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Which Cowboys Players Need a “Veteran Day” at Training Camp?

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Now that the Dallas Cowboys officially have a few training camp practices under their belt, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what they're trying to accomplish in just a few weeks time. Training camp is designed to get players up to speed both physically and mentally for the upcoming season, hopefully without any setbacks or injuries. The latter is what I want to dive into a little deeper today.

Over the weekend the Dallas Cowboys may have suffered an injury setback. Wide Receiver Cedrick Wilson is believed to have a torn labrum. Although nothing is confirmed as of yet, this would likely land him on Injured Reserve and end his rookie season.

Wilson may have been a long shot to make the final 53-man roster to begin with, but you never like to see injuries in training camp, especially to veteran players who are expected to play a key role in the upcoming season. That is why we have seen the Cowboys coaching staff give certain players a "Veteran Day" off.

Of course, not all veterans really need to take a few extra practices off. There's usually a certain criteria that these types of players fall under. Maybe it's because of their injury history, or maybe it's because they're just getting up there in age. Regardless, sometimes less is more. Today, I want to share with you a few Cowboys players I think need a "Veteran Day".

Linebacker, Sean Lee

Sean Lee

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

I'm sure the first Dallas Cowboys player that came to mind who definitely needs a "Veteran Day" off is Linebacker Sean Lee. His inability to stay healthy for an entire season is well documented. But, keeping him on a pitch count so to speak in training camp and giving him designated days off should help prevent him from getting too banged up before the season starts.

When healthy and on the field, there is no doubt Sean Lee is one of the best linebackers in the game. He seems to know exactly where the play is going before the ball is snapped and that's a testament to his film study. The Cowboys are simply a better defense when he is on the field then when he is not. Hopefully, these extra days off in training camp will help keep him healthy throughout the entire 2018 season.

Offensive Tackle, Tyron Smith

Tyron Smith

Dallas Cowboys LT Tyron Smith

If Sean Lee's name wasn't the first Dallas Cowboys player you thought of who needs a "Veteran Day" off, then you were probably thinking of Tyron Smith. Unfortunately, these past few seasons Smith has battled and succumbed to reoccurring back injuries that has caused him to miss time. His absence on the field is a definite hindrance for the Cowboys offensive productivity.

It's no coincidence the Cowboys offense and Quarterback Dak Prescott started to struggle when Tyron Smith was out of the lineup while dealing with his back injury last season. Yes, it was the same time Ezekiel Elliott ended up getting suspended, but I believe Smith was the bigger obstacle the Cowboys offense had to overcome. We can only hope that won't happen again, which is why extra days off during training camp could prove to be beneficial.

Defensive End, DeMarcus Lawrence

DeMarcus Lawrence

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The way DeMarcus Lawrence played last season might just have made him an indispensable player heading into the 2018 season. The way he can impact the game as both a run defender and pass rusher makes him extremely important moving forward, which is why I believe he deserves those "Veteran Day" practices off as well.

Let's not forget that Lawrence has already had two back surgeries in his professional career, which is probably one of the reasons why he had a fantastic 2017 season. He was finally healthy. In order to keep him healthy, I think he needs to join Sean Lee and Tyron Smith on the sideline to prevent too much wear-and-tear before the season gets underway. I want to see him pick up where he left off last year and completely dominate.

Which Dallas Cowboys players do you think need a "Veteran Day"?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn

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According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.

Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.

The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.

Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.

Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.



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