NFC Beast Headlines: Cowboys edition

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Memo to Giants fans: I'm trying to arrange an interview with preseason sensation Domenik Hixon. If things work out, you'll be the first to know. But let's step away from the world champs for a moment and look at a few stories on the Cowboys:

  • When last seen, Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd was giggling like a schoolgirl on HBO's "Hard Knocks" after receiving the news that Terry Glenn had been released. As Brian Davis reports in the Dallas Morning News, Hurd's path to the No. 3 receiver role just got a lot easier. Here's hoping Miles Austin (sprained knee) makes a quick recovery. He's a great character guy and he worked harder than anyone to put himself in position to win the No. 3 job.

  • Ray Buck of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram bases an entire column on the loss of the Cowboys' third (or fourth) option at receiver. And Wade Phillips makes a funny.

  • Calvin Watkins of the DMN says the Cowboys will carry some baggage into the 2008 season. And we find out that Leonard Davis has seven dogs in his backyard. At what point does your backyard become a kennel? Double-digit dogs? I think it's important that we address this topic.

  • Bradie James attempted to explain a quote he gave to Tom Curran of NBCsports.com comparing the Cowboys to the Patriots. He may want to take another pass at it. The quote was immortalized in Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback, oddly enough, on Monday: "We can't be the Patriots," James told Curran. "The Patriots, they epitomize the whole team concept. Those guys are all about team and that's it. We're not them. We are a team that has a bunch of names, a bunch of personalities and a bunch of youth."

  • If the Cowboys need a wake-up call, I'm thinking the Giants' 30-3 first-half lead over the Browns on Monday might suffice.