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Off-Season Progress Report: The Non-QB Players

RJ Ochoa



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It's that time of the week! No not The Big Bang Theory, time for your update of Cowboys goodness!

We've had a busy week here at Inside The Star. Last week quarterback, specifically Tony Romo and what's circling that position, were the hottest topics; however, this week we deviated from that.

The Cowboys will have certain players in contract years through the 2016 season. Staff Writer Sean Martin takes a look at Darren McFadden, Gavin Escobar, and Travis Frederick to see which of them has the heat turned up the highest on their situations.

Cowboys Blog - Off-Season Progress Report: The Non-QB Players

All of that goes hand in hand with what the Cowboys are going to need to do in the upcoming bits of the offseason. What positions are they going to address in free agency and the draft? Where are the points of weakness? Our own Tommy Simon takes a look at that in parts two and three of his analysis on which areas of the team need improvement.

In case you missed it, SEAN LEE IS GOING TO THE PRO BOWL!

This is a big deal as "The General" has been well-deserving of the honor and is finally headed to Hawaii for a good 'ol time.

Lee won't be alone in the land of Lennay Kekua, though. Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and Tyron Smith (plus Dan Bailey) will also be representing the Cowboys at the Pro Bowl. No discredit to Bailey, but the linemen are as much of a slam dunk of a Pro Bowler as you can be. This point was emphasized this week when Pro Football Focus ranked the Dallas Cowboys O-Line as the best in the business for the 2015 season (the Cowboys also graded number one in 2014).

Of course none of these accolades would be possible without great coaching. Staff Writer Nick Cocchiaro proudly pounded the table for why the Dallas Cowboys and their fans need to hunker down with the red-haired magician. Stick with JG, Cowboys Nation!

Garrett and his guys will be headed to Mobile, AL next week to coach the players in the Senior Bowl. You can check out who exactly is on their roster right here thanks to Staff Writer Sean Connery, I mean Martin!

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Make sure and listen to this week's episode of Cowboys Cast. The guys talk about looking back on past Cowboys, the idea of sticking with Coach Garrett, and host Bobby Belt interviews the sensational Dan Turner to talk about the upcoming linebackers in this year's NFL Draft.

The Senior Bowl will be a white hot topic next week so make sure that you're following Inside The Star and all of us for great content regarding it. Until next time, live long and propser. Huzzah.

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We'll be continuing this Off-Season Progress Report all season long. What would you like to see in it? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about "Off-Season Progress Report: The Non-QB Players" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

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Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



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After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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