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Cowboys Won’t Give New Contracts to Michael Gallup, Randy Gregory, UFAs Before 2022 – Blake Schuster, Bleacher Report
Two ‘Boys vets are going to have to prove their worth in 2021.
According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys aren’t interested in offering new deals to any pending unrestricted free agents at this point, choosing instead to see how the season plays out:
“Wide receiver Michael Gallup and defensive end Randy Gregory are among the Dallas players entering the final season of their contract. Speaking on background, two Cowboys officials said that the team won’t extend either before this season — or for that matter, any other impending unrestricted free agent. Such talks aren’t expected to occur until early 2022.
“The Cowboys see dust in the air with several players’ futures. They want to wait for it to settle.”
Gregory has been a Cowboys mainstay since the club drafted him No. 60 overall in 2015 and provides solid depth on the defensive line. Gallup, meanwhile, has started 35 of 46 games for Dallas. The Cowboys drafted him No. 81 overall in 2018.
Dak Prescott (shoulder strain) does ‘light throwing’ at Cowboys camp – Jeremy Bergman, NFL.com
QB1’s number one focus is getting back for Tampa Bay.
Prescott did not play in or even travel to the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday night, which the Cowboys lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-3.
“Definitely him staying back, he was able to get some extra treatment, do some extra things,” McCarthy added. “Once again, this is more us than him. This is us being cautious, so I feel really good about where he is.”
McCarthy and Co. have been open at being more “conservative” with Prescott’s shoulder in camp. While the highly paid QB has said he would like to see some preseason reps this summer, potentially his first live action since his season-ending ankle injury last October, Dallas is likely to be smart with Prescott’s return.
This weekend’s development is a step, albeit a very small one, in the direction of Prescott, fully healthy, playing in Dallas’ season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 9.
Why Tyler Biadasz Might Be O-Line’s X-Factor – Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.com
Biadasz currently has the starting center’s position on lockdown:
It’s a strong group at full strength. Beyond health, though, Biadasz’s development is critical to their resurgence.
In some ways, center is the most important position within the starting five. Biadasz, a fourth-round draft pick last year, functions as the line’s quarterback, responsible for pre-snap checks and adjustments at the line of scrimmage.
Travis Frederick did that at a Pro Bowl level for seven years before announcing his retirement following the 2019 season. Biadasz, also a former Wisconsin Badger, emerged last year as a possible long-term replacement for Frederick.
“He reached out to me prior to the draft and then after the draft, too,” Biadasz said. “He’s a great guy. I got to meet him. We talked on the phone a couple times, about recovery and or doing position work or whatever.
Jaylon Smith was brilliant vs. Rams. That’s a problem for the Dallas Cowboys | Opinion – Mac Engel, Fort-Worth Star Telegram
Jaylon Smith playing too good?
But when you sign a six-year, $68 million contract, as Smith did in Aug. of 2019, certain things are expected.
He plays. He’s durable. He’s a pro. He makes a lot of tackles.
And Smith just doesn’t make the types of plays that that sort of money should buy.
He was the second highest paid defender on a defense that was one of the worst ever in 2021.
There is a reason why the Cowboys used their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on a linebacker, Micah Parsons. And it’s not because they think Leighton Vander Esch won’t be able to remain healthy.
After years of waiting, Drew Pearson may not stop repeating ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame’ for days – David Moore, DMN
Drew Pearson finally got his Hall of Fame moment.
It’s been a strange, and at times, excruciating odyssey.
Drew Pearson is among the greatest and most recognized receivers in Cowboys history. His brilliant career includes one of the NFL’s most iconic moments. Yet for too long, he’s been defined by the achievement that eluded his grasp.
Why aren’t you? Pearson jokes he thought that was his first name for years because people would come up to him and ask, “Why aren’t you in the Hall of Fame?’’
More than 37 years since catching his last pass in the NFL, Drew Pearson is where he belongs. The receiver was enshrined in the Hall of Fame Sunday evening, swelling the ranks of Cowboys in the hall to 20.
“This confirms it,’’ Pearson bellowed 40 seconds into his acceptance speech. “The wait is over. Over.”
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We have heard, watched or seen in person Drew Pearson’s playoff game-winning, 50-yard touchdown catch in the 17-14 victory over the Vikings in 1975 that became the famous “Hail Mary,” helping to vault both quarterback Roger Staubach and now Drew into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Cowboys on their way to Super Bowl X.
But here are two off-shoots of that catch, told to me many years later by Drew. First, what he did after he scored the touchdown with 24 seconds left in the game at Metropolitan Stadium, mostly, because the night before the game he says he had this dream of catching the winning touchdown and then firing the ball into the stands, a move that came with a $150 fine.
“But I said heck with it, it’s on national TV, playoffs, I’m throwing that ball,” he says.
So he did, the former high school and Tulsa University quarterback heaving the ball up into what he thought was the stands in celebration.
“But it turned out there were no stands there,” he says of just where he threw the ball. “It was a scoreboard and the parking lot (outside the stadium). So the ball ended up in the parking lot. Then I got mobbed afterwards.”
The ball never to be found again.
“No one has ever said they have the ball,” Drew claims.
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