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Cowboys en Español: 5 Conclusiones de la Primera Semana de Pretemporada

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: X Conclusiones de la Primera Semana de Pretemporada
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Aprendimos muchas cosas durante el primer partido de la pretemporada de los Dallas Cowboys que se jugó en San Francisco contra los "nuevos" 49ers de Jimmy Garoppolo y Kyle Shanahan. En un partido que terminó como una derrota para los Cowboys, los aficionados realmente deberían evitar sentirse abrumados por el marcador y empezar a sentirse bien por las cosas que vimos en el campo.

En la pretemporada, el resultado final es lo menos importante. Agosto se trata de ver el desempeño de ciertos jugadores y por breves momentos, el desempeño de los titulares. Para Dallas, tanto la primera ofensiva como la primera defensiva dieron un muy buen papel. Hay cosas por las cuales celebrar y otras por las cuales preocuparnos.

Este viernes en "Cowboys en Español," les comparto unas cuantas conclusiones del enfrentamiento de la noche del jueves.

Dorance Armstrong es real.

Claramente el jugador más sorprendente del partido fue el Defensive End Dorance Armstrong. Como un novato de cuarta ronda, las expectativas rodeando al producto de la universidad de Kansas no son muy grandes. Claro que se espera que sea parte del roster, pero si mantiene el nivel de juego que mostró en su primera experiencia en la NFL, Armstrong será un jugador muy importante para la defensiva.

Vistiendo el #74, Armstrong causó presión a lo largo de toda la noche. A pesar de no conseguir ninguna captura, su impacto se sintió casi cada vez que estaba en el campo.

Sorprendentemente, no es del todo descabellado asumir que tendrá un mejor que Taco Charlton, por ejemplo. No es algo en contra de Charlton, al contrario. Taco también tuvo una buena noche. Armstrong es real.

Jaylon Smith está listo.

Vimos a Jaylon Smith como nunca lo habíamos visto. Han pasado más de dos años desde que los Cowboys seleccionaron al producto de Notre Dame en la segunda ronda del NFL Draft 2016 y a pesar de que recibimos una pequeña muestra de su nivel de juego la temporada pasada, su versión 2018 se ve mucho mejor.

Sus movimientos fueron más fluidos, demostró explosividad en las jugadas. Buenas cosas se vienen para el grupo de linebackers y Smith puede ser la mejor de todas ellas.

Rico Gathers está en peligro.

Rico Gathers tiene que hacer mucho para ganarse un puesto en el roster. Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin y Dalton Schultz parecen estar por encima de él en la posición de ala cerrada y Gathers vio un rol muy limitado anoche.

Las expectativas para la ex-estrella de basketball han sido enormes desde que llego a la liga y finalmente parece que está en peligro de conseguir un puesto en el equipo. Para ganarse un puesto, tendrá que depender de lo atlético que es y su talento "crudo."

Por ahora, claramente no está por encima de ningún otro tight end. 

Anthony Brown no volverá a su forma del 2016.

A pesar de que esperábamos que Anthony Brown se convirtiera en el futuro de los cornerbacks en Dallas tras su impresionante temporada de novato, la verdad es que el esquinero de 24 años ha ido declinando poco a poco.

En el 2017 lo vimos perder su puesto de titular y lo que ha demostrado hasta ahora en training camp y ahora en pretemporada no ha sido suficiente para cambiar la perspectiva. Bajo el comando de Kris Richard, los Cowboys tienen un grupo prometedor liderado por Chidobe Awuzie y Byron Jones.

Brown seguramente se mantendrá en el roster, pues es una buena opción de profundidad, pero es difícil imaginarlo con un rol de la importancia que se esperaba en el 2016. La pregunta es, ¿será efectivo en rol nuevo y menor?

La situación de corredores es perfecta.

Todos conocemos a Ezekiel Elliott, por supuesto. Es simple y sencillamente uno de los mejores corredores en toda la NFL y está en la misma conversación que Todd Gurley y Le'Veon Bell. Pero detrás de Elliott, los Cowboys no podrían estar en una mejor situación.

Rod Smith y Bo Scarbrough serán un buen apoyo para Elliott en su tercer año en la liga. La cantidad de veces que Zeke toca el balón es muy alta y le vendría bien apoyarse en ambos. No me sorprendería si vemos a los coaches abordar el segundo cuarto de cada partido como lo hicieron en el 2016: dejar descansar a Elliott repartiendo el balón entre otros RBs.

Pero ahora, los "otros" serán un par de corredores jóvenes que tienen mucho por ofrecer. Rod Smith es un corredor que podría tener bastantes acarreos en otro equipo. En Dallas estará bajo la sombra de Elliott, pero no perdamos de vista el potencial que tiene como jugador. Ese #45 es especial.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: 5 Conclusiones de la Primera Semana de Pretemporada" 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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WAS 20, DAL 17: Cowboys Make 1 Too Many Mistakes

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WAS 20, DAL 17: Cowboys Make 1 Too Many Mistakes

Late in the fourth quarter the Cowboys faced a critical third down, trailing by just 3 points. As they did all night long, the Washington Redskins brought pressure, but quarterback Dak Prescott stood in the pocket this time and delivered a strike to Cole Beasley for a huge first down.

Cowboys fans rejoiced thinking the team might be on their way to a game winning drive. Then, we all noticed the yellow flag on the ground.

Holding, offense number 52.

The very next play Dak Prescott took what was one of the worst sack fumbles you'll ever see in his own end zone, and the Redskins extended their lead to 10 points. As Prescott tends to do, the Cowboys battled back late and got themselves in a position to send the game to overtime if Brett Maher could nail a 47 yard field goal.

Snap infraction.

Snap infraction. Rather than Maher attempting a more make-able 47 yard field goal, he was backed up to 52 yards, where he would miss the game-tying field goal. All of this resulted in an absolutely heartbreaking loss for the now 3-4 Dallas Cowboys, 20-17.

For a Cowboys team that had a chance to take over first place in the NFC East with a win, today's performance is extremely disheartening.

Other Notes

  • DeMarcus Lawrence hasn't been getting the pass rush we hoped to see, but he continued to be an absolute menace against the run today. He ended the game with 7 tackles, 3 of them for loss.
  • Dak Prescott's inconsistencies as a quarterback, the inability of any non-Cole Beasley wide out to beat man coverage, and the regression of the offensive line continued to handcuff the offense today. Their play simply wasn't good enough for most of the game.
  • Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie put together another impressive game, and this defensive back group (mostly the cornerbacks) seems to improve week to week.
  • Sean Lee looked healthy today, and made a key third down stop in the fourth quarter, knocking Alex Smith out of bounds and giving the offense a final chance to win or tie.
  • Ezekiel Elliott and this run game failed the Cowboys today. Elliott had just 34 yards rushing on 15 attempts and the offensive line was dominated all night.
  • The Cowboys have their bye this week before hosting the 3-4 Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football.



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Cowboys Wishlist: Big Return on Special Teams?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Jaguars

The last time the Dallas Cowboys played a football game, they made many of their fans' dreams come true. This happened by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 40-7 in a dominant performance against a top NFL defense. Can they make our wishes come true in back-to-back weeks? I don't know about walking away with another 33-point win, but we're obviously putting up a Cowboys Wishlist as every gameday.

Let's hope they come true. As always, I hope you enjoy this week's edition of Cowboys Wishlist!

Wish #1: First Road Win of the Season

I mean, we obviously are wishing for a win. But this one right here would be a very important one, so I'm including it as a wish. The Cowboys haven't won any game on the road this year and doing so in Washington against a hated NFC East rival like the Redskins will be huge for this 3-3 Dallas Cowboys team.

Last Sunday's victory over the Jaguars might have been the moment when the Cowboys "turned the corner" to become a winning team in 2018. It's time to go on the road and beat a 3-2 divisional foe to prove that is the case.

Wish #2: Beasley Keeps It Up

The Cowboys' MVP last weekend was Cole Beasley. He was the only wide receiver on the team with more than one catch, ending his day with nine receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns. It was one of the best performances in his career yet.

The Cowboys need a WR to step up. Other than Cole, no one else is stepping up in the passing game. Beasley did so last Sunday but, can he consistently perform well enough to keep the offense going throughout the year? It remains to be seen.

For the long term, it might be better to have an outside, taller receiver be your #1 guy, but in the meantime, Beasley is the guy Dak Prescott should be targeting the most.

Lookout Deshaun Watson, QB Sack Leader DeMarcus Lawrence is Coming!

Wish #3: The Sack Hat Trick

Ok, I might be asking for too much here. But hear me out. The Dallas Cowboys defensive line is getting stronger and stronger. Just last week, David Irving returned to the field and got limited playing time. Although he didn't get a sack, his impact was felt since his first snap on the field.

Randy Gregory also saw limited playing time but was able to sack Blake Bortles once. And well, DeMarcus Lawrence is still playing at an elite level this year. How epic would it be for each of these three great pass rushers walk away with a sack?

Three headhunters, three sacks. Let's go!

Wish #4: Keep Redskins Under 10 Points

The Cowboys' defense is no joke. They're allowing 17.2 points per game, which is second best in the entire NFL right now. They're ready to face a Redskins' team that is ranked as the 25th offense in scoring. On top of that, the Redskins' receivers are pretty banged up.

Jon Machota on Twitter

3 of Washington's top 4 receivers (Chris Thompson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder) not expected to play vs. Cowboys https://t.co/9uOkA7Pzhv

This could end up being the second consecutive big win for the Cowboys, specially because the defense should have a very good day.

Wish #5: Big Return on Special Teams

The last time the Dallas Cowboys played the Washington Redskins, Ryan Switzer returned a punt 83 yards into the end zone in what will remain his biggest highlight from his short career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys Wishlist at Philadelphia Eagles

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

We haven't seen much excitement on special teams this year. Switzer is now a Pittsburgh Steeler, so Tavon Austin has gotten most of the punt returns. However, that's bound to change after he sustained an unfortunate injury. Deonte Thompson has taken care of the kick returns but nothing special has happened either.

I wish that changes today. With Austin out, I wonder if it'll be Cole Beasley or someone else fielding punts for Dallas but whoever it is, things will be spiced up. Through 6 weeks, the Cowboys longest punt return has been for 22 yards and the longest kick return for 35.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Wishlist: Big Return on Special Teams?" 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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Cowboys, Redskins Week 7 Injury Report

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Cowboys, Redskins Week 7 Injury Report
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Though it's still early in the 2018 season, the lead in the NFC East is up for grabs when the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins meet this Sunday. Both teams would like their full roster available for the game, but the Week 7 injury reports indicate that won't be the case.

Here are the players either confirmed to be out of action tomorrow or are otherwise listed by Dallas and Washington:

Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Tavon Austin (groin) - OUT
  • LB Joe Thomas (foot) - OUT
  • CB Chidobe Awuzie (ankle) - Questionable

The Cowboys are getting healthier, with Sean Lee finally off the injury report and set to return to action. Not only will Dallas get their elite linebacker back, but it means a deeper rotation while the team remains without Joe Thomas.

Tavon Austin elected to skip season-ending surgery on his injured groin, but his should be out a few weeks. That will put Cole Beasley on punt returns and perhaps create more offensive opportunities for Deonte Thompson and Brice Butler.

Awuzie remains limited in practice but has played the last few weeks despite the ankle injury. There is no reason to think he won't suit up in Washington.

Washington Redskins

  • WR Jamison Crowder (ankle) - OUT
  • WR Paul Richardson (shoulder, knee) - Doubtful
  • S Troy Apke (hamstring) - Doubtful
  • RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) - Questionable
  • RB Chris Thompson (rib, knee) - Questionable
  • G Shawn Lauvao (calf) - Questionable
  • CB Quinton Dunbar (shin) - Questionable
  • CB Danny Johnson (forearm) - Questionable

It's a rough time for Washington's offensive weapons. They will definitely be without slot receiver Jamison Crowder and likely starter Paul Richardson, who current lead all WRs in receptions. Josh Doctson will put into a major role, as will veteran Brian Quick off the bench.

Peterson and Thompson both practiced this week and should play, but have nagging injuries that could slow them down. Washington is already missing Rob Kelley and rookie Derrius Guice, who are both on injured reserve.

Starting left guard Shawn Lauvao is also nursing a lower leg injury, but practiced in a limited capacity all week. His backup is undrafted rookie Casey Dunn out of Auburn.

In the defensive backfield, starting CB Quinton Dunbar was a Friday addition to the injury report with a shin injury. He did practice with it, though, so will likely play. Backup safety Troy Apke is doubtful with a hamstring issue.



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