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Cowboys en Español: El Impacto del Trade por Amari Cooper

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: El Impacto del Trade por Amari Cooper
Jose Carlos Fajardo / Bay Area News Group

Los Dallas Cowboys decidieron ir tras un receptor talentoso antes de que llegará la fecha límite para acordar trades el 30 de octubre. Lo hicieron consiguiendo a Amari Cooper a cambio de su próxima selección de primera ronda en el NFL Draft a los Oakland Raiders. El movimiento sin duda fue una sorpresa para una afición que está acostumbrada a una administración que cuida mucho de su capital en el Draft.

Muchos han discutido el trade y han intentado nombrar a un ganador en el intercambio. Si bien una selección de primera ronda es un precio muy caro, Cooper puede cambiar la narrativa de este trade demostrando en el campo el talento que tiene. Sus estadísticas no han sido favorables últimamente, pero es necesario considerar que el equipo de Raiders en general está en una posición muy incómoda actualmente.

Amari Cooper llega a una ofensiva que tras siete partidos en la temporada parecen y con un récord de 3-4, están arrepentidos de la filosofía que quisieron adoptar al inicio de la temporada. Escuchamos hablar a Dak Prescott sobre una ofensiva que no necesitaba un receptor #1 y que vencería secundarias oponentes repartiendo el balón.

Con cuatro derrotas en lo que va del año, vimos lo mal que ha actuado la ofensiva por muchos factores, uno de ellos la falta de ese receptor #1. Incluso en su mayor victoria del año, una victoria de 33 puntos contra los Jacksonville Jaguars, los receptores no brillaron, a excepción de Cole Beasley. Beasley cerró el día con 101 yardas y dos touchdowns esa ocasión, pero ningún otro WR consiguió más de una recepción.

Ni Allen Hurns, ni Deonte Thompson cumplieron las expectativas puestas en ellos después de que el equipo los obtuviera en agencia libre hace varios meses. Michael Gallup ya nos mostró bastantes destellos, pero hace falta verlo más incorporado a la ofensiva, lo cuál probablemente sucederá con alguien como Cooper del otro lado del campo.

Amari Cooper tienen un impacto más drástico del que parece a simple vista. ¿Por qué? Porque los Cowboys ya tenían talento en WR para roles secundarios. Simplemente faltaba un #1, lo cual podría llevar esta ofensiva a ganar partidos.

Probablemente no sea como el 2016, pero gracias a las grandes actuaciones de la defensiva, no sería nada sorprendente si esta ofensiva comienza a hacer lo suficiente para ganar partidos gracias a la defensiva.

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Si los Cowboys hubieran buscado un WR en la primera ronda del próximo Draft, no hubieran encontrado un talento como el de Cooper. Además, su edad le ayuda mucho. 24 años es una edad muy joven y está bajo contrato para el 2019, así que aún no hay mucho de que preocuparse para los Cowboys.

Lo más costoso para Dallas sería que si Dak Prescott sigue sin mejorar después de esta adquisición y los Cowboys quieren buscar a un mariscal para el futuro, no podrán hacerlo en la primera ronda del Draft, que es el mejor lugar para buscar un QB franquicia.

Hay muchas que considerar antes de tachar este intercambio como una locura de parte de Dallas:

  • Si este trade los hace un equipo competente y terminan con un récord ganador, el pick de primera ronda terminaría siendo uno tardío.
  • No habrá muchos prospectos dignos de una primera selección en el NFL Draft 2019.
  • Hemos visto a Dak Prescott tener éxito, esta ofensiva podría verse inmensamente beneficiada de una sencilla contratación como esta.
  • Esto le pone presión al QB, así como al coordinador ofensivo Scott Linehan y al entrenador en jefe Jason Garrett. Ya no hay excusas. La ofensiva tiene armas.
  • La división está completamente al alcance. Los Cowboys podrían colarse a playoffs en un descuido.

Por ahora, a Amari Cooper y al resto de los Dallas Cowboys les toca descansar este fin de semana. Volverán al emparrillado el 5 de noviembre en un Monday Night Football contra los Tennessee Titans.

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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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How Cowboys Could Regain a 2019 1st-Round Draft Pick

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Players That Could Be Traded
Matthew Edmonds-USA Today

The Dallas Cowboys are currently without a 2019 first-round draft pick after acquiring Wide Receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but what if I were to tell you there was a way to regain another first-rounder? Well, with a little outside the box thinking I think there could be a way to accomplish just that.

It's completely hypothetical, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly regain a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with little finagling and good luck. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly, but I think it's definitely doable.

Remember, this is completely hypothetical with a lot of "what if's" involved, but the Cowboys could regain what they lost acquiring Amari Cooper and come out of it no worse for wear. I think there are a lot of different scenarios that could accomplish this feat, but only one of them that doesn't hurt the team in my opinion and it centers around Right Tackle La'el Collins.

I know you're probably going to think I'm crazy, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly land a 2019 first-round draft pick if they decided to trade away RT La'el Collins. Trust me, I wouldn't suggest this if I didn't think there was somebody capable of stepping in and playing just as well.

Enter Connor Williams.

Connor Williams

Dallas Cowboys LG Connor Williams

I always believed Connor Williams' best position in the NFL was at right tackle, not on the inside at guard. And yes, I was one of those advocating for Williams to play RT and Collins to move back to LG before the 2018 season started. I thought that gave the Cowboys their best starting five.

Williams has been serviceable at LG this season, but has been overpowered at times. His athletic ability would've been much better served on the outside at tackle, which is where I would play him next season, making La'el Collins expendable.

Again, I know what you're thinking. If you move Williams to RT and trade Collins, there is now a void at LG. Well, that's where Xavier Su'a-Filo comes into play. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of Cowboys Nation is already advocating that he remains the starter over Connor Williams.

If Su'a-Filo can maintain the same level play he did against the Eagles, he probably remains the starter for the rest of the 2018 season. If this is indeed what happens, he could end up being the starter once again next season, making my plan of trading La'el Collins more feasible.

Were you able to follow all of that?

Keep Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard

Move Connor Williams to right tackle

Trade La'el Collins

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, but something that could feasibly happen. Now we just have to wait and see if Xavier Su'a-Filo can continue to play like he did last week, because without him sticking at left guard none of this is possible.

I told you it was some out-of-the-box thinking.

Would you go along with the scenario to regain a 2019 first-round draft pick?



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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su’a-Filo at Left Guard?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su'a-Filo at Left Guard? 1

Don't look now, but we may have another Ron Leary/La'el Collins situation unfolding before our eyes with Xavier Su'a-Filo and Connor Williams. Who ends up starting at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys the rest of the 2018 season is up in the air right now, but might not be for long.

Remember a few years ago when La'el Collins started the season at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys, but then had to miss time due to a toe injury. Ronald Leary took over during his absence and never looked back. It even earned him a big payday with the Denver Broncos.

Déjà vu anyone?

Yes, I'm talking about the hot topic of the hour as to whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard or reinsert Connor Williams once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup? As with any debate, there are two sides of the coin.

Honestly, I can make an argument for both sides here. These are two different players and both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Su'a-Filo isn't as agile as Williams and relies more on his strength and power, whereas Williams is almost the complete opposite. Depending what the Cowboys coaching staff wants out of their LG, either player makes sense.

Xavier Su'a-Filo

Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-Filo

I could go into a long debate as to who I believe the Cowboys should start at LG moving forward, but I think that would be a waste of our time. I think this is a situation that will work itself out one way or another this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nothing is set in stone right now, but I have a hard time seeing Connor Williams being ready to play this week after having knee surgery. It would be unwise to rush him back before he's 100% healthy, especially after the way Su'a-Filo preformed against the Eagles. And if Su'a-Filo plays well once again, Williams may not get his starting job back.

See, I told you it was looking like a Ronald Leary/La'el Collins situation all over again.

This is a situation that many of us will be following closely this week and it may not only have ramifications on the rest of the 2018 season, but it could carry over into next year. Maybe Xavier Su'a-Filo remains at LG next year and Connor Williams moves to his more natural position (right tackle), making La'el Collins expendable. But that's a debate for another time.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at LG?



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