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Cowboys CTK: Brandon Carr’s Carrousel Spins Around #39

RJ Ochoa

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Welcome to the fifth day of the eighth month of the two thousand and fifteenth year! Today is a great set of 24 hours, as we are officially one day closer to Dallas Cowboys football. Yes, training camp has been a breath of fresh air. Yes, I am excited for preseason football. No, I did not pass my Chip Kelly Hydration Levels.

The NFL is turning into our neighborhood once again as we all prepare for Sunday’s Hall of Fame game between the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cowboys will meet the San Diego Chargers just 8 days from now, but the New York Giants sit 39 sets of the sun away from their first loss of 2015. Grab a bottle of water just in case Coach Chip is watching and let’s continue our Countdown To Kickoff with the Greatest 39 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 39 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Brandon Carr*, CB
  • Derrick Gainer, RB
  • E.J. Jones, RB
  • Ryan Neufeld, TE
  • Lousaka Polite, FB
  • Broderick Sargent, RB
  • Donald Smith, CB
  • Collin Zych, S

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

Jersey numbers in the 30s are so cool because of the multiple positions that can wear them. Just with 39 we’ve got corners, running backs, a safety, a tight end, and a fullback! This jersey number comes down the Countdown To Kickoff like a 3rd and 10 inside slant pass and one of these gentlemen earned his way and picked it off.

Brandon Carr

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That’s right! The one and only Brandon Carr fought his way to the title of 39. Brandon’s NFL career actually began back in 2008 when he was drafted in the 5th round by the Kansas City Chiefs out of Grand Valley State.

The Kansas City secondary was pretty vaunted with Carr, Brandon Flowers, and Eric Berry. They had some good times all the way through the 2011 season. Carr’s time came to an end then, and for all of you fun fact seekers you should know… Brandon Carr’s last play in a Chiefs uniform resulted in him intercepting Tim Tebow.

Cowboy Carr

Brandon Carr signed with the Dallas Cowboys on March 14th, 2012. He was brought in to bolster Rob Ryan’s defensive secondary and coupled with that year’s first round draft selection, Morris Claiborne, was supposed to terrorize opposing quarterbacks.

The 2012 season was a fine piece of work by Brandon Carr. He had 3 total interceptions, each one very interesting in its own right. His first interception with a Star on his hat came in Philadelphia, and he returned it for a touchdown! 4 weeks later during an emotional game in Cincinnati… Brandon managed to pick off Andy Dalton in the second quarter, a turnover that the Cowboys converted into a touchdown and would help them secure a victory.

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Brandon’s finest interception in 2012 came against one of the franchise’s most hated rivals. The 7-6 Cowboys fought their way to overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Needing a big play Brandon Carr stepped in, literally, front of Mike Wallace and returned an interception that set the Cowboys up for the game-winning score.

Pick Six

In 3 seasons with the blue and silver Brandon Carr has picked off opposing quarterbacks 6 times. He has had his ups and downs in the defensive backfield, but you know what?

Every time Brandon Carr has an interception the Dallas Cowboys win.

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That is correct. All 6 of Carr’s interceptions have helped the Dallas Cowboys secure victory.

#39: Brandon Carr

The Carrousel of Brandon will continue to run as Brandon Carr hopes to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 during this 2015 season. The current Cowboys cornerback situation is the subject of a lot of speculation, Brandon Carr among them. It’s going to be very interesting to see what Carr does in a season with so much on the line, but whatever he does he’ll do it as the Greatest 39 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 38 in Dallas Cowboys History is!


 

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Can Rookie OL Connor McGovern Compete For A Starting Spot?

Kevin Brady

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Connor McGovern

Raising eyebrows in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cowboys added Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern to their already deep OL depth chart.

McGovern, who played guard for the Nittany Lions, was reportedly by-far the best player remaining on the Cowboys draft board when they came on the clock in round three. Still, with seemingly more pressing needs yet to be addressed, Dallas' selection of McGovern was certainly a surprise.

When you watch the tape, though, you immediately see what the Cowboys loved about Connor McGovern.

A "plug-and-play" type guard, Connor McGovern is the type of rookie you'd expect to contribute in year one. On many teams he may be a candidate to start at guard or center from the beginning of his rookie season, but here in Dallas, his role for the 2019 season is somewhat in question.

Clearly, being a day two pick, there's no doubt that McGovern will make the Cowboys roster. But can he compete for a starting job?

During OTA's McGovern took reps at both guard and center, pointing towards the possibility of him being the first interior offensive lineman off the bench if one of the starters were to go down with an injury. Fellow interior linemen Joe Looney and Xavier Su'a-Filo each contributed in big ways during the 2018 season, however, and will be tough to beat out during camp.

Obviously McGovern won't be starting over All-Pros Travis Frederick and Zack Martin, but could he dethrone Connor Williams from his left guard position?

While possible, I would still say it's unlikely. The Cowboys selection of McGovern seems to be more about 2020 and beyond than it is about the 2019 season. With right tackle La'el Collins coming up on a contract year, Dallas might elect to let him walk in free agency, move Williams back to his college position of tackle, and slide McGovern into the left guard slot.

This seems fool-proof in theory, but this many moving parts across the offensive line could spell trouble early on in 2020. Regardless, Connor McGovern's arrival gives Dallas the flexibility to consider all options on their offensive line.

In reality, McGovern strengthened a strength for Dallas, and may be needed to prove himself as early as this Fall if injury issues arise.



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Cowboys en Español: Analizando al Rival Más Fuerte en la NFC East

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Amari Cooper has Final Say on Trade Compensation in Cowboys Win 3

Los Dallas Cowboys se han llevado el título de la NFC East tres de los últimos cinco años. Dos veces han sido con el QB Dak Prescott como el titular. Sin embargo, no han logrado llevarse la división en años consecutivos. De hecho, ningún equipo de la NFC East ha logrado coronarse campeón divisional en años consecutivos desde el 2004. Los Cowboys, actuales campeones del grupo, buscarán romper esa tendencia en la temporada que está por comenzar en septiembre.

Los New York Giants, Washington Redskins y Philadelphia Eagles intentarán evitar que tal hazaña suceda. Sin embargo, parece ser que solo uno de estos tres equipos podrá ser rival para un equipo de Dallas bastante completo tanto en ofensiva como en defensiva.

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Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports)

Los Eagles, quienes estuvieron en postemporada al igual que los Cowboys en 2018 (pero en calidad de comodín), cuentan con un muy fuerte equipo para la próxima temporada. En las apuestas deportivas, las casas de apuesta tienen como favorito a ganar la división a Philadelphia. El margen de diferencia entre ambos equipos es muy pequeño, poniendo las expectativas para ambas ciudades en aproximadamente el mismo nivel.

Para Eagles, termina una agotadora discusión entre Nick Foles y Carson Wentz después de que el veterano partiera a Jacksonville en la agencia libre y dejara a la segunda selección global del 2016 al mando de su equipo, como debería de ser. Wentz es un QB prometedor para su equipo. Antes de lesionarse en 2017, era el claro favorito para ser premiado como el MVP de la temporada. Pero la fortaleza del equipo va más allá de su mariscal de campo.

Doug Pederson ha demostrado ser un head coach muy capaz en la NFL, y tiene la fortuna de liderar un equipo repleto de talento. Similar a los Cowboys, los Eagles tuvieron un offseason algo discreto pero efectivo.

En ofensiva, Eagles consiguió talento para el juego terrestre después de conseguir al ex-Chicago Bear Jordan Howard y al novato de Penn State, Miles Sanders. Como receptor hace su regreso a Philadelphia Desean Jackson, quien será un arma peligrosa con Alshon Jeffery y Nelson Agholor.

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Para la defensiva, consiguieron ayuda en la línea defensiva (que de por sí lucía muy talentosa) firmando al DT Malik Jackson. Como linebacker, una posición en la que necesitaban una mejora, llega Zach Brown. Ese frente defensivo es de temerse, sin duda.

Pero no solo se trata de aquellos jugadores nuevos en Philadelphia, sino las retenciones claves. Con Eagles se quedan después de firmar extensiones y nuevos contratos el centro Jason Kelce, el tackle Jason Peters, el caza cabezas Brandon Graham y el cornerback Ronald Darby.

Los Cowboys tienen un rival fuerte a quien superar si quieren llevarse el título de la división por segundo año consecutivo. Ambos equipos se enfrentan en las semanas 7 y 16, pero la NFC East se tendrá que ganar con un esfuerzo en los 16 partidos de la temporada.

Recientemente, Eagles y Cowboys han representado la rivalidad más importante dentro de la división y el 2019 no será la excepción. A nosotros como aficionados, nos espera un espectáculo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Analizando al Rival Más Fuerte en la NFC East" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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What Will Joe Looney’s Role Look Like In 2019?

Kevin Brady

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Would Cowboys Trade Joe Looney if the Saints Came Calling?

The quick answer to the question the title poses is: he will be the backup center.

And, well, yes. Duh. Right?

Now that veteran center Travis Frederick has returned to claim his rightful spot on the Cowboys offensive line, Joe Looney must slide back into his backup role. Looney filled in for the All Pro center admirably in 2018, playing well above expectation level for much of the season. Still, there was clearly a drop off in play between he and Frederick, especially when it came to communication across the offensive line.

It may not be as simple as "Joe Looney is back to being a backup interior lineman," though, especially considering the offseason which the Cowboys had. Dallas went out and added Penn State guard Connor McGovern with their second selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, adding him to a very crowded interior group.

Now, Joe Looney is joined by two guards which played significant time in 2018 in Connor Williams and Xavier Su'a-Filo, the unquestioned starter Travis Frederick, and this rookie who draft pundits have praised to be plug-and-play on the inside.

Looney himself, however, doesn't sound too concerned about how these pieces may fall during Training Camp. “Whatever happens, happens. My role is to be the best player that I can be. When the team needs me, my job is to be ready,” Looney told DallasCowboys.com recently. "Right now, it’s about getting better. If my number is called, I’ll be ready.”

There's no question that Joe Looney is both a favorite of the fans, and in the Cowboys locker room. The jolly lineman which NBC's Cris Collinsworth dubbed "Jumbo Joe" has proved his worth both on and off the field during his time in Dallas. Still, he isn't the player now that someone like Frederick is, and he doesn't have the ceiling or potential that someone like Connor Williams has.

One of these interior linemen is likely to be released before the season starts, but my guess would not be Joe Looney. Su'a-Filo did a fine job when Connor Williams missed time due to injury in 2018, but he is likely the odd man out on the interior of the Cowboys offensive line.

Joe Looney's ability and comfortability at the center position is extremely valuable, as is his experience from a season ago playing a full season for this offensive line. It would be extremely difficult for Dallas to move on from him in favor of lesser-known players, especially if Frederick's health is still any sort of question mark.



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