Connect with us

Dallas Cowboys

2019 Player Watch: Cowboys Should Keep an eye on Kyle Rudolph’s Situation

Brian Martin

Published

on

2019 Player Watch: Cowboys Should Keep an eye on Kyle Rudolph's Situation

In their search to upgrade the tight end position, the Dallas Cowboys could be keeping a close watchful eye on Kyle Rudolph's current situation with the Minnesota Vikings. He could end up being one of the many salary cap casualties this offseason, making him an upgrade TE option for America's Team.

We all know one of the Dallas Cowboys top priorities this offseason is to upgrade their TE position. Many of us assume that they will simply draft one because it's a cheaper way of doing business, but don't rule out them adding one through free agency just yet.

If Kyle Rudolph does indeed become a salary cap casualty, he would likely become the No. 1 TE target in free agency for a lot of teams, including the Cowboys. He is still one of the more productive players at his position in the league, making his potential release by the Vikings strictly based on money alone.

Minnesota only has Kyle Rudolph under contract for just one more year through the 2019 season. He will carry a cap number of $7,625,000 next season, but if released the Vikings can save that exact amount with absolutely zero dead money. It's definitely a tough decision to make on their part, but one they will have to make nonetheless.


Kyle Rudolph

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph

For the Dallas Cowboys, Kyle Rudolph is exactly the kind of tight end they like. He is the complete package as both an in-line blocker and as a threat in the passing game. He would immediately become an upgrade over what the Cowboys deployed at the position in 2018, and the entire offense would be better for it.

Unlike the Dallas Cowboys young stable of tight ends or any draft pick they could add to the mix, Rudolph would be able to literally hit the ground running and skip any kind of developmental phase. This could be ideal for a Cowboys team who might be just a piece or two away from making a Super Bowl run as soon as next season.

This is all fun to think about, but at this point it's all just speculation. Kyle Rudolph is still unfortunately a member of the Minnesota Vikings and they may not decide to release him, instead could extend him a few more years on a more favorable contract. Considering he's still a productive member of their team, this is entirely possible.

As far as the Cowboys are concerned though, I still believe this is a situation worth monitoring. It's a longshot that this will ever become possible, but Kyle Rudolph would without a doubt make this team better. Like I mentioned earlier, he could be one of those missing pieces that turns this team into a serious Super Bowl contender.

Would you like to see Kyle Rudolph in a Dallas Cowboys uniform?


Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

Advertisement
Comments

Game Notes

DAL 37, PHI 10: Cowboys Correct Course by Crushing Eagles

Jess Haynie

Published

on

Randall Cobb, Eagles
AP Photo/Ron Jenkins

The Dallas Cowboys will need plenty more games like this one to undo some of the damage from their recent three-game losing streak. But with a 37-10 rout of the division rival Philadelphia Eagles tonight, Dallas took a big step toward redemption and restoring order in their season.

The game got ugly in a hurry for the Eagles, who fumbled on their first two possessions and set the Cowboys up for touchdowns on each. Philadelphia would answer with a score on their next drive to make it 14-7, but it was all Dallas from there.

It was a joint effort from all parts of the Cowboys roster tonight. Ezekiel Elliott had 111 yards rushing and another 36 receiving, plus one touchdown on the ground. Dak Prescott threw for 239 yards and one score and ran for another touchdown.


Dallas' defense limited Philadelphia to just 283 total yards. DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Jourdan Lewis each recorded sacks while Xavier Woods had a rare interception for the Cowboys secondary.

Even special teams contributed; Brett Maher nailed a 63-yard field goal to end the first half and made his two other FG attempts as well.

The Eagles were missing several key players on both sides of the ball, giving them a bit of an excuse for how lopsided this game got. But with Dallas now getting bye week rest while Philadelphia has to stay on the road in Buffalo, is this the beginning of the end for the Eagles' season?

Other Notes

  • Amari Cooper led the receivers tonight with 106 yards on five catches. He did not appear to be hampered by any injury despite our worries earlier in the week.
  • Maher's 63-yard field goal put him in the NFL record books as the only kicker to ever hit three career FGs from 60 or more.
  • Prescott's 21st career rushing touchdown broke Roger Staubach's record for most all-time rushing TDs by a Cowboys quarterback.
  • Some negative injury news coming out of the game; Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and Robert Quinn (ribs) both had to leave and didn't return. No word yet on severity for either, but hopefully the bye week is all they need to recover.
  • Jeff Heath was also shaken up toward the end of the game but appeared to be okay on the sideline.
  • No injury setbacks for any of the Cowboys' previously concerning players. Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, and La'el Collins all made it through without incident.
  • Dallas now gets a long rest with the bye week and their next game not coming until Monday, Nov. 4th, against the New York Giants. While the Cowboys are healing up, the Giants will be traveling to Detroit next Sunday.


Continue Reading

Game Notes

DAL 27, PHI 7: Cowboys Winning Every Phase, Build Big Halftime Lead

Jess Haynie

Published

on

Report: Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott Agree in Principle on Contract Extension

The Dallas Cowboys certainly heard about Doug Pederson's win guarantee, but did anyone tell Pederson's team? The Philadelphia Eagles have fumbled and flopped their way into a 24-7 halftime deficit in this pivotal Week 7 rivalry game.

Two early fumbles by Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz helped set up the Cowboys for short fields and touchdowns. Dallas has scored points on all but one of their drives in the first half.

Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for his best game of 2019 so far. He has 65 rushing yards and another 25 through the air, with one touchdown coming on the ground.

Dak Prescott has been sharp with 161 passing yards on 15-of-20 passing. He connected with Blake Jarwin on the team's second touchdown of the night.

Dallas' other touchdown came on a pretty toss play to Tavon Austin, who used his athletic skills to juke one Eagle and then outrace the rest to the endzone.


Brett Maher finished the half with an amazing 63-yard field goal. He also made one from 26 yards earlier.

Standouts on defense so far include DeMarcus Lawrence, who is playing up to his verbal response to the Eagles' head coach earlier this week. We've also some big plays from Maliek Collins, Jourdan Lewis, and Robert Quinn.

Leighton Vander Esch had to leave the game with a neck injury and is questionable to return. Hopefully, the Cowboys won't need him.

Great start by the good guys! Let's keep it going!


Continue Reading

Game Notes

Eagles @ Cowboys 2019: Gameday Inactives for Both Teams

Jess Haynie

Published

on

Seldom-Used CB Jourdan Lewis Could Play Big Role Against Saints

Kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 of the 2019 season is almost upon us. The teams have now officially declared their inactive players for tonight, and the Cowboys' list comes with many sighs of relief.

After a week of worrying that several starters and other key players could miss this pivotal game, Dallas should have most of them on hand.

David Helman on Twitter

Cowboys inactives: Devin Smith, Anthony Brown, Luke Gifford, Adam Redmond, Brandon Knight, Justin Hamilton, Dorance Armstrong.

Losing Anthony Brown, who is essentially a starter as the nickel corner, isn't great. But it will mean more playing time for Jourdan Lewis, and to some that could be a blessing in disguise.

Not on this list are Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, and Byron Jones, all of whom had concerns earlier in the week about their availability to play.


As for Philadelphia, their inactive list features several key names

Jeff McLane on Twitter

Ronald Darby is active for the #Eagles. Rookie Shareef Miller active for the first time. The inactives for tonight's game against the Cowboys: DeSean Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Darren Sproles, Nigel Bradham, Nate Herbig, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan.

You can read more analysis of the Eagles' missing players here. But just to summarize, that's two offensive starters(Jackson, Peters) and three from the defense (Jernigan, Bradham, Maddox) who won't be playing in Dallas tonight.

Will these injuries decide the game? Will Dallas take advantage or will Philly overcome?

We're about to find out!


Continue Reading
Cowboys News App - Sidebar Large Block



Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! Get started here

Trending