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BREAKING: WR Switzer Being Traded to Oakland Raiders for DT Ward

Mauricio Rodriguez



Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys' 2018 Offseason

A very unexpected trade is taking place right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Wide Receiver Ryan Switzer, who was drafted just a year ago, is being traded to the Oakland Raiders.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys are trading WR Ryan Switzer to the #Raiders, per @SlaterNFL and me.

The Cowboys have drafted two wide receivers during the 2018 NFL Draft and traded for former Rams' WR Tavon Austin.

Although very unexpected, it's an understandable move from Dallas. The WR room is set to be loaded and there might be more moves coming for the position.

In exchange, the Cowboys get their DT. Jihad Ward was a second round draft pick in 2016 and comes in to fill a pressing need for the team.

David Helman on Twitter

Couple thoughts here: 1. I'd rather not deal away one of the younger, cheaper WRs. I was encouraged by what Switzer showed in Nov-Dec. 2. Unfortunately, you have to deal away something valuable to get something valuable. @dpbrugler had a 3rd-round grade on Jihad Ward.

It's hard to imagine what Cowboys Nation's reaction will be for this one. We'll continue to update you at Inside The Star.

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  • Chuck Wright

    Ward doesn’t fit a need in Dallas. He’s a 3/DE not a 1. dallas needs a 1. coulda had Poona Ford, high motor highly productive college guy. Biggest hole on the Dallas D? running up the middle.

    Ward is a bust, he was weak in 2016, sat out 2017 with a broken foot. Position flex hurting the team

  • Randy Martin

    I get that something had to give with all the receivers we have now and while I’m not opposed to this trade, it kinda makes me wonder where we went wring with Switzer. They seemed pretty high on him when he was drafted but it did seem like he could really never break in last year other than as a return me. Is this a case of him just being odd man out? Is it case of being unable to learn the playbook? Was it his flippant remark when he made that key fumble in a loss where he said “not the first time and won’t be the last? It looks like it just comes back to Dallas making a poor pick or is it just a matter of them wanting Ward and Switzer just being what they wanted in return. I feel like there is more to know here. All that aside, I liked Ward coming out. He was a 3rd round prospect on Brugler’s board. I don’t think Gruden sees him as a fit but I know Marinelli liked him when we coached the Senior Bowl. He’s still young and I’m anxious to see how he might fit.

  • David Parkes

    They Should have traded someone else. Switzer brings a return game to good to let go of.

  • Russ_Te

    WR unit needs more speed, Dallas gets rid of both WR’s who had it…

    Doesn’t replace them with anybody fast, except Austin if he still has it (4.3, 2013 Combine / Austin may play at RB mostly). Although I like the Gallup pick. Ward had better be able to give something, because the Raiders got a good player out of it.

  • Travis Diggs

    While it may been a little head scratching I get why they did it. Switzer is the poor man’s cole beasley, o by the way who we still have on the roster. Tavon Austin and Cedrick Wilson made Switz expendable, them two together upgrade the special teams way more than Switzer does

  • EverybodyTalks

    I heard this trade offer came from Oakland. I believe it was Bisaccia. Rich really liked Switzer when he was in Dallas. It fills a slot receiver need for Oakland. In return, we get a 3rd round DT from a couple of years ago for our 4th round pick last year. Interesting way to end up with a DT1/3. The Dallas defense doesn’t put a high priority on DT1. It is that simple. In fact, the only reason they had interest in Vita and DaRon was because they both showed DT3 potential.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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Maliek Collins

For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.

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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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Amari Cooper

For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote

As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Sean Martin



David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

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