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The Extra Points Blog is a running list of Cowboys quick hits, compiled by staff writers throughout the season. 

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys signed former University of Arkansas punter Sam Irwin-Hill on Wednesday. Read

Irwin-Hill, 26, punted in 25 career games in two college seasons (2013-14). As a junior he led the SEC with 20 punts inside the 20-yard line, and his 44.3 yards-per-punt average ranked third. Read

Irwin-Hill will provide depth at punter on the Cowboys’ 90-man roster this summer. Chris Jones set a career high with a 45.9-yard punt average last season and now has the all-time highest percentage of punts downed inside the 20-yard line (39.9 percent) in Cowboys history. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The NFL announced Friday that wide receiver Shaquelle Evans has received a four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Read

Evans will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster Monday, Oct. 2 following the Oct. 1 home game against the Los Angeles Rams. He’s eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, the league announced. Read

The Cowboys signed Evans to the practice squad in early January and then to the Reserve/Future list after the season. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is hosting his inaugural youth football camp in Fort Worth, Texas, July 15 and 16 from 9 a.m.–12:30 a.m. at Timber Creek High School. Read

Participants at the Ezekiel Elliott Football ProCamp presented by SunnyD “will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the All-Pro running back,” according to news release from ProCamps. Read

The two-day camp is open to boys and girls of all skill levels in grades 1-8. Each camper will get an Elliott autograph and a team photo with Elliott. Elliott will direct the event on-site along with a selection of prep and college coaches from the area, according to the release. Read

For registration and more information, visit Read

PHOENIX – The Cowboys have lost three starting defensive backs since the start of free agency: cornerback Brandon Carr (Baltimore Ravens), cornerback Morris Claiborne (New York Jets) and safety Barry Church (Jacksonville Jaguars). Read

Here’s what the departed DBs’ new teams had to say about their new players Tuesday at the AFC Head Coaches Breakfast from the NFL Annual Meeting: Read

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh on Carr: Read

“This guy can cover people. He gets up in press. He gets his hands on people and he covers people in critical situations. That’s what I liked the best. I think he’s smart. He does a solid job in run support, but he knows how to play all the coverages.” Read

Jets coach Todd Bowles on Claiborne: Read

“We like the player, we like the guy, we like the character, we like the talent, obviously. He has a chance to prove himself and play and if he comes back and plays healthy, we’ve got a good player. You root for the kid, but he has a history where some freak injuries happened where it hadn’t gone well. We’re giving him a chance, so we’ll see. Read

“He’s a good football player when he’s healthy and on the field. We think we’ve got a good one if he can stay healthy. That remains to be seen, but I know he can play.” Read

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone on Church: Read

“You talk about someone that’s been obviously, at least from my view, someone that was very vocal, someone that was a great teammate, somebody that was able to get back there and line people up, enthusiastic about the game. Just a good person, always doing the right thing. So, here’s guy that’s played a little bit, a veteran player that brings a lot more to the table than just his ability and what he can do on the field.” Read

FRISCO, Texas – Tight end Geoff Swaim underwent surgery this week for a foot fracture and could be sidelined until training camp. Read

The injury occurred during a personal workout without Cowboys coaches present. The team’s voluntary offseason program begins in mid-April, and training camp typically begins in mid-to-late August. Read

Swaim, a seventh-round pick in 2015, emerged as a reliable blocker and receiving option at tight end last season. He caught six passes for 69 yards in the first nine games before a pectoral injury landed him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Read

Swaim’s injury left Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar as the only healthy tight ends on the roster. The Cowboys had to adjust their on-the-line blocking in Swaim’s absence, often substituting reserve guard/center Joe Looney as an eligible receiver. Read

Tight end James Hanna will also be returning from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season. Rico Gathers, a sixth-round pick last season, was re-signed to the Reserve/Future list after the season. Escobar is a free agent. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Free agent defensive end Ryan Davis has agreed to sign with Buffalo, the Bills announced on Monday. Read Read

Signed to a one-year deal by the Cowboys after the 2016 season opener, Davis played 155 defensive snaps in nine games and recorded three tackles and six quarterback pressures. Read

Davis is the second Cowboys defensive end (Jack Crawford; Falcons) and sixth Cowboys free agent to join a new team since the new league year began last Thursday: Barry Church (Jaguars), J.J. Wilcox (Bucs), Ronald Leary (Broncos), Terrell McClain (Redskins). Read

The Cowboys signed former Giants third-round pick Damontre Moore for defensive end depth last Friday. They’ve also issued an exclusive rights free agent tender to defensive end David Irving. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys freed up more space under their salary cap on Tuesday, as they restructured the contract of linebacker Sean Lee. Read

Lee is the third restructure the team has done in the last month, along with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. The move frees up roughly $5 million in cap space, and it gives the Cowboys nearly $9 million to work with heading into the free agency period this month. Read

The Cowboys signed Lee to a six-year extension worth $42 million back in 2013. The contract was seen as a risky move at the time, given Lee’s injury history in the early going of his career. He tore his ACL in college, and a toe injury sidelined him for 10 games in 2012. He was also limited by injury in 2013, and he missed all of 2014 with another ACL tear. Read

In the time since, however, Lee has more than delivered on the deal. He played in 30 of 33 possible games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, racking up a whopping 273 tackles in that span. He was named a Pro Bowler in each of those campaigns, and in 2016 he was named first-team All-Pro as the Cowboys’ claimed the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Read

With less than $10 million in salary cap space, the Cowboys are still in the bottom tier of the league when it comes to spending money. But the additional funds should help them accomplish their goals in the coming weeks. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced last week that the Cowboys’ first preseason game will be the Aug. 3 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against the Arizona Cardinals. Read

No training camp schedule has been announced yet, but team executive vice president Stephen Jones said the current plan is for the team to hold camp in Oxnard, Calif. Read

“Yes, as it sits right here,” Jones said. “There’s some things we’ve just got to be sensitive to with another team moving into L.A., but right now I think the plan is to be there.” Read

Typically teams start camp around two weeks before their first preseason game. Asked if the Cowboys would hold part of camp at their new world headquarters, The Star in Frisco, Jones said, “It’s not totally decided yet but I see us probably more than likely coming back after the second preseason game, the first one out there. We’ll probably play one out on the West Coast (after the Hall of Fame Game) and then head back this way.” Read

The preseason opener will be the Cowboys’ sixth all-time appearance in the Hall of Fame Game and their third since 2010. The extra preseason game is good experience for young players, Jones said. Read

“I still think our young players need more reps when it’s all said and done,” he said. “There’s a fine line between preparing your guys who you’re pretty sure are going to be a part of the team and that next deal is how to you develop some young guys that may come along fast enough, not unlike this year, but come along fast enough to be able to contribute and be a big part of our football team for ‘17.” Read

FRISCO, Texas – The NFL has announced compensatory picks for the 2017 NFL Draft, and the Cowboys were not awarded any this year after tying for the league lead last year with four – one of them, of course, used to select quarterback Dak Prescott (135th overall). Read

The NFL adds compensatory picks to the end of rounds three through seven. The league assigns picks to teams through a formula weighting the number of players a team lost via free agency versus the number of free agents it signed. Factors are salary, playing time and postseason honors. Read

Last year, the Cowboys signed four free agents (guard/center Joe Looney, defensive end Benson Mayowa, running back Alfred Morris, defensive end Cedric Thornton) and lost three players to free agency (guard Mackenzy Bernadeau, quarterback Matt Cassel, running back Robert Turbin). Read

This year, the Bengals, Browns, Broncos and Chiefs tied for the most 2017 compensatory picks (four). Read

The NFL announced the full 2017 Draft order. Here are the Cowboys' seven selections (they include an extra seventh-rounder and no fifth-rounder as part of the 2015 Matt Cassel trade): Read

No. 28 (first round) Read

No. 60 (second round) Read

No. 92 (third round) Read

No. 133 (fourth round) Read

No. 211 (sixth round) Read

No. 228 (seventh round) Read

No. 246 (seventh round) Read

FRISCO, Texas – To create salary cap room ahead of the 2017 league year, the Cowboys have restructured the contracts of All-Pro offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. Read

In recent years the Cowboys have restructured contracts of franchise cornerstones to create cap space by converting a portion of a player’s scheduled base salary into signing bonus money. Doing such with the Smith and Frederick deals will reportedly create about $17 million in cap space this year. Read

The 2017 league year begins March 9, signaling the start to free agency and trading period. The NFL has not announced a salary cap figure for 2017 yet, but the Cowboys’ restructures will help create space for upcoming free agent decisions – they have 20 free agents to be – and signing their eventual 2017 draft class. Read

Smith and Frederick are signed through 2023. Both made the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro in 2016 along with fellow offensive line starter Zack Martin. Read