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Blaine Gabbert Could Provide QB2 Competition for Cowboys

Brian Martin

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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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Could a Former Division Rival be Cowboys’ LG Solution?

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Could Former Division Rival be Cowboys' OG Solution?

When it comes to prioritizing the Dallas Cowboys offseason needs, offensive guard is definitely near the top of the list. Opinions will certainly vary, but for me, solidifying the offensive line with a new starting left guard is the top priority for the Cowboys.

I know many of you will disagree and believe the Dallas Cowboys need to continue to upgrade their defense. But, this teams success or failure will be determined by how their offensive line performs. That's just the way the Cowboys are built, which is why they have invested so heavily putting this unit together.

Four out of five of the Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line is set in stone, but there is currently no one on the roster to step into the vacant left guard position unless you want to see the coaching staff give Chaz Green another try.

No, I didn't think so.

With the start of the 2018 free agency just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly narrowed down some of the potential free agents they would be interested in bringing aboard if the price is right. Remember, they have turned into "bargain shoppers".

There are a few intriguing free agent options who I believe could step in to upgrade the LG position for the Cowboys next season, and not break the bank. One such option is a former division rival of the New York Giants, Justin Pugh.

Justin Pugh

New York Giants OL Justin Pugh

The former 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has spent five years in New York while playing out his rookie contract, but that time has come to an end. The Giants aren't likely to re-sign him, which means he will get his first taste of free agency.

Justin Pugh could step in and be an immediate upgrade over what the Dallas Cowboys employed at the left guard position in 2017. He has exceptional mobility. He reaches the second level with ease and plays with good body control and footwork. He is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme like the Cowboys employ.

Pugh is also versatile. He has played both right tackle and offensive guard for the Giants. He of course would be asked to play between Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith at LG with the Cowboys, but versatility to play another position is never a bad thing.

Unfortunately, Pugh doesn't come without baggage. He has missed a total of 13 games over the last two seasons with the Giants, including eight last season due to a back injury. This is definitely a huge red flag, especially for the Cowboys after dealing with the same issue with Tyron Smith.

But, this is why Justin Pugh will likely be in the Cowboys price range. Sportrac currently estimates his contract at 4 years at $23,983,847, which equates to $5,995,968 annually. I personally think that's a little low for someone of Pugh's caliber and versatility, but it certainly understandable when you take into account his recent injury history.

I personally think this is a longshot to happen because  the Cowboys would prefer to go younger and cheaper, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Do you think Justin Pugh makes sense for the Cowboys?


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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition
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Sadly, we can't wake up on Sundays to NFL football. The Dallas Cowboys are not on TV every week for us to watch them play. To make matters worse, we'll have to wait until September to get real football from our favorite team.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about until then! For the die-hard Cowboys fan, the offseason should be quite entertaining. Free agency will begin in March, and it should be an intense one for Dallas.

They need to handle a tight salary cap while trying to add a bit of help for this football team. Recently, Inside The Star Contributor John Williams wrote an in-depth piece about the Cowboys' cap situation and how they can manage to get things done, despite having little cap space right now.

Last season, I wrote a weekly Cowboys Wishlist about things I wanted to see for each game. Now there are no games, but I decided to write a special edition for this upcoming free agency.

Cowboys en Español: El Futuro de David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving, DeMarcus Lawrence (Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports)

Wish #1: Keep The Rushmen

The front office will have one hell of a challenge trying to retain all of its free agents. The two most important ones may be their two defensive linemen. If they can keep them, DL won't be a top need heading to the Draft.

Lawrence is one of the biggest names in free agency this 2018, but the Cowboys should find a way to keep him from ever being available.

If they're able to franchise tag him, that'd be the way to go since he's only had one elite season in his four-year career and they may not want to sign him to a huge long-term deal and risk not seeing the same guy next season.

David Irving is a more polarizing player, with off-the-field issues. However, he's been a very disruptive guy and he has the chance to be a unique player. His talent is really out of this world. Keeping him and Irving would give this franchise a top defensive line for the first time in many years.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Wish #2: Pay Anthony Hitchens

When healthy, Sean Lee is one of the NFL's top linebackers. He is simply an outstanding player who's always around the ball and seems to know where the ball is going before the opposing coach even calls the play.

The problem is, he has a lot of trouble remaining available. Anthony Hitchens is a guy who's found the way to step up every time the General is out, and he's shown a great progression as a player year after year.

Lee will be 32 by the time the season starts, giving Dallas something to think about. Hitchens is a guy capable of starting and competing in the NFL. If the front office finds a way to keep him, they'll be getting closer to being less "Sean Lee-dependent."

Wish #3: Get Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas

When we talk about a potential big name addition to the Dallas Cowboys, we're usually a bit pessimistic. This team isn't one that makes splashes like this, but Earl Thomas to Dallas makes a ton of sense. Former Seahawks' defensive coordinator is now the Cowboys' defensive backs' coach.

With Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis (and maybe Byron Jones moving to CB), this team will have a promising secondary. Add Earl Thomas, and it will go from "promising" to "great" in a heartbeat.

The Cowboys could not only have a top DL, but a top secondary if they're able to get this veteran.

Let's hope the Cowboys listen to Thomas and they go get him.

A Case For Dez Bryant Remaining a Dallas Cowboy in 2018

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Wish #4: Get Dez Bryant to Take a Pay Cut

When I started writing this, I wanted to add a "get this wide receiver in FA"... but I won't. A few weeks ago, I wrote a case in favor and one against Dez Bryant remaining a Cowboy in 2018. Personally, I would be fine with him parting ways with the team.

However, I'm aware of how hard it can be finding a replacement for a guy like #88. The biggest issue with Dez is definitely his cap hit. He hasn't justified the money he's being paid on the field as he should be.

If they can get him to take a pay cut, it may end up being the ideal scenario for the Dallas Cowboys.

It'll be a very interesting offseason, and here at Inside The Star we'll continue to provide you with content about it all.

Tell me what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition" 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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Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys’ 2018 Offseason

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys' 2018 Offseason

When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cowboys Nation rejoiced. By some, including myself, the product out of North Carolina was considered a steal by America's Team. Taking a guy who could contribute from day one for special teams and for the offense was something to be happy about.

At the time, WR didn't look like much of a need. Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley were staying in Dallas and Terrance Williams had just been re-signed (little did we know he'd fail to score a single touchdown in 2017) pushing the receiver position down the team needs list.

But the front office had landed a very productive slot receiver from North Carolina. On top of that, they found a guy to replace Lucky Whitehead as a return specialist. However, offseason hype took over a large amount of Cowboys' fans, writers and analysts and the expectations for Switzer were very big.

Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Naturally, he was compared to Cole Beasley since people started talking about him as an NFL prospect. His height, skills and playing style were similar and with the Cowboy veteran coming off from a big year in 2016, people were excited for what Switzer could do as a professional football player.

But it wasn't just about the rookie returning punts and kickoffs, it was about him contributing to an offense that already had a great slot receiver. Cowboys Nation was excited to see Switzer and Beasley on the field at the same time.

That never happened.

Switzer barely saw playing time in 2017 and when he was on the field as a WR, he was limited to running or faking jet sweeps. The coaching staff misused him and we didn't get to see him get a lot of snaps until the final week of the season, when #11 was injured.

And it was that same week when we saw what he was capable of. Switz showed how talented he is and how he can beat NFL defensive backs when he was asked to do so.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY)

With a busy offseason and a tight salary cap, the Dallas Cowboys' front office will be considering a lot of possibilities. One of them will be the future of Cole Beasley. Releasing him would free up more than $3M in cap space.

I know a large amount of Cowboys' fans prefer to see Dez Bryant gone over him, but we can't deny that there's already a clear replacement for Beasley in Switzer.

The Cowboys wanted Switzer to be a returner and a receiver for them, but if they're going to use him just as a gadget player on offense... was the fourth-round pick worth it? If you're not going to use one of them, why have two players who are very similar on your roster?

Cowboys Nation loves Cole Beasley, as they should. I for one wouldn't want to see #11 on another team. Even still, it's only fair to admit that it would make sense for Dallas if they were to say goodbye to one of their most beloved players.

Tell me what you think about "Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys’ 2018 Offseason" 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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