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Introducing Pigskin Hub NFL Forums For Cowboys Discussion

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News & Notes - Introducing Pigskin Hub NFL Forums For Cowboys Discussion

When I first started this site back in 2009 – known then as CowboysNation.net – one of my ultimate goals was to provide forums for diehard Cowboys fans to discuss their team, but that never came to fruition. Forums are tough to launch and run and require an inordinate amount of time to manage; too much when you’ve also got writers and multiple sites to manage. So the forums kept getting pushed to a back burner.

The answer to my problem is Pigskin Hub.

Single Point Of Access – Being an all-32 NFL forum means that there’s a section exclusive to every NFL team, and what good would that be unless they were all easily accessible from a single web address? PigskinHub.com is a one-stop destination for all NFL football discussion.

Open & Trouble-Free Access – Forums are a place where ideas and fans come together to enhance the fan experience, and Pigskin Hub recognizes that such a platform must be freely accessible by all. There are no sign-up fees, no membership dues, and no pay-per-view content. There are hardly even any ads to speak of, just fantastic fans discussing their love of football from their computers and mobile devices.

Discussion & News – The majority of content on a forum is created by the users in the form of discussion, but it helps to have a little nudge on some topics to spark a conversation. So Pigskin Hub and Inside The Star are tightly integrated to solve this problem. All articles on this site have a thread created in the appropriate forum where replies and comments on the article are synced together in real time. This expands the reach of discussions and brings in new people that might not otherwise have had the means to do so.

All told, the partnership with Pigskin Hub adds a level of interaction for fans and readers that no other site offers.

I’m going to be placing some links around InsideTheStar.com to the Cowboys forum on PigskinHub.com in the coming days to make it easier for folks to find the forum. It officially opened just a few days ago so I’m working with Pigskin Zac spreading the word as far as we can to bring in new active users.

I encourage all of our readers to go check it out. Signing up is free and the forums are fully accessible on all devices (desktop, tablet, mobile). Just pick your username and password to get started.

Join the new Pigskin Hub NFL Forums today - PigskinHub.com. Great football, fantastic fans.

Pigskin Hub isn’t an entirely new subject for our readers. We’ve been talking about a wonderful new Android app that delivers quality Cowboys news to your Android-powered mobile devices for a few weeks now, and actually it’s not so new. The Pigskin Hub – Cowboys News app has been around for more than a year and maintains a nearly perfect rating among its users.

If you have an Android device and haven’t tried it yet then I recommend you do so today.

The forums are the heart of Pigskin Hub – or football community, to put it in other terms – and the apps go along side the forums for a complete user experience. The forums are integrated into the app via menu links to the forums and to the live game day chat hosted on the forum. The suite of apps offered by Pigskin Hub already includes an app for every NFL team, but the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders apps have gotten off to the strongest start already.

Those of you who enjoy forums may already be aware of Pigskin Hub, though the name won’t ring any bells for you. Cowboys Addicts is the name it used to go by when it was just a Cowboys forum. Just like Cowboys Addicts/CowboysFans.com has joined with InsideTheStar.com in the last month, the forums were closed down and moved to the Dallas Cowboys section of Pigskin Hub.

I feel very strongly that this partnership is the best way we can provide a greater experience for fans and look forward to talking with all of you at PigskinHub.com!"



Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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