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Can Mike Weber Make the Cowboys Backfield a Triple Threat?

Matthew Lenix

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Can Mike Weber Make the Cowboys Backfield a Triple Threat?

With the departure of Rod Smith, there was a glaring need for a backup running back in Dallas. Tony Pollard was drafted in the 4th round, but the Dallas Cowboys didn't stop there, selecting Mike Weber in round 7 with the 218th pick.

Weber is no stranger to Ezekiel Elliott, having redshirted in 2015 at Ohio State. In 2016, he would start all 13 games for the Buckeyes, and they were very productive. He rushed for 1,096 yards and 9 touchdowns, with an average of 6.0 yards per carry. Along with that he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and achieved second-team All-Conference honors. His sophomore year he was limited with a hamstring injury, but still managed to score 10 touchdowns, the most in his college career. In 2018, he was relatively healthy, and even though he only started two games, he finished just shy of a thousand yards with 954.

There will be an interesting battle between Smith and Tony Pollard for who is the number two behind Elliott. With Pollard having the ability to return kicks, run jet sweeps and line up at receiver he definitely has the edge over Weber going into training camp. But a player with his skillset definitely won't make it easy to beat him out. He has really good vision as a downhill runner and is an adequate pass catcher. His motor never stops and he gives maximum effort on every play. However, he doesn't always show the acceleration you would like to see with his start to stop quickness, and his pass protection skills will definitely have to improve, considering he'll be in on third downs a lot if he sees the field.


Ezekiel Elliott will get the lion's share of the carries. Tony Pollard has a leg up as the backup. If Weber makes the roster and can display his own set of skills this will benefit the entire group. Elliott is the engine that makes the Cowboys go so preserving him as much as possible is key. Let's just say Weber is beaten out as the primary backup. Being that Pollard is so versatile, Weber could also see the field at the same time. You can lineup Pollard at receiver and Weber as your primary runner on third downs. This allows Pollard to take less of a pounding carrying the football. Also, this strategy will keep Elliott fresh as well if Kellen Moore chooses to do so. A world of possibilities here if all three have a star on their helmet week one.

There was a small injury scare during the first wave of OTAs when Weber felt soreness in his knee. Fortunately, the former Buckeye only needed rest after undergoing an MRI and returned to practice shortly thereafter.

Mike Weber has an uphill battle in front of him to contribute to the Cowboys in 2019. Pressure either makes you or breaks you in the NFL, but that's what makes it fun right? With mini-camps and OTAs out of the way, it's time to buckle up the chin strap and get to work in Oxnard for training camp. His college teammate Elliott is already endorsing him, giving Weber that much more confidence. It doesn't matter what pick you are, it's just a number, but it's on you to produce when your number is called.


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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."


The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.


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Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith

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The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.

ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...

Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.


Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.

And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.


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Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List

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Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.

"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."

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This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.

It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.


The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.

While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.

With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.

With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.


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