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Is Byron Jones In Line To Be A Captain For The Cowboys?

RJ Ochoa

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There are still a lot of particulars to work out before the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season officially begins. There's the whole waiting for football season to start thing, but one of the things that'll help remind us that it hasn't is who will be the captains for America's Team this year. 2016's Captains saw a new face wear the iconic "C" on his chest, and maybe if things work out a certain way Byron Jones will be 2017's new face.

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Jason Garrett hosted his annual camp this weekend at Princeton. Coaches included Dak Prescott, Jaylon Smith, Byron Jones, Darren McFadden

It won't be shocking to see Dak Prescott - Jason Garrett's perfect quarterback - get the captain call in 2017. I know you're a smart cookie, so I won't waste your time with that. The new face that could be out calling the coin toss for Dallas could indeed be 2015 1st Rounder and all-athlete Safety Byron Jones.

Part of what the Dallas Cowboys - namely Jason Garrett - loved about Byron Jones when they took him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft was who he was... off of the field. Byron Jones is a "right kind of guy" if there ever was one. Nicknamed "The Senator" thanks to his experience in the world of politics, Byron Jones checks all of the boxes in terms of what you want from your leaders.

The Secondary Is Hungry For Leadership

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Byron can do it all. (Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman)

Byron Jones is one of the Cowboys' starting safeties - the other will be determined at a later date - and he's suddenly one of the more tenured guys in the secondary as a whole. Barry Church, JJ Wilcox, Brandon Carr, and Morris Claiborne all left in Free Agency. While the Cowboys did inject a nice crop of young talent in the Draft, there's a lot of unfamiliarity there.

If you think about it, there really isn't a strong leader on the defense - from an outsider's perspective at least - outside of Sean Lee. We all know the lack of "war daddy" along the Defensive Line, maybe Taco Charlton will change that, and the secondary is significantly different as we mentioned.

Byron Jones Would Make A Fantastic Captain

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Byron Jones finally hauled in his first career interception in 2016 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

There's no denying how great of a captain Byron Jones would be for the Dallas Cowboys. He's entering his third season in the blue and silver, and he's experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

Jason Garrett wants guys who he can trust to wear the "C" on their chest. He wants extensions of himself out there. He wants players who don't get frazzled when things get hectic. If that's the recipe for a team captain then someone needs to start sewing the "C" on Byron's jersey already.

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Report: Cowboys’ Travis Frederick Ready for Start of Training Camp

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Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Still Hoping to "Be a Rock" for Teammates Despite GBS Syndrome

With the Dallas Cowboys opening training camp with their first practice on Saturday, July 27th in Oxnard, California, a lot of information is coming out regarding who will be available when they report.

It was already reported that Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will be placed on the physically unable to practice (P.U.P.) list to start training camp. Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Travis Frederick will avoid the Non-Football Injury list (NFI) and be ready to report for the starting of training camp.

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Very good news for the #Cowboys: All-Pro C Travis Frederick, who dealt with Guillain-Barré syndrome last year, is expected to be active for the start of training camp. He avoids NFI and is ready to go.

Frederick has been out of action for a year after being diagnosed with Guillen-Barre Syndrome during last year's training camp. Guillen-Barre is a disorder that can affect the peripheral neurological system. Basically, the neurological system that doesn't consist of the brain and the spinal cord, which is the central nervous system.

There was talk that Frederick might have been ready to go for the playoffs at the end of last season, but the team continued to hold him out in order to get him back 100% for 2019. It looks like the time has come for Frederick to regain his spot as the leader and lynch-pin of the offensive line.

While Joe Looney was effective in 2018, there's no doubt the team suffered a drop off from All-Pro Travis Frederick to career backup Looney. Getting Frederick back in the middle of the offensive line is the most significant upgrade the Dallas Cowboys could have made this offseason on either side of the football.

Frederick is one of the smartest players on the team and does a lot for Dak Prescott and the offensive line in terms of setting protections. For Dak Prescott, he'll be able to have a little more faith that the front of his pocket will hold up if he needs to step up to make a throw. Frederick will also help Connor Williams as the two work combo blocks against opposing interior defenders. Frederick will immediately improve the Dallas Cowboys red zone offense as they'll be able to get more of a push on the interior.

It was almost expected that this would be the case, but hearing it for certain should give the Dallas Cowboys and their fans a lot of optimism for what's to come in 2019. Travis Frederick returning to the starting lineup is a huge addition for a Dallas Cowboys offense that looks ready to roll in 2019.



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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones to Start 2019 Camp on PUP

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The Dallas Cowboys will be missing two of their defensive leaders when they open 2019 training camp this Saturday. Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will both start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List as they recover from offseason surgeries.

Lawrence, who got a new five-year contract in April, immediately underwent shoulder surgery once his deal was finalized. DeMarcus reportedly was waiting for contract negotiations to be completed before he had the procedure.

Jones had hip surgery in late May. He is playing 2019 on the fifth-year option from his original contract, and is no doubt hoping for his own long-term extension sometime in the near future.

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Sources: DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones will open Cowboys camp on PUP and won't practice in California https://t.co/jzWV5FjBO6 via @sportsdaydfw

Neither Lawrence or Jones, who are both coming of Pro Bowl seasons in 2018, are expected to be absent once the regular season starts in September. But either participating in this year's training camp is doubtful, and even preseason appearances are in question right now.

With DeMarcus out at DE, newcomers like Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder will get plenty of chances to show their stuff.  It's also a nice opportunity for Taco Charlton, assuming he's recovered from his own offseason surgery, to get some work against the first-team offensive line.

No Byron at CB will give Jourdan Lewis a nice opportunity to work with the starters as well. He was likely stuck at the 4th spot behind Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown but should now get more time on the field and against the best competition.



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Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released

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Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released

The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Wide Receiver Allen Hurns after just one season with the team according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Cowboys releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source.

Hurns was brought in as a possible replacement for Dez Bryant considering they had a similar skill set, but that never quite worked out. He only managed 20 receptions for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 starts. He's coming off a horrific leg injury suffered in the Cowboys playoff win against the Seahawks last season.

This saves the Cowboys 5 million in cap space putting them around 24 million overall heading into the 2019 season currently. This now opens up snaps for some of the younger receivers on the Cowboys roster.



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