Cowboys News and Notes: 6/17/10 (Ken Hamlin Signs, More on Austin/Kardashian)
- Former Cowboys free safety Ken Hamlin has signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
Hamlin will have to again prove his worth in an effort to land one last big payday. Hamlin was in a similar situation during his first season with Dallas and played quite well. He obviously had a down year in 2009, but we still maintain he played better than most people (or everyone) is giving him credit. We gave him a “B-” overall grade, including an “A-” in run support. He missed tackles at about one-half the rate of Gerald Sensabaugh and one-third that of Alan Ball, and he also received the highest Dallas Cowboys Times Pass Defense Rating.
- The Miles Austin/Kim Kardashian relationship rumor is taking off.
As we reported earlier, however, Cowboys fans need not yet worry. A source very, very close to Austin tells us that while the two have spent time together, they are no more than friends at this point. Too bad–Kardashian is about the only new “tight end” we’d like to see in Dallas. Note: That joke is 100% stolen from Amber Leigh.
- Jerry Jones says kicker David Buehler is exceeding expectations thus far.
“I like what’s happening with Buehler,” Jones said. “I like the direction. Is that something I don’t think about? It is something I think about, but I like the way it’s going.” Buehler led the NFL in touchbacks last season. His accuracy is essential to the Cowboys in 2010. We’ve already discussed the extreme importance of having an accurate field goal kicker.
Andre Gurode spends some time with the kids
- Second-year outside linebacker Brandon Williams is working hard to get back onto the field.
OLB Victor Butler showed he has great potential last season (at least as a pass-rusher), but Williams probably has the better all-around skill set. He has been outstanding in offseason workouts thus far. We think he will ultimately receive more snaps than Butler in 2010, particularly on running downs.
- We learned a lot of things about the Cowboys’ defense this offseason.
What we learned from this defense is. . .there is so much talent that if they can find a way to force more turnovers, the Cowboys are going to be extremely difficult to beat. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett gets a lot of flack for the offense’s poor yards-to-points ratio (we admit a lot of it comes from us), but the number one way to improve that number is for the defense to provide the offense with a short field.
- Party Pass Season tickets are on sale at DallasCowboys.com for just $199.
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