This Sunday evening two things will be true:
- The Dallas Cowboys will be 1-1.
- Alfred Morris will have officially played against all 32 teams in the NFL.
"The Butler", as I've affectionately nicknamed him, has never played against the Washington Redskins. That makes a lot of sense obviously because, before the Cowboys brilliantly stole him, Alfred suited up the DC Football Club.
So while it may be unfamiliar territory for Morris to be running into those disgusting burgundy uniforms instead of behind them, this division is one that he knows very well. As of last Sunday, Alfred Morris has played 17 games against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. He's done well:
- 287 carries.
- 1,152 yards.
- 4.01 yards per carry.
- 5 touchdowns.
- 11 50+ Yard Games.
- 8 75+ Yard Games.
What does this information have to do with the NFC East? Not a whole lot honestly. It's as important as you knowing that I think yellow is a dumb color - which is true - but I also believe that Alfred Morris is a fine running back.
One of the more underrated NFL-wide moves a season ago was Bill Callahan leaving the Cowboys for the Redskins. He vastly improved the offensive line that helped protect Kirk Cousins on the road to a Division Championship. This year, the Cowboys evened the score by bringing in The Butler, and singlehandedly destroyed the Redskins rushing attack in the process. Greedy Jerry!
A lot of members of Cowboys Nation have been chirping for Alfred to see a bulk of the work until Zeke Elliott is "ready." I don't subscribe to that idea, but I do think that The Butler should be seriously involved in the gameplan on Sunday.
Dallas dominated the time of possession against the Giants (36:43 compared to 23:17), and they were within a few legitimate Terrance Williams brain cells of escaping Week 1 with a victory. That's the recipe for success, in addition to some more successful redzone trips, that will net the Cowboys some solid dubayoos this season.
You saw the math behind The Butler's New York/Philadelphia domination. You know how he's plagued us in the past. Now you get to sit back and watch him do the same to a team that's the Home of the Hogs with an animalistic style that will get you hyped.
Hurry up, Sunday.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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