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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de Earl Thomas, la NFL Sigue Equivocándose

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de Earl Thomas, la NFL Sigue Equivocándose
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A un mes de que inicie el muy anticipado "training camp" en Oxnard, California, el equipo de los Dallas Cowboys sigue viéndose envuelto en rumores y reportes relacionados con el tres veces "All-Pro", el Safety Earl Thomas. El veterano de los Seattle Seahawks sigue buscando una extensión de contrato, amenazando con no asistir a los entrenamientos que comenzarán el 25 de Julio.

Desde aquel momento en el que Thomas se acercó a Jason Garrett tras eliminar todas las esperanzas de los Cowboys de entrar a los playoffs, los aficionados de los Cowboys han fantaseado con la idea de tener a uno de los mejores profundos vistiendo la estrella en el 2018.

Sin embargo, la agencia libre vino y se fue, y el Draft también. Y en este momento, Thomas sigue siendo un Seahawk.

Pero, ¿seguirá siéndolo? ¿Qué va a pasar si Seattle no cede y no le otorga la extensión que tan desesperadamente quiere? Es posible, probable diría yo, que algunos cuantos equipos se interesen en ofrecerle un trade a John Schneider (GM de Seattle).

Vimos a los Cowboys considerar darles una selección de segunda ronda en Abril y luego ofrecerles una tercera ronda, oferta que Seahawks ni siquiera respondió. ¿Estarán dispuestos Jerry Jones y compañía a intentar conseguir al muy aclamado safety una vez más?

Cabe mencionar, que no sólo se trata de que equipo quiere a Earl Thomas para el 2018. Lógicamente, cualquier equipo querría llevarse a uno de los mejores en la liga. El problema es que si se obtiene a Thomas, es porque se le dará una extensión inmediatamente.

Para darnos una idea, Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs) promedia 13 millones de dólares al año. Thomas pedirá una extensión similar, merecidamente.

Jason Garrett, Earl Thomas

Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett and Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas

No dudo que la administración esté dispuesta a entregar la selección de segunda ronda del Draft del 2019. Es la extensión cara la que me hace poner en duda un escenario en el que Earl Thomas juegue para Jason Garrett este año.

Además, ¿quién nos asegura que los Seahawks no prefieren quedárselo hasta que no tenga otra opción más que jugar? Thomas seguramente no quiere pasar tiempo fuera del emparrillado. A sus 29 años de edad, necesita probar de lo que es capaz si quiere recibir un contrato cuando se convierta en agente libre.

Estamos en un punto en el que pensar que el #29 será un miembro de los Dallas Cowboys es una esperanza muy optimista. Si tuviera que adivinar, diría que Thomas se queda en Seattle, sea por extensión o a la fuerza.

¿Y los Cowboys? Los aficionados del America's Team deberían de tener un poco más de fe en Xavier Woods y Jeff Heath. A pesar de que no se le acercan a Earl Thomas, son mejor que el promedio y podrán hacer un buen papel la próxima temporada.

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La NFL Sigue Equivocándose

El quarterback de los Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston recibió una suspensión de parte de la NFL después de que la liga concluyó que Winston violó la política de conducta de la NFL "tocando a la conductora de una manera inapropiada y sexual sin su consentimiento."

A pesar de la gran campaña de la NFL por suspender a jugadores culpables en temas de violencia doméstica y violencia sexual por seis juegos, Winston fue suspendido sólo por tres partidos.

Así es. Winston negoció con la NFL, prácticamente aceptando la culpa. Incluso pidió una disculpa a la conductora y la liga le redujo la condena a la mitad. Un año antes, vimos a la NFL lidiar con el tema de Ezekiel Elliott de una manera pésima, y ahora, francamente se nota que la liga sigue sin tomar una posición firme.

Dejando el tema de Elliott de lado, realmente la NFL no es congruente con sus políticas.

Verán, la NFL no investiga y suspende a sus jugadores por estos temas porque necesite hacerlo. Lo hace porque quiere hacerlo. Ni la NBA, ni la MLB realizan este tipo de investigaciones. Sin embargo, la NFL busca tener un "estándar" más alto que el resto de la liga.

Por esa misma razón, comenzó la política de suspender a los jugadores que hicieran esto por seis partidos. Pero Winston recibe tres por una negociación. Jarvis Landry no es suspendido por ningún juego, a pesar de que hay un video del incidente.

El mensaje "duro" que quiere mandar la NFL, se pierde en el momento en el que no se ejerce congruentemente. Y si no lo hacen, ¿cuál es el estándar más alto?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de Earl Thomas, la NFL Sigue Equivocándose" 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

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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

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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

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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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