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LISTEN: Cowboys Draft Picks Get The Call From The Star

RJ Ochoa



As the 2017 NFL Draft has come to a close, a different part of preparation for the upcoming season begins. Members of Cowboys Nation now know who their new toys are, and we want to figure out exactly who they are and how we’re going to play with them. What better way to get to know the new members of the Dallas Cowboys than by listening to their reaction to hearing that’s who they now play for? Here are all of the Secret Audio clips courtesy of

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan – 1st Round, 28th Overall

Secret Audio: Taco Charlton Becomes A Cowboy

Hear the phone call that made Taco Charlton a Cowboys in round one of the 2017 NFL Draft.

When you’re a First Round Draft Pick, things are pretty top of the line all the way around. You can see, and hear, that everyone is ecstatic with this pick. Taco Charlton gives Dallas immediate help as an edge rusher, and he fits the right-kind-of-guy mold perfectly.

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado – 2nd Round, 60th Overall

Secret Audio: Chidobe Awuzie Gets The Call

Chidobe Awuzie gets the call from Jerry Jones.

When the Cowboys let both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne walk in Free Agency, people started to panic. Orlando Scandrick – who was apparently shopped around during the Draft – and Anthony Brown are great, but they can’t go at it alone. They don’t have to anymore, and Chidobe is obviously excited to be part of the reason why.

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan – 3rd Round, 92nd Overall

Secret Audio: Jourdan Lewis Becomes A Cowboy

Jourdan Lewis gets the call from the Cowboys as he is selected in the 3rd round.

Did I say that Orlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown don’t have to go at it alone anymore? Well add Chidobe Awuzie to that list! The Cowboys chose one of the Draft’s premier cornerbacks, albeit a bit of a risky pick with Lewis’ Domestic Violence situation up in the air, to give them two sets of fresh legs in the secondary.

Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina – 4th Round, 133rd Overall

Secret Audio: Emotional Ryan Switzer Gets The Call

Ryan Switzer is overcome with emotion as he gets the call of a lifetime from Jerry Jones.

It is going to be so fun to watch opposing defenses try and stop both Cole Beasley AND Ryan Switzer. “Switzerland” as I have affectionately nicknamed him, is more than just an amazing wide receiver… he believes he’s the best return man in the Draft. This might be fans’ favorite call as Ryan was both shocked and humbled.

Marquez White, CB, Florida State – 6th Round, 216th Overall

Secret Audio: Jerry Jones Calls Marquez White

Marquez White gets the call from Jerry Jones to become a Cowboy.

No one is ever going to be alone in the secondary again! With three rookies at cornerback the Dallas Cowboys are in prime position to develop quite a group over the next few seasons. The best part about Marquez’s call is that he asks Jerry Jones to say that he’s a Cowboy one more time, so that his family can hear it. Say it again, Jerry!

Joey Ivie, DT, Florida – 7th Round, 228th Overall

Secret Audio: Joey Ivie Gets the Call

Joey Ivie of the University of Florida gets the call of a lifetime.

Rod Marinelli wasn’t going to leave the 2017 NFL Draft without multiple rushmen to work with, and Joey Ivie is part of the new crew. These Draft calls never get old, and Joey Ivie is a good reminder of that as he stays excited from start to finish.

Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State – 7th Round, 239th Overall

Secret Audio: Jason Garrett Calls Noah Brown

Noah Brown gets the call from the Cowboys.

444 days before he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, Noah Brown shared a photo of Dez Bryant on his personal Instagram account… so it’s safe to say he’s fairly excited about his new teammate. That same level of excitement is apparent in his phone call with Coach Garrett, and how cool is it that Ezekiel Elliott has been lobbying for him?!

Jordan Carrell, DT, Colorado – 7th Round, 246th Overall

Secret Audio: Dallas Picks An Ecstatic Jordan Carrell

Jordan Carrell is filled with excitement as he is picked by the Cowboys in the 7th round.

Add one more rusher to Rod Marinelli’s stable, please! With their final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft the Cowboys took Jordan Carrell, and you can tell that Jordan is grateful for it. Most players are enthused to join America’s Team, and Carrell certainly is no different.

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Game Notes

DAL 20, OAK 17: Cowboys and Playoff Hopes Survive Wild Game

Jess Haynie



Jason Witten, Dak Prescott

On a night when almost everything seemed to bounce the Raiders’ way, the final crucial play went in Dallas’ favor. That proved to be all the difference, allowing the Cowboys to improve to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive in a pivotal road game in Oakland.

After a 55-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Jourdan Lewis moved Oakland 15 yards from the endzone, Oakland had a few shots at a game-winning touchdown before they’d attempt a tying field goal. On 3rd-and-3, Derek Carr scrambled and went for the score. He dived along the sideline and stretched the ball out toward the pylon, only to lose control. The ball left his hands, crossed the goal line, and went out the side of the endzone.

Cowboys ball. Cowboys wins.

That fumble was Oakland’s fourth of the night. Cordarrelle Patterson fumbled on two of his kick returns but both times the ball rolled out of bounds. Michael Crabtree also fumbled after a catch, but Dallas failed to recover it before the receiver could get back on top of the ball.

Both teams were playing for their playoff lives. When the game was tied 10-10 in the 3rd quarter, Dallas faked a punt from their own 24-yard-line as Chris Jones kept the ball and ran 24 yards. The very next play, the Cowboys attempted a flea-flicker to Terrance Williams that was incomplete. It was perhaps the most aggressive series of calls we’ve seen from Dallas all year.

It was a tough, ugly game. There were 21 total penalties, 14 of which surprisingly belonged to the Raiders. Oakland’s offense executed more consistently while the Cowboys still made crucial stops when needed.

In the end, Dallas survived and advanced in their efforts to sneak back into the NFC playoffs.

Other Notes

  • Dak Prescott had a rough night with two interceptions and no passing touchdowns. One of those picks was due to contact on the throw, but he also missed some opportunities with errant throws and bad reads. He did run one in, though, and had 32 rushing yards total for the game.
  • Alfred Morris and Rod Smith combined for a woeful 74 yards on 23 carries. After a few weeks of big production, this was a good reminder of why we’re so happy to have Ezekiel Elliott returning next week.
  • While Dallas was unable to sack Derek Carr tonight, they applied a lot of pressure and forced several bad throws. Carr only completed 55% of his passes thanks to consistent heat from DeMarcus Lawrence, Sean Lee, and even Taco Charlton on a few plays.
  • It was another solid night from the Cowboys’ young cornerbacks. Despite the big penalty on Oakland’s final drive, Lewis had a solid night all around along with Chidobe Awuzie. Anthony Brown also showed up, having a few nice deflections in crunch time.
  • The Cowboys will head back to Dallas to reunite to with Ezekiel Elliott and prepare a welcoming party for the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. Seattle was humiliated at home today, losing 42-7 to the visiting Rams. With the Cowboys and Seahawks now tied at 8-6, Dallas can bury them next week with a victory.


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Cowboys and Raiders Offer Many Parallels

Jess Haynie



Dak Prescott, Derek Carr

For only the 12th time since their first meeting in 1974, the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders will face off tonight in what will likely be a season-ending game for the loser. Two of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the Cowboys and Raiders have lived almost entirely separate lives throughout their history. Despite that, the two organizations in many ways seem like mirror images of each other.

The Raiders are up by one game, 6-5, in the previous 11 games between Dallas and Oakland. The Cowboys have won the last two matchups, both of which were in Dallas. This will be the first they’ve played in the Raiders’ stadium since 2005.

Oakland is one of only a few NFL franchises the Cowboys have a losing record against. Dallas is .500 or better against 26 the 31 other teams in the league. The only other franchises with winning records against the Cowboys are the Baltimore Ravens (4-1), Cleveland Browns (17-14). Denver Broncos (8-5), and the Green Bay Packers (19-17).

Throughout NFL history, perhaps now two owners have challenged the establishment more than the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and the late Al Davis of the Raiders. Davis sued the NFL in 1980 when his efforts to most the team to Los Angeles were blocked. This year, Jerry Jones threatened litigation against the league for how the commissioner’s contract negotiations were being handled.

in 2017, the Cowboys and Raiders were both Super Bowl contenders who have had disappointing the seasons. They go into this week at 7-6 and 6-7 respectively, nearly even, and with similarly slim hopes of still making the playoffs. Both may be still be able to sneak in if they keep winning, but help from other teams is also needed.

Even their quarterbacks can be compared. Dak Prescott and Derek Carr are two of the top young stars at QB in the game but have had adversity this year.  Carr has been trying to bounce back from a major leg injury last year that cut short his breakout season. Prescott, a rookie sensation in 2016, has had to fight the sophomore slump while also dealing with the loss of offensive MVP Ezekiel Elliott.

If that wasn’t enough, both their first names start with a “D” and end with a “K.” Mind-blowing stuff, huh?

All kidding aside, both Dallas and Oakland entered 2017 with championship goals and have had tough blows along the way. Both will be without key players tonight; Dallas still missing Elliott while the Raiders won’t have franchise receiver Amari Cooper. These personnel issues have plagued their seasons and left both on the brink of playoff elimination.

Who stays alive tonight? For two teams that only see each other every four years, this reunion is of incredible importance to both their immediate futures.


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Cowboys, Raiders Week 15 Injury Report

Jess Haynie



David Irving

Tonight’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders features two teams still hanging on to slim playoff hopes. Both will have to try to keep their seasons alive without some key players, according the final injury report for Week 15.

Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Brice Butler (foot) – OUT
  • TE James Hanna (knee) – Questionable
  • OT Tyron Smith (back) – Questionable
  • OT La’el Collins (back) – Questionable
  • DL David Irving (concussion) – OUT
  • DT Maliek Collins (foot) – Questionable
  • LB Sean Lee (hamstring/back) – Questionable
  • LB Justin Durant (concussion) – OUT
  • CB Orlando Scandrick (back) – OUT

Don’t be worried by any of the key “questionable” players. They’re all dealing with nagging injuries and will likely be on the injury report the rest of the year. There is no indication that Sean Lee, Maliek Collins, or either of the starting offensive tackles will miss the game.

Brice Butler will miss his return game against his former team, which is more sad for him than any real issue for the Cowboys. Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown could see some more usage on offensive as a result.

Missing David Irving will hurt as Dallas needs to get pressure on Derek Carr. Coupled with Orlando Scandrick’s absence, the Raiders could be dangerous with their passing game. Thankfully, some of this is offset by their star receiving also missing the game.

Oakland Raiders

  • WR Amari Cooper (ankle) – OUT
  • TE Clive Walford (concussion/neck) – OUT
  • C/G Jon Feliciano (concussion) – Questionable
  • DL Mario Edwards Jr (ankle) – OUT
  • DL Denico Autry (hand/ankle) – Questionable
  • CB David Amerson (foot) – Questionable
  • S Ofi Melifonwu (hip) – OUT
  • DB Keith McGill (knee) – Questionable

The big news here is obviously Cooper being out. Michael Crabtree can still ball but Cooper is one of the top receivers in the game. Dallas’ young corners can breathe easier now.

The big injury on defense is Edwards, the son of the former Cowboys cornerback. He’s started all 13 games this year for Oakland. They also could be without starting corner David Amerson due to a foot injury. That could help Dak Prescott to keep the momentum going from his statistical breakthrough last week.

The rest of the players on the Raiders’ report are all backups.


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