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Biggest Threats: Atlanta Falcons



Last year many of us were surprised in the drastic turn around of the Atlanta Falcons, despite losing one the of the leagues most explosive players to personal issues. With the emergence of Matt Ryan and a young team that bolsters a talented offense and defense, they’ll steal the spotlight for this installment of Biggest Threats.

Key Offseason Additions:

TE Tony Gonzalez

C Brett Romberg

LB Mike Peterson

OLB Jamie Winborn

Key Offseason Subtractions:

DT Grady Jackson

DT Rod Coleman

OLB Michael Boley

OLB Keith Brooking

SS Lawyer Milloy

Key Draft Picks:

DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi- Jerry brings a strong presence to a defensive line that is slightly depleted. His aggressive play style and game technique will be key to the Falcons defensive unit.

S William Moore, Missouri- A rangy safety who was considered a top prospect until injuries plagued his senior year. He will be given a great opportunity to become something in the Falcons defense. Sleeper Alert!

Projected Top Performers

(courtesy ESPN 2009 Projections)

Michael Turner- 358 rush 1574 yards 14 TD

Roddy White- 91 rec 1337 yards 8 TD

Tony Gonzalez- 76 rec 901 yards 7 TD

Matt Ryan- 290 comp 467 attempts 3684 yards 25 TD 14 Int


The Falcons are a team that are fast consistent and two-headed. Their offense brings the Cowboys face to face with a team that can run the ball effectively and pass the ball intelligently. With the addition of Gonzalez, a large target is now there if all else fails for Ryan and it gives the Cowboys something else to focus on. Defensively you see a young unit that can produce turnovers. They are fast, smart, and execute well. This post Vick era has the Falcons on a tear and it’ll carry them to the head of their division.

On the other side, the Cowboys offense will face a challenge throwing the ball, since their Wide Receivers will be matched stride for stride by the Falcon’s Db’s. However, their gameplan should be to produce an unstoppable running attack laced with play-action. Since Atlanta has a depleted interior defense, the speed of Felix and Bruising of Barber should produce a legitimate shot at winning this game. Defensively, our linebackers will face a challenge but expect many sacks to come of, what I expect, to be an aggressive attack, if they can stop the run, they will make this game a one sided battle.

Matchup of the Game:

Bradie James and Keith Brooking Vs. Michael Turner

What IF sports prediction:

(10 simulated games)

Avg Score: DAL 24 ATL 16

DAL Win PCT: 80%

My Season Prediction

The Cowboys are prepared for battle defensively and brush out a lopsided one

ATL 13 - DAL 28

Next Series Installment: Philadelphia Eagles

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Dallas Cowboys

Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

Did Terrance Williams' Big Game Quiet His Doubters?

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Player News

Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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