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6 Cowboys Players Unexpectedly Dominating Through Week 5

Brian Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys have to be pretty happy with the way things have gone through the first five weeks of the 2016 season.

They are sitting atop the NFC East division with a 4-1 winning record and have done so despite the fact they are battling through numerous injuries to key players on both sides of the ball.

It’s no secret that the Cowboys have a talented roster, but there have been some unexpected players that have stepped up and filled larger roles this year. This is been a big reason why they have gained national recognition and look to be a team to be reckoned with from here on out.

I thought it would be a good idea to identify some of the individuals that are responsible for helping the Dallas Cowboys get off to such a good start so far.

Below are six of the players that have unexpectedly become individually dominating members of the team so far in 2016.

Dak Prescott 

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players Unexpectedly Dominating Through Week 5No one could’ve possibly predicted that Dak Prescott not only start the 2016 season as the  starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, but perform as well as he has for the first five games of the year.

Prescott has unexpectedly led the Cowboys banged up offense to a 4-1 winning record and has done so in a dominating fashion.

#4 has yet to throw an interception and his loan turnover for the season was a fumble against the Cincinnati Bengals. He has thrown for 1,239 passing yards and four touchdowns, rushed for three touchdowns, and has an overall passer rating of 101.5.

Dak Prescott has performed so well in fact, that a lot of people are wondering whether or not he should remain the starting QB once Tony Romo is 100% healthy.

Who knew?

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Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players Unexpectedly Dominating Through Week 5 1Okay, being the fourth overall draft pick and performing up to one’s draft status might not fall into the category of being unexpected. But, who could have guessed Ezekiel Elliott completely dominate defenses like he has so far?

Elliott got out to a slow start, but as become more and more dominant with each game he plays.

To date, he is the leading rusher in the NFL with 546 rushing yards on 109 carries and has scored five TDs.

FEED THE MAN!

If he can keep up this pace he should shatter all kind of records for a rookie RB and help the Dallas Cowboys reach the playoffs.

Who knew?

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Morris Claiborne

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players Unexpectedly Dominating Through Week 5 2I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to see Morris Claiborne finally playing up to his potential. I was a big fan of the selection when the Dallas Cowboys traded up to draft him, but injuries have negatively impacted his career in the NFL.

Claiborne has been one of best cornerbacks in the NFL and has pretty much shut down any  wide receiver he has been asked to cover through the first five weeks of the 2016 season.

If Claiborne can remain healthy, he will not only help the backend of the Cowboys defense, but could possibly earn his first Pro Bowl appearance.

Who knew?

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Anthony Brown

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players Unexpectedly Dominating Through Week 5 3A lot of you still might not really know who Anthony Brown is, but he has not only stepped in for an injured Orlando Scandrick, but done so without the defense missing a step.

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Brown in the sixth round of this year’s draft. They have found a player that has unexpectedly had to step into a larger role than initially anticipated, and has been impressive doing so.

Brown has been asked to cover the opponents slot receiver and so far has been up to the task. He has done an excellent job at arguably one of the most difficult positions on defense.

I encourage you to watch #30 next time he’s on the field. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Who knew?

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Terrell McClain

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players Unexpectedly Dominating Through Week 5 4Before the season started not many people even thought that Terrell McClain would even be a member of the Dallas Cowboys when the 53 man roster was finalized, but I’m sure we are all glad that wasn’t the case.

McClain has earned the right to start in the middle of the Cowboys defensive line over Cedric Thornton, who was the big-money free agent signing during the off-season.

He has arguably been the most dominating/consistent player the Dallas Cowboys have on that side of the ball and he is making plays in both the passing and running game.

Injuries have limited his playing time in Dallas, but if he can stay healthy this year, he can be an impact player.

Who knew?

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Cole Beasley

Cowboys Headlines - 6 Cowboys Players Unexpectedly Dominating Through Week 5 5If someone would’ve told you before the season started that Cole Beasley would be the best Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, what would you have said?

Upon learning that Dak Prescott would be the starting QB to start the season, I predicted that Beasley would benefit the most, but I never imagined how much.

Beasley has become Prescott’s go to WR and he is on pace to double his catches and receiving yards from any of his previous seasons in the NFL.

#11 may be one of the smaller wide receivers in the league, but that doesn’t mean his impact on the field isn’t gigantic.

Who knew?

What do you think?

Let me hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below so that we can further discuss this topic.

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Can Cowboys Trust Guard Jonathan Cooper in 2018?

Jess Haynie

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One of the big decisions facing the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 offseason is at left guard. Veteran Jonathan Cooper started 13 games last year and is now a free agent. Should Dallas bring Cooper back, or should they look elsewhere for next season’s starter?

With a lot of money already being spent on the rest of the starting offensive line, the Cowboys need a bargain at left guard. They didn’t re-sign Ronald Leary in 2017 for that very reason, hoping Cooper or Chaz Green would be able to handle the job for a fraction of what Leary got from the Denver Broncos.

Cooper took over for Green in Week 4 and held the job the rest of the season. The Cowboys rushing attack remained one of the league’s best, even performing well later in the year when Ezekiel Elliott was suspended. It looked like Jonathan could become part of future plans.

However, in Week 17, Cooper went out of the game with a knee injury. It thankfully wasn’t serious and he is expected to be ready for 2018. However, it was a reminder of the injury-plagued past that has caused the former first-round pick so much trouble.

Jonathan Cooper

Dallas Cowboys Guard Jonathan Cooper

Taken seventh overall in 2013 by the Arizona Cardinals, Jonathan Cooper was one of the true blue-chip guard prospects in recent draft history. He seemed like a can’t-miss pick, and interior linemen don’t often go that high in the draft. The Cowboys have even said they coveted Cooper in that class.

But constant battles with injuries caused Cooper to be traded, released, and discarded by the Cardinals, New England Patriots, and Cleveland Browns over his first four seasons. While 2017 was looking like a turning point for him, Jonathan’s injury in the season finale was a sobering reminder of why he’s become a bargain-bin player.

Still, at just 28-years-old, Cooper has good years left and will now have another offseason for continuity and chemistry development with the Cowboys.

Dallas should have to pay more than a few million to keep Cooper on the roster.

If Dallas is leery (no pun intended) of Cooper, they will have options. La’el Collins could move back to the guard position, allowing the Cowboys to go find either the best guard or tackle who would fit with their existing group.

Given so many other considerations this offseason, Dallas will likely try to simplify things by giving Jonathan Cooper another chance. His history is a red flag, but sometimes you have to take those gambles and save salary cap space to handle other needs.

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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.”

Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.”

This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance.

Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced.

Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez.

Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate.

“I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant.

Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.”

Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player.

Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him.

Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott.

Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer.

“It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season.

Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause.

Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” 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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Should Cowboys Pursue Veteran Backup at Quarterback?

Jess Haynie

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The Dallas Cowboys only have two quarterbacks under contract right now, starter Dak Prescott and backup Cooper Rush. With only three years of combined experience between them, one could argue that a veteran presence would be useful. Should Dallas make a veteran QB a free-agent priority in the 2018 offseason?

Of course, there’s plenty of other QB experience on the Cowboys staff. Head Coach Jason Garrett played professionally from 1989-2004, and started his coaching career with quarterbacks.

Scott Linehan has been coaching offense with an emphasis on the passing game for 30 years.

Kellen Moore, who is taking over for the departed Wade Wilson as quarterbacks coach, has played very recently and will bring a fresh perspective.

However, losing Wilson’s experience from the room, and the lack of any veteran player at QB, shouldn’t be dismissed.

Dak Prescott has said veteran Mark Sanchez — who was with Dallas in 2016 — was a major help during his whirlwind rookie season. Tony Romo enjoyed veteran advice from guys like Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, and Kyle Orton throughout his playing career.

This isn’t to say Dallas would want to bring in a veteran to knock Cooper Rush down the depth chart. After a surprising preseason, Rush took the backup job from Kellen Moore and certainly has intriguing upside.

If the Cowboys were to add a veteran, that player would have to come in with the understanding he’s competing with Cooper and may not be guaranteed a job.

The good news is that it’ll be a buyer’s market for veteran quarterbacks this offseason.

Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and Matt Moore could all be available. Even a player with more pedigree, such as Sam Bradford, may have trouble finding starting work with many jobs taken among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Dallas could even consider bringing back Mark Sanchez, given his previous relationship with Dak Prescott. He only had a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Given Prescott’s seeming durability, Dallas will likely only keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in 2018 and for years to come. Because of that, they may be content to focus on Dak and Cooper Rush, and just get through the offseason with training camp bodies.

However, the case can certainly be made for adding another veteran player with the desire to teach to help these young quarterbacks develop. Prescott was not the same guy in 2017 that we saw as a rookie, and perhaps the absence of guys like Sanchez and Tony on the sideline had something to do with that.

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