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2017 NFL Combine: Tony Romo Could Steal The Show As QBs Look To Stand Out

Sean Martin

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2017 NFL Combine: As QBs Look to Stand Out, Tony Romo Could Steal the Show

There are many great things to say about the 2016 Dallas Cowboys, but the most factual yet awkward thing about this team was that they had – without question – the best backup QB in the NFL. Tony Romo conceded the starting quarterback job to fourth round rookie Dak Prescott, and now the best QB in the history of the Cowboys is looking for a new home.

While any Romo “news” that we have gotten to this point is mostly speculation, there will be plenty of actual NFL news coming this week from the 2017 Scouting Combine. Draft fans everywhere will not only learn about the prospects we’ve been studying for weeks. but more about who their team is actually targeting.

If your team is in the market to potentially target a new starting quarterback in this upcoming draft, I offer my apologies nearest Dak Prescott content.

You can see how I have some of the QBs in this draft graded so far on my draft board, and the outlook for this class is a dark as ever.

Drafting a quarterback is rarely the safest pick any team can make in the first round, and Tony Romo is a proven commodity sitting on the market ready to either turn a franchise around or land a contender in the Super Bowl.

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A Tony Romo trade is still unlikely, but one way or another the groundwork for his future could be laid out at this Combine. Last year, the NFL Combine was the stage for the Titans and Rams to pull off a blockbuster that landed Los Angeles the #1 overall pick and eventually QB Jarred Goff.

Any number of teams can have similar conversations to the Cowboys about Romo, all while potentially watching this 2017 class of quarterbacks – the cheaper, and much more long term alternative to Tony Romo – underwhelm on the field in Indianapolis.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Cowboys don’t have definitive plans to meet with Tony Romo’s representatives while in Indy this week

What makes this story even more interesting is the fact that, at least publicly facing, the Cowboys are coming off with no sense of urgency when it comes to dealing with the elephant in the room that is Tony Romo.

The reality of this news is that the Cowboys’ message to teams around the league may be that they’re are all-ears on Romo trade talks, which can occur more privately without Dallas prefacing the Combine as an auction for their star quarterback.

The last thing teams want to do before the draft is sell out their draft strategy, and until you put in the assets required this offseason to land Tony Romo, every QB-needy team will be in the market for the Mitch Trubisky’s or Patrick Mahomes of the world.

Steve Wiltfong on Twitter

The Cowboys do the NFL Combine on another level.

If you’re living in a world that hasn’t accepted that Tony Romo isn’t going to be part of America’s Team in 2017, then you might as well get ready for Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles to both back up Ezekiel Elliott.

The future for the Dallas Cowboys is still as bright as ever though, thanks in large part to their haul in the 2016 Draft – with that process beginning as always at the Combine.

This year’s Combine will not only be an opportunity for Dallas to evaluate prospects that could land in the silver and blue, but to attempt (maybe for the last time) to also get something out of Tony Romo.

2017 NFL Combine: Tony Romo Could Steal The Show As QBs Look To Stand Out

The National Football League never sleeps, and the biggest story coming out of the 2017 Scouting Combine may very well involve a ten-year NFL starting quarterback instead of the prospects that will continue to make their own headlines up until April.

Tony Romo’s saga, and the constant roster build 32 clubs go through during this time of the year, is absolutely fascinating.

Tell us what you think about “2017 NFL Combine: Tony Romo Could Steal The Show As QBs Look To Stand Out” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

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3 Comments
  • Bret Lewis

    On another subject… All the rather sobering news coming out in the last two days on Jaylen Smight’s knee NOT firing. Should we just accept he might be a good linebacker but never a great one? How big a setback is this?

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Bret, everything is still so hard to say definitively about Jaylon Smith. Your expectation should be that he is going to attempt to do something very difficult by playing with this brace, and the results of doing so in terms of impacting performance aren’t really known.

      With all the talent in the world, let’s just hope we see a “good” Jaylon Smith on the field soon.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    rumor: Coussins to SF, Romo to Washington and # 2 overall pick and Cowboys #17 overall pick

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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.”

Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.”

This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance.

Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced.

Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez.

Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate.

“I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant.

Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.”

Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player.

Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him.

Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott.

Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer.

“It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season.

Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause.

Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” 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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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: By the Numbers

Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

Cole Beasley on Twitter

80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” 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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