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Wow, how things change from week to week.  Injuries occur, players get tested mentally and some see the field for the first time.

Although there were some improvements against Baltimore there were several roster questions left unanswered.  How many QBs do they keep? Who will step up on the D-Line? Who will claim that MLB spot?  Hopefully we can get some answers in Saturday's game against Miami.

Please see my roster version 2.0 following the Baltimore game.

QB - Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Dustin Vaughan

I still think they keep 3 QBs, but as injuries pile up it will be less likely.  I'm really worried that Dustin will not clear waivers if released and end up on the practice squad.  David Helman from DallasCowboys.com wrote an article about keeping 3 QBs and Dustin Vaughan's performance against Miami.

RB - DeMarco Murray, Lance Dunbar, Joseph Randle, Ryan Williams

A philosophical change from version 1.0.  Ryan Williams gets on the roster and the FB position is eliminated for now.  Ryan will need to have another strong performance but they like what they see out of the Arizona State product.

WR - Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris, Cole Beasley, Devin Street

I think with the injuries to the defense they will need to trim the WR number to 5 and hope that Jamar Newsome clears waivers and makes it to the practice squad.

TE - Jason Witten, Gavin Escobar, James Hanna

No changes here and I don't expect there will be this year.  These will be your three TEs.

Offensive Line - Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Uche Nwaneri, Jermey Parnell

We'll stay with these lineman for now, and see how the next preseason game plays out.

 

Defensive Line - George Selvie, Henry Melton, Terrell McClain, Tyrone Crawford, Jeremy Mincey, Davon Coleman, Ken Bishop, Caesar Rayford, Ken Boatright, Nick Hayden, Zach Minter, Anthony Spencer

Zach Minter was a pleasant surprise.  I would like to see if he can do that against stronger competition.  I believe they will take Spencer off of Active PUP and have him ready for week 3 or 4, and place DeMarcus Lawrence on some kind of short-term inactive list.

LB - Justin Durant, Bruce Carter, Kyle Wilber, Anthony Hitchens, Rolando McClain

Holloman's career-ending injury was a big blow to this group, from a depth perspective.  Who will they sign to add to the depth chart?  It could be Jason Phillips, who worked out for the Cowboys on Thursday.

CB - Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne, Terrance Mitchell, Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb

This should be the group to win the CB spots.  But with Orlando out for the first 4 weeks, who will benefit from the roster exemption?

Safety - Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Ahmad Dixon, Jeff Heath, Jakar Hamilton

Does Matt Johnson go on IR again?  Should we even care about him anymore?

Specialists - Dan Bailey, Chris Jones, L.P. Ladouceur

Nothing to say about these three guys. Just good.



I've been a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan since I was 9-years-old. Born in Rochester, NY, I followed the team closely via satellite feeds and clippings from the Dallas Morning News. I attended multiple events at the Rochester, NY Dallas Cowboys Fan Club. I moved to Dallas in 2002 and quickly bought season tickets to the team I love. My favorite player of all-time is Emmitt Smith, followed by Tony Dorsett and I currently reside in The Colony, TX with my wife and three children.

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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