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Training Camp and Preseason are Crucial for Tavon Austin

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Training Camp and Preseason are Crucial for Tavon Austin

Your best ability is availability in sports. While he may be extremely dynamic once the ball is in his hands, too often Tavon Austin is seen rehabbing or getting treatment, not an ideal situation for any franchise that's dishing out millions for your services.

When the Dallas Cowboys acquired Austin last April, the thinking was he'd be another weapon with the potential to put up six points at any given time with his speed and athleticism, but in October those thoughts would be put on hold. He suffered a groin injury that forced him to miss nine games, thus making it very difficult for him to ever get any kind of timing with Dak Prescott. He only managed to put up 8 receptions for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. This isn't new territory for Tavon by any means, considering in 2017 he missed time with hamstring and wrist injuries, as well as suffering a mild concussion.

The Cowboys having a pretty deep roster of playmakers on offense is also something that's working against Tavon. The addition of Amari Cooper changed life dramatically for Dallas in 2018, as they won seven of the final eight games after his arrival. This gave Dak Prescott the true number one receiver he's longed for since his rookie campaign. Michael Gallup showed flashes not only in the regular season but in the playoffs as well that he's ready to be the that stable second option. Randall Cobb is a seasoned veteran with eleven games of playoff experience under his belt, and seemingly ready to provide a steady presence in the slot with the departure of Cole Beasley. Tony Pollard being drafted in the 4th round might have been the biggest blow to Austin's future in Dallas. Not only does Pollard possess the same skill set as Austin, but he does those things at an even higher level, and with no major injury history in his past, he could keep Tavon on the sidelines.

There is one glimmer of hope for Austin and that's the possibility of being the team's primary punt returner. Although rookie Tony Pollard tied an NCAA record with seven kick return touchdowns he didn't fare so well returning punts. This could be because of a lack of opportunities considering he only had two in his entire college career for a total of eleven yards. Nonetheless, he didn't prove that was a big part of his skill set during his days at Memphis. Austin, however, has shown in the past he can take one to the house at any given moment. He returned a punt 79 yards for what would've been a touchdown against the Seahawks in last years playoffs, but unfortunately, it was called back because of a penalty. This area may be his best chance to keep a spot on the roster.

So what's the role for Tavon in 2019? Are there enough footballs to go around? Can his body hold up for an entire season? Just a few glaring questions that would suggest Austin's time in Dallas could be short-lived, but there's always a chance that's not the case. Pressure can at times bust pipes, but it can also pour gasoline on that fire inside an athletes belly and turn back the clock, showing what gave them their reputation in the first place. With a crowded receiver room and an unlucky injury history, the odds are stacked against him, but Tavon still has a chance to turn what looks like his final days into a new beginning.



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Report: Cowboys’ Travis Frederick Ready for Start of Training Camp

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Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Still Hoping to "Be a Rock" for Teammates Despite GBS Syndrome

With the Dallas Cowboys opening training camp with their first practice on Saturday, July 27th in Oxnard, California, a lot of information is coming out regarding who will be available when they report.

It was already reported that Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will be placed on the physically unable to practice (P.U.P.) list to start training camp. Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Travis Frederick will avoid the Non-Football Injury list (NFI) and be ready to report for the starting of training camp.

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Very good news for the #Cowboys: All-Pro C Travis Frederick, who dealt with Guillain-Barré syndrome last year, is expected to be active for the start of training camp. He avoids NFI and is ready to go.

Frederick has been out of action for a year after being diagnosed with Guillen-Barre Syndrome during last year's training camp. Guillen-Barre is a disorder that can affect the peripheral neurological system. Basically, the neurological system that doesn't consist of the brain and the spinal cord, which is the central nervous system.

There was talk that Frederick might have been ready to go for the playoffs at the end of last season, but the team continued to hold him out in order to get him back 100% for 2019. It looks like the time has come for Frederick to regain his spot as the leader and lynch-pin of the offensive line.

While Joe Looney was effective in 2018, there's no doubt the team suffered a drop off from All-Pro Travis Frederick to career backup Looney. Getting Frederick back in the middle of the offensive line is the most significant upgrade the Dallas Cowboys could have made this offseason on either side of the football.

Frederick is one of the smartest players on the team and does a lot for Dak Prescott and the offensive line in terms of setting protections. For Dak Prescott, he'll be able to have a little more faith that the front of his pocket will hold up if he needs to step up to make a throw. Frederick will also help Connor Williams as the two work combo blocks against opposing interior defenders. Frederick will immediately improve the Dallas Cowboys red zone offense as they'll be able to get more of a push on the interior.

It was almost expected that this would be the case, but hearing it for certain should give the Dallas Cowboys and their fans a lot of optimism for what's to come in 2019. Travis Frederick returning to the starting lineup is a huge addition for a Dallas Cowboys offense that looks ready to roll in 2019.



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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones to Start 2019 Camp on PUP

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DeMarcus Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys will be missing two of their defensive leaders when they open 2019 training camp this Saturday. Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will both start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List as they recover from offseason surgeries.

Lawrence, who got a new five-year contract in April, immediately underwent shoulder surgery once his deal was finalized. DeMarcus reportedly was waiting for contract negotiations to be completed before he had the procedure.

Jones had hip surgery in late May. He is playing 2019 on the fifth-year option from his original contract, and is no doubt hoping for his own long-term extension sometime in the near future.

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Sources: DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones will open Cowboys camp on PUP and won't practice in California https://t.co/jzWV5FjBO6 via @sportsdaydfw

Neither Lawrence or Jones, who are both coming of Pro Bowl seasons in 2018, are expected to be absent once the regular season starts in September. But either participating in this year's training camp is doubtful, and even preseason appearances are in question right now.

With DeMarcus out at DE, newcomers like Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder will get plenty of chances to show their stuff.  It's also a nice opportunity for Taco Charlton, assuming he's recovered from his own offseason surgery, to get some work against the first-team offensive line.

No Byron at CB will give Jourdan Lewis a nice opportunity to work with the starters as well. He was likely stuck at the 4th spot behind Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown but should now get more time on the field and against the best competition.



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Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released

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Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released

The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Wide Receiver Allen Hurns after just one season with the team according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Cowboys releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source.

Hurns was brought in as a possible replacement for Dez Bryant considering they had a similar skill set, but that never quite worked out. He only managed 20 receptions for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 starts. He's coming off a horrific leg injury suffered in the Cowboys playoff win against the Seahawks last season.

This saves the Cowboys 5 million in cap space putting them around 24 million overall heading into the 2019 season currently. This now opens up snaps for some of the younger receivers on the Cowboys roster.



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