FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed defensive tackle Daniel Ross while exercising the options on contracts for receiver Allen Hurns, center Joe Looney and linebacker Joe...
Cowboys stuff Seahawks’ run in wild-card win; it’s pass next
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The young Dallas defense stuffed the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense in a wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks.
Now it's time for the Cowboys to take on either the league's all-time leader in yards passing in Drew Brees of New Orleans, or this year's fifth-best passing offense in Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams. The divisional round game will be next weekend.
While Wagner leads Seattle D, Lee fights for Cowboys’ scraps
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Seattle's Bobby Wagner and Sean Lee of Dallas were the All-Pro leaders of their defenses at linebacker the previous time the Seahawks and Cowboys made the playoffs.
Little has changed for Wagner's group in two years. Not much is the same in the middle of the Dallas defense going into the first postseason meeting between these teams since the 2006 season.
Cowboys have reason to think big after ending Saints’ streak
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Leighton Vander Esch howled through the open retractable roof after a booming tackle on a huge third-down stop negated by a potentially crushing roughing-the-punter penalty.
Vander Esch showing 1st-round talent as rookie for Cowboys
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Leighton Vander Esch said it almost felt weird to have the ball in his hands again on the first NFL interception for the Dallas Cowboys linebacker.
The rookie from Boise State who used to play every down — offense and defense — for his eight-man high school team never said anything about it feeling strange to diagnose a screen pass before it was in the air, slip past a pair of blockers and make a critical open-field tackle for loss.
Cowboys Preview Capsule
DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)
New faces: LB Leighton Vander Esch, G Connor Williams, WR Allen Hurns, WR/KR Tavon Austin, WR Michael Gallup, LB Joe Thomas, DT Jihad Ward, T Cameron Fleming, TE Dalton Schultz, WR Deonte Thompson.
Key losses: TE Jason Witten, WR Dez Bryant, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Orlando Scandrick, WR Brice Butler, WR/KR Ryan Switzer, TE James Hanna, RB Alfred Morris.
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DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Oxnard, California
LAST YEAR: Cowboys missed playoffs year after dynamic rookie tandem of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott fueled Dallas to NFC-best 13 wins. Elliott's six-game suspension during season over domestic violence allegations was big reason. Prescott's performance dipped after winning NFL Offensive Rookie of Year in 2016. Offensive line was less consistent than usual. Defense was solid but not spectacular.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ask Leighton Vander Esch about his improbable path from eight-man high school football to first-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, and the rookie linebacker is quick with a retort of never being fazed by brighter lights or bigger cities.
Ask the former Boise State walk-on what he does to relax, and Vander Esch stares silently as his smile grows.
"Uh," he said Friday, the first day of rookie minicamp. "I don't even know."
FRISCO — The Dallas Cowboys decided linebacker was a bigger priority than receiver even after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys took Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State with the 19th pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are feeling more confident that they might have replaced Dez Bryant in free agency, so another day of the NFL draft could come and go without them taking a receiver.
After picking linebacker Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State at No. 19 in the first round, the Cowboys have the 50th overall pick in the second round and the No. 81 overall selection in the third round Friday night.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys decided linebacker was a bigger priority than receiver even after releasing franchise touchdown catch leader Dez Bryant.
The Cowboys took Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State with the 19th pick in the first round of the draft Thursday night. He walked the stage at his new home field in nearby Arlington, where Dallas was hosting the first draft in an NFL stadium.
"It made me speechless," Vander Esch said. "It's the craziest moment of my life so far."
Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has been selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 19th overall pick at the NFL Draft.
Vander Esch becomes the fifth Boise State player to be picked in the first round of the draft and the first since Shea McClellin and Doug Martin both were picked in the first round in 2012.
Linebacker prospect Leighton Vander Esch: Playing for Steelers ‘would mean everything’
INDIANAPOLIS — An inside linebacker with first-round potential, Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch has relished his chance to meet this week with NFL general managers, coaches and talent evaluators.
He relished his get-together with the Steelers more than most.
Just ask him.
"That one was really enjoyable," Vander Esch said Saturday at the NFL Combine. "I loved it. It was a great time meeting the coaches and the organization. It was an absolute blast."
NFL draft analyst thinks Boise St. linebacker would be good for Steelers
Another NFL analyst thinks Boise State inside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch will be a good fit for the Steelers in the first round of the draft.
NFL Network's Mike Mayock held a conference call with reporters on Monday in advance of the NFL Combine, which begins Wednesday in Indianapolis. Mayock was asked about inside linebackers that might be available when the Steelers step to the podium with the No. 28 overall pick.
In his second attempt at configuring a mock draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. still has the Steelers picking an inside linebacker with the No. 28 pick.
It's just not the same inside linebacker he had the Steelers selecting a month ago.
Kiper's prediction that he revealed Wednesday has the Steelers taking Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch. In his first mock draft, Kiper had the Steelers taking Alabama's Rashaan Evans. In this do-over, Kiper has Evans going to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 19.
Boise State had a big hole to fill this offseason with the departure of running back Jeremy McNichols, who rushed for over 3,200 yards and 44 touchdowns in three seasons at Boise State and is now on the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad. Mattison was the next man up and got off to a slow start in his sophomore year. He averaged just 41.5 rushing yards his first four games, but he has now crossed the century mark in two straight games, scoring three touchdowns in the process.
Boise State stifles Penny, beats No. 19 San Diego St. 31-14
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Boise State stopped Rashaad Penny and ended San Diego State's unbeaten start.
The No. 19 Aztecs (6-1, 2-1 Mountain West) and Penny failed to establish the run or offensive rhythm during a 31-14 loss to the Broncos on Saturday night.
"When you run the ball for 100 yards every game, and you get held to that, that's got to be frustrating," said Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.