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Cowboys Sign Kellen Moore, Add Mark Nzeocha to Practice Squad

Sean Martin

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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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  1. George_Johnson

    September 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    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.

  2. Travis Diggs

    September 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    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

  3. Russ_Te

    September 7, 2017 at 2:51 am

    – 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 Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

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I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.


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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

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The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.


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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

David Moore on Twitter

Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.


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