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Cowboys activate Jon’Vea Johnson, Saivion Smith, cut Kendrick Rodgers

The Cowboys activated receiver Jon'Vea Johnson and cornerback Saivion Smith from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the team announced Sunday. Johnson and Smith are the Cowboys’ only players to spend time on the COVID-19 list thus far, though fullback Jamize Olawale, cornerback Maurice Canady and rookie receiver Stephen Guidry opted out of the 2020 season. Johnson was [more]

Mike McCarthy: I’m the one who has the most to learn in Cowboys’ offense

New Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy says he has more work to do in learning the offense the team already runs than the team has to learn the offense McCarthy prefers. Although McCarthy will obviously make some changes to the Cowboys’ offense, he has retained offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and said his top priority is [more]

Mike McCarthy: Cowboys will discuss national anthem stance

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones annually holds a state of the franchise press conference to open training camp. Not this year. That’s just one of many things COVID-19 has affected. Jones has not talked to the media since the draft in late April, leaving new coach Mike McCarthy to answer questions about the team’s national anthem [more]

Mike McCarthy: Dak Prescott “very upbeat, very driven”

Dak Prescott didn’t get the long-term contract he coveted this offseason. He will get it at some point, whether it’s in Dallas or elsewhere. Prescott has not indicated disappointment. Maybe it’s because the franchise tender of $31.4 million will pay Prescott almost $28 million more than the quarterback made in his first four seasons combined. [more]

Adrian Peterson wants a Super Bowl and Emmitt Smith’s rushing record

Adrian Peterson is 35 years old, ancient for a running back, but he thinks he’s a long way from done. Heading into his 14th NFL season and his third in Washington, Peterson says he still has more he wants to accomplish, starting with winning a Super Bowl. “Winning a championship is the one I want [more]

NFL preseason should have started tonight

It’s quiet in Canton, Ohio, tonight. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. The Cowboys and Steelers were supposed to kickoff the preseason Thursday in the Hall of Fame Game, the first event in Enshrinement Weekend. While it saves us from watching a glorified scrimmage, the Hall of Fame Game also always signals the beginning [more]

Franchise-tagged players have no real guarantee that they’ll get their guaranteed money

In most years, franchise-tagged players have fully-guaranteed salaries. This year, the guarantee goes only as far as the season does. The NFL and NFL Players Association has resolved the delicate balance regarding pay-as-you-play and fully-guaranteed salary by, for players with multi-year contracts, bumping the guaranteed payments into future years, if the season is cancelled after [more]

Leighton Vander Esch insists his neck injury is “behind” him

Michael Irvin’s career ended because of spinal stenosis. Leighton Vander Esch has not talked to the Hall of Fame receiver, but the Cowboys linebacker is confident his neck injury stemming from spinal stenosis won’t be an issue in the future. “I don’t worry about my neck. That is behind me,” Vander Esch said on a [more]

Austin Hooper: I’m not like Jason Witten, where it’s me vs. other TEs

The Browns made Austin Hooper the highest-paid tight end in the NFL during free agency and drafted Harrison Bryant in the fourth round. It prompted former first-rounder David Njoku, uncertain of his role, to request a trade. Njoku since has declared he’s “all Cleveland,” and the Browns have big plans for multiple tight ends. Hooper, [more]

Randy Gregory frustrated by lack of reinstatement answer from NFL

Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory continues anxiously to await word from the NFL on his reinstatement application. Gregory said on social media Wednesday he is doing everything asked to return to the field. The NFL wants a testing record and hasn’t tested him for six months because of COVID-19, a source tells PFT. “I really [more]

Amari Cooper pumped about addition of CeeDee Lamb

Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper got his big money in March, and now he’s expecting to put up big numbers. Specifically, he’s looking forward to the addition of first-round pick CeeDee Lamb, in hopes that the rookie can join him and Michael Gallup, who each topped 1,100 receiving yards last year. “I think it was [more]

New XFL owners “love” having eight teams, and eventually having more than eight

The re-resurrected XFL will move forward under the management of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, his ex-wife and current business manager Dany Garcia, and RedBird Capital. Garcia spoke to Daniel Kaplan of regarding the vision for XFL 3.0, if/when the bankruptcy court approves the transaction. For starters, Garcia suggested that the XFL will have eight [more]

Cowboys fullback Jamize Olawale opts out

Ezekiel Elliott‘s going to need a new lead blocker this year. The Cowboys announced that fullback Jamize Olawale has opted out of the 2020 season. He’s been their starting fullback the last two years, and a key special teams player. He’s now the third Cowboys player to opt out this year, along with cornerback Maurice [more]

Cowboys release Kai Forbath

Kai Forbath closed out last season as the Cowboys kicker, but he won’t have that job in 2020. The Cowboys announced that Forbath has been released on Saturday. That clears the way for Greg Zuerlein to take over the job after he signed a three-year, $7.5 million deal with the team as a free agent [more]

Who are the offensive rookie of the year candidates for 2020?

With Chiefs running back Damien Williams opting out for 2020, Chiefs rookie first-rounder Clyde Edwards-Helaire will have plenty more opportunities to generate the kind of numbers that will help him win offensive rookie of the year votes. Which sparked a recent PFT Live draft: Who are the candidates for offensive rookie of the year? Our [more]

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