NFC Notes: Cowboys, Packers, Rams


Cowboys OC Kellen Moore said it is crucial for OT Tyron Smith, OT La’el Collins, and OG Zack Martin to remain healthy.

“Obviously, those guys are a big part of this team,” Moore said via Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News. “They’ve been that way for a long time. …They look like they are in really special shape right now, ready to go play some football. We’re all really excited.”

Smith mentioned he feels fully recovered from the neck surgery he had last October.

“Right now,” Smith said, “I’m probably in better shape than I’ve been in in a while, just as far as having an offseason, working out and running with the guys. Especially after last year. Honestly, feeling great. Finally got the neck fixed, and I think that kind of [was] connected to everything with the back. I’m glad I finally got it fixed after all these years.”

As for QB Dak Prescott, he acknowledged the importance of having his offensive line healthy, and believes they are progressing well.

“It’s just a great feeling,” Prescott said. “I’ve been rehabbing with those guys all offseason long. I know the hard work they put in to get to where they are, to feel confident about their health and just to know that they’re in the best shape they’ve ever been in, in their career, both of them. I’m excited to get back out there, take the huddle again and play with those guys.”


Packers CEO Mark Murphy said the situation between the team and QB Aaron Rodgers has trickled down to the fanbase.

“The situation we face with Aaron Rodgers has divided our fan base,” Murphy said, via “The emails and letters that I’ve received reflect this fact. As I wrote here last month, we remain committed to resolving things with Aaron and want him to be our quarterback in 2021 and beyond. We are working to resolve the situation and realize that the less both sides say publicly, the better.”

However, Murphy also said stands by GM Brian Gutekunst.

“I have tremendous confidence in Brian Gutekunst,” Murphy said. “In his relatively short tenure as our GM, he has completely turned around the fortunes of our team. He has put together a talented team (last year we had the most players voted to the Pro Bowl) that has a 28-8 record over the last two years, after consecutive losing seasons in 2017 and 2018, and has played in back-to-back NFC Championship games. Moreover, he has a great working relationship with Head Coach Matt LaFleur. He and EVP/director of football operations Russ Ball have managed our salary cap smartly and have us well-positioned for the future.”


Rams’ WR Cooper Kupp has good things to say about the speed that rookie WR Tutu Atwell and veteran WR DeSean Jackson bring to the team.

“He’s done a good job,” Kupp said of Atwell, via the Rams’ YouTube channel. “We talk a lot about be quick, be fast, but not in a rush. And he’s done a good job with that, being able to get to his depths, push through his depths, not cutting things off short. He’s so fast. It’s pretty freaky seeing him – we’ve got him and DeSean lined up outside a couple times and seeing those guys race through 15, 20 yards on their routes, it’s pretty fun to watch.”

Kupp says Jackson still commands respect from younger players due to his speed.

“He owns that title. I can’t take the elder statesman from D-Jax. I think I was in like eighth grade when he first got in the league,” Kupp said. “He’s still faster than I am, so I’m not trying to talk crap or anything. He’s still much faster than I am, so he’s still got the wheels. But he’s been in this offense before, some of this terminology, the carryover (from) his time with Sean in Washington. Some of that stuff’s carrying over, so he’s able to pick that stuff up pretty quickly. And Tutu’s coming along just fine.”“In some ways, it’s a luxury that you’ve got such a deep group of guys.”

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