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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.

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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!

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Predicción del Roster de 53 Jugadores 2018" 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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NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The NFLPA and the NFL have reached an agreement to research alternative pain-management tools for the players. They'll form joint medical committees to study different strategies, among which will be the use of marijuana. It's important to make it clear that said committees will not be exclusively about marijuana, but a lot of different issues related to pain-management in the league. However, it'll likely be one of the most important aspects of their work.

Marijuana continues to be a highly debated topic and it's no different when discussing the NFL. Dallas Cowboys fans should be very familiar with the situation. Earlier this year, David Irving "quit" on football during an Instagram live stream while smoking weed. In the video, Irving talks about how he thinks it's better to be addicted to marijuana rather than certain medications used by NFL teams to treat their players.

Although David Irving is not an authority on substances, that is where all of this debate centers around. Throughout the league, players are given strong medication to deal with injuries and the physical pain of playing pro football. I'm not an expert either, but it's more than fair to say there's a strong argument here. Specially in a country where marijuana has already been legalized in 10 states and the trend points toward legalization continuing.

The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the NFL and NFLPA will expire after the 2020 season and how the league's drug policy looks like in the new agreement will be a huge factor for reaching a satisfactory CBA for both sides.

Of course, the fact that the NFLPA and the league are working together on such an important task doesn't mean we will see any immediate changes or that the NFL's ban on marijuana will be lifted anytime soon. Many big question marks will have to be answered before we hear about teams implementing this substance as a pain management tool.

For the Dallas Cowboys, this will be a relevant narrative down the line. Pass rusher Randy Gregory was reinstated after serving an indefinite suspension due to substance abuse prior to the 2018 season. After a dominant year, Gregory was suspended again by the NFL and it all points toward him sitting out this upcoming season and perhaps even more.

Even still, the Cowboys are still standing behind their 2015 second round pick. If the league ends up lifting its ban on marijuana, they'll have to decide what they will do with players already serving a suspension for this reason. Guys like Randy Gregory, for instance. If it's decided they'll be reinstated to the NFL, the Cowboys will sure be glad to have supported Gregory all throughout the process.

Last year, the pass rusher proved how effective he could be even with a short period of time training. Hopefully, the Cowboys are able to get him back on the field eventually, where's been consistently dominant. In the meantime, we'll see how recently acquired Robert Quinn does in Dallas.

The NFL won't be lifting its ban anytime soon, but it's good to know they're at least open minded to changing the league's policy and consider alternatives that could benefit the players' health. We'll see how these new medical committees work and keep you updated here at Inside The Star.

Tell me what you think about "NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?" 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!



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Should Cowboys Consider Trading for Disgruntled Packers S Josh Jones?

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Despite their insistence that upgrading the safety position was a top offseason priority, the Dallas Cowboys haven't really done much to improve the backend of their secondary. They did sign former Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals Safety George Iloka as a free agent and drafted Donovan Wilson in the sixth-round in this year's NFL Draft, but neither player looks like a clear-cut upgrade at this point. Fortunately, there's still time to find Xavier Woods' counterpart for 2019.

Xavier Woods is the only clear-cut starter at safety currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine as to who starts opposite him this season. With that in mind, the Cowboys should be keeping all of their options open, including acquiring players who get released or even making a trade for someone they like. The latter is what I want to talk about today.

A potential safety who could be put on the trade block that I'm kind of intrigued with is Josh Jones, who has reportedly requested a trade from the Green Bay Packers.

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Josh Jones clearly sees where he stands with the Green Bay Packers after they signed Adrian Amos in free agency and drafted Darnell Savage Jr. 21st overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, thus his absence from OTA's and trade request. He understands the business and knows he's not going to see the field much behind those two, meaning his best chance for playing time would be in a different uniform.

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Green Bay Packers S Josh Jones

It's not all that shocking Jones has requested a trade. Even before the Packers added Amos and Savage he wasn't receiving a lot of playing time. He's just never seemed to fit into what Green Bay was trying to do on the backend of their defense. It may be in the best interest of both parties to mutually part ways. This is where the Dallas Cowboys come in.

I believe Josh Jones is exactly the type of safety Kris Richard would like to pair Xavier Woods with on the backend of the Cowboys defense. He fits the criteria Richard likes in his defensive backs as far as size, length, and speed are concerned. And, he also has the kind of skill set/mindset to become that Kam Chancellor "enforcer" type of strong safety.

Josh Jones is at his best when he can play around the line of scrimmage, much like Chancellor was during his time with the Seahawks. But, Jones also has the ability to be a factor in coverage as well. The only real question here is whether or not he's an upgrade over the likes of Jeff Heath, George Iloka, and maybe even rookie Donovan Wilson?

In all honesty, I don't have the answer to that question. Josh Jones really hasn't received a fair opportunity to prove himself in his first two years in the NFL. I believe the skill set is there to start in the league, but there's not much there to back up that belief.

Personally, I'd be willing to part way with a late round pick if I were the Cowboys to acquire Josh Jones. I like the idea of bringing him in to work with Kris Richard and allowing him to compete for the starting job next to Xavier Woods. This is exactly the kind of low risk/high reward move Dallas likes to gamble on, and it could potentially pay off in a big way.

Where do you stand? Should the Cowboys consider trading for Josh Jones?



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How Can The Cowboys Force More Turnovers In 2019?

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2018 seemed like the beginning of a new era. A defensive era. For the first time in years the Cowboys were able to consistently lean on their defense during games, staying alive even as their offense sputtered and limped through stretches early in the season.

The defense was downright prolific some weeks. They carried the Cowboys to an inspiring home victory over the New Orleans Saints to put them in prime position to make the playoffs. They dominated the Wild Card game in key moments, making key stops and holding the Seahawks to just 22 points in the win. They featured one of the league's best individual pass rushers in DeMarcus Lawrence, an All Pro cornerback in Byron Jones, and one of the league's most exciting young linebacker duos.

For all of this success, this defense still lacked one thing. Takeaways.

The Cowboys forced only 9 interceptions in 2018, ranking 26th across the league. In fact, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was actually tied with Xavier Woods for the team lead in interceptions with just 2. When it comes to total takeaways the Cowboys' defense was a little better off, though, finishing 16th in the NFL.

Part of the "problem" seems to be their philosophy. The Cowboys have finished 26th, 24th, 27th, and 31st in interceptions dating back to 2015. They've also finished 9th, 25th, 18th, and 19th in team defense DVOA over that same stretch. Clearly there was an improvement in total defense in 2018, but neither their team defense nor ability to take the ball away has been strong since 2015.

The bigger problem, really, is a lack of luck. While this sounds like a cop-out, takeaways often do come down to just that. Of course putting yourself in the right place at the right time to benefit from a batted pass or overthrown ball matters, but those bounces finding the right hands is usually a matter of luck.

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Nov 30, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) returns an interception against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Turnovers are incredibly volatile year to year, and as much as you'd like your players to "make their own luck," randomness does play a part here.

You can certainly argue the Cowboys have done their best this offseason to increase their chances at takeaways, however. By trading for defensive end Robert Quinn, re-signing DeMarcus Lawrence, and adding talented players to the middle of their defensive line as well, Dallas has put an emphasis on getting after the quarterback and corralling the opposing running game. Putting pressure on quarterbacks can force them into quick decision making or bad throws, which could in turn breed interceptions.

This is far from guaranteed, though. Plus the Cowboys play against some of the league's top quarterbacks this year, which hurts their chances of taking the ball away further.

In the end the Cowboys will need both the skill of their pass rushers and defensive backs to put them in good positions, and luck to smile down on them, if they'd like to turn around their takeaway numbers in 2019. And after all, this demoralizing trend has to reverse itself at some point, doesn't it?



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