Have you cast your vote yet for the 2017 Pro Bowl? Anyone? Hello…Is anyone out there?
Well, it's not too late. You might not have even known that the voting had started. I myself just voted recently and as you can imagine I went a little bit heavy on the players I am most familiar with, the Dallas Cowboys.
Go cast your Pro Bowl ballot now.
Now, I didn't vote for these players just because they play for my favorite team. I voted for them because they deserve the right to be named to the 2017 Pro Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys are no strangers to sending several players to the Pro Bowl each year and I think we will see plenty of them in 2017. Of course, only if they're not playing in the Super Bowl.
In all honesty though, I think a lot of the players that get voted into the Pro Bowl make it on name alone. It's kind of like a popularity contest. The players with the well-known names receive more votes because they have a larger fan base. Fair or unfair, that's the way it works.
The 2017 Pro Bowl is being held in Orlando, Florida this year after being played the past several years in Hawaii. I personally like the idea of of a new location, but that's just me.
Below are the Dallas Cowboys players that are the closest to being locks for the Pro Bowl.
2017 Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl Players
|Player||Position||Previous Pro Bowls|
|Tyron Smith||OT||2013, 2014, 2015|
|Zack Martin||G||2014, 2015|
|Travis Frederick||C||2014, 2015|
|L. P. LaDouceur||LS||2014|
They are the reason that the Cowboys have such a dominant offensive line and all three of them are arguably the best players at their given positions.
Another no-brainer would be seeing Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott make their first Pro Bowl appearance. These two rookies have come in and helped lead the Cowboys offense to a 10 game winning streak, while also becoming some of the best players at their position.
Both Sean Lee and Dan Bailey to me should both be locks, but there is still some uncertainty there.
Sean Lee is listed as an outside linebacker on the Pro Bowl ballot, not an inside linebacker. So, he is competing with the likes of Von Miller and other pass rushers of his kind. It's a little difficult to believe he will receive more votes, but he definitely deserves them based on the way he has been playing this season.
Dan Bailey on the other hand is one of the best kickers in the league, if not the best. Justin Tucker might be the only one that comes close to being better. I personally think Bailey should be a lock, but again it all depends on the voting.
L.P. LaDouceur is someone you might not have ever heard of. He is the long snapper for the Dallas Cowboys and is an afterthought because he is so consistent. I personally think he is the best at what he does in the entire NFL.
Who is on the fringe?
Not all players get recognized for the work they have done during the season and are left on the outside looking in when it comes to who makes the Pro Bowl or not.
I think the Dallas Cowboys have several players that fit into this category this year.
Jason what is no stranger to playing in the Pro Bowl, but unfortunately I see him on the outside looking in this year.
We have seen the game change and the receiving type tight end has gained in popularity. He could realistically still get voted in, but the odds are against him with players like Jordan Reed and Jimmy Graham likely to receive more votes.
Injuries and a slow start have hurt Dez Bryant's chances to get voted in, but he is performing like one of the better receivers in the NFL once again. He could become an injury replacement, but I think we all hope he is playing in the Super Bowl instead.
Cole Beasley has been simply remarkable this season and is putting up numbers like a #1 receiver. It's unlikely that he will receive the votes to get in, but that doesn't mean he doesn't deserve them.
Ronald Leary wasn't a starter when the season kicked off, but is playing at a Pro Bowl level. He is in his last year of his contract with the Dallas Cowboys and an appearance in the Pro Bowl will definitely earn him a hefty contract in the off-season.
You may have noticed that there aren't very many defensive players for the Cowboys outside of linebacker Sean Lee, but the one person playing at or near a Pro Bowl level is safety Byron Jones.
This is Jones' first year as a full-time free safety and he is one of the reasons why the Cowboys defense has performed better than anyone would have ever expected.
Jones isn't a well-known name in the NFL just yet and even Dallas Cowboys fans might not really know the impact he has had on the defense, but given time they will.
Jeff Heath has been a good reserve a safety for the Dallas Cowboys, but he could possibly make the Pro Bowl as a special teams player. It's an area of his game where he excels and one of the reasons why the organization signed him to a long-term contract.
Who are your Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl players?
Please feel free to use the comment section below to share with us who you think makes the Pro Bowl for the Dallas Cowboys.
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.
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!?
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.
Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation
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.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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