IRVING, Texas -- With the Cowboys attempting to marry themselves to the two-tight end offense for the third time in eight years by taking Gavin Escobar in the second round of last month’s draft, the search for more tight ends never ends. Two weeks ago, the Cowboys made a waiver claim on Mickey Shuler Jr. after he was cut by Oakland, but Buffalo received priority based on its record last season. Jason Witten, Escobar, James Hanna, Colin Cochart, Andre Smith and Paul Freedman are on the current roster but the team is always on the lookout for more.
Former Denver Broncos center Tom Nalen said Friday that in a 2006 game he tried to injure former San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Igor Olshansky, who is also a former Dallas Cowboy. "I wouldn’t consider myself a dirty player," Nalen said according to Pro Football Talk. "I know people will bring up the Igor Olshansky play in 2006, but if people would look at the play before that and realize why I did what I did -- and even on that play I missed the cut -- so you know definitely, I wanted to blow his knee out on that play because of what happened the play before.
IRVING, Texas -- Last summer Barry Church was a revelation. He was so good in the first week of training camp that the Cowboys said goodbye to veteran Brodney Pool without a hesitation. It did not help Pool that he failed the conditioning test, but Church was the reason the Cowboys did not give Pool a long second chance. Three games into the season, however, Church suffered a torn Achilles and the Cowboys were left to play fill-ins the rest of the year.
How does each NFC East team look at running back, and what still needs to be done? Dallas Cowboys After a season in which they ranked third in the league in passing yards and 31st in rushing yards, the Cowboys seek greater balance in their offense. Any balance, actually. The starting running back remains DeMarco Murray, whose toughness and physical style give the Cowboys an extra dimension when he's on the field. Murray's problem is staying on the field, as he's had to miss nine games over his first two NFL seasons due to injury.