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WATCH: LB Jaylon Smith’s First Real Practice As A Dallas Cowboy

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - 2016 Is To Jaylon Smith What 2014 Was To Sean Lee

We all know who the top story of training camp is this season.

Former Notre Dame linebacker and second round pick in 2016, Jaylon Smith, will steal all headlines away from other players anytime he puts on a helmet.

And, to be honest, he should.

After missing all of his rookie season there is hope that Jaylon Smith will be available at some point this year. If healthy, and in his college form, Smith may become the best young linebacker in the entire league.

Yes, he is that good.

His first practice with the Dallas Cowboys is over, and with it, came some interesting videos of Smith completing drills.

Kate Hairopoulos on Twitter

Mandatory Jaylon Smith footage:

Here we see him changing direction, and looking pretty good doing so. One of the main concerns when coming back from a knee injury is that ability to stop on a dime, so it's good to see Smith trust himself while doing it.

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RJ Ochoa on Twitter

Lots of eyes on Jaylon Smith today.

Jaylon Smith may not look great, but the fact that he is even on the field practicing at all is a sign of progress. And at this point in the process, with the kind of devastating damage Smith suffered, we have to grab on and feel pretty good about any type of progress.

Plus, all things considered, he was moving around well yesterday. And he came away with an interception!

Brad Sham on Twitter

On instructions from @JC1053 : Jaylon Smith records 1st int in linebacker drill. Note the date. Remember the moment.

And then there was this ringing endorsement from a fellow Cowboys blogger over at

One Cool Customer on Twitter

If there is something Jaylon Smith still can't do, nobody at camp saw it today.

Marcus Mosher on Twitter

Here's the GIF of Jaylon Smith at practice today (via @jonmachota)

This last video isn't so great, however, as Smith runs to the ball with a noticeable limp. Still, he showed enough during the first day of camp to have us all very excited for what is to come.

The main thing we must do is preach patience. Jaylon may not be his best self by week one, but maybe towards the end of the season he will be back to 100 percent.

If not, maybe next year he will be. There is no clear timetable for this type of thing, and we don't know for sure if he will ever be the same.

But if anyone is going to come back from this, it will be Jaylon Smith.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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  • John Williams

    I’ve been pretty guarded in my expectations for Jaylon this season, but the more I read the more I can’t help but pencil him into the week 1 starting lineup. I know that’s way too much to ask, but it’s week one of camp and we are about to see him in Pads on Wednesday. They should sell a subscription to training camp live. Huge money maker.

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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 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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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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