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Updates: Kneeland officially signs rookie contract

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1:30 p.m. — Most of the 2024 rookie class was officially on the books for the Dallas Cowboys following the conclusion of mandatory minicamp, with the exception of defensive end Marshawn Kneeland.

The rookie second-round pick resolved that on Tuesday, however, when he and the Cowboys agreed to terms, followed by Kneeland officially signing his deal.

Each of the eight draft picks are now signed in Dallas, and Kneeland will be allowed to take the field when the team kicks off training camp in Oxnard in late July.

The expectations are high for the Second-Team All-MAC talent out of Western Michigan, particularly with the change at defensive coordinator in 2024 to Mike Zimmer.


June 7 Updates

1:24 p.m. - The Cowboys won't be rushing Trevon Diggs, or any injured player for that matter, back on the field too soon.

But from the sound of things, head coach Mike McCarthy certainly likes what he sees from Diggs, who missed most of last year with a torn ACL injury he suffered in Week 3. That doesn't mean the Cowboys will speed up the process.

"We'll respect the timeline, but Trevon looks great," McCarthy said this week during the minicamp. "He's in a good spot. I just talked to him a little bit there Monday during the physicals. As far as when he gets back, let's be honest, we're going to be very cautious with those guys. We're not going to put them out there too soon. Better later than too fast."

And with all injuries from the previous year, the ultimate goal is to have them ready for Week 1. But if Diggs can work back into practice during training camp, that would be icing on the cake.

Diggs is one of four ACL injuries the Cowboys are rehabbing from last season. Rookies John Stephens, DeMarvion Overshown and David Durden all suffered injuries within one week back in August.


June 6 Updates

10:30 a.m — Trey Lance is making significant strides in his first offseason program with the Dallas Cowboys, the former third-overall pick having been acquired just ahead of the 2023 season by way of a trade with the San Francisco 49ers.

The 24-year-old comes off of a season that saw him relegated to learning under Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush but, effective immediately in this year's training camp, will be pitted directly against Rush for a chance to win the QB2 seat.

As it stands, head coach Mike McCarthy likes what he's seeing from Lance, and that should set the stage for an intriguing camp and preseason wherein Lance will see a lot of playing time.

"[He's] now starting to get the timing with the routes," said McCarthy. "…He's close to being a master of the system. He has a really high understanding. … He just needs as many reps as he can [get]."


June 5 Updates

2:30 p.m. — It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys have thrown major assets at the offensive line via the 2024 NFL Draft with the hopes of upgrading it for both now and later, and that includes using a first-round pick on Tyler Guyton and a third-round pick on Cooper Beebe.

Terence Steele will play a critical part in the success of the unit as well and, now being an entire season removed from a devastating torn ACL suffered in 2022, the starting right tackle feels great about both his potential for 2024, as well as that of the entire offensive line.

"As a unit, we're gelling really good," said Steele. "Everyone is killing it in the classroom and on the field, and we're really moving leaps and bounds over last year."

An upgraded O-line in Dallas will only help elevate an offense that was No. 1 in the league in the first year of Mike McCarthy as Cowboys' play caller, so Steele's comments are definitely a promising sign that it's on the right track back to where it should be.


9:30 p.m. — The Dallas Cowboys began their team minicamp on Tuesday, as each player on the roster was in attendance for the mandatory team workout aside from two players: CeeDee Lamb and Peyton Hendershot.

While Lamb's absence was expected as he awaits a new contract extension with the team, Hendershot's absence was credited to a minor medical procedure that he needed to have done. If Hendershot had been present, he still would have been working with the rehab group as he nurses an ankle injury. The procedure is not related to his ankle issue.

The team will hit the field again on Wednesday before wrapping up minicamp on Thursday.


June 4 Updates

2:30 p.m. — This offseason, the Dallas Cowboys went to work looking for a fix for their linebackers' depth chart in the form of former All-Pro veteran Eric Kendricks and rookie third-round pick Marist Liufau.

Damone Clark, a former fourth-round pick entering his third year in the league who is now the most tenured LB on the Cowboys' defense, recently had high praise for both Kendricks and Liufau — going into detail regarding what he's seen thus far from the rookie.

"He's a sponge," said Clark. "He asks a lot of questions. He goes out there and does everything 110 percent. He gives his all on every play and the sky's the limit for him. Marist is gonna be one of them ones."

That would be sensational news for Mike Zimmer and a Cowboys' defense that will depend heavily on the success of the linebackers, from Clark to Kendricks to Liufau to a returning DeMarvion Overshown; the latter on track to return for training camp from a torn ACL.


May 31 Updates

11:30 a.m. — During the media availability at OTAs on Thursday, second-year running back Deuce Vaughn was seen taking reps out of the slot at wide receiver, as Mike McCarthy looks to add some new wrinkles to his offense going into year two as the play-caller.

For Vaughn, it's been a learning opportunity as the Cowboys look for a way to maximize an offensive weapon that didn't see a lot of action in his rookie year.

"It was one of those things that we had kind of talked about at the end of the season last year," Vaughn said. "Talking with [offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer] just a little bit about getting with the slot…Just learning a little bit more about it. Because it's one of the things I did in college and love to do. Just adds another value."

Vaughn continued his running back work during the OTA sessions and has also been taking backup returner reps to KaVontae Turpin just as he did in 2023.


May 30 Updates

11:30 a.m. — During media availability at OTAs last week, Cowboys defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa was seen off to the side in street clothes as he nurses an offseason hip injury. When asked if there was any real concern for Odighizuwa on Thursday morning, head coach Mike McCarthy played down the impact.

"Just playing the long game," McCarthy said. "Osa is always going to train. He's here every day. There's no real difference there."

The team will participate in OTAs again on Thursday, the final voluntary team workout of the offseason before mandatory minicamp kicks off June 4-6.


May 29 Updates

5:30 p.m. — After the Cowboys traded up in the sixth-round of the 2023 draft to go grab Southern Miss cornerback Eric Scott Jr., the versatile defensive back saw his time as a rookie on the sideline. Despite being active for every game, he did not make an appearance in his first season in the league.

Going into year two and under a new defensive system, Scott says that he is ready for when his opportunity is called upon.

"I'm ready to be the next man up," Scott said. "My confidence is better. The first year, I was getting my feet wet, understanding the business and the game. I'm ready to go. I can show you better than I can tell you."


5:00 p.m. — After a medical scare in April that he said he is "thankful to be alive" after, former Cowboys practice squad center Billy Price announced his retirement from the NFL earlier this week.

"On April 24th I had emergency pulmonary embolism surgery to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of my lungs," Price said in a post on Instagram. "As a healthy 29 year old, an unprovoked pulmonary embolism with no further medical explanation is terrifying. I am truly thankful to be alive today. Unfortunately, I will be retiring from the NFL as the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners creates tremendous risk."

A first-round pick in the 2018 draft, Price spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals where he played in 36 games. He played 15 games for the Giants the next season and 11 games the following season with Arizona before bouncing around practice squads for the final two years of his career. Price signed with the Cowboys midway through the 2023 season and finished the season on the practice squad without appearing in a game.


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