Friday, June 15, 2012

Jerry Jones calls Felix Jones "integral part" of offense

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones refers to (backup) running back Felix Jones as an integral part of the Cowboys' offensive "firepower."

"I think he's an integral part of our firepower," Jerry Jones said, according to Josh Ellis of "And he will always give defenses something that they've got to be ready for, and he adds a dimension to what we can do in the entire offensive scheme, whether it be the passing game or the (running game). He is a savvy and good blocker, but he gives a lot of options when he's in there.

"I even like the idea of both of them (Jones and Murray) being in there . . . You put both of them in there, that gives us some options."

While Murray is clearly the team's featured back, as Ellis notes, Jones has the potential to deliver big plays for the Cowboys' offense as a receiver out of the backfield and as a change-of-pace back.

Jones' worst season, on a per-carry basis, was 2010 when he was the featured back and averaged a career-low 4.3 yards per carry.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dre Kirkpatrick falls to the Cowboys ... in our 2012 NFL mock draft

With the Cowboys having the 14th pick in the draft, I've mocked a full first round (and set up a new blog for all NFL posts).

The full first round is at the new blog, but here's how I had the top 14 picks up to the Cowboys selection:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. Washington Redskins (trade via St. Louis): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. St. Louis Rams (trade via Washington): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
8. Carolina Panthers: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
9. Miami Dolphins: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
10. Buffalo Bills: Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
12. Seattle Seahawks: Nick Perry, DE, USC
13. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

See the rest ...

Sunday, January 15, 2012

With the 14th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft ...

The 2012 NFL Draft is more than three months away.

Here are what some mock drafts are projecting for the Cowboys, who have the 14th overall pick this year (including their commentary):

Rob Rang, CBS Sports - Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska: "The Cowboys' defense made gains under Rob Ryan, but inconsistencies in the secondary led to plenty of breakdowns. Sources tell me the Cowboys were very intrigued last year with Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara. Perhaps they'll pull the trigger on a Husker cornerback this time around with the short but physical Dennard, who many scouts are giving a higher grade to this season than they did his former teammate at this same time last year." - David DeCastro, G, Stanford: "The Cowboys have major issues on the interior of their offensive line. Left guard Derrick Dockery is a free agent after missing most of 2011 with a knee injury. Center Phil Costa sucks. Right guard Montrae Holland, meanwhile, can't really be relied upon.

David DeCastro is one of the top interior linemen prospects to come along in years, and he's the highest-ranked prospect on the board. This is a perfect match."

Wes Bunting, National Football Post - David DeCastro, G, Stanford: "The idea of drafting an athlete like DeCastro and potentially playing him next to 2011 first-round pick Tyron Smith at left tackle has to sound mighty intriguing."

Peter Schrager, Fox Sports - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: "After seeing opposing offenses torch the Cowboys defensive backfield all season, Dallas fans would be more than fine seeing the 'Boys front office brass take a cornerback in the first round. Jenkins was dismissed from the team by Will Muschamp at Florida a year ago, but had a dominant season for Terry Bowden down at North Alabama in 2011. He’s considered a bit of a gamble because of the off-the-field stuff, but a premier talent at the position. The Cowboys have never been scared of "character" guys and won't shy away from adding Jenkins to their depleted defensive backfield."

Personally, I hope they get go cornerback in the first round. Especially with the Giants and Eagles having elite receivers, the secondary is in need of a serious upgrade.