<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2016http://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-usThu, 25 Aug 2016 03:34:09 -0500Thu, 25 Aug 2016 03:34:09 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Cowboys Resting Scandrick Because of Sore Groin]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:54:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/457968300.jpg

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick is expected to have the night off during the Cowboys third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night. 

Scandrick is dealing with a sore groin. 

From all accounts, it does not appear to be serious, but the Cowboys are resting him just as a precaution. 

Scandrick tore his ACL and MCL at training camp last year and he missed all of the 2015 season. 

The 29-year-old says he expects to be ready for the season opener September 11 against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium.



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<![CDATA[Casting Call for Teen Cowboys Fans for Commercial]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/cowboys-raiders.jpg

Ever wanted to be in a commercial, for the NFL?

Here's your chance. The Dallas Film Commission is looking for Dallas Cowboys fans to help shoot an upcoming commercial.

Specifically, they're looking for Hispanic boys between the ages of 15 and 18-years-old.

Auditions are Thursday after school.

CLICK HERE for more information from Dallas Film Commission.



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<![CDATA[What to Look For During Cowboys 3rd Preseason Game]]> Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:21:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5893964261.jpg

The Cowboys face the Seahawks on Thursday during the "dress rehearsal game."

This third preseason game allows starters to play most of the first half, if not into the third quarter.

Considering the result has no bearing on the actual regular season, there's a lot on the line; jobs, starting positions and key rookies debuting.

Here's a list of things to look out for on Thursday:

Ezekiel Elliott will play a professional football game for the first time.

We've seen flashes of his talent at practice, but we'll learn a lot as he'll face one of the league's best defenses in a game. I don't expect Zeke to get a lot of run considering he's healthy after a hamstring tweak early in camp and the team will rely heavily on the rookie during the regular season. The Cowboys will be without Dez Bryant who is sitting out with a concussion, so we won't get to see the entire first-team offense play together until the regular season opener. However, we will get a taste of how the Cowboys will use Elliott both as a runner and a pass-catcher.

Is Dak Prescott for real?

One former NFL general manager says the Cowboys rookie is a Russell Wilson clone, which is ironic because the two quarterbacks will showcase their skills on the same field Thursday night. Prescott has tallied six total touchdowns in two preseason games. If you didn't know any better, you might think that Prescott was the top overall pick in the NFL draft because he's miles ahead of the other rookie quarterbacks through two weeks of preseason games. The Cowboys have to be drooling at the idea that Prescott could grow into a Wilson clone, because Tony Romo can't play forever. For the first time since No. 9 was a youngster over a decade ago, the Cowboys have an inexperienced quarterback with serious skills and potential. It would be wise for Jason Garrett to give him one series against the Seahawks' top defensive unit.

The No-Name defensive line needs to make a statement.

Rod Marinelli's defensive line project is still ongoing, and probably won't get fixed this season. During the first two preseason games, this group of young, unsung heroes have actually put some pressure on the quarterback. As Garrett likes to say, QB pressure goes beyond sacks and effecting the quarterback can be just as effective. This group has looked OK, but a strong showing against a polished offense like Seattle's will give this unit confidence going into the regular season. Guys to look out for include Ryan Russell, Benson Mayowa and Mike McAdoo.



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<![CDATA[Elliott Excited About Making His Cowboys Debut]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:09:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-elliott-practice1-dmn-tom-fox.jpg Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott talks about making his debut for the Cowboys in Thursday's preseason game against the Seahawks.

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<![CDATA[Garrett and Church Describe Bryant's Concussion Incident]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:57:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JASON_GARRETT_AND_BARRY_CHURCH_ON_DEZ_1200x675_749345347927.jpg Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and safety Barry Church describe the concussion suffered by Dez Bryant during Monday's practice.]]> <![CDATA[Bryant Out Against Seattle]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:59:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/249*120/usa-dez-bryant.jpg

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant will miss the team's third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks because of a concussion.

Bryant suffered the injury in Monday's practice.

Head coach Jason Garrett said Bryant's head awkwardly hit safety Barry Church's shoulder pads, causing him to feel "not right."

The Cowboys held him out for the remainder of practice.

Garrett and the Cowboys don't feel like there will be any long-term effects and will take it day-by-day with Bryant.



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<![CDATA[Dez, EA Sports 'Feud' Over Madden Rating]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:48:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/460755002.jpg

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and EA Sports went back and forth in a "feud" about Bryant's rating in the recently released Madden 17 video game.

Upon learning that he was given a rating of 90 out of 100 in the game, Bryant told The Dallas Morning News Friday that he was insulted.

"I play Madden...They would do me like that? Oh my God," he said. "Why would you do that to me? That rating going to shoot up real quick, you best believe that."

Bryant later clarified that he was joking.

But the damage had already been done, as EA Sports explained to Bryant why his rating was lower than expected with a video.

Round 1 goes to EA Sports.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Bryant, Crawford Sustain Concussions in Practice]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:29:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1471883119-1471879448-_NDY7158.jpg

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant sustained a concussion in practice Monday, according to team public relations director Rich Dalrymple.

Dalrymple also said Cowboys defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford sustained a concussion Sunday.

Neither Bryant nor Crawford are expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

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According to National Football League rules, every player diagnosed with a concussion must complete a three-step concussion protocol before being cleared to return. Steps include rest, light exercise and evaluation by multiple doctors.

The league recently implemented rules allowing the enforcement of the concussion policy. Any team in violation now faces fines and the loss of draft picks.



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<![CDATA[HOF Voter Peter King's Defense of Jerry Jones ]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:50:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/The+Star+84+Scruggs.jpg

Peter King of NBC's Football Night in America has a Hall of Fame vote and was on the contributors sub-committee that named Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones as a 2017 Hall of Fame finalist in the contributors category.

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column and defend Jones' candidacy writing:

It wasn’t “Jerry Jones over Pat Bowlen,” at least to me. We judged not owner versus owner or GM versus GM; we judged candidate versus candidate. After our meeting, when it came time to vote, I felt Jones had the strongest case of the candidates—he’s been the biggest agent of change in the league in the past quarter-century. He fought and improved marketing and sponsorship revenue, opposed givebacks to TV partners in 1994 that actually led to network riches by adding FOX, upped the stadium game by building his monolithic new place, helped make the draft a TV show by installing a War Room Cam in his draft room, oversaw three Super Bowl wins in 27 years. He has holes in his game, of course, not the least of which is the Cowboys’ continuing mediocrity this century. My view though, is that it’s about a body of work, and the fact that his three Super Bowls came in his first six years doesn’t mean they should count less than if they’d come in the past six years.

I have said on my NBC Sports Radio Show that Pat Bowlen deserved to be on the ballot over former NFL commish Paul Tagliabue.  Denver fans and media have voiced a strong opinion that the health of Mr. Bowlen should be taken into account but King was having none of that in his column:

We can’t take into account the health of any candidates, or the fact that it might be someone’s turn via his perceived place in line, because that candidate has been in the game longer. Tagliabue and Jones are healthy. Bowlen has been in ill health with Alzheimer’s disease. I can’t speak for anyone else on our committee. I just know that, for me, it’s not something I take into account.



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<![CDATA[Behind the Scenes at Cowboys Practice Monday]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:38:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-elliott-practice1-dmn-tom-fox.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney recaps the Dallas Cowboys' Monday practice in preparation for their game with the Seattle Seahawks.

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<![CDATA[See Inside "The Star" in Frisco]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:06:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/The+Star.jpg The media got a chance to tour The Star, the Dallas Cowboys new headquarters and practice facility in Frisco, Sunday. NBC 5 Photojournalist Noah Bullard takes us inside.

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<![CDATA[Inside The Star in Frisco]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:44:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082116+The+Star+field.jpg The media was given an opportunity to tour The Star, The Dallas Cowboys, multi-million dollar headquarters and practice facility in Frisco.]]> <![CDATA[Inside Look at The Star - Cowboys New HQ in Frisco]]> Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:48:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082116+The+Star+field.jpg

We’ve watched the Cowboys’ new world headquarters grow in Frisco for many long months now, and finally the team is ready to show it off.

On Sunday, they invited NBC 5 and other local and national media outlets to tour the state-of-the-art building that’s been named The Star.

The facility holds the corporate offices for the team and serves as the home base for the players and coaches.

Along with indoor and outdoor practice facilities they also have a large team dining area, theater for viewing game footage, workout facility, locker rooms, and in-house video production studios.

The indoor practice field will also serve as the new home for Frisco ISD’s athletics.

Along with function, the building is just as much about paying tribute to America’s Team.

The hallways are lined with memorabilia from the team, jerseys, photos, and artifacts from their 5 Superbowl wins. Some of the more fascinating items include Coach Tom Landry’s iconic hat and the original hand-written scouting reports on Cowboys greats like Troy Aikman.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys RB Morris Making the Most of Opportunity]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:15:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-592239498.jpg

If you talk to new Cowboys running back Alfred Morris about his early success in the 2016 preseason, he’s likely to use one phrase more than once.

“If you get opportunities, you have to make the most of it,” Morris consistently said Friday night outside his locker at AT&T Stadium.

It is exactly what the former Redskins running back is doing. Morris had an impressive second preseason game with his new team, rushing for 85 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. He also had another fantastic touchdown run called back because of a penalty. But the success the veteran is having now in the preseason was far from certain just a few weeks ago.

“Compared to OTAs and training camp, I feel like it’s a night and day difference,” Morris said. “I feel like I caught on (to the playbook) a lot better the second time around. And when you can play without thinking, you can play a lot faster.”

“Alfred’s playing great, because he can see the hole and he hits it,” Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. “I’d like to say it’s a good scheme for him, but he’s pretty good at everything.”

Morris played four seasons with the Redskins before signing with the Cowboys in the offseason. One of the reasons he chose Dallas? The Cowboys' powerful offensive line, which he admitted is living up to its reputation around the league.

“As a runner, you drool over things like that,” Morris said. “Hearing about it, then witnessing it, and now running behind it, it’s awesome. I’m very thankful and I need to make the most of every opportunity.”

Morris and the Cowboys will get a serious test against a strong defense in their third and most important preseason game. The Cowboys will travel to Seattle for a Thursday, August 25 matchup with the Seahawks.



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<![CDATA[Prescott Shines in Cowboys’ Preseason Win Over Miami]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:46:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/171*120/GettyImages-592244460.jpg

Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is almost making it look easy. Or at least, something to that extent.

“I don’t think easy is the right word,” Prescott said. “It’s the work I’m putting in throughout the week. I have great veterans and great coaches who are putting me in great positions to have success on the field. It’s a lot of hard work that goes into this.”

Whatever it is, it’s working. Prescott completed 10-of-12 passes against the Dolphins, throwing two touchdown passes and running for two more in a lopsided 41-14 Dallas win against the Dolphins in AT&T Stadium. 

“I don’t really pay attention to that, but it’s pretty cool, I guess,” Prescott said of his perfect 158.3 quarterback rating Friday night. “My first game in AT&T Stadium, I was excited. I felt some nerves earlier this week. But they were good nerves.”

“Any time you see a rookie come in and have the production he’s had, it’s surprising,” Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said. “From the day he walked in the door, he’s shown unique intangibles. He has rare intangibles, in terms of his leadership, his people skills and his ability to lead.”

Those intangibles are really making an impression on Prescott’s teammates, including the veterans on the roster.

“I’ve been very impressed with how Dak’s played,” Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo said. “To have depth at that position is a big, big bonus. Hopefully he can continue to do that. He’s a good kid, so you really root for him.”

“He wants to learn, he wants to work hard,” Jones said. “I think he’ll continue to not take anything for granted.”

Prescott will have his toughest test in the Cowboys next preseason game, which often includes more playing time for starters. Dallas’s third preseason matchup is against a very talented defense in the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, August 25.



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<![CDATA[Did the Cowboys Find a Gem in Prescott?]]> Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:02:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Newy_Prescott_Take_1200x675_747656771953.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs explains how the Cowboys may have found a gem in rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.]]> <![CDATA[Photos: Ford Center at The Star]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:32:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/ford-center-the-star-cowboys-03.jpg Check out where the Frisco ISD home teams will play high school football this season -- including the locker rooms.

Photo Credit: Pat Doney, NBC 5 Sports]]>
<![CDATA[Tour the Cowboys' Ford Center at The Star]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:27:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ford-center-the-star-exterior.jpg Check out where the Frisco ISD home teams will play high school football this season -- including the locker rooms.

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<![CDATA[Emmitt Smith Impressed With Ezekiel Elliott]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:33:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-elliott-practice1-dmn-tom-fox.jpg

Rookie running back Ezekiel "Zeke" Elliott hasn't played a snap for the Dallas Cowboys, but the hype over the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft is picking up. 

The Cowboys have been taking it slow with Zeke, who hasn't done much during the last couple of weeks due to a hamstring injury.

He didn't play in the first preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and he will not play Friday night against the Miami Dolphins. 

Elliott is drawing lots of comparisons to Hall Of Fame running back Emmitt Smith and he's expected to carry the load for the Cowboys.

Smith explained why the comparisons are unfair to Zeke.



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<![CDATA[Emmitt Smith Wants Jones To Stay With Garrett]]> Fri, 19 Aug 2016 04:23:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-503288754.jpg

Jason Garrett is entering his sixth full season as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

Garrett took over for Wade Phillips the final 8 games of the 2010 season and went 5-3. He has a 45-43 overall regular season coaching record and has made the postseason just one time and that was in 2014 when the Cowboys went 12-4. 

Before the playoff run that saw them lose to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys had three consecutive 8-8 seasons. In 2015 the Cowboys were hit with a number of injuries and the club finished 4-12.

Some feel that Garrett is on the hot seat this season and that owner Jerry Jones should part ways with his former Cowboys quarterback if he misses the playoffs this season. Hall Of Fame running back Emmitt Smith has a different take on his former teammate.



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<![CDATA[How Jerry Jones Changed TV Deals For the NFL]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:48:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Jerry_Jones_Thoughts_1200x675_745571907893.jpg

The way the National Football League is presented changed with the drive and vision of Jerry Jones.

When I was young, the NFL was broadcast three ways: CBS had the NFC package. NBC broadcast the AFC teams and Monday Night Football was on ABC. That was it.

Today, NFL games are broadcast on NBC, ESPN, CBS, NFL Network and Fox.

Other platforms include DirecTV, Yahoo.com and Twitter are streaming games.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was behind it and Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and The Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin told me this on my NBC Sports Radio show to prove the Contributor candidacy of Jones for the Class of 2017:

“He is a big reason TV money explodes. In 1993, Art Mondell (former Browns/Ravens owner) and Paul Tagliabue (former NFL commissioner and 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Contributor candidate) decided that the revenue was flat, they’re not gonna hit the networks up for any more money. Jerry stood up in a room “alone” and said, “we can’t do this, we can’t give money back” and he convinced (Broncos owner Pat) Bowlen and the other owners to go along with him and in the next contract was a twenty percent increase in TV revenues and since then it’s grown by leaps and bounds. That’s all because Jerry Jones stood up in 1993, he’s made a lot of money for owners and players in this league. He’s changed the financial dynamic of the NFL.”

You can listen to my NBC Sports Radio interview with Gosslein here.

Bowlen was the head of the television committee, but Jones was the man who told his fellow members they had the best product in sports and helped take the NFL games from CBS to Fox. Some writers angry that Jones is on the contributor ballot instead of Bowlen are not giving Jones the proper credit for how the TV deals changed the landscape.

The massive TV contracts today (worth $27 billion) have allowed the players to make tremendous amounts of cash through the CBA and as Gosslein noted, a lot of money has been made for NFL owners. 

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<![CDATA[EA Sports Shows How The Cowboys Will Bring Pressure]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:16:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/459955020.jpg

So many experts think the Cowboys defense will struggle this season. They have a lot of question marks about where they will get pressure and sacks this season.

Pat Kirwan of the Real Football Network does a good job explaining what defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli might try to cook up this year with EA Sports.

Take a click here and see. I have to admit, I like what I see. 



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Training Camp MVPs]]> Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:33:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-camp-mvps-watkins_1200x675_746420291720.jpg NBC 5 Sports anchor David Watkins gives his offensive and defensive MVPs of Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, California.]]> <![CDATA[DMN's David Moore Breaks Down Cowboys Camp]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 20:20:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DWatkins-DavidMoore-081716_1200x675_746218563784.jpg NBC 5 Sports' David Watkins and David Moore, of The Dallas Morning News, recap Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, which comes to a close Thursday, Aug. 18.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys QOD: Will the Team Continue Coming to California for Camp?]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:34:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/QOD_Stay_in_Oxnard_071816_1200x675_746169923689.jpg The Cowboys are contracted to hold training camp in Oxnard through 2017, but what about beyond that?]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys QOD: Team Leader in Interceptions?]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:20:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/QOD_Cowboys_Interceptions_081716_1200x675_746166851923.jpg The Cowboys didn't force many turnovers in 2015, which is an area they have to improve in order to have success this season. Which playmaker will lead the team in interceptions?]]> <![CDATA[Stephen Jones Defends Jerry Jones HOF Candidacy Over Bowlen ]]> Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:16:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/130979314.jpg

Denver fans and media are not happy Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could be a Hall of Famer before legendary Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones has been emotional and very happy his father Jerry Jones was put on the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame ballot.

I asked him on NBC Sports Radio's Newy Scruggs Show to name Jerry's top three contributions to the NFL and his response to the critics who believe Bowlen should be in Canton before the Cowboys owner and general manager.

Click here to hear our interview on NBC Sports Radio.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Elliott Will Not Play Friday Against Dolphins ]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:17:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-elliott-AfternoonPractice-dmn-tom-fox.jpg

Fans looking to see rookie Ezekiel Elliott Friday night in Arlington are going to be bummed out because he is not going to be playing.

The fourth overall pick from Ohio State told the media in Oxnard, California, this when asked if he will play against the Dolphins in preseason, "I don't think so." He only did individual work in practice Tuesday. 

Smart move by the Cowboys since the rookie just got back to practice Tuesday afternoon after a mild hamstring issue.  He's been sidelined since August 2nd.

The Cowboys travel to Seattle to play the important "dress rehearsal" game next week so I expect him to make his debut then saying, "I think I'll be back full speed next week."



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<![CDATA[Stephen Jones emotional over father named HOF finalist]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:04:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Stephen_Jones_1200x675_745588803853.jpg Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones gets emotional when talking about his father, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones, being named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.]]> <![CDATA[Denver Writer Upset At Jones HOF Candidacy ]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:00:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/162*120/GettyImages-498288290.jpg

Jerry Jones is on the ballot as a contributor for the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. The vote will happen February 3 in Houston, Texas, the night before Super Bowl LI.

One Denver writer is upset at the Cowboys owner and general manager is on the ballot over longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Sadly, in 2014 the club was turned over into a trust because Mr. Bowlen has Alzheimer’s.

Jones is a slam dunk to get in, just my opinion. Mike Klis wrote this for NBC Denver:

“It’s an outage that Jones – an active owner – got in before Bowlen, who in 2014 turned over controlled of the Broncos into a trust because of his battle with Alzheimer’s. Before going too far, I like Jerry Jones. He’s cooperated with me whenever I’ve asked him a question.

 Two years ago, when I was working with the Denver Post, I talked to both Jones and Tagliabue about a story regarding Bowlen’s potential Hall of Fame candidacy.”   

Taking shots at Jones isn’t what’s needed. Klis needs to take it up with the voters who came up with the nominations. Jones should be on the ballot and if he has beef it should be with former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliaube’s candidacy. 

NFL writer Mike Freeman tweeted, “Tagliabue being a Hall of Fame finalist is curious. Much of the CTE crisis occurred under his watch."

Instead Klis continued to bang away on Jones:

It’s just not Jones’ turn. History should not be judged by contemporaries. And Jones is still very active. He’s still got a lot of time to mess up.”

Bowlen should be on this Hall of Fame ballot but Jones has earned his spot as well. 



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<![CDATA["It's Humbling": Jerry Jones as a Hall of Fame finalist]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:48:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Jerry_Jones_Thoughts_1200x675_745571907893.jpg Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones discusses being named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys RB Elliott back on the practice field]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:45:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Elliott_Thoughts_1200x675_745580099662.jpg Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott returned to team drills today after dealing with hamstring issues during Cowboys Training Camp in California.]]> <![CDATA[Thoughts on Jerry Jones being named a HOF Finalist]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:00:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Newy_Cole_1200x675_745562179962.jpg Would you vote Cowboys owner Jerry Jones into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs asks The Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that same question.]]> <![CDATA[Jerry Jones Named a Finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:49:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-454306262.jpg

Jerry Jones, the owner, president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, was named a finalist Tuesday for the National Football League's Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Jones was named a finalist along with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said during his news conference Tuesday that he believes the owner is a first-ballot entry into Canton.

"From my perspective he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The impact that he's had on the National Football League in his 27 years has been significant," Garrett said. "There's no question in my mind, from where I sit, that he should be recognized as a Hall of Famer and it's great that people see that."

Garrett said Jones wants the NFL and the Cowboys to be great and he does everything he can every day to make them as great as they can be.

"One of the things that all of my teammates and all of my fellow coaches have said throughout the years is that line one for this guy is to do everything that he can to help this team win. He'll do anything that he thinks is necessary to help the Dallas Cowboys win football games," Garrett said. "To work for him, obviously one of the great owners in all of sports, it's a real privilege."

Here's more on Jones and Tagliabue from the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee:

Jones bought the Cowboys franchise in 1989 and quickly restored a winning tradition in Dallas. Under his leadership, the Cowboys captured three Super Bowl championships over a four-year period with victories in Super Bowls XXVII, XXVIII and XXX. In addition, the team has won nine division titles during Jones’ era. The Cowboys owner has also had great influence on the growth of the NFL. His impact in areas of sports marketing, promotion and development greatly enhanced the league’s success and also altered the American sports culture over the past three decades.

“I can’t tell you about how humble and gratified I am,” Jones stated today.

Tagliabue served as the NFL’s Commissioner from 1989 through 2006. The NFL grew significantly in a number of areas during his 17-year tenure. With Tagliabue leading the way, the league expanded from 28 to 32 teams; constructed 20 new stadiums, and secured long-term labor agreements with the NFL Players Association. The Commissioner also established an overseas presence, created a league-wide Internet network and launched NFL Network. He also orchestrated historic television deals that ranked as the biggest in entertainment history including a TV package negotiated for 2006-2011 valued at $25 billion.

“I’m deeply appreciative of the vote of confidence from the Selection Committee,” Tagliabue shared moments after learning the news of his selection as a finalist.

The Contributors Committee is comprised of nine members of the overall selection committee. Through mail vote, the 2017 Contributor nominees were reduced to a list of 10 semifinalists. Then, on a rotating basis, five of the nine members of the committee meet at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton to discuss each of the Contributors semifinalists and today selected Jones and Tagliabue. The Contributor category is for individuals who made outstanding contributions to professional football in capacities other than playing or coaching.

Jones and Tagliabue must receive the same 80 percent voting support from the entire Selection Committee that is required of all finalists during the annual selection meeting to be elected to the Hall of Fame. The Hall’s Selection Committee, at its annual meeting on the eve of Super Bowl LI, will consider 18 finalists, including two Contributor Finalists (Jones and Tagliabue), one Senior Finalist (Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley who was named by the Seniors Committee yesterday), and 15 Modern-Era Finalists to select a class of no fewer than four or more than eight.

The list of Modern-Era nominees for 2017 will be revealed in mid-September.

The Class of 2017 will be formally enshrined during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week in Canton next August.



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<![CDATA[Emmitt Smith Talks 2016 Dallas Cowboys]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 18:06:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/emmitt-on-best-frat_1200x675_745186371697.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith stopped by the NBC 5 studios to talk about his love of cycling and his upcoming inaugural Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo which means "big ride" in Italian.

After the interview we asked him to weigh in on the Cowboys' upcoming season.

Jason Garrett's Future

Sizing Up 'Zeke'

Cowboys 2016 Prediction

Dak As Cowboys' Backup QB

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<![CDATA[Cowboys QOD: Will Randy Gregory Play This Season?]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:26:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484519458.jpg Second-year defensive end Randy Gregory is away from Cowboys camp working through substance abuse issues. The NFL suspended Gregory under the substance abuse policy for the first four games of the season. Will we see him play at all this year?

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<![CDATA[Just Put Prescott in Cowboys Ring of Honor Now]]> Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:01:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/showers-prescott-romo.jpg

Dak Prescott will be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor before Friday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins in Arlington.

To hear talk about the rookie fourth round pick, you think his career is heading that way.

As Bill Parcells once said when Tony Romo became the starting QB ,"We've got a ways to go here. So put away the anointing oil, OK?"   

I thought Prescott was sensational in his Cowboys debut against the Rams and his coaches have backed up that assessment as the 23-year old found Dez Bryant and Terrence Williams for touchdowns in the first half in Los Angeles. His line was near perfect: 10 of 12 passes for 139 yards, 2 TDs and a 154.5 passer rating.

The rookies seems to be staying humble telling the media in Oxnard, California, "I did all right," Prescott said. "I had some [missed assignments], did some things wrong, but did some good things as well. A lot to learn from in that tape. I'm just going to continue to learn and come out here each and every day and try to get better."

We all know Cowboys fans like to get carried away.  Heck, add the national media to that as well.  I went back and read this December 2006 USA Today story on Tony Romo and it made me chuckle:

Jerry Jones' smile is as wide as the Texas prairie as the Dallas Cowboys owner reflects on his team's recent play.

"We've played better the last two games than we've played in 10 years, and that's got to give you a lift," he says.

The obvious difference is Tony Romo has been the starting quarterback while Dallas has won four of five, an ascension that sends the 7-4 Cowboys on the road against the 6-5 New York Giants on Sunday with a chance to take a two-game lead in the NFC East.

But Jones freely admits he didn't think this was the direction his franchise would take when coach Bill Parcells benched Drew Bledsoe during an Oct. 23 loss to the Giants and began the Romo era.

So stay humble and keep working Dak Prescott. Run away from the fans and media’s anointing oil.  They will turn on you very fast. 

Prescott has a game to play Friday in Arlington against Miami. I still think the Cowboys will bring a veteran quarterback to join this club before the regular season starts. 



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<![CDATA[Monday's Cowboys Training Camp Report]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:54:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Watkins_Machota_1200x675_744901187635.jpg NBC 5's David Watkins and Jon Machota from the Dallas Morning News break down Monday's topics concerning the Cowboys from training camp in California.]]> <![CDATA[Cowboys LB Wilson Returns to Practice ]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 22:04:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-08-15-21h37m34s60.png

Linebacker Damien Wilson returned to practice for the first time since getting hit directly in the eye with a paintball during a freak accident before training camp.

The incident happened in mid-July after he and former college teammates celebrated a week's worth of training with a game of paintball, something Wilson does regularly. After tagging out, Wilson was a bystander as the game continued when a stray paintball struck his right eye.

The injury forced the linebacker to miss the first two weeks of training camp because blood in that eye impaired his vision.

"It's one of those things you look back on and [understanding] it was just foolish," said Wilson. "Camp was right around the corner and you're out there doing something foolish. It was just not smart."

Wilson says his vision has improved to about 95% if he had to guess, and the eye will fully heal over time. On a scale of 1 to 10, Wilson said the pain was a 15.

"I'm just truly blessed that I didn't lose my eye, so I'm feeling pretty good about that," said Wilson.

The second-year linebacker said playing paintball is likely not in his future.

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<![CDATA[Mayowa, Collins and Wilson Active for Monday Practice]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:24:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-08-15-17h04m43s161.png

The Dallas Cowboys are getting healthier in the defensive front seven after the team activated defensive end Benson Mayowa, linebacker Damien Wilson and defensive tackle Maliek Collins. All three passed players passed physicals and will participate in Monday's practice in some capacity for the first time.

Prior to camp, Wilson was struck in the eye with a paintball. The second-year linebacker has worn sunglasses each day he's watched the team workout.

Collins, a third-round rookie draft pick, broke his foot during organized team activities during the early parts of summer. His rehab is complete and he'll participate in his very first professional training camp.

The Cowboys signed Mayowa as a free agent from Oakland, but the defensive end hurt his knee over the summer. He underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and is working his way back into playing form now that he can practice.

Mayowa is a guy the Cowboys like, even though he hasn't produced much on the field. In 28 career games with the Raiders, he tallied just two sacks. During that time, he didn't play a ton of snaps and the Cowboys believe he has a lot of upside.

"I've been behind great players. Right now, I live off opportunity. So, this is a great opportunity here. You know, I just got to keep working hard, get back on the field like I've been doing and take my opportunity. It starts today for me," said Mayowa.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys QOD: How Many TDs for Dez in 2016]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:32:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/4604794001.jpg Dez Bryant's touchdown total dipped significantly in 2015 after missing most of the season with a foot injury. He has three seasons of double-digit touchdowns including 16 during the 2014 season. Now that he and quarterback Tony Romo are healthy, how many touchdowns will Bryant have in the 2016 season.

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<![CDATA[A Deeper Look Into Dak's Preseason Performance]]> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:51:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-5893964261.jpg

All aboard the Dak Prescott bandwagon.

After the rookie's strong showing in Los Angeles Saturday night, many Cowboys fans think they have their quarterback of the future. Or at least the backup of the present.

Prescott's numbers look good — 10-12 for 139 yards and 2 TDs — but looking beyond his numbers gives a more realistic view of what to expect from him going forward.

The Good

Throw 8: Off play action, Prescott spotted Brice Butler, who found a lot of green grass against zone coverage, and delivered a strong, accurate throw.

Throw 2: Prescott recognized man coverage, looked off the Rams' safety and hit Cole Beasley in stride.

Throw 9: He went to his second read and found Terrance Williams, who got behind the Rams' three-deep zone. Good recognition, quick decision and a nice throw.

The Not-So-Good

Throw 3: Prescott had the right idea when he threw a back-shoulder fade to Dez Bryant against single coverage, but he overstrode and delivered an inaccurate ball.

Throw 1: On a designed bootleg, Prescott faced light pressure and missed a short throw to Geoff Swaim. Swaim should have caught it, but it was a poor throw.

Mechanics: Some of Prescott's bad habits — inconsistent footwork and rushed delivery against pressure — carried over into the NFL.

Verdict: Incomplete

It was the first preseason game, so we can glean about as much from Prescott's performance as we could if it had been a 7-on-7 game.

Prescott's numbers look good, but he put them up from clean pockets against vanilla looks on defense. He also only went beyond his first read once. If he were to face disguised coverages and blitzes, he'd struggle.

While the first pre-season game didn't do much to change my pre-draft view of Prescott, he did show more growth than I expected. He limited inaccurate throws and showed good decision making in the pocket. He's not the best option to be the back-up quarterback of a playoff-caliber team, but he does appear to be a worthy developmental quarterback.



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<![CDATA[Predictions for Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott in 2016]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:59:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-elliott-practice1-dmn-tom-fox.jpg NBC 5's Newy Scruggs asks media members for their predictions on what kind of season to expect from Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Lose Preseason Opener, Prescott Near Perfect]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2016 11:00:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2016-08-13-23h52m24s215.png

In front of nearly 90,000 fans ushering NFL football's return to Los Angeles, the Rams came from behind to beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-24. There's a reason the Rams had to rally, and that's because rookie quarterback Dak Prescott played near-perfect football.

Tony Romo took the night off which allowed Prescott to work with the first team offensive line and wide receivers. No. 4 went 10-12 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns. His two incompletions were easy drops by second year tight end Geoff Swaim.

When quarterback Kellen Moore broke his leg early in training camp, most assumed the Cowboys would add a NFL veteran QB to backup Romo. That hasn't happened, and Prescott has taken full advantage with the amount of snaps he's picked up during camp, which ultimately led to a start in his first NFL game.

Prescott's teammates were gushing about the young quarterback after the preseason opener, and the rookie felt the love.

"A lot of confidence in me, they had a lot of confidence in me. They said that on the first play, all the way until the 'Two's' got in there. They had confidence in me. I had a lot of confidence in them. We played as one tonight for the most part," said Prescott.

"He was running the show. He was leading it. It was his huddle. He didn't play like a rookie. His mindset was not like a rookie," said Dez Bryant who caught Prescott's first touchdown. "It was like he had been there before. Dak is a damn good football player, he's special."

Prescott played the entire first half before giving way to Jameill Showers for the second half. The rookie made a strong impression on his head coach as well.

"He made a lot of little plays, he made some big plays. I thought he did a really good job his first time out, there's no question about that," said Jason Garrett. "I think he made a real favorable impression on a lot of people."

The Cowboys are entering the final week of training camp in Oxnard, California. The team will leave on Thursday, then play the Miami Dolphins at home for the second preseason game.

Tony Romo is likely to start, but Prescott will get plenty of playing time in front of the home crowd.

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