In Friday’s edition of our Morning Links, Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere are a buzz about the signing of undrafted free agent offense tackle La’el Collins. But is the rookie lineman out of the legal woods yet? And could the Cowboys be looking to trade for a running back currently in New Orleans? All that and more as we dive into the best Cowboys news from around the web.
Cowboys Gave Collins His Moment; Rookie More Than Delivered By Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
"“Wow. What else can you really say about what has happened here this week, particularly here on Thursday afternoon at Valley Ranch. For starters, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a press conference that was as powerful as what I witnessed here at Valley Ranch. And if I have, it certainly didn’t come from a 21-year-old who has already faced as much as adversity as most people will ever endure. At any point, insert your own ‘wow’ moment to what has actually transpired here. For starters, the Cowboys ended up signing La’el Collins, who was projected to be a Top 15 pick and one of the first offensive tackles in the draft…”"
La’el Collins’ character is nonissue by Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPNDallas.com
"“Don’t spend one minute, one second or one fleeting thought putting La’el Collins in the same category as Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory when talking about Dallas Cowboys players with character issues. Hardy is appealing a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy because the league believes he physically harmed a former girlfriend. Gregory, a projected first-round pick a few months ago, plummeted down draft boards, in part, because he failed a drug test at the NFL scouting combine. Collins, another player projected to be a first-round pick, had zero to do with the strange, unbelievable set of circumstances that made 32 teams pass on him in each of the draft’s seven rounds…”"
La’el Collins hasn’t been (and may never be) officially cleared by Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
"“When the Cowboys signed offensive lineman La’El Collins on Thursday, many assumed that the decision came only after police in Baton Rouge officially cleared him in connection with a double-murder investigation. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that hasn’t happened — and it may never happen. It doesn’t mean Collins is or ever will be a suspect. It means that police aren’t inclined to paint themselves into a corner by committing to a conclusion that, in theory, further evidence could contradict…”"
Rookie Class Arrives For Minicamp, Gets First Glimpse of Cowboy Life By Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.com
"“Their new teammate, La’el Collins, was telling a roomful of reporters his unprecedented story of going undrafted to becoming the perhaps the most sought-after rookie free agent in NFL history. Down the hall, the rest of the 2015 rookie class was getting ready for their first on-field action as Dallas Cowboys. The team’s draft picks and rookie free agents arrived at Valley Ranch on Thursday to receive their equipment, undergo physicals and take individual photos before Friday’s start to the three-day rookie minicamp…”"
Dallas Cowboys: Khiry Robinson an option? by Joe Soriano, NFLSpinZone.com
"“Since the Miami Dolphins scooped up Jay Ajayi before he could fall to the Dallas Cowboys, the depth chart of Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, and Lance Dunbar is currently what the Cowboys will have at the running back position in 2015. It’s hard to see them trotting into the season with just those three backs, because while Randle showed promise last season by averaging over six yards per carry, it’s hard to be a fan of what the Cowboys have at the position. McFadden is cheap and has some bounce-back potential, but this is a guy who has averaged less than 3.5 yards per carry in each of the past three seasons and is on the last legs of his career…”"
South Alabama QB signs as a free-agent with the Dallas Cowboys by By Cassandra McAboy, MyFoxAL.com
"“The Dallas Cowboys released its official free-agent signings following last weekend’s National Football League Draft on Wednesday, and former University of South Alabama quarterback Brandon Bridge was a part of the group. Bridge, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound native of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, signed a free-agent tryout agreement with organization and will take part in the Cowboys’ weekend rookie camp slated to run Friday through Sunday. In his lone season as a starter for the Jags, Bridge completed 160-of-307 pass attempts for 1,927 yards while equaling a school season record with 15 touchdowns…”"