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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 – NFL Network will air 16 live preseason games this August – and two feature the Cowboys. Read

Monday, the NFL announced that the network will carry the Cowboys’ Aug. 12 game at the L.A. Rams and their Aug. 19 matchup with the Colts at AT&T Stadium. Read

NFL Network will show every one of the league’s 65 preseason games, including the 16 live games. Read

The Cowboys play the first of their five preseason games Thursday, Aug. 3 against the Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game from Canton, Ohio. Read

They’ll play the Rams the following week. Last year, the preseason trip to the L.A. Coliseum was quarterback Dak Prescott’s NFL debut – and the 2016 fourth-round pick delivered a near-perfect stat line: 10-of-12 for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns (154.5 passer rating). Read

To view the Cowboys’ entire preseason and regular-season schedule, click here. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys signed waived wide receiver Quincy McDuffie on Friday and signed center Ross Burbank. Read

Undrafted out of Virginia in 2016, Burbank went to training camp with the Oakland Raiders before getting released at the end of August. He signed to the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad late last season. Read

The Cowboys had signed McDuffie to the Reserve/Future list in January after the 26-year-old spent three seasons as a receiver/kick returner in the Canadian Football League. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys filled an open spot on their 90-man roster by signing offensive lineman Ruben Carter. Read

Carter played three years of college football at Florida State before transferring to Toledo, where he started 12 games at center. Read

Undrafted in 2016, he went to training camp with the Miami Dolphins. The CFL’s Calgary Stampede signed him to its practice roster in October. Read

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 ZekeCamp.com. 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

https://twitter.com/buffalobills/status/841289280265826305 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