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Cowboys en Español: Inicia el Training Camp, Recapitulando la Semana

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Inicia el Training Camp,

Hay un punto al final de cada temporada de NFL, en la que todos los aficionados se preguntan lo mismo... ¿Cómo sobreviviré siete meses sin un partido de football americano? Es difícil, en verdad lo es. Claro, tenemos el NFL Draft, la agencia libre, minicamp y los OTAs. Pero simplemente no es lo mismo que un juego de 60 minutos entre dos equipos.

Pero así es, el olor a NFL está en el aire. Training camp ha comenzado y no hay nada como ver a nuestros jugadores favoritos entrenando equipados y teniendo contacto. Y así es, estamos oficialmente a una semana de ver un partido de americano.

Nuestros amados Dallas Cowboys se enfrentarán a los Arizona Cardinals en el juego anual del Salón de la Fama. Básicamente no veremos a ningún titular, sólo será un juego de pretemporada... pero creo que hablo por todos cuando digo que con eso nos conformamos.

Antes de ese juego, los Cowboys se preparan con lo que ha sido un training camp ridículamente entretenido. Sin más, recapitulemos lo que ha sido una semana llena de historias en el mundo de los Dallas Cowboys.

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Leave Lucky Whitehead In Dallas, Won't Play Giants On SNF

La Mala Suerte de Lucky

El drama de la semana se lo llevó una vez más nuestro equipo, esta vez en la forma del WR Lucky Whitehead. Quien, a pesar de su apodo, no parece tener tanta suerte. Vamos a darle un vistazo a su semana:

  • Lunes: Tras robar una tienda en Junio y faltar a una cita el 6 de Julio, se levantó una orden para el arresto de Whitehead. Fue cortado el mismo lunes por los Cowboys.
  • Martes: La policía declara que tenían a la persona equivocada y que Lucky Whitehead no es el hombre que buscaban. Wow.
  • Miércoles: Lucky es firmado por los New York Jets. ¿Habrá sido esto lo peor de su semana?

Esto llevó a los Cowboys, sobre todo a Jason Garrett y Jerry Jones a ser criticados por la media nacional. Todo por un receptor que ni siquiera iba a terminar en el equipo al finalizar la pretemporada.

Y es algo que se entiende. Primero que nada, estamos hablando de los Dallas Cowboys, la franquicia más popular en la NFL. Segundo, es un equipo que ha tenido bastantes problemas este offseason, y no habían cortado a ningún jugador que tuviera este tipo de problemas... y cuando lo hicieron, lo hicieron con Whitehead, el que no era culpable.

Pero seamos justos, los Dallas Cowboys no se iban a quedar con Whitehead. No fue más que un jugador que intentó llenar el hueco de Dwayne Harris y que falló en muchos niveles. No fue lo que se esperaba en equipos especiales, y apenas tuvo nueve recepciones en su dos temporadas en el equipo.

Con Ryan Switzer listo para reemplazarlo, los Cowboys no tenían ninguna razón para querer ese ruido encima de todo lo que ya tienen. Además, según varios reportes, Whitehead ni siquiera tenía una historia concreta y no era la primera vez que tenía problemas de comunicación con el equipo.

Si, Whitehead tuvo muy mala suerte, pero los Cowboys no son malas personas por haber hecho lo que hicieron. Es la NFL, y no hay que olvidar que es un negocio, y uno frío por cierto.

Jaylon Smith Prometedor en Su Primer Training Camp

Ya que atendimos el gran drama de la semana, ahora podemos pasar a lo que realmente importa: football.

Hemos esperado tanto la llegada del training camp para obtener la respuesta a muchas de nuestras preguntas. A pesar de que no han sido completamente contestadas aún, hemos visto bastantes cosas que nos han gustado.

Cowboys Trainer Britt Brown Clarifies Some Things About Jaylon Smith

Sin duda, la atracción principal ha sido el LB Jaylon Smith a quien por fin lo vimos totalmente equipado. Y creo que verlo tener contacto en la primera práctica con todo el equipamiento es razón para hacer a todos los aficionados felices.

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Jaylon Smith https://t.co/qybHOFzFFl

En algunos vídeos, Jaylon parece lento y en otros todo parece estar más que bien. Creo que le ha ido mejor de lo que todos esperábamos y todos estamos contentos de verlo entrenar así. Quizá esté listo para contribuir al equipo desde las primeras semanas, quizá tenga que esperar un poco.

Puede que su nervio no esté al 100% hasta dentro de 6-9 meses, pero quizá Jaylon Smith ni siquiera tenga que tener su nervio completamente regenerado para tener un impacto en la defensiva.

Buena Semana Para Los CBs Novatos

Las selecciones de segunda y tercera ronda de los Dallas Cowboys tuvieron una buena semana. Chidobe Awuzie en el campo, y Jourdan Lewis en su juicio.

Los Cowboys recibieron excelentes noticias cuando Lewis fue declarado "no culpable" del caso de violencia doméstica en el que estaba involucrado. Dallas se robó un talento de segunda ronda (unos dirían que de primera) en la tercera ronda. Por fin parece que un riesgo tomado por este equipo rinde frutos.

Awuzie ha generado muchas menciones estas semanas, pues el CB ha tenido un excelente training camp y hasta se ha llevado intercepciones.

No muchos novatos son titulares en su primera semana, pero no sería una sorpresa que Chidobe lo lograra. Con una secundaria que a pesar de prometedora, tiene signos de interrogación, sería ideal que los Cowboys contaran con estos dos novatos al enfrentarse a los NY Giants el 10 de Septiembre.

Algunas Noticias...

Nota: Para empezar la temporada del 2017, cada semana incluiré esta sección para cubrir noticias extras en el mundo de los Dallas Cowboys, así como una frase semanal que se gané un lugar en Cowboys en Español.

Frase de la Semana

"Hago que estos tipos lo prueben y lo muestren. Él ha marcado todas las cajas." -Jason Witten hablando de Dak Prescott en Sirius XM NFL Radio.

¿Estás listo para ver el primer partido de los Dallas Cowboys la próxima semana?

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2018 Draft Class Season Review: LB Leighton Vander Esch

Kevin Brady

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Leighton Vander Esch Lands on List of NFL's Top 10 Rookies

As the first round draft pick of America's Team, any player would be under a ton of pressure from all angles. Whether it's from the fans on the outside or the organization on the inside, the expectations around being a first round pick for the Cowboys are immense. But the pressure placed upon linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, from the second he was announced as the 19th overall draft pick, was second to none.

It felt like Cowboys Nation let out a collective groan when Vander Esch was taken, with fans hoping for a more glamorous first round selection. Someone like wide receiver Calvin Ridley or edge rusher Harold Landry would've done the trick, but after Vander Esch's rookie season it's hard to imagine either of those players would have had the impact Vander Esch did in 2018.

Though he didn't start a game until week 4, and didn't become the unquestioned full-time starting WILL until week 10, Vander Esch earned Pro Bowl honors for his rookie season. Tallying 140 total tackles and 2 interceptions, Vander Esch made his presence felt week in and week out.

No counting stats can fully measure Leighton Vander Esch's impact as a rookie, however.

Prior to the 2018 season, the Cowboys defensive success often came down to the health of Sean Lee. When available and playing at his best, Lee led an overachieving Cowboys defense to solid performances each week. But, when Lee went out (as he often did), the entire Cowboys defense seemed to fall apart.5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

This year, though, that all changed. When Sean Lee was out with injury the Cowboys defense got better. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith became a versatile, hard hitting tandem the NFL immediately feared, and helped to direct the Cowboys defense to signature wins throughout the 2018 season.

There are arguments against taking any off-ball linebacker in the first round, as the value of the position has been questioned due to the new style of offense in the NFL. Nowadays linebackers are relegated to two-down players, taken off the field in favor of faster defensive backs on critical passing downs.

Leighton Vander Esch is athletic enough to be both an old school run stopper, but also a three down linebacker in today's fast paced NFL.

Despite the doubts which surrounded the pick, the Cowboys absolutely nailed their first round selection in 2018. And Leighton Vander Esch made Dallas' front office look like geniuses each and every Sunday.



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What Is The Cowboys Most Pressing Offseason Need?

Kevin Brady

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Finishing their season with a Division Round loss, Dallas Cowboys fans are getting a somewhat late start on the 2019 offseason. Of course, we'd much rather a later start, but the results are what they are.

Now Dallas must get better, and re-tool before heading into Dak Prescott's fourth season, and the Cowboys' 2019 campaign. Though they didn't feel all that close to a championship this season, looking around the roster, it's actually tough to identify one key need the Cowboys must address.

They are filled with young, talented players that they have high hopes for across the board. And in the places they are "older," such as across the offensive line, they have established veterans who aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So what is the Cowboys' most pressing offseason need?

Well, despite already using their 2019 first round pick to address it, the answer very well might be wide receiver.

Adding Amari Cooper midseason provided a massive jolt to the Cowboys previously anemic passing attack, but on his own he is not enough to take this passing game to where it needs to be to compete in this new NFL.

Third round pick Michael Gallup is going to be a very good pro, and progressed really well as his rookie season went on. I think he can play opposite Amari Cooper nicely, and be the number two option in the passing game going forward.

Though arguably their best wide out against man coverage, Cole Beasley is a free agent, and if the reports are true about Scott Linehan returning in 2019 it could very well mean Beasley will not be opting to sign back with Dallas.

Regardless of Beasley's decision, however, the Cowboys need to seriously evaluate their pass catchers heading into next season.

This is a passing league. The rules have dictated that you must be able to pass the ball efficiently if you want to compete with the best of the best around the NFL. To take the next step in their progression, and reach an NFC title game and/or Super Bowl, Dak Prescott will need to have as explosive a group of pass catchers as possible.

The Cowboys have already taken solid steps to making this a reality, but another move or two this offseason could go a long way to putting Dallas in the conversation with teams like the Rams and the Saints in 2019.



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3 Things We Learned About The Dallas Cowboys In 2018

Kevin Brady

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Sean's Scout: Starting Front 7 Sets Tone Early, Cowboys Depth Falters in Loss to Bengals 1
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Coming into the 2018 season, loads of questions surrounded the Dallas Cowboys and the future of their roster.

Could their defense stay intact when the annual Sean Lee injury occurred? Was Kris Richard going to lead the Cowboys young secondary to places we thought they could be? And would Dak Prescott earn a contact extension and become the official franchise quarterback of America's Team.

Of course, there are tons of other questions that may have gone unanswered, but these three critical areas seem to find clarity in 2018.

Leighton Vander Esch And Jaylon Smith Are Legit

The Dallas Cowboys caught a lot of flack for their selection both of these linebackers, each for different reasons.

When they snagged Jaylon Smith in the second round of the 2016 draft, it was still unknown to the public if Smith could ever even play football again. When they took Leighton Vander Esch 19th overall last April, fans questioned how valuable an off-ball linebacker would be on a defense that already had Sean Lee.

Well, after their first full season together, it's easy to say that both Vander Esch and Smith are the linebacker options of the future in Dallas. Named to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season, Vander Esch took the world by storm in 2018. When Lee went down, he was there to not only fill his shoes, but to outplay the veteran all year long.

What is fun to consider is that as good as Vander Esch was this season, Jaylon Smith might be even better. Both posses insane sideline to sideline pursuit ability, and are some of the surest tacklers in all of football.

Watching these two grow together will be a pleasure over the coming seasons.

Their Young Secondary Is Coming Together

Like their linebackers, the Dallas Cowboys secondary is a young group, who fans are excited to watch grow throughout the years. It seemed like more pressure sat on the shoulders of young cornerbacks Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie than of Smith and Vander Esch, however.

With Kris Richard joining the staff and making the decision to move Jones to cornerback full time, it was do-or-die for the former first round pick. Byron Jones answered all the doubters, earning not only a Pro Bowl selection but also First Team All Pro honors for his performance.

Opposite him, Awuzie had a rough start to his sophomore campaign. While typically right there in coverage, wide outs too often made contested catches over him. Over the final few weeks of the year, however, that changed and Awuzie played some of the best football yet.

Xavier Woods, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis (in much fewer snaps) all had fantastic seasons as well, giving the Cowboys great hope and confidence in their secondary moving forward. They may need to add another safety during the offseason, however, though Jeff Heath remains more than just a viable option.

Dak Prescott Is Here To Stay

Whether or not you think it's justified, Dak Prescott is the quarterback of the future in Dallas. And he earned that right the back-half of 2018 and during the postseason. After a shaky start to his 3rd season, Prescott turned things around nicely, leading the Cowboys to a 7-1 finish to the regular season.

Prescott played the best football of his young career down the stretch, and showed just how valuable he is both on the field and in the locker room. It seemed like every game he made 2-3 winning plays that put the Cowboys over the top that afternoon.

Dak is going to get a contract extension, and will be locked in as a Cowboy for the foreseeable future, and with the way he played the final 10 games of his season, I can't second guess this decision much at all.



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