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

Mauricio Rodriguez

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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?

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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.

¿Qué opinas de añadir a Zach Orr al equipo?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

Brian Martin

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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