Notes: Trevon Diggs Blocking Out “Toxic” Noise  (2022)

OXNARD, Calif. – Cornerback Trevon Diggs made a decision halfway through training camp: no more Twitter.

"It's toxic," said Diggs, who was joined by his son Aaiden at the podium after Monday's practice. "I used to be on Twitter a lot, but I'm in camp. I'm trying to focus. I'm trying to lock in and just be better every day."

Diggs is coming off an All-Pro second season that included a franchise-record tying 11 interceptions. He's widely considered one of the best young defensive players in the league.

But a social media space such as Twitter has a combination of praise and criticism from fans and observers. The criticism part emerged in recent days over practice videos of Diggs getting beat in coverage in one-on-one drills, which by design favor receivers because of no pass rush or safety help over the top.

"I feel like that's what comes with it. Hate comes with success," Diggs said. "I don't put it past somebody. Everyone is obligated to their own opinion. All I can do is control what I can control on the field and let my play speak for itself. I can't respond to everybody; I can't reply to everybody. So I'd rather say nothing at all just perform on the field."

-Rob Phillips (8/8/22)

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Kearse Update

Jayron Kearse continues to manage some back tightness that's held him out of the last couple of padded practices, but head coach Mike McCarthy sounded optimistic about the veteran safety's chances of participating in the Thursday scrimmage against the Broncos. But despite "working toward" playing, the Cowboys opted to be cautious and held Kearse out of the festivities, and he is also not expected to take the field on Saturday in the team's first preseason game.

With Kearse being such a critical piece of what Dan Quinn does on defense, the Cowboys don't want to push the issue and potentially force Kearse into suffering a setback in August that could negatively impact his availability in September. That said, the verdict is out on if he'll participate in either of the two scrimmages to come against the Los Angeles Chargers.

-Patrik Walker (8/11/22)

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Swing Tackle Competition

It's no secret the Cowboys are hoping for better play out of the offensive line in 2022, Zack Martin notwithstanding, but as players like Tyler Biadasz and Connor McGovern try to string together great practices with the goal of being the solution and not the problem – as upstarts Tyler Smith and Matt Farniok aim to supplant them – but the bigger concern is depth, particularly at the tackle position.

Josh Ball had a bad day at the office in the scrimmage against the Broncos, and that's disconcerting when considering rookie fifth-round pick Matt Waletzko is out of the picture for now (and likely later as well) with a shoulder injury. Ball was victimized on more than one occasion, and while Isaac Alarcon has had good reps in camp, he was also imperfect on Thursday – the fact he's playing out of his base position (iOL) being the tell regarding the situation at swing tackle in Dallas.

-Patrik Walker (8/11/22)

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Standout Sam

Sam Williams is coming along nicely, and it's possible he becomes an impact player for the Cowboys sooner than later. He'll still have to battle incumbent right defensive end Dorance Armstrong for reps, along with the fact Micah Parsons will also rush off of the edge at times, but Williams has shown power, quickness, speed and an ability to cover in camp and each of those attributes were again on display on Thursday – to varying degrees.

The rookie second-round pick is having a "dominant" camp, per DeMarcus Lawrence, and he found his way into the Broncos backfield on at least two separate occasions on Thursday. All the Cowboys need Williams to do is to continue his current trajectory. But considering how thirsty he is to remain on the field, don't discount the possibility of Williams potentially shortening his NFL learning curve to avoid being pulled in games for veterans.

-Patrik Walker (8/11/22)

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Will Grier Update

Quarterback Will Grier exited the field in the middle of Tuesday's practice with an apparent groin injury, leaving the backup reps behind Dak Prescott to Cooper Rush and Ben DiNucci.

It's uncertain whether Grier will be available for Thursday's joint practice against the Broncos or Saturday's preseason game in Denver.

Grier has been having a strong camp splitting No. 2 reps with Rush.

"The thing you always loved about Will going back to West Virginia, the guy always played with a lot of moxie," head coach Mike McCarthy said before practice. "He has that, and you didn't really see that last year on the scout team. It's a different deal, the timing of everything. I'm excited to see him play in real games."

-Rob Phillips (8/9/22)

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Young D-Line

The progression of the interior defensive line will be paramount in stopping the run and allowing the defensive ends to tee off on the opposing quarterback, and that puts the onus on third-year lineman Neville Gallimore to lead the charge in between the bookends.

Gallimore has looked great in camp and DeMarcus Lawrence says Gallimore joins Chauncey Golston, Osa Odighizhuwa and Quinton Bohanna in being a whole force in Oxnard: "All four of those guys are having a dominant camp. Seeing [Gallimore] get in his bag & understanding the skills he's developed? "It's almost showtime."

-Patrik Walker (8/9/22)

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Brett Maher Signs

The Cowboys officially signed kicker Brett Maher in time for Tuesday's practice, shortly after he completed a scheduled workout here in Oxnard.

Maher did not kick in Tuesday's practice but could get an opportunity this week when the Cowboys travel to Denver. He says he's excited for another opportunity with the Cowboys after serving as their full-time kicker for the better part of two seasons (2018-19).

"I've seen a lot more than I had back then," Maher said. "I've been in a lot more situations, a lot of difficult situations. I had a lot of difficult conversations with myself most importantly and done a lot of work to become more consistent, to be honed in on my process and not be so worried about what's going on in the outside world."

Maher made 16-of-18 field goal attempts in eight games with the Saints last year. He'll compete with Lirim Hajrullahu in place of rookie kicker Jonathan Garibay, who was released to create an open roster spot.

-Rob Phillips (8/9/22)

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Simi Standing Out

Tuesday was another strong practice for second-year wide receiver Simi Fehoko, who caught multiple touchdown passes again in team drills.

Fehoko's deep speed and ability to his 6-4 frame in tight passing windows have been on display in these padded practices. He's also more comfortable in the offense after minimal playing time as a rookie.

"I just feel loose," he said. "I feel like I'm playing the game that I know I can play."

-Rob Phillips (8/9/22)

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Like Micah?

Sam Williams has a lot of expectations being heaped upon him in his first-ever NFL training camp, and rightfully so, considering the Cowboys used a second-round pick in April to add him to their roster. He's continued to develop quickly in Oxnard ahead of the joint practice and first preseason game against the Denver Broncos, putting his coverage skills on display on Tuesday – forcing Cooper Rush into the flat before then deflecting a pass that might've resulted in a first down.

Asked if he enjoys playing in coverage as much as he does rushing the opposing quarterback, Williams channeled his inner Micah Parsons before answering: "I just enjoy football, especially when you make a play like that. That's what we do it for – big plays. Rushing, covering, kicking, as long as I'm on the field, I'm happy."

-Patrik Walker (8/9/22)

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Backup For Dak?

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy sounds pleased with the competition at backup quarterback so far in training camp.

Cooper Rush won the No. 2 job last year in Oxnard and went on to lead the Cowboys to a regular-season road win in a spot start for Dak Prescott. But backup Will Grier is also standing out while splitting second-team practice reps with Rush so far.

The Cowboys claimed Grier off waivers last September after final cuts and he spent the season as the No. 3 QB.

"I think Will's taken a big step," McCarthy said. "You can see the instinct and awareness. … Now you're starting to see that in his comfort in our system and getting through the checks, where to go with the ball. Now he's just playing quarterback again. I think coming in here when he did last year, there's definitely a transition to the terminology, the language and all those types of things. But I really like the camp he's had. He's definitely made a move this week."

McCarthy said Rush has continued to be "very consistent" in his fifth training camp with the Cowboys.

"He's great for the room. He's great for Dak," McCarthy said. "He's always going to the right place with the football. I think Cooper has had a very consistent camp."

-Rob Phillips (8/6/22)

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Barr's Impact

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said the club "jumped on" a chance to sign linebacker Anthony Barr.

"Didn't even blink," Jones said. "We've had good luck at this time of year of having something come through for us (like signing Malik) Hooker last year.

Jones said the Cowboys thought highly of Barr in the 2014 Draft, where Barr was selected No. 9 overall and Dallas took guard Zack Martin at No. 16.

"(I) had just kind of lost track of his up-close length, just how he looks like an NFL linebacker ought to look," Jones said. "That's pretty awesome with him and Leighton (Vander Esch) sitting back there, lurking around. That's pretty impressive. They look like linebackers."

-Rob Phillips (8/6/22)

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Micah Tyson?

Beyond Micah Parsons' physical skills, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones might be most impressed with Parsons as a competitor.

"I thought (Tony) Romo was probably as pure a competitor, certainly equal to anybody I've been around. He'd flip a coin for us right here to see who gets this white line first," Jones said. "He just came looking

for gaming and competitiveness, and Tony was competitive in every way, physically and otherwise.

"Parsons is unique in that he's competitive in the most challenging physical areas. Think about that just a minute. He's competitive in the defensive line area. He's competitive where you are the force and your open field physical area, you are the force. I don't want to make more of it than it is, but he brings a competitive spirit that is Mike Tyson-esque."

-Rob Phillips (8/6/22)

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Youth Camp

Instead of signing a veteran early in training camp, the Cowboys are giving young wide receivers extra reps that normally would go to Michael Gallup (ACL rehab) and James Washington (foot fracture). But what does the learning curve really look like for a first- or second-year receiver this time of year?

"We went through OTAs and it was a certain speed," wide receivers coach Robert Prince said. "Now we're in training camp and the speed has picked up, and then we get into this preseason. So every step, the speed is going to get a little bit faster. So it's not just like from Point A to Point B.

"They're getting a chance to grow and they understand that they all have their part that they've got to help with this team. It's not like, 'Hey, we're counting on you to be the main playmaker.'

It's about how are you going to contribute. … They've all relished it. It's not too big for any of them."

One player standing out is second-year wideout Simi Fehoko.

"He's done a nice job this camp, a lot better than OTAs," Prince said. "You can see he's playing more physical (blocking) in the run game. We put him at the point of attack and he's doing a nice job with that. And what's also shown up is he's making plays down the field. That 4.3 speed is showing up."

-Rob Phillips (8/5)

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Barr's Reunion

When George Edwards was named defensive coordinator of the Vikings in 2014, his first key addition was a rookie linebacker from UCLA. That decision to draft Anthony Barr not only benefitted Minnesota, but Edwards as well.

And now eight years later, the Cowboys have both Edwards and Barr, who signed with the team this week.

On Friday, Edwards met with the media and corrected a reporter who asked if Barr was a "good guy" to work with.

"No, Anthony Barr is a great guy – on and off the field," Edwards said. "He's a true pro. He's going to pay attention to the details. His study habits, with his preparation, goes along with the gifts that he's blessed with athletically. He'll be a good player for us. He'll be good in our locker room. He'll be good off the field. He's a true pro at the end of the day, and that's a credit to him and the attention he puts to the detail."

Barr has excelled the most as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. The four consecutive years he made the Pro Bowl (2015-18), Barr only recorded a total of 9.5 sacks, and never more than 3.5 in a season.

But Barr has also rushed the quarterback from the outside, begging the question how the Cowboys will utilize him alongside Micah Parsons.

As for where Barr will line up, Edwards didn't share many of the details, only to say "we've got plenty of packages that will get all these guys on the field together."

Edwards added, "I think at the end of the day, knowing somebody where you're going into a new locker room, a new atmosphere is a plus. that you're ... obviously with his talents, he's got a lot of options to go. We're glad we've got him and the skill set he brings to us defensively."

-Nick Eatman (8/5)

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Dennis Houston Impresses

Praise from the starting quarterback goes a long way.

As young receivers on the training camp roster take extra practice reps because of injuries to Michael Gallup (February knee surgery) and James Washington (foot fracture), one undrafted player in particular has stood out: Dennis Houston, who signed in May out of Western Illinois.

"When you break the huddle he's lining up in the right spot, no matter what position he's in," quarterback Dak Prescott says. "This goes way back to the spring, running the routes at the right depth every time he's firing off the ball. He's giving good looks. He's where I expect him to be on each and every play and he's coming back and asking about things, communicating about things.

"He's just a tough guy, very resilient. I might say, 'Hey, did the DB hold you right there' and he's like, "Ahh, I've got to make that play.' When you get that response from a young guy like that, not making excuses and trying to help the team in any way that he can, it makes you excited."

-Rob Phillips (8/4)

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Anthony Barr Signs

Linebacker Anthony Barr officially signed his one-year contract with the Cowboys on Thursday after arriving in Oxnard to take his physical and finalize the deal.

The Cowboys have placed Barr on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list to give him an acclimation period before he joins practice. The eight-year veteran was not with a team the entire offseason after becoming an unrestricted free agent in March.

Barr made four Pro Bowls with the Vikings from 2014-21, and Cowboys senior defensive assistant George Edwards was the Vikings' defensive coordinator during Barr's first six seasons with the club.

-Rob Phillips (8/4)

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Anthony Barr Arrives

New linebacker Anthony Barr has arrived in Oxnard and was still getting his physical completed as the Cowboys began practice Thursday.

Once Barr officially joins the team, head coach Mike McCarthy says he'll be another weapon for the defense "on and off the ball."

"I think when you look at packages and how we feature Micah (Parsons), I think it gives you another weapon, another excellent player on and off the ball," McCarthy said. "I think when you get in and out of packages as you build your system for a 17-game season, I know the defensive staff is real excited to have another piece."

-Rob Phillips (8/4)

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Kick Start

The competition at kicker isn't going according to plan for the Dallas Cowboys, and they're not afraid to admit it. But while special teams coordinator John "Bones" Fassel admits he tries to encourage both rookie kicker Jonathan Garibay and veteran Lirim Hajrullahu, he also made it clear on Wednesday that he and the club expect them to "make the hard kicks." That includes with the wind as an adversary, something both kickers struggled mightily with in the team's second padded practice on Tuesday.

In one of head coach Mike McCarthy's "Mojo Moments," Garibay missed on three attempts while Hajrullahu completed just one of his three -- Fassel approaching them after practice to point at "New York, Washington, Philadelphia" and other outdoor stadiums wherein wind will be a factor. The coordinator, and McCarthy alike, will continue to press both kickers to see who can take the lead, with Fassel remaining "hopeful" of potential progress to come as early as practice on Thursday.

-Patrik Walker (8/3)

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"A Lot Of Targets"

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Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore sounded somewhat surprised by the question. But based on the situation we've seen last year, particularly in the playoffs, it was a given that he would field a question regarding CeeDee Lamb's role in the offense.

Moore said it's only "natural" that Lamb would get more opportunities now that Amari Cooper is in Cleveland.

"Naturally, he's going to get a lot of targets," Moore said of Lamb. "We've got to utilize him. CeeDee is ready."

And right now, Lamb is the only experienced receiver that is practicing, as both Michael Gallup (knee) and James Washington (foot) are expected to miss some regular season games.

Lamb is the only wide receiver currently practicing that has caught a touchdown in a regular-season game.

He is coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2021, but was still under-utilized in the playoffs, catching just one pass against the 49ers for 21 yards.

-Nick Eatman (8/3)

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Chess Moves With Micah

For a split second, it seemed like Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn might have delivered some breaking news about Micah Parsons.

"I'm sure you probably heard he's working with the running backs with (position coach) Skip Peete," Quinn quipped to the media. "(And the) wide receivers. Kicking…"

Not really.

Quinn was joking. But the message was clear: Parsons can do just about anything he sets his mind to on the football field.

The key for Quinn is to continue finding ways to maximize the All-Pro linebacker's unique versatility as defenses surely devote more attention toward stopping him in Year 2.

"When you come into something and you're first new, they don't really know who you are," Quinn said. "That happens a lot at wide receiver where, OK, after a while this guy needs a double team. When you have an excellent player who you line up at one position, they can still make a huge impact. You see that with defensive ends all throughout time: do they chip them, do they find a way to go. What's unique about Micah, I believe, is the way we can align him in different spots where he's counted as a down guy and as an off the (ball) guy.

"So I think that's important to say, where's the alignment and how we would deploy him from there? Because certainly they value his rush ability and his speed, but we want to make sure we're not just putting hm into one spot. That's kind of part of the uniqueness of him, [and we'll try to feature that as often as we can."

-Rob Phillips (8/3)

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Tight End U

Cowboys rookie tight end Jake Ferguson is soaking up as much knowledge as he can during his first NFL training camp.

Ferguson says he's getting helpful tips from starter Dalton Schultz. And in late June, during the five-week summer break between minicamp and training camp, Ferguson attended "Tight End U" in Nashville – the annual symposium founded by the 49ers' George Kittle, the Chiefs' Travis Kelce and former Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.

"It's a great experience," Ferguson said Monday. "You get there and you just want to hear everything they have to say, no matter what they say. Me being a younger guy, a rookie, I just wanted to take as many notes as possible."

The Cowboys drafted Ferguson in the fourth round to provide depth behind Schultz and contribute in two-tight end packages.

"I've got pretty high expectations for myself," he said. "I kind of keep those to myself, but I definitely want to get on the field and make an impact wherever."

-Rob Phillips (8/1)

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Thin at TE

Rookie tight end Jake Ferguson tweaked his hamstring at the beginning of Tuesday's practice, and veteran Jeremy Sprinkle did not practice due to a sore Achilles, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said.

Neither injury appears to be serious. The Cowboys don't have a regular practice again until Thursday.

Sean McKeon, Ian Bunting and Peyton Hendershot got more practice reps with starter Dalton Schultz on Tuesday.

-Rob Phillips (8/2)

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Back In Action

Second-year linebacker Jabril Cox set and accomplished a personal goal to be back from knee surgery by the time the Cowboys got to Oxnard.

"I took it personal to get back healthy and get ready for training camp," he said. "I knew during the offseason that we needed to work hard just to get ahead of schedule and going through the rehab. And that's a big testament to (director of rehabilitation) Britt (Brown) and (head athletic trainer) Jim (Maurer) and the training staff."

Cox, drafted in the fourth round last year, tore his ACL on Halloween against the Vikings and missed the rest of his rookie season.

Back healthy, he's currently on a rep count in practice but doesn't have any physical limitations.

"The thought process is just make my reads and go," he said. "I don't even think about the leg."

– Rob Phillips (7/29)

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Tyron Feeling Great

Eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith had another productive season in 2021 but again battled through injuries, missing five games with an ankle issue and on the COVID-19 reserve list.

Here in camp, Smith feels ready to roll.

"I feel in good shape coming into this year, especially not having to deal with any kind of injuries," he said. "…This is probably the strongest I've felt in a while, the quickest I've felt in a while.

I'm excited to see how the season is going to go."

– Rob Phillips (7/29)

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Happy 29th!

For the seventh time in his career, Dak Prescott celebrated his birthday during training camp.

The fans in the stands and lining the fence sang "Happy Birthday" to Prescott throughout the early portions of Friday's practice.

– Rob Phillips (7/29)

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CeeDee Stepping Up

CeeDee Lamb is stepping into the No. 1 receiver role for the first time in his NFL career, but it's not exactly a new feeling. He's been the featured option on offense all his life.

"I'm kind of used to it just obviously through college, all through high school," he said. "I'm used to the attention."

That said, Lamb is fully aware he must shoulder more responsibility now that Amari Cooper is in Cleveland and fellow Cowboys starter Michael Gallup is still rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.

"Understanding the situation not having Coop here and then MG for the first couple games or however long he's out, just understanding that we have to be more locked in than ever and hoping to build on that," Lamb said.

Lamb and quarterback Dak Prescott arguably had their best practice yet in Oxnard. They connected multiple times in team drills, including a one-handed catch from Lamb and a touchdown grab in a two-minute, end-of-game drill.

– Rob Phillips (7/29)

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Full Strength

Ezekiel Elliott played in all 18 games last year, counting playoffs, but clearly wasn't himself.

The veteran running back managed to reach the 1,000-yard mark for the fourth time in six seasons, but the partially-torn PCL he suffered in Week 4 against Carolina limited his effectiveness the rest of the season, though a knee brace he wore late in the year did provide some stability.

"I would say just my burst," he said. "It (the injury) definitely limited my burst. Just the stiffness, keeping it warm on the sideline, but mostly the burst."

As training camp gets underway here in Oxnard, Elliott's right knee is back to 100% after an offseason of rest.

"I'll say a lot more this offseason was just kind of focusing on the knee, focusing on the muscles around it, making sure getting them back to full strength and getting them back going," he said.

"It definitely was frustrating and definitely frustrating certain parts of the year. But it's football. I think today might be the only day everyone's going to be 100%. From here on out, everyone's going to have a couple bumps and bruises and no one's going to be 100. So just trying to do everything I can off the field to make sure I preserve my health and (be) ready for Sundays."

– Rob Phillips (7/27)

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Micah's 2nd Camp

It didn't take long in last year's training camp to see that Micah Parsons would instantly impact the Cowboys' defense, and did he ever, posting 13.0 sacks and 64 tackles on his way to NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Head coach Mike McCarthy believes Parsons is poised to make a second-year jump.

"When you see Micah (in Wednesday's first camp practice), he's lost a little weight. He's had a really good offseason," McCarthy said. "Obviously Year 2 and how people look at him and how they'll have to game plan against him, we've had a whole year to implement the schemes around that and make sure we're giving him the opportunities that he needs. But leading up to this point, he's definitely put himself in position to take a big second-year jump. And that may not show up statistically, but it's really his impact definitely will be a big part of our defensive success."

– Rob Phillips (7/26)

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Camping Out?

Tight end Dalton Schultz reported to training camp Monday on the one-year, $10.4 million franchise tag, not a new long-term deal he hoped to secure before the July 15 negotiating deadline.

Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said the team was hopeful to reach a deal before July 15 and remains optimistic that one will be reached after the season, when talks can resume.

"We tried," Jones said. "It wasn't that we weren't necessarily talking about a long-term deal. … Sometimes it's just when you're getting your hands around what this team is not only going to look like this year but look like in the future, then you have to play that hand that way. I certainly understand where Dalton's coming from. He represents everything we want in a Dallas Cowboy, on and off the field. …. He's an available player who plays at a high level.

"So it's not that we didn't want him on a long-term deal. It's just about getting to the right answer on that. And I think we ultimately will. I think Dalton's going to be a long-term Cowboy here.

It just didn't work out to get the long-term part of that figured out this time around."

– Rob Phillips (7/26)

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Cap Considerations

The Cowboys reportedly have over $20 million in salary cap space as training camp begins, and while the team won't rule out future moves to make this year's team better, they also have a strong belief in their "young foundation," says chief operating officer Stephen Jones.

"It's time to give some of our young players – like a CeeDee Lamb, like a (Terence) Steele and a Tyler Smith and a (Matt) Waletzko and a (Josh) Ball – the opportunity to step up. That's what you look for in these players," Jones said. "Same thing in the defensive line. You draft a Sam Williams, you've got a (Dante) Fowler, you've got a Dorance Armstrong who may have been hard to keep (before he re-signed in March). We have a good, young roster over the last two or three or four drafts that are going to be coming up and that we're going to keep around here because we do like our young foundation.

"I'm just looking forward to seeing what this camp brings for our young group. We certainly do have some dry powder if we need to use it. … But I do think we're sitting in a good spot – No. 1, to see what these young players can do, but No. 2, if we need to make improvements to this roster and there's opportunities to do that, then we'll look at it."

– Rob Phillips (7/26)

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How many yards has Trevon Diggs actually allowed? ›

Trevon Diggs Advanced Stats & Metrics
Target Separation Target SeparationReceptions Allowed Rec AllowYards Allowed Yards Allow
1.945 (2.6 p/g)856 (50.4 p/g)
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Was Diggs a cowboy? ›

Trevon De'Sean Diggs (born September 20, 1998) is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL).
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Trevon Diggs.
No. 7 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Cornerback
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Born:September 20, 1998 Gaithersburg, Maryland
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
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How many yards did Trevon Diggs give in 2022? ›

According to Pro Football Reference, through the first four weeks of the 2022 NFL season, Trevon Diggs has two interceptions (tied for 1st in the NFL), nine pass break-ups (1st in the NFL), and has only allowed 157 pass yards and one touchdown.

What did Trevon Diggs get fined for? ›

Per NFL Media, linebacker Micah Parsons was fined $10,609 for unsportsmanlike conduct, while cornerback Trevon Diggs was fined $9,577 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Both players drew flags on the plays in question.

What cornerback has allowed the least yards? ›

Micah Hyde has the fewest career all-purpose yards by a defensive back when gaining 2,022+ all-purpose yards, with 2,032 yards.

Who gave up the most yards as a cornerback? ›

Tyrone Hughes has the most all-purpose yards by a defensive back in a game, with 347 yards versus the Rams on October 23, 1994.

How much does Trevon Diggs get paid? ›

In 2022, Diggs will earn a base salary of $1,184,628, while carrying a cap hit of $1,723,884 and a dead cap value of $1,078,512.
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Current Contract.
Contract:4 yr(s) / $6,320,907
Average Salary$1,580,227
Total Guarantees$3,054,338
Guaranteed at Signing$3,054,338
Free Agent:2024 / UFA
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Who wore 7 for the Dallas Cowboys? ›

Uniform Numbers
PlayerFromTo
Ben DiNucci20202020
Martin Gramatica20062006
Drew Henson20042004
Chad Hutchinson20022003
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How much does Michael Parsons make? ›

Micah Parsons signed a 4 year, $17,079,793 contract with the Dallas Cowboys, including a $9,781,668 signing bonus, $17,079,793 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $4,269,948.
...
Current Contract.
Contract:4 yr(s) / $17,079,793
Total Guarantees$17,079,793
Guaranteed at Signing$17,079,793
Free Agent:2026 / UFA
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Who is the NFL all time interception leader? ›

Paul Krause

Who has the most interceptions in the NFL 2022? ›

NFL Stat Leaders 2022
InterceptionsINT
1 E. JacksonCHI4
1 C.J. Gardner-JohnsonPHI4
1 T. WoolenSEA4
Complete Leaders
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Who's leading the NFL in sacks? ›

Since 2021, T.J. Watt, Myles Garrett and Nick Bosa are tied for the most sacks, with 23.5 sacks.

How many yards did Jalen Ramsey allow? ›

Jalen Ramsey Advanced Stats & Metrics
Target SeparationRec AllowYards Allow
1.914 (2.0 p/g)194 (27.7 p/g)
#54#14#32

Is Jalen Ramsey the best corner? ›

The former Seminole ranked as the top cornerback, ahead of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback J.C. Jackson (No. 20) and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (No. 23). In 2021, Ramsey was named First Team All-Pro and recorded career-highs in tackles (77) and tackles for loss (nine).

Is Diggs a good CB? ›

ESPN ranks Cowboys' Trevon Diggs among top-10 cornerbacks, barely.

Who is the best cornerback in college football? ›

Top 10 cornerbacks in college football entering 2022 season
  • Denzel Burke, Ohio State. NATL. ...
  • Riley Moss, Iowa. NATL. ...
  • Clark Phillips, Utah. NATL. ...
  • Jason Marshall Jr., Florida. NATL. ...
  • Tiawan Mullen, Indiana. NATL. ...
  • Cam Smith, South Carolina. NATL. ...
  • Mekhi Williams-Garner, LSU. NATL. ...
  • DJ Turner, Michigan. NATL.
24 Mar 2022

Who was the best cornerback in the NFL last season? ›

Still the premier cornerback in the NFL, Jalen Ramsey had a banner year in 2021. He was named a first-team All-Pro for the third time, earned a Pro Bowl nod for the fifth consecutive season, and collected a Super Bowl trophy.

Who is the highest paid NFL player? ›

There are now 53 NFL players who have made at least $100 million in their careers. The list is loaded with quarterbacks, with Tom Brady recently taking over the top spot. Below are the 34 highest-paid players in NFL history, heading into the 2022 season and updated with the help of data from Spotrac.com.

What is Dak Prescott salary? ›

How much does Dak Prescott get paid? On March 8, 2021 there was a statement released by the Dallas Cowboys which confirmed Prescott had signed a four-year contract extension worth around $160 million in total.

Does Trevon Diggs have a contract with the Cowboys? ›

Contract: Diggs is entering the third season of a four-year, $6.3 million rookie contract that will pay him $1.2 million in 2022 and $1.5 million in 2023 before he can become an unrestricted free agent in the spring of 2024.

Who wore 48 for the Cowboys? ›

48. The Cowboys had a linebacker in the number the last few years with Joe Thomas. But if the Cowboys ever get a true blocking fullback again, don't expect him to wear the 48, donned by the "Moose."

Who wore #10 for the Cowboys? ›

Cooper Rush
No. 10 – Dallas Cowboys
College:Central Michigan (2012–2016)
Undrafted:2017
Career history
Dallas Cowboys (2017–2019) New York Giants (2020)* Dallas Cowboys (2020–present)
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Who is the best player on the Cowboys right now? ›

Some of the most-notable playmakers in the league right now include Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, and Jayron Kearse, to name a few. With the Cowboys' Week 1 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now just a couple of weeks away, let's take a look at the 10 best Dallas Cowboys players of 2022.

How much does Tom Brady make? ›

As for how Brady's contract breaks down, Pro Football Network reports that Brady will earn $15 million salaries for each season, with $10 million roster bonuses. According to the site, Brady's salary counts for 14.1 percent of the Buccaneers' salary cap, which is estimated at more than $30 million for 2021.

How much is Micah Parsons necklace worth? ›

TMZ Sports reported Sunday that Parsons purchased a $50,000 diamond pendant of his own No. 11 Dallas jersey. The piece comes from Gld and famous Miami jeweler Christian Johnston, who's the president of the company. The piece reportedly has 30 karats of diamonds on the necklace alone.

What is Ezekiel Elliott's contract? ›

Elliott is under contract with the Cowboys through the 2026 season after signing a six-year, $90-million contract extension in September of 2019 that gave him $50 million guaranteed. It's because of this contract that some are speculating that 2022 might be Elliott's final season in Dallas.

How many catches has Trevon Diggs allowed? ›

Pro Football Reference credits him with 907 yards and 54 catches allowed on 103 targets.

How many yards has Ramsey allowed? ›

Jalen Ramsey Advanced Stats & Metrics
Target SeparationRec AllowYards Per Target Allowed YPT Allow
1.914 (2.0 p/g)7.8
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How many yards did JC Jackson allow? ›

J.C. Jackson Advanced Stats & Metrics
Target SeparationRec AllowYards Allow
2.718 (3.6 p/g)295 (59.0 p/g)
#88#36#68

How many yards did Xavien Howard allow? ›

Xavien Howard Advanced Stats & Metrics
Target SeparationRec AllowYards Allow
1.521 (3.5 p/g)277 (46.2 p/g)
#26#64#68

Who is leading the NFL in sacks? ›

Matthew Judon

What does comb mean in football? ›

The "Combined" column, the default stat used for sorting and citing individual totals, simply adds the "Total" and "Assist" figures. It's reasonably straightforward. Last season, there were 24,255 plays on which at least one player was credited with a tackle, 758 per team.

How many yards did Darius Slay allow? ›

Darius Slay Advanced Stats & Metrics
Target SeparationRec AllowYards Allow
2.015 (2.1 p/g)149 (21.3 p/g)
#58#18#19

How many yards did Lattimore give up? ›

Marshon Lattimore Advanced Stats & Metrics
Target SeparationRec AllowYards Allow
1.711 (2.2 p/g)148 (29.6 p/g)
#38#8#18

How many times was Jalen Ramsey targeted? ›

Jalen Ramsey has allowed 177 yards, most on the Rams. He's been targeted a team-high 22 times, allowing 14 catches.

What overall is J.C. Jackson Madden 22? ›

JC Jackson - 22 - 87 OVR Gridiron | Muthead.

What is the interception record in the NFL? ›

The record for most interceptions in a single season is held by Night Train Lane, who logged 14 interceptions as a rookie in 1950, while playing for the Los Angeles Rams.

How many picks did J.C. Jackson have? ›

On March 17, 2021, Jackson received a second-round restricted free agent tender worth $3.384 million from the Patriots. He signed a one-year contract on April 16. Jackson finished the season with 8 interceptions, including his first career pick six, and a league-leading 23 pass deflections.

How many times was Byron Jones targets? ›

Byron Jones Advanced Stats & Metrics
Snap ShareMan Coverage RateTargets Allowed
78.7%60.682 (5.1 p/g)
#63#16#74

Who is injured on the Dolphins? ›

SOCIAL
WEEKPLAYERINJURY
6Terron Armstead TToe
6Teddy Bridgewater QBConcussion
6Raheem Mostert RBKnee
6Durham Smythe TEHamstring
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Does Xavien Howard shadow? ›

The Dolphins have regularly had Howard shadow the elite receivers -- it's an element, along with the high amount of man coverage the Dolphins play, that adds to his case for being one of NFL's best corners. He lined up across the opponent's No.

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