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Jerry Jones On 2016 Draft: “There’s No Have-To Here” At QB

RJ Ochoa



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When Jerry Jones talks, we listen.

The Owner, President, and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys dropped some words that are hotter than Technotronic's "Move This (Shake That Body)" on Wednesday at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Mobile, AL isn't only the site of the Senior Bowl. Mobile will forever be remembered as the birthplace of the Carson Wentz Hype Train. The North Dakota State Bison has skyrocketed in terms of perceived value, and the actual Senior Bowl hasn't even happened yet! Wentz is just one of the players on the North Squad that is being coached by Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys Staff.

Cowboys Blog - Jerry Jones on 2016 Draft: "There's No Have-To Here" At QB

After the North Squad finished practice on Wednesday, Jerry Jones spoke. What was the biggest takeaway, you ask? Only that the Dallas Cowboys do not feel like they must take a quarterback in this year's NFL Draft. Boom.

You can read an the sequence of everything that Jerry said over at, but the gist of it in Mr. Jones' words is that:

"There's no have-to here, in my mind, because we have the luxury of having Romo here for 3, 4, 5 more years."

While one can argue that the durability that we've seen lately from Tony Romo might not live up to that timeframe, Romo himself believes that he has plenty of time left in the NFL.

Anytime you're picking this high in the NFL Draft you have to consider all options - quarterback among them. It's something that is in the conversation, but once you come to your senses you turn the page and move onto the real options.

Romo is taking all of the right measures to ensure that he's healthy enough for the Cowboys moving forward. I've pounded the table, repeatedly, here at Inside The Star as to why a quarterback would be a lateral step for this team. I've developed a fun hypothetical to illustrate the potential ramifications of taking one and just recently taken a fan poll showing that a majority of Cowboys fans agree.

As of Wednesday, January 27th 2016 it would appear that Jerry Jones feels the same.

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What are your thoughts on Jerry Jones's comments from Wednesday? Let me know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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  • Mr. Bamboozaul

    Romo will be the starting quarterback for the Cowboys until he 50 years old, as long as Jerry in charge.

  • Robert

    It's getting harder and harder to continue to root for the Star. The only way the Cowboys make it to the Super Bowl, is that it's fixed. Jerry is determined to make sure that his beloved Romo gets that covenant 4th Super Bowl ring that Jerry is chasing. Jerry wants both Romo and Witten to get into the Hall of Fame. Jerry is so desperate to receive credit for taking the cheap, for having Romo drop in his lap per Sean Peyton and David Lee.

  • Jess Haynie

    Jerry is absolutely right that there is no can't miss prospect among these QBs. His timetable for Romo's longevity is a little generous but I'm glad he's not feeling desperate. This is the wrong crop of rookie QBs to force anything with.

  • RJ Ochoa

    Agreed, Jess. I'm not at all saying that Romo is going to play that long, but I agree with Jerry that there's no need to have tunnel vision regarding a QB this Draft.

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  • Zac Fields

    Guys, Jerry's words are generally meaningless. He also said we wouldn't release Terrell Owens, right before we did. Weren't going to fire Wade Phillips, about two weeks before he fired Wade Phillips.

    Keep in mind that Jerry Jones fell in love with the idea of drafting Johnny Manziel two drafts ago when Romo had six full seasons left on his contract. You could argue that Jerry just loved the idea of "Johnny Football" and that's it, but that argument gives Jerry less credit than he deserves. He's already tried the approach of waiting until your franchise quarterback retires to pursue a new one — he lived through that just like we did except he was a lot closer to it. There is no part of him that wants to go through that again.

    That doesn't mean that he isn't being genuine in this particular case, but anybody who followed the Senior Bowl knows Jerry was clearly sizing up Carson Wentz (the only potential 1st round quarterback there). I think he's right to say you don't "have to" draft a quarterback, but there's no part of me that believes he isn't strongly considering it.

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

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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?

Sean Martin



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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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