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2013 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Are Changing Their Offense



com_121213_NCF_Vblog_Dinich_TerrenceWilliams_121213A few days ago we all thought the Dallas Cowboys offense was going to be a variation of what we've seen from Jason Garrett in the past six seasons. Perhaps someone else was going to call the plays but not much else would be changing on the offense for the 2013 season. After watching the 2013 Draft unfold, that appears to a wrong assumption.

With the selection of Gavin Escobar and the comments from Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett after the draft had concluded on Friday night, things have drastically changed for the Cowboys offense. Fans have been screaming for Dallas to do things differently on offense; to spread defenses out and to get the ball out of Tony Romo's hands earlier, and it looks like fans may be getting their wish.

Jones said the selection of Escobar was to "welcome the opportunity to add a real tight end, a New England-type emphasis.” This basically means the Cowboys will send their tight ends out as receivers more, rather than just having one blocking and then sending out Jason Witten to catch passes. The idea is to put more pressure on the defense in coverage and to give Tony Romo more options in the passing game. This will get the ball out of Romo's hands quicker and force miss matches for the offense.

A great concept for the Cowboys, especially with their weapons on the outside. This is more of what being a "Romo friendly" offense is and allowing Romo to have an input on the offense is a smart idea. Romo knows when he's the most comfortable and we saw all last sesson that a hyprid of the hurry up offense worked well for him. It fits Romo's skills because it forces him to think less and react more, allowing his natural skills to take over.

However, please don't overreact to Jones' comments about Romo being at the Cowboys facility for "Peyton Manning" type hours. Romo has always been one of the hardest working Cowboys on the team and Jones was just using his sordid way of trying to hammer home a point, which was this; the Cowboys just gave you a ton of money and the keys to a new offense, we expect results. That statement is fine with me and should be fine with Cowboys fans all around. With Escobar, the upgrade at third receiver with Terrance Williams and securing a strong backup running back like Joseph Randle, the Dallas offense is in place to dominate.

This draft by the Cowboys and their new offense should have no problems moving the ball and scoring points. The size of Escobar and the added option of Williams, to go along with Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray gives Dallas more than enough fire power to score at will. Especially now that the offense will be more geared to quicker plays and more options, rather than the same old stale offense that takes forever to get a play in, and off, at the line of scrimmage.

The new Cowboys offense should also see DeMarco Murray in the backfield by himself, without a fullback to clog up his lane and vision. I believe Murray is better suited for the single set of offense and the Cowboys should benefit from using it more.

Of course this offense isn't complete and the draft still leaves the Cowboys short a lineman on offense but I believe the Cowboys will sign Tyson Clabo or Eric Winston to upgrade the line. That should make a big difference for the Cowboys and make all the draft picks worthwhile.

Cowboys fans, you're offense is finally changing, and the results should be great.

  • @beevomav

    I understand what Jerry was saying about Romo, but it’s just what the team didn’t need. Jerry just lit a fire under the “let’s get rid of Romo” group. Why give him a contract and then leave the impression that all Romo does is goof off and play golf?

  • George

    Although I’m to lazy to confirm my speculation, haven’t Murray’s best games and best stretch as a pro, come behind Fiametta?

    • Bo Martin

      Yup, Murray is a RB who has benefitted from having a FB. I do think that two-tight end sets will offer him some help though because it will force defenses to stretch to match up.

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Report: Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch Visiting Cowboys

Kevin Brady



2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
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As the 2018 NFL Draft draws closer, teams are beginning to hold their official visits with prospects of their own choosing. The Cowboys have already met with a few different prospects thus far, and they've reportedly added a linebacker to that list this week.

Multiple reports are saying the Cowboys will meet with Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch this week, adding him to the list of 30 potential visits.

Marcus Mosher on Twitter

BoiseState LB Leighton Vander Esch will be a pre-draft visitor for the #Cowboys. Add him to your list of 30, per Tony Pauline.

Vander Esch is a bit of a controversial prospect in the draft world. As I've stated before, he tested like a freak athletically, and his combine profile alone would put him in the discussion on day one. The problems I have with Vander Esch have nothing to do with his athleticism, however, and everything to do with his actual football-playing ability.

On film, I see a player who struggles to get off blocks and will have trouble finding a home with the Cowboys. Still, I wouldn't mind the Cowboys drafting Vander Esch - that pick cannot come in the first round though.

Vander Esch is a long, rangy, and athletic linebacker who is at his best playing laterally and tracking down plays. As a blitzer, Vander Esch has some rather clear issues. He often runs directly into blocks and is unable to shed at the point of attack. I also don't think he is as instinctual a player as some of the other linebackers in this class, such as BYU's Fred Warner or Alabama's Rashaan Evans.

The way things are looking, however, Vander Esch is going to be a first round pick. And if not, he'll almost certainly be a top 50 pick. I wouldn't be very comfortable taking him at 19, and I'd have to think twice before even taking him at 50 for that matter.

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2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott
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With more pressing needs on offense at guard and wide receiver, and defensively at DE or LB, the Cowboys' concerning lack of proven ability at safety has taken a backseat in this offseason's roster build. With the expectation that new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard will elevate the play of the entire Cowboys' secondary, the team is doing their due diligence on safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft - starting with Texas' DeShon Elliott.

Josh Norris on Twitter

It appears Texas S DeShon Elliott is visiting the #Cowboys today

With 63 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Texas, Elliott took full advantage of being a starter in the Big 12 for the first time in his career, flying onto the NFL Draft scene.

Elliott is a well-balanced, average athlete with the upside to be targeted late in April's draft and make a difference.

If they had to play a game tomorrow, the Cowboys would be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier at safety.

Finding an expanded role this season for Frazier should be a priority in Dallas, as should supplementing Heath and Woods with additional talent. DeShon Elliott would fit this group well, along with the Cowboys' scheme, given his range and disruptive ability.

Should Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and now Byron Jones help the Cowboys reach their full potential at CB, the Cowboys safeties will not be tested in single coverage up the field often. This is an area that Elliott was exploited in at Texas plenty of times, performing better as a true free safety or second-level player.

Continuing to add young talent at the right price is key to the Cowboys' ongoing rebuild on defense, now visiting with a local safety prospect that should be available to them in the later rounds. Texas' DeShon Elliott is officially a name to consider come draft week in Dallas.

Tell us what you think about "2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Draft: PSU WR DaeSean Hamilton Fits Cowboys’ “Type”

Kevin Brady



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Last week, I detailed what the Cowboys tend to look for when drafting a wide receiver. In terms of a combine profile, Dallas clearly has a "type" of wide-out they like to target.

The Cowboys certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps, but with the plethora of other holes to fill, they may not be able to do so until the 3rd or 4th round. Luckily for the Cowboys, there is at least one receiver which both fits their profile and should be available early on day three.

That player is Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

Kevin Brady on Twitter

Working on something for @InsideTheStarDC... here's the height, weight, 40 time, and 3 cone for every WR DAL has taken since 2010.

First, let's re-examine what the Cowboys like to look for. As you can see from the above graphic, the Cowboys draft targets all seem to fit a similar profile. If we treat Dez Bryant as their "ideal" draft pick, the trends become even clearer. Dallas wants to find a wide-out who is about 6'1" 205 pounds, runs nearly a 4.5 40 yard dash, and about a 6.9 three come time.

DeaSean Hamilton, coincidentally, is 6'1" 203 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Penn State pro day, and ran a 6.84 three cone at the combine. Penn State's all time receptions leader stole the show at the 2018 Senior Bowl, putting all of "Draft Twitter" on notice to his talent.

An efficient and smooth route runner, Hamilton looks natural coming in and out of breaks, creating separation with his precise routes. The Cowboys don't have many receivers on their roster who can win with their route running, and adding a player like Hamilton would greatly help third year quarterback Dak Prescott moving forward.

With the ability to play in the slot, as well as potentially being a Z receiver for the Cowboys and a replacement for Terrance Williams, Hamilton would be an excellent draft target in the third or fourth round. And, keeping in mind how nicely he fits their typical draft profile, I'd expect Dallas to target Hamilton during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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