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Cowboys en Español: 3 Preguntas Que Se Contestarán en Training Camp

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Projecting The Cowboys Starting Defense - Pre Training Camp 1

Estamos a menos de 10 días de que inicie el training camp de los Dallas Cowboys. Esto es, extremadamente emocionante para mí, y estoy seguro que para todo Cowboys Nation. Es la recta final de la larga y dolorosa espera para ver a los Cowboys jugar americano. Claro, ya vimos las famosas actividades organizadas por el equipo (OTAs por sus siglas en inglés) y el minicamp.

Pero Training Camp es mucho más especial.

La razón principal es que los jugadores se equipan por primera vez en el offseason. Hay contacto por primera vez en meses. En minicamp apenas y existe el contacto mínimo. No sólo eso, pero para muchos jugadores, es la última oportunidad de ganarse un puesto en el roster.

Los Dallas Cowboys son un equipo que a pesar de tener un futuro prometedor en el camino, también tienen grandes signos de interrogación en varios aspectos de su juego.

Aquí están tres preguntas que se contestarán una vez que el training camp tomé lugar.

Cowboys en Español: 3 Preguntas Que Se Contestarán en Training Camp

Jaylon Smith... ¿Está Listo?

Increíble pensar que han pasado 442 días desde que los Cowboys tomaron el riesgo de seleccionar a Jaylon Smith en la segunda ronda del NFL Draft 2016. El LB ha brindado una cantidad increíble de expectativas y anticipación para todos los fans y medios.

Smith puede ser la pieza que le de la vuelta a la defensiva de los Cowboys. El producto de Notre Dame no hubiera tardado más de cinco picks en ser seleccionado si no hubiera sido por la lesión que sufrió en su último partido de universidad. El problema que tuvo en el nervio de su rodilla fue bastante serio. Incluso era incierto si iba a poder llegar a tomar el campo por su condición.

Durante la gran temporada del 2016, se discutió la posibilidad de ver a Jaylon al final de la temporada. Todos nos volvimos locos al ver vídeos de él corriendo a máxima velocidad, y cuando finalmente lo vimos con un casco de Cowboys este offseason, ni se diga.

Smith participó sin problema en los OTAs y en minicamp, pero tiene un reto mucho más difícil en training camp. ¿Cómo responderá al contacto? Si puede participar al 100% y no sufre ninguna repercusión en su rodilla, Smith probablemente estará listo para la temporada. Si tiene problemas, habrá más preocupación en la posición de LB.

Por favor, que sea lo primero.

La'el Collins

¿Quiénes Serán las Nuevas Caras de la Línea Ofensiva?

La única duda del lado ofensivo para el equipo este año, es la línea ofensiva. Ha sido un tema que nos hemos cansado de discutir. Sin Doug Free como tackle derecho y sin Ron Leary como guardia izquierdo, habrá dos huecos que llenar en la línea ofensiva.

El nombre clave aquí es La'el Collins, que hizo un excelente trabajo como guardia izquierdo en el 2015. En el 2016, tuvo un mal inicio en los primeros juegos y finalmente sufrió una lesión que puso a Leary de nuevo en la formación.

Collins tiene un puesto asegurado como titular, y todo parece indicar que será como RT en vez de su posición original, guardia izquierdo. El cambio de posición no será una transición fácil para La'el. Muchos argumentarían, que este cambio es un error de parte de los Cowboys, muchos dirán que es lo mejor.

Pero en una posición que se trata de contacto físico en las trincheras jugada tras jugada, línea defensiva contra línea ofensiva, es justo discutir que puede que la decisión no sea final aún. El puesto que no tome Collins, seguramente será tomado por Jonathan Cooper, Byron Bell, o Emmett Cleary.

Aunque se diga que después de minicamp existe un favorito entre estos últimos, creo que no será seguro hasta verlos en training camp. El contacto lo es todo en esta posición del juego y sin duda la decisión de tomara cuando los jugadores estén totalmente equipados.

Viaje al Roster: ¿Logrará Entrar Rico Gathers?

Dallas Cowboys: 5 Players To Watch At Rookie Minicamp 4

Dallas Cowboys Rico Gathers (80) participates in a drill during rookie minicamp at the Dallas Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch in Irving on Saturday, May 7, 2016. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

Rico Gathers nunca había jugado football americano hasta que fue seleccionado por el equipo más renombrado en la historia de la NFL: los Dallas Cowboys. El increíble prospecto se quedó en la escuadra de práctica todo el 2016 para que completará su transición de estrella de basketball, a un tight end de NFL.

Durante este tiempo ha sido uno de los proyectos más interesantes de los Cowboys. Lo llegamos a ver en pretemporada y en varios videos de prácticas. Pero sigue siendo una incógnita si lo veremos en el roster este 2017, o si tendremos que esperar un poco más para ver al hombre de más de dos metros jugar.

El desarrollo de Rico tendrá que ser suficiente en Training Camp y en la pretemporada para ganarse un lugar en el roster de 53 jugadores. Con un Jason Witten que ya no es el mismo de antes, sería interesante ver a Gathers emerger como un arma para el futuro.

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La espera ha sido larga, y lo sigue siendo, pero una vez que el training camp llegue, las cosas serán más fáciles. Los Cowboys tienen con que competir este año, y si la respuesta a estas tres preguntas obtienen respuestas positivas, tendrán una mejor situación para la temporada.

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Will 2019 be the Storybook Ending to Jason Witten’s Hall of Fame Career?

Brian Martin

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Is Jason Witten Looking At A Lesser Role In 2017?

It's old news now, but Jason Witten will suit up for the Dallas Cowboys once again in 2019. After less than a year in retirement, he will return to the field with the hopes of chasing down that ever elusive Super Bowl ring that has eluded him, and the Cowboys, for nearly two decades. If successful, it would be the storybook ending to an impressive Hall of Fame career.

I may be in the minority here, but I actually wasn't too excited to hear Jason Witten was going to end his retirement and rejoin the Dallas Cowboys. I thought he retired at the right time last year, going out on his terms instead of letting father time force him out. He definitely didn't have anything else to prove on the field, but sometimes hunger gets the best of us all.

That's what Jason Witten is. He's hungry! He's not stupid. He's looked this Dallas Cowboys roster over and sees just how talented it is from top to bottom. He knows this team has a real shot at reaching the promised land this year, adding yet another Super Bowl trophy to their collection. He wanted in, and rightfully so.

Witten may not have a full tank of gas anymore, but he's got enough left to help get this team to their desired destination. Despite my hesitation at first, I'm really excited to have him back in uniform. I'm really looking forward to seeing him back in action now, but more importantly having him on hand to mentor these younger players around him.

Most importantly though, I'm really hoping the 2019 season can be the storybook ending he deserves. He's been such an important ambassador to the NFL throughout his career, both on and off the field. What better way to end such a decorated career than with a little jewelry to put on his finger?

Dak Prescott, Jason Witten

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten

The 11 time Pro Bowler still holds a lot of records in the NFL and with the Dallas Cowboys, despite not playing last season. I'll let you look those up for yourself if you want, but the impact he has had on the game throughout his career is undeniable, and should continue to be so. The Cowboys or Witten wouldn't have reunited if either thought that wasn't the case anymore.

I know many of you may be thinking I'm probably reaching little to suggest this 2019 Dallas Cowboys team has a chance at going all the way this year, but I don't think so. This is a team with Super Bowl aspirations and the roster to do it.

The Cowboys already had a championship caliber defense last season and they're even better now after making a few upgrades. This alone will make them a much more dangerous team this year, but they're not slouches on the offensive side of the ball either.

The offense was good last season after making the Amari Cooper trade, but should be able to take the next step this year. They only lost Cole Beasley, but replaced him with Randall Cobb, who has a chance to be even better if he can stay healthy. Then if you throw in the addition of Jason Witten and the development of a few players, this is looking more and more like one of the more dangerous offenses in the NFL.

Maybe, just maybe, this is the team that can finally get the Dallas Cowboys back to the Super Bowl and help Jason Witten end his Hall of Fame career in a storybook like manner. Hello Hollywood! You've got a blockbuster movie in the making.

Do you think Jason Witten can end his career in a storybook like manner?



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Travis Frederick’s Return Named Cowboys Biggest Reason For Excitement

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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Center

Overall, Cowboys Nation feels to be in a positive mood during this year's offseason. Despite early angst over lack of action at the start of free agency, and concern over the Cowboys' draft strategy, most within the fan base seem to have high, yet realistic, hopes for the 2019 season.

Most seem to believe the NFC East will be a two team race, with the last two champions battling for the crown once again down the stretch of the season. Others can see the potential for a dark-horse candidate in Washington, but still believe the Cowboys roster has the edge.

So while Cowboys fans may not think they need a singular reason to look forward to the Fall of 2019, Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski gave them one this week.

Every NFL Team's Biggest Reason to Look Forward to 2019 Season

NFL Brent Sobleski @@brentsobleski Twitter Logo NFL Analyst The offseason can be as thrilling for NFL fans as the regular season. Player movement constantly refreshes rosters-whether through free agency, the draft or trades. Significant changes inject excitement into franchises, personnel and fanbases. A one-time league doormat can become the league's "it' team simply through a string of acquisitions.

Brent identified the biggest reason for each team to look forward to 2019, with the return of center Travis Frederick being the Cowboys' submission. There's no question that when healthy, Frederick is one of the best centers in the game, and anchors an offensive line many still consider to be at the top of the league.

"A full year with wide receiver Amari Cooper and re-signing Demarcus Lawrence to a long-term deal are both reasons for the Dallas Cowboys to be excited. However, the return of Travis Frederick to man the middle of the offensive line is far more pertinent."

Frederick missed all of the 2018 season after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease that I am not nearly qualified enough to discuss. What I do know is that it can be very serious, and it kept Frederick out for the entire year.

The Cowboys offensive line suffered during the early part of 2018, largely due in part to Travis Frederick's absence. Yes, Joe Looney filled in and played as well as anyone could have hoped for, but the disconnect in communication across the offensive line was clear without their usual center. Especially during the first couple months of the season.

If Frederick is fully back and healthy, his presence alone will take the Cowboys offensive line back towards their peak. Combine his comeback with a healthy Zack Martin, and a now bulked up Connor Williams, and the interior of this line has the chance to be special.



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3 Dallas Cowboys Who Could Make Pro Bowl Debuts this Season

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Snap Judgments: Cowboys' Linebacker Depth Stands Out in Win

Every year, the Dallas Cowboys send quite a few players to the Pro Bowl. This year, the Cowboys sent eight players to the Pro Bowl with Leighton Vander Esch and Byron Jones being selected to their first Pro Bowl squad.

There is a lot of talent on this year's roster and the Cowboys will likely send someone to the annual all-star game that hasn't been there before. Here are three I think will make a push for Pro Bowl recognition in 2019.

Chidobe Awuzie, Cornerback

In the first half of the season, Chidobe Awuzie got picked on a bit. His coverage was always pretty good, but he allowed a ton of receptions. Awuzie allowed the ninth highest passer rating in coverage, the 12th most receptions, the 10th most yards, and tied for the sixth most touchdowns allowed weeks 1-9 of 2018.

In the second half, including the playoffs, Awuzie was much better and showed a higher level of comfort. His passer rating allowed dropped 50 points and was the 17th lowest in the league among corners who played at least 197 coverage snaps. He allowed fewer receptions, yards, and touchdowns in the 10 games over the second half than he allowed in the first eight games of the season.

Awuzie is one of the tougher players on the team. He plays with a similar edge that DeMarcus Lawrence does on the defensive line.

After spending part of his rookie season injured and rotating in, Awuzie found his stride in the second half of 2018 and was one of the Cowboys better cover players. Going into his third season in the NFL, the Cowboys 2017 second round pick looks to be an ascending player that could make some noise for postseason awards.

Tony Pollard, Running Back/Kick Returner

The Dallas Cowboys went into the 2019 NFL Draft looking to find a gadget player they could use on offense, but just as important, they wanted a player who could contribute in the return game. They got him in Rookie Tony Pollard.

Over the course of three seasons and 87 returns, Pollard averaged 30 yards per kick return and returned seven kickoffs for scores. In 2017, Pollard averaged an insane 40 yards per return. He's an incredibly dynamic player with the ball in his hands and though he wasn't used much on punt returns, shows an ability to make people miss and read his blockers.

As Stephen Jones said, "he's got a little Alvin Kamara to him." As a ball carrier, Pollard averaged 7.7 and 7.1 yards per carry over his final two seasons at Memphis. He was dynamic as a receiver as well averaging more than 12.4 yards per reception over three seasons in college.

With Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys may not give Pollard enough snaps and touches to have an Alvin Kamara like rookie campaign (120 carries for 728 yards, 8 touchdowns and 81 receptions for 826 yards and 5 touchdowns), but if he's given half that workload, plus what he could do on returns, he'll make noise for Pro Bowl consideration.

Jaylon Smith, Linebacker

It was a bit surprising to go back and look at which linebackers made the Pro Bowl and not see Jaylon Smith's name. As good as Rookie Leighton Vander Esch was, Jaylon Smith might have been better. By standard metrics -- tackles, interceptions, tackles for loss -- Vander Esch totaled more. Advanced metrics like defensive EPA (expected points added) and playmaking EPA, favored Jaylon Smith's season.

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Overall playmaking EPA rank among all NFL defenders: 5. DeMarcus Lawrence 7. Jaylon Smith 58. Leighton Vander Esch

Jaylon Smith didn't rack up the tackles like Vander Esch, but he was far more impactful over the course of the season. That's not to diminish Vander Esch's contribution to the Cowboys success in 2018. It's important to show Jaylon Smith his due, though.

Smith recorded four sacks, two forced fumbles, four passes defended to go along with his 120 combined tackles in 2018. And that was just his second full season back from the devastating knee injury he suffered in college.

Another season removed from the injury should make Jaylon Smith more confident and more explosive in 2019, which should lead to another outstanding season for the Dallas Cowboys Middle Linebacker.

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Don't let anyone tell you that Pro Bowls don't matter. They do. Sure, All-Pro awards are the more highly coveted recognition, but to the players and to their agents, Pro Bowl selections matter. It's not as exclusive, but in a league with 1,696 players being one of 88 is still a really nice honor. To be a Pro Bowl player mean's you're in the top 5% of NFL players.

Obviously, we'd all prefer none of the Dallas Cowboys play in the Pro Bowl. Because that would mean they'd be preparing to play for that elusive sixth Lombardi Trophy. The Cowboys have always provided quite a few participants to the Pro Bowl game, but if the participation was zero in 2020, it wouldn't be all bad.



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