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2017 Free Agency: Is This Defensive Behemoth On The Cowboys’ Radar?

Brian Martin

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Free Agency: Should The Cowboys Sign This Behemoth Defensive Player?

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys plan on improving their defense this off-season. There are a number of positions that will likely need to be addressed at some point in the draft or free agency, with likely defensive end and cornerback at the forefront.

I for one think that the defensive tackle position could use an upgrade as well.

The Dallas Cowboys big-money free agent signing last off-season was Cedric Thornton. They also drafted Maliek Collins to shore up the position, but adding another talented player to the rotation isn’t out of the question.

A defensive tackle that I’m hoping is on the Cowboys radar this off-season is two-time Pro Bowler, Dontari Poe.

Dontari Poe is one of the biggest (6’3″, 346), most athletic defensive tackles in the NFL. He would add some much-needed “beef” to the Cowboys defensive line.

You may have forgotten, but Poe ran a 4.98 second 40 yard dash at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine and also put up 44 reps on the bench press. Those numbers alone helped convince the Kansas City Chiefs to draft him 11th overall.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, the Chiefs are going to have to decide between re-signing Poe or Eric Berry, likely meaning the behemoth defensive tackle hits the open market.

2017 Free Agency: Is This Defensive Behemoth On The Cowboys' Radar?

DT Dontari Poe

I honestly believe that Poe would be an excellent 1-technique in Rod Marinelli’s 4-3 defensive scheme, despite the fact he is built more like a nose tackle for a 3-4 defense.

Poe’s lateral agility and strength would make him a force to be reckoned with in the middle of Marinelli’s defense. He could be that disruptive 1-tech this defense has been looking for and that would only help the players around him.

Poe would likely require double teams and that would free up Maliek Collins and other players along the defensive line to make plays.

A big body in the middle of the defensive line would also help keep the Cowboys linebackers clean. That could be a huge benefit to Jaylon Smith, who is projected to be the starting middle linebacker next season.

Jaylon Smith having the freedom to run and make plays would fit right into his strengths as a player and would probably take this defense to a new level.

There are a lot of reasons why Dontari Poe would improve the overall performance on the defensive side of the ball for the Dallas Cowboys. But, like with any free agent signing, it all comes down to money.

In recent years, the Dallas Cowboys have shied away from signing the top-tier players in free agency. They have instead chosen to let the market settle down a bit before finding more team friendly deals. This would suggest that Dontari Poe might not be on their radar.

Dontari Poe is likely looking to sign a contract somewhere between what Michael Brockers and Gerald McCoy received. Brockers signed a 3-year, $33,250,000 deal that averages about $11 million a year. McCoy signed a 6-year, $95,200,000 deal and averages just a little less than $16 million a year.

Based on those numbers, the Dallas Cowboys would likely have to sign Poe to a contract that averages about $13 million a year.

That’s a good chunk of change to invest in a defensive tackle, but it’s a move that I think would greatly help improve the entire defense.

I know everybody wants to upgrade the defensive end position, but I think a player like Dontari Poe could help improve the Cowboys pass rush just as much.

Do you think Dontari Poe would be a good signing by the Dallas Cowboys?

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4 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    While Poe is a beast of a man I’m just not sure how he will fit in a 4-3. Maybe he has the position flexibility to play in a 4-3 bit I really see him as a NT. Maybe just stereotyping because of his size. But that aside, Spotrac is projecting a contract around 5 years/$80M and I just can’t see that happening with our cap situation, not to mention the way off-season moves happen here anymore.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I really think Poe would fit in really well as a 1-tech. I think his presence in the middle would help the overall defense. Yes, he has built more like a nose tackle, but he also possesses the athleticism to be a penetrating defensive tackle. I think he would do wonders for whoever plays middle linebacker (Jaylon Smith) because his presence in the middle would keep offensive lineman from getting to the second level. I really like the idea of adding him, but like you said the money is the issue.

  • Dan

    Dontari Poe I think would be perfect. He has a big motor playing 821 snaps this season, significantly more than any Cowboy D-linemen and about 200 more than Harrison did both when he was a nose tackle and this season in a 4-3. Despite being a big guy Poe stays on the field where a guy like Damon Harrison comes off. I agree with Brian, he’s athletic enough to convert to a 4-3 but if Harrison got 5 years/47m I don’t see how Poe gets 5 years/80m.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks Dan. I really think Dontari Poe would instantly improve this defense. I think he might just be worth the money, but I’m not one of the decision-makers.

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Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Ranking The Dallas Cowboys Rookies Through Week 8
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Right now, it’s pretty tough to predict how the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ season will turn out. Even with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli all returning for next season, there’s a lot of change going on in Dallas. The Cowboys will have to deal with a lot of new position coaches as they try to get back to the top after a 9-7 season in 2017.

Obviously, there are a lot of things that’ll impact the outcome of this season.

One of those questions hasn’t been discussed much. That question is: how will the 2017 rookie class fare in their sophomore seasons? 

In 2016 and 2017, rookies were very important for this franchise.

Two years ago, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm, ending the season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. Anthony Brown looked to be the Cowboys’ future shutdown cornerback, and Maliek Collins looked very promising.

Last season, the Cowboys didn’t have rookie seasons as spectacular as Dak and Zeke had in 2016 (I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in the NFL for a long time), but the rookie class ended up being a very important one for sure.

After letting a lot of veteran players walk in free agency, the team went ahead and fixed the secondary by drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in consecutive rounds, and trading up to get Xavier Woods in the sixth.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

Jourdan Lewis made his presence felt early in the season, while we had to wait a bit to see Chidobe Awuzie in action. Both of them had surprising rookie seasons and they truly look like the future in Dallas’ secondary.

Both have shown what they’re capable of; we’ve seen them make plays and turn their heads to the ball… really, something we hadn’t seen in a long time.

Ryan Switzer didn’t get a chance to play as a wide receiver that much, but he was very impressive as a returner. He still has a long way to go, but I’m betting on Switzer to remain among the NFL’s best returners for a long time. After seeing him replace Cole Beasley in the season finale, I’ll be shocked if Dallas doesn’t give him more playing time on offense next year. He deserves a more important role.

Taco Charlton still has a lot to improve on, but surprisingly, he did a nice job during the final games of the season. It’s always premature to call a player a “bust” after a single season, and Taco’s been called a bust since the moment he was drafted. Let’s give him a chance.

For 2017, we set the bar high for the Cowboys’ sophomores.

We thought Dak Prescott would be among the best QBs in the league, that Ezekiel Elliott would pass the 2,000-yard mark, that Anthony Brown would be an ideal CB1, and that Maliek Collins could even lead the team in sacks as a defensive tackle.

There are a lot of reasons this team struggled in 2017, and some of those reasons still preoccupy us when thinking about next season.

The Cowboys will definitely need their 2017 rookies to continue playing quality football. It will be key if they want to leave a painful 9-7 season behind and get back to winning this year.

Here’s to hoping the Cowboys’ 2018 sophomores avoid the “inevitable slumps.” In a season filled with uncertainty, they’ll sure be needed.

Tell me what you think about “Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Dez Bryant es ese jugador que incontables veces me hizo gritar y saltar de alegría con sus excepcionales recepciones y su manera de pelear el balón en el aire. Tantos momentos tan memorables con Tony Romo e incluso algunos con Dak Prescott lo han vuelto uno de mis jugadores favoritos…

Pero ahora, después de una difícil temporada de los Dallas Cowboys, los sentimientos están encontrados.

En muchos momentos, no parece que estamos viendo al Dez Bryant de antes. Claro, podemos decidir recordar esa recepción de touchdown que rompió el récord de la franquicia contra los Redskins, o esa escapada de 50 yardas en New York en la semana 14.

Pero Dez no ha sido el mismo las últimas tres temporadas. Y este 2017, todos los momentos de frustración culminaron en el partido que eliminó a los Cowboys de la temporada.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Seattle Seahawks, un fumble acompañado por un pase soltado de Dez que resultó en una intercepción, todos nos pusimos a pensar.

La cosa no es que Dez Bryant sea un mal receptor. El talento está ahí, y es fácil verlo en ciertas jugadas. A veces es visible cuando atropella a algún defensivo, a veces cuando busca el balón y consigue atraparlo de una manera impresionante.

Quizá el próximo año se sacuda la mala racha que ha tenido los últimos años y encuentre una manera de ser el jugador que alguna vez fue… el problema es la cantidad de dinero que se le paga.

Después de la temporada del 2014, cuando Bryant terminó el año con 16 touchdowns y más de 1,300 yardas, el receptor estrella firmó un contrato por $70M.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen frente a ellos una pregunta muy importante que resolver este offseason.

 

¿Deberían Deshacerse de Dez Bryant?

A pesar de tener una mala racha, la razón por la cual Dallas le diría adiós a Dez es su contrato. Dez está listo para cobrar $16.5M en el 2018 y otros 16 millones y medio en el 2019. De ser cortado, los Cowboys se ahorrarían ocho millones y medio la próxima temporada.

Suficiente dinero para firmar a un jugador que realmente haga impacto esta agencia libre.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports)

Normalmente, cuando hablamos de jugadores como él, hay muchos conflictos para los aficionados. Vaya, yo mismo acabo de plantear que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos, pero quizá a veces el cambio es necesario.

Sí, la producción de Dez Bryant no ha sido la misma desde la última temporada que tuvo con Tony Romo. Pero ¿es eso excusa suficiente?

Basta pensar en jugadores como Larry Fitzgerald y DeAndre Hopkins para darse cuenta de que no. Aún con quarterbacks mediocres, ambos se mantienen como receptores de elite en la NFL.

Es cierto que Dak Prescott no es el mismo QB que Romo era, y no es un jugador que vaya a lanzar pases profundos tan frecuentemente como Tony lo hacía, pero eso tampoco significa que sea algo malo necesariamente.

Este equipo le construyó un equipo a su ex-mariscal para sacarle todo el provecho al #9. Es hora de hacer lo mismo por Dak Prescott.

Insisto en que los Cowboys tienen que buscar a un WR tan pronto como en la primera ronda del NFL Draft o incluso hasta en agencia libre.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen tantas cosas que hacer antes de la próxima temporada y decidir que hacer con uno de sus jugadores más emblemáticos de la actualidad, Dez Bryant, es una de ellas.

¿Les gustaría ver a Dez Bryant de vuelta en el 2018?

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.

After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.

They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.

Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.

Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.

He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.

Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.

Ryan Switzer

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017.

He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.

He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season.

I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.

The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.

What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.

Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job?

Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?

Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.

Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018?

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