As I said, my hat’s off to Will and his staff, and Jason and his staff, in what we’ve been able to accomplish as an organization in terms of our drafting, I do think we drafted quality men who have leadership skills.
So in a lot of ways, this offseason for the Cowboys was about trusting the job they’ve done in bringing all those guys up the last few years. Because in a lot of ways, the team really does now belong to those guys.
The NFL abolished the old rookie symposium after 2015, and this is third year of its replacement—the rookie transition program, which is run by each individual team. The idea was to be more inclusive—the old symposium only included draft picks—and allow teams to tailor the process to introduce players to their new homes.
He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around, says Linton, the longtime head orthopedic surgeon for Mississippi State’s football team. He was in quite a bit of pain when we first got to him.
Have you seen the injury? New Bulldogs quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Andrew Breiner has. The former Fordham head coach saw it live, like millions of others watching on television, because ESPN cameras didn’t cut away soon enough after the hit, and for a cool nine seconds, Fitzgerald’s ankle pointed west and his leg pointed south.
Breiner, queasy about such things, arrived at Mississippi State this winter planning to never watch it again. Fitzgerald had other ideas.
He started 12 games at free safety last year and is part of a secondary that now also includes Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. Joyner started only 14 games in his first three seasons combined, playing as a slot corner in the team’s substitution packages.
The Rams chose to use the tag on Joyner rather than receiver Sammy Watkins, who left for the Chiefs as a free agent.
Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence not expected to reach a deal before deadline
The Cowboys are not expected to reach a deal with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, according to multiple reports.
Lawrence repeatedly has said he has no problem playing under the $17.1 million franchise tag, giving him a chance to break the bank in free agency next year. Of course, Lawrence is forgetting that if he repeats what he did last season, the Cowboys surely will franchise him again at a projected $20.5 million tag.