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Blaine Gabbert Could Provide QB2 Competition for Cowboys

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Blaine Gabbert Could Provide QB2 Competition for Cowboys

The Cowboys got caught with their pants down, so to speak, in 2017 due to the fact they didn't have adequate backups at some key positions. That can't happen again moving forward, especially at the quarterback position. Everybody knows the QB is arguably the most important position for an NFL team. It's hard enough to win games when you have a starting QB, but the odds decrease quite a bit when you're forced to play with a backup.

The Dallas Cowboys have been fortunate in that Dak Prescott has remained healthy his first two seasons in the league, but we know how quickly things can change. If he were to sustain any kind of injury that forces him to miss a few games, the Cowboys would have to turn to second-year QB Cooper Rush.

I personally like what I've seen so far from Cooper Rush, but that doesn't mean I'm completely comfortable with him handling the backup duties behind Prescott.

I believe in creating competition throughout the roster, and I think that's exactly what the Cowboys coaching staff should do in order to find the right QB2.

Enter Blaine Gabbert.

Blaine Gabbert is exactly the type of player the Dallas Cowboys would consider bringing in to not only create competition, but provide much-needed depth. He's a former first-round draft pick, and we all know how much the Cowboys like reclamation projects of former high draft picks.

Blaine Gabbert

Arizona Cardinals QB Blaine Gabbert

Gabbert, more than likely, would also fall into the category of a "bargain" signing, something the Cowboys have preferred to do in free agency the last few seasons. Last year, he played under a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals and only made $855,000; $80,000 of which was fully guaranteed.

Sound good so far?

Blaine Gabbert definitely sounds like somebody the Dallas Cowboys could target in free agency, but the question remains if he would actually be an upgrade?

I don't know if anybody can answer that honestly. We really don't know what the Cowboys have in Cooper Rush yet.

Rush has shown flashes he can play in the league but we've seen this before. He also doesn't have a lot of experience under his belt. Although Gabbert has failed to live up to his draft status, he has found limited success in the NFL and would provide some veteran leadership/experience to the position. That alone could prove beneficial in meeting rooms with Prescott and the Cowboys new QB coach, Kellen Moore.

Another reason I think Gabbert makes sense is because he has a similar skill set to Dak Prescott. Gabbert has underrated mobility, which would mean the offense wouldn't have to change much if something were to happen to Prescott. Cooper Rush, on the other hand, is more of a pocket passer.

All in all, Blaine Gabbert makes a lot of sense as a player the Cowboys could potentially target in free agency. But that likely depends on what they think they have in Cooper Rush.

What do you think about the Cowboys bringing in Blaine Gabbert?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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11 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    Naw we good with Cooper Rush

    • Brian Martin

      That could definitely be true, but I’d still be willing to take a flyer on Blaine Gabbert. It’s not gonna cost the Cowboys much and he would provide good insurance.

    • jrcowboy49

      Copper might be better than Dak.

  • John McClain

    I actually wouldn’t mind seeing what Cooper Rush can do but competition never hurts. The Cowboys made a mistake last year because all Tony Romo wanted was a open competition which he would have easily won and maybe we would have had a shot last year

    • bad dawg

      John, This offensive line couldn’t keep Romo on the field with some guys who were working at Home Depot two weeks later. How on God’s green earth were they going to keep him healthy against Adrienne Clayborne and Company ?

  • EverybodyTalks

    Is he our Nick Foles?

  • Melvin S Edgmand

    If all things. We’re even cooper would been starter last year. He’s much better An and to even think Blaine could give cooper a run for his money. Ha thats just a stupid comment by someone who should know better. As long as dal is leading the team mark these words dallas will never be a playoff team

  • John Williams

    If we’re only talking $80,000 guaranteed and a minimal contract sure why not to get us through the preseason.

    What I don’t want to see happen is a veteran come in and inhibit Rush’s second team snaps. Every backup snap counts since they are limited, so whatever Rush can get is what I want to see.

  • Charles Vine

    Although it’s silly to predict 2018 before free agency and the draft I will say this as a Redskins fan. Dallas and Philadelphia will compete for the East because Skins are doomed as long as Bruce Allen continues to make personnel decisions. Congrats.

  • elindio42

    Gabbert would be a waste of a roster spot. He would also take practice snaps away from Rush. I would prefer drafting a QB for depth instead of wasting a roster spot on a failed QB.

  • jrcowboy49

    The Cowboys need to allow Copper Rush to compete for the QB position in training camp. Dak has accuracy and long ball problems. Copper has strength with accuracy and the long ball. The competition would make both better and I believe Copper wins the competition.

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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

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Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook

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Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook

Let me start this article with a strong opening statement: The Cowboys will be better in 2018 than they were in 2017. There's been a lot of talk about the lack of a true No. 1 receiver. But when we break it down, the current setup will most likely play out better for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.

The Dak Stats

Certain quarterbacks shine when they have that go-to playmaker. We're talking about guys like Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Calvin Johnson, Ocho Cinco, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, and Dez Bryant. But other QBs do better at reading the defense and quickly adapting to what is given. Dak Prescott is the latter breed of QB.

Let’s do a quick numbers exercise to prove this.

When Prescott is targeting 8 or more receivers throughout the game, his passer rating jumps from 86.1 (targeting less than 8) to 104.5. He passes for almost 50 yards more per game and his touchdown to interception ratio drastically improves from 21-13 to 24-4.

Most importantly, when he targets at least 8 different receivers, the Cowboys are 14-2. When he targets less than 8, the team is just .500 at 8-8.

Without a doubt, Prescott is much better at adjusting to what the defense is giving him. He just isn’t one of those guys who can successfully "force" the ball (like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees). Not feeling the pressure of having to get the ball into the hands of the star playmaker will give this offense a new kind of depth in 2018.

Yes, losing Jason Witten hurts, much more so in my opinion than not having Dez.

Questions Still Loom

This is still the Cowboys' biggest concern on offense. There is some great depth. We have Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, and the young stud out of Stanford, Dalton Schultz. But between the three who have any NFL experience, there are only 9 catches between them. I must say that Dalton, with his 4.75 40-yard dash, has a legitimate shot at seeing a lot of playing time in his rookie campaign and could become an impact player with his size (6’5”, 244-lbs) and speed.

But despite the battle for TE being wide open, and debates about whether or not the team needs a No. 1 receiver, the Cowboys are still expected to give the Eagles a run for their money in the NFC East. Here are the odds on the defending NFC East champions and how (although early) it is expected to shake out:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles -167
  2. Dallas Cowboys +350
  3. New York Giants +650
  4. Washington Redskins +750

NFC East Week 1 Predictions

The Cowboys open the season in a difficult road game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have been listed as 2.5-point favorites (follow the Cowboys NFL Odds here all season long) which isn’t surprising considering they are a tough team playing at home. You might be thinking, "crap, we're opening up as underdogs?" Don’t worry too much; it actually bodes fairly well because the lines-makers generally give a 3-point advantage to the home team. This means that they actually handicap the Cowboys to be a half-point favorite on a neutral field and a 3.5-point favorite in Arlington.

The Redskins open their season in Arizona against the Cardinals. The line is set at a pick ‘em (meaning there is no point spread; it's anyone's game). But, looking at the 'Skins and Cardinals, I think Washington gets disappointed in Week 1 and starts their season with a loss.

The Giants get to test their new offensive line and see if they were right in continuing to place their faith in Eli Manning against the best defense in the league. The Jags are 3-point favorites at MetLife stadium. This means the Jags are actually 6-points better. I do think that the Giants will be vastly improved this season, but they are also going to open with a loss.

The Eagles don’t have it easy either, but they will probably pull out the win at home as 4-point favorites against the Dirty Birds on Thursday Night Football. Their defense is just too good. Atlanta's road offense scored just 21 points per game last year while Philly scores 28 on average at home. The Eagles' home defense has been downright nasty, only allowing 12 points per game in Philadelphia.

This will be a two-horse race for the division between the Eagles and Cowboys. And even if the Eagles win the East, the Cowboys will wildcard into the playoffs.



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