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Feb. 28 Updates

1:23 p.m. - On Monday, the NFL announced five "home teams" for the international games to be played in 2022, including three games in London. The NFL is also playing games in Mexico and Germany this year.

While the actual matchups have not been determined just yet, the Cowboys would at least have the opportunity to be included for two of the London games. The NFL released Monday that Green Bay, New Orleans and Jacksonville will play at London. The Cowboys are scheduled to play road games in Green Bay and Jacksonville.

The Cowboys have not played at Jacksonville since 2006because they actually played the Jaguars in London in 2014. It's hard to think the NFL would skip the Cowboys' trip to Jacksonville for a second time but also unlikely they would pass on the chance to send Mike McCarthy back to Green Bay for the first time.

Either way, London is the only option for the Cowboys to go overseas. The league announced Arizona will play in Mexico and the Bucs are headed to Germany. The Cowboys do play Tampa Bay but at home.


Feb. 21 Updates

11:12 a.m. – The Vikings are expected to hire Cowboys assistant special teams coordinator Matt Daniels as new special teams coordinator, according to NFL Media and reports.

Daniels has worked alongside Cowboys special teams coordinator John Fassel in Dallas for the past two seasons, and before that, on the Rams' staff from 2018-19.

The Vikings are building a new staff after hiring former Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell as their new head coach.


Feb. 11 Updates

2:13 p.m. - The NFL always has been and always will be a "copycat" league. What works well for one team will at least be attempted by a few others.

The Cowboys saw their season end to the 49ers, who have one of the more versatile players we've seen in a while in Deebo Samuel, who is listed as a receiver but led the NFL in rushing by WRs with 365 yards and had 135 more in just three playoff games. Samuel hurt the Cowboys with his ability to run, ripping off a 26-yard back-breaking touchdown.

This week at the Super Bowl festivities, CeeDee Lamb was not only asked about playing that role, but said he discussed the "Wide Back" position with Samuel last week at the Pro Bowl.

"Yes, most definitely, Lamb said on a SI podcast at Radio Row. "It's funny that you said "wide back" and we were at the Pro Bowl and I said (to Samuel), 'what position do you call yourself?' He said 'I'm a wide back.' Just his ability to catch the ball, run after catch, and run the ball ... he's phenomenal with the ball in his hands. So, get your playmakers the ball."

Lamb had a few carries from the RB spot this year. Overall, he had nine carries for 76 yards (8.4 avg) to go along with his 79 catches for 1,102 yards and six TD receptions.


Feb. 9 Updates

1:06 p.m. – The NFL Scouting Combine is headed back to Indianapolis on March 1, and the league has announced 324 college prospects who received invites.

The full list can be found here.

Not surprisingly, national champion Georgia leads all programs with 14 invites, followed by national runner-up Alabama (11) and Oklahoma (11).

Last year's combine structure was drastically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and did not feature in-person workouts or interviews.

The Cowboys have the 24th overall pick in April's NFL Draft.


Feb. 6 Updates

5:44 p.m. -- Is offensive coordinator Kellen Moore one step closer to returning to the Cowboys for 2022? Looks that way.

Moore reportedly had an impressive interview for the Dolphins' head coaching job Saturday, but Miami has announced they plan to hire 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, who was also a finalist.

Unless Moore draws interest for one of the NFL's last two head coach openings -- Saints and/or Texans -- it's looking increasingly likely that he'll be back as the Cowboys' play-caller next season.

That's what the Cowboys hope.

"I think the world of Kellen and that's why we want him back," Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said earlier this week. "I'm not rooting against him to further his career. Hopefully it works out selfishly that we can keep him."


Feb. 4 Updates

2:01 p.m. – The Cowboys are adding some kicker depth heading into the offseason, signing former SMU and Texas kicker Chris Naggar to the Reserve/Future list.

An Arlington, Texas native, Naggar kicked for the Longhorns in 2019 and transferred to SMU in 2020, where he led the American Athletic Conference in field goal percentage (81%) and was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's best kicker.

Naggar spent most of the 2021 season on the Browns' practice squad but did kick in one game, making one field goal attempt from 37 yards.

Now with the Cowboys, he'll look to provide an extra leg and some competition for veteran kicker Greg Zuerlein. Naggar also did some punting at Texas, so that versatility is helpful for training camp and preseason.


1:19 p.m. – Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore's second interview for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy is set for Saturday, according to NFL Media and reports.

Moore is believed to be a finalist along with 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel, who's expected to interview with the Dolphins on Friday.

The Cowboys signed Moore to a contract extension at the end of the 2020 season, and the offense ranked first in total yards and points in 2021. The club would like to keep him on Mike McCarthy's staff if possible.

"I think the world of Kellen and that's why we want him back," Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said at this week's Senior Bowl. "I'm not rooting against him to further his career. Hopefully it works out selfishly that we can keep him."


Feb. 3 Updates

8:23 p.m. – So a running back, wide receiver, cornerback and linebacker all line up to race. By most accounts, it wouldn't be easy to pick the winner, but most people would bet on the linebacker coming in last out of that group. 

And that's probably a good pick if the linebacker isn't Micah Parsons.

The Cowboys rookie won the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on Thursday in a 40-yard dash, beating Tyreek Hill, Nick Chubb and teammate Trevon Diggs. 

Now Hill, who dubs himself the "Cheetah" and is widely considered the NFL's fastest player, clearly wasn't running full speed. He finished last in the event but Parsons did legitimately beat out Chubb and Diggs. 

On this day, the "lion" was faster than the cheetah, and all other animals in the jungle as well. 


7:49 p.m. – Just like Parsons squashed the notion that linebackers aren't supposed to have elite speed, Diggs proved that some cornerbacks actually do have great hands. 

That should've been known this year when Diggs led the NFL with 11 interceptions, tying a franchise record for the Cowboys that has lasted 40 years.

This week, Diggs won the "Best Catch" competition, showing off not only hands, but acrobatic skills. Diggs had a front-flip catch to win the competition, beating out his brother Stefon Diggs, along with Tyreek Hill and Justin Jefferson. 

Diggs and Parsons will both play in their first Pro Bowl on Sunday in Las Vegas. 


Feb. 2 Updates

2:53 p.m. – As expected, wide receiver Michael Gallup is set for surgery to repair the ACL tear he suffered in Week 17 against the Cardinals. The procedure is reportedly expected to take place next week.

Gallup appeared in nine games and posted 35 catches for 445 yards and two touchdowns this season. He tore the ACL in his left knee on his second TD of the season in the Cowboys' Jan. 2 loss to the Cardinals.

Prior to the knee injury, he spent seven games on injured reserve with a calf injury.

Gallup is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, having completed his four-year rookie contract.


Feb. 1 Updates

4:13 p.m. - In his final season at Penn State, Micah Parsons took home plenty of accolades, but the Butkus Award wasn't one of them. Parsons was not voted as the best LB in college football for 2019, but he claimed the award as the top NFL linebacker on Tuesday.

Named after Dick Butkus, arguably one of the greatest linebackers to ever play, the award is given annual to top linebackers at all levels. Parsons becomes the first linebacker to win the award for the Cowboys since DeMarcus Ware in 2011.

Parsons was given the trophy in Las Vegas at the Pro Bowl. It's just another award the rookie has racked up this year, along with first-team All-Pro honors and numerous Rookie of the Year awards. Parsons is expected to be a lock to win the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award next week and could even get a few votes for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, an award that hasn't gone to a rookie since Lawrence Taylor in 1981.


1:28 p.m. – The Cowboys might have added a player to the Pro Bowl on Monday morning, but since then one player has declined an invite and two more of backed out of the game. 

The latest to pull himself out of the Pro Bowl is guard Zack Martin. He has been replaced by 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson. 

Martin joined Tyron Smith – two players voted in for the Pro Bowl – to pass on the event this year. Also on Monday, quarterback Dak Prescott had the chance to go as an alternate after Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers backed out of the game, but opted to sit out as well. They were eventually replaced by Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson. 
The players still expected to play this week in the Pro Bowl are Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, Bryan Anger and CeeDee Lamb, who was added on Monday. 


Jan. 31 Updates

3:27 p.m. – While the Cowboys don't disclose alternates for the Pro Bowl each year, quarterback Dak Prescott was in line to replace Tampa Bay's Tom Brady or Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers on the NFC roster but has decided not to play in Sunday's all-star game, according to multiple reports.

Seattle's Russell Wilson and Minnesota's Kirk Cousins took the spots vacated by Brady and Rodgers, who pulled out of the game due to injury.

Prescott reportedly is opting for rest over the Pro Bowl after getting through the 2021 season healthy. It was Prescott's first year back from the serious ankle injury in 2020 that sidelined him all but five games that season.


3:26 p.m. -- Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle D.J. Humphries has been named to the NFC Pro Bowl roster as an alternate replacement for Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith, the Cardinals announced Monday.

Smith made his eighth career Pro Bowl but opted not to play in Sunday's game. He missed five games because of an ankle injury during the 2021 season.


Jan. 28 Updates

5:11 p.m. - The Cowboys already have five players headed to the Pro Bowl, but with a 12-win season, it was highly expected they would have several alternates.

One of them who will likely end up in Las Vegas is WR CeeDee Lamb. With his first 1,000-yard season, Lamb is expected to be named an alternate this weekend following the NFC Championship Game. Both Deebo Samuel (49ers) and Cooper Kupp (Rams) were selected to the Pro Bowl and one of them will obviously sit out in preparation for the Super Bowl.

Lamb led the Cowboys in catches (79), receiving yards (1,102) and average per catch (13.9 yds).

If added, Lamb would join Micah Parsons, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, Trevon Diggs and Bryan Anger.


10:34 a.m. – Kellen Moore has interviewed for multiple head coaching vacancies around the league over the past two weeks, but Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones is optimistic Moore will return as offensive coordinator next season.

"I believe he'll be back next year," Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan, adding that he wants Moore to continue as OC on head coach Mike McCarthy's staff.

The Dolphins reportedly have interest in interviewing Moore a second time. Moore has also interviewed once with the Jaguars, Broncos and Vikings.


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