As has been covered about 100 times the last few months, the Cowboys have overhauled their wide receiver corps this offseason. By bringing in players like Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup, and releasing veteran wide out Dez Bryant, the Cowboys have made a conscious effort to bring in new blood on the perimeter.
So far, the Cowboys' overhaul has went pretty well. Gallup and Dak Prescott are already developing a strong rapport, Hurns possesses some veteran experience and talent, and Cole Beasley is the most comfortable and established of the group.
At this point five receivers seem like locks to make the team: Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, and Tavon Austin.
Outside of those five are three receivers who have flashed at times, or at least came into Dallas with some decent expectations. Still, it's hard to imagine the Cowboys keeping more than six receivers on their active roster, meaning that these three might be fighting for just one spot.
Let's review those three players and discuss what they have to do over the next two weeks to snag that final roster spot.
Ah, what else to say about Lance Lenoir. Lenoir has been the talk of training camp from these receivers, as it seemed as if everyone present at camp fell in love with his consistency and big play flashes. Lenoir developed some trust with quarterback Dak Prescott during practices, but lack of first team reps have stopped us from seeing their connection during actual games.
Prescott won't play the rest of the preseason, meaning that Lenoir will have to figure it out with Cooper Rush, Mike White, and a banged up backup offensive line. It's going to be tough for this offense as a whole, but if Lenoir can continue to prove to be a consistent third down threat and reliable route runner, he could win over the coaches one last time.
Lenoir's week one touchdown was impressive, but I'm not sure if it can hold him over for the final three weeks of preseason. He's going to need to continue to get it done if he hopes to find himself on the 53 man roster.
The Cowboys signed Thompson nearly directly after releasing Dez Bryant, making Thompson the butt of some jokes since joining the team. Though he got some first team reps early on in camp, injuries have sidelined Thompson for most of the preseason.
He hasn't been able to show what he can do, though he is known for his speed down the field from his time on previous rosters. Thompson might be a long-shot to make this roster due to both his injury and team competition, but the team clearly liked him enough to bring him in during the free agency period.
I originally thought Thompson had a chance to beat out Terrance Williams for a roster spot, but they have had very different camps thus far. Lance Lenoir has proven to be valuable on Special Teams, Noah Brown is a valuable blocker, and Tavon Austin is the speedy weapon that Thompson would be.
This all probably results in Thompson being the odd man out.
And finally, the fan favorite, Noah Brown.
Considered a long-shot to make the team his rookie year, Noah Brown stole the sixth receiver spot in 2017 after a downright impressive training camp and preseason. Brown also proved valuable during the regular season, especially as a blocker both on the perimeter and at the line of scrimmage.
Like Thompson, injuries have hindered Brown's ability to impress during this year's training camp, but we know how the coaches feel about him based on him making the team a year ago. I'd love to see the Cowboys keep Noah Brown around, but it's looking more and more like that sixth spot is Lance Lenoir's.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
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.
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.
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.
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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