Free agent wide receiver Deonte Thompson has signed a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
Thompson joined the Cowboys on Thursday http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-logan-paulsen-jersey , one day after veteran linebacker Joe Thomas agreed to a two-year deal and was their first acquisition since NFL free agency opened last week.
In six NFL seasons, Thompson has played 53 games for Baltimore, Buffalo and Chicago. The 6-foot receiver has 77 catches for 1,032 yards and four touchdowns, and 82 kickoff returns for a 24.8 yard average.
Thompson was cut after 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown in five games last season with Chicago. He signed a week later with the Bills, and had 27 catches for 430 yards and a touchdown in 11 games.
Cowboys special teams coach Keith O’Quinn said the new kickoff rules could have an unintended consequence. His kicker, Dan Bailey http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-trenton-cannon-jersey , agrees.
Bailey said he “totally gets” the reason for the rules changes. The NFL wants to reduce injuries, particularly concussions, on the most dangerous play in football.
Packers president Mark Murphy a member of the competition committee, has warned that the NFL could eliminate kickoffs if the rules changes don’t lead to a safer play.
“Every year there’s more and more data that gives insight into how we can play safer and improve the game,” Bailey said, via the Dallas Morning News. “So, I get it and I’m all for guys playing safe because it means they are going to have long careers. You want everyone to play as long as they can. I think it’s just part of the game now. We’ve got so much data and everything is tracked. It’s good to implement what you can to make everybody safer.”
However Adidas Will Butcher Jersey , Bailey said the rules changes, designed to result in fewer high-speed collisions, could lead to more kickoff returns and potentially more chances for injuries.
“More returns could be an unintended consequence of the new rules,” Bailey said. “If eight members of the return team have to be lined up within 15 yards of the spot of kickoff, what’s to keep the kicker from just popping it right over the top? That could be dangerous. Not maybe a concussion, but guys being in a scrum trying to get to a popped-up ball and maybe getting an ankle rolled.”