Este sábado, los Dallas Cowboys se enfrentarán contra los Oakland Raiders en la tercera semana de pretemporada. Habitualmente, la tercera semana siempre es la "mejor". ¿En qué sentido? Normalmente es la semana de pretemporada en la que los titulares del equipo participan el mayor tiempo. Esta semana, por ejemplo, se dice que Dak Prescott jugará toda la primera mitad y que Ezekiel Elliott tomará el campo por primera vez en el año.
Mientras nos preparamos para ver lo que será un excelente duelo, hay una controversia de QB en el equipo de la Estrella Solitaria. Y aunque todos sabemos que nuestro líder está en Dakota Prescott, muchos se preocupan por el mariscal detrás de él. Y todos hablan de la misma sensación.
QB Cooper Rush
¿Recuerdan cuando el año pasado, la sensación de la pretemporada fue un QB novato llamado Dak Prescott? Nadie lo esperaba, así como nadie esperaba ver al joven Cooper Rush tener un impacto como el que está teniendo esta pretemporada.
Después de no ser seleccionado en el Draft, el novato de Central Michigan llegó a los Cowboys como un proyecto. Para los aficionados a Dallas, era una pequeña esperanza de ver un cambio en la posición de QB banca porque a nadie le gusta tener a Kellen Moore como sustituto.
Cooper Rush ha tenido una racha de tres juegos en los que su nivel ha sido muy consistente y simplemente muy bueno. Su brazo y su puntería son bastante sorprendentes para los de un QB novato y parece ser un jugador que debió ser sido seleccionado en las rondas tardías del NFL Draft.
Los Cowboys cuentan con el veterano Kellen Moore, que aunque lo llamemos "veterano" realmente no tiene mucha experiencia. Y lo que tiene, no ha jugado del todo bien. Sin embargo, Moore ha logrado mantenerse en la NFL gracias a su inteligencia y conocimiento del juego. Moore es conocido por su gran habilidad de estudiar y preparar al QB titular para las defensivas que enfrenta y esto sin duda, es una de las prioridades del mariscal banca.
Sin embargo, cuando se tiene un talento como Cooper Rush en el equipo, no se puede dejar ir. Aunque Moore sea más valioso a la hora de preparar a Dak Prescott a enfrentar a las defensivas que verá cada semana, Rush puede mover a la ofensiva. Kellen Moore no lo ha logrado. Ni siquiera con los titulares.
Los Cowboys cometerían un gran error si no se quedan con Rush en el roster de 53 jugadores. Después de ver lo que tiene para ofrecer, el novato de Central Michigan está en el mapa. No hay manera en la que los Cowboys puedan esconderlo en su escuadra de práctica y esperar que nadie lo vea.
Lo que lleva a la decisión que Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones y toda la oficina de los Dallas Cowboys tendrá que tomar.
¿Cortar a Kellen Moore? ¿O Cargar a 3 QBs en el Roster?
Los Cowboys no tienen que cortar a Moore necesariamente. Pueden tomar la decisión de llevar a tres mariscales en el roster y mantener a uno inactivo. De esta manera, si Dak Prescott llegará a sufrir una lesión, los Cowboys no tendrían que verse en la necesidad de echar a Cooper Rush a los lobos.
Puedes tomar el riesgo con Rush, sabiendo que por lo menos tienes a Moore que lo puede ayudar y enseñar bastantes cosas.
O, puedes cortar a Kellen Moore. Esto tendría mucho sentido también. En este momento los Dallas Cowboys no tendrán un tiempo fácil decidiendo quien se queda y quien se va. Rico Gathers, Noah Brown, y Cooper Rush son jugadores que impactarán las decisiones de los entrenadores.
Si se quedan 3 quarterbacks en el roster, será una tarea mucho más difícil encontrar puestos para otros prospectos.
Realmente, a pesar de que no sería una mala idea, me parece improbable que los Cowboys se queden con tres mariscales. Los aficionados de los Cowboys nos hemos quedado con un miedo de la salud de nuestro QB titular por Tony Romo. A pesar de que fue un gran jugador, las constantes lesiones parecen habernos dejado en pánico constante.
Es Hora de Tomar un Riesgo
Los Dallas Cowboys deberían de lanzar los dados y tomar un riesgo. Tenemos a un QB que parece ser un jugador franquicia, de 24 años, que tiene todo para ser exitoso en su carrera. Dak Prescott tiene mucho por delante.
Sí, Kellen Moore es un veterano por el tiempo que llega en la liga. Pero Dak Prescott tiene más experiencia que él. Creo que los Cowboys harían lo correcto si deciden darle la oportunidad a un QB joven y prometedor, tal como lo hicieron el año pasado.
No por nada, Cooper Rush ha podido obtener parte de las repeticiones con el segundo equipo. Normalmente, Kellen Moore se hubiera quedado con todas.
Kellen Moore es eligible para la escuadra de práctica, intentar quedárselo ahí sería ideal. No sería un error. Dejar ir a Cooper Rush y a su talento irse, sería un error. Y uno del que los Cowboys terminarían arrepintiéndose.
- Dak Prescott jugará la primera mitad contra los Raiders.
- Ezekiel Elliott podrá hacer su debut de pretemporada el mismo sábado.
- Rico Gathers, Chidobe Awuzie, entre otros, no podrán jugar esta semana.
- Chaz Green tuvo varias repeticiones con el primer equipo durante la semana.
¿Crees que Cooper Rush debería ser QB2?
Tony Romo Documentary in the Works
If you've missed seeing Tony Romo on the field, an upcoming documentary may be the cure. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback is reportedly the subject of a film chronicling his football career going all the way back to high school.
"Now or Never" will tell Romo's incredible story, going from undrafted to one of the top passers in the history of the Cowboys' storied franchise. It's being produced by a Texas-based company run by Christian Hanna (no known relation to James).
According to an article from MyRacineCounty.com, Romo's hometown newspaper, the tale of Tony's football career will be told going back to his days at Burlington High School in Wisconsin. It will follow him to Eastern Illinois University, the same QB hotbed that more recently produced Jimmy Garoppolo.
But what most of us will want to relive is Tony's amazing NFL career, which stands out among the most unexpected rises to stardom of any player in league history.
Romo, who was an undrafted free agent signed by the Cowboys in 2003, didn't play in a game for three seasons. He rose the QB depth chart through practice and preseason play, eventually becoming the backup and earning the respect of then-coach Bill Parcells.
In Week 7 of 2006, Parcells pulled struggling starter Drew Bledsoe at halftime and went with his intriguing young prospect. Tony's first pass in the NFL was one to forget; an interception.
About a decade later, Romo would retire as the Cowboys' all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. He currently ranks fourth all-time in NFL history for passer rating.
Tony's career never saw the playoff and Super Bowl success of predecessors Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, but he remains a beloved figure in team history. The controversial end to his football career, losing his job to rookie phenom Dak Prescott in 2016, created a major rift among Cowboys fans.
While no longer playing, Romo remains one of the hottest names in football. His charisma and football acumen have him in a featured role with CBS Broadcasting.
From obscurity to "anointing oil" to one of the most discussed names in sports, Tony Romo's story is fascinating. This documentary crew picked a great subject, and we look forward to enjoying their work and revisiting the Romo Era once the film is released.
Prescott VS Wentz Rivalry is Just Beginning
No one expected Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott to become such an interesting rivalry, but that's precisely what the 2016's second and 135th draft picks have turnt out to be since the day they entered the NFL. The two came into the NFC East with very different expectations. Dak wasn't even supposed to be a starter, but circumstance is what helped this rivalry emerge.
Prescott seemed to lead the race after their rookie seasons were over, having led the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC, but Carson Wentz made a huge statement in 2017. Before he went down injured playing versus the LA Rams last December, the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback was playing astonishingly well.
Leading the MVP race before tearing his ACL, Carson Wentz had thrown for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns through 13 games. Had he not gone down, it's more likely than not he would've been named the MVP instead of Tom Brady.
Despite having won the passing yards race, Dak Prescott's 2017 was rougher than his rival's. His interceptions count went from 4 in 2016 to 13 last season. He threw for only 22 touchdowns, falling eight short of the 30 TDs mark. His completion percentage also went down, from over 67% to almost 63%.
As we all know, it wasn't a good year for the Dallas Cowboys. Suspensions, injuries and poor play led them to a disappointing 9-7 season that didn't feel like a winning season at all, even though that's how it will go down in the books.
To make things worse, the Eagles went into January with QB Nick Foles starting, and overcoming adversity and doubters, won their first Super Bowl in franchise history. Although it was Foles and not Wentz the one who played Philadelphia's postseason, the former second overall pick is one of the main reasons for the team's success.
His sophomore year was way better than Dak's.
But as impressive as Wentz's year was, the rivalry between the two signal-callers is just beginning. There is still a lot of history to write in this duel of two young and hard-working players. Two leader of men in one of the most intense rivalries in the NFL.
Through two years of football, here's how their numbers look like:
Wentz: 29 games, 1,047 attempts, 644 completions (61.5%), 7,078 yards, 49 TDs, 2 rushing TDs
Prescott: 32 games, 949 attempts, 619 completions (65.2%), 6,991 yards, 45 TDs, 12 rushing TDs
There's not a ton of difference between their numbers, but in the NFL, it's about more than stats. Prescott had the better 2016, Wentz the better 2017.
Dak and Carson have really only played two match-ups in their two years playing in the league. Sitting at an even 1-1 record, 2018 will feature two great games between both of their teams. The defending Super Bowl Champions against the underestimated Dallas Cowboys.
The sport is about winning games and championships, but rivalries like this one make the NFL even more special. Even with Wentz being the MVP front-runner for most of last season, Dak Prescott still has a lot of time to turn things around.
If both turn out to be as successful and important as their franchise wish them to be, then this rivalry will be around for a lot of years.
If Reinstated, Is Randy Gregory A Lock for Cowboys 53-Man Roster?
The Dallas Cowboys will enter training camp in Oxnard with arguably their deepest and most talented defensive line in years. Cowboys Nation continues to hope for the best possible news on suspended Defensive End Randy Gregory, to potentially take this defensive front to the next level. Should Gregory be reinstated, the Cowboys would have another option at right defensive end. This is a position they've bolstered with the signing of Kony Ealy and drafting of Dorance Armstrong, both moves coming behind would-be starter Tyrone Crawford.
This logjam at DE begs the question, amidst optimism for Gregory's situation, is the 2015 second round pick even a lock to make this roster?
Who Does Randy Gregory Need to Outplay?
Going through some form of the Cowboys depth chart at Gregory's position above does little to sort out how Gregory can justify a starting position. Having true starters on the defensive line is not DC Rod Marinelli's way, meaning a possible rotation of Crawford, Gregory, and Armstrong could coexist.
Even with insufficient depth at defensive tackle, the Cowboys seem committed to keeping Crawford on the edge. As he's done with each position change within the Cowboys defense, Crawford is slowly developing into a respectable right end that's great against the run.
This sounds like just the type of player to compliment a speedy rusher like Gregory, but Randy won't be alone in this role should he return to the team. Along with FA addition Kony Ealy, the Cowboys will look to bring Charles Tapper back from an offseason concussion, and also have second-year rusher Taco Charlton in need of a true position.
It's fair to say that Gregory has been anything but reliable since the Cowboys took a gamble on him, but turning his life around to see out this reinstatement would go a long way in beating out the often-injured Tapper.
Given Ealy's ability to play both on the edge and inside, at his best if receiving limited snaps, I believe that Gregory will only have to surpass Tapper in reaching a favorable spot on the Cowboys depth chart at DE.
Comparing Randy Gregory and Dorance Armstrong
Of course, making the roster and making an impact on defense are two vastly different realities for Gregory in 2018. Another player that could stunt his opportunities to hunt down quarterbacks is rookie fourth round pick Dorance Armstrong.
The Cowboys would love to see Armstrong begin his career with a strong showing in Oxnard, owning all of the traits needed to be an effective right end at the next level.
Lacking the true cornering speed that Gregory has flashed in short spurts, Armstrong did produce a ten sack season for Kansas in 2016. This production matches the traits that kept Armstrong a priority for the Cowboys at the draft, despite only seeing him get home 1.5 times in 2017.
Rewind to last year's draft, and the Cowboys spent their first round pick on a defensive end they looked to make a right end, all while knowing his ideal spot is at LDE. This makes the difference between drafting Charlton and Armstrong an important one, as the Cowboys are clearly searching for high-value options to complete their pass rush.
Again, assuming Tapper becomes the odd man out in the Cowboys carrying Gregory, Ealy, and Armstrong as right ends, the work is cut out for Gregory to regain the trust of his coaches and bring what only he can to this defense.
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It goes without saying that Randy Gregory will carry plenty of attention with him if present in Oxnard. This is a player capable of transforming a young Cowboys defense into one of the league's most feared.
While the Cowboys would do well to quickly sort out who plays the 3T-DT position alongside DeMarcus Lawrence, and the 1T inside for that matter too, sticking Gregory on the opposite edge could be the easiest decision they make to see immediate improvements in their pass rush.
Should Ealy or Armstrong have more to say about this lineup for the Cowboys defensive line, the depth of this unit will live up to the hype.
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