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Cowboys en Español: Prediciendo el Récord de los Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott

La temporada de la NFL 2017 ha comenzado. Y aquí estamos, a dos días de ver a los Dallas Cowboys enfrentarse a los New York Giants en el primer Sunday Night Football del año. Una vez más, sobrevivimos la larga e interminable espera llamada "offseason". Así que antes de continuar, les deseo un muy feliz año nuevo.

Y antes de que los Cowboys busquen vengarse después de aguantar dos derrotas contra los Giants en el 2016, discutamos el calendario del equipo de Dak Prescott. Uno de los más complicados, sobre todo en la segunda mitad del año.

Pero antes de continuar, tengan en cuenta que esta predicción es diferente. ¿Por qué?

Porque mientras la mayoría de las proyecciones de victorias y derrotas allá afuera cuentan una suspensión de Ezekiel Elliott, esta no.

Mi primera predicción (antes de empezar con los juegos), y una que llevo compartiendo por un tiempo, es que Ezekiel Elliott jugará los 16 juegos de la temporada. Este viernes por la tarde, la corte anunciará que procede respecto a la petición que Elliott y la NFLPA pidieron para bloquear la suspensión de la NFL.

Y la verdad creo que Elliott y compañía lograrán conseguir que este caso se alargue hasta el 2018, similar a lo que ocurrió con Tom Brady.

Sin más, les comparto mi predicción de la temporada de los Dallas Cowboys. ¿Cuántas victorias? ¿Cuántas derrotas?

Ezekiel Elliott, Giants, Touchdown

Semana 1: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

¿Qué mejor que empezar contra un rival divisional? ¿Qué mejor que empezar la temporada contra el equipo que nos venció dos veces la temporada pasada? ¿En Sunday Night? ¿En casa?

La temporada pasada, los Giants fueron el equipo que supo explotar el hecho de que Dak Prescott era un QB novato y lograron atacarlo y limitarlo. Esta vez, Dak viene con un año de experiencia y sabrá que esperar. Una mejor química con Dez le permitirá atacar a una secundaria que lo hizo sufrir.

La defensiva de Dallas tendrá problemas, pero con Odell Beckham lesionado, la tarea será un poco más fácil. Contra una línea ofensiva deficiente de New York, es un juego que hablará mucho de la presión al QB de Rod Marinelli.

Resultado: 27-24, Cowboys

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Semana 2: Dallas Cowboys @ Denver Broncos

Sólo pensar en la última vez que los Dallas Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Denver Broncos hace que me emocioné. Las cosas serán muy diferentes esta vez. En vez de ver a Peyton Manning y a Tony Romo... estaremos viendo a Dak Prescott y a Trevor Siemian.

La defensiva de los Broncos es una de las mejores que los Cowboys verán este 2017. Liderados por Von Miller, los Cowboys no podrán anotar muchos puntos. La clave de este partido será Ezekiel Elliott (recuerden que esta predicción incluye a Elliott jugando toda la temporada). Correr la bola contra esta defensiva permitirá al equipo anotar lo suficiente.

Al igual que con los Giants, nuestra línea defensiva tiene lo suficiente para hacer un buen trabajo. Los Cowboys no anotarán mucho, pero los Broncos anotarán menos.

Resultado: 21-13, Cowboys

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Loss Begins With Success Of Giants' Defensive Line 1

Semana 3: Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals

Sin Ezekiel Elliott, este juego podría complicarse. Sin embargo, en un duelo entre un equipo lleno de jóvenes y uno lleno de veteranos, creo que los Cowboys serán demasiado para los Cardinals.

Lo que puede comenzar como un juego cerrado entre la ofensiva de Dak Prescott y la de Carson Palmer, puede ser un encuentro de muchos puntos. La mayor amenaza para los Cowboys es sin lugar a dudas el RB David Johnson.

La defensiva tendrá que encontrar una respuesta para poder ganar el partido. La línea ofensiva de los Cowboys es la clave para la victoria en esta edición de Monday Night Football.

Resultado: 28-20, Cowboys

Taco Charlton, Rams

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Semana 4: Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys

Wade Phillips visita a los Dallas Cowboys, esta vez como el coordinador defensivo de los Rams. Los Rams sin duda alguna tendrán una mejor temporada que el año pasado, pero este 2017 no van a a estar al nivel de los Cowboys.

Los Cowboys se llevan una victoria fácil contra un equipo en reconstrucción. Dos rosters con mucha diferencia entre ambos.

Resultado: 24-10, Cowboys

Aaron Rodgers, Packers

Semana 5: Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys

Los Packers... El equipo que ha eliminado a los Cowboys de playoffs dos de los últimos tres años llegan a Dallas hambrientos por una victoria.

La ofensiva de los Cowboys tiene todo para atacar a la defensiva de Green Bay y seguramente lo harán. Dak Prescott y compañía estarán buscando una venganza muy deseada... pero quizá tenga que esperar.

Si este juego fuera más tarde en la temporada, creo que los Cowboys tendrían una oportunidad de ganar. Sin embargo, a esta altura Dallas seguirá definiendo su secundaria y no estarán en condiciones de frenar a Aaron Rodgers. ¿Será en playoffs?

Resultado: 35-27, Packers

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San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys' Sean Lee (50) in the first half of an NFL game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group)

Semana 7: Dallas Cowboys @ San Francisco 49ers

Después de una semana de descanso para los Cowboys, enfrentarse a los 49ers no será una tarea difícil. Al igual que los Rams, un equipo en reconstrucción que estará en la pelea... por el primer pick del NFL Draft.

Diría que los 49ers pueden complicar las cosas con Brian Hoyer y compañía, pero los Cowboys vendrán de una semana de descanso y estarán listos para salir a jugar a otro nivel.

Resultado 30-13, Cowboys

Cowboys 2017 Roster Math: Defense

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of the Dallas Cowboys during the Cowboys 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

Semana 8: Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

Esta puede ser la primera sorpresa en el calendario de los Dallas Cowboys. Tras vencerlos dos veces la temporada pasada, este año puede ser un tanto complicado. La defensiva de Washington no podrá frenar a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.

Sin embargo, en un duelo de muchos puntos los Redskins se podrán llevar este juego en el último momento. Kirk Cousins y compañía sorprenden al equipo de Jerry Jones en su casa.

Resultado: 28-24, Redskins

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Semana 9: Kansas City Chiefs @ Dallas Cowboys

Los Chiefs tienen un equipo mejor de lo que parece, y será un duelo reñido para ambos equipos. Kareem Hunt emergiendo como un corredor de calidad, Tyreek Hill un receptor de velocidad y Alex Smith siendo mejor de lo que se espera serán una prueba dura para este equipo.

Además, la defensiva de los Chiefs no es cualquier cosa. Sin embargo, creo que los Cowboys encuentran la manera de mover el balón y limitar a Hill en lo profundo. Los Cowboys se llevaban una victoria, en otro encuentro cerrado.

Resultado: 20-17, Cowboys

Falcons

Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

Semana 10: Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons

La defensiva de los Falcons viene un poco mejorada, pero lo que me sigue preocupando es su ofensiva. Soy de la opinión que, siendo objetivos, de haberle ganado a Packers en Playoffs la temporada pasada, Dallas no hubiera podido contra la ofensiva de Atlanta.

A diferencia del grupo de receptores de los Giants, siento que para los Cowboys Julio Jones y compañía van a ser demasiado para esta secundaria. Los Cowboys también tendrán sus momentos, pero caerán ante los campeones de conferencia.

Resultado: 42-30, Falcons

Predicting Cowboys Team Leaders for 2017

Philadelphia Eagles free safety Rodney McLeod (23) and cornerback Nolan Carroll (22) defend as Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reaches up to catch a touchdown pass in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Semana 11: Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott y Carson Wentz nunca dejarán de ser un debate entre los aficionados. Sí, los Eagles traen un mejor grupo de receptores y yo espero ver mucha mejoría en Wentz. Sin embargo.

La defensiva de Eagles es decente, pero no se quien cubrirá a un grupo de receptores tan bueno como el de Dallas. Espero ver a Cowboys llevarse una victoria en contra de este rival tan odiado por todo Cowboys Nation.

No espero que sea fácil, como el año pasado tampoco lo fue. A pesar de que no creo que Wentz sea malo, estoy seguro que Dak Prescott es un mejor mariscal en la NFL.

Resultado: 24-17, Cowboys

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San Diego Chargers running back Danny Woodhead [39] eludes Dalllas Cowboys safety Dallas Church [42] and scores San Diego’s first touchdown of the 2015 NFL season.

Semana 12: Los Angeles Chargers @ Dallas Cowboys

Otro juego complicado para los Cowboys. En día de acción de gracias, Dallas recibe a la ofensiva de Phillip Rivers en su casa. Llegando de una semana corta, el juego será uno muy pesado y difícil de ver.

Creo que ambos puntos anotarán muchos puntos, pero creo que los Cowboys harán más daño a la defensiva de Chargers. De parte de Ezekiel Elliott, la ofensiva controlará el reloj y se llevará la victoria en un muy cercano encuentro.

Resultado: 28-24, Cowboys

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Semana 13: Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys

Tras sufrir una derrota en casa antes en la temporada, los Cowboys reciben a los rivales de Washington. Al igual que en su primer encuentro, este va a ser un duelo a morir.

El último equipo en tener el balón ganará el juego, mientras esto se convierte en un juego de posesión. Ezekiel Elliott logra mover las cadenas frecuentemente y finalmente, Dallas se venga de los Redskins.

Resultado: 35-27, Cowboys

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Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) scrambles away from New York Giants cornerback D. Rodgers-Cromartie (41) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

Semana 14: Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

Quizá los Cowboys sorprendan en la primera semana, pero ganarle los dos enfrentamientos a los Giants no será fácil. Cuando los Cowboys vuelvan a visitar a los Giants, las cosas serán diferentes.

La defensiva de Giants pondrá trabas a la gran ofensiva de Dallas, y los limitará a un duelo defensivo.

Mientras Dallas busca mantener el juego cerrado, esta vez Odell Beckham estará en el campo al 100% y tendrá esa jugada que cambiará el rumbo del partido. Esto no sólo impactará el record de esa semana, pero la carrera por el título de la NFC Este.

Resultado: 17-14, Giants

Semana 15: Dallas Cowboys @ Oakland Raiders

Uno de los juegos que más batalle para decidir... los Raiders son de los favoritos en la AFC, y sin duda son contendientes. Cuando los Cowboys se enfrenten a ellos en Diciembre, las cosas se pondrán feas.
Aún con Mack en el equipo, este duelo será uno ofensivo. Un tiroteo de muchos puntos tomará lugar en la última visita de los Cowboys a Oakland. Con un mejor grupo de receptores y un mejor corredor, Dallas se lleva la victoria porque tendrá más jugadas grandes.

Resultado: 38-28, Cowboys

Cowboys Headlines - Fox Sports Ranks "The Seahawks" As Biggest Challenge to Cowboys Super Bowl

Semana 16: Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys

En la penúltima semana de la temporada regular, los Cowboys se enfrentan con otro equipo que podrían volver a ver en Enero. Los Seahawks tendrán problemas ofensivos temprano en la temporada, pero para este punto ya serán considerados de los favoritos para el Super Bowl.

Con una defensiva de elite, tanto en la secundaria como en el frente, será un largo día para Dallas. Seattle es de las pocas defensivas que podrán neutralizar a Prescott y compañía y no espero que ganen este juego.

Resultado: 23-17, Seahawks

NFC East Ranked as Second Best QB Division

Oct 30, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) meet with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) after the game at AT&T Stadium. Dallas Cowboys won 29-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Semana 17: Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Eagles en la última semana de la temporada pasada, el QB del equipo fue Mark Sanchez... Sí, ganó Philadelphia pero sólo porque el tercer equipo de Dallas estaba en el campo.

Esta vez, los Cowboys no tendrán el sembrado #1 asegurado así que los titulares estarán ahí adentro. Si Jason Garrett logra barrer a un rival en esta división este año, será a los Eagles.

Resultado: 27-14, Cowboys

Los Cowboys no tienen un calendario fácil. Y un récord de 11-5 sería algo ideal para Jason Garrett y su equipo. Una cosa que se puede olvidar, es que este equipo ya no es lo mismo de antes... este equipo es un contendiente al Super Bowl y lo seguirá siendo por una buena cantidad de tiempo.

Feliz inicio de temporada... Go Cowboys.

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Cowboys Twitter Tuesday: Addressing the 2019 53-Man Roster

John Williams

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

For the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL, and the NFL fanbase, the waiting game for the start of training camp has begun. As Tom Petty says, "the waiting is the hardest part." The Dallas Cowboys go open training camp in about five weeks. The first preseason game is 53 days away and week one is less than three months away at this point. It's so close we can taste it.

Each week, I'll gather questions from you the Cowboys Nation community. Each week, we'll hone in on a specific topic based on your questions. So whether it's roster related, salary cap focused, or you have a fantasy football question, don't hesitate to send it to me on Twitter.

This week, we're going to take a look at the Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster.

jesus flores on Twitter

@john9williams Who contributed to last year's team that won't make this year's team?

The 53-man roster will be one of the more debated topics over the next couple of months as the Dallas Cowboys get ready for training camp and the preseason. Every year there are surprises and we should expect the same this year. The Dallas Cowboys have incredible depth through the roster and so there will be at least one name that doesn't make the final 53-man roster who had an impact in 2018.

To answer Jesus' question, I think the easy answer is one of the wide receivers be it Noah Brown, Allen Hurns, or Tavon Austin. This might be a hot take, but I'm going to go a different direction and say guard Xavier Su'a-Filo.

In 2018, Su'a-Filo started eight games for the Dallas Cowboys and though he started out strong for them midseason, his play tailed off before he was injured allowing Connor Williams to regain his starting spot at left guard. The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff loves position flexibility, especially along the offensive line. Su'a-Filo, though he's a solid backup guard option, doesn't have the ability to play multiple positions along the line like his teammates.

Connor Williams can play guard and tackle. Connor McGovern will get snaps at guard and center, and to hear him talk, he can play tackle as well, though that's probably a bit of a stretch. Joe Looney, the Dallas Cowboys starting center for 2018, has the ability to flex out to guard if you need him to.

Because the Dallas Cowboys will have difficult decisions to make at wide receiver and defensive line, they can afford to go light along the offensive line because of the flexibility of players like Williams, Looney, and McGovern.

Tommy on Twitter

@john9williams #CowboysQuestions do we extend Dak before game #1? How many WRs on 53?

I'm gonna leave the Dak Prescott question for another day and address the wide receiver question as several people asked about that position group in particular.

The wide receiver group is a really deep group. With Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, and Allen Hurns, it features three guys who've had at least one 1,000 yard season in their career. Michael Gallup is an ascending player. Tavon Austin is a really nice punt returner and offensive puzzle piece that can take the top off the defense with his downfield speed. I think four of those five are locks to make the roster.

According to Jeff Cavanaugh from 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, the team really likes Allen Hurns and his ability to play inside and outside in the formation. He's solid veteran depth at a low cost.

Then if you include Noah Brown's ability as a receiver and as a blocker, I think you have a very versatile and dangerous group in the passing game. Though the coaches really like Brown's ability to block in the run game, if they don't use him in the passing game, it tips their hand to the defense that the team is going to run. If they're going to keep him on the roster, they have to use him. It's a waste otherwise.

Brown and Hurns to me are on the roster bubble at wide receiver. Talented players like Cedric Wilson, Devin Smith, Jon'vea Johnson, Jalen Guyton, and Reggie Davis have all stood out at one point in time or another during OTAs and minicamp and will make the decision difficult for the coaching staff.

In my most recent roster projection, I had the Dallas Cowboys keeping six wide receivers; Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb, Tavon Austin, Allen Hurns, and Noah Brown. Being a team on the verge of contending for a Super Bowl, I think they go with veterans who can help them win now.

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That'll do it for this week's edition. Make sure to get your questions in via Twitter, or you can leave them in the comment section for next week's post. Also, don't forget to check out Inside The Star's newest podcast, Cowboys Weekly featuring Managing Editor Bryson Treece and Senior Writer Jess Haynie.



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Does Darius Jackson Have A “Puncher’s Chance” Of Landing On Final Roster?

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Darius Jackson, Bengals

Remember Darius Jackson?

The sixth round running back was an instant fan favorite of Cowboys Nation, as the fanbase hoped Dallas had found the explosive RB2 behind Ezekiel Elliott they needed in the very same draft. Jackson, however, had an up-and-down preseason in 2016 and ended up being waived from the team to make room for Darren McFadden later in the year.

Jackson has bounced around the league a bit since then, joining both the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers at different points. He's back with the Cowboys, however, looking to fight his way onto the team's final roster.

But does the fourth year running back have more than a puncher's chance to do so?

The Cowboys spent much of the 2019 NFL Draft rebuilding their running back depth. First, they drafted Memphis back Tony Pollard hoping to find a versatile and dynamic threat to compliment the workhorse that is Ezekiel Elliott. Then, in the seventh round, Dallas took another Ohio State running back in Mike Weber who fits more of the "traditional" running back form.

So with two new touted rookies behind the veteran Elliott, and fullback Jamize Olawale more than likely having a roster spot as well, there doesn't seem to be room for Darius Jackson on the Dallas Cowboys.

That didn't stop him from competing at OTAs, however. DallasCowboys.com named Darius Jackson one of their top ten "head turners" from the OTA practices, and considering that Mike Weber is banged up at the moment, Jackson will certainly have his opportunities to fight for that spot.

Still, the odds suggest that Darius Jackson will not be with the Cowboys come the Fall of 2019. Though he entered the league with some fanfare for a day three pick, his production has been more fitting of his draft grade than of his fan hype.

Jackson hasn't been the explosive player/receiving back that they're hoping Tony Pollard will be, nor has he been the every-down type backup runner that they seem to hope Mike Weber will be.

In the end, the Cowboys-Darius Jackson story is likely to close during this year's training camp.



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Cowboys Camp: Strong Safety Battle One to Watch

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When the Dallas Cowboys head to Oxnard, California for the start of training camp in late July, they'll have most of the roster settled. On paper, they're a team that doesn't have many holes on the depth chart.

They've added depth at every position and added playmakers on both sides of the football. On defense, there appears to be only one position where the starter heading into training camp may not be the starter come week one. Strong safety.

Veteran Safety Jeff Heath is currently running with the first team defense through the offseason portion of practices. George Iloka and Donovan Wilson were added to the strong safety depth chart featuring Heath and special teams ace Kavon Frazier.

While most teams would be excited about having a returning starter at the position, Heath's 2018 left a lot to be desired. Per Pro Football Focus, Heath missed 19 tackles on the season, which was second in the NFL. It seemed that Heath became more interested in attempting to strip the ball out of the ball carrier's hands than actually making the tackle, which became increasingly frustrating as he forced only a single fumble all season long. Though he had a lot of missed tackles, Heath did finish 15th in the NFL in Pro Football Focus' "stops," which are defined as a "play that results in a loss for the defense." Heath was third on the team in total tackles with 85 and tied with Jaylon Smith for third in tackles for loss with six.

The biggest competition for Heath at strong safety will be veteran George Iloka.

Signed to a one-year contract after spending time with the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings, Iloka comes to the Dallas Cowboys adding depth at free safety behind Xavier Woods. He also creates competition for Heath at strong safety, which should help Jeff Heath raise his game and get more consistent with his tackling. Iloka has experience and brings good size and length to the secondary, which should help them defend tight ends in the passing game.

Because of his injury, Kavon Frazier could see his playing time evaporate heading into 2019. If he's unable to get healthy and make an impression early, Frazier could miss out on the 53-man roster when the team makes their final roster cuts.

The player that stands to benefit the most from Kavon Frazier's injury, and the one I'm most interested in watching in the Dallas secondary the rest of the preseason is sixth-round draft pick, Donovan Wilson. The rookie from Texas A&M has made several plays in the secondary that stood out during OTAs. Here's what Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com had to say about Donovan Wilson during last week's minicamp.

"I haven’t written much about Donovan Wilson since rookie minicamp, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to mention a nice play he had during the two-minute drill. Kris Richard came with a blitz, which forced Cooper Rush to throw “hot” to Dalton Schultz. Wilson, from several yards away, saw Schultz look up and drove on the ball, arriving at the exact time it hit Schultz’s hands. With his left hand Wilson was able to drag the ball away, knocking it to the ground."

Bryan Broaddus - DallasCowboys.com

Wilson will be a player to watch in training camp. The Cowboys have had success finding defensive backs in the late rounds of the draft. Anthony Brown was a fifth-round pick in 2016 and Xavier Woods was a sixth-round selection in 2017. Now Wilson, with his aggressive and physical demeanor will have an opportunity -- this year or next -- to carve out some playing time in a secondary that needs more players who can create turnovers.

Strong safety is one of the few starting spots where there is actual competition for the incumbent starter. Pretty much every other position has returning starters locked into the starting lineup or, in Travis Frederick's and Robert Quinn's cases, a significant talent upgrade that makes them day-one starters.

The competition at strong safety should help everyone be better for the Cowboys in 2019. If Heath is able to hold off Iloka and Wilson to remain the starter, then he will have once again earned it. With the depth they have this season, including two guys who won't be liabilities in pass coverage, the Cowboys have options if Heath misses tackles in 2019 as he did in 2018.



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