Dallas Cowboys Morning Links: Running Back Concerns, A Possible Trade?


In this Sunday edition of Morning Links, questions are swirling about the Dallas Cowboys running back position this weekend. Plus, is the Dallas defense now a strength for this team instead of it’s weakest link? All that and much, much more as we dive into the best Cowboys news from around the web for this morning.

The Mac Attack: Why Jerry Jones is wrong about Cowboys’ running game by Bob McManaman, USA Today

"“I don’t know about you, but I want some of whatever it is that Jerry Jones is drinking. In case you might have missed it, the Dallas Cowboys owner said his team’s running game, despite the free-agent loss of DeMarco Murray to the rival Eagles, will actually be better this season than it was a year ago. You mean better than finishing second overall in team rushing yards (2,354) and better than finishing second in average rushing yards per game (147.1)? You mean you’re better without Murray, who won the rushing title (1,845 yards), led the league in totals carries (392), rushing first downs (85) and tied for the NFL lead in rushing touchdowns (13)…”"

Rumor: Dallas Cowboys Could Trade Ronald Leary For A Running Back by Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat

"“The Dallas Cowboys have been adamant about their comfort level surrounding the team’s current batch of running backs on their roster. But they have also been equally as vehement about the fact they would consider adding another player at the position if the right opportunity availed itself. According to DallasCowboys.com analyst Bryan Broaddus, the Cowboys are indeed looking to add another piece to their current running back group. And that they possibly have two specific runners in mind. “They’ve got two teams in mind, I believe,” Broaddus mentioned during the Cowboys Break Show on Thursday…”"

Machota: If Cowboys trade for RB, they should focus on certain set of players by Jon Machota, The Dallas Morning News

"“Dallas Cowboys insider and SportsDayDFW.com beat writer Jon Machota hosted a chat Monday to talk all things football. Here are some of the highlights…Question: If the Cowboys want to add a running back through trade not named Adrian Peterson, whom could they be looking at? Machota: If they trade for a back, I’d focus on guys who are going to be free agents next season. That would be guys like Matt Forte, Lamar Miller and Doug Martin…”"

Irvin: Cowboys Running Back By Committee Won’t Work by CBSDFW

"“Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin recently revealed that the Eagles are his pick to win the NFC East — not the Cowboys. He joined the G-Bag Nation on Friday to elaborate on his decision, which is hugely influenced by the Cowboys’ running back situation. Dallas parted ways with the NFL’s leading rusher from last season in DeMarco Murray, leaving a stable of four backs competing for carries next season. Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams are the current options in the Cowboys’ backfield…”"

Jerry Jones: Defensive line is now a strength by FOX Sports

"“After losing DeMarcus Ware, many expected the Dallas Cowboys to have one of the worst defensive lines in the NFL in 2014. Although they finished near the bottom of the league in sacks, their defensive line racked up constant quarterback pressures and hits. The sack statistic gets all the glory, but it’s the latter two that really disrupt an opposing passing game. Now, after adding Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory this offseason, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sees the defensive line as a strength. “When I look at what we got out of Tyrone Crawford last year on the interior, when I look at how Terrell McClain came along, when I look at the interior, then I actually think that with the personnel we’ve got competing with them and behind them, I think we got real good inside push or rush that exceeds last year,” Jones said, per ESPN.com…”"

Moore: The story behind Cowboys rookie Randy Gregory’s marijuana use, personality by David Moore, The Dallas Morning News

"“The agonizing wait until he hears his name, the way he handles the public flogging brought about by his actions, tells a lot about Randy Gregory. Randy and his parents return to their Chicago hotel after the first night of the NFL draft. Kenneth and Mary ache for their son. They think back to the moment nearly 16 years earlier when both caught a glimpse of Randy’s love for the sport. The idea of one team after another passing on their son the next night as the cameras capture his reaction to each painful slight is almost too much to take…”"

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