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Cowboys en Español: ¿Cuándo y Cuánto Le Pagarán a Cooper?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Amari Cooper

La temporada del 2018 se divide en dos para los Dallas Cowboys. Antes y después de Amari Cooper. El receptor llegó al equipo a media temporada por medio de un trade con los Oakland Raiders y cambió el rumbo de la ofensiva. Con su llegada, se elevó el nivel de todos los jugadores. Desde el mariscal de campo Dak Prescott hasta el receptor novato Michael Gallup, la ofensiva comenzó a ser mucho más productiva.

Al momento de intercambiar una selección de primera ronda por él, los Cowboys sabían que llegaría el momento de pagarle. Actualmente, Cooper está bajo contrato solo por la temporada del 2019 y en territorio de recibir una extensión para convertirlo en uno de los receptores mejores pagados en la NFL.

Es difícil, si no es que imposible, negar el impacto positivo que tuvo el receptor en el equipo. Es muy bueno, y lo dejó en claro la temporada pasada. No lo suficientemente bueno para estar en la discusión del mejor wide receiver en la liga, pero lo suficientemente bueno para llevar a la ofensiva a otro nivel.

Por el momento, todo parece indicar que la administración está decidida a extender a Cooper, pero lo que no sabemos es si antes de la temporada o después. Tampoco sabemos cuanto se le pagará. Esto último dependerá sin duda de algunas cuantas cosas que están por suceder.

Michael Thomas, Saints

Principalmente, las extensiones del New Orleans Saint Michael Thomas y el Atlanta Falcon Julio Jones. Ambos están esperando extensiones de sus respectivos equipos y podrían establecer un precio mucho más alto para los receptores en el mercado. Actualmente, es Odell Beckham quien lidera la posición promediando 18 millones de dólares anuales con los Cleveland Browns.

Para poner las cosas en perspectiva, se reporta que Michael Thomas está pidiendo 22 millones al año. Aunque aún está por verse si los Saints cederán o no, sería un incremento considerable en el mercado. Ahora, cabe mencionar que a pesar de que Cooper es un excelente receptor, no está en el nivel de Thomas. El receptor de los Saints está en la discusión de ser el mejor en la NFL y lleva siendo un arma de élite para los Saints desde que llegó a la liga en 2016, contando con más de mil yardas en cada uno de los tres años de su carrera y 23 touchdowns totales.


Ponerle un precio a la extensión de Cooper resulta muy complicado por las variables en cuestión. Además, juzgando por sus comentarios, no está tan preocupado por la extensión. Incluso, existe la posibilidad de que se esté apostando a sí mismo y quiera a esperar a firmar. De esta manera, podría tener un excelente 2019 y subir su precio en el offseason del próximo año.

Amari Cooper

Por ahora, sin embargo, me atrevería a asumir que su costo no bajaría de los 17 millones en promedio por año. Hace poco, Adam Thielen de los Minnesota Vikings firmó por $16.2M al año. Por más sorprendente que haya resultado el joven de Vikings en los últimos años, dudo que Cooper (quien acaba de cumplir 25 años) no gane más que un jugador que tendrá 29 cuando comience la temporada siendo que se puede decir que tiene un nivel de juego superior.

Si lo mínimo es 17 millones anuales, lo máximo (por ahora) debería de ser el mejor contrato actualmente, el de Beckham. Sin embargo, esa cifra cambiará próximamente. Si Thomas llega a un contrato antes que Cooper, se habrá convertido en el mejor pagado y estaremos hablando de un mercado cuyo valor habrá subido drásticamente.

Como es costumbre últimamente en la NFL, apresurarse a extender a los jugadores parece ser la mejor opción para los equipos. Esto lleva a muchos jugadores sobre pagados que no justifican sus ganancias, pero también lleva a jugadores cuyos precios subieron por haber querido esperar.

En el caso de Amari Cooper, tendremos que esperar a ver si realmente espera hasta el 2020 o si termina con una extensión previo a la temporada del 2019. Debido a que es un receptor, es lógico que sus negociaciones vayan indirectamente de la mano con aquellas de Dak Prescott, quien será su "mejor amigo" en el futuro.

Cuando uno firme su respectivo contrato, el otro estará mucho más cerca de hacerlo también.

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Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott Primed for Big Games vs Lions

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Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott Primed for Big Games vs Lions

The Dallas Cowboys were brought back down to earth this past Sunday in their 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. After dominating the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys got manhandled in the trenches on both offense and defense. Running Back Dalvin Cook had 183 all-purpose yards (97 rushing, 86 receiving) due to his offensive line opening holes bigger than the state of Texas. All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott, however, was held to just 47 yards on 20 carries because his offensive line got bullied from start to finish.

This coming Sunday, the Cowboys will be looking to bounce back against the Detroit Lions and maintain their position atop the NFC East. The Lions defense is one of the worst in the league vs the run and pass which sets up the Cowboys two biggest offensive stars, Dak Prescott and Elliott to have huge games.

Prescott is currently second in the NFL in passing yards, third in passing touchdowns, and first in QBR. He will get every opportunity to improve on those numbers this Sunday going up against Detroit's 28th ranked passing defense. They've allowed four quarterbacks to pass for over 300 yards, Prescott has three games with such production himself in 2019.

He will be bringing with him a very explosive receiving core. Amari Cooper is currently third in the NFL in receiving yards with 848. He's coming off a game in which he had his second-highest yardage total (147) and tied his highest reception total (11) in any game this season. Michael Gallup has already equaled his reception total and surpassed both his yardage and touchdown totals from his rookie season in 2018. Randall Cobb had his best game by far as a Cowboy with six receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown vs the Vikings.

With Prescott playing at a high level, his receiving core more together than ever, and facing the leagues 30th ranked defense I smell another big game for number 4.


Elliott had his second-worst game of the season vs the Vikings after three consecutive 100-yard performances. The chances of him bouncing back in this game are very high considering the Lions rank 26th vs the run. Seven of the nine teams the Lions have faced have rushed for over 100 yards, including three individual performances over the century mark.

The two-time rushing champion is tied for the second-most games over 100 yards this season with five, trailing only Carolina's Christian McCaffrey who has six. Also, the Cowboys offensive line will be looking to bounce back themselves after the Vikings defensive front took them to the woodshed this past Sunday. I wouldn't at all be surprised if Elliott has one of his biggest performances of the season after such a pedestrian outing last week. Also, having a motivated offensive line blocking for him doesn't hurt either.

The Cowboy's best formula for success is still establishing Elliott early to set up Prescott and the play-action passing game.

With the NFC East still firmly up for grabs, the Cowboys have minimal room for error for this rest of the season. Going up against a defense this bad could be just what the doctor ordered for Prescott and Elliott to dominate on the road. If this were to come to pass, the Cowboys chances at improving to 6-4 this Sunday will be extremely high.


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Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie Becoming a Red Zone Liability?

Brian Martin

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Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie Becoming a Redzone Liability?

Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is arguably as talented as just about any defensive back in the NFL. He still young and has quite a bit he can do to improve his game, but there's no denying his talent. One of the things he may need to work on right now is his awareness and discipline in the red zone.

In back to back games No. 24 has been caught out of position and as a result surrendered points in the end zone. Just this last Sunday he gave up a two point conversion to Minnesota Vikings Tight End Kyle Rudolph. The week prior he gave up a touchdown catch to New York Giants Wide Receiver Cody Latimer.

Does this make him a liability in the red zone?

I know if I've noticed Chidobe Awuzie getting victimized in back to back weeks in the red zone opposing offensive coordinators around the league have done the same. As a result, they're going to test Awuzie to find out if they can have the same kind of success.


Chidobe Awuzie

Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie

If I'm Kris Richard I'm personally going to be working on making sure Chidobe is fully aware he needs to be more disciplined with his play, especially in the red zone. He's been caught out of position in back to back games and that can't be something that continues from here on out.

I'm sure Awuzie would tell you himself this is something he needs to clean up. He takes pride in his abilities and knows he can still improve. Hopefully he can take it to heart and better prepare for what's to come. Whether that means just executing his assignments better or maybe studying a little more film. It's up to him to figure out what he needs to do.

As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned though, they may need to start giving him a little more help over the top if this is something that continues. And if worse comes to worse, they can always see if Jourdan Lewis or Anthony Brown can be more consistent. I doubt it would come to that, but it is an option.

I for one am hoping No. 24 will just hunker down and figure out what he needs to do in order to take his game to the next level. If he can do that the Cowboys defense will be much better for it. I don't know about you, but I will be keeping a close eye on him for the rest of the season.

Do you think CB Chidobe Awuzie has become a red zone liability?


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Maliek Collins has a Breakout Opportunity Against the Minnesota Vikings

John Williams

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Cowboys DT's Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods Primed for Monster Seasons

It's been a quiet 2019 for one of the Dallas Cowboys' preseason breakout candidates, Maliek Collins. Heading into training camp, and then the regular season, Collins was the healthiest he'd been at any point in his previous three seasons. That combined with another year in the NFL, led many to believe that Collins could become a dominant 3-technique defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys. Collins has been good, but perhaps not as productive as many might have predicted.

On the year, Maliek Collins has three sacks, which is third for the Dallas Cowboys behind Robert Quinn and DeMarcus Lawrence. Per Pro Football Focus, Collins is tied for 17th in the NFL among interior defensive linemen. Tied for 17th might not sound very good, but when the league leader in sacks among interior defensive linemen has just six, Collins isn't far off from threatening for the league lead. In fact, Maliek Collins is tied with All-Pro Defensive Tackles Fletcher Cox, Chris Jones, and Geno Atkins in sacks.

In total pressures, Collins is tied for eighth in the NFL per Pro Football Focus with 27 along with Quentin Jefferson and Vita Vea.

Though he's not racking up a ton of tackle this season, Collins has been excellent as a pass rusher. On Sunday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings, he'll have a tremendous opportunity to build on his first-half numbers.


Against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football, Collins has an enormous opportunity. Among quarterbacks with at least 196 drop backs, Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been under pressure at the fourth highest rate in the NFL. His 40.8% pressure rate is only better than Daniel Jones, Russell Wilson, and Sam Darnold.

Vikings Guard Pat Elflein has allowed five sacks on the year, which is tied for the third most in the NFL this season among interior offensive linemen and his 20 pressures allowed is tied for eighth. When Maliek Collins gets an opportunity to line up across from Elflein, he's going to have a chance to get home.

With teams having to pay so much attention to DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and newcomer Michael Bennett, Collins should be freed up to face more one-on-one blockers.

Collins hasn't had a bad season by any stretch of the imagination, but he hasn't necessarily been the dominant player we thought he could be after his strong preseason. That perception could change when the Dallas Cowboys play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. The opportunity is there for Collins, he just has to seize it.


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