Our six-part Camp Preview Series rolls on!
While the majority of those who fail to make the final 53-man roster are unknown players, there are always a few who have real cache in the NFL. Some fall especially hard; starters from the previous season who wind up going from the spotlight to the street.
In Part Two of our series, our staff answers the question:
Who is the Biggest Name that Will be Cut?
Bryson Treece ( @BrysonTreece ) - Unfortunately, I believe this will be Darren McFadden. Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris are locks, as is Lance Dunbar in my opinion. That leaves one spot if the Cowboys don't keep a FB. Slim pickings. Not saying that DMC is super hot or anything, but he was a solid performer in 2015 and that's the heart of any team - valuable depth.
Ian Koplowitz ( @BleedingTheStar ) - I was going to go with Andrew Gachkar, but now that Justin Durant has been signed, I don't think it would surprise most if he got the boot. You don't often see third round picks not live out their rookie deals, but by going long at quarterback and potentially linebacker, I'm not sure JJ Wilcox's spot on this team is safe at all. He certainly regressed last season as he saw his interception and tackle totals drop by over half. Granted, the movement of Byron Jones to free safety in the middle of the season hurt his production, but there's a reason why that move was made.
Jess Haynie ( @CowboysAddicts ) - With Ezekiel Elliott and Alfred Morris joining the backfield, plus Lance Dunbar still in the mix, Darren McFadden's status is very shaky. Dallas can get back $2 million in cap space by releasing him. As long as Elliott and Morris inspire confidence, I think the Cowboys will make the tough business decision and release McFadden.
Kevin Brady ( @KevinBrady88 ) - I wouldn’t be surprised whatsoever if the Cowboys decided to cut tight end Gavin Escobar during training camp. A second round pick in 2013, Escobar has never panned out to what the Cowboys had imagined, and his time to reach those expectations might be up. His release may be disguised as an injury settlement, but make no mistake about it, even if he was fully healthy he would be on the hot seat.
RJ Ochoa ( @RJOchoa ) - Rolando McClain has given this team reason after reason to submit his termination papers. As much sense as it would make for him to be the veteran shown the door, the Cowboys seem intent on holding on to him. Given the status of the defensive ends on this team (you know, how they can't play and everything) there are going to be tricky elements to shaping this roster with who they need to carry and whatnot. As a result, a guy like Jack Crawford might be on the outs when the final 53 is put together.
Sean Martin ( @ShoreSportsNJ ) - When we go back and talk about this dominant Dallas offensive line one day, it is going to be forever mentioned that the 2015 unit was good enough to lead a running back for 1,089 yards - and then have him cut the following summer. Unfortunately, I believe this is going to be the case for Darren McFadden. Ezekiel Elliott is the Cowboys' new prized possession in the backfield, but ultimately it will be the ultra-durable and experienced zone-runner Alfred Morris that forces this team to move on from Run DMC.
Brian Martin ( @bmart0204 ) - I think I’m going to have to go with JJ Wilcox. He has yet to develop the way the Cowboys had hoped and Byron Jones has already claimed the starting position next to Barry Church. The Cowboys recently signed Jeff Heath to a long-term contract, so Wilcox is likely fourth on the depth chart, and there are some talented rookies coming in that could end up pushing him off the roster altogether.
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Here are the categories still to come this week…
Strongest Position – Wed
Weakest Position – Thurs
Favorite Dark Horse – Fri
Most Likely Starting Job Change – Sat
All of this, and much more, as Inside The Star helps get you ready for another season of Dallas Cowboys football!
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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