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Training Camp, Day 3: Mo Claiborne Steps it Up

Brian Leatherman



Cowboys Blog - Training Camp, Day 3: Mo Claiborne Steps it Up

Training camp is in full swing after day three, and first day of camp with pads on. When the pads come on, that’s when things really start to get interesting. You see the intensity rise and players being more aggressive.

With that said, here are some players that have stood out so far.

J.J. Wilcox Tony Romo
Henry Melton Dez Bryant
Bruce Carter Cole Beasley
Morris Claiborne Zack Martin
Tyrone Crawford Travis Frederick
DeVonte Holloman Devin Street
Orlando Scandrick Dwayne Harris
Nick Hayden


The one person I think is standing out more than anyone else in Oxnard is Mo Claiborne. Which is fine by me; I wrote about the possibility for 2014 to be Mo’s break out year and, so far, he’s making me look good. Head Coach Jason Garrett used Claiborne as an example when speaking in a meeting with players on how each person should prepare mentally and physically.

We’ve heard about it, so now everyone wants to see it. And Claiborne has most certainly shown he is a different player from years past.

Physically, he has bulked up, and his confidence is out the roof. The man is coming into this training camp with a boulder-sized chip on his shoulder. You can see the confidence and the new-found dog in him when he was covering Terrance Williams. [su_lightbox src=""]In the video[/su_lightbox], you can see Mo just man handle Williams, and at one point, he waved Williams off to cover Dez Bryant in the drill.

Hard to tell just by watching it on video, but not only did Mo handle Williams physically, he got in his head as well. The situation reached a point where the two had to be separated and sat down for the remainder of the drill.

I don’t know about you guys, but this team hasn’t had that edge, nastiness, bad attitude, or dog - any word you choose - on this defense in a very long time. I welcome the dog side of Mo Claiborne. It’s something this team could desperately use this season.

Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

  • Bryson Treece

    Good thing for it too. That fire goes a long way when a game is on the line. Then again, lately, that fire equals penalties too. But glad to see Mo showing that confidence because I have a feeling this year is make or break for him in Dallas.

  • Christopher Mak

    I agree with what Brian says about the need for nastiness on this team but I feel like the media and fans have blown this Mo thing way out of proportion. One day in pads and mouthing off doesn’t necessarily translate to a good season so let’s tap the breaks here. I like what Bryson had to say about the penalties. In looking at the video how many flags would’ve been thrown? Please don’t say they had refs there to throw flags. We know when the regular season comes those yellow hankies will be thrown all over the place. That being said I do hope that this new Mo continues to play with this chip on his shoulder. Until then, I am cautiously optimistic.

    • Paul Leatherman

      I think we’re all cautiously optimistic. I know I am. But for me it wasn’t about if a flag would have been thrown or not. That kind of attitude is contagious. If he keeps that fire through out camp I can almost promise you it will spread through out the team. As far as the penalties go I say be as physical as possible and make the refs throw it every time if need be. Look at Seattle. They beat the crap out WR’s and forced the refs to throw the flags. Same goes for the Patriots back in the day.

      • Christopher Mak

        Paul, those are valid points and I agree with you. I just don’t want to get my hopes up from one practice session. Let’s see how this translates and hope that this attitude does spread. I think it will and can’t wait for the 49ers game. I would love to swallow that Niners offense and let Romo and crew score in bunches. You guys got me pumped.

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

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

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