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Ben McAdoo: “Let Me Know” Who’s Playing CB For Dallas Cowboys

Sean Martin

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Ben McAdoo: "Let Me Know" Who's Playing CB For Dallas Cowboys

With all of the latest Ezekiel Elliott suspension updates in the news, it barely feels like the Dallas Cowboys will take the field – with Elliott – in just three days to kickoff the 2017 season at home against the New York Giants. Meeting their NFC East rivals in week one for the third consecutive year, these two teams with high hopes will indeed put on a show Sunday night, with fresh faces all over the field. Perhaps most notably, the Cowboys will throw their young secondary into the fire against Ben McAdoo and the Giants’ passing game, with the New York HC far from impressed at the turnover Dallas experienced at CB and S.

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Ben McAdoo quips that the Cowboys’ secondary looks different in 2017. “If you know who’s playing corner for them, you can let me know.

It is no secret that the Giants were the lone thorn in the side of the 2016 Cowboys through the regular season, as they won both meetings by a combined four points thanks in large part to a revamped defense built through free agency.

The Cowboys chose to revamp their secondary for 2017 through the draft, letting Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Barry Church, and J.J. Wilcox walk in free agency. Second round pick CB Chidobe Awuzie and sixth round S Xavier Woods will be expected to make immediate impacts in replacing these veteran starters, as second-year CB Anthony Brown, FA acquisition Nolan Carroll, and veteran Orlando Scandrick will attempt to provide stability in transition at the position.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) runs off the field with his interception during a 2016 NFL week 14 regular season game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants defeated the Cowboys, 10-7. (James D. Smith via AP)

Regardless the state of the Cowboys’ defense, they have done well to contain Eli Manning and the Giants over the past seasons. Two of the Giants’ worst three passing performances by total yards gained over the last two seasons have come against the Cowboys .

Star NY receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has only reached 100 yards against the Cowboys once in his career, doing so back in 2014. His status for Sunday Night Football remains uncertain after he missed yet another practice on Wednesday.

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Cowboys Nation should be excited about having some real, meaningful football to dig into soon. The prospect of a young defensive backfield that will play with an added emphasis for getting to the football is an exciting one, as everyone from the rookies like Awuzie to “veterans” like Byron Jones should only improve as the season goes on.

The Giants will be a formidable test as always though, and just as Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott forced the world to take notice of them as rookies for America’s Team a year ago, there are Cowboys defenders looking to do the same come Sunday. They can start by introducing themselves to Ben McAdoo at AT&T Stadium.

Tell us what you think about “Ben McAdoo: “Let Me Know” Who’s Playing CB For Dallas Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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16 Comments
  • Matthew Harrell

    Ben McAdoo looks like Problem Child all grown up. Where’s the bow-tie?

  • nick

    He sure seems pretty cocky for barely beating us both times last year. I mean they beat a pair of rookies on opening night under the bright lights of NFL Sunday night football by 1 point, and those rookies never flinched, If Terrance got out of bounds who knows maybe Bailey nails that FG. I’ll give them credit though I’m not a hater, they swept us. But let’s not forget we swept them atleast 2 years in a row recently. Romo owned them late in his career. We’ll see how it goes Sunday with those 2 who aren’t rookies any more and dak has a full off-season of working with the starters getting all the 1st team reps, which he got none of last year. Hopefully zeke is running very HANGRY from all of this but stays focused and locked in as well. Then you have dez who’s finally %110 healthy and participated in a full off-season for the 1st time in 2 years and ready to regain that 2014 dominance again. And then there is switzer, he might only return punts and kicks and maybe a few plays on offense but hes going to help so much in Special teams alone with field position. We havnt had a return man since harris left and if hes anything like he was in college he could be alot better than harris. I can’t wait to see a package with switzer, beasley, witten, dez, and zeke on the field all at once, especially splitting zeke out wide with them, the giants will ish themselves, it will be raining 1st downs haha. And think about when they throw rico in with that same lineup later in the year, it’s going to be great. I’m not worried about marinnellis defense either I mean it’s coach marinnelli he always has his guys ready play. I’m really only concerned about Nolan Carroll that’s it. Hopefully chido can take that starting spot from him really early and lewis can pass him on the depth chart by midseason because i truly believe hes the weak link and a liability for giving up big plays and that’s what our defense is not supposed to do. We’ll see in a few days but I’m betting by the end of the game big mouth mcadoo will wish he kept his big mouth shut. Zekes going for over 120 yards atleast and 1 TD and I hope awuzie or brown pick off Eli and run and give the ball to mcadoo on there sideline that would be awesome wouldn’t it ?

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Nick, thanks so much for reading and taking the time to share some thoughts. These are all spot on, we share the same excitement for some of the same young players heading into Sunday. Especially agree with you on Chido, we’ll see him out there and I’ll be keeping a very close eye.

    • Dustin Stone

      Wow. Cowboys fans are always completely out of touch with reality. The Giants have the Best secondary in the NFL Collins, DRC, Jenkins, Eli Apple, etc. The Dallas secondary is a joke. You are starting two rookies, a veteran in Scandrick that is really only a depth player at best. Your best D linemen are suspended for beating their wives or doing drugs (which is a reoccurring problem). What do you have? Yes absolutely the best O line. However let’s go back and remember that Zeke had 140 yards on 44 carries in TWO games against the Giants. We have the same D line minus Hankins, which had a perception of being very good but had a negative grade by PFF for the season. Jay Bromley and 2nd rounder Tomlinson are an upgrade. Snacks, Vernon and JPP are beast. JPP has looked absurd in the preseason now that he is healthy. Middle linebacker Goodson in his second season looks absolutely solid.
      After the oft injured and aging Dez who do you have? An ancient Witten? Compare that with OBJ, Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram…hmmm which corp is better.
      Zeke is good guys but less not forget you have the best line. Remember McFadden ran for a grand one year? If Zeke is so great he should have put up 2500 yards behind that line. I could have put up 750 with that line.
      Dak yeah he was good but your game plan was conservative. He didn’t do anything spectacular. He is a younger Alex Smith. Smart yup, can run yup game manager yup.
      I will still take Eli and his experience. Our line is questionable no doubt but it is improved and you don’t have a good enough D line anyway. So talk crap about the Giants Oline fine but you have jack crap on your entire D. You don’t have the receivers to outscore people.
      I guarantee the Giants Defense will be even better than their top ten finish last year. I guarantee the O line will be better and Paul Perkins is going to run on your horrible D line. I guarantee with or without OBJ we are going to light up your horrible secondary.
      Dallas fans the media helps y’all out every year prior to the season start. Every year I hear about how great y’all will be and how many Super Bowls have you won in the last 20 years? Crickets
      Tamper down your expectations it won’t hurt as bad by mid season.

      • nick

        Dez bryant is the best receiver in the league at scoring TDs when healthy, how do you win games ? by scoring points that’s how and he’s back dez is going to torch Jenkins just like he did when he was with the rams, hes going to get the real dez. And if anyone getting old and aging it’s Brandon Marshall. Then we have beasley the 1st down slot machine but wait we got another dude in ryan switzer who is a clone of beasley and already looks un guardable oh and he tied the record for kick/punt returns for TDs in college history good luck with them 2 on the field together.
        And ya witten is a little old but he’s still 1 of the greatest tightend ever if not the best and at 35 still seems to be consistent and on the field requiring alot of attention from opposing defenses especially yours which he usually seems to get the best of, you remember that romo to witten game winning TD with just a few seconds to go just a few years ago, it probably still hurts haha. And Evan Engram he cant block for crap so when hes on the field the whole world’s going to know it’s a pass i mean you guy drafted someone in the 1st round who cant even play every down. Zeke missed a ton of training camp time as a rookie with a ham string injury and had to get his feet wet that’s why that first game he only ran for so little yards. He’s going to run u guys over he is pissed about all of this and he’s going to let it all out on you. If he had 400 carries like Murray in 2014 I guarantee he would have went for 2,000 yards. And our D-line your talking bad about was number 1 against the run last year and we only upgraded that significantly with Taco and Paea and the whole line is healthy not to mention jaylon smith that top 5 talent we stole in 2016 will be there to help shut your running game completely down which you guys don’t have anyway. He’ll be right there alongside arguably the best LB in the league Sean Lee who owns you guys every time. And let’s talk about our secondary. Scandrick is %100 healthy and if you know football then you’d know he’s one of the best slot corners in the entire league and no hes not coming off an ACL injury this year and he’s not dealing with 2 strained hamstrings he’s going to shut shepherd down all by himself. And Anthony Brown that 6th round gem we stole last year was playing like the best corner in the league the last 5 games last year and he looked solid all year as a ROOKIE and he has 4.3 speed perfect to match up with Odell with a little safety help over the top of course because odell is really good and hes all you got . In any other draft chidobe awuzie would have been a first round pick but it was so deep at CB we stole him late in the second and looks like he’s going to be really good. And jourdan lewis the best cover corner in the entire draft last year, ya he slid to us in the 3rd round because he’s a little short and had a DV case going but he decided to take it all the way to trial and he won, so i wouldn’t be surprised if our secondary is better than yours by midseason. And Dak had the best rookie season in NFL history so You can take Eli all you want over Dak that’s ok when hes done in a couple years just know you have to deal with Dak Zeke and that great O-line for the next 10 plus years and there only getting better your not dealing with rookies that you could barely beat last year, the game plan won’t be so “conservative” for you guys this year. Your garbage O-line will be your downfall this year with no time to throw to your “weapons”. And yea the media loves to talk about us we’re America’s team and you hate us cause you ain’t us, probably because we still have more super bowls than you and we havnt won 1 in 20 years.

      • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

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        • PDidIt

          Ah he ain’t writing an article now after breaking down our team so eloquently, that’s why I just watch the game & know you didn’t have a clue, just pure and simple ignorance. That’s OK but I pray you learned NEVER to talk
          this kind of smack and then lose. Everything about what the Giants are going to do. Did you see (#70 for you to figure out who he is) knocked JPP flat on his ass. Blame us winning cause of our OLine, cause poor Eli looked pedestrian and maybe just maybe you aren’t as good and never will be until he has an OLine.

  • Jimmy Smith

    So Eli will know the names of the guys he is throwing to?

    • Dustin Stone

      Yes of course they are his receivers. You think the Cowboys secondary, which would be 2nd and 3rd string on the Giants is going to come out and beat Shepard, Marshall Engram and maybe OBJ? Don’t think so.

    • nick

      Ya there names are Scandrick, Brown, Awuzie, Heath, and Jones HAHA.

    • Jimmy Smith

      What was that? I guess you know now.

  • Dallasridge

    Who will the giants be playing on their o-line?

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Ereck Flowers still starting at LT is all you need to know there haha…thanks for reading!

      • Dallasridge

        Oh how I would love to see Manning throw a pic six and after bring the ball back to Macadoo doo….and introduce themselves to him…..

  • DevilDog58

    The only thing that ticks me off is since the Giants beat us in the first game at Jerry’s World, it seems like we ALWAYS open the season with them. I definitely think someone at the scheduling office either hates Dallas or loves the Giants. How about letting us play someone like the Browns on opening night?

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Cowboys and Giants are two of the most successful season opener teams, so it’s good business to pit them together. Being rivals adds to it. I agree, but I also see why it happens.

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Takeaway Tuesday: Awuzie and Lewis Impress, Concerns Around Dez Bryant

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Takeaway Tuesday: Awuzie and Lewis Impress, Concerns Around Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys headed to New York a couple of days ago with a mission: survive a potential trap game versus a 2-10 New York Giants team. Despite not getting most of the help they needed from other teams around the league, at least Dallas was able to do the job they could control.

Through three quarters, the Cowboys struggled a lot. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when they decided to have a touchdown party, outscoring the Giants 20-0 in the final eight minutes of the game.

What did we learn from the Cowboys’ seventh win of the season? Here is this week’s edition of Takeaway Tuesday! 

Dak Prescott Bounced Back

Although the Cowboys are a team that’s barely breathing in the playoff race, the truth is there’re a lot of ways that Dak has improved as a QB. It’s easy to look at a team lose football games and blame the QB without hesitating. That’s been the case most of the season.

It’s fair to say that Prescott hadn’t had an awesome game in a long time, though. But this time, he did just that.

Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants' Blitz

Dak Prescott needed a performance like this one. He threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns last Sunday. He made some key throws and key reads during the game and managed to beat the Giants’ blitz with ease. Glad to see you hush the haters, 4.

Certainly a good thing to see when you need to go 3-0 in order to stay in the postseason conversation.

Concerns Around Dez Bryant Continue to Increase

Listen, I love Dez Bryant. He’s been one of my favorite players to ever watch. But at some point, you have to start admitting there is a problem. Yes, Dez Bryant has been struggling this season. Whether you want to blame Dak or Dez about it, it’s fair. I think they both are to blame.

The thing about Dez is that he can have quite a few bad plays and makes you forget about it when he  does something awesome. A perfect example of this is his 50-yard TD against the Giants last Sunday. It came at a perfect moment, but he had dropped some easy balls earlier in the game.

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Dez is getting paid like an elite WR, and despite some great moments on the field, he’s been having a lot of bad ones lately. If you have a $70M contract, you can’t frequently drop passes like that.

It may be about chemistry with his new QB, it may be about age, or it may be just about a couple of bad years for the guy. Whatever it is, as much as we hate to say it, Dez isn’t anywhere close to the “top receivers” conversation this year.

Sean Lee Proved to be Invaluable Once Again

Less Is More For Sean Lee And Cowboys' LBs?I’m constantly amazed by the difference the Cowboys’ veteran linebacker makes when he’s on the field. In his heroic return against the Giants, he finished the day with 18 total tackles, 10 of which were solo. With Sean Lee on the field, this defense has been able to be a headache for opposing offenses.

Sean Lee could easily be this team’s MVP. For Cowboys Nation, it’s been a season of constantly missing football players in Dallas. Out of everyone, I think Sean Lee is the player we missed the most. Including Ezekiel Elliott.

This defense transforms into a very capable one with Lee around. The Cowboys need Zeke back if they want to have success in their hunt for the playoffs, but without Lee, they wouldn’t stand a chance.

Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis Are Still Killing It

Coming into this game, one of the biggest question marks was the cornerback position for Dallas. Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis were going to get the start, and there’s always uncertainty around rookies going up against a QB like Eli Manning.

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Look at that coverage by Jourdan Lewis. Look at him turn his head around when the ball’s coming. The way this secondary will grow is exciting to think about. The Cowboys have something special in these two guys. They’ll make for an amazing CB duo for years to come, and I’m excited about what they bring to the table.

Chidobe Awuzie has played the last two games, and he’s been very impressive. Throughout the entire game, his converge was pretty impressive. Eli only targeted him 5 times in the ballgame and was able to complete just two passes against him.

Sean Lee ended up with the interception late in the fourth quarter, but it was perfectly set up by Chidobe Awuzie.

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It was a very fun fourth quarter for the Dallas Cowboys, and even though it looks difficult… this football team’s playoff hopes are still alive. Jason Garrett must keep this team focused in the Oakland Raiders for now, though.

Hope dies last, Cowboys Nation. Keep your head up.

Tell me what you think about “Takeaway Tuesday: Awuzie and Lewis Impress, Concerns Around Dez Bryant” 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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Forget Elliott For Now, Cowboys Must Focus On Raiders

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Despite looking dead to rights just two weeks ago, back to back wins have put the Dallas Cowboys into the playoff hunt with just three games remaining.

In order to even have a chance at sneaking in as the sixth seed, Dallas will need to win each of its remaining games to finish 10-6. In some ways, the playoffs started two weeks ago when Dallas took on the Washington Redskins. But even though this Sunday’s contest is another must-win, elimination game for the Cowboys, it’s also a classic “trap” or “look ahead” game as well.

Before the season started, most expected the Oakland Raiders to be competing for AFC supremacy. Like the Cowboys, Oakland bursted onto the scene in 2016 with a young quarterback, a dynamic offense, and an exciting roster. But, like the Cowboys, they have faltered a bit this season due to underperforming stars, injuries, and a somewhat undermanned defensive unit.

The Raiders are now 6-7, and while still alive in the AFC West race, saw their best shot at overtaking the division go up in a smoke last Sunday as they were demolished by the Kansas City Chiefs.

Simply put, the Raiders are not a very good football team right now. And though this will be a road game for the Cowboys, it is one they should win if they are truly a playoff team. In fact, it’s one they have to win if they want to keep their slim playoff chances alive.

The reason why this could potentially be a “trap” game of sorts is who the Cowboys are scheduled to play after traveling to Oakland. A team who has been a perennial playoff contender in the NFC, and a team directly in front of the Cowboys in the current NFC standings – the Seattle Seahawks.

Not only will that Seattle game be massively important to the Cowboys if they can sneak out of Oakland with a victory, it will also feature the return of star running back Ezekiel Elliott from his six game suspension.

December 24th will be a huge day in Dallas if the Cowboys can get to 8-6 this week, but they can ill-afford to look ahead to that potentially important showdown with the Seahawks. Because if they do and the Raiders upset them at the home in primetime, the Cowboys season will end before Elliott even gets the chance to come back.

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Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants’ Blitz

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Film Room: How Dak Prescott Beat The Giants' Blitz

While much of Sunday’s victory over the New York Giants featured some ugly football from the Dallas Cowboys, the team continued to fight until completing a 20 point route of their division rivals.

Of course, stars emerged on both the offense and the defense throughout the game. Rod Smith had a breakout day, Dez Bryant made a couple of “vintage” plays, and Sean Lee returned to health and led the defense to a fantastic performance.

But as we all know, quarterbacks make the world go ’round. And no matter how great the other pieces play, it’s hard to win football games unless you can maintain high level quarterback play.

Dak Prescott returned to that high level against the Giants on Sunday.

Even if Prescott is missing throws or having accuracy issues, he had never lost his composure or made the wrong reads until that Atlanta Falcons debacle. I really believe that Dak lost faith in his protection, began abandoning clean pockets, and ended up having a few bad games in a row.

All seems right with Prescott now, as he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns during the Cowboys’ big win. The area he was most impressive, was with those reads – specifically against the blitz.

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On his first touchdown pass of the game, Dak Prescott beats the blitz perfectly. Just before snapping the ball, Prescott notices the safety roll down into the box. You can see him subtly move his arm to point out the safety, while calling it out to his linemen as well.

As soon as he gets the snap, Dak knows exactly where to go. The Giants tried to beat him with a delayed safety blitz, but once that safety comes, Prescott knows he has Dez Bryant in man coverage on the perimeter.

His eyes immediately snap that way, and his throw replaces the blitzer quickly. This allows Bryant to do the rest, and the Cowboys to tie the game.

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Later in the game we see more of the same from Dak Prescott. With the game tied at 10 the Cowboys faced a critical third down backed up in their own territory. The Giants once again show blitz, bring the  blitz, and Dak burns them for it.

The Giants show man coverage across the board pre-snap, with safety Landon Collins on the near hash. Cole Beasley is in the near-slot, and while he technically has a man over him directly, the Giants show 2-over-1 in the slot pre-snap. This usually tips off a blitz, as the Giants plan to bring their slot defender off the edge, and allow Landon Collins to cover Beasley one on one.

Prescott notices this pre-snap once again, and makes the defense pay. He quickly replaces the blitzer with his throw, allowing Beasley to make the easy catch underneath and then do the rest after the catch.

This may not seem all the difficult to do to those analyzing the game the next morning, but these reads indicate high level quarterback-ing from the Cowboys’ franchise leader, Dak Prescott.

Last season against the Giants, their defense was able to bring more than the Cowboys could block on key third downs a few times. Too often, Prescott and the passing offense could not beat those blitzes.

That was not the case this week at all.

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