The Dallas Cowboys secondary will get even better in the days to come. No, this isn't a prediction that Earl Thomas joins the team, but rather another safety working his way back onto the practice fields in Oxnard. Kavon Frazier has been taken off the non-football injury list, eligible to return to practice as the Cowboys deliberately work him back following concerns over blood clotting.
It appears the Cowboys training staff has found a pretty simple solution to Frazier's medical scare. The third-year safety said after his first padded practice of training camp yesterday that an increase in vegetables and vitamins in his diet is effectively his only change.
Kavon Frazier on how he must manage the blood disorder/deficiency that kept him out of camp until today: "Mainly, I've got to eat more vegetables. I've got to take a couple of vitamins a day. That's about it.
Passing a physical frees Frazier to begin working with Kris Richard. Already, the fiery secondary coach and Passing Game Coordinator has gotten the best out of cornerbacks like Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones.
An enforcing safety like Frazier playing in support of these cornerbacks will only elevate the Cowboys defense further. Lead by Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods on the third level so far, this Cowboys defense has gotten the best of the offense for most of camp.
Both Heath and Woods give the Cowboys desirable versatility at their positions, capable of lining up all over the field and matching up athletically against receivers or tight ends. Though Frazier still has plenty of time to change this, he came on strong as a third safety at the end of 2017, and could thrive in this role again.
Limited as a true cover player, Frazier is best utilized as a downhill 'thumper' that can catch opposing offenses by surprise. Given their size on the boundary, the Cowboys want to be disruptive early and often against the pass. Frazier could be key in creating turnovers as well as in run support.
God is good! Glad to be back out there grindin with my boys! #BuiltForIt #Blessings
Whatever happens for the Cowboys at safety (yes, now you can infer that I'm talking about a certain Seattle Seahawk), the team should feel confident in their ability to bring along all three returnees in Heath, Woods, and Frazier.
It shouldn't take long at all for Kavon to make up for the loss of four padded practices. A player that was always going to have to wait patiently for the pads to come on given his play style, opportunity is coming for Frazier in this competitive Cowboys secondary.
The Cowboys are off today, but do return to training camp practices with Frazier fully in the fold on Saturday and Sunday.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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