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A Tuesday Morning Round Of Cowboys Links

First off, Dave Halprin at Blogging The Boys asked Rich Tandler from CSNWashington.com five Redskins questions, including queries on Mike Shanahan, Donovan McNabb, and the Skins OL.

BTB also considers whether the offense or defense has been the bigger factor in Cowboys wins.

Josh Ellis at DC.com takes a look at maybe the most frustrating part of 2009 for Cowboys fans, all of those penalties that challenged or killed drives.

Of their 115 team penalties, 69 were called against offensive players, either on plays from scrimmage or special teams. According to the NFL's own statistics, flags stalled out 27 of the Cowboys' offensive drives and negated 265 total yards of offense on returns. The league defines a stalled drive as one when no points were scored or first downs were made after a penalty occurred.

That is almost two drives per game killed by penalties, and those 265 yards just add onto all of the actual penalty yardage that set the offense further back.

Those Redskins appear to be in the middle of the Vincent Jackson trade talks. I don't think that I would like that one bit.

JJT offers five Cowboys who we should watch during training camp. I think that I'm most interested in this one:

ILB Jason Williams – Last year's No. 3 pick is competing with Sean Lee for the spot vacated when Bobby Carpenter was traded. During the organized team activities and minicamp, Lee had the lead in the fight for that job, but Williams' athleticism could come to the fore when the pads come on.

The Cowboys haven't made a pick in a supplemental draft in 15 years, and Gerry Fraley says that they won't again this year.

This is a week old, but FoxSports.com posted a Top 100 NFL Players list. Dallas has six members:

9. DeMarcus Ware
25. Tony Romo
39. Jay Ratliff
75. Miles Austin
88. Anthony Spencer
93. Jason Witten

I will just say that there are some really curious choices in this thing.

Todd Archer takes a look at Cowboys defensive tackles and echoes Broaddus' feelings on the backups:

Keeping Ratliff fresh is a must but because he had the elbow surgeries they may have to give him more work than normal early in training camp to knock off any rust that may have stuck to him by not doing much football activities.

Siavii has the inside track for the backup job once again, especially with Lissemore playing more end since the draft.

 

Ellis says that Dez Bryant will work only on the outside initially. This isn't much of a surprise, since the Cowboys have already begun to work Miles Austin in the slot and have Patrick Crayton and Kevin Ogletree as viable options.

And Calvin Watkins has a mini-injury report, including an Orlando Scandrick finger issue.

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