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2016 Cowboys Are Well Equipped For More 2-Point Conversions

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Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Should Go For 2-Point Conversions More In 2016

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have one of the best offensive units in the entire NFL, but you probably wouldn't guess that if you are referencing back to what happened in 2015.

The offense struggled mightily last season and we all know why. Tony Romo's twice broken collarbone was more costly to the win column then anyone probably could have guessed and Dez Bryant struggling through a foot injury the majority of the year didn't help very much either.

Now, with everyone back to 100% on the offensive side of the ball, the Cowboys should get back to being one of the more potent units in the entire NFL.

We finally get to see the offense firing on all cylinders with Tony Romo will back at the helm playing behind perhaps the best offensive line in the league. Then, you throw in a healthy Dez Bryant, future Hall of Famer Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and let's not forget the team's new toy Ezekiel Elliott.

Are you getting at least a little excited yet?

There are certainly no shortage of weapons at Romo's disposal and that's not even counting what players like Bryce Butler and Lucky Whitehead might be able to contribute to the offense in their second year with the Cowboys. There are a lot of people expecting both players to be big contributors in 2016.

The point I'm trying to make here is that the Dallas Cowboys offense is better equipped the majority of teams in the NFL and should be able to pretty much impose their will on opposing defenses. At least, that's what I believe.

6I personally think the Cowboys offense can pretty much dominate at the drop of a hat, so it really got me thinking why they don't go for more 2-point conversions throughout the season.

Let me throw something out there so you can kind of get an idea of my train of thought and what's going on inside my head. Scary I know, but hang with me for just a little bit.

Okay, how imposing would it be to see the Dallas Cowboys spread the field with Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, Rico Gathers, while having Zeke Elliott in the backfield for a 2-point conversion?

Yes, I understand that both Escobar and Gathers might not even make the final 53 man roster for the Cowboys, but this is just a hypothetical example of what the offense could do on a 2-point conversion.

Witten could use his veteran savvy to work the middle of the field. Bryant, Escobar, and Gathers could all be options for throwing the back shoulder fade or jump ball.Of course, you could just decide to keep things simple and give the ball to Elliott and let him work his magic behind the Cowboys offensive line.

Are you starting to see my train of thought?

As good as this sounds, head coach Jason Garrett is one of those coaches that doesn't like to take a lot of chances and it's understandable when you have a kicker like Dan Bailey, who is pretty much automatic.

Plus, if Garrett did decide to go for a 2-point conversion, the offense would probably be in a two tight end set to show the threat of running the ball. Then, you would probably see Dez Bryant with some combination of WRs on the field.

That seems to be the go to formation when the Cowboys get close to the goal line and I honestly can't find any fault in the way of thinking, but things can change right?

Unfortunately, as long as Jason Garrett is head coach of the Dallas Cowboys we will probably continue to see Dan Bailey sent on the field to kick the extra point, but that doesn't keep me from believing that they should go for more 2-point conversions more often in 2016.

What do you think?

Please use the comment section below to let me hear your feedback on this topic. I would love to hear all of your thoughts and opinions.



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

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Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap

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It's been just a week since NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams, but it feels like a lifetime for anxious Cowboys fans. Dallas' seemingly passive approach to 2019 free agency has left many disappointed. Still, there are some moves to recap.

As has become their strategy in recent years, the Cowboys have focused on filling up their depth chart and trying to avoid any glaring holes prior to next month's draft. They've re-signed several backups and added at least one likely rotation player.

It's still far too early to judge Dallas' activity. Comparing the 2019 roster to last year will depend heavily on the draft, growth from current players, and other factors. But with the "second wave" of free agency upon us, it's a good time to look at who's come, gone, and stuck around so far.

New Arrivals

  • TE Jason Witten (unretired)
  • TE Codey McElroy (Rams)
  • DT Christian Covington (Texans)

The biggest addition so far this offseason wasn't even a free agent, at least not in the purest sense of the term. Jason Witten's surprising return from retirement helped shore up one of Dallas' biggest needs, though it may not preclude them from drafting a tight end high in April.

Also at tight end, Dallas signed developmental project Codey McElroy. His experience is in baseball and basketball, having played just one year of college football. But at 6'6'" and 255 lbs., and having spent last year working with the Rams, the Cowboys must see something they're intrigued by.

Last week Dallas signed Christian Covington, who had 3.5 sacks for Houston in 2018 playing as a 3-4 defensive end. He should move to DT in the Cowboys' scheme and should be a solid addition to their rotation.

Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap

Former Cowboys WR Cole Beasley, now with the Buffalo Bills. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Departures

  • WR Cole Beasley (Bills)
  • TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars)
  • DL David Irving (shenanigans)
  • LB Damien Wilson (Chiefs)

Beasley is heading to Buffalo on a four-year, $29 million deal. It appeared the relationship soured between Cole and Dallas over his playing time last year, and clearly the Cowboys didn't fight hard to keep him.

Damien Wilson followed Anthony Hitchens to Kansas City to help round out their linebacker corps. Once it was announced that Dallas was hanging on to Sean Lee in 2019, it was fairly certain that Wilson wouldn't be back.

Also not expected back was TE Geoff Swaim, who signed with Jacksonville. Even before Witten came back, Dallas appeared likely to stick with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz for returning talent and then add an upgrade via free agency or the draft.

While still a free agent, nobody expects David Irving back in Dallas or even the NFL after recent activities. Irving appears focused on a Hollywood career and advocating for medical marijuana use at this point.

Keepers

  • FB Jamize Olawale
  • WR Tavon Austin
  • WR Allen Hurns (team option)
  • OT Cam Fleming
  • G/C Joe Looney (team option)
  • DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
  • DT Daniel Ross (ERFA)
  • LB Justin March-Lillard
  • S Darian Thompson

While Dallas put the franchise tag on prized pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, his return in 2019 is far from settled. Lawrence has previously sworn he wouldn't play under a second franchise tag this year, and last we heard the two sides are far apart on a long-term deal. Could a holdout be on the horizon?

The Cowboys doubled-down on WR depth by re-signing Tavon Austin and exercising their team option on Allen Hurns' contract. Both are able to play out of the slot, meaning we could see more of a rotation approach to replacing Cole Beasley next year.

Dallas also re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale, which was a surprise given his low usage rate last year. Perhaps the change to Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator was behind this one, hoping to take better advantage of Olawale's receiving skills going forward.

Joe Looney and Cam Fleming will also be back as valuable backups on the offensive line. Looney started 16 games last year at center and also helps at guard, while Fleming will be the swing tackle once again for his second season in Dallas.

On defense, Dallas kept Daniel Ross in their DT rotation after solid performance in 2018. Justin March-Lillard return at linebacker, particularly for his value on special teams. And Darian Thompson, a former third-round pick by the Giants, is back as an ongoing developmental player.

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Today we're already seeing a flourish of free agent activity in Dallas. Reports this morning have them meeting with WR Randall Cobb and S Clayton Geathers, and we haven't even had lunch yet.

If this is any indication, next week's recap may have a lot more to discuss.



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