In this Saturday edition of Morning Links, a Dallas Cowboys rookie pass rusher impresses a veteran offensive lineman. Plus, we get an update of the knee rehabilitation of cornerback Morris Claiborne. All that and much, much more as we dive into the best Cowboys news from around the web for this morning.
Cowboys rookie Randy Gregory impresses Tyron Smith early by Todd Archer, ESPNDallas.com
"“Randy Gregory could not make it through his first rookie minicamp practice a couple of weeks ago because of a case of dehydration. The Dallas Cowboys’ second-round pick made a much better impression during Wednesday’s organized team activities in his work against All-Pro offensive tackle Tyron Smith. Gregory used the hint of his speed to get Smith to believe he was going to the tackle’s left, only to dip underneath to get a pressure on quarterback Tony Romo. Gregory, who had 17.5 sacks in two seasons at Nebraska, could not hide his smile when asked about going against Smith after practice…”"
Cowboys excited to have ‘ball of energy’ Sean Lee back on the practice fields by Jon Machota, The Dallas Morning News
"“A year after suffering a season-ending knee injury during organized team activities, Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee was back on the Valley Ranch practice fields this week. The defensive captain tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a team drill a year ago. This time around, the coaching staff is keeping one of their most valuable defenders limited to only individual drills during the non-padded practices. Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus said they are pacing Lee, increasing his reps by the day…”"
Mo Making Progress In Knee Rehab; Teammate Understands The Challenges by Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.com
"“Running back Ryan Williams knows exactly the challenges Cowboys teammate Mo Claiborne has faced these last eight months.Williams tore the patellar tendon in his right knee in 2011 preseason with the Arizona Cardinals and missed his entire rookie season. He fully recovered from the devastating injury, generally considered more serious than an ACL tear, but admits it took him close to three years before he felt completely back to normal.This offseason Claiborne is working back from the same season-ending injury as Williams…”"
Frederick: Cowboys ‘not close’ to best O-line ever by Chris Wesseling, NFL.com
"“The Cowboys might have come across as drunk on their own hype when freshly signed rookie La’el Collins declared this year’s Dallas offensive line the “best in NFL history.” Whether it was aimed at Collins or not, Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick delivered a stern message and a refreshing sense of historical perspective in a Thursday radio appearance with KRLD-FM in Dallas. “Anybody that’s making that assumption should study more about who the greatest offensive line is and what that’s like,” Frederick said, via The Dallas Morning News. “We’re not there yet. … We’re never gonna be as good as we wanna be. We’re not even close…”"
Stars missing from Dallas Cowboys workout by Schuyler Dixon, USA Today Sports
"“The Cowboys figured they would be without receiver Dez Bryant most of the offseason because of the star receiver’s contract situation. Now Dallas is adding linebacker Rolando McClain to the missing list for spring workouts after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Throw in defensive end Greg Hardy skipping Thursday’s practice to attend the appeal of his 10-game suspension over a domestic violence case, and the story for the Cowboys at the moment is as much about who isn’t on the field as who is. And that’s with linebacker Sean Lee…”"