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Cowboys’ Jaylon Smith Looking Faster, Improved in Training Camp

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Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Jaylon Smith is still trying to get back to 100% after a devastating knee injury in college that would raise a number of questions about if he could ever return to playing football again.

Smith has looked faster, improved, and has been one of the more consistent defensive performers during Cowboys’ training camp, and his coaches have taken notices.

“It’s fast,” Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I mean, you can see it. His movement and everything is good, but you can see he knows what he’s doing and that really quickens you up. He’s done a great job of studying and all those things, so that is helping him look faster, and he’s getting healthier and healthier every day.”

The regeneration of the peroneal nerve has allowed Smith to play without a brace that he had to play with all last season.

“He seems more natural, more instinctive, changing direction,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “You have to be spontaneous when you play. You set things up and you have different responsibilities, but ultimately once the play starts, you don’t really know what’s going to happen, and the best players are able to seamlessly go from one direction to another direction and do what they need to do to make a play. We saw a lot of that in college and I think we’re seeing more and more of that now, once he’s taken that brace off.”

Marinelli has gleamed about Smith’s natural ability to get to the quarterback.

“I love it,” Smith stated. “It’s what I do. I’m very good at having that gift and we’re getting a chance to use it this year.”

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Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott Says I’ts ‘Absolutely Mandatory’ to beat Redskins

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Following their blowout victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott considers their upcoming tilt against the Washington Redskins as a crucial game, saying a win over their division rivals is “absolutely mandatory”.

“We need to. I think it’s absolutely mandatory that we do,”Elliott said, according to the Star-Telegram. “That’s our focus this week is going into this game, having great communication and starting fast, putting points on the board.”

Elliott knows that stringing together back-to-back wins is important especially after their big win over Jacksonville.

“It was a game we needed,” Elliott said.

“I’ve said it before – if we don’t build on it, everything we did last week really means nothing.”

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Cowboys Sign Darian Thompson

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The Dallas Cowboys are signing veteran free agent safety Darian Thompson off of the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad, according to NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo.

Thompson, a former third round pick of the New York Giants back in 2016, started in all 16 games for the Giants in 2017 but was hampered by a nagging hamstring injury over the summer, leading the team’s decision to cut him during final roster trim downs.

 

 

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Cowboys Sign C.J. Goodwin

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The Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran cornerback C.J. Goodwin off the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Goodwin, 28 spent the offseason with the Cincinnati Bengals but failed to make the final roster during cut downs ahead of the start of the regular season. Goodwin projects to serve as the Cowboys’ fifth corner.

 

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