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Cowboys CTK: Steve Pelluer Comes In At #16

RJ Ochoa



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Happy Friday, everyone!

You’ve earned today. It’s the end of the week and I’m sure you’ve got plans to go scope out some new tailgating gear and hook up your new tv to get ready for the season! We’re just 16 days away now from kickoff against the New York Giants and it can NOT get here soon enough!

Our Countdown To Kickoff series has it’s sweet 16 today so I hope that you bought it a car. Get in, buckle up, and let’s roll with the Greatest 16 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 16 For The Dallas Cowboys:

  • Chris Boyd, WR
  • Damon Hodge, WR
  • Jesse Holley, WR
  • A.J. Jenkins*, WR
  • Ryan Leaf, QB
  • Steve Pelluer, QB
  • Vinny Testaverde, QB

*Active player on the Dallas Cowboys roster

If you’ve ever read 1984 then you know all about big brother. Hopefully you watch the show Big Brother like me and are celebrating the return of Johnny Mac!

1984 is special today because it brought the Greatest 16 in Dallas Cowboys History to the franchise via the NFL Draft. In the 5th round (113th overall) Tom Landry and Co. picked themselves a University of Washington quarterback by the name of Steve Pelluer.

Steve Pelluer

Pelluer first introduced himself to Cowboy fans in 1985 in a game against the New York Giants. With starter Danny White and backup Gary Hogeboom (one of the greatest last names ever, by the way) injured with the NFC East on the line… it was time for Steve to shine.

Cowboys Blog - Cowboys CTK: Steve Pelluer Comes In At #16

The most well-known #16 in Cowboys fans memories might be Vinny Testaverde, but he lost out to Steve Pelluer in our CTK rankings.

Steve managed the rest of the game as the Cowboys locked up another division championship. Huzzah, Steve!

After Hogeboom was traded (and somebody else was lucky enough to boast his name on their team) in 1986, Pelluer became the primary backup to Danny White.

When #11 went down for the season in Week 9, it was Pelluer time yet again.

Steve actually dropped 2,727 yards and 8 passing touchdowns over that whole season.

Steve Pelluer overtook Danny White in Week 10 of the 1987 season, but his real starting gig happened in 1988. Pelluer made the start in 14/16 games that year, passing for 3,139 yards and 17 touchdowns in Michael Irvin’s rookie season.

#16: Steve Pelluer

Danny White is remembered as the icon of the 1980s for Dallas Cowboys fans, but for a short time Steve Pelluer commanded America’s Team and had some brief success doing it. Pelluer actually holds two special distinctions in Dallas Cowboys History:

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin’s first career touchdown was thrown by Steve Pelluer
  • Steve Pelluer was the last quarterback to start and win a game for a team coached by Pro Football Hall of Famer Tom Landry

Today we add one more distinction to Steve Pelluer’s career - the Greatest 16 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 15 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

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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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady



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.

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady



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.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb 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.

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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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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady



Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.

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