<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 22 May 2017 22:55:13 -0500Mon, 22 May 2017 22:55:13 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Why Kaepernick is not a Good Fit For Cowboys]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:39:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/ssstaleyy.jpg

Colin Kaepernick is still without a job. Could the Dallas Cowboys be in his future? NBC 5’s sports director Newy Scruggs shares his thoughts. 



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<![CDATA[Witten Holds Annual Youth Football Camp at Justin Northwest]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 09:41:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/new_rc_witten_camp_1200x675_949983811590.jpg

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten held his annual youth football camp at Justin Northwest and explained why this one meant the most.

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<![CDATA[Witten Impressed with 'Swag' of Cowboys Young Players]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 15:43:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/witten_younger_players_1200x675_949734979797.jpg

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten talks about the passion involved in playing the game of football and the "swag" of the younger players on the team. 

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<![CDATA[Witten isn't Ready to Hang Up the Cleats Yet]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 15:35:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/witten_on_playing_days_left_1200x675_949737027624.jpg

 With the recent retirements of former Cowboys DeMarcus Ware, Doug Free and Tony Romo, tight end Jason Witten explains how he isn't ready to hang up the cleats just yet.

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<![CDATA[Fans Can Rub Elbows With Players at Cowboys Fit]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 18:01:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JERRY_JONES_ON_COWBOYS_FIT_FOR_WEB_1200x675_947552323724.jpg

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks about his vision for Cowboys Fit and what it will mean to Cowboys fans.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fit is Officially Open]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 18:00:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CHARLOTTE_JONES_ANDERSON_FOR_WEB_ON_COWBOYS_FIT_1200x675_947550275623.jpg

Cowboys Fit is officially open to the public.  Dallas Cowboys Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones Anderson explains what fans can expect when they get their membership.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fit Opens at The Star in Frisco]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 17:01:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-fit.jpg Ever wanted to workout like the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones has made that possible with Cowboys Fit, a gym at The Star in Frisco.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fit Opens at The Star]]> Thu, 18 May 2017 18:02:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-fit-story-lede.jpg

Dallas Cowboys fans who are looking to train like their favorite players will now have their chance. 

Jerry Jones, along with a number of Dallas Cowboys officials, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Cowboys Fit at The Star in Frisco on Thursday.

Cowboys Fit is a three-story 60,000 square foot workout facility that offers members the best in fitness and nutrition.

Members will also enjoy all types of amenities such as boutique style classes, a training staff comprised of former NFL players and cheerleaders, an extensive health and nutrition bar, a dedicated recovery lounge offering cryotherapy, NormaTec, Hydromassage, and treatments delivered by the industry’s leading experts, a rooftop deck and pool and much more.

Cowboys Fit creates a unique way for the team to engage fans of the brand, and fans of fitness alike.

Individual memberships are $88 per month, couples will pay $128 a month and families will pay $188 a month.

Fans will be able to purchase memberships online at CowboysFit.com.  You can also show up in person at the enrollment center at The Star to purchase a membership or call 972-437-5000.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys WR Brice Butler Encourages Kids to Read]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 20:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BRICE_BUTLER_FOR_WEB_1200x675_946590275901.jpg

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Brice Butler kicked off his Summer Reading Challenge with kids at David G. Burnet Elementary School in Dallas. Butler explains why this event is so important to him.
 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Tees It Up for Charity]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 03:31:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/frederick_tackles_hunger_foundation_1200x675_945760835688.jpg

Center Travis Frederick, along with other Cowboys players, break out the golf clubs at Topgolf in The Colony for Frederick's charity. NBC 5's Mercedes Owens has the story.

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<![CDATA[Travis Frederick Doing His Part to Help Feed NTX Children]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 20:11:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MERCEDES_TRAVIS_FREDERICK_1_ON_1_FOR_WEB_1200x675_945614403562.jpg

NBC 5’s Mercedes Owens goes 1-on-1 with Dallas Cowboys All-Pro center Travis Frederick and learns about how his charity is helping feed North Texas children.

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<![CDATA[Newy's Take: Travis Frederick An All-Pro On, Off the Field]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 19:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_S_TAKE_ON_TRAVIS_FREDERICK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_945592387831.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs gives his take on Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick and how he’s making a difference off the field.

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<![CDATA[C-USA Basketball Tournaments Coming to Frisco in 2018-19]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 17:10:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ford+center+at+the+star1.jpg

Championship Week is coming to North Texas.

Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod announced the 2018 and 2019 Conference USA men's and women's basketball tournaments will be hosted at the Ford Center at The Star, in partnership with the University of North Texas, the Dallas Cowboys and Visit Frisco.

This is good news for UNT fans. The Mean Green men last made the NCAA tournament in 2010 and that was as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. The UNT women's hoops team has never won a conference tournament championship.

UNT boasts nearly 120,000 alumni within the four Texas counties of Dallas, Denton, Collin and Tarrant. More than 25,000 total alumni from the other 13 C-USA member schools also reside within that area.

The 2018 C-USA Basketball Championships, which are scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, through Saturday, March 10, will have all 22 games – 11 men's and 11 women's games – at The Star. The conference champions receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

Frisco will be the eighth location to host the C-USA Men's Basketball Championship and the 13th host city for the C-USA Women's Basketball Championship. Conference USA has hosted two women's basketball tournaments within the Metroplex area, as the 2006 C-USA Championship was held at SMU's Moody Coliseum in Dallas and the 2004 C-USA Championship was in Fort Worth at TCU's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

"We are always looking to bring new experiences to student-athletes, their families and fans with our state-of-the-art facilities. Conference USA's basketball tournament is a great opportunity to showcase the versatility of Ford Center as well as what The Star and the City of Frisco have to offer," said Dallas Cowboys Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jerry Jones Jr.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Submit Bid to Host 2018 NFL Draft]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:45:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nfldraft1.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have submitted an official bid to host the 2018 NFL Draft in North Texas.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said Saturday that the team is hoping to host the three-day event at The Star in Frisco and AT&T Stadium.

ESPN reported in April that North Texas was the favorite to host next year's draft.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers organizations have also expressed interest in holding the event.

After being held in New York City for more than 50 years, Chicago hosted the draft in 2015 and 2016. The 2017 draft was held in Philadelphia.



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<![CDATA[Dallas Cowboys Sign Taco Charlton, Other 2017 Draft Picks]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 08:41:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/taco-charlton-jersey.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys are signing their 2017 draft picks at a record pace.

The Cowboys signed eight of their nine picks from April's NFL Draft to contracts before Friday's rookie minicamp, including first round edge rusher Taco Charlton, according to The Dallas Morning News.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill, Charlton's signing marked the first time a first round pick had signed before the team's rookie minicamp since Jerry Jones has owned the team.

The team also inked second round cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, fourth round wide receiver Ryan Switzer, sixth round defensive backs Xavier Woods and Marquez White, seventh round wide receiver Noah Brown and seventh round defensive tackles Joey Ivie and Jordan Carrell.

Only third round cornerback Jourdan Lewis remains unsigned.

Dallas also signed more than a dozen undrafted free agents, including:

• Austin Appleby, QB, Florida
• Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma St.
• Levon Myers, OT, Northern Illinois
• Lewis Neal, DE, LSU
• Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan
• Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas



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<![CDATA[Newy Talks Football and More with Cardinals WR Fitzgerald]]> Sat, 13 May 2017 11:17:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nfl_fitzgerald_newy_1200x675_942993475752.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks with Cardinals wide receiver and Co-NFL Man of the Year winner Larry Fitzgerald during Emmitt Smith's Celebrate Gala. 

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<![CDATA[Catching Up With Emmitt Smith at the Annual Celebrate Gala]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 22:40:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith+gala+pic.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks with Pat and Emmitt Smith during Smith's Celebrate Gala in Dallas. 

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<![CDATA[Daryl Johnston Talks About His Bond with Emmitt Smith]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 21:46:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_moose_charity_1200x675_942949443517.jpg

Former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston talks with NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs about the special bond he had with Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith during Smith's charity event in Dallas. 

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<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs Talks Cowboys Defense with Tony Casillas]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 21:40:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_casillas_charity_1200x675_942939715937.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks with former Cowboys defensive tackle Tony Casillas about the Cowboys defense going into the 2017 season during the Emmitt Smith Celebrate Gala in Dallas. 

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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Talks Jaylon Smith, Tony Romo Farewell]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 16:36:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JERRY_ON_SMITH_AND_ROMO_FOR_WEB_1200x675_941713987722.jpg

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gives us an update on linebacker Jaylon Smith and he explains why there was no goodbye presser for former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Look to Make Major Move on the O-Line]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 16:35:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/STEPHEN_JONES_ON_OFFENSIVE_LINE_AND_BACKUP_QB_FOR_WEB_1200x675_941744707509.jpg

Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones talks about a possible change in the offensive line and  shares his thoughts on the Cowboys back-up quarterback situation.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Step Up to the Plate for Charity]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 21:19:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys+home+run+derby.jpg

The Cowboys put up the pads and broke out the bats to take some swings for charity in Frisco. NBC 5's Mercedes Owens has the story. 

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<![CDATA[Bryant's Funny Explanation for Missing Cowboys HR Derby]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 23:12:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_bryant_derby_1200x675_939319363860.jpg

Wide receiver Dez Bryant explains the reason why he was late for the Cowboys charity home run derby in Frisco. 

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<![CDATA[Williams Makes Donation to W.T. White for New Uniforms]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 23:09:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_williams_wt_white_1200x675_939326019537.jpg

Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams gave back to his former high school by donating to help W.T. White get new football uniforms. 

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<![CDATA[Scandrick Addresses Trade Rumors During NFL Draft]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 21:15:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys+scandrick+derby1.jpg

While at the charity home run derby in Frisco, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick opens up about his name being involved in trade rumors during the 2017 NFL Draft.

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<![CDATA[Elliott Looking To Improve This Season For Cowboys]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 21:04:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_elliott_offseason_1200x675_939253315562.jpg

Running back Ezekiel Elliott discusses what he wants to work on going into his second season with the Cowboys. 

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<![CDATA[Prescott Discusses Offseason Practice for the Cowboys]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 21:00:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_prescott_on_practice_1200x675_939247683819.jpg

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott gives an update on current workouts with the Cowboys before the start of rookie mini-camp and mandatory OTA's during the charity home run derby in Frisco. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Get Competition To Host NFL Draft ]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 19:32:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-674185210.jpg

The good people of Minnesota want to host the NFL Draft.

The club announced it applied to host the NFL Draft in 2022 or 2023 at U.S. Bank Stadium and a the Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center which is the Vikings practice facility set to open next March.

Vikings VP Lester Bagley told the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “We think, obviously, we have a great community, great hospitality, great hotels, restaurants,” Bagley said. “We think it would be an ideal spot to host an NFL draft.”

Super Bowl LII will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium Feb. 4, 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys have expressed interested in hosting the NFL draft. Jerry Jones said he hopes to bring the even to AT&T Stadium and the Ford Center. He's been on the record numerous times saying he wants the NFL Draft in the Metroplex. 

I asked the Cowboys organization for comment and they said they are not confirming if they put in an application to host the NFL Draft put reaffirmed the club would like to host the event.

Philadelphia hosted the NFL Draft this year and it may return to the city of Brotherly Love in 2018. The league has not named a host city for next year but former Eagles quarteback Ron Jaworski told Sirius/XM NFL Radio the NFL planned to exercise the 2018 option with the city of Philadelphia. 



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<![CDATA[NFL Draft Website Predicts Cowboys to Win Super Bowl 52]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 19:25:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457124394.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys will beat the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII on NBC 5, according to one football website.

The site draftanalyst.com placed the Cowboys in the 32nd and final spot in its 2018 mock draft, meaning the Cowboys will be the defending Super Bowl champions.

New England will have the 31st pick, so Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will top future Hall of Fame head coach Bill Belichick for the NFL title in Minnesota.

The Falcons are 30th in the mock draft, so that predicts Dallas is going to beat Atlanta to win the NFC title.

This would be Jerry Jones' fourth Super Bowl championship and the sixth title in Cowboys history, tying them with the Pittsburgh Steelers, if the website's prediction is correct.



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<![CDATA[La'el Collins to Compete for Right Tackle Job]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 08:24:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-607547662.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys are giving La'el Collins a shot at right tackle.

According to the Cowboys' website, head coach Jason Garrett confirmed that the second-year offensive lineman out of LSU will compete for the position vacated when Doug Free retired.

"I've talked to coach about it," Collins said. "He just told me that going into it, that's where he wants me to be."

Collins was an offensive tackle in college, but played mostly left guard in his rookie year in Dallas. He was widely considered to be the top offensive tackle in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Collins will compete with 2015 third round pick Chaz Green and free agent Byron Bell for the right tackle job.

Reserve offensive linemen Jonathan Cooper — the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft — and Joe Looney could replace Collins at left guard if he wins the job.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Smith, Frazier Host Football Camp in Frisco]]> Sun, 07 May 2017 17:52:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_frisco_football_camp_1200x675_938389059710.jpg

With OTA's a few weeks away, Cowboys players still have some time to get involved in the community, which is exactly what safety Kavon Frazier and fullback Keith Smith did over the weekend in Frisco. NBC 5's Mercedes Owens has the story. 

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<![CDATA[Drew Pearson's Draft Moment Should Wake Up HOF Voters]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 21:45:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/1493435863-pearson.jpg

I am one hundred percent biased, Drew Pearson should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s past due. 

The 2017 NFL Draft in Philly may be the spark Pearson needs to get the conversation started about how the first team All Decade 1970’s wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. He played on the Cowboys Super Bowll XII title team.

He announced the Cowboys 2017 second round draft pick in front of a massive crowd of booing Eagles fans he egged on with his New Jersey swag. He sent some younger football fans to google to figure out just who he was. Drew's career ended in 1983.

Hall of Fame voter Clark Judge recently wrote a column supporting a second look at The Original 88's great NFL career. He writes:

The former Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver is … and has been … Hall-of-Fame worthy, yet his candidacy has never gained traction. Forget that he’s the only first-team choice from the 1970s’ all-decade offense not in Canton. Forget that he’s one of two first-teamers from that club not to be included, too (former teammate Cliff Harris is the other). And forget that he’s one of two wide receivers from any all-decade teams of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s (Harold Carmichael, a 1970s’ second-teamer, is the other) not in the Hall.

Drew Pearson is one of only two first-team position players from all-decade teams of the 1970s, 80s and 90s (former Bears’ tackle Jimbo Covert is the other) never to be discussed.

You heard me. Never. The two not only haven’t been finalists; they’ve never been semifinalists … and that’s more than inexplicable. It’s downright wrong. You know it. I know it. And Drew Pearson knows it.

On NBC 5, Drew and I discussed how his moment at the NFL Draft could spark conversation about why he isn't in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 



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<![CDATA[The Cowboys Turn To Baseball In Frisco]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 20:51:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CowboysHelmet.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys are looking to hit home runs again. 

This time fans can watch and see if NFL Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott, NFL Coach of the Year, Jason Garrett and other Cowboys players at Dr Pepper Ballpark (home of the Frisco Roughriders) for the sixth annual Reliant Home Run Derby charity competition.

The event is Monday at 5:30 PM. Fans can start filling in at 4:30. Tickets are $5. Kids 10 and under are admitted for free.

Besides Prescott, other Cowboys set to compete are running back Ezekiel Elliott; tight end Jason Witten; receivers Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams; offensive linemen Tyron Smith, Zack Martin and Travis Frederick; defensive backs Byron Jones, Orlando Scandrick and Jeff Heath.  Head coach Jason Garrett will also compete.

Each player will take turns at hitting home runs until one Cowboy reigns victorious. Proceeds will benefit The Salvation Army Greater Metroplex Command. Last year’s event raised $50,000 for The Salvation Army.

The Cowboys press release says tickets may be purchased online in advance, with limited amounts available day-of at Dr Pepper Ballpark.



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<![CDATA[Michigan's Harbaugh Talks Taco, Lewis Drafted by Dallas]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 15:29:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jim_harbaugh_on_cowboys_drafting_two_michigan_players_1200x675_937444419704.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh about the Cowboys drafting Wolverine standouts Taco Charlton and Jourdan Lewis during an event in Dallas.  

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<![CDATA[Don't Forget About DE Charles Tapper From the 2016 Draft]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 18:09:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/514430642.jpg

Dallas Cowboys fans and owner Jerry Jones want to see second-year linebacker Jaylon Smith play so bad they can’t stand it. The sideline-to-sideline linebacker was simply incredible to watch at Notre Dame before suffering a terrible leg injury in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, which dropped him to the Cowboys in round two of the 2016 draft.

I think Charles Tapper is a player that is coming off a red-shirt rookie year who can also have an impact.

The former Oklahoma Sooners defensive end was drafted in the fourth round, ahead of 2016 NFL Rookie of the Year quarterback Dak Prescott. Tapper missed his rookie season due to a back issue that is most commonly called a "pars defect," a stress fracture in his L5 vertebra. Tapper attempted to return in September, but he wasn’t able to, and the defensive end landed on injured reserve.

He's recovered and said he is ready to play. Cowboys scouting guru Will McClay recently told dallascowboys.com Tapper is a player to be excited about.

"If he was in this year's draft, based on the measurable based on all the things people look at, he would have been considered in one of the top pass rushers," McClay said.

Dallas took Taco Charlton in this year's first round of the draft. I’m looking at Charlton and Tapper as players who can bring some pass rush this fall. If they can combine for 10 sacks I think the club will be thrilled.

McClay had more to say about Tapper.

"He's extremely explosive. Long arms. He ran a 4.5-something in the 40 at 270 pounds, and he's been around, and he knows what Rod (Marinelli) wants," McClay said.



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<![CDATA[Emmitt on Jerry Jones' Impact on Football, His Life]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 16:05:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/EMMITT_ON_JERRY_JONES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_936554563861.jpg

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  His former running back Emmitt Smith is already enshrined in Canton and he explains why Jones has earned his spot with the rest of the greats who played or contributed to the game.

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<![CDATA[Texas Legislature Fetes Former QB Tony Romo]]> Wed, 03 May 2017 16:10:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tony_Romo_at_State_Capitol_1200x675_935620163779.jpg

The Texas Legislature is honoring retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, praising his character and humble roots almost as much as his football accomplishments.

Romo appeared Wednesday before the Texas House, which halted work so lawmakers could take photos with him. Romo was also appearing before the state Senate.

State Rep. Richard Raymond, a Laredo Democrat, wore a Romo jersey and state Rep. Jeff Leach, a Plano Republican, donned a Cowboys helmet.

Romo recently retired to become a CBS game analyst, and Raymond says he thinks Romo will be better TV commentator than any ex-player -- even fellow ex-Cowboy quarterback Troy Aikman.

Romo was born in California, grew up in Wisconsin and played college football in Illinois. He played for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2016.

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<![CDATA[Pearson Talks About Epic NFL Draft Pick Announcement]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 21:07:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_drew_draft_announcement_1200x675_934185539588.jpg

The Original 88 Drew Pearson joins NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs in studio to discuss his epic announcement for the Cowboys second-round NFL draft pick. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys 2017 NFL Free Agents Breakdowns ]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 17:48:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CowboysHelmet.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have not made it official but plenty of players on this list have let it be known via social media they have been signed as free agent by America's Team.

  • Austin Appleby, QB, Florida
  • Woody Baron, DT, Virginia Tech 
  • Brian Brown, WR, Richmond
  • Michael Coe, C, North Dakota
  • Kennan Gilchrist, OLB, Appalachian State
  • Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma State
  • Joseph Jones, OLB, Northwestern
  • Levon Myers, OT, Northern Illinois
  • Lewis Neal, DE. LSU
  • Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan
  • Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
  • Nate Theaker, OG, Wayne State (MI)
  • Jahad Thomas, RB, Temple
  • Lucas Wacha, ILB, Wyoming

Scouting report on Cooper Rush from LandryFootball.com:

Cowboys signed Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush. Rush (6’3/228) followed in immortal Dan LeFevour’s footsteps as a four-year starter for the Chippewas, finishing his career with a 62.0% completion rate, 7.8 YPA, and 90:55 TD-to-INT ratio en route to third-team All-MAC honors as a senior. A poor athlete with sub-NFL caliber arm strength, Rush’s strengths are his whiteboard smarts and quick decision making. Basically a bigger Chase Daniel, Rush would do well to earn a long-term No. 2 quarterback role in the pros, although he’s more likely to end up in Canada like his predecessor LeFevour.

Scouting report on Blake Jarwin from LandryFootball.com:

Cowboys signed Oklahoma State TE Blake Jarwin. Jarwin (6’5/246) was a two-year starter at “Cowboy back” in OSU’s offense, managing a career 41-616-5 (15.0 YPR) receiving line but still earning first-team All-Big 12 from the conference’s coaches as a junior, and second team as a senior. A former walk-on who wasn’t invited to the Combine, Jarwin showed NFL-level athleticism at the Cowboys’ Pro Day with 4.73 speed and a 10-foot-1 broad jump. Not a featured part of OSU’s offense, Jarwin operated as a movement H-back and short-area possession receiver. Long armed (34″) with soft hands and plus versatility, Jarwin nevertheless offers Jacob Tamme-like traits as a potential No. 2 tight end.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Bolster Defense, Add Depth in 2017 NFL Draft]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 05:20:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nfldraft1.jpg

After the dust settled on the 2017 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys had filled their biggest needs on defense.

The Cowboys used their first round pick — No. 28 overall — on Michigan edge rusher Taco Charlton. The team hopes he'll boost a pass rush that was 13th in the league with 36 sacks last season.

Dallas kicked off Friday's picks with the second round selection of Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, a candidate to start at outside cornerback in 2017.

With the Cowboys added another cornerback in the third round in Michigan's Jourdan Lewis. The team used the 92nd overall pick on Lewis, who could be used in the slot.

The team needed to add at least one defensive back to a secondary that was 27th in the NFL in interceptions last season — with nine — and lost cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr to free agency.

Day 3

In the fourth round (133rd), The Dallas Cowboys selected North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer, who would likely fit best as a slot receiver and special teams returner.

The Cowboys selected Lousiana Tech safety Xavier Woods in the sixth round (191st). Woods' best spot is a center fielder in Cover 3 looks.

Also in the sixth round (216th), the Cowboys added Florida State cornerback Marquez White.

In the seventh round, Dallas drafted Florida defensive tackle Joey Ivie (228th), Ohio State wide receiver Noah Brown (239th) and Colorado defensive tackle Jordan Carrell (248th).

Undrafted Free Agents

After the draft, the Cowboys signed more than a dozen undrafted free agents:

• Austin Appleby, QB, Florida
• Woody Baron, DT, Virginia Tech
• Brian Brown, WR, Richmond
• Michael Coe, C, North Dakota
• Kennan Gilchrist, OLB, Appalachian St.
• Blake Jarwin, TE, Oklahoma St.
• Joe Jones, OLB, Northwestern
• Levon Myers, OT, Northern Illinois
• Lewis Neal, DE, LSU
• Cooper Rush, QB, Central Michigan
• Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas
• Nate Theaker, OG, Wayne St.
• Jahad Thomas, RB, Temple
• Lucas Wacha, OLB, Wyoming



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<![CDATA[Smith and Frazier Discuss Cowboys Draft and Upcoming Camp ]]> Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:23:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys+smith+frazier.jpg

Cowboys fullback Keith Smith and safety Kavon Frazier join NBC 5's Pat Doney in-studio to discuss the NFL Draft and their upcoming football camp at Frisco Centennial High School. 

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Add Wide Receiver Speed By Drafting Switzer]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:21:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/UNC+Ryan+Swizter.jpg

NBC 5's Newy Scruggs has more on the Cowboys selection of North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. 



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<![CDATA[Recapping The Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:15:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NFLDraft2017.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs breaks down the Cowboys moves in the 2017 NFL Draft. 



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<![CDATA[Drew Pearson Makes Epic Cowboys Draft Pick Announcement]]> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 09:32:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/1493435863-pearson.jpg

Don't mess with the Original No. 88, period.

Drew Pearson gave the rowdy crowd in Philadelphia more reasons to boo at the NFL Draft Friday night and stole the show.

As NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell introduced Pearson to announce the Dallas Cowboys' second round pick, the crowd filled with Philadelphia Eagles fans began to boo.

Pearson stepped up to the mic and decided to rile up the crowd even more.

"How 'bout them Cowboys," Pearson said. "I want to thank the Eagle fans for allowing me to have a career in the NFL. Thank you."

The Eagles fans booed even more, while a cutaway of the crowd showed Cowboys fans in the audience cheering.

The reaction reached fever pitch that increased with every word as Pearson's voice got louder and louder as he announced the pick.

"On behalf of the 5-time World Champion, Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Jean Jones and the Jones family, coach Jason Garrett, all the Cowboys players who played before me, that played with me and played after me-- with the 60th pick in the second round the Dallas Cowboys select defensive back from Colorado Chidobe Awuzie."

He couldn't drop the mic (but we think he would have), however, he did pump his fist as he walked off stage.

Philadelphia hates all things Dallas and Cowboys, and Pearson is a thorn in Eagles fans sides since the Cowboys went 16-5 against the Eagles while Pearson was wearing the 88 jersey.

"The adrenaline was flowing," Pearson told Rick Gosselin from his hotel room.

Pearson joins NBC 5's Newy Scruggs for Cowboys coverage on Big Game Friday Night during the NFL season, and NBC 5 couldn't be prouder to have him on our team.

Cowboys fans can all agree, it's time for Pearson to go to Canton.

"Pearson is a great player whose career has been lost in the pages of time -- a Hall of Fame-worthy candidate who has never even been discussed as a candidate. But for one night, everyone knew the name and fame of Drew Pearson," Gosselin wrote in The Dallas Morning News.

It was a Hall of Fame performance Friday night indeed.

CLICK HERE to read more from Gosselin from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.




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<![CDATA[Cowboys Angling to Host the NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:42:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys+draft+party+frisco.jpg

Amid the drama of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys are thinking about more than their picks.

Owner Jerry Jones dropped some not-so-subtle hints Thursday that he wants to host the draft in North Texas.

"I'd love tangibly for our fans to get the chance to participate in that by having the draft here in the Dallas area and hopefully here at The Star," Jones said.

It was an idea well-received at a fan party at The Star for the second day of the 2017 draft Friday.

"I think he wants to have a party here today just to prove that he could do it, and I believe he could do it easily," said lifelong Cowboys fan Steve Price.

"It needs to come here," said Miyoshi Hicks, of Frisco.

For Hicks and her mother, Friday's draft watch party was their first visit to The Star. They took a tour where they crossed paths with the Cowboys first-round draft pick Taco Charlton.

"I reached out and said give grandma a hug, and he hugged me. They thought there were going to call 911 because I almost started hyperventilating," said mother Charmion Hicks-Polk.

With surfaces at The Star so clean you could probably eat a taco off them, one can't help but picture the possibilities.

One can't help but picture the possibilities.

"It would be so awesome if the draft could come here," said security guard Kristina White.

If it doesn't happen this year or the next, fans are counting on the Cowboys to do what cowboys do best: get right back in the saddle.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Select Michigan CB in 3rd Round of NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JourdanLewis.jpg

Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
Ht. 5'10", Wt. 188, Arm: 31⅝", Hand: 9¼", Bench: -
40 yd: 4.54, 10 yd.: 1.59, 3 Cone: 6.88, Vertical: -, Broad: -

The Dallas Cowboys selected Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys used the 92nd overall pick on Lewis, to mark their second Wolverine (Taco Charlton) and second cornerback (Chidobe Awuzie) drafted in the first three rounds of the draft.

Lewis is a candidate to play the slot cornerback for the Cowboys, especially if the team trades Orlando Scandrick as reported during the draft.

As a senior, Lewis was named first team All-America, a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year.

Lewis pleaded not guilty to domestic violence allegations in March.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Select Colorado CB in 2nd Round of NFL Draft]]> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:37:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ChidobeAwuzie.jpg

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
Ht. 6', Wt. 202, Arm: 30⅝", Hand: 8½", Bench: 16
40 yd: 4.43, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: 6.81, Vertical: 34½", Broad: 11'

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The Dallas Cowboys selected Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

"Cheetoh" Awuzie, a three-year starter for Colorado, has excellent size and athleticism for the position. He twice earned second-team all-conference honors.

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The Cowboys had a need at the position after losing cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr to free agency, though they did add free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll.

The team also needed a boost to a secondary that only intercepted nine passes in 2016. Awuzie, though, only intercepted three passes in his college career.



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