Recently, the Dallas Cowboys released Wide Receiver Allen Hurns. The roster move didn't come as much of a surprise considering the team saved five million dollars in cap space for a WR that wasn't going to get a ton of playing time in 2019. The Cowboys starters at the position will very likely be Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. But Hurns wasn't competing with these guys. Instead, the guys that cost him the job were the younger guys in the WR room.
As seems to be the case every year, the Cowboys have a handful of young, talented wide receivers fighting for the final spots to make the 53-man roster. Names like Lance Lenoir make enough noise in training camp and preseason to make us wonder about their chances of making the team.
This year, that's precisely what's happening among a group of talented guys. Undrafted rookies Jon'Vea Johnson and Jalen Guyton turned heads in the offseason and could be in serious contention to make the roster. A forgotten name by many, Cedrick Wilson should also be in the discussion after missing his opportunity due to injury a year ago.
Thanks to the noise made by these guys, many in Cowboys Nation are underestimating Noah Brown's chances of being part of this team in the upcoming season.
Since they drafted him in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cowboys have kept Brown around. Even in 2018 when they sent him to Injured Reserve, they brought him back in November to finish the season. We know very well that the Cowboys aren't afraid of cutting late round draft picks. Even still, the team hasn't done so with Brown yet. They clearly like what they see in him.
Back when he was a prospect out of Ohio State, he was seen by many as a player with plenty of potential who could be developed into a serious weapon on offense down the road. He was never expected to have a major impact as a rookie or even during his second rodeo in the NFL. This might turn out to be his best season yet. Personally, I'd be surprised if the team lets him go this year.
Brown's career numbers seem very irrelevant with only nine catches for a grand total of 87 yards. But that's not the whole story. Last year, despite only catching five passes on eight targets, Brown was in for 102 snaps in eight games. It's worth mentioning this was on the second half of the season, when team already had a #1 wide receiver in Amari Cooper. Brown has been a great blocker for the team.
He's also proved to be an important player on special teams. Last season he played on more than 60% of the special teams snaps in seven of his eight games played.
Although I believe he isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster, I'd definitely bet on him over guys like Johnson and Guyton. Heck, even Wilson, who I'd love to see make the team.
Hurting Brown's stock is a recent report from Mike Fisher saying the WR will start training camp on the short-term PUP list.
As the Cowboys get ready to report to training camp, brace yourself for an all-out battle at the wide receiver position. And while you should be getting excited for the other guys, don't sleep on Noah Brown.
Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.
The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.
"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."
The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.
However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith
The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.
ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...
Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.
Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.
And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.
Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List
Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.
"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."
Todd Archer - ESPN.com
This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.
It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.
While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.
With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.
With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.
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