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Cowboys CB Michael Jackson, S Donovan Wilson Provide Depth and Versatility

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Jackson, Wilson Provide Depth and Versatility

The Dallas Cowboys are pretty set at linebacker with Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, and Sean Lee. They added support in the trenches through the draft with Trysten Hill and Joe Jackson, but the back end needed some bodies also, which they found in the 5th and 6th rounds. Michael Jackson and Donovan Wilson could potentially be a late-round steals for Defensive Backs Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard.

Jackson's ability to play on the outside near the hashes makes him another body Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli has in his back pocket. This in the event All-Pro Byron Jones or Chidobe Awuzie goes down. Jones is currently recovering from hip surgery he had in March, which will keep him out probably until the season opener. Awuzie has missed time with multiple hamstring injuries in 2017 and an ankle injury last season that forced him to miss one game. Jackson is very good at jamming receivers at the line of scrimmage. So much so, that he only allowed a completion percentage of 27.7 on go routes last season at Miami. Of course, the hope is that Jones and Awuzie stay healthy, but in the event, one should fall, Jackson could be a viable option.

He's also no stranger to playing in the slot. As we speak, Anthony Brown wears the crown at the position. Jourdan Lewis is behind him on the depth chart as he looks to finally find a role within this scheme. This could be Jackson's best chance to possibly see the field sooner than later. Although Brown is the starter he has been benched before due to lackluster play. The problem with Lewis is he lacks the size that Kris Richard typically likes in his corners/safeties, standing only 5'10. Jackson has a chance to make this particular position battle one to watch in training camp.

Finally, his size could make him a candidate to switch to safety. At 6'1 with long arms, this transition could be a smooth one if he can't find his footing at corner in the NFL.


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Donovan Wilson brings a multifaceted skill set of his own at safety.

He's another challenger at strong safety for current starter Jeff Heath. Heath has had shining moments here and there. Most notably, in the playoff loss to Green Bay in 2016, when he had two interceptions on one of the leagues best Aaron Rodgers. However, he's often a liability in coverage. Not to mention, he was one of the worst tackling safeties in the NFL in 2018. Wilson however, is known for being an excellent tackler and had eight career interceptions. What's also impressive about him is his 21.5 career tackles for loss in college. Himself, George Iloka and Kavon Frazier will battle to see who can possibly take the throne from Heath.

His resume doesn't stop there, though, he can also play nickel/slot corner. He spent two seasons playing nickel defensive back at Texas A&M where he totaled six of his eight career interceptions there. This flexibility gives added insurance behind Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis in case of injury to one or both.

Jackson and Wilson are picks that could deem to be very valuable going forward. Not only did the Cowboys add more youth to one of the youngest rosters in the NFL but each player provides depth at multiple positions. More importantly, they add competition in the secondary. In a league predicated towards offense, in particular, the passing game, having reliable players on the third level of your defense is key.


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Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

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Cowboys' Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

With only two preseason games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The Dallas Cowboys have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz appear to have the depth chart locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and probably won't play against the Houston Texans tonight.

Enter Marcus Lucas.

Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding penalty that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the 53-man roster and was released and placed on the practice squad. In 2015, he was on the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the Seattle Seahawks signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks again, and the San Francisco 49ers. He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.


At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

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With Jason Witten getting a day of rest, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Codey McElroy injured, the Cowboys have one tight end practicing today: Marcus Lucas, who has been with the team for about two weeks.

It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the "next man up" as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas Cowboys front office or another front office around the league take notice.

Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

They say "preseason games don't matter," but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.


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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

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BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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