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3 Dallas Cowboys Making Cases to be Cut

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3 Dallas Cowboys Making Cases to be Cut

The other day, Staff Writer Jess Haynie gave you 3 Cowboys Making Cases for Roster Spots. It's right on the money and likely those players will make the roster. Today I'm going to bring you an opposite take. Let me apologize in advance if I mention your pet cat, but the reality is that the Dallas Cowboys have a long way to go before they make their 37 cuts on September 3rd.

Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys QB Kellen Moore #17

Kellen Moore

With his poor play and the excellent play of Cooper Rush, Kellen Moore isn't giving Scott Linehan a lot to defend.

Linehan has been the biggest #KelMo proponent for as long as Moore has been in the league, yet there isn't a lot to go on in his NFL career.

He's 27 years old now and has only played in three games since coming into the league in 2012. All we have to go on is his preseason play, which has been average to below average.

With Cooper Rush playing well, it would not surprise me to see the front office move on for a younger quarterback to back up Dak Prescott. Similar to how the New England Patriots use the quarterback position.

When has Tom Brady ever had a veteran backup? Only after he took the job from Drew Bledsoe. Why do we feel the need for Dallas to have a veteran backup?

Byron Bell

With experience as a starter at tackle and guard, it was thought that Byron Bell could come in and compete with Jonathan Cooper or Chaz Green at either left guard or right tackle.

Now with the team 100% committed to La'el Collins at right tackle, that has left an open competition at left guard.

Byron Bell got the start on Saturday night, but failed to impress. On one drive alone he was called for two holding penalties. There were times as well that he struggled with movement to the outside on running plays.

Not a single player who has received snaps has really asserted themselves at left guard. At the moment, he still has a shot, but if he continues to play as poorly as he did against the Rams, it could be a short stint for Bell as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Robert Blanton

Signed in the offseason to be a veteran presence in the secondary and compete with Jeff Heath at strong safety, but Robert Blanton has been darn near invisible. He's been completely overshadowed by Heath who has started each game of the preseason along side Byron Jones and been outplayed by rookie Xavier Woods. Kavon Frazier has even been notable as an in-the-box safety and on special teams.

Once thought to be in the mix to start at strong safety, Blanton will now be fighting just to stay on the roster.

With the roster squeeze that is bound to happen by cut-down day, it's unlikely to me that the Dallas Cowboys will keep more than four safeties.


Little is decided after two preseason games, and these players have three more games to make their case for a roster spot. When it comes to the NFL and especially Jason Garrett's Dallas Cowboys, performance matters.

Moore, Bell, and Blanton will need to perform better if they want to keep a job.

What do you think? Any players you think have played their way off the roster?


I didn't start out as a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quickly as I could. I grew up a Joe Montana fan when he was with the 49ers and followed him to the Chiefs, until we moved to Texas. I've now been a Fan of the Boys since the Dark Days of the Post-Aikman, Pre-Romo era of abysmal quarterback play, now relishing in more than a decade of franchise quarterbacking for America's Team.

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  • George_Johnson

    John Williams: Lets look at the facts regarding K Moore and Rush. First of all K Moore is getting the 2nd team reps in practice and 2nd team playing time in preseason games. Rush is getting the 3rd team reps in practice and 3rd team playing time. There is a significant difference especially in preseason games. K Moore is more likely to play against defensive players who will make the 53 man roster and Rush is more likely to play against defensive players that will be working in a hardware store in a month. So comparing their play in preseason games is difficult. K Moore as best I can tell has scored an “A” in training camp. As a little data point, I think Prescott has about seven interceptions and K Moore has one. I am not sure about Rush. The QB coach said he has looked really good in games and implied not as well in practice. K Moore for his first preseason game scored an “A” as best I can tell. He was outstanding, especially if the interception which could have gone either way and Brown didn’t seem to play it quite right, would have been a touchdown. Rush also looked really good. In the second preseason game, K Moore did not look good. However, I am not sure what the defense had to do with this. He seemed to check down all the time which means either a receiver further down field was not open or K Moore was afraid to throw it down field. There also seemed to be a lot of pressure coming especially from the left side of the Dallas line. I haven’t heard from the coaches as to what they thought of K Moore’s play. Rush looked really good again in the 2nd preseason game. Again you have to remember he is playing third team. K Moore may have been playing against 1st and 2nd team defenses and Rush primarily against 3rd and 4th team defenses. A significant difference. So it is difficult to compare. Another issue is K Moore is a veteran even though he hasn’t played much and knows a lot at this point. Rush is a rookie and is drinking from a fire hose at this point in terms of learning and adjusting. Big difference. Your comments indicated you don’t like K Moore. Probably because he does not look like an NFL QB and can’t run and doesn’t have a real strong arm. I will remind you what S Linehan, one of the top QB coaches in the world, has said (paraphrased): He said K Moore can play in the NFL. He said his arm is strong enough. Linehan has said K Moore compensates for his physical limitations with his outstanding pocket passing skills/abilities. He has also said he is very accurate and uses uncanny anticipation. Recently he called him a machine. He has said he knows his limitations and gets the job done in his own way. He said he is like having a veteran on the team because of his QB knowledge and knowing exactly what to do.

    • Russ_Te

      As it stands, I’d rather have to put Moore in a playoff game than Rush. Or McCown. Or Cassel…

      But Rush is one of the preseason standouts so far, and I hope to see that continue. He won’t get past waivers in that case, so you’d have to keep 3 QB’s. Hanna might be on the bubble with the emergence of Gathers, and I won’t be surprised if they roll dice there and just keep Witten, Gathers and Swaim. If they are going to more spread sets on long downs and using the WR talent, then TE is a place to pinch a roster spot.

    • John Williams

      I’m not sure how we can describe Kellen Moore as a veteran having only played in 3 NFL Games in his 5 year career.

      Please tell me you watched the Colts game last night. I hope you did. Because Moore looked lost.

      If he’s doing anything good in practice, he’s not showing it in games. Kellen Moore looks like a rookie playing his first football in several years.

      Rush looks poised, composed, gets the ball out of his hands quickly and is decisive in his reads.

      I don’t care what the quarterback looks like or what his tools are. Cooper Rush by all indications doesn’t have a strong arm as well, but he gets through his reads quickly, gets the ball out of his hands quickly, is decisive. He has good touch and accuracy. If Kellen Moore was effective with the tools that he had, I wouldn’t care what the tools are. Joe Montana wasn’t tall or didn’t have a strong arm, but he was able to get the job done with the tools that he had. For all the talk about Kellen’s intelligence, it doesn’t show sometimes.

      Kellen made a few decent throws, but he’s just not consistent enough. On the fumble, it looked like he had no idea what he was doing with the ball.

    • PaulnFortWorth

      George,
      It’s nice that Kellen M. has supporters. However, pro football is merit driven and Kellen hasn’t been producing in the preseason games. Cooper Rush has. Kellen has been around for several years but last year he broke a bone and was out for the season. It could be that he hasn’t fully recovered or he may never completely recover. Either way, the most important time is during a game with the available resources. He has to produce or his career in pro football is over.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" 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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Dallas Cowboys OL Fails To Crack NFL.com’s Top 10

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Often considered a top unit in football, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line seemed to take a step back in 2017. Mostly due to injuries and free agent departures on the left side, the Cowboys were unable to form the same solid unit we have seen in years past.

Despite their struggles, most would still consider them a top 5-10 offensive line in the NFL. At least, that's what I'd expect considering they still feature three All-Pro caliber players upfront.

Matt Harmon of NFL.com put together a list of the top 10 offensive lines in football based on performance in the 2017 season. The list was strictly developed through the use of next gen stats, which defined pressure as "pass-rushing play in which a defender gets within 2 yards of the opposing quarterback at the time of the throw or sack." In addition, "yards gained before close" was taken into account. This metric is meant to measure "the amount of rushing yards a running back gains before opposing defenders come within 1 yard of the player."

After compiling all of these stats, the Cowboys offensive line was left off of the list completely. Maybe even more surprising, however, was that the Philadelphia Eagles' line failed to crack the top ten as well. That's two lines with 3-4 Pro Bowl caliber players each missing the cut.

According to Matt Harmon the Cowboys allowed a pressure on 28.6% of Dak Prescott's dropbacks, 12th highest in the league. Dallas also ranked 20th in the league in YGBC in 2017.

While I do have some issues with the methodology of these statistics, the final result is actually hard to argue with. Down the stretch the Cowboys offense was downright pathetic at times. Regardless of how highly we thought of them prior to the year, the offense didn't perform to their standards, or the standards of a top ten unit.

Heading into 2018, however, I do expect this offensive line to begin to regain form. La'el Collins should continue to improve on the right side, and he is already an adequate starting right tackle regardless. I also expect Dallas to address their left guard spot, potentially within the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft.

In the end the success of this line may hinge on the health of Tyron Smith, though. When healthy, Smith is the best left tackle in all of football. But that "when healthy" caveat has certainly hurt the Cowboys offense.

The way the front office handles their offensive line this offseason will play a huge role in the success, or lack thereof, of the Cowboys in 2018.


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Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: CB Bene Benwikere

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Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: CB Bene Benwikere

After playing sparsely for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, veteran cornerback Bene Benwikere is set to be an unrestricted free agent. Could he stay in Dallas, or will he have to find work elsewhere?

Dallas was concerned about its CB depth with heavy reliance on young players and Jourdan Lewis barely participating in the offseason. Therefore, the Cowboys traded a sixth-round pick to the Cincinnati Bengals for Benwikere just before Week One.

After a stellar rookie season with the Carolina Panthers in 2014, Bene had suffered a steep fall before landing in Cincy. Injuries and poor play got him cut midway through 2016 by the Panthers, and then Benwikere bounced from Miami to Green Bay before finally signing with the Bengals in the 2017 offseason.

Though a few years removed from being an All-Rookie Team standout, Bene Benwikere is still just 26 and may still draw interest from scouts who remember his better days. He is likely counting on that, because the Cowboys' secondary is starting to fill up.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Bene Benwikere (#23)

The Cowboys currently have exciting sophomores Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis expected to start in 2018. Anthony Brown is back for his third season and will be active on game days.

Orlando Scandrick's future is cloudy, but Dallas won't get much cap relief from releasing him this season. They may elect to keep the veteran for one more year, which would all but fill out the CB depth chart.

Even if Scandrick leaves, talk that Dallas may move Byron Jones back to corner from safety would only leave Benwikere in the same disadvantaged position for finding work.

The best chance that Bene Benwikere has to stay with the Cowboys is if new Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard remembers him from 2014. Coaches often feel that can get more out of a player than the last guy, and Richard may see potential in Benwikere that his last few teams couldn't unlock.

Four years ago may be too long, though, and especially with a fresh new crop of young players coming into the league. Especially if they keep Scandrick, Dallas may want to use the rest of their roster spots on younger prospects.

As it stands, Bene Benwikere is unlikely to return to the Cowboys. However, given the flashes of potential he once showed in the NFL, you can't be certain that Dallas won't want to give him one more chance.


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