Dallas Cowboys Morning Links: Rookie Has Surgery, A.J. Jenkins Signing


In this Wednesday edition of Morning Links, the Dallas Cowboys will be without one of their drafted rookies for most of the offseason due to a broken finger. Plus, the Cowboys add another former first round bust to their roster. All that and much, much more as we dive into the best Cowboys news from around the web for this morning.

Cowboys add wide receiver A.J. Jenkins as OTAs begin by David Moore

“Most people focused on the running backs the Cowboys invited to drop by Valley Ranch last week to work out. So naturally, the team signed a wide receiver. A.J. Jenkins, who three short years ago was a first round pick of the San Francisco 49ers, has signed with the club, a source said. The Cowboys start organized team activities today. Jenkins played in only three games as a rookie for the 49ers and made no statistical mark. He was traded to Kansas City where he caught 17 passes for 223 yards and no touchdowns over the past two seasons…”

Scouting Report: New WR A.J. Jenkins Has Good Tape Despite Struggles by Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com

“Nice quickness off the line when he had the opportunity to run those types of routes where he was going down the field. Was mainly used as a screen and slant route runner. Coaches did their best to try and get the ball into his hands quickly and let him create on his own. Jenkins did an outstanding job shaking loose of tacklers in the Chargers game and nearly taking a screen to the house – but he stepped out of bounds. He shows some initial quickness with the burst. From what I observed, he only had one opportunity where he…”

Laurence Gibson out with broken finger by Todd Archer, ESPNDallas.com

“Dallas Cowboys rookie tackle Laurence Gibson might have to wait until training camp to make a first impression. Gibson had surgery to repair a broken left finger after the rookie minicamp and is expected to miss the three weeks of organized team activities and the June 16-18 minicamp. He was one of the Cowboys’ three seventh-round picks. He started 13 games at left tackle his senior year at Virginia Tech…”

Greg Hardy’s appeal will be heard Thursday morning by Darin Gantt, Pro Football Talk

“We’re still waiting to see when Tom Brady has his day in football court, but Greg Hardy’s is now on the docket. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the Cowboys defensive end’s appeal of his 10-game suspension will be held Thursday morning in Washington D.C. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had previously passed off the Hardy appeal to Harold Henderson. Henderson was the one who upheld Goodell’s Adrian Peterson ruling…”

Ray McDonald’s release shines light on owners’ responsibilities by Judy Battista, NFL.com

“Maybe, in the wake of Ray McDonald‘s arrest and subsequent release by the Chicago Bears on Monday, it’s time for NFL decision makers to grapple with a bigger question: When do the second chances run out? Not the second chances for players who, say, fail drug tests, but second chances for franchises. Aren’t there some behaviors that are so beyond the pale that football decision makers have to swallow their measurements and metrics and decide that a player’s football skills simply don’t outweigh the risks…”

The Silver Lining To Dez Missing Voluntary Offseason Workouts, OTAs by Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.com

“As long as Dez Bryant continues to miss the Cowboys’ voluntary offseason workouts without a signed franchise tag tender or a new long-term contract, there’s this silver lining recently offered up by offensive coordinator Scott Linehan: Additional reps are available for third-year receiver Terrance Williams and Devin Street, the team’s fifth-round pick last year who worked with the first-team offense during Tuesday’s first organized team activities (OTAs) session…”

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