frequently in their base without having to blitz Lee or Hitchens up the middle. With him in the lineup they could show more versatile and dynamic fronts.

    While they are a 4-3 team, with Moore at SLB, and say Lawrence at WDE, they would have more of a 3-4 look. I love the versatility the team is beginning to show and the creativity. Especially if it will help them gt pressures and Sacks.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

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Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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