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Cowboys en Español: El Legado de Tony Romo, Prospectos Para el NFL Draft

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Cowboys en Español: Legado de Tony Romo, Prospectos Para el NFL Draft

Cowboys en Español: Legado de Tony Romo, Prospectos Para el NFL Draft

Este martes, 4 de Abril del 2017, Tony Romo se retiró de la NFL. Poco después de este anuncio los Dallas Cowboys decidieron cortarlo. Esta última decisión fue para dividir el golpe al tope salarial entre el 2017 y el 2018.

Fue algo duro para muchos fans de los Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo estuvo en el equipo por 14 años y lo lideró por diez. Tony Romo, es el único QB que esta franquicia tuvo después de Troy Aikman y significó mucho para una gran generación de fans jóvenes. Ha sido el jugador con el que hemos crecido y que lo hemos visto brillar desde que entro en un partido divisional contra los New York Giants en el 2006, remplazando a Drew Bledsoe. Lo hemos visto crecer y hemos crecido junto a él.

Romo siempre ha sido un jugador que ha causado mucha polémica de parte de los medios y los fans. Muchos dicen que nunca fue bueno, otros dicen que fue excelente y unos incluso dicen que va al Salón de la Fama.

El #9 tuvo muchos altibajos en su carrera. De aquel balón suelto contra los Seattle Seahawks en el 2007, hasta su remontada contra los Detroit Lions en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs del 2014. Ha sido un viaje divertido verlo como un aficionado a morir de los Cowboys y de él específicamente.

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Estoy seguro de que muchos recordaremos a Tony Romo como el mariscal que jugó con un pulmón perforado contra los San Francisco 49ers y ganó en el 2011. Lo mismo cuando no dejó el campo con un disco herniado en la penúltima semana de la temporada del 2013 contra los Washington Redskins. El QB que lanzó para 506 yardas y cinco Touchdowns en un duelo contra uno de los mejores de todos los tiempos, Peyton Manning. A pesar de haber perdido, esa es y por siempre será, uno de los juegos más memorables de Antonio Ramiro Romo. Los recuerdos no son pocos.

Durante años, Tony Romo aguantó las críticas mientras mantenía a flote un equipo sin defensiva, sin línea ofensiva (antes no tenía la línea que hoy tienen los Dallas Cowboys) y con un terrible manejo del equipo.

En Inside The Star, nos despedimos de él y le agradecemos todo lo que le dio a esta franquicia. Espero que le vaya bien en su nueva carrera como el analista de NFL #1 en CBS.

Cowboys en Español: El Legado de Tony Romo, Prospectos Para el NFL Draft

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Principales Prospectos de los Dallas Cowboys Para el NFL Draft

Estamos a 20 días del NFL Draft 2017. Ya es hora de empezar a hablar un poco de los posibles prospectos que Jerry Jones y compañía quieran seleccionar con el pick #28 del Draft. Hay muchos candidatos y en esta edición de "Cowboys en Español" hablaré de los cinco que parecen ser de los más importantes. Hay más que también son relevantes, pero escogí a estos cinco para esta semana.

DE Takkarist McKinley, UCLA

De UCLA Takkarist McKinley es un jugador que presionó a los quarterbacks oponentes de una manera consistente en su carrera colegial. Es un jugador demasiado atlético y que su mejor cualidad parece ser su velocidad. Podría brindar a Dallas un impacto inmediato en la línea defensiva y aunque quizá tardaría un poco en expandir su repertorio de movimientos, sería grandioso ver lo que Rod Marinelli lograría con él. Tiene que mejorar su uso de manos y cuando lo haga, será un excelente pass rusher.

Takk McKinley es mi opción favorita para los Cowboys, sin embargo, ha sido simulado en diferentes Mock Drafts como selección dentro del Top 20. Quizá quedé fuera del alcance de los Dallas Cowboys.

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Takkarist McKinley #98 (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

LB TJ Watt, Wisconsin

El hermano de JJ Watt se prepara para llegar a la NFL. Cuando todo esto empezó, no se hablaba de él como una selección de primera ronda, pero las cosas han cambiado últimamente. Varios analistas han comenzado a evaluarlo como un jugador que podría colarse en las últimas selecciones del primer día del Draft y quizá lo haga.

Jugó como Linebacker en Wisconsin y aunque no lo considero la mejor opción para Dallas, es una opción verlo en Dallas como un DE. Le faltaría pulir muchas cosas, así como agregar un poco de peso y tamaño a su cuerpo.

DE Charles Harris, Missouri

Charles Harris es actualmente una de las selecciones más probables para Dallas. No parece ser un jugador que tenga muchas probabilidades de irse antes de que le toque a Jerry Jones hacer la selección.

Charles Harris es un jugador que tiene muchas habilidades y fortalezas que, aunque le falte desarrollarlas, parece un prospecto que puede explotar y ser un gran defensivo en su segundo o tercer año. Kevin Brady, mi compañero de Inside The Star, incluso lo comparó con Vic Beasley.

CB Adoree' Jackson, USC

Adoree' Jackson es uno de los jugadores más divertidos de College Football que he visto jugar. Siendo un Cornerback, también regresaba patadas (y muchas veces hasta la zona de anotación.) En ocasiones entraba al campo cuando era turno de la ofensiva y tomaba un rol de Wide Receiver... y sí, a veces anotaba.

Hasta hace poco, al igual que TJ Watt, no muchos lo simulaban como una selección de primera ronda. Durante esta semana comenzó a surgir como una posible selección de los Dallas Cowboys y no mentiré, me gustaría. No sólo atenderían la necesidad por un CB, pero también por un regresador de patadas que haría una diferencia.

S Josh Jones, NC State

Este Safety de NC State tiene un excelente tamaño que se consideraría prototipo en la NFL. Su velocidad es excelente. El año pasado lideró a su equipo con 106 tackles. Obtuvo tres intercepciones y rompió ocho pases en la temporada.

Jones es un jugador agresivo que reacciona rápidamente y tiene la velocidad necesaria para hacerlo exitosamente. Le falta un poco de disciplina en mantenerse con su tarea pero pienso que no tendrá problemas corrigiendo eso. Seleccionarlo con la selección número 28, sin embargo, puede ser un alcance.

Finalmente, confió en lo que la oficina de los Cowboys hará en el Draft. Han demostrado ser capaces de hacerlo eficientemente. Sólo piensen en el Draft del año pasado...

¿Qué opinas de el Legado de Romo? ¿Qué te parecen estos prospectos para los Dallas Cowboys?

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WR Randall Cobb Named Cowboys “Surprise Standout” for Offseason

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NFL teams have wrapped up their offseason activities with the close of OTAs, especially where the players are concerned, and await the start of training camps next month. In reviewing the last few months, ESPN had their local reporters each pick a surprise standout from their team's practices. Todd Archer, who covers the Dallas Cowboys full time, selected veteran receiver Randall Cobb.

Cobb is in his first season with Dallas after signing as a free agent last March. He's spent the last eight years with the Green Bay Packers and was a Pro Bowler in 2014, but has struggled with injuries the last few seasons.

Here were Archer's observations on how Randall is doing so far with the Cowboys:

Normally a player with Cobb's résumé -- 470 catches for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns during his career -- would not be considered for a category like this. But injuries limited him to only nine games and 38 catches for Green Bay in 2018, and it was hard to know what the Cowboys were getting in the veteran receiver.

If the offseason work is any indication, they have found a replacement for Cole Beasley. Cobb's versatility can expand the offense for others, such as Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Cobb looked quick in and out of his breaks and fast enough to make plays down the field. Will he put up the 1,287 yards he had in 2014? No, but he gives Dak Prescott a security blanket in the slot who can turn a small gain into a big one.

The notion of Cobb replacing Beasley is a big one. While we'd like to think that Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup will provide plenty of firepower for the Cowboys offense, Dak Prescott has enjoyed a reliable threat from the slot position since he arrived.

Randall Cobb, when healthy, can do more than just make clutch catches. He has good run-after-catch skills and perhaps bring more big play potential than Beasley did.

If Cooper and Gallup do emerge as a dangerous starting duo on the outside, Cobb should have even more opportunities to punish defenses than Beasley did.

If nothing else, it's very encouraging to hear that one of the Cowboys' few 2019 free agent moves is already reaping benefits. Cobb still needs to bring it over a full season to really justify the move, but these early reports are cause for excitement.



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BREAKING: Cowboys TE Rico Gathers Receives One-Game Suspension

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Tight End Rico Gathers already had an uphill climb to return to the Dallas Cowboys' 53-man roster in 2019. But that climb just got even steeper; the NFL handed down a one-game suspension to Gathers today for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

If he does make the team this year, with Dallas or anyone else, Rico will have to sit out Week One of the season without pay.

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Cowboys TE Rico Gathers is suspended without pay for the first game of the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL's policy and program on substances of abuse. This is from his arrest in 2018 for marijuana possession.

Gathers' chances of returning in 2019 were already hurt by Jason Witten's reversed retirement. He dropped to fourth on the TE depth chart behind Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz, and Dallas only kept three tight ends last year.

The Cowboys also added Codey McElroy as a developmental player during the offseason.

While the suspension is news, the incident that led to it is not. Dallas already knew about the arrest, which occurred in early September of 2018, and have kept Gathers around up until now.

The NFL's substance abuse system is pretty formulaic, so the Cowboys likely anticipated this suspension all along. This may not change anything about how they value Rico Gathers for the 2019 season.

Nevertheless, a player who can't help you in Week One and is a liability for ever longer suspensions down the road is definitely a red flag against Gathers' job security.



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Antwaun Woods: Cowboys DT is Just Getting Started

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Antwaun Woods went undrafted in 2016 coming out of USC. After two years with the Tennessee Titans, he would only see one game of action. In May of 2018, the Cowboys signed Woods to a two-year contract worth 1.05 million. Probably seen as nothing more than a practice squad guy, Woods would quickly show he was much more than that.

The newly acquired Woods started his climb to stardom in Oxnard during training camp, and not for making plays. One day during practice he got into a friendly game of fisticuffs with All-Pro Center Travis Frederick. The team even posted the video on social media, which had fans buzzing and wanting to know who he was.

All-Pro Running Back Ezekiel Elliott echoed those thoughts when he saw Woods during camp. "Honestly, when we first got him, we were like, 'Who is this guy?'. He was giving Travis Frederick, one of our best players, hell all camp. Just trying to figure out where this guy came from," Elliott said.

Once the regular season started it was clear the Cowboys had found a hidden gem. Although the sack numbers won't dazzle you, seeing as he only registered 1.5, you could forget about running the ball anywhere near him. Woods has amazing quickness for a 300 pounder which allows him to extend his arms before offensive lineman can get a hand on him.

How significant is that? It becomes that much easier to bull rush and blow running plays up in the backfield.

When you can get your hands on an offensive lineman immediately when the ball is snapped, he's basically under your control. You can move him around like a puppet on a string. Essential for a 1-technique nose tackle. With that being said, there should be no surprise the Cowboys finished fifth against the run in 2018 with Woods manning the middle.

Woods draws a lot of double teams, and he handles them well. Having the ability to take on multiple linemen frees up your other playmakers. As the anchor in the middle, Woods made life a lot easier for not only his fellow defensive linemen but the team's two young star Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Allowing them to roam freely like Lions in the Serengeti makes running backs essentially Zebra's carrying the ball, cooked food. So much so that both tallied over 120 tackles and were the only teammates in the NFL to rank in the top 15 in that category.

There's nothing but upside with Antwaun Woods. He's only had 18 games of experience in three years. He's already a stud, but with limited snaps, it can only mean he'll be even more formidable going forward.

The Cowboys have a loaded defensive lineman group with around 15 bodies, plenty of competition. All signs point to him remaining the starter, but it's not guaranteed. Even with that being said I don't expect a complacency from Woods, especially with DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn looking like the only sure starters on the defensive line. Plus this is a contract year for him, so you know he'll be even more motivated as he tries to maximize his dollars. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg from this raw talent, setting up for a potential breakout year for him in 2019.



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