Swing trade? Turpin’s time in the spotlight, backup QB battle

Saturday’s 32-18 preseason win in Los Angeles gave Cowboys fans something to cheer about as the team heads back to Dallas for the end of training camp. KaVontae Turpin is still the man of the hour and is making the most of his moment in the spotlight. He offered a heartfelt dedication after his two-touchdown performance, showed impressive official speed down the field and reminded us that he saw this coming all along.

Elsewhere, complete Cowboys Wire coverage of what the win means, plus an updated prediction for who will make the final roster. We also look at how an abundance of D-linemen could help solve the O-line depth problem, an undrafted free agent continues to push for a job and the backup quarterback battle heats up down the stretch. Dak Prescott lands on the NFL’s Top 100 list and plays Santa Claus four months early for the Cowboys coaches and secondary staff. All this and more, coming immediately to News and Notes.

Cowboys’ KaVontae Turpin pays tribute to fallen TCU teammate after electric performance :: Dallas Morning News


In his postgame comments following a pair of brilliant returns, Turpin dedicated the moment to Jeff Gladney, TCU teammate and 2020 first-round pick of the Vikings. Gladney and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident in May. “He’s looking down on me,” Turpin told reporters. “I’m just grateful for that moment.” The USFL MVP says he’ll give the footballs he carried into the end zone to his mother.

Cowboys-Chargers postgame coverage :: Cowboys Wire

The game lasted into the wee hours of the morning for those watching in Dallas and Point East, but there was still plenty to digest on the day after the Cowboys’ first preseason road win in a decade.

Turpin officially turned on the jets on TD’s two special teams :: Michael Gehlken (Twitter)

Turpin called his shot on social media in January :: KaVontae Turpin (Twitter)

A handful of surprises on the final projected 53-man roster for the Cowboys :: Cowboys Wire


KaVontae Turpin may have secured his spot on the team, but other Cowboys players are still fighting for a roster spot. Cowboys Wire projects that Cooper Rush continues to work at QB2 and receiver Dennis Houston gets more looks until Michael Gallup returns. Defensively, Carlos Watkins may be looking on the outside, Israel Mukuamu likely lands on the practice squad… and Dallas may stick with the kicker they know in Brett Maher.

Notes: Mukuamu’s INT; Jabrill Cox is back. more :: The Mothership


Among the game notes, the LSU linebacker is returning to action after tearing his ACL last year. Cox saw plenty of time on the field against the Chargers on Saturday, recording three tackles and flashing strong coverage ability. He is expected to be part of a strong position corps with Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch and Anthony Barr.

Will Grier Gives ‘Raw Performance’ Against Bolts :: The Mothership


Grier saw his first game action as a Cowboy and finished with a stat line of six completions on 10 attempts for 98 passing yards, no interceptions, a 92.9 passer rating and nine rushing yards. He says he’s overcome the groin injury that kept him out last week and is ready to give Cooper Rush a real run for his backup quarterback money.

Markquese Bell leads Dallas Cowboys in tackles against Chargers :: HBCU Gameday


The undrafted free agent out of Florida A&M continues to make his case. The safety led the Cowboys Saturday night in tackles and recorded five of his own.

Cowboys in perfect position to trade a swing tackle :: Blogging the Boys


The Cowboys have assembled a solid defensive line rotation. So solid, in fact, that it could help them strengthen the other side of the ball. Tarell Basham, Carlos Watkins, Dante Fowler, Chauncey Golston and Trysten Hill have shown enough that any of them could potentially be used as trade capital in exchange for a better swing option than Josh Ball.

‘Top 100 Players of 2022’: Dak Prescott | No. 44 :: NFL.com


The Cowboys quarterback was voted the league’s No. 44 player by his peers. Even opposing defenders have been quick to put him ‘in that top tier’ of passers, thanks to his toughness, composure under fire in any game situation and deadly accurate ball placement.

Dak Prescott gives Dallas Cowboys staff early Christmas gift: Jordan 1s :: Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Calling it an early Christmas present, the Cowboys quarterback gifted all the coaches and sideline staff with the new Air Jordan 1 Low Mystic Navy. “They said they wanted some better shoes this year,” Prescott said. “I heard a little digression and I got it.” Prescott signed a five-year contract with Jordan Brand last June.

Mike McCarthy praised former Badgers TE Jake Ferguson :: Badgers Wire


The fourth-round draft pick continues to impress the Dallas coaching staff. It looks like the Wisconsin tight end will survive the next round of roster cuts thanks mostly to his toughness. “He’s a mess,” McCarthy said of Ferguson this week. “It’s on the edge. It’s chips. The young man can play.”



The story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire

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