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

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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 have been with ITS since 2016.

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

Kerry Hyder Jr. on Twitter

Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

Field Yates on Twitter

Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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