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.
Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security
There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.
Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.
Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.
Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.
If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.
Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.
Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.
As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.
Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.
If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.
Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
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