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Cowboys CTK: Chris Boniol Kicks #18 Through The Crossbars

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Blog - Cowboys CTK: Chris Boniol Kicks #18 Through The Crossbars

Hello Hump Day! I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty exhausted. I got the new Madden game yesterday and have already won Super Bowls 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, and 55 with the Dallas Cowboys. Get on my level!

While throwing 88 touchdowns to Dez Bryant in one game (I had it set on the hardest difficulty, I promise, I’m just that good) I couldn’t help but think about how great it’s going to be to see Dez throw up the x soon enough.

X marks the spot 18 days from now when the Dallas Cowboys will take on the New York Giants after Carrie Underwood gets going with the Sunday Night Football anthem. I have a feeling that I’ve lost your attention and you’re just now thinking about Madden and Carrie Underwood. Come back!

Stay focused now, and let’s continue our Countdown To Kickoff series with the Greatest 18 in Dallas Cowboys History!

The Following Players Have All Worn 18 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Chris Boniol, K
  • David Buehler, K
  • Glenn Carano, QB
  • Terrance Copper, WR
  • Bernie Kosar, QB
  • Billy Lothridge, P
  • Kyle Orton, QB
  • Loren Synder, QB
  • Wade Wilson*, QB

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys Staff

Today’s list is actually pretty fascinating as it boasts one active and one former member of the Dallas Cowboys Coaching Staff. Current fans will know Wade Wilson as the team’s quarterbacks coach, who’s probably got Jameill Showers and Dustin Vaughan running drills as we speak.

Chris Boniol served as an assistant special teams coach from 2010-2013 with the Cowboys and is currently in that role with the Oakland Raiders. Before he slipped on the coaching polo, Boniol wore 18 of the Dallas Cowboys better than anyone ever has.

Chris Boniol

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An undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech, Chris Boniol signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1994. Boniol went 22/29 on field goals during the 1994 season, but he really got going with a force the following year.

In 1995 the Dallas Cowboys were on a mission to avenge their NFC Championship Game loss of a year before. Chris Boniol was on a mission in the kicking game. He led the NFL in the percentage of Field Goals made with 96.4% as the Cowboys went on to win Super Bowl XXX.

Kicking Machine

The current Dallas Cowboys kicker, Dan Bailey, is one of the greatest in the history of football. Boniol can hang with him statistically. In Dallas Cowboys History, Chris Boniol ranks:

  • 4th in Field Goals from 20-29 yards
  • 3rd in Field Goals from 30-39 yards
  • 3rd in total Field Goals made with 81
  • 2nd in career Field Goal Percentage with 87.1%, trailing only the legendary foot of Dan Bailey

#18: Chris Boniol

During his three year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys Chris Boniol became the first Cowboy to have three consecutive 100-point seasons. The 1996 season saw Boniol successfully boot 27 straight Field Goals through the crossbars, a streak that lasted all the way until last season when Dan Bailey broke it.

It seems fitting that with the NFL making adjustments to the extra point attempt this season that a kicker or two (spoiler alert) make our Countdown To Kickoff series. Amidst a list with some pretty big names at backup quarterback, Chris Boniol tops them all as the Greatest 18 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 17 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

Want to share your opinions on who should be featured on our Countdown To Kickoff? Email me at or Tweet @rjochoa.

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I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Xavier Woods, the Real Reason Cowboys Didn’t Pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Have Their Version of Tryann Mathieu in Xavier Woods?

It's not uncommon for Dallas Cowboys fans to zero in on certain free agents in hopes that they will bring their talents to America's Team. In fact, just about any "big name" player to hit the open market is often linked to the Cowboys in some way or another. That was the case when the Arizona Cardinals decided to move on from Tyrann Mathieu.

Once Tyrann Mathieu became available, Cowboys fans immediately wanted to see him with a star on his helmet. But, despite the fans petitioning, the Cowboys brass seemed to show almost zero interest in the former Cardinal.

The decision to not pursue Tyrann Mathieu certainly didn't sit well with a lot of Cowboys Nation, but I think it was the right decision.

Despite Mathieu's perceived talents and youth (he's just 25), the Cowboys weren't interested in paying the price to bring him to Dallas, especially since they already have a similar player on their roster.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods

It may sound crazy, but I think the real reason the Dallas Cowboys didn't show much interest in Tyrann Mathieu is because of Xavier Woods.

I honestly believe Xavier Woods and Tyrann Mathieu have a similar skill set. Both players are little undersized to be a full-time safety in the NFL, but each of them have the versatility to play several different roles in the secondary.

Mathieu may have been listed as a safety on the Arizona Cardinals roster, and now the Houston Texans, but the truth is he played mostly out of the nickel/slot in his professional and collegiate career. That is where he is at his best, and the same can be said about Xavier Woods.

As a rookie, Xavier Woods showed his versatility with the Dallas Cowboys by playing a variety of different roles in the secondary. His versatility was one of the reasons the Cowboys decided to trade up in last year's draft to acquire his services.

His name might not carry the same kind of weight as Tyrann Mathieu right now around the league or amongst NFL fans, but I don't think Xavier Woods is that much of a drop off talent wise.

Xavier Woods

Dallas Cowboys DB Xavier Woods (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Personally, I believe Mathieu is starting to decline a little as a player. I think injuries are starting to take a toll on his play, although it may be minimal. I actually prefer Xavier Woods' upside, especially when you take into account the difference in salaries between the two.

Surprisingly enough, Xavier Woods might just have been more productive in 2017 then Mathieu. Woods started just four games and finished the season with 42 tackles, three passes defensed, and one interception. Mathieu on the other hand started all 16 games and accumulated 78 tackles, one quarterback sack, one forced fumble, and two interceptions.

As you can see, Xavier Woods was almost just as productive as Mathieu in nearly a third of the playing time. What's even more impressive about this is that Woods accomplish this as a rookie.

Of course, all of this is speculation, but I for one am not all that upset the Dallas Cowboys missed out on Tyrann Mathieu. I'm willing to bet on Xavier Woods being able to do everything Mathieu can and at a fraction of the cost.

Were the Cowboys right not to pursue Tyrann Mathieu?

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Free Agent CB Orlando Scandrick Joining Washington Redskins

Jess Haynie



Orlando Scandrick

Just two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has found a new home in the nation's capitol. After 10 seasons in Dallas, Scandrick is signing with the rival Washington Redskins.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Redskins and Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a 2-year deal worth a max value of $10M, source said. From Dallas to a rival.

By joining Washington after leaving Dallas, Scandrick follows in the footsteps of many ex-Cowboys: Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and even Deion Sanders to name a few.

Last week, Orlando reportedly requested his release from Dallas. It was widely expected that he would be a salary cap casualty anyway, though, and especially with the young stockpile of cornerbacks the Cowboys currently have.

Dallas has three young corners they believe in with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown. There is also talk that Byron Jones could be moving back to CB next year.

Scandrick, 31, will get to stay in the NFC East and now cover some of his former teammates. Give the reportedly salary, he should at least be the slot corner for Washington next year if not a starter.

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Upgrading the Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Brian Martin



Upgrading Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Despite the displeasure by the majority of fans, the Dallas Cowboys continue to hold things close to the vest with their approach to free agency. It's definitely not the most popular approach and tends to drive fans crazy, but things could start heating up now that the free-agent market is starting to settle.

Looking from the outside in, we can only speculate as to which positions the Dallas Cowboys may prioritize in free agency and in the draft that matter. Earl Thomas and the safety position has been the most popular topic of discussion throughout the free agency process, but it looks as if the Cowboys are narrowing their focus on upgrading and adding depth to their offensive line.

Marcus Martin

Free-agent C/OG Marcus Martin

This is just speculation of course, but it's based on the fact that the Cowboys are rumored to be bringing in free-agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming. And on top of that, it was announced that two of the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors are also offensive lineman, Will Hernandez, who is popular among Cowboys fans already, and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.

I don't know about you, but it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys are certainly focused in on upgrading the offensive line. This absolutely makes sense after what they went through last season with the carousel at the left guard position and Tyron Smith's struggles to stay healthy.

More than anything, the Cowboys need OL depth heading into the 2018 season. There is only really one spot up for grabs at left guard, but the depth across the OL is absolutely depleted unless you want to rely on Chaz Green again.

This is where Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming make a lot of sense. Marcus Martin has the versatility to play center and guard, and has done so already in his NFL career. He could compete for the starting LG position, but if nothing else, could replace Joe Looney as the backup C/OG.

Cameron Fleming could be the more important of the two free agents the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in. At the worst, Fleming would be an upgrade as the swing tackle, something he's done with the New England Patriots throughout his career. But, he could compete to become the starting right tackle, which would kick La'el Collins back inside to left guard.

That's all speculation right now, but the Dallas Cowboys would do what's best for the entire team in order to get the right starting five offensive lineman on the field.

Kolton Miller

Cowboys Rookie prospect OT Kolton Miller

The same can be said about rookies Will Hernandez and Kolton Miller. Hernandez would likely be a plug-and-play left guard if he ended up being the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick. That would keep the offensive line from shuffling and hopefully solidify the unit for years to come.

Kolton Miller on the other hand would be a lot like the Cameron Fleming situation mentioned above. He can probably tackle on the left or right side the NFL, although some draft analysts believe he will struggle as a LT at the next level.

Of course, there is no way of knowing how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have any of these players right now. But to me, it looks as if upgrading the offensive line is certainly one of their top priorities this offseason.

Is upgrading the OL the Dallas Cowboys top offseason priority?

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