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Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands

Sean Martin

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Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands

Entering his third year as the Dallas Cowboys' first-round pick of 2015, FS Byron Jones has embraced suddenly finding himself as a "veteran" in a new-look, young secondary that will be looking to completely change how pass defense has been played in Dallas recently.

This passing defense has only improved as Jones has grown himself from a versatile rookie to full-time safety in 2016. Now, firmly slotted into the starting free safety spot with the departure of Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox at the position in free agency, Byron is looking to take a much-anticipated next step with his game.

Working with the nearby Frisco RoughRiders, the AA ball affiliate of the Texas Rangers, Jones found a unique way to work on his hands while showing off his athleticism on Thursday night.

Frisco RoughRiders on Twitter

Thanks @Byron31Jump for joining us during BP! He covered LF and CF like it was no biggie. Go @dallascowboys! #LetsRide

Although he's defended 18 passes in his two seasons with the Cowboys, Byron Jones has only created one turnover on a jump ball interception this season at home against the Buccaneers. The UCONN product has been a fan favorite for Cowboys Nation since day one, drafted for his freakish athleticism and Combine performance - showing off this athleticism with a welcome injection of talent to Dallas' secondary in 2015, consistently getting his hands on the ball but failing to finish turnovers.

Jared Sandler on Twitter

@dallascowboys DB Byron Jones is w/ @RidersBaseball doing baseball-related drills to try and improve hands. With team in OF during BP.

Jones has put some pressure on himself to help get the ball back to the Cowboys' potent offense himself this season, something Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli certainly preaches, so working on this element of his game prior to training camp by shagging some fly balls is a fun way to alleviate pressure and still develop important skills.

Byron Jones is going to have a phenomenal 2017 season, this much is assumed following a great rookie campaign and improved 2016 season as a starting safety. Now preparing to work behind a whole new cast of cornerbacks along with a new rotation of safeties alongside him, #31 needs to stand out in the Cowboys' secondary this season each and every week - something he is taking the initiative to do even at the ballpark in Texas before hitting the fields of Oxnard.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys FS Byron Jones Works With Frisco RoughRiders To Improve Hands" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

Field Yates on Twitter

Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Backup OT Cam Fleming

Jess Haynie

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Taco Charlton, Cameron Fleming

The Cowboys are holding on to an important depth option from last year's team. They have reportedly re-signed Offensive Tackle Cameron Fleming, who served as their swing tackle in 2018.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys kept a valuable part of their offensive line in Cameron Fleming, according to a source. Fleming played well in three starts last year, filling in at left tackle for an injured Tyron Smith. Given Smith's recent injury history, the Cowboys... https://t.co/DoB7sL9YpK

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Cowboys OT Cam Feming is staying in Dallas, as @toddarcher said. Source adds it's a two-year deal worth up to $8.5m.

Fleming was a free agent signing last year, brought in to be the swing tackle thanks to his experience with the New England Patriots. He started 20 games, not counting some in the playoffs, for the Pats during four seasons there.

Cam had to start three games for Dallas in 2018 due to injury issues with Tyron Smith.

Then language in Garafolo's tweet suggests that there are playing-time incentives in the deal. Fleming' got $2.5 million from the Cowboys last season, so it appears he's getting a potential raise in this new contract.

Given Tyron Smith's recent string of health concerns this is a smart signing. Fleming is still in his physical prime and had more experience than most guy who'd be willing to accept a backup role.



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Cowboys Re-Sign FB Jamize Olawale; Bigger Role Coming?

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Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed Fullback Jamize Olawale to a three-year deal. He wasn't used much last season, but could the change in offensive coordinator lead to a bigger role this versatile player?

The new contract is reportedly a three-year deal for $5.4 million, with roughly half of that guaranteed.

Olawale was acquired last year in a trade with the Raiders. After previous fullback Keith Smith left in free agency, Dallas sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland in exchange for Jamize and a sixth-round selection.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: The Cowboys and fullback Jamize Olawale have agreed to a 3-year, $5.4 million deal with $2.8 million guaranteed

Despite the offensive ability that he flashed during his Oakland years, Olawale hardly ever saw the ball with the Cowboys. He was thrown at just four times during the regular season, resulting in two catches for 13 yards.

As as Raider, Olawale was used as a receiving option and even played running back at times. He averaged over 230 yards of offense from 2015-2016 and scored four touchdowns.

With this new contract averaging $1.8 million, making Jamize one of the higher paid fullbacks in the NFL, one must wonder if Dallas plans to get more out of him in 2019.

Perhaps Kellen Moore taking over the offense from Scott Linehan is behind this surprising move. It was hard to imagine the Cowboys keeping Olawale at this price based on last year, but the new Offensive Coordinator might have plans for utilizing his skills more than Linehan did.



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