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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?

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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

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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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Should Cowboys Consider Trading for Disgruntled Packers S Josh Jones?

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Should Cowboys Consider Trading for Disgruntled Packers S Josh Jones?

Despite their insistence that upgrading the safety position was a top offseason priority, the Dallas Cowboys haven't really done much to improve the backend of their secondary. They did sign former Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals Safety George Iloka as a free agent and drafted Donovan Wilson in the sixth-round in this year's NFL Draft, but neither player looks like a clear-cut upgrade at this point. Fortunately, there's still time to find Xavier Woods' counterpart for 2019.

Xavier Woods is the only clear-cut starter at safety currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine as to who starts opposite him this season. With that in mind, the Cowboys should be keeping all of their options open, including acquiring players who get released or even making a trade for someone they like. The latter is what I want to talk about today.

A potential safety who could be put on the trade block that I'm kind of intrigued with is Josh Jones, who has reportedly requested a trade from the Green Bay Packers.

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Packers safety Josh Jones is skipping the voluntary OTAs and working out in Florida because he's hoping to be traded, a source told ESPN. The source said the 2017 second-round pick believes it would be best for both parties if they parted ways. Story coming on ESPN shortly.

Josh Jones clearly sees where he stands with the Green Bay Packers after they signed Adrian Amos in free agency and drafted Darnell Savage Jr. 21st overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, thus his absence from OTA's and trade request. He understands the business and knows he's not going to see the field much behind those two, meaning his best chance for playing time would be in a different uniform.

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Green Bay Packers S Josh Jones

It's not all that shocking Jones has requested a trade. Even before the Packers added Amos and Savage he wasn't receiving a lot of playing time. He's just never seemed to fit into what Green Bay was trying to do on the backend of their defense. It may be in the best interest of both parties to mutually part ways. This is where the Dallas Cowboys come in.

I believe Josh Jones is exactly the type of safety Kris Richard would like to pair Xavier Woods with on the backend of the Cowboys defense. He fits the criteria Richard likes in his defensive backs as far as size, length, and speed are concerned. And, he also has the kind of skill set/mindset to become that Kam Chancellor "enforcer" type of strong safety.

Josh Jones is at his best when he can play around the line of scrimmage, much like Chancellor was during his time with the Seahawks. But, Jones also has the ability to be a factor in coverage as well. The only real question here is whether or not he's an upgrade over the likes of Jeff Heath, George Iloka, and maybe even rookie Donovan Wilson?

In all honesty, I don't have the answer to that question. Josh Jones really hasn't received a fair opportunity to prove himself in his first two years in the NFL. I believe the skill set is there to start in the league, but there's not much there to back up that belief.

Personally, I'd be willing to part way with a late round pick if I were the Cowboys to acquire Josh Jones. I like the idea of bringing him in to work with Kris Richard and allowing him to compete for the starting job next to Xavier Woods. This is exactly the kind of low risk/high reward move Dallas likes to gamble on, and it could potentially pay off in a big way.

Where do you stand? Should the Cowboys consider trading for Josh Jones?



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How Can The Cowboys Force More Turnovers In 2019?

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2018 seemed like the beginning of a new era. A defensive era. For the first time in years the Cowboys were able to consistently lean on their defense during games, staying alive even as their offense sputtered and limped through stretches early in the season.

The defense was downright prolific some weeks. They carried the Cowboys to an inspiring home victory over the New Orleans Saints to put them in prime position to make the playoffs. They dominated the Wild Card game in key moments, making key stops and holding the Seahawks to just 22 points in the win. They featured one of the league's best individual pass rushers in DeMarcus Lawrence, an All Pro cornerback in Byron Jones, and one of the league's most exciting young linebacker duos.

For all of this success, this defense still lacked one thing. Takeaways.

The Cowboys forced only 9 interceptions in 2018, ranking 26th across the league. In fact, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was actually tied with Xavier Woods for the team lead in interceptions with just 2. When it comes to total takeaways the Cowboys' defense was a little better off, though, finishing 16th in the NFL.

Part of the "problem" seems to be their philosophy. The Cowboys have finished 26th, 24th, 27th, and 31st in interceptions dating back to 2015. They've also finished 9th, 25th, 18th, and 19th in team defense DVOA over that same stretch. Clearly there was an improvement in total defense in 2018, but neither their team defense nor ability to take the ball away has been strong since 2015.

The bigger problem, really, is a lack of luck. While this sounds like a cop-out, takeaways often do come down to just that. Of course putting yourself in the right place at the right time to benefit from a batted pass or overthrown ball matters, but those bounces finding the right hands is usually a matter of luck.

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Nov 30, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) returns an interception against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Turnovers are incredibly volatile year to year, and as much as you'd like your players to "make their own luck," randomness does play a part here.

You can certainly argue the Cowboys have done their best this offseason to increase their chances at takeaways, however. By trading for defensive end Robert Quinn, re-signing DeMarcus Lawrence, and adding talented players to the middle of their defensive line as well, Dallas has put an emphasis on getting after the quarterback and corralling the opposing running game. Putting pressure on quarterbacks can force them into quick decision making or bad throws, which could in turn breed interceptions.

This is far from guaranteed, though. Plus the Cowboys play against some of the league's top quarterbacks this year, which hurts their chances of taking the ball away further.

In the end the Cowboys will need both the skill of their pass rushers and defensive backs to put them in good positions, and luck to smile down on them, if they'd like to turn around their takeaway numbers in 2019. And after all, this demoralizing trend has to reverse itself at some point, doesn't it?



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Will It Be The Cowboys, Or Another Team, Who Pays Byron Jones After 2019?

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After having his fifth year option exercised for the 2019 season, cornerback Byron Jones enters a contract year this Fall.

Jones inarguably had the best year of his career in 2018: earning not only his first Pro Bowl selection but also Second Team All Pro honors for his performance. Doing it all without an impressive stat sheet, Jones was able to let his film speak for itself throughout most of the year, and he became the number one cornerback we'd all hoped he could be when the Cowboys decided to take the freakishly athletic defensive back in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

This contract year is quite unique for Byron Jones, however. Next offseason the Cowboys will be forced to re-sign and extend just about all of their key contributors on both sides of the ball. DeMarcus Lawrence already got his contract, but Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and others still await their deals. Deals which the front office has all-but explicitly promised will come.

This leaves Jones, the former first round pick and now former All Pro, generally considered to be the odd man out. So while 2019 is a contract year for Byron Jones, he may be earning himself a contract from a completely different team.

Jones has had an interesting road to this contract season. One which would be a shame for the Cowboys to waste. Moving between cornerback and safety during the first three years of his career, Jones fell out of the coaches' good graces while playing out of his most natural position. Under Kris Richard's new regime, though, Jones had his best season to date. He looked to finally be comfortable in his role, and was now playing for a coach who believed he could be a special player.

Now that Byron Jones has found his place in the Cowboys defense, and has earned his way into conversations with the league's top cornerbacks, he's likely priced himself out of the Cowboys' future plans.

It's funny how that works out. Of course, Jones should go get paid, and I'd never fault a guy for maximizing his value on the market. But there's a good chance the Cowboys make the mistake of allowing a premier cornerback to walk out of their building next offseason. But if they want to retain players like Elliott and Cooper, they may not have any other choice.



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