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Can Ronald Leary Play The Cowboys Into Pass-Rush Help?

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Will Ronald Leary Be Playing Elsewhere in 2016? 1

As we approach the preseason opener in Los Angeles this weekend, we inch closer to having our questions about this current Cowboys roster answered. The group which faces the most of these doubts and questions is certainly defensive line. Particularly about their ability to rush the passer.

We all know the problems plaguing the unit, as both projected starting defensive ends are facing suspensions, and young guys with barely any NFL experience at all are being asked to fill the void.

Of course, there are many who are holding out hope for this unit after-all, considering their athleticism and upside. Regardless of how you feel individually, we will have a clear cut answer about these edge rushers rather quickly.

In contrast to the famine of talent which presents itself on the defensive line, the Cowboys have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the big-men upfront on offense. With La'el Collins emerging as the long term starter at left guard, otherwise quality starter material is being wasted on the sidelines in Ronald Leary.Cowboys Headlines - Does Leary Have Any Leverage?

Since Leary cannot play center, it is hard to imagine he will even be active on gamedays this season, meaning both his talent and time will be wasted here in Dallas. No, I don't believe he is as dominant a lineman or has as high a ceiling as the other three interior starters for the Cowboys, but Leary could start without question on just about any other NFL roster.

All of the reports out of camp have talked about Leary being in incredible shape, and performing better than he has since 2014. Now that he is a backup to Collins and Zack Martin, Leary should see increased time in the preseason, something he hasn't had during his last few seasons in Dallas.

This is where Leary can really help.

With that extra playing time Leary can help both himself and the Cowboys, by giving them the best of both worlds.

Put simply, the offensive line is strong, the defensive line isn't. If you have an extra offensive linemen who, while disposable on your roster would be very useful on someone else's, you should use that player to help bolster the weaker of the two units.

Though nobody likes to see it, players are going to suffer serious injuries during these next four preseason games. Some of them, just by the brutal nature of the position, will be offensive linemen. After seeing what Leary has been doing in Dallas, those teams might just come calling.

Ronald Leary isn't going to yield the Cowboys an All-Pro defensive end. He probably isn't going to yield the Cowboys an 8-10 year starter who will rack up double digit sacks this season. But what he can bring the Cowboys is another piece, whether that be a veteran guy or a younger player, to help bolster a unit which now faces more questions than they have answers.

While the Cowboys don't seem to have been active in shopping Leary lately, there is a chance that his play in the preseason can bring Dallas some much needed edge-help.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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