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Seahawks 27, Cowboys 17: Romo Dodges Disaster

Jess Haynie



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The "real games" may not start until September, but things almost got very real for the Cowboys tonight.

On the third play of their third preseason game, Dallas watched Tony Romo get crunched on a scrambling run. He lay on the turf holding his back, and the collective gut of Cowboys Nation was punched.

Thankfully, Romo got up and went to the sideline without help. He appeared to be okay and seemed to want to get back in, but was ultimately held out for the rest of the night. A few glimpses of Tony on the bench showed he was still favoring his back and wincing a little, but overall it appears that disaster was averted.

 - Ezekiel Elliott, #21The Romo scare nearly overshadowed the debut of Ezekiel Elliott, who did not fail to impress. The Cowboys' newest first-round pick had 48 yards on just seven carries, showing off his speed and power against the Seahawks' top defensive players.

Despite missing Romo, Dez Bryant, Tyrone Crawford, and Orlando Scandrick the Cowboys went into halftime with a 10-10 tie. The Seahawks pulled away with their first-team units playing against Cowboys' backups in the third quarter.

Other Notes

  • Dak Prescott didn't light up the scoreboard but may have been more impressive than ever. The rookie came in unexpectedly early after Romo's injury and showed his usual poise against Seattle's starting defense. He had a touchdown throw to Jason Witten and led the team on an impressive two-minute drive for a game-tying field goal before the half ended.
  • Elliott's debut deserve a little extra discussion. One play in particular, his spin away from Kam Chancellor, is the kind of "dynamic" move that helps explain why Dallas spent that high draft pick on him. Plenty of guys can chew up yards behind this offensive line, but Dallas wanted Elliott for those moments when special talent can be a difference maker.
  • Despite missing Crawford and Scandrick, the Cowboys starting defense played solidly. Sean Lee was in on several plays and looked ready for another Pro Bowl season. Byron Jones also had a nice night.
  • Dax Swanson, a low man on the cornerback depth chart, had a punt return touchdown called back on a penalty. It was his second impressive punt return of the preseason. If he has any developmental potential at corner, it could be enough to earn a spot on the practice squad.
  • Speaking of the practice squad, receiver Rodney Smith showed what a year of experience can do with a good night. He and Jameil Showers connected on several throws and eventually a touchdown late in the game. Smith distinguished himself from Andy Jones, the much-hyped rookie who has been disappointing in preseason play.
  • While the deadline for cutting down to 75 players isn't until Tuesday, Dallas' early Week 3 game could mean that cuts come at any point over the weekend. I'll have my updated 53-man roster projection out tomorrow along with a prediction on who will be included in the first round of cuts.

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

  • chris delany

    What the heck is it about Tony that sees him hit and hurt, far more often than any other quarterback in the league?

    • Jess Haynie

      Playing style x Pre-existing conditions = Injury Probability

  • J (@gamma141)

    What you are witnessing with Tony Romo and Dallas is the manifestation of an illness called denial. I have never seen an NFL QB’s career so over ! I guess Dallas will keep enabling it till he is in a Wheelchair ?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys: How “Position-Flex” Has Handcuffed The 2015 Draft Class

Kevin Brady



Byron Jones

Over the last few years the Dallas Cowboys have placed a high level of importance on "position flex." They've drafted Swiss-Army knife players which could be moved around to different positions on the field.

By drafting players like Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods last year, as well as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys have tried to find these versatile players who can be used in multiple ways.

While this seems great on paper, this strategy has handcuffed the majority of their 2015 Draft Class, and is a key reason why the Cowboys seem to be in such a tough spot.

Byron Jones

The Cowboys' first round pick in 2015, Byron Jones, quickly became a favorite of mine during his rookie season. Incredibly athletic, long, and skilled in coverage, Jones was able to be both a fantastic cover cornerback and a solid middle-of-the-field safety due to his range.

Due to both injuries to his teammates, and Jones' own versatility, the Cowboys coaching staff couldn't keep Jones in just one spot. Once they discovered how great he was in man coverage against tight ends, they became enamored with trying to play him in the box.

Once in the box, Jones' struggles as a run defender were highlighted, and both the organization and the fans soured on him quickly.

Now it is rumored that Byron Jones will be moving back to cornerback full time. And while I do hope this is the case, the fact that he is in year four, and the Cowboys haven't been able to find their first round pick a permanent home is a huge indictment on their ability to evaluate and develop talent.

Chaz Green

Okay, hear me out.

The former third round pick of the 2015 Draft was brought in to be the swing tackle for the Cowboys his rookie year. Mainly due to injuries, Green did not see the field for much of his first two seasons. When he did fill in for Tyron Smith at left tackle in 2016, however, Green was very effective.

Of course, Chaz Green's last appearance with the Cowboys was ugly, giving up a plethora of sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. But Dallas might've made their own bed with Green during the beginning of the 2017 season, when they attempted to move him to left guard full time.

Instead of getting the increased work at tackle, and continuing to work as the swing tackle for the team in case of injury, Dallas started Green at left guard early on in the year. He struggled trying to move positions, and looked even worse when trying to move back to tackle.

Once again, the position flex bit the Cowboys right in the backside.

La'el Collins

It's 2018 and we are still talking about what position to play La'el Collins on the offensive line. And that is solely on the coaching staff and front office, not Collins.

Collins was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but was widely regarded as a first round pick heading into that draft. Though he started at left tackle at LSU, Dallas shifted Collins inside to left guard in 2015. After taking over for Ronald Leary as the starter, Collins produced highlight blocks week after week.

Injuries shortened his 2016 campaign, but heading into 2017 the Cowboys decided to shift him back out to right tackle. Despite some early struggles, Collins progressed nicely throughout the year and became a solid starting right tackle. Plus, he has the upside to become one of the top right tackles in the league.

Instead, it is now being rumored the Cowboys might move him back to guard for 2018. And with that news, I continue to pull my hair out over the position-flex decisions this coaching staff and front office like to make.

If the Cowboys want to get the most out of each draft class, and effectively develop their talent, they need to let those players actually develop, rather than move them around each season. Hopefully they now understand this, and allow both Byron Jones and La'el Collins to reach their full potential.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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