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The Dallas Cowboys enter the offseason needing to upgrade their offensive weaponry around Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb.
The lack of a consistent No. 2 receiving threat hindered the Cowboys’ offense in 2022. In hindsight, the expectation that Michael Gallup would hit the ground running following a season-ending injury looks foolish. Jerry Jones consistently defended the decision to trade Amari Cooper and his $20 million contract last offseason, but there is no questioning that Dallas needs to add playmaking options in 2023.
Dynamic return man KaVontae Turpin,
“We had a talk during my exit meeting, basically saying like they already know what I did with the special teams this year and all that, but they are going to try and get me on the offense and try to make guys respect me more on both sides of the ball,” Turpin told the Blogging The Boys podcast last week. “I’m going into this training camp, I’m basically trying to show them that they have no choice but to use me on offense, that’s my mindset.”
The Pro Bowl returner saw 61 total snaps on offense in 17 regular-season games in his first season in Dallas. He earned three carries for 17 yards and one catch on two targets for nine yards. He earned three snaps in the postseason, catching one pass for eight yards.
Given Turpin’s speed and shiftiness in space, the Cowboys could have given him more than four touches throughout the regular season on jet sweeps or quick screens. It’s possible McCarthy and former coordinator Kellen Moore viewed Turpin’s skillset as duplicative of Tony Pollard.
However it happens, Turpin hopes he can be a more significant help to the offense in 2023.
“I’m a playmaker with the ball in my hand and I can scare guys without the ball,” he said. “Just on the same field together, me and CeeDee Lamb, I just feel like that’s my biggest thing going on, just showing them that they gotta have me on the field.”
The Cowboys have room to get Turpin more involved in the offense and
Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson has agreed to terms on a reworked contract to remain with Carolina, the team announced Saturday. Thompson’s new contract is for two years, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources.
The Eagles have given cornerback Darius Slay permission to seek a trade with other teams. Although Slay wants it known he did not ask for a move, there is no bad blood with Philadelphia over a potential move.
Newly signed Saints QB Derek Carr details the many factors that led him to signing with New Orleans during Saturday’s introductory press conference.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill won the men’s 60-meter race at the USA Track and Field Masters Indoor Championships in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday with a time of 6.70 seconds.
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Bud Grant, a legendary Vikings head coach and pro Football Hall of Famer, died at the age of 95 on Saturday morning, the team announced.
Rams coach Sean McVay said Friday that he was grateful for the team allowing him to recommit to coaching for the long term following two straight offseasons of contemplating his future.
Free-agent wide receiver Odell Beckham held a workout at Arizona State’s practice facility on Friday for a number of NFL teams as free agency looms.
The Houston Texans are signing wide receiver Robert Woods to a two-year, $15.25 million contract with $10 fully million guaranteed and a max value of $17 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.
As trade rumors continue swirling around quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy expressed that he could see the QB back in Green Bay in 2023 if “things don’t work out the way we would want.”
The Bears are trading the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for wide receiver D.J. Moore, the 2023 No. 9 overall pick, a 2023 second-round pick, a first-round selection in 2024 and a second in 2025, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday.
The Rams released outside linebacker Leonard Floyd after his third season with the club, the team announced Friday.
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