Strength in the numbers: Dan Quinn says’ a lot of confidence ‘builds on the Cowboys’ defensive success – Michael Gehlken, DMN
Dan Quinn doesn’t mind playing with a lot of people on meaningful defensive plays, which shows that Dallas has depth this year.
The number stayed at 29 for the first three games.
Last Sunday, Cowboys rookie defensive tackle Austin Faoliu played 10 defensive plays against him. Carolina Panthers, pushing the figure to a clean 30. Thirty different players have made at least one defensive play for the Cowboys in their first four games.
Safety Darian Thompson, out from a Week 1 hamstring injury, sits on a snap. Cornerbacks Trevon Diggs and Anthony Brown share the team lead at 175.
“I think it’s very important because it takes a lot of confidence,” defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said.
The Cowboys have taken a group-focused defensive approach. Quality contribution from the top and bottom of the list, including a promising rookie class, has been a point of pride entering Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
“I hope the players feel how much we believe in them,” Quinn said. “There is a lot to gain when you play with so many players so early. I can’t remember a time this early in the season when we played against so many players so early, and I’m absolutely excited about that because there is more to come.
Stephen Jones on Cowboys defensive depth: ‘You can’t have enough good football players’ – Staff, DMN
If Dan Quinn plays all those guys, someone must have been out looking for them. The Cowboys main office is responsible.
When was the last time you felt so good about the Cowboys defense?
Stephen Jones: “I think when [Mike Zimmer] we had the number one defense in the league. And of course Bill [Parcells] was our head coach there with Sean [Payton] and we thought we really had some well balanced teams during that race. I really felt like we had a team that could win. We were obviously young with Tony [Romo] at the quarterback and he was getting going. It reminds me of some of those great defenses we had when Mike Zimmer was our defensive coordinator. “
Will it be difficult for players like Neville Gallimore and Donovan Wilson to step in given their replacements are doing so well?
Jones: “You cannot have enough good soccer players today. It’s a long season and all of those things tend to resolve themselves. We certainly feel good about our list now. We have some good players who are going to join us as the season progresses. But unfortunately in our game, and it’s going to be 32, you’re going to have injuries along the way. And it’s great to know that we have some depth, not just in ’53, but in some of our reserve list, but in different lists that will come back and join us. Those things always work out. “
‘I saw pain on his face.’ Brother of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott on ankle injury – Clarence Hill, Star Telegram
Everyone is talking about Dak Prescott’s injury last year given this week’s opponent and the week of the season. But Prescott is done talking about it.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott does not want to participate in this conversation. He has no interest in reliving the memory that ran through his head for months. But it is a moment in time that he, his peers, and others close to him will never forget.
Not just because of what happened, but because of how he endured it and how he got through it to get to a point where he is better now than before. After two surgeries and countless hours of rehab, Prescott has picked up where he left off. Sunday’s game against the New York Giants is 364 days from the date of the ankle injury. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, the Week 5 opponent and the game location is as it was a year ago.
For the team, perhaps the biggest difference is that the Prescott Cowboys are 3-1 and sit atop the NFC East with an offense averaging 31.5 points per game and a ball-hunting defense that’s ready to go. host the Giants 1-3. back to AT&T Stadium. But Sunday will be much more than the game. It’s a milestone and one that at least one person has already finished addressing.
The Cowboys legend speaks, the Giants realize.
Through SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano, Cowboys Hall of Famer and Fox principal analyst Troy Aikman said Tuesday that the Giants “they are not in dallas class. “The Giants are aware of your observation.
“It’s all over the place,” an anonymous player told Vacchiano.
Coach Joe Judge laughed at the possibility that Aikman’s comment gave the players “bulletin board” material.
“We don’t even have a bulletin board there, to be honest with you,” Judge said, via Vacchiano. “Everything is screens and magnets and stuff now. We are in the future now. We no longer have notice boards. “
But since they exist in said future, they check (as Judge said) “Twitter and all that kind of crap, so I’m sure they see things all the time.”
Judge then downplayed the possibility that Aikman’s comments had an impact.
“I don’t think we really need any outside motivation to show up and do our job, to be honest with you,” Judge said. “I think you need to understand the magnitude of every game that you play. If we need someone else to put us in a state of mind to play, I think we have other problems on our hands. “
It’s not exactly news, but more confirmation that Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper will play the Giants.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a knee injury, is expected to play the Giants, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
WR Amari Cooper is also expected to play, questionable due to a hamstring injury, the source said.
Elliott was limited in practice to finish the week, but said Wednesday he could play.
The weekly move of the Cowboys roster.
The Cowboys have raised tight end Jeremy Sprinkle and practice team fullback Nick Ralston as standard lifts before Sunday’s game against the Giants.
Sprinkle was active for each of the first four games, and Ralston was active for the last two games.
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