Rest and reflection will highlight Week 7 for the Dallas Cowboys.
Is there anything specific executive vice president Stephen Jones will be looking out for over the weekend? He spoke with 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) on Friday, where he revealed that the team doesn’t have anything in the works at the moment as the NFL’s trade deadline nears.
“I don’t think there’s anything that’s just really in the works or that’s really got our attention right now,” Jones said. “Obviously, we really like our roster. We’ve only been getting healthier the last couple of weeks. If something presented itself that made a lot of sense, then we’d certainly do that. I know this time last year, we had a chance to get [Brandin] Cooks and it didn’t work out, but we got him in the offseason. We ultimately ended up getting him.
“Right now, I wouldn’t say there’s anything that’s in the works or hot and heavy.”
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Dallas has a 4-2 record on its bye week and a few players have a chance to recover from injuries suffered early in the season. Before entering the break, the team was beginning to get consistent looks at its group of starting offensive linemen.
Jones called the continuity within that group a “huge advantage”. While establishing the running game has been an issue for the Cowboys’ offense, Jones believes the strengthening of the offensive line will pay dividends moving forward.
“We got to continue to execute and get better in everything we do out of both sides, all three phases for that matter,” Jones said. “Certainly having that group together, in my opinion, is going to make our running game only better as they work together and work at that. The one thing I am really fired up about is Mike [McCarthy’s] willingness to continue to stick with that running game, even though you struggle. People know we want to run the football, there’s no question about it. They come into the game knowing that they need to stop the run. Not unlike we are against those teams, the first priority is to stop the other team’s run.
“We just have to continue to grind it. I love the fact that we stick with it. I think it’s complementary football to our defense in terms of time of possession, and keeping our defense fresh. I think it’s just a matter of continuing to get better as the season goes forward and continue to execute.”