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Chaz Green Film Review: Tale Of Two Halves

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Chaz Green Film Review: Tale Of Two Halves

While it ended in a disappointing loss, the Dallas Cowboys preseason opener was about as entertaining as any they have played in years. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott dazzled in his debut, throwing for two touchdowns and only throwing just as many incompletions.

Dez Bryant looked as healthy and dominant as ever, and the Cowboys first two units opened a 21-7 lead over the Los Angeles Rams in the first half.

While Prescott took advantage of his opportunity and began to solidify himself as the backup quarterback for this season, offensive tackle Chaz Green had a very similar opportunity to earn that swing tackle position.

With Tyron Smith sitting out, Green was able to start at left tackle, and play the majority of the game in that spot. The results were mixed, but it was certainly a tale of two halves for Green.

A lot of what Green did was bad, flat out sloppy, and even lazy at times. But in the first half, particularly the first quarter where he played with the starting offensive line, Green actually took some encouraging reps.

Here we see one of those very encouraging reps. Green keeps his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage while kicking back on a 45 degree angle. When he finally meets up with the defensive end, he delivers a blow we rarely saw from Green the rest of the game. His punch jars the defensive end backwards, knocking him off his track, and completing the block.

Ethan Young on Twitter

Who is this and what have they done with Chaz Green? Another solid rep. Showing a ton of growth early in this game.

Here is another positive from Green. Once again, he is able to kick-step back while never fully turning his shoulders and giving up leverage. The defensive end tries to speed rush around him, but Green stays patient, waits for the defender to come to him, and delivers a punch.

Nice job from Chaz Green on both of these plays.

But then, there was the bad. And when Green was bad Saturday night, he was real bad.


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While this play made the "Top Ten" on SportsCenter due to Jameill Showers' athletic prowess, the way that Green gets beat here is very disappointing. He starts off poorly by actually getting beat off the ball by the defensive end. Then, he rushes to re-gain ground, forcing him to turn his shoulders and hips, and chase the defender instead of delivering the blow. By the time he gets to the defensive end, it is way too late.

As the game went on, Green actually got slower and slower off the ball. That slow first step is what resulted in him being beat, and also in his holding penalties. Green's encouraging start was quickly forgotten due to his poor footwork, inability to keep a strong base, and high pad level in the third quarter.

He hasn't played in a real football game in two years, so some fatigue is to be expected, but Green needs to get into game shape as fast as possible to give himself a chance to be an effective swing tackle.

Two holding penalties, one clipping penalty, and overall poor play especially during that second half all contributed to a disappointing night from Green. When the Cowboys drafted him in the third round of the 2015 draft, they were looking for a swing tackle to replace Jeremy Parnell. I'd hate to give up on a guy after one preseason game, but it did not look promising whatsoever for Chaz Green.

Hopefully he can bounce back next week against the Miami Dolphins.

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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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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