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Updates: All-Decade Team Snubs For Cowboys

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09 Apr 2020, 04:24 GMT+10

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April 8 Updates Travis Frederick

#72 C

Height: 6-4 Weight: 320 lbs College: Wisconsin

9:42 a.m. - Tyron Smith and Zack Martin are part of the NFL's 2010s All-Decade Team. Who else with Cowboys ties were deserving of All-Decade consideration?

NFL.com lists Dez Bryant and Jason Witten as two of 10 notable snubs. Bryant set the Cowboys' franchise record for career touchdown catches (73) during his eight seasons in Dallas (2010-17) and Witten became their all-time leader in catches (1,215) and receiving yards (12,977) over 16 seasons (2003-17; 2019).

Another notable omission from the All-Decade Team? Center Travis Frederick, who is retiring after five Pro Bowl appearances in seven seasons playing alongside Smith and Martin.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- April 6 Updates Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner

1:58 p.m. - The NFL Draft is still on for April 23-25. Just not how we normally expect.

With the national COVID-19 crisis keeping teams out of their facilities for an undetermined period of time, the NFL has informed teams to prepare for a fully virtual draft experience. That means, in adherence to social distancing, team officials will work the draft in separate locations and communicate via phone and internet.

NFL.com published commissioner Roger Goodell's memo to NFL clubs regarding this unique draft experience. Read more about it here.

The Cowboys and other teams have already been preparing for the draft remotely, holding digital draft interviews with prospects. Here's an example:

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 31 Updates

Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner

2:45 p.m. - In a conference call Tuesday, which replaced the annual owner's meeting, a vote officially passed approving a 14-team playoff, up from the 12-team format that had been in place in recent years. Starting next season, each conference will now have three Wildcard teams, and thus Wildcard Weekend will consist of three games on Saturday (Jan. 9) and three games on Sunday (Jan. 10). One significant ramification is that each conference's 2-seed will no longer receive a bye but instead will host the 7-seed on the first weekend of the playoffs.

It is now more likely for an 8-8 team to reach the postseason. If you applied this format to last season, the Dallas Cowboys still would have missed the playoffs. However, the 8-8 Pittsburgh Steelers would have grabbed the final Wildcard spot in the AFC.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 28 Updates Daniel Ross

# DT

Height: 6-3 Weight: 305 lbs College: Northeast Mississippi CC

2:21 p.m. - Daniel Ross could be the third Cowboys defensive free agent joining former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli in Las Vegas with the Raiders.

The defensive lineman has not received a restricted tender offer from the Cowboys and intends to sign with the Raiders, per reports. He spent last season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

The Raiders reportedly are also expected to finalize deals with defensive tackle Maliek Collins and safety Jeff Heath.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 27 Updates Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner

11:00 a.m. - In a memo sent to NFL teams Thursday night, Roger Goodell confirmed that the NFL Draft will remain scheduled for the days of April 23-25. The Draft, which was slated to take place in Las Vegas, will no longer be open to the public due to health concerns and restrictions against public gatherings.

Teams have been told to prepare to conduct the draft outside of team facilities and with a limited number of people. This, along with limited opportunities to scout prospects in-person in recent weeks, will surely force teams to adjust the ways in which they are used to handling their player selection process.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 25 Updates Sean Lee

#50 LB

Height: 6-2 Weight: 245 lbs College: Penn State

5:05 p.m. - Sean Lee is back with the Cowboys for an 11th season, and the veteran linebacker expects the defense to look different under new head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

"Just talking on the defensive side of the ball, I think there are going to be some changes," Lee said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Coverages and blitzes and everything are somewhat similar, but how you do it. I think some of the personnel changing on the defensive line - I think we'll tend to be a little bigger and thicker on the defensive line. And maybe some of the scheme will be different.

"But at the end of the day, defense is defense, and scheme matters, but it's how you execute the scheme."

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