According to the high emperor, Lord Google, April Showers is defined as rain in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the month of April. I don't know much about the UK, although I did speak to NFL Draft Zone's Dan Turner on this week's #RJOShow, so no worries there.
Here at Inside The Star April Showers means one thing and one thing only - a checkup on our favorite Quarterback/Special Teams hybrid, Jameill Showers!
Jameill Showers, for all those who are unaware, is a Dallas Cowboys Quarterback. He was signed last year after going drafted out of the University of Texas at El Paso (after transferring from Texas A&M).
Showers was showered with, sorry these puns just slip in sometimes, a ton of attention throughout the preseason when he impressed with his quarterback skills, mobility, and special teams prowess (yes, you read that right).
Seven has a skillset that allows him to play quarterback, sure, but he is indeed a great special teams player. He was used on coverages throughout the four games that no one likes to acknowledge in August.
Showers The Cowboy
After some interesting preseason action the Cowboys were fortunate enough to be able to retain Jameill on their practice squad. Even though there were more Cowboys Quarterbacks in 2015 than there have been bad Superman movies, Showers was an afterthought in the Weeden/Cassel/Moore stew that the Cowboys brewed all season long.
When Dallas begrudgingly put Tony Romo on IR they decided to give Jameill a Christmas present when they promoted him to the 53-man roster on December 25th. And that was really it, there hasn't been much going on with Jameill since then.
The Future Of Showers
Plenty of people would be thrilled to spend a rookie season on the Dallas Cowboys Practice Squad, and Jameill is very grateful.
Called it!! STAGE. 5. CLINGER. #TheBachelor
Part of his offseason has obviously been spent watching this most recent season of The Bachelor, but one can also assume that he's keeping tabs on the action surrounding the Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks... or lack thereof.
The Cowboys currently employ Tony Romo, Kellen Moore, and Jameill Showers at the quarterback position. That dance party figures to change when the NFL Draft rolls around, but for now Jameill is so close he can smell Travis Frederick's jersey.
With how versatile Showers proved to be a year ago it's likely that the Cowboys turn the temperature up a bit with this water. At the very least he'll be an arm for the duration of OTAs and Training Camp.
Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.
The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.
"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."
The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.
However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith
The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.
ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...
Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.
Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.
And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.
Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List
Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.
"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."
Todd Archer - ESPN.com
This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.
It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.
While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.
With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.
With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.
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