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5 Pre-draft Moves Cowboys Should Consider Making in Free Agency

Brian Martin



5 Pre-draft Moves Cowboys Should Consider Making in Free Agency 4

It's a lot more fun to speculate about the NFL draft and which players the Dallas Cowboys could be interested in, but today I want to talk about free agency. These players aren't shiny new toys, but for the most part they are proven commodities and teams pretty much know what they're getting. It's usually the safer way to improve your team.

I know the Dallas Cowboys have stated they don't plan on being very active in free agency outside of signing their own, but they have the money to pretty much do whatever they want. That is why I decided to put together a list of five moves I believe they should seriously consider. I really think each one of these moves are possible without breaking the bank.

Continue to read below to see how I would potentially approach free agency this year. I think it's a great way for the Cowboys to free themselves up to take any player regardless of position in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.

Bring Landon Collins to Dallas

Landon Collins

Free Agent S Landon Collins (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Last year at this time everybody was wanting the Dallas Cowboys to upgrade their safety position with Earl Thomas. This year everybody should shift their focus to a safety who's played for the Cowboys division rival the past several years, Landon Collins. He is the hard-hitting enforcer they need at strong safety.

The Cowboys need to replace Jeff Heath in the starting lineup. He's been serviceable these past few years, but his poor tackling this past season was a problem. This is an area where Landon Collins excels and he would become that Kam Chancellor type enforcer like Kris Richard had on the back end of his defense with the Seattle Seahawks.

Beef up the Defensive Line

Danny Shelton

Free Agent DT Danny Shelton

For what seems like the past decade I've been preaching about the Dallas Cowboys need to add a big space eating defensive tackle to the middle their defensive line. Someone who can clog the middle and help keep opposing offensive lineman from getting their hands on the Cowboys young talented linebackers.

I think the Cowboys can add one of these behemoth DTs without breaking the bank. Danny Shelton, a former first-round pick, would probably be my first choice. He's every bit of 340 pounds and is coming off a down year with the New England Patriots after being acquired from the Cleveland Browns via trade this past offseason. He is load to deal with in the running game and has the power to collapse the pocket as a pass rusher.

Steal Division Rival's Swing Tackle

Ty Nsekhe

Free Agent OT Ty Nsekhe

When healthy and on the field Tyron Smith is still arguably the best left tackle in the NFL. Unfortunately, he's missed a couple games in consecutive seasons due to injuries, which has made the swing tackle position behind him more important. With Cameron Fleming hitting free agency, the Cowboys could turn to their division rival, the Washington Redskins, for tackle help by signing Ty Nsekhe.

Although Fleming played pretty well in Tyron Smith's absence, I think Ty Nsekhe will not only be more affordable, but also an upgrade. Nsekhe is 33 years old, but don't hold his age against him. I think he is a starting caliber left tackle in the NFL and could even compete with La'el Collins for the starting right tackle position.

Replace Cole Beasley in the Slot

Adam Humphries

Free Agent WR Adam Humphries (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

Cole Beasley seemed to be a little insulted with how the Dallas Cowboys value him both contract -wise and in the passing game, which means he's probably moving on. Luckily, there are a couple of free agents the Cowboys can bring in and be just as productive, perhaps even more so.

Adam Humphries and Jamison Crowder are two FA wide receivers I believe can come in and replace Cole Beasley. Both are younger than Beasley and both are dangerous slot WRs. Humphries a little bigger than Beasley, while Crowder is little smaller. And, both are more dangerous after the catch and would be an upgrade at punt returner as well.

Upgrade Tight End Position

Jesse James

Free Agent TE Jesse James

The best way for the Dallas Cowboys to upgrade their tight end position might be to do it through free agency. There's some pretty solid free agent TEs available this year and signing one of them would help Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz's development more than bringing in a rookie. But, like always it's going to come down to price.

Personally, I like former Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jesse James as a Cowboys FA target. He's a good in-line blocker and receiver in the passing game. He's has had some solid production in Pittsburgh, which could've been better if targeted more often in the passing game. There is also a couple of Baltimore Ravens TEs that make sense, Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle. Any one of these three would likely be an upgrade in Dallas though.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys will make any of these moves in free agency?

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.


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Takeaway Tuesday: Zeke Had The Exact Kind of Game Cowboys Need

Mauricio Rodriguez



Ezekiel Elliott Should be rid of all Rust

It's pretty difficult to deal with the hype of being 2-0 to open a 2019 NFL season. The Dallas Cowboys have done just that with a revamped offense and a quarterback that's thrown seven touchdowns in the process. They currently sit alone atop of the NFC East and although it's too early to know what kind of team this will be when it's all said alone, we're excited.

Let's dive into this week's takeaways!

We Need Robert Quinn Back

The Dallas Cowboys defense hasn't been as bad as many would think. They've had a few bad moments but the talent is still there and should be improving as the season goes on. Last Sunday, what was most frustrating to me was the lack of a pass rush. DeMarcus Lawrence had a pretty good game, even though his stat line doesn't look very pretty. The pressure was there constantly and he forced a handful of bad plays from Case Keenum. Tyrone Crawford managed to sack him once.

Breaking News: Robert Quinn Suffers Fractured Hand

Other than that, for most of the game the pressure was scarce. Fortunately, the Cowboys are getting Robert Quinn back from suspension this week. Having two quality edge rushers will boost a defense that has the potential to be great, but has only been "good" two weeks into the season.

Ezekiel Elliott Had The Kind of Game The Cowboys Need

Zeke was back for a heavier workload in week 2 after having a snap count in the season opener. It may have not felt like it, but the Cowboys' star running back had a pretty good game versus the Redskins. On 23 carries he had 111 yards and a touchdown, averaging 4.8 yards per carry.

In contrast of recent years, Elliott had a great game without the team heavily leaning on the running game. Dak Prescott threw the ball 30 times and Zeke still had a great game. This is what Cowboys Nation should want out of Kellen Moore's offense.

Elliott has two rushing touchdowns in the season, compared to six in all of last year. This is a product of an offense that's now dangerous in many ways, specially in the red zone. You gotta love what Moore is accomplishing so far.

Slow Starts Can't Continue to Happen

The biggest issue with the Cowboys in the first two weeks of the season has been their slow openings. In both games they've started trailing early. The worst thing about it is that it's been due to giving up big plays (like Saquon Barkley's big run in week 1) and quick, unsuccessful drives on offense (like a three-and-out drive followed by a drive that ended in an interception last Sunday).

Fortunately for the Cowboys, the Giants and Redskins didn't pose much of a problem. But when we reach the tougher stretches of the schedule, we know how quickly a game can turn south. Not every rival will be as unforgiving as the 0-2 foes they've faced so far.

DAL 31, WAS 21: Dak Prescott Dominant In Comfortable Win 1

Dak Prescott Continues to Prove He's It

Last but not least, we'll talk about Dak Prescott. Once again, he looked great. He finished the day with 269 yards, three touchdowns and an interception that came on a tipped ball from Randall Cobb's hand. He threw an absolute dime to WR Devin Smith, giving him his ninth 50+ yard touchdown pass of his career (ranking third in the NFL since 2016 behind Tom Brady and Philip Rivers).

All game long, he was precise against Washington's defense. He dealt three touchdowns to three different players and was making throws with anticipation and poise. If you're not sold on Dak Prescott yet, I don't know if you'll ever be.

He also looked well as a runner, specially on that 42-yard run where he stiffed arm Josh Norman. I hope the Cowboys continue to use him in the running game.

Tell me what you think about "Takeaway Tuesday: Zeke Had The Exact Kind of Game Cowboys Need" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Brees Out for 6 Weeks, How Much Will Cowboys Win Streak Last?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Brees Out for 6 Weeks, How Much Will Cowboys Win Streak Last?
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The Dallas Cowboys are off to a hot start in 2019. Two weeks into the season, they're showing off a 2-0 record as they've outscored their opponents 66-38. The offense has been on point through two games under Kellen Moore's coordination. There have been some issues, but these have been largely outnumbered by the positive things.

Truth be told, such a start was expected. Well, maybe not Dak's seven touchdowns and 674 yards, but having two wins to start off the season certainly was. The Cowboys opening three-game stretch looked like an easy one from miles away. Dallas faces the Miami Dolphins next Sunday and they're already favorites by 20.5 points in the betting world.

Things weren't expected to heat up for the Cowboys until week 4 and now it seems like that won't happen.

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees suffered a hand injury against the L.A. Rams last Sunday and will require surgery. A torn ligament on his throwing hand thumb will keep him out for at least six weeks. This is a heavy blow for a team expected to be a Super Bowl contender.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

From our breaking news segment on @nflnetwork: #Saints QB Drew Brees needs thumb surgery and is out for roughly 6 weeks. Teddy Bridgewater is the new starter.

With Teddy Bridgewater set to become the Saints' starting quarterback, odds will likely shift in the Cowboys' direction when both teams face each other on September 29th, a matchup that will take place under the lights on Sunday Night Football.

For the Cowboys, it means an increased chance of winning on week 4. I'm not going to lie to you, I would 100% rather face a Saints team with Drew Brees under center to enjoy a good football game, but it is what it is. You hate to see a great football player like Brees deal with injuries like this.

The Saints are still a very complete football team and shouldn't be underestimated, but it's hard to picture them being as productive offensively without their elite quarterback. Having said that, the Cowboys' schedule looks very favorable for Dallas.

These are the rivals that the Cowboys will face prior to the bye week:

  • VS Miami Dolphins
  • @ New Orleans Saints
  • VS Green Bay Packers
  • @ New York Jets
  • vs Philadelphia Eagles

The toughest rivals on that slate are clearly the Packers and Eagles. It won't be easy, but should the Cowboys stay healthy, beating both definitely seems possible. Before that, I won't be surprised if the Cowboys reach the bye week with a 7-0 record.

This team has been pretty impressive through two weeks and if they clean up their slow starts, watch out for a long win streak. Looking at the games after the bye week, the biggest challenge definitely are the New England Patriots on week 12.

I don't want to sound overly optimistic, but I truly believe a long win streak is ahead of the Dallas Cowboys. Such a start to the season wouldn't be all that new for the Dak Prescott "era." Although they lost their season opener in 2016, they went on to win 11 straight on route to the #1 seed in the NFC.

We'll have a better idea of where the Cowboys stand after they face better competition. Right now, we need to handle the hype of a satisfying 2-0 record.

How long do you think the Cowboys win streak will last?

Tell me what you think about "Brees Out for 6 Weeks, How Much Will Cowboys Win Streak Last?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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REPORT: Cowboys S Xavier Woods Out 4-6 Weeks With Ankle Injury

Jess Haynie



Xavier Woods

Another tough injury coming out of last week's game against Washington; Cowboys starting Safety Xavier Woods is now expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain injury.

This comes just a day after Dallas lost WR Michael Gallup for 2-4 weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Cowboys FS Xavier Woods is expected to miss four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain, source said. A blow to the secondary with #Saints, #Packers among upcoming opponents.

The next man up at safety appears to be Darian Thompson, who has been with the Cowboys since midway through the 2018 season. He was re-signed as a free agent last March and is one of the key reasons that Dallas chose not to keep veteran George Iloka at final cuts.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter

Cowboys S Darian Thompson will make his first start Sunday since joining team in 2018, source said. S Xavier Woods is sidelined with high ankle sprain.

Earlier this morning, it was reported that Dallas is working out free agent safety Josh Jones. He was a 2nd-Round pick of the Packers in 2017 who was released last month after falling down the depth chart and demanding a trade.

Dallas still has Kavon Frazier and Donovan Wilson on the roster for safety depth. While many fans would love to see Wilson get the start this week, Darian Thompson's game and athleticism are more suited to play the free safety role.

Thompson also has experience, having started 17 games from 2016-2017 with the New York Giants. He was their 3rd-Round pick in 2016.

Thankfully, this Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins gives the Cowboys a soft opponent with which to make these adjustments. But missing Xavier Woods is going to hurt; he is a rising star on defense and easily their top player at safety.

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