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Can Ed Eagan Be Cowboys Next Undrafted Gem?

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - Can Ed Eagan Be Cowboys Next Undrafted Gem?

It may be old news by now, but the Dallas Cowboys seem to have a knack for finding undrafted players that are able to contribute to the team in several different ways.

Quarterback Tony Romo is arguably the best rookie free agent signing the organization has ever made, but there are also several current players on the roster that have become key contributors as well.

Barry Church, Cole Beasley, Dan Bailey, La'el Collins, Ronald Leary, Jeff Heath, Lance Dunbar, and Lucky Whitehead all went undrafted and all have been able to find a place as either a starter or as a role player with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys' success at being able to find these players that have slipped through the crack is uncanny and I personally think there are a few undrafted players in this year's crop that could possibly have the same type of success.

In fact, wide receiver Andy Jones received the opportunity to practice with the first-team offense during mini-camp and could possibly have a chance of making a final 53 man roster. Jones might have a leg up on the competition amongst the rookie free agents, but it's another WR that has caught my eye.

Cowboys Headlines - Can Ed Eagan Be Cowboys Next Undrafted Gem? 1Wide receiver Ed Eagan is a player I will be paying particularly close attention to during training and he is someone I think that could possibly be the Cowboys next undrafted free agent hidden gem.

Northwestern State receiver Ed Eagan was a premier kick returner in college He finished as the school's all-time leader in career receptions (177), receiving yards (2,228), and all-purpose yards (5,651). He was also the school's leader in kickoff returns (125), single-season kickoff return yards (1,045), single-season kickoff attempts (45), and kickoff return yards (2,922).

Sound like a player the Dallas Cowboys can use?

Ed Eagan was a last-minute addition to the Senior Bowl where he first met the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. It's a meeting that is probably the sole reason why Eagan is now competing for a roster spot with the Cowboys organization.

After not hearing his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft, Eagan had initially committed to sign with the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Jason Garrett decided to step in and convinced him to sign with the Dallas Cowboys.

Eagan was an outside receiver in college, but was moved into the slot at the Senior Bowl.  That is likely where he will be used in the NFL because of his size (5'11", 193), but he has all of the tools necessary to succeed at the next level as either an outside or slot receiver.

One of the reasons why I like Ed Eagan is because of his versatility to contribute not only as a wide receiver, but on special teams as well. His special teams ability is likely what will earn him a roster spot, but don't discount what he can do as a WR.

Cowboys Headlines - Can Ed Eagan Be Cowboys Next Undrafted Gem? 2His speed (4.32 40 yard dash) is something that sets him apart from other WRs on the Cowboys roster and it's something that makes him dangerous as a player. Speed is something that the Cowboys offense can use more of and Eagan definitely qualifies in that category.

Now, I think Ed Eagan definitely has a difficult hill to climb in order to prove he is worthy of earning a roster spot. I personally don't see the Cowboys carrying more than five wide receivers and with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Brice Butler locked in as the top four, it leaves a lot of WRs competing for that one last remaining spot.

As much as I hate to say it, I don't see Lucky Whitehead is a lock to make the team and I think that is who Eagan will have to prove he's better than in order to make the final 53 man roster. It might all come down to who is the better player on special teams or who can contribute in more areas.

Personally, I'm really looking forward to seeing how this battle shakes out between #13 and #85 in training camp.

Ed Eagan will definitely have to set himself apart from the other wide receivers, but there are a lot of things to like about him as a football player. That is why I think he could be the next undrafted free agent hidden gem for the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Ed Eagan is the next hidden gem for the Dallas Cowboys?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic. I look forward to hearing from all of you so that we can discuss this further.



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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  • Ralph underwood

    I couldn't agree more. Eagan has the speed, the big play potential, and from what I am told he has a razor sharp focus. The cowboys need to give him a roster spot or another team will scoop him up. I think he's the next "Wes Welker".

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Ralph. There are certainly a lot of things to like about Ed Eagan and I think he's going to make it really hard on the Dallas Cowboys when they start trying to figure out the 53 man roster.

  • https://www.facebook.com/app_scoped_user_id/1239004172784839/ Danny Martin

    I watched Ed Eagan play in high school and then followed his career at Northwestern State. I'm glad an NFL team is giving him a shot. He went to Northwestern as a DB. The story goes that he was running routes after practice one day and he caught the coaches eye. His sophomore year the coaches asked him to move to receiver.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Danny. I read the same thing when I was looking up some research before writing my article. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://Google John

    It will be tough to unseat Whitehead. Lucky has a year under his belt and has made some nice plays. If he turns out to be as good as you think he can be do you think the coaching staff goes short at another position to make room for them both or do they try and sneak Ed on the practice squad. Either way it would be a great predicament to work thru.

    • Brian Martin

      John, I honestly wasn't that impressed with Lucky Whitehead last year. Yes, he made a few plays, but I don't think that guarantees him a roster spot. I personally think that he is limited as a wide receiver and that is one of the reasons he was used on those gimmicky plays. I think Ed Eagan is already better as a WR and possibly as a returner as well. Whitehead's year of experience in the system is an advantage and Eagan's best shot at making the team might be the practice squad because of that fact alone. There will be an intense battle at the wide receiver position in training camp and I for one am really looking forward to seeing how this whole situation shakes out.

  • Roy

    Do not sleep on Eagan!!

    • Brian Martin

      100% agree! Thanks for commenting Roy.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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