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Cowboys Sign Kellen Moore, Add Mark Nzeocha to Practice Squad

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Cowboys LB Mark Nzeocha Undergoes Knee Scope Ahead of Minicamp

It didn't take long for the Cowboys to reshuffle their practice squad and add back a down-the-roster player in LB Mark Nzeocha, who did not make the 53-man roster as the Cowboys completed a trade for Green Bay's Jayrone Elliott.

With Elliott projecting best as an edge rusher in Dallas' 4-3 scheme, Nzeocha is a quality addition to the practice squad despite struggling returning from injury throughout training camp and the preseason. He can play as a base SAM or MIKE linebacker should the Cowboys suffer an injury at either spot - where they are already thin.

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The Cowboys have re-signed LB Mark Nzeocha to their practice squad and released WR Brian Brown.

Also back with the team, rejoining the active roster as TE Rico Gathers unsurprisingly differed to injured reserve, is QB Kellen Moore. Cowboys Nation rightfully celebrated when Moore was released and Cooper Rush was carried on the 53, but with five days to go before the Giants are in town it appears that Moore will primarily backup Dak Prescott once again.

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Kellen Moore is back on the 53, while Mark Nzeocha has been brought back to the practice squad.

To create the practice squad spot for Mark Nzeocha, the Cowboys released WR Brian Brown. Brown was one of two receivers carried on the practice squad, as UDFA WR Lance Lenoir remains with the squad.

With these mostly expected moves, the Cowboys roster not only seems set for week one, but the team is deeper than it ever has been in recent memory heading into 2017 as the defending NFC East champions.

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  • George_Johnson

    The fans don’t like K Moore because he looks like the water boy, not an NFL QB. The coaches have a certain level of confidence in K Moore based on his total body of work in the NFL and working with him.

    The decision as to who will be the second team QB for the Giants game will be made at the end of the week per the coaches. K Moore is more of the veteran and has experience against 1st and 2nd team defenses. K Moore also knows the offense/playbook backwards and forwards. C Rush is a rookie and is still learning. Other than approximately one quarter he has never played against 1st or 2nd team defenses. He is basically unproven against starters in the NFL, even though he did look outstanding in the preseason games he played but mostly at 3rd team. I think there is a good chance K Moore will be the 2nd team backup for the Giants game. The coaches will try to do the right thing rather than the politically correct thing which would be to make the fans happy by picking C Rush.

  • Travis Diggs

    Where was that experience in preseason?? Why do we as cowboys fans accept mediocrity?? Kellen moore is the only NFL qb i know that gets rewarded for bad performance its a shame

  • Russ_Te

    – Right thing to do, exposing Moore to waivers. Made it work. Outplaying Cassel & Weeden in 2015, before the broken leg, there may have been some interest if a F/A. Now that’s all gone for Moore.

    – Not sure if he is #2 again. Didn’t earn it. I go with Rush in the case of Dak going out, and make him show me he’s not ready, before turning to Moore.

    – Besides, 2 roster spots are needed when the DL’s get off suspension. I think Moore gets sent to PS at week 3 or week 5.

    – I don’t think Zeke serves a minute of the 6 game suspension.

    Fun 2017 offense, perilous defense – at least through 8 games. Run the ball.

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Cowboys TE James Hanna Retiring

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In an unexpected bit of pre-draft news, Dallas Cowboys backup tight end James Hanna will be retiring after six seasons. He was drafted by the Cowboys in sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The news of Hanna's retirement was first reported by ESPN's Todd Archer:

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys will place James Hanna on the reserve/retired list as the tight end could not get over a serious knee condition that troubled him for most of the last two seasons, according to sources. Hanna was not involved in the early part of the team's... https://t.co/45BAZ2avSC

Hanna, who turns 29 in July, missed all of 2016 with that knee issue and has had two surgeries. He was active for all 16 games last season but wasn't used much on offense, only having four catches. James did catch his first and only NFL touchdown in the team's Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Many thought Hanna would be a salary cap casualty this offseason, but a retirement has the same effect on the cap. The Cowboys now save $2.75 million off his scheduled $3.5 mullion cap hit in 2018.

James Hanna has stuck around this long thanks to being a proficient blocker and one of the standout players on special teams. Geoff Swaim, entering the final year of his rookie deal, will likely be trusted to fill those roles.

That said, tight end was already a targeted position for the Cowboys in next week's draft. Losing Hanna only give the team more incentive to add more talent.

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Optimistic Reports Emerge Around Randy Gregory

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Good news are coming to Dallas just in time. Less than a week from now, the NFL Draft will be held in the Cowboys' home, the AT&T Stadium. But the team may count with a defensive talent many in Cowboys Nation have tried to forget for a while now. Randy Gregory's comeback may just happen.

There's a lot of positions in the roster that need more help than the defensive end one, but after finding the "War Daddy" Jerry Jones has always wanted in DeMarcus Lawrence, finding a RDE this offseason would be a dream scenario.

Sure, there's a lot of young talent in this football team and they'll be coming off a season that put a chip on their shoulders. Even so, they'll need all the help they can get.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, some help could come in form of a very talented pass rusher. Randy Gregory is reportedly applying for reinstatement very soon and according to Mike Fisher and Bobby Belt, there are positive reports around the situation.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

Randy Gregory update: I'm told there is real momentum building. He is expected to apply for reinstatement in the week or two following next week's NFL Draft.

Cowboys Nation last saw the second round pick back in 2016, but his potential shouldn't be forgotten. Of course, the Cowboys shouldn't be considering Gregory for their 2018 plans, simply because there's risk of him not being available.

Even still, Dallas may get lucky at defensive end. After DeMarcus Lawrence has a breakout season in 2017, imagine the defensive line with Randy Gregory reinstated and rehabilitated to exploit his talent in the NFL.

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UPDATE: We're told Randy Gregory camp is ready to present to NFL the fact the #Cowboys DE has passed a large number of drug tests, hasn't failed one since July 2016. https://t.co/Hjgu2CqRtC

Despite some TMZ "reports", it looks like Gregory has been clean for a while. It sure should make Cowboys' fans happy and not only form a football perspective. A comeback would definitely be something amazing. He has a chance to write a unique story for himself.

Everyone likes second-chance stories. Gregory is a guy who had his share of problems. By coming back to the NFL, he's showing players and fans that change is possible. This wouldn't just be epic for Dallas Cowboys fans but NFL fans in general.

If Dallas is fortunate enough to see Gregory reinstated by the NFL, their fight in the trenches might see a big upgrade next season. Randy still has a lot to work on and he might not even be a starter right away, but the potential is right there.

The Cowboys could become a team capable of dominating the line of scrimmage both on offense and on defense.

Hopefully, Gregory is able to come back and shine as a professional player. He, and NFL fans deserve a story like that.

Tell me what you think about "Optimistic Reports Emerge Around Randy Gregory" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving Reports to Voluntary Workouts

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Could Any of These 3 Cowboys Disappoint Cowboys Nation in 2017?

2018 gets better by the day as the NFL takes another step closer to the regular season with the beginning of team voluntary workouts. The Dallas Cowboys have their first voluntary workout today at The Star.

Clarence Hill Jr. is reporting that Dallas Cowboys' restricted free agent Defensive Tackle David Irving has shown up for the first day of workouts.

Clarence Hill Jr on Twitter

Cowboys DT David Irving has yet to sign his rfa tender but he did show up for first day offseason program, per source, for those questioning his commitment

Irving who was second on the team in sacks for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 with seven, while only playing in 8 games, hasn't yet signed his restricted free agent tender.

Todd Archer from ESPN is reporting that David Irving expects to sign his RFA tender after today's workout guaranteeing him the second round tender figure of $2.91 million for 2018.

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David Irving is expected to sign his restricted free agent tender today after the first workouts of the Cowboys' offseason program. Irving, who had seven sacks in eight games last season, will make $2.91 million. He is scheduled to become an... https://t.co/2EcPJ71OOe

As someone with as much production as Irving has had in the last couple of years, it's a bit surprising that teams around the NFL haven't jumped on that kind of interior presence. Teams looking for a player of Irving's caliber can still extend an offer sheet for the defensive tackle's services, but would have to give Dallas their 2018 second round pick.

The Dallas Cowboys would have the option of matching any offer sheet that David Irving signs. Perhaps they've indicated their intention to do so, given Irving's presence at the first day of practice.

It was quite a gamble, as many around Cowboys Nation believed that a team would quickly exchange a second round pick for Irving, but no one has offered him a contract to sign him away from the Cowboys.

David Irving has received criticism for his consistency after the 2016 season, but really found a stride in 2017 until a concussion derailed him toward the end of the season.

It's a great sign for the Dallas Cowboys that he's shown up ready to work for the 2018 season. David Irving is absolutely an ascending player and the sky is the limit for this defense with him as a part of it.

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