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5 Cowboys Turning Heads In Training Camp

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Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Turning Heads In Training Camp

The Dallas Cowboys are barely one week into training camp and if you have been paying any kind of attention, you probably would've noticed that there certainly hasn't been any shortage of news. Unfortunately, the majority of it has been of the negative nature.

Backup quarterback Kellen Moore broke his leg, which now puts the backup position behind Tony Romo in question. Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford is suffering through a back injury and although it doesn't sound serious, it's still a concern none the less. Of course, we can't forget about Ezekiel Elliott now that he will miss practice for about a week with a sore hamstring.

Let's just hope and pray that this is the worst of it and the rest of training camp goes off without any more problems.

Fortunately for all of you, I'm the type of person that doesn't like to dwell on the negative. I prefer to look at the positive things that are going on and focus on them.

I'm not fortunate enough to see these practices in person, but I do try my best to stay tuned in with everything that's going on. So, I decided to share with you some players that I have heard are turning heads in training camp.

Morris Claiborne

Nearly everyone has that player they love to hate, and for a lot of you that player is cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne's NFL career can mostly be defined by his history of injuries, but he's hoping to put that behind him in 2016. He wants to finally live up to not only his, but everyone else's expectations.

If you don't believe me, check out his tweet he sent to teammate Dez Bryant before training camp kicked off.

Morris Claiborne on Twitter

Training camp time @DezBryant hold me accountable!! All in

Right now, his confidence is high and it's showing in his play on the field. His technique has been sound and he is blanketing every receiver he has been covering so far in training camp.

In fact, he is so confident right now that he has wanted to get even more involved and asked to return kickoffs.

Let's just all hope that he can keep it up for the entire 2016 season.

Alfred Morris

Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Turning Heads In Training Camp 1The Dallas Cowboys signed Alfred Morris knowing all too well the type of player they were getting having gone up against him twice a year as a member of the Washington Redskins.

Morris has been impressive in practice and continues to make it to the second level of the defense before being slowed down or even touched. That's pretty impressive you ask me.

It wasn't crystal clear where he was at on the depth chart amongst the running backs, but in the small sample size of training camp practices it looks as if he has solidified himself as Zeke Elliott's backup.

Due to Elliott's sore hamstring, Morris will get plenty of work over the next week or so and I fully expect him to take full advantage of each and every repetition.

Darius Jackson

Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Turning Heads In Training Camp 2I don't know if there's a player on the Cowboys roster that I'm looking forward to seeing in a game situation more than Darius Jackson. In fact, you can read exactly how good I think Jackson can be by clicking here.

Jackson has shown good burst and vision in practices. He is shooting through the running lanes and has shown to have quick feet to stop on a dime and change directions.

I already thought that he would receive plenty of work during preseason, but like Alfred Morris, he too will be asked to practice more with Elliott out with a sore hamstring.

By the time Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar are finally healthy and able to practice, it may be a little bit too late because Jackson is going to make it really hard for the coaching staff to keep off of the final 53 man roster.

Gavin Escobar

Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Turning Heads In Training Camp 3First off, I'm just amazed that Gavin Escobar was ready enough to practice after suffering an Achilles injury back in December in week 15 of the 2015 season. Not only is he practicing, although on a limited basis, word is he's looking fantastic doing it.

Maybe, just maybe, this is the year the coaches will finally get Escobar involved more on offense and use his unique skill set to create mismatches.

I won't be holding my breath or anything, but I'm really hoping offensive coordinator Scott Linehan can find a way to utilize Escobar more on offense. The fact they haven't been able to do so during the first three years of Escobar's NFL career doesn't really give me much hope though.

If the Cowboys don't believe Gavin Escobar is in their future plans, I think they should showcase his skills during preseason and see if they can get anything for him via trade.

Ryan Russell

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(James D. Smith via AP)

It's no secret that the Cowboys could use as much help from their pass rushers as possible without DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory. Fortunately, it looks as if second-year player Ryan Russell is ready to step up and contribute.

Russell has been playing defensive end on both the right and left side and he looks like an entirely different player in year two.

His matchups with the Cowboys Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith, have been a battle worth watching. Even though Smith gets the best of him the majority of the time, it's encouraging to see that Russell is holding his own.

Russell is trying to do his best to lay claim to one of those DE spots and I think he will only continue to get more comfortable with more practice time before being named the starter. That is at least for the first four games until DeMarcus Lawrence returns from his suspension.

Speaking of Lawrence, it looks as if he is ready to pick up where he left off last year. He has been giving Tyron Smith all he can handle when they face off against one another in practice.

Does any of this sound encouraging?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions so we can discuss this topic further.


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4 Comments
  • cowboy black

    First thing I notist is that it is basically all home grown talent.that is a great testament to recent personnel department.thank you coaches for taking time to develope the young talent .AND giving the young qbs the reps they need.A PLUS.MOVES.

    • Brian Martin

      Cowboy black, thanks for taking the time to comment. I agree with everything you said.

  • cowboy pratt

    so are the cowboys done looking for defensive backs

    • Brian Martin

      Cowboy pratt, I can pretty much guarantee you that the scouting department and coaching staff the Cowboys are always looking to improve their roster. If they see a defensive back that they think can come in and improve their position, then you can bet they will do their best to make them a part of the organization. I think that goes with just about every position.

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Though Promising, We Need To Relax About Safety Kavon Frazier

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Evaluating The Future Of Kavon Frazier, Byron Jones, And The Safety Position

With the addition of former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard to the Cowboys' defensive coaching staff, fans are hoping that Dallas will create their own "Legion of Boom." Of course this is a lofty goal, but one worth pursuing nonetheless.

If the Cowboys are to recreate the Legion of Boom they will need their version of two vital pieces: Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

The Seahawks defense works, in many ways, because of these two players. Thomas' ability to play centerfield and literally defend sideline to sideline gives the Seahawks the freedom to use Chancellor where he's best, as a box safety. Chancellor is a big, physical safety who defends the run effectively in the box and can blanket tight ends in man coverage with his size and athleticism.

These safeties are arguably the most critical pieces to the Legion of Boom, though having a shutdown corner in Richard Sherman certainly doesn't hurt.

Realizing Chancellor's importance, Cowboys fans are hoping that current safety Kavon Frazier can fulfill this role in Dallas. Since being drafted by the Cowboys in 2016 Frazier has made his home on Special Teams. As an impressive tackler in both punt and kick coverage, Frazier earned himself time at safety down the stretch of the 2017 season.

Kavon Frazier

S Kavon Frazier

All in all, Frazier played rather well. Against the Washington Redskins he stepped in and made a few splash plays at the line of scrimmage, causing Cowboys Nation to lose their minds. After that impressive Thursday night game, however, Kavon Frazier didn't really reach that same level of performance.

Frazier is still a liability when asked to cover, especially when asked to play as a two deep safety. He also struggles when taking angles at times, though playing downhill as a tackler is his best attribute. Frazier actually reminds me a bit of Barry Church, though over time Church became more refined in coverage than Frazier currently is.

Some have argued that Kavon Frazier's presence should stop the Cowboys from considering a first round safety. I would disagree, and actually believe that if Florida State's Derwin James is available, the Cowboys should consider making that pick.

If you could combine the athleticism and coverage abilities of Byron Jones with the physicality and "box safety" qualities of Kavon Frazier, you'd have a fantastic safety. Unfortunately, this isn't the Marvel Universe and we are left without any super heroes in the back-end.

Hopefully Kris Richard will figure out how to correctly place all of these pieces in the Dallas Cowboys secondary going forward.


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Maverick Carter: LeBron James Considered Cowboys During NBA Lockout

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Maverick Carter is a pretty important man in the world of sports. As a business man, entrepreneur, and manager of one of the best basketball players of all time in LeBron James, Maverick Carter is certainly used to making headlines.

This week, while on former NFL running back Arian Foster's podcast "Now What? with Arian Foster," Carter claimed that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones once attempted to negotiate a contract with LeBron James.

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Carter claims that Jones contacted LeBron James and discussed bringing him in as a Cowboy while the NBA was without games.

"Jerry Jones, being the smart marketer he is...one day out of the clear blue sky LeBron got a contract I think it was for like one year, a couple million bucks to play for the Dallas Cowboys." - Maverick Carter.

Carter then states that LeBron may have the paperwork framed in his house to remember these discussions with Jerry Jones. LeBron's fandom for the Cowboys has been well documented, as has been his high school football prowess.

We may never know how "real" these discussions were, and of course it is long over now, but just imagining LeBron James getting a chance to play for the Dallas Cowboys would break the internet.

You can check out the full episode of the podcast here, and I highly suggest listening to the other episodes Arian Foster has to offer.


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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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