Much of the offseason was spent marveling over the Dallas Cowboys' cornerbacks.
Congratulating the front office for finding Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis on day two of the 2017 NFL Draft, drooling over the possibilities with Byron Jones at cornerback, and discussing how impressive new secondary coach Kris Richard has been thus far.
After one preseason week of action, however, it's fair to say we need to see better play from these cornerbacks going forward.
Outside of Byron Jones, who was rather impressive during his limited snaps, this cornerback group left much to be desired. Chidobe Awuzie was fine overall, but didn't play with that same edge we saw towards the end of 2017. Jourdan Lewis appeared to have a few miscommunications with fellow linebackers and safeties at times, but that is also to be expected this early in the preseason.
The real culprit of the disappointing play was former sixth round pick and current starting slot cornerback Anthony Brown. Brown, who had been receiving rave reviews during training camp, looked more like the inconsistent 2017 version of himself than the impressive 2016 version. As we have grown accustomed to seeing, Brown was even called for a pass interference in the red zone because he couldn't get his head around in time.
Anthony Brown always seems to work himself around the ball, and has been one of the more efficient cornerbacks on the roster when it comes to creating interceptions. But, for some reason, he struggles mightily when trying to track the ball at the catch point and avoid these pass interference calls.
Despite being the most questioned group all throughout training camp, I actually thought the first group of safeties had a solid game. Kavon Frazier continued to flash on special teams as a tackler, and both Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath looked natural in their safety spots. One play which sticks out on the 49ers opening drive was linebacker Jaylon Smith trailing tight end George Kittle perfectly down the seam while both Woods and Heath came over the top to deliver a blow.
We should see more of the first team cornerbacks on Saturday night when the Cowboys take on the Bengals. And hopefully, with increased time and practices, this group starts to play as well as we know that they can.
It is also important to remember, however, that this game was played on August 9th. Things are going to look very different come week 1 against the Carolina Panthers.
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.
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!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
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.
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.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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