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Cowboys en Español: 5 Preguntas Para los Dallas Cowboys en el 2018

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Mientras la temporada regular de la NFL espera a tres meses de distancia, hay bastantes preguntas alrededor de los Dallas Cowboys. Durante cuatro años, sus aventuras en la liga han sido como una montaña rusa para los aficionados, pasando de un récord de 12-4 en el 2014, a uno de 4-12 en el 2015, seguido por un 13-3 y un 9-7 en los últimos dos años.

Este 2018, muchas respuestas serán contestadas para el siempre controversial "America's Team." Y todo mientras buscan una manera de volver a los playoffs para pelear por todo e intentar alcanzar ese ansiado sexto Trofeo Lombardi.

En esta edición de Cowboys en Español, hablemos un poco de esas preguntas de las cuales descubriremos una respuesta la próxima temporada.

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¿Es Dak Prescott el QB del futuro?

Una de las preguntas más debatidas en todo Cowboys Nation. Dak Prescott tuvo una mucho mejor primera impresión que última después de tener varios problemas en el 2017, un año en el que ni su corredor estrella ni su tackle izquierdo estuvieron presentes.

Este año es el más importante hasta ahora en la joven carrera del mariscal, sobre todo porque de tener una buena temporada, una extensión de contrato prematura podría esperarlo al final del año.

A pesar de tener una dura segunda temporada en la NFL, Dak ha demostrado un desarrollo bueno en sus dos años en la liga. Ahora con un grupo de receptores muy diferente al de sus temporadas anteriores, el reto es mayor para el QB.

La administración se esmeró en construir una ofensiva "amigable" para Prescott, es hora de pagar con éxito en el campo.

¿Se queda Jason Garrett?

Para muchos aficionados, ya era tiempo de cambiar de entrenador después de perderse los playoffs en el 2017. Sin embargo, Jerry Jones y compañía decidieron quedarse con Garrett una vez más, esperando que el éxito que tuvo en el 2016 se replique dos temporadas después y con un poco de suerte, llegar al Super Bowl esta vez.

A pesar de que los Jones aseguran que Garrett está a salvo, definitivamente estará en el asiento caliente este 2018.

Si los Cowboys no tienen éxito este año, probablemente veremos una nueva cabeza en el equipo el próximo año. La pregunta clave es: ¿Qué tanto tiene que conseguir Jason para mantenerse en el equipo? 

¿Quién se alineará donde Witten se alineó por 15 años?

No puedo ni imaginar el nudo en la garganta que sufriremos cuando veamos a los Cowboys alinearse sin el #82 en el campo. Definitivamente será doloroso. Pero el equipo no tendrá tiempo de sentimentalismos.

Muchos jugadores podrán convertirse en el nuevo ala cerrada (tight end) del equipo, pero no parece haber un jugador que tenga dicho puesto asegurado.

Los candidatos principales a la titularidad en la posición son los siguientes:

  • Dalton Schutlz
  • Blake Jarwin
  • Geoff Swaim
  • Rico Gathers

Rico Gathers

El entusiasmo de la afición por Gathers parece estar cada vez más injustificado. Me atrevo incluso a decir, que Gathers no está compitiendo por la titularidad, sino por un puesto en el roster.

El novato Dalton Schultz podría sorprender como un titular desde la primera semana, a pesar de haber sido seleccionado en la cuarta ronda. Sin embargo, tendrá que pelear con Jarwin y Swaim por la titularidad. De todos, el que más experiencia tiene es Swaim.

Dudo que Schultz se gane la confianza de los entrenadores para la primera semana, pero no estaré nada sorprendido si se convierte en titular en algún punto de la temporada.

¿Se mantendrán sanos los linebackers?

Sin duda alguna, linebacker será un grupo fuerte para los Cowboys... de estar sanos. Hemos visto a Sean Lee caer año tras año. De no ser por las constantes lesiones, Lee podría estar en la conversación de los mejores tres linebackers en la liga.

Jaylon Smith parece que jugará su primer temporada al 100% después de su lamentable lesión en Notre Dame, pero siempre hace falta verlo en acción para sentirnos confiados al respecto.

Ahora el novato Leighton Vander Esch, quien fue seleccionado para completar el grupo de linebackers también tendrá al equipo preocupado después de lesionarse el tobillo en los OTAs. Afortunadamente, parece que no fue nada serio.

De mantenerse sanos todo el año, este grupo defensivo realmente dará miedo. ¿Podrán hacerlo?

Cowboys en Español: 5 Preguntas Para los Dallas Cowboys en el 2018

¿Satisfará las expectativas Connor Williams?

Personalmente, Connor Williams fue mi selección favorita en este Draft para los Dallas Cowboys. Discutiblemente un talento de primera ronda fue tomado por la administración en el pick #50. No sólo eso, sino gracias a esa selección pudieron llenar un hueco importante en el equipo sin tener que invertir otra primera ronda en la línea ofensiva.

No importa que tan bueno puede llegar a ser Prescott, la verdad es que está ofensiva se basa principalmente en Ezekiel Elliott.

Sin duda, ese hueco que se llenó con Chaz Green y Jonathan Cooper en la posición de guardia izquierdo dejó mucho que desear.

Si Williams juega como esperamos que lo haga, la ofensiva que vio a Ezekiel Elliott correr para 1,631 yardas como un novato podría volver hasta mejorada. ¿Logrará Williams superar lo que hizo Ron Leary junto con el resto de la línea ofensiva?

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La lista de preguntas para el equipo es interminable. ¡Háganme saber sus preguntas que quieren ver contestadas este 2018 en los comentarios o en Twitter en @PepoR99!

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I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long

Kevin Brady

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Dak Prescott stood before the media Thursday in a Stetson Cowboy hat, answering questions about his upcoming contract extension.

“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy, we’ll say that.”

Prescott has cemented himself as the franchise quarterback of America's Team, and now it's time for the franchise to pay him like it. Set to earn roughly $34 million per year (according to recent rumors/reports), Prescott is going to be a very rich and comfortable man in the near future.

But, for now, he still plays under his fourth round rookie contract. You wouldn't be able to tell by watching him on the field, however. Though it was just minicamp, Prescott was impressive as ever over the last couple weeks of practice, earning praise from all levels within the organization.

Veteran Jason Witten complimented both Prescott's anticipation and accuracy, saying his throws have been "off the charts" at minicamp. Prescott himself said that this is the best he's felt since he's entered the league, and it certainly makes sense for this to be the case.

"Is it three years under my belt or just seeing defenses a whole lot more clear, being quicker and faster in everything I want to do, having great teammates around me? Who really knows the answer, but I feel great. I feel confident, and my teammates do, as well.” - Prescott to DallasCowboys.com

If Prescott was ever going to be comfortable, hungry, and ready to go, this is likely the time that it would happen. He has three relatively successful seasons under his belt, and ended 2018 on the best stretch of his career. He is the unquestioned starting quarterback for this team, and has the backing of every key decision maker in the building.

Prescott now has an offensive coordinator who he has not only worked closely with (in some capacity) since he entered the league in 2016, but is also being lauded for his creativity as an offensive mastermind. His quarterbacks coach, Jon Kitna, has been receiving similar praise for how he can coach up Prescott and get his footwork consistent, to help him "throw it through a Fruit Loop."

The time is now for Dak Prescott, and it's encouraging to see how he is responding to this increased pressure and responsibility. Then again we should have no doubt that he will respond positively, as he as throughout his entire young career.

Whenever faced with adversity, Prescott has answered the bell. Now he has all the supporters he needs, and just needs to prove them right.



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Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?

Kevin Brady

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Who is the Cowboys best player?

A question debated seemingly daily on social media, most fans seem to center their arguments around the same few names. Dak Prescott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Ezekiel Elliott.

As a running back, it's quite possible that Elliott is both the best of that bunch and the least important to the team's overall success. NFL.com's Adam Schein disagrees with the latter statement, however, placing Ezekiel Elliott among his top ten contenders for 2019 NFL MVP.

"I think the Cowboys are going to challenge for the Super Bowl in 2019 -- and I think Zeke fuels this team. When Elliott runs for 95-plus yards, the Cowboys are 19-4; when he falls below that benchmark, they're 9-8." - Adam Schein

Schein's prediction will no doubt make Cowboys Nation swoon, but does Elliott really have the opportunity to compete for an MVP award?

For one, this would require the Cowboys be among the best teams in the league this season. It's quite possible, as they did win 10 regular season and 1 playoff game a year ago, but it will have to happen once again for Elliott to be considered.

Next, Ezekiel Elliott would have to put up incredible numbers. Well, it's safe to assume this will likely be the case if condition one is met. Elliott is going to get a lot of opportunities to touch the ball each game, and finding himself among the league's rushing leaders has never been an issue for the young running back. Especially if the team has a lead and is running the ball to kill clock.

Even if both these conditions prove true, though, Elliott will still have trouble getting himself in the real MVP discussion. These awards tend to go to certain positions, and running back is not among that list. If Dallas has such a successful 2019, and their offense is clicking, it's more likely Dak Prescott will be the one contending for that MVP honor.

I know to some it sounds crazy, but Prescott will likely need to be closer to MVP level than Elliott if the Cowboys are to contend in the way Adam Schein suggests in his article.

So, likely, Schein should have named Prescott among his top ten MVP contenders, not Elliott.



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Amari Cooper Says He’s Focused On Football, Not His Next Contract

Kevin Brady

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Report: Cowboys Waiting Until After Season for Amari Cooper Contract Talks 1

It seems like all anyone has talked about this offseason is who the Cowboys should re-sign, and how they can go about doing so.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, of course, is heavily involved in those conversations. The Cowboys used their 2019 first round pick to trade for the Pro Bowl wide out last season, and Cooper's emergence helped to turn their struggling offense around immediately.

In just 9 games with the Cowboys last season, he caught 53 passes for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns. He quickly gained the trust of quarterback Dak Prescott, and exhibited a chemistry with the young passer that no one else really has to this point. Outside of maybe Cole Beasley in 2016, perhaps.

While the football world seems to be focusing on what Amari Cooper's contract will look like after 2019, the receiver himself claims to be solely focused on the upcoming season. Cooper spoke with ESPN's Todd Archer about this very subject, emphasizing where his mind lies at this time.

"I just handle my business...I'm more anxious about camp and actually playing football." - Amari Cooper.

Amari Cooper has just one year left on his contract as he plays under the fifth year option from his rookie deal. Cooper will make $13.9 million this season, putting him behind some of the league's other WR1s like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and DeAndre Hopkins.

There had been speculation around whether any of the Cowboys left with just one year on their contract would hold-out through parts of offseason activity, but Cooper alluded that it never seemed to cross his mind.

"I just want to get better and I love football. That's why I'm here" - Cooper.

Of course, Amari Cooper will play a huge role in the Cowboys offense in 2019. Combining him with a second year version of Michael Gallup, and new versatile threats like Tony Pollard and Randall Cobb, will help make the Dallas passing game as multiple as it's been in years.

The Cowboys will eventually need to get Amari Cooper locked up long term, but for the time being it seems like both he and the franchise are more focused on what will happen on the field in 2019 than in the negotiating room next Spring.



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