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Cowboys en Español: 5 Cosas Que Aprendimos Después del Juego del Salón de la Fama

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Extrañaba este sentimiento. El football americano está de vuelta. Lo hicimos. Sobrevivimos la espera. Este jueves, después de siete largos meses, vimos a los Dallas Cowboys jugar un partido de football americano... bueno, algo así. En el partido anual del Salón de la Fama, los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Arizona Cardinals en un encuentro en el que principalmente se jugaron bancas.

Así es la pretemporada. No se trata de ver a las estrellas, sino de ver a los novatos por primera vez, de ver las famosas peleas entre dos jugadores para ganarse un puesto en el roster y simplemente, para ver NFL de nuevo. Ver los pequeños detalles que hablan mucho de lo que sucederá en el futuro.

Los Cowboys vencieron a los Cardinals por dos puntos, en un juego que resultó en un marcador de 20-18. Pero, veamos más allá del marcador.

En esta edición de Cowboys en Español (la primera que escribo en época de partidos reales de NFL), les comparto cinco notas de lo que aprendimos esta semana. ¿Quién sorprendió? ¿Quién quedó mal? Aquí vamos...

Brice Butler Quiere Quedarse

La posición de WR es de las más cargadas para los Dallas Cowboys y existe una pelea entre los últimos puestos de la posición. ¿Quién será el quinto WR en el roster? ¿O acaso cargarán con seis para la temporada del 2017? Brice Butler sabe de esta discusión, y está haciendo algo al respecto.

Durante el offseason, se ha hablado de lo bien que le ha ido a Butler, y durante este juego demostró de que hablaban todos. Con Kellen Moore como QB, logró llamar la atención de muchos con sus dos recepciones para 78 yardas, incluyendo esta que fue una gran sorpresa.

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Si Dez se lesiona, puede ser preferible que Butler se quede en su puesto y que Williams continue con su rol de WR2, donde ha sido más exitoso. Es un seguro para la posición de receptor externo, y tiene lo necesario para hacer un papel decente.

Rod Smith vs Alfred Morris

Uno de los temas principales este offseason, ha sido, ¿quienes serán los corredores detrás de Ezekiel Elliott? Con tanto ruido acerca de una suspensión a la super estrella del equipo, esta discusión no ha hecho más que crecer.

A lo largo del training camp, se ha hablado mucho de lo que Rod Smith ha logrado y de la posibilidad de que le robe el trabajo de tercer corredor a Morris, o incluso el de RB2 a McFadden. Alfred Morris sin duda está consciente de esto y lo demostró corriendo para 42 yardas en siete acarreos.

Rod Smith no se quedó atrás y aunque no promedió el mismo yardaje, su actuación reflejó lo que tanto se ha hablado en training camp. A Rod Smith le queda mucho tiempo de juego en la NFL. Más que a Morris y más que a McFadden. Smith parece ser la respuesta de RB2 a largo plazo.

Has TE Rico Gathers Developed Enough To Earn A Roster Spot?

Dallas Cowboys Tight End Rico Gathers #80

Cumpliendo Expectativas: Rico Gathers

Después de Jaylon Smith, Rico Gathers sin duda es lo más emocionante en esta pretemporada. Con Jason Witten jugando lo que puede ser su última temporada en la NFL, los Cowboys tienen que contar con un buen remplazo.

Los Cowboys parecen confiar en Rico, y después de mantenerlo un año entero para enseñarle el deporte, todo indica que se quedará en el roster. La ex-estrella de basketball se ha adaptado al football americano mejor de lo que yo esperaba.

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Su tamaño es extraordinario y su habilidad de correr después de atrapar el balón es algo que hará que Gathers se quede en el roster. Un gran paso en su desarrollo, y uno grande en su carrera.

Taco Charlton o Charles Tapper

Desde el inicio del partido vimos a Taco Charlton. Se podría decir que decepcionó, pero no hay que apresurarse a sacar conclusiones. Charlton mostró tener la fuerza y el motor, pero la técnica no está ahí aún.

Algo que me parece importante recalcar es que inició jugando del lado izquierdo de la línea defensiva. Al ser seleccionado, se habló mucho de la confianza que tenían en él para ejecutar del lado derecho. Más tarde en el juego, se rotó al lado derecho y tuvo menos éxito aún.

Charles Tapper pareció tener un mayor impacto. Tapper fue seleccionado el año pasado pero no pudo jugar debido a varias lesiones. Ahora vuelve y puede llegar a sorprender a todos e impactar a la línea defensiva antes que Taco Charlton.

Sólo el tiempo dirá quien resultará siendo el mejor jugador, pero para Charlton, le falta aprender mucho y no es correcto apresurarnos a etiquetarlo como un fracaso. Mejorará.

Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Kellen Moore #17

Calma, Kellen Moore Sigue Siendo el QB2

Cooper Rush llegó a ser la atención del partido por la mayor parte del juego. El novato sin duda parece intrigante y con mucho talento para llegar a ser algo en la NFL eventualmente. Quizá con el tiempo, los Cowboys lo puedan desarrollar para ser el banca de Dak Prescott.

Pero por ahora, nos guste o no, Kellen Moore sigue siendo el QB banca. Y por ahora, es lo correcto.

Kellen Moore no tuvo un mal juego, simplemente, en veces no fue del todo consistente. Creo que todos estamos de acuerdo en que Moore no es el jugador ideal que se quiere tener en la banca, pero muy pocos equipos en la NFL tienen un muy buen banca... por eso no son titulares en otro lado.

Con Dak Prescott liderando al equipo, es preferible tener un veterano en Kellen Moore de banca que un novato como Cooper Rush. Sin embargo, si Rush continua con buenas actuaciones, quizá pronto se convierta en el QB2 de los Cowboys por un largo tiempo.

Algunas Noticias…

Nota: Para empezar la temporada del 2017, cada semana incluiré esta sección para cubrir noticias extras en el mundo de los Dallas Cowboys, así como una frase semanal que se gané un lugar en Cowboys en Español.

  • El CB Anthony Brown sufrió una pequeña lesión de tendón. Puede que sacarlo del juego haya sido más precaución que nada, pero es digno de mencionarse.
  • Ryan Switzer, Jourdan Lewis, Justin Durant, Maliek Collins, David Irving no viajaron a Ohio para el partido.
  • Jerry Jones continua sugiriendo que en la investigación de Ezekiel Elliott no hay nada de violencia doméstica.
  • Jerry Jones por fin será introducido al Salón de la Fama. Felicidades al dueño de esta gran franquicia.

Frase de la Semana

Hablando de su mayor decepción como dueño de los Cowboys siendo no conseguirle a TOny Romo un Super Bowl:

"Esa es mi culpa... Debió tener mayor apoyo a su alrededor."

-Jerry Jones durante la transmisión del partido.

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How Should The Cowboys, And The NFL, Value RBs?

Kevin Brady

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Will Cowboys' Offense Improve With Ezekiel Elliott's Return?
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There is no one, stand-alone "best" strategy for winning in the NFL. There are, of course, common themes and ideals which run true year in and year out among the top teams.

Strategy in the NFL is dynamic, or at least it should be. Running in place for too long under the same leadership often breeds mediocrity, and refusing to move with current trends can put you at a severe disadvantage.

Succumbing to those trends without fully analyzing the confounding factors your situation presents, however, can also ruin a team building exercise.

With that being said, should teams pay elite running backs top dollar? Or are those running backs expendable, replaceable, and often forgettable within the NFL machine?

To be honest these aren't very fair ways to pose legitimately interesting questions. You can acknowledge that a running back is important to your offense while also acknowledging that you don't want to break the bank for a position with such injury risk and high turnover year-to-year.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently facing this dilemma, as their star running back Le'Veon Bell asks to be paid like an elite "weapon," not as a normal running back. And when you examine how the Steelers deploy Bell within their offense, he clearly has a point.

Bell is not your traditional "running back." He lines up on the boundary, in the slot, and is a passing threat out of the backfield as well. On top of all of this versatility, Bell is an excellent pass protector, something which is often lost among other "versatile" backs.

Bell can quite literally do it all for an offense, but the idea of paying that position elite-level money makes teams cringe. As The Athletic's Marcus Mosher pointed out on Twitter, teams like the New England Patriots have been able to replicate Bell's production by using multiple speciality backs rather than one workhorse.

In theory, this takes away the injury risk component to a certain extent. Rather than giving one player 350-400 touches per season, you spread those touches out and allow for players to do what they do best.

Lately, the NFL has seemed to agree that this is the most efficient way to play offense. But when you have a player like Bell or Ezekiel Elliott, in what way is taking the ball out of their hands "efficient" at all? In addition, how is using three players to mimic the skill set of one efficient?

Yes, the NFL is a passing league, but when you have a playmaker who is of the caliber of a Bell or an Elliott, it is up to the offense to deploy in him ways that maximize his value. Teams should be using the Bells and Elliotts of the world as pass catching threats and as weapons all over the field. Force the entire defense to account for your running back rather than just jamming him between the tackles like it's 1975.

The movement towards "running back by committee" rather than the traditional one-back system can also be credited to the lack of workhorse-worthy backs entering the league.

Ezekiel Elliotts don't grow on trees, they are rare and special players. And when you have one, especially when you spend a premium pick on him, you should get the most out of him that you can. Playing winning offense in the NFL is about more than just "do you run or do you pass," and it often hinges on creating splash plays of 15-20 yards.

If you can get those plays through the use of an elite running back, that player becomes intrinsically valuable to your team. No matter what "position" he is labeled as. Of course you want to be able create mismatches in the passing game all over the field, so when you are able to do this with a running back, shouldn't that be deemed as highly valuable?

We can't say just yet if the Cowboys should re-sign Ezekiel Elliott once he enters free agency. After all, five seasons (and a franchise tag year) where he touches the ball more than most players in the league will almost certainly bring about some wear and tear.

But with the way the Cowboys have chosen to play offense, and the way in which they've built their roster, a workhorse back like Elliott is necessary for success.

Once again, at least it is for now.



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Is DE Kony Ealy At Risk Of Not Making Cowboys Final Roster?

Kevin Brady

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Sean's Scout: As Late FA Signing, New DE Kony Ealy Brings Value at DE

As training camp approaches and we draw closer to the 2018 NFL season, fans are beginning to get excited for new faces, old stars, and new beginnings for the Dallas Cowboys.

One player which has been a bit forgotten about over the last few months, and even overlooked when he was first signed back in April, is defensive end Kony Ealy. Of course, some of this overlooking is justified, as Ealy's career has been filled with more valleys than peaks thus far.

With a fresh start in Dallas, though, some expect Kony Ealy to rekindle his career, and look like the player he was during the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss just a few seasons ago. The problem is, that game looks like the outlier and not the norm over his professional career.

Originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers, Ealy has had a shaky start to his career. Now joining his third team in the same number of seasons, it's certainly fair to say he hasn't lived up to his second round draft selection.

At 6'4" and 275 pounds, however, Ealy fits the mold of a 4-3 defensive end in the Cowboys' scheme. While he isn't the explosive pass rusher that other players on the roster are (and can be), he could provide solid rotational depth across the defensive line.

With fellow former second round pick Randy Gregory gaining reinstatement to the NFL this week, Ealy could struggle to salvage any real playing time with the Cowboys at all. Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and Taco Charlton all feel like locks to make the team.

Then there is 2018 day three pick Dorance Armstrong and former fourth round pick Charles Tapper providing competition as well.

Tapper and Armstrong are unproven, but have the athletic profiles to become solid edge rushers at the professional level. For both, especially Tapper, health is of the upmost concern going forward. If Tapper can remain healthy, he has a real shot of making the team and having his impact felt as early as 2018.

That "if" has been a serious one thus far, however.

When the Cowboys first signed Kony Ealy back in April, I really believed he could provide solid and cheap depth along their defensive line. Now in July, I still have those beliefs, but it's become fair to question if he will even find himself on the final 53-man roster based on the competition around him.



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Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin’s Footsteps?

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Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin's Footsteps?

Connor Williams has yet to play a single snap the NFL, but there are already some pretty high expectations for the rookie Guard. That's because he will be sandwiched between two Pro Bowl players in Center Travis Frederick and Left Tackle Tyron Smith. But, it's the Dallas Cowboys third Pro Bowl offensive lineman Williams should try to emulate and follow in the footsteps of.

Yes, I'm talking about Zack Martin.

Zack Martin's career couldn't have gotten off to a better start coming out of Notre Dame. He hit the ground running as a rookie with the Cowboys and put together a dominating performance his first year in the NFL, earning his first Pro Bowl bid as well as being named to the All-Pro team. He continued to play at a high level ever since and has not only turned into the best player at his position, but continued his Pro Bowl streak every season since entering the league.

To ask, or even expect Connor Williams to have the same kind of immediate success as Zack Martin is probably a little unfair, if not impossible. The kind of success Martin has had already in his career is almost unheard of. But, that's not to say Williams isn't going to try to follow in Martin's footsteps and to become the best player he can.

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys OG Zack Martin

The footsteps I think Connor Williams should try to follow as it pertains to Zack Martin is how well he made the transition from a collegiate Offensive Tackle to an NFL Guard. I think that should be Williams' main focus right now with training camp coming up.

Williams will be inserted into the starting lineup as the Cowboys new Left Guard. It will be a new position for him after playing mainly Tackle at the University of Texas, that will require an entirely new mindset and technique. But, it's in transition I believe he can make rather smoothly.

Connor Williams should benefit from Zack Martin's similar transition from college OT to an NFL OG. I wouldn't be surprised if we see the rookie shadowing Martin throughout training camp to soak up as much knowledge as possible. It's probably the best way for him to jumpstart his career.

Now, I fully expect to see some growing pains from Williams throughout the 2018 season. It's to be expected from any rookie, especially one transitioning to a new position. But, I do believe he will not only be an upgrade at LG for the Cowboys, but will make the entire OL even better.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see what kind of player Connor Williams ends up being this season.

Do you think Connor Williams can follow in Zack Martin's footsteps?



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