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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!

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: 5 Preguntas Para los Dallas Cowboys en el 2018" 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!



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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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