Star Blog Charles Tapper’s “Redshirt” Season Could Prove Beneficial Published 7 months ago on May 26, 2017 By Brian Martin Share Tweet Charles Tapper was expected to be a good rotational defensive end and possible starter as a rookie last season, but a back injury (pars defect) landed him on injured reserve instead. It probably wasn’t how he or any of us envisioned his first year in the NFL going, but having a “redshirt” season under his belt could end up being beneficial to the rest of his career. Charles Tapper is a physical freak for a guy his size. At 271 pounds, Tapper ran a 4.59 40 yard dash at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, which was best among the DEs. That was not only the top performance then, but would have tied him for third in the 2017 draft class with Takkarist McKinley. It was that athleticism that had a lot of us excited about his potential, myself included. Unfortunately, the back injury pretty much wiped out his first season in the NFL, but it did gave him time to fully recuperate and take advantage of the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning program. Apparently, that is exactly what he did. Kate Hairopoulos on Twitter Tapper is down about 20 pounds and to 11 percent body fat from arriving at 280, 15% a year ago. Said it’s important in keeping back healthy. Kate Hairopoulos’ tweet about Charles Tapper transforming his body in order to stay healthy made me a little more excited than I probably should be. You see, I really thought Tapper would’ve earned the starting right defensive end spot as a rookie last season. So, you can imagine my disappointment when he was placed on IR. But, to see he has dropped 20 pounds means he should be even faster and more explosive. Now, I understand dropping weight and transforming your body doesn’t necessarily mean it will translate to the field. But, the Cowboys’ defense needs to improve the pass rush and Charles Tapper being able to stay healthy could do just that. Tapper’s “redshirt” season has not only allowed him to get stronger and faster, but he also now has a year in Rod Marinelli’s 4-3 defensive scheme. All of this should allow him to get out to a quick start and hopefully convince the coaching staff he is ready for an important role on defense. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be as a starter with Taco Charlton now in the mix at RDE. But, if Tapper goes out and plays the way I think he will, he could see quite a bit of time on the field as a rotational DE. Of course, if Tapper and Charlton end up being the best two DEs, the coaching staff could get them on the field at the same time. Charlton’s future may be as a LDE anyway. It’s all going to come down to getting the best pass rushers on the field, regardless of experience or draft status. It looks as if Charles Tapper has done just about everything he can so far to put himself in the best position possible. Now he just has to go out and make sure all of that hard work doesn’t go to waste. Was Charles Tapper’s “redshirt” season beneficial for his future? ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:Charles TapperDefensive End Up Next Soaking It Up: LB Jaylon Smith Finds A Mentor In Sean Lee Don't Miss Dak Prescott’s Name Puts Him in Championship Company Brian Martin 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. Advertisement You may like After Calling Out Refs, Will DeMarcus Lawrence Draw A Holding Call? Cowboys at Raiders: La’el Collins Faces Toughest Test Yet In Khalil Mack Cowboys’ DE DeMarcus Lawrence Fed Up With NFL Officiating Cowboys Offseason Regrets: No Impact From 1st-Round Pick Chargers DE Joey Bosa Might Have Extra Motivation Against Cowboys Cowboys Vs Eagles: Who Are Cowboys’ “X-Factors” On Offense/Defense? 2 Comments Willie Rogers This will definitely benefit Tapper, nevertheless this will be one of the most competitive training camps to date.I believe the cowboys get younger and faster on the defensive side of the ball and these young war daddies will bring it & make the cowboys great again. Brian Martin That’s certainly what we’re all hoping Willie. I’m sure the defense will have some ups and downs with all of the youth, but I think they will be better. Star Blog Think Jason Garrett is a Robot? FOX Sports Agrees Published 2 days ago on December 15, 2017 By Jess Haynie Cowboys fans have often complained that head coach Jason Garrett is too robotic in his demeanor, media answers, and constant clapping. Yesterday, with most of the country feeling Star Wars fever, FOX Sports tapped into the zeitgeist while also taking a little jab at Garrett’s robot reputation. FOX Sports released photographs of several NFL personalities as Star Wars character. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady were Jedis. Bill Belichick, surprise-surprise, was a the evil Emperor. Garrett… well…. FOX Sports: NFL on Twitter @AaronRodgers12 @CameronNewton @Panthers @Patriots Jason Garrett is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication. From 2016 Coach of the Year to punchline, Garrett’s reputation has certainly taken a big swing this season. Things are so bad, they couldn’t give him a C-3PO with matching arms. Oh, the indignity. Of course, this is all in good fun. Garrett has 12 and 13-win seasons in two of the last three years. 2017 could’ve been very different if not for Ezekiel Elliott‘s legal issues and Sean Lee’s injury. And even now, there’s still a chance the Cowboys can sneak back into the playoffs. Yes, Jason is repetitive. And yes, he’s no Bill Parcells behind a microphone. But could they at least have made him R2-D2? At least FOX Sports didn’t make him Jar Jar Binks. That should go to Roger Goodell. Just for fun, what other Star Wars characters would you compare Cowboys players and other staff members to? Maybe Sean Lee as Boba Fett, hunting down targets in the open field? Or maybe Cole Beasley as Luke, since they’re both a little short to be Stormtroopers. Have any other good Cowboys/Star Wars comparisons? Share them in the comments! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders? Published 3 days ago on December 15, 2017 By Mauricio Rodriguez Es increíble pensar que ya estamos en la semana 15 de la NFL. Más increíble aún, los Dallas Cowboys que se fueron 13-3 con el sembrado #1 de la NFC hace un año, ahorita cuentan con un récord de 7-6 y unas esperanzas de pasar a playoffs muy, muy pequeñas. El domingo pasado, a pesar de llevarse la victoria en el campo contra los New York Giants, los Cowboys no recibieron la ayuda que necesitaban alrededor de la liga. Pero a pesar de ser pequeñas, las esperanzas siguen vivas. Y este domingo, los aficionados a Dallas no sólo apoyaremos a los Cowboys en el Sunday Night Football, sino también a otros cuantos equipos. Para los Cowboys, ¿cuáles son las combinaciones necesarias? Dallas Cowboys termina la temporada 10-6, ganando los últimos tres partidos. Que los Green Bay Packers pierdan un partido. Que los Detroit Lions pierdan un partido. Que los Atlanta Falcons o los Carolina Panthers pierdan dos partidos. En mi opinión, incluso con Aaron Rodgers volviendo al campo, los Panthers y los Falcons presentan el mayor reto. Y creo, que lo que deberíamos estar apoyando en este momento, es que sean los Falcons los que pierdan dos partidos. ¿Por qué? Porque este domingo, Carolina se enfrentará a Green Bay. Francamente, Panthers es el equipo que más probabilidades tiene de echar a perder el regreso heroico de Rodgers. Panthers también puede vencer a los Falcons en la semana 17. Así que, mientras los Panthers no podrían ayudar perdiendo, creo que más bien nos podrán apoyar ganando. Sin embargo, los resultados de la semana 15 influenciarán mucho a quien apoyaremos como fans de los Cowboys. Por ahora, estos serían los resultados ideales de la semana 15: CHI Bears vencen a DET Lions. CAR Panthers vencen a GB Packers. TB Buccaneers sorprenden a ATL Falcons. Claro, dos de estos resultados parecen muy optimistas, pero todo puede pasar en la NFL y sobre todo con equipos tan inconsistentes como los Lions. Por supuesto que, todo esto no tiene ni sentido si los Cowboys no se van 3-0 en las siguientes tres semanas. El rival más fuerte que le queda a Dallas son los Seattle Seahawks. Con Ezekiel Elliott volviendo esa misma semana, será un duelo increíble en el AT&T Stadium. En mi opinión, será el partido que definirá de que son capaces los Dallas Cowboys del 2017. Pero primero que nada, los Cowboys se tienen que preocupar por un partido que puede resultar siendo un juego “trampa.” Un juego trampa, es cuando un equipo tiene una semana muy importante por venir (Seahawks) y subestima al rival (Raiders) que tiene enfrente dentro de los próximos días. Sobre todo cuando es de visita, estos partidos pueden resultar siendo peligrosos en la NFL y realmente, en todos los niveles de football americano. Oakland Raiders Derek Carr (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) Y sí, los Raiders han tenido una temporada muy decepcionante en la que ni Derek Carr ni Amari Cooper han sido lo que se esperaba, pero Derek Carr es un QB que puede echarse al equipo a los hombros en cualquier momento. Todos pueden tener una mala temporada, y ese ha sido el caso para el #4 de Oakland. Sin embargo, si los Cowboys mantienen el partido cerrado en el cuarto cuarto, Derek Carr puede demostrar que tan peligroso es. Con jugadores clave como Khalil Mack, que por cierto tendrá una batalla épica con La’el Collins, es un juego que no es tan fácil como parece. Sí, los Raiders tienen un récord de 6-7. ¿Y? Los Cowboys tienen un récord de 7-6. Es mejor, claro. ¿Pero realmente es tan bueno como para pensar que será una victoria fácil? Podemos criticar a Jason Garrett por muchas cosas, pero una de las cosas que no podemos criticarlo, es la motivación que le da a los jugadores. A pesar de muchos reportes acerca de que los jugadores “estaban molestos” con los coaches, definitivamente no han jugado como si se hubieran rendido en su entrenador. No creo que los Cowboys pierdan el domingo. Pero esperemos que no sólo ganen en la noche, sino que obtengan victorias indirectas alrededor de la NFC. Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Combinaciones Para Playoffs?, ¿Juego Trampa vs Raiders?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Star Blog Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas? Published 4 days ago on December 14, 2017 By Kevin Brady Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL. A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above. Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses. Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension. And is that really all that bad? Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team. Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well. So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion. They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott. I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference. But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome. So maybe success is a bit of a strong word. This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like. ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device. > Take the survey now Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.). Advertisement From Our Partners This Grandma is Crazy About Her Grandkids & Her Cowboys - Women's Racerback Tank $29.95 Best Dad Ever - Long-Sleeve Tee $34.95 Inside The Star - Youth tee $25.95 Advertisement Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! 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