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Cowboys en Español: Predicción del Roster de 53 Jugadores 2018

Mauricio Rodriguez

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El football americano ha regresado, señores y señoras. Con todos los equipos de la NFL reportándose a sus respectivos training camps para comenzar sus entrenamientos y equiparse por primera vez en el año. El contacto empieza, las respuestas se encuentran y los jugadores se ganan su lugar en el roster de 53 jugadores.

Para celebrar el regreso de los Dallas Cowboys al campo (aunque sea un campo de entrenamiento) esta semana en Cowboys en Español les presento mi predicción anual de como se verá el roster cuando el equipo tenga que pasar de 90 a 53 hombres el primer día de septiembre.

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Quarterback (3)

A pesar de las críticas de muchos, la titularidad de Dak Prescott es incuestionable en términos del 2018. Sin embargo, los Dallas Cowboys podrían quedarse con sus otros dos quarterbacks hasta la temporada, tal como lo hicieron el año pasado con Kellen Moore y Cooper Rush.

Rush estará peleando su puesto como el segundo mariscal del equipo con el jugador seleccionado en la quinta ronda del Draft, Mike White. Si se decidirá esta batalla en training camp, pretemporada o hasta la temporada está por verse, pero me sorprendería mucho si los Jones dejan ir a cualquiera de estos quarterbacks jóvenes.

Tendrán que cargar con tres en el roster.

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Running Back (5)

  • Ezekiel Elliott
  • Rod Smith
  • Bo Scarbrough
  • Tavon Austin
  • Jamize Olawale (Fullback)

Rod Smith se ganó la confianza de ser el corredor #2 del equipo tras su papel en el 2017. Es capaz de hacer todo lo necesario para apoyar a Ezekiel Elliott con la carga en el juego terrestre. Bo Scarbrough, selección de séptima ronda en abril, tiene muchas posibilidades de ganarse un puesto como el tercer corredor del equipo.

Incluyo a Tavon Austin en esta categoría solamente porque, según el roster de la página oficial de los Cowboys, está listado como un corredor. Sin embargo, espero que su rol sea uno muy especial y que se utilice principalmente en el juego aéreo. Ya sea alineado como corredor, o alineado como receptor en la línea de golpeo.

Jamize Olawale remplazará a Keith Smith como el fullback del equipo y sus habilidades pueden resultarle más efectivas al equipo, brindando un toque de versatilidad atrapando pases. Buena adquisición de parte de los Cowboys.

Offensive Tackle (4)

Tanto Tyron Smith como La'el Collins son los titulares, como todos los sabemos. Pero aún así, Dallas logró mejorar mucho la profundidad de la posición con la adquisición de Cameron Fleming en la agencia libre. En caso de ver una lesión desafortunada, Fleming sin duda hará un buen trabajo.

Chaz Green consiguiendo un puesto en el roster es doloroso para muchos aficionados, pero la falta de otro tackle banca obligará a los Cowboys a darle otra oportunidad después del desastroso juego contra los Atlanta Falcons el año pasado.

Offensive Guard / Center (5) 

El novato más importante para los Cowboys esta temporada será Connor Williams. Seleccionado en la segunda ronda, Williams es el intento de la administración de regresar a la línea ofensiva a su nivel del 2014 o del 2016.

Marcus Martin es un buen banca para la posición de guardia. En caso de lesionarse Travis Frederick, parece que Joe Looney es la respuesta en la posición de centro. La línea ofensiva en general tendrá una mucho mejor profundidad que el año pasado.

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Wide Receiver (5)

  • Allen Hurns
  • Cole Beasley
  • Michael Gallup
  • Noah Brown
  • Cedrick Wilson

La única razón por la que veo a los Cowboys cargando cinco receptores en vez de seis, es porque me parece que Tavon Austin fungirá como receptor más de lo que pensamos. Los primeros tres nombres en esta lista son los que se perfilan como titulares, pero tanto Noah Brown como Cedrick Wilson pueden dar la sorpresa de tener roles importantes en el equipo.

Brown ya formó parte del roster el año pasado, pero en el caso de Cedrick Wilson, no muchos esperan que logré ser uno de los 53. Sin embargo, su habilidad como receptor "X" y el potencial que tiene para extender el campo me hacen pensar que dará una sorpresa en training camp y en pretemporada.

A pesar de que Terrance Williams es un veterano que podríamos considerar "seguro," es difícil imaginar que su falta de habilidad para brillar como un receptor #1 o #2 vayan a mantener su puesto a salvo de novatos con más potencial.

Tight End (3)

  • Geoff Swaim
  • Blake Jarwin
  • Dalton Schultz

Esta será sin duda la unidad con menos experiencia de todas en el equipo. Es notoria la falta de Rico Gathers en mi predicción, pero simplemente creo que ya es muy tarde para darle otra oportunidad. La titularidad, al inicio de la temporada, se peleará entre Geoff Swaim y Blake Jarwin.

Habiendo dicho eso, creo que el novato Dalton Schultz tiene lo necesario para ganarse el trabajo en un punto de la temporada. Es bueno en el juego terrestre, cosa que ayudará mucho a su causa.

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Defensive End (6)

Es una posición pesada para los Dallas Cowboys. De un lado, DeMarcus Lawrence jugará la mayoría de los snaps. Donde habrá más rotación es del lado derecho, donde Randy Gregory, Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton se repartirán mucho la bola.

Dorance Armstrong (novato) y Kony Ealy serán buenos jugadores de rotación que brindarán apoyo cuando se les pida. En este escenario, Charles Tapper es cortado. Sus lesiones lo han mantenido fuera del campo y es un jugador cuyo trabajo, lamentablemente, está en riesgo esta pretemporada.

Defensive Tackle (4) 

  • Maliek Collins
  • Jihad Ward
  • Datone Jones
  • Brian Price

Es de suma importancia notar que David Irving no será considerado en el roster por su suspensión. El no incluirlo en esta lista no quiere decir que no crea que formará parte de los Cowboys en el 2018. Dallas tendrá que comenzar sin él.

Hay preocupación alrededor de Maliek Collins, pero asumamos que estará sano para la primera semana. De ser así, es muy probable que comparta el campo con Jihad Ward, quien fue obtenido en el trade de Ryan Switzer y ha sorprendido en sus entrenamientos en Dallas. Datone Jones sorprendió la temporada pasada y Brian Price es un banca muy capaz.

Cabe mencionar que tanto Taco Charlton como Tyrone Crawford pueden apoyar en esta posición cuando sea necesario.

Jaylon Smith

Linebacker (6)

  • Sean Lee
  • Jaylon Smith
  • Leighton Vander Esch
  • Damien Wilson
  • Justin March-Lillard
  • Joe Thomas

Los primeros tres serán los titulares, pero los demás serán importantes. Damien Wilson es un buen linebacker de rotación que entrará seguido al campo. Tanto Justin March-Lillard como Joe Thomas ayudarán a la defensiva, pero principalmente espero que tengan un rol grande en equipos especiales.

En cuanto a Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch, me atrevo a pensar que los primeros dos serán los apoyadores en la defensiva "nickel." Cuando haya tres linebackers en el campo, se unirá Vander Esch.

Así mismo, espero ver a Jaylon Smith participar en la presión al quarterback opuesto muy seguido.

Cornerback (6)

  • Chidobe Awuzie
  • Byron Jones
  • Jourdan Lewis
  • Anthony Brown
  • Marquez White
  • Kam Kelly

Esta es una de las posiciones más emocionantes tras la llegada de Kris Richard a Dallas. Byron Jones se establecerá como un esquinero y probablemente se forme en uno de los extremos del campo. Parece que Chidobe Awuzie será el #1 del equipo y bien merecido.

En cuanto a Lewis, quien es pequeño para los parámetros de Richard, me parece el cornerback ideal para jugar contra receptores "slot."

Anthony Brown y Marquez White se ganan los puestos de profundidad y Kam Kelly llega sorprendemente al roster. Kelly es un novato no seleccionado en el Draft que puede ganarse un puesto en el equipo debido a su tamaño (prototipo para Kris Richard) y su habilidad para jugar como CB o como safety.

Safety (3) 

  • Jeff Heath
  • Xavier Woods
  • Kavon Frazier

Asumiendo que Kavon Frazier estará sano, así es como veo el grupo de safeties. Xavier Woods y Jeff Heath como titulares y Frazier en la banca. Sólo habrá tres en la posición, pero en caso de lesiones inesperadas, Kam Kelly podría cambiar de posición para llenar el hueco.

Es la posición más débil de los Cowboys, pero ojo con el talento de Heath y especialmente de Woods. Podemos estarlos subestimando.

Equipos Especiales (3)

  • Dan Bailey
  • Chris Jones
  • L.P. Ladouceur

Finalmente, los tres jugadores de equipos especiales. Aún con sus problemas del año pasado, Dan Bailey tendrá su trabajo más que asegurado para el 2018. Chris Jones es discretamente uno de los mejores punters en la liga y todos sabemos la leyenda que es L.P. Ladouceur. Ningún mal centro en toda su carrera.

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Estamos a semanas de la temporada regular de la NFL, pero queda un largo camino por delante. Todos estos jugadores tienen que ganarse un puesto en el equipo día tras día. Esta fue mi predicción anual de como se verá el roster al iniciar septiembre. ¡Díganme que piensan!

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Cole Beasley Key to Cowboys Passing Game Productivity?

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What most of us already knew was confirmed last Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide Receiver Cole Beasley is the Dallas Cowboys best receiver and is the key to the passing game productivity. He is not only the most productive, but the most consistent.

Cole Beasley isn't the tallest or the fastest and definitely doesn't look like a prototypical NFL receiver, but he showed last week against the Jaguars why opposing defenses have to account for him on every single play. He torched Jacksonville's top-ranked passing defense for 101 yards on nine catches and added two touchdowns, and it's that production that could help open up the entire passing game for the Cowboys.

It's painfully obvious Cole Beasley has been Dak Prescott's favorite target in the passing game since he took over the starting duties in 2016. Once opposing defenses figured that out they started to make things extremely difficult by bracketing Beasley in coverage and the passing game hasn't been the same since. But, that could be changing if the Jaguars game was an indication of what we might see moving forward.

Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan did a much better job of moving Beasley around to create favorable matchups against the Jaguars. I think we will see much more of that moving forward, but that likely means opposing defenses will once again try to take away Prescott's favorite target. That actually could end up helping the Cowboys passing game though.

Dak Prescott, Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

If opposing defenses indeed try to contain Cole Beasley like they've done in the past, it should help provide more opportunities for Dallas' other pass catchers. Spreading the ball around to several different receivers would not only help Prescott and the passing game, but also open up the entire offense.

We haven't really seen much of Allen Hurns or Michael Gallup this season, but both are more than capable of being more productive if they are seeing single coverage more often. That's what's likely to happen if defenses bracket Beasley in coverage once again. Both WRs need to be more involved anyway and Beasley's recent spike in production could help do just that.

Now, if defenses decide to try and cover Beasley one-on-one like the Jaguars did quite a bit of last Sunday, the Cowboys would be wise to take advantage of that mismatch. He simply can't be covered by a single defensive back because of his precise route running ability. He is that good.

Regardless of how opposing defenses try to handle/contain Cole Beasley, he is without a doubt key to the Dallas Cowboys passing game productivity. Just the threat of him on the field changes a defenses approach, which is why he is Dallas' #1  WR in my book. He absolutely has to be more involved moving forward, even if it is as a decoy.

Do you think Cole Beasley is the key to the Cowboys passing game productivity?



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How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7

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Well, what do you think now of America’s Team? Anyone who foresaw Dallas’s evisceration of the league’s No. 1 defense hailing from Jacksonville is a downright soothsayer. In case you were in a coma this past weekend, the Cowboys obliterated the Jaguars’ vaunted defense to the tune of a 40-7 massacre in which Dak Prescott tossed for 183 yards, two passing touchdowns and ran one into the end zone for good measure. When the dust settled Prescott had chewed up 82 yards on the ground and Ezekiel Elliott surpassed the century mark in rushing with 106 yards and a touchdown of his own.

It was a glorious day to be a Cowboys fan and it’s safe to say that America’s Team is back!

Or are they?

Dallas is in a three-way logjam for the top spot in the NFC East with the Redskins and Eagles, but the way they made mincemeat of the Jacksonville defense gives us all hope that more good things are in the cards soon.

Seventh-year WR Cole Beasley blew the doors off of the Jags secondary by catching nine passes on 11 targets for a pair of touchdown receptions and 101 yards. It was a season-high for Beasley and the fact that Prescott has no real top-tier targets after the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten makes it even more special.

This is a team that was not supposed to be able to move the ball through the air and, to be fair, hasn’t done much of it this season as evidenced by their 29th ranked passing game. But a little creative game planning by Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan paid dividends and the lingering specter of their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Texans in Week 5 was exorcised by the dominating victory.

What has gotten lost in the euphoria of Dallas’s week 6 win is their defense, as the Cowboys had three sacks, seven quarterback hits, and an interception by Jeff heath.

Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles was under siege and did not respond well to the pressure after establishing career highs in passing yards over the last two weeks leading up to this contest. But his opportunity to become the fifth NFL QB with three consecutive games of 375 passing yards or more evaporated in the heat of a blistering Dallas defense. Bortles ended the day with 149 yards, a TD and a pick.

As the Cowboys move on to Washington, we see that their success at home is only equaled by their struggles on the road. Dallas is now 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the highway. Buoyed off their stunning blitzkrieg of the Jags, we see that one of the most respected and trusted online sportsbooks in the industry, BetOnline has the Cowboys as 1 ½ point underdogs which is most likely a few points below what they would have been had they not won so convincingly last week.

Those who like to back up their football prognostications with cold, hard cash understand that Dallas is not only losing on the road but losing money for their backers in those contests. In those three losing games, Dallas is 0-2-1 against the spread but this week could be different. Against their divisional foes this week, Dallas is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 ATS versus Washington over the last two seasons.

The way this Cowboys defense is playing and the sudden explosion of Cole Beasley as a focal point of the passing attack, we could very easily see their first road win of the year.



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Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?

John Williams

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Should the Cowboys Make a Trade for These Oakland Raiders?

The trade deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the Dallas Cowboys, then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.

On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.

Amari Cooper is a good wide receiver, but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.

Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a tight end and a running back. Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.

Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your offense this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.

Jared Cook - Tight End

You've heard the adage, "if you can't beat em, join em." Well, this is the reverse of that. "If he always beats you, acquire him."

That's what Oakland Raiders Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.

Game Winning Jared Cook Catch Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

Uploaded by Kafin Walker on 2017-01-16.

That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in Cowboys Nation. It was a perfectly thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.

Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFC with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than Jon Gruden's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a Seattle Seahawks team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the playoffs.

At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.

No offense to Geoff Swaim, who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make Rico Gathers your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.

Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.

Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver

I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.

At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.

His numbers -- 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns -- would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.

Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.

Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the Miami Dolphins.

Jordy Nelson Can't Be Stopped w/ 173 Yards & 1 TD vs. Miami!

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Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past offseason so if you cut him in the 2019 offseason, you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 salary cap, but would get $7.2 million in savings.

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Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.

What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?

 



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