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5 Dallas Cowboys Players Who Could Become Trade Assets

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The Dallas Cowboys have one of their deepest rosters from top to bottom in recent memory. Unfortunately, that means they're going to be quite a few talented players who aren't going to make the team this year like they would have in years past. If I'm the Cowboys, I'm not just tossing these players away. I'm going to try to get some compensation in return, even if it's just late-round picks.

Today though I don't want to focus on all of the players who could become trade assets for the Dallas Cowboys. Instead, I want to focus on just a few of them who I believe the Cowboys could get the most bang for their buck if traded away. After all, it's more exciting talking about players we know more about than those who aren't.

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DE, Taco Charlton

Taco Charlton

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton

Taco Charlton has two years under his belt with the Dallas Cowboys, but unfortunately doesn't have much to show for it. The Cowboys knew he was a project player when they drafted him, but his lack of development to this point is concerning to say the least. It didn't help matters last year when he found himself in the coaches doghouse, meaning it's time for him to put up or shut up in the Year 3.

If the Cowboys are indeed ready to wash their hands of Taco, they could put him on the trade block to see if another team around the league would like to try their hand at tapping into his talent. After trading for Robert Quinn, signing Kerry Hyder, and adding two rookie DEs through the draft, Dallas seems to have plenty in depth at the position. Charlton could very well be in a make or break offseason.

RT, La'el Collins

La'el Collins

Dallas Cowboys RT La'el Collins

When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Connor McGovern with their third-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft a few weeks ago it opened up a floodgate of possibilities with how they could go about deploying their offensive line this season. Unfortunately for La'el Collins, who is entering the last year of his contract, it could potentially mean his time in Dallas is coming to an end sooner than expected. He could now be a trade asset.

The Cowboys could choose to use Collins in a trade to hopefully upgrade another position and then kick Connor Williams out to right tackle. That would mean Connor McGovern slides in as a rookie at left guard. It's a long shot this will happen because of all of the moving pieces involved and the fact Dallas will receive a 2020 compensatory pick for Collins, but it's still a possibility for the right price or player.


G/C, Joe Looney

Joe Looney

Dallas Cowboys OG/C Joe Looney

The Dallas Cowboys would probably hate to kick Joe Looney to the curb after how well be filled in for Travis Frederick in 2018, but that may have already all that happened by drafting Connor McGovern. This is the La'el Collins situation all over again. With McGovern aboard, the Cowboys offensive line is going to be something a lot of teams around the league will be keeping a close eye on, and that includes Looney.

Looney proved last year he's more than capable of handling the starting responsibility that goes with playing center in the NFL. Plus, he has the added versatility to play guard in a snap as well. That could come in high demand once offseason practices get underway and injuries start piling up. Looney is a valuable asset still in Dallas, just not as much as he was before McGovern was added to the mix. Still, don't be surprised if you see him on the trade block.

CB, Jourdan Lewis

Jourdan Lewis

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

If there is one person out there in the Cowboys Nation who isn't really happy with Kris Richard since his arrival in Dallas, it's probably Jourdan Lewis. He saw his playing time significantly decrease in 2018 after playing quite a bit as a rookie. After his first year with the Cowboys it was looking as if he could compete for a starting job, but Richard's arrival squashed that from happening. Now, he is nothing more than fourth on the CB depth chart.

On many teams around the league Lewis would be a starting caliber CB on the outside or in the slot. Unfortunately in Dallas he doesn't fit Richard's size/length thresholds and was left watching from the sideline for the most of the 2018 season. The only significant playing time he really had was against the Saints, when he was asked to contain Alvin Kamara, one of the NFL's most dangerous weapons. Lewis' contract expires in 2020 and the Cowboys should consider moving him if they're not going to use him. A lot of teams would line up for his services.

RB/WR, Tavon Austin

Tavon Austin

Dallas Cowboys RB/WR Tavon Austin (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

Count me as one of those who were really excited about the Dallas Cowboys decision to trade for Tavon Austin last offseason. I was really looking forward to seeing what he could add to the offense because of his ability to be a threat as a runner, receiver, and return specialist. Unfortunately, we only saw flashes of his game changing ability because of a groin injury he sustained early in the season. Now, he may once again find himself on the trade block because of the Cowboys decision to draft a similar weapon in Tony Pollard.

A lot of people view Pollard as a backup running back, but I don't think he's ready for that kind of responsibility just yet. When I studied his game film I saw a bigger version of Tavon Austin and I believe that's the kind of role he will play with the Cowboys in his first few years while he develops into a more complete player. The bad thing about this is there's not any sense and keeping two similar players on the roster, and unfortunately Pollard is younger and cheaper. Who knows though, maybe Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore is a mastermind who can get them both involved?


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Tony Pollard Should See More Work with Injuries at Wide Receiver

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Tony Pollard Should See More Work with Injuries at Wide Receiver

After making it through the preseason relatively unscathed on the injury front to the team's starters and primary role players, the Dallas Cowboys have caught a case of the injury bug in the last week. Already it's been announced that Xavier Woods is going to miss some time with an ankle sprain and Antwaun Woods is dealing with an MCL sprain. Injuries at any point in the season will test a team's depth and the Dallas Cowboys are about to be tested at the wide receiver position with Michael Gallup out for up to a month and Tavon Austin still in the concussion protocol.

Heading into the Cowboys week three matchup with the Miami Dolphins, the team currently only has four healthy wide receivers on the roster; Amari Cooper, Devin Smith, Randall Cobb, and Cedrick Wilson. It's certainly plausible that the team could look at a veteran player, perhaps even one that's been with the team in the past, or they could call up one of their practice squad players like a Jon'vea Johnson or Ventrell Bryant.

The player the Dallas Cowboys should look to incorporate into the passing game, either in week three or beyond, is Running Back Tony Pollard.

Tony Pollard came to the NFL with the reputation of being mostly a receiving threat. In three seasons at Memphis, he caught nearly as many passes (104) as he had rushing attempts (139). In 2018, he had 1,000 yards from scrimmage with nearly half of those yards coming in the passing game. As a pass catcher, Pollard averaged more than 12 yards per reception for his career at Memphis and could be a dynamic weapon for the Cowboys to deploy in the passing game.


Rushing & Receiving Table
Rush Rush Rush Rush Rece Rece Rece Rece Scri Scri Scri Scri
Year School Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2015 Memphis FR WR 0 0 0
*2016 Memphis FR WR 13 31 159 5.1 1 29 298 10.3 2 60 457 7.6 3
*2017 Memphis SO RB 13 30 230 7.7 2 36 536 14.9 4 66 766 11.6 6
*2018 Memphis JR WR 14 78 552 7.1 6 39 458 11.7 3 117 1010 8.6 9
Career Memphis 139 941 6.8 9 104 1292 12.4 9 243 2233 9.2 18
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 9/18/2019.

We've already seen how Pollard can be an effective runner for the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday he averaged 5.5 yards per carry on his four attempts and had a touchdown brought back due to a penalty.

The Cowboys love to use jet motion, throw bubble screens, and traditional screen passes, and Pollard can be an effective weapon in addition to his ability as a running back. Now it's not likely that the team will want to put a lot on his plate early in the season or give opposing teams film of how they might use Tony Pollard in the passing game, but if they need to get some snaps at the receiver position from a player they trust, Pollard's your guy.

They showed a lot of faith in Pollard during the preseason, running him exclusively with the first-team offense and giving him a vast majority of the workload. The team's raved about his ability to pick up the playbook and execute the things they're asking him to do. Unleashing his receiving skills will be a difference-maker for the Cowboys and could be huge while Michael Gallup and Tavon Austin are out of action.

The Dallas Cowboys have a weapon that the rest of the NFL is unfamiliar with and it's only a matter of time until Kellen Moore calls his number in a way we haven't seen yet. With only four healthy wide receivers on the roster currently and for the foreseeable future, Tony Pollard could find those opportunities rather soon. Despite the injuries to Gallup and Austin, the depth of playmakers the Cowboys have is very exciting. It's only a matter of time until Tony Pollard creates a little excitement of his own.

 


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Report: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Could Only Miss One Game

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Report: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Could Only Miss One Game

The Dallas Cowboys might not be without their rising star at free safety as long as they originally thought. According to DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus, Xavier Woods could only miss this Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins.


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They gave him a physical and didn't sign so that tells me a little something. Xavier Woods is not going to be out 4-6 weeks. Might miss one game... https://t.co/EFcpjlZnPH

Woods suffered a high ankle sprain this past Sunday against the Washington Redskins that was supposed to keep him out 4-6 weeks. If he is only out one game that would be amazing news for the Cowboys with the toughest part of their schedule coming up. Safety Darian Thompson is set to start this Sunday opposite Jeff Heath in place of Woods, with rookie Donovan Wilson and Kavon Frazier also their for insurance. Will Xavier Woods be back against the New Orleans Saints next week? Something to keep an eye on. More details to come.


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Cowboys Have to Remain Focused the Next two Weeks, Avoid any Letdowns

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Cowboys Have to Remain Focused the Next two Weeks, Avoid any Letdowns

It's been seen in the NFL too many times before and it'll be seen again. A superior team letting an inferior team catch them by surprise and the next thing you know an unforeseen loss occurs, and sometimes that can spark a downward spiral. Coming into the 2019 season the Dallas Cowboys knew they had two division games for starters, against teams they were better than on paper. That makes it easy for a letdown or an underwhelming performance to occur, however, the Cowboys showed they have a single-minded focus that needs to continue in the next two weeks.

The New York Giants came out on fire on their first possession week one that was sparked by a 59-yard run from Saquon Barkley that set up an early 7-0 lead, but almost simultaneously, the magic ended after the score. The Giants would score just 3 more points until a late garbage-time touchdown made the final score a little more respectable at 35-17.

Although the Giants had 25 first downs and almost 500 yards of offense they were only 2 of 11 on third down and failed to reach 20 points. Meanwhile, Quarterback Dak Prescott had arguably the best game of his career with 405 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a perfect 158.3 passer rating. They took the Giants best shot early and didn't flinch, just the kind of focus you like to see.

The Washington Redskins were up next in a big early-season NFC East road game. Just like the week before, the Cowboys offense started off slow in finding their groove and they fell behind 7-0 early in the second quarter, and then the flood gates opened. Dak Prescott once again was spectacular going 26 of 30 (ended the game with 18 straight completions, 14 of 14 in the second half) for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Cowboys scored on five consecutive possessions and at one time lead 31-14 before eventually winning 31-21. Falling behind on the road to a division opponent can be tough to overcome regardless if they are a good team or not. The Cowboys showed great poise and cut the head off the snake so to speak when they smelled blood and improved to 2-0.

This Sunday the Miami Dolphins come to town in your classic "Trap Game". On paper, this matchup isn't even close considering the Dolphins have been outscored 102-10 and have given up 391 rushing yards in the first two games. Smart money says the Cowboys should steamroll this team, but people shouldn't be so confident. Riding a wave of momentum like the Cowboys are currently on into a home game with an inferior opponent has all the ingredients of a letdown if they're not careful.


The defense needs to assert it's dominance this week. They have been excellent only allowing 19 points per game and stopping 16 out of 20 third-down situations. However, they have given up 44 first downs and allowed touchdowns on 5 of 7 red zone opportunities. Plenty of room for improvement and playing a bad offense should help the defense immensely. Offensively, keep riding the Dak-Zeke wave. Prescott is off to his best career start and Ezekiel Elliott is fresh off a 100-yard performance. The defense they are facing is allowing 51 points per game, attack early and often.

After that, the Cowboys travel to New Orleans to face the Saints in a game that was looked at as a premiere regular-season matchup when the schedule was released in April. Unfortunately, at least for the Saints, Drew Brees will miss the next six weeks with ligament damage to the thumb on his throwing hand. Also, the Saints defense is giving up 27.5 points per game so far in 2019.

What the Cowboys don't want is a bad performance in a game they should win on paper just like the Saints did last season, ironically against Dallas. The Saints were on a 10 game winning streak when they rolled into Arlington in week 13. Arguably the NFL's top offense was shut down as the Cowboys won a tough 13-10 battle. Let your defense pin it's ears back and make life miserable for backup Teddy Bridgewater, who while talented, can't operate the offense on the level of Drew Brees. Give Prescott, Elliott, and this high powered offense short fields all night and put points on the board early and quiet what should be a loud crowd down in Cajun Country.

The Cowboys have home games against the Packers and Eagles as well as a road game against the Giants in the month that follows the next few weeks. It's imperative for them to take care of business the next two games with the meat and potatoes of their schedule coming up. They will have to overcome the injury bug, though, as several players went down this past Sunday.

Wide Receiver Michael Gallup is out 2-4 weeks with a meniscus tear, Xavier Woods is out 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain, Antwaun Woods is day-to-day with an MCL sprain and Tyrone Crawford is being monitored as he deals with a hip issue. Nonetheless, the Cowboys still have more than enough to beat these two wounded dogs, but that's easier said than done. Will they keep their focus? Only time will tell.


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