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News & Notes: Travis Frederick, Jason Witten return to Cowboys offense

Cowboys Wire logo Cowboys Wire 5/22/2019 and Burke Downer
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Tuesday marked the first day of full team practices during organized team activities for the 2019 Dallas Cowboys; the first time the offense can line up across the ball from the defense and actually play football. Granted, it's simulated, half speed, padless football, but football none-the-less.

Veterans Jason Witten and Travis Frederick made their returns to the field, joining the first-team offense alongside Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and friends. Several Cowboys players will slowly integrate into practices and hope to be full-go when training camp opens up in two months, including Cedrick Wilson, Byron Jones and La'el Collins. The biggest offseason surgery for the Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence's labrum repair, will likely see the star defensive end miss the entirety of the preseason. Lawrence is aiming to return for Week 1.

Off the field, a case is made for the Cowboys patriarch to make it to Canton. The floodgates have opened on the 2019 season, as news pours in Cowboys Wire has you covered.

Making a Canton case for the man who started the Cowboys :: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

America's Team is well-represented at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. But without Clint Murchison Jr., there wouldn't even be the Dallas Cowboys. As the Star-Telegram reports, the Murchison family is hoping that the man who founded the most high-profile franchise in the sport's history gets his name on the ballot soon as a "contributor."

Murchison was a visionary who surrounded himself in Dallas with two more when he hired Tex Schramm and Tom Landry. The businessman not only struck gold by launching the Cowboys organization, but "changed the way we view and consume pro football," according to writer Mac Engel. "Murchison was Jerry before Jerry."

It was Murchison who influenced the way every stadium in this country is now built when he incorporated "luxury, suites, fan comfort, amenities to sports in the US that had never been previously experienced" into Texas Stadium in Irving. The stadium's trademark 'hole-in-the-roof' architecture was conceived under Murchison's watch, as was the innovative use of computers in the team's talent scouting.

As Engel puts it, if the Hall of Fame "is going to recognize and celebrate those who own the NFL franchises themselves, there is no way the man who created the Dallas Cowboys should be left out."

Is June 1st a critical date for any Cowboys? :: Inside the Star

NFL teams can release players after June 1 to defer dead contract money to next season. But teams are also allowed to cut up to two players before June 1 and give them the same designation. The team doesn't get the salary cap benefit of the move until June, but it's often viewed as a do-the-right-thing move that allows a valued player to sign on with a new club during the main free agency period.

For the Cowboys, Jess Haynie of Inside the Star speculates that "the one player whose situation and contract speak to a possible June-1st move is defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford."

With Crawford's two remaining years on his deal making him eligible for the move, his recent legal trouble holding at least part of his 2019 availability in question, and the team's newfound depth along the defensive line, it all might add up to make a June 1 cut a tantalizing possibility for the front office.

A June 1 (or early-designation) cut of Crawford would move just over $1 million to 2020 and increase the total cap savings to $7 million for 2019.

Travis Frederick and Jason Witten return to practice :: Dallas Cowboys

Travis Frederick, who missed the entirety of the 2018 season, returned to the practice field for the first time since last August. The veteran center took part in the Cowboys first OTA practice of the 2019 season, and he wasn't the only Cowboy back in action. Jason Witten also missed all of 2018, manning the Monday Night Football booth. He too was back in pads Tuesday. Nos. 72 and 82 back in action.

8 Cowboys recovering from surgeries as OTAs start, 14 who benefit :: Cowboys Wire

K.D. Drummond of Cowboys Wire broke down the list of players with known surgeries this off-season, and how each would have their time on the field impacted. Most notably, DeMarcus Lawrence isn't expected back until Week 1 of the regular season, while all the others listed are aiming to make it back for training camp.

Every current NFL general manager's defining draft pick :: Yahoo Sports

For the sake of this article Jerry Jones is listed as the general manager. While the owner does still carry the title on his business card, the everyday maintenance and execution of what is normally considered general manager duties have been split between Stephen Jones and Will McClay. Yahoo Sports does make a nod to this fact while naming Jerry Jones' most impactful pick in his tenure as general manager. The pick? Troy Aikiman, No. 1 overall in 1989.

5 Storylines That Will Shape Offseason Practice :: Dallas Cowboys

David Helman of the Cowboys in-house media team hits on five topics to keep an eye on as the Cowboys first OTA practices begin, bleeding throughout the rest of the offseason. First and foremost is what Kellen Moore's new offense look like. Helman also notes that a current set of injuries and coinciding surgeries create an opportunity for fringe players to gain valuable playing time take their shot at staking their name to a roster spot.

Cedrick Wilson will look to make an impact :: Pro Football Focus

Sometimes a forgotten man in the Cowboys WR rotation, Wilson will make his return from injury in 2019. Wilson never got to get going in 2018, Pro Football Focus points out that he was quarterback-friendly while in college at Boise State.

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