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Could WR Noah Brown Help the Cowboys at Tight End?

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Could WR Noah Brown Help the Cowboys at Tight End?

The countdown until Wide Receiver Amari Cooper's highly anticipated Dallas Cowboys debut is on, but the Cowboys have also started the clock for a decision on second year WR Noah Brown. Returning to practice from his hamstring injury on Thursday, the Cowboys have until November 22nd to decide if Brown comes off injured reserve and joins the active roster.

The Cowboys would be smart to ease Brown into his first practices since training camp. Depending on his health though, Brown may have to be given the same treatment that Cooper is receiving, hardly easing his way into the Cowboys offense.

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Cowboys WR Noah Brown (hamstring) also started practicing today. He's been on IR all season. The Cowboys have a 21-day window now before they have to make a decision on moving him to the active roster.

As the Cowboys are getting healthier at wide receiver, their depth at tight end is depleting. Geoff Swaim has not practiced this week, leaving even further unproven options at his position. Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers would be the Cowboys next options at TE, followed by rookie Dalton Schultz who played a career high 19 snaps two weeks ago at the Redskins.

It was only the second game that Schultz has appeared in this season, playing two snaps at the Panthers all the way back in week one.

What Gathers and Jarwin lack as blockers, Brown brings to the Cowboys out wide as a former teammate of Ezekiel Elliott at Ohio State. It was Elliott that got his wish when the Cowboys used their last pick of the 2017 Draft on Brown, and still Elliott that the Cowboys must lean on to climb back in the NFC East race.

The Cowboys fired offensive line coach Paul Alexander during their bye week, allowing Marc Colombo to step into a bigger role. In this role, Colombo sees room for improvement in the Cowboys blocking, which should extend into first-year TE Coach Doug Nussmeier's room.

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Cowboys new offensive line coach, Marc Colombo: "We're going to bring some violence and nasty to the game." "The sky's the limit for us. Right now, I think we are third in the league in rushing and I don't think we've blocked particularly well.

Brown could be a welcome addition to the Cowboys lineup at TE, knowing he must do anything he can to get on the field. With Cooper, Cole Beasley, and Michael Gallup expected to earn the majority of snaps at wide receiver, finding snaps for the less-dynamic Brown is a difficult task for Scott Linehan.

Allowing Brown to play to his best strength, as Linehan is tasked to do with Cooper and the rest of his offense, is much easier.

Brown is listed at 225 pounds on the Cowboys official roster, nearly 20 pounds below the "smallest" TE in Schultz. Asking Brown to block a defensive end on his own in protection of Dak Prescott has Chaz Green in Atlanta written all over it. Keeping an open mind towards improving at WR and TE after the bye week by maximizing the team's depth is something the Cowboys need to consider as they monitor Brown ahead of the deadline to play him this season though.

That deadline will come on Thanksgiving, when the Cowboys host the Redskins with plenty of division implications potentially on the line. Whether or not we see Brown before then, as a backup receiver that appeared in 13 games as a rookie, never playing more than 40% of the team's snaps on offense, or in a new position will be determined as soon as Monday night against the Titans.

The Cowboys were challenged to be better on offense this season without former staples in Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. A flashy trade to address the TE position is unlikely compared to what the Cowboys sent away to acquire their new top receiver. Internal options do exist for the Cowboys to at least be functional at tight end in the running game while expecting a much improved passing attack going forward.

Noah Brown deserves to prove what he can do in both areas.

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

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The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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