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Cowboys en Español: Principales Necesidades Para el Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2018 NFL Draft: Understanding Cowboys Presence at Top Prospects' Recent Pro Days 1

Llegó abril, mes del NFL Draft. Los Dallas Cowboys se adentran a esta temporada después de una callada pero exitosa actuación en agencia libre, donde lograron mejorar su situación en la mayoría de las posiciones. Aún hay mucho en que trabajar y es tiempo de comenzar la discusión de qué necesitan los Cowboys en este Draft.

Entremos de lleno a revisar cuales son las principales necesidades del equipo.

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Safety

Los Cowboys siguen viendo su mayor necesidad en defensiva. Atendieron la posición de safety fue atendida levemente en la agencia libre con la contratación del ex-Bengal y Viking, George Iloka. Fue una buena adquisición, pero el equipo aún necesita una respuesta a largo plazo en la posición. Desde la época de Roy Williams, no ha habido una inversión seria en un safety en Dallas. Es tiempo de que eso cambie.

A menos de que haya sorpresas, debe de haber más de un safety bueno disponible cuando los Cowboys estén en turno con el pick #58 del año. Entre sus 30 visitas se encuentran seis safeties hasta el momento.

Xavier Woods ha impresionado desde que llegó al equipo como una selección tardía, pero Jeff Heath no ha demostrado ser un titular confiable en la NFL. Tiene talento y muchas jugadas impresionantes, pero le hace falta ser constante. Comete muchos errores dentro de la caja y en cobertura. Es tiempo de obtener a un novato que tome su puesto.

Defensive Tackle

Otra posición que fue levemente atendida en el NFL Draft es la de tackle defensivo. Los Cowboys necesitan ayuda en esta posición urgentemente. A diferencia de la posición de safety, hay talento en Dallas en DT. Antwaun Woods fue una sorpresa placentera el año pasado, ganándose un rol muy importante en una de las mejores defensivas que hubo en la liga. Maliek Collins retomó un muy buen nivel de juego y el equipo cuenta con poca profundidad incluyendo al versátil Tyrone Crawford y las contrataciones recientes.

Sin embargo, un novato de calidad podría complementar a la perfección el duo de caza cabezas que el equipo espera tener con DeMarcus Lawrence y Robert Quinn.


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Defensive End

Puede que esto suene como una exageración, siendo que Dallas tiene a Lawrence y a Quinn. Sin embargo, Quinn llega a los Cowboys con un contrato de un año y tendrá 29 años cuando la temporada comience. Si quieren libertad el próximo año, buscar un caza cabezas para jugar opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence es una necesidad.

Esta me parece una posición que el equipo atendería si al estar en el reloj, el mejor jugador disponible en su tabla sea un defensive end. De otra manera, no imaginaría al equipo apresurándose a tomar uno. Pero uno nunca puede tener suficiente presión al quarterback en su roster.

Wide Receiver

Traer a Randall Cobb por un año y cinco millones de dólares fue una victoria para la ofensiva de Dak Prescott. Cole Beasley se fue a Buffalo pero habrá un buen reemplazo en el slot con el ex-Packer. Con Amari Cooper y Michael Gallup, esta posición podría ser una muy fuerte.

Pero buscar a un receptor en el Draft no es nada descabellado, sobre todo si hablamos uno que incluya valor en equipos especiales. Personalmente, no me gustaría que el equipo atendiera esta posición temprano en el Draft, a menos que un muy buen jugador estuviera disponible.

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Corredor (#2)

Los Cowboys tienen a Ezekiel Elliott. No se necesita un corredor titular. Lo que si se necesita es un jugador que le pueda quitar el peso de encima a Zeke. Con Rod Smith en la agencia libre, Dallas probablemente busque a un novato tarde en el Draft para ser el #2 en la posición de running back para Dallas.

Elliott no tarda en querer una extensión y si bien su talento lo justificaría, es tiempo de que el equipo sepa quitarle un poco de su carga para asegurarle una carrera duradera en la NFL. Sabemos lo exigente que es ser un running back en la liga y no sería prudente continuar sólo con él.

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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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Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie Becoming a Red Zone Liability?

Brian Martin

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Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie Becoming a Redzone Liability?

Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie is arguably as talented as just about any defensive back in the NFL. He still young and has quite a bit he can do to improve his game, but there's no denying his talent. One of the things he may need to work on right now is his awareness and discipline in the red zone.

In back to back games No. 24 has been caught out of position and as a result surrendered points in the end zone. Just this last Sunday he gave up a two point conversion to Minnesota Vikings Tight End Kyle Rudolph. The week prior he gave up a touchdown catch to New York Giants Wide Receiver Cody Latimer.

Does this make him a liability in the red zone?

I know if I've noticed Chidobe Awuzie getting victimized in back to back weeks in the red zone opposing offensive coordinators around the league have done the same. As a result, they're going to test Awuzie to find out if they can have the same kind of success.


Chidobe Awuzie

Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie

If I'm Kris Richard I'm personally going to be working on making sure Chidobe is fully aware he needs to be more disciplined with his play, especially in the red zone. He's been caught out of position in back to back games and that can't be something that continues from here on out.

I'm sure Awuzie would tell you himself this is something he needs to clean up. He takes pride in his abilities and knows he can still improve. Hopefully he can take it to heart and better prepare for what's to come. Whether that means just executing his assignments better or maybe studying a little more film. It's up to him to figure out what he needs to do.

As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned though, they may need to start giving him a little more help over the top if this is something that continues. And if worse comes to worse, they can always see if Jourdan Lewis or Anthony Brown can be more consistent. I doubt it would come to that, but it is an option.

I for one am hoping No. 24 will just hunker down and figure out what he needs to do in order to take his game to the next level. If he can do that the Cowboys defense will be much better for it. I don't know about you, but I will be keeping a close eye on him for the rest of the season.

Do you think CB Chidobe Awuzie has become a red zone liability?


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Maliek Collins has a Breakout Opportunity Against the Minnesota Vikings

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It's been a quiet 2019 for one of the Dallas Cowboys' preseason breakout candidates, Maliek Collins. Heading into training camp, and then the regular season, Collins was the healthiest he'd been at any point in his previous three seasons. That combined with another year in the NFL, led many to believe that Collins could become a dominant 3-technique defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys. Collins has been good, but perhaps not as productive as many might have predicted.

On the year, Maliek Collins has three sacks, which is third for the Dallas Cowboys behind Robert Quinn and DeMarcus Lawrence. Per Pro Football Focus, Collins is tied for 17th in the NFL among interior defensive linemen. Tied for 17th might not sound very good, but when the league leader in sacks among interior defensive linemen has just six, Collins isn't far off from threatening for the league lead. In fact, Maliek Collins is tied with All-Pro Defensive Tackles Fletcher Cox, Chris Jones, and Geno Atkins in sacks.

In total pressures, Collins is tied for eighth in the NFL per Pro Football Focus with 27 along with Quentin Jefferson and Vita Vea.

Though he's not racking up a ton of tackle this season, Collins has been excellent as a pass rusher. On Sunday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings, he'll have a tremendous opportunity to build on his first-half numbers.


Against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football, Collins has an enormous opportunity. Among quarterbacks with at least 196 drop backs, Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been under pressure at the fourth highest rate in the NFL. His 40.8% pressure rate is only better than Daniel Jones, Russell Wilson, and Sam Darnold.

Vikings Guard Pat Elflein has allowed five sacks on the year, which is tied for the third most in the NFL this season among interior offensive linemen and his 20 pressures allowed is tied for eighth. When Maliek Collins gets an opportunity to line up across from Elflein, he's going to have a chance to get home.

With teams having to pay so much attention to DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and newcomer Michael Bennett, Collins should be freed up to face more one-on-one blockers.

Collins hasn't had a bad season by any stretch of the imagination, but he hasn't necessarily been the dominant player we thought he could be after his strong preseason. That perception could change when the Dallas Cowboys play the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. The opportunity is there for Collins, he just has to seize it.


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Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Quietly Having a Good Season

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Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Quietly Having a Good Season

The Dallas Cowboys started to get the return on their investment of Jaylon Smith in a major way in 2018. He finished with 121 tackles (six tackles for loss), four sacks, four passes defended, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.

With that type of production comes lofty expectations. Dak Prescott is off to the best start of his career, All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott has found his groove with three consecutive 100-yard performances, and Amari Cooper is on pace for his best season as a pro. However, quietly, Smith is on pace to have the best season of his young career so far.

In the season opener vs the New York Giants, the Cowboys completely dominated the game virtually from the start defensively. After a touchdown on their first possession, the Giants were shut down and only scored 10 points the rest of the game. Smith would register only six tackles for the game but the Cowboys were up as much as 25 points so it wasn't really necessary for him to ball out in this contest.

Week 2 vs the Washington Redskins on the road was another solid effort defensively for the Cowboys. They held the Redskins in check behind Smith's team-leading 11 tackles as the Cowboys only allowed 255 yards of offense and two conversions on nine third downs.

The Miami Dolphins came to town in Week 3 as the Cowboys looked to improve to 3-0. The Dolphins offense never got on track as they only managed 283 total yards, went a pedestrian three of 15 on third down, gave up three sacks, and scored six points. Smith once again led the team in tackles with 10 and also forced a fumble in the red zone that was recovered by All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence when the Dolphins were driving to take the lead before halftime. Very productive game for Smith in this one.

Week 4 was a defensive battle between the Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football. The Saints came out on top 12-10 giving the Cowboys their first loss but one of the bright spots was the play of Smith. All around it was one of his better performances of the season with nine tackles (two tackles for loss), one quarterback hit, and a sack. This performance gave him 30 tackles over a three-game span which is his best stretch of the 2019 season.


The Green Bay Packers arrived at AT&T Stadium in Week 5 having won three consecutive games there, and it was quickly apparent they would win their fourth straight. The Cowboys had two turnovers on their first three possessions that led to two touchdowns for the Packers and the Cowboys never recovered. Despite holding Aaron Rodgers to zero touchdowns the Cowboys gave up a career day to Aaron Jones with 182 all-purpose yards (107 rushing, 75 receiving) and lost 34-24. Smith finished with nine tackles (tied Leighton Vander Esch for the team lead), one quarterback hit, one pass defended, and a sack. In a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated Smith was one of the few bright spots for Dallas.

The Cowboys entered Metlife Stadium for their Week 6 matchup with the New York Jets completely spiraling and it wouldn't get any better. Defensively, the Cowboys started flat by allowing 21 points in the first half. Even though they only allowed three points in the second half, Sam Darnold had a career-high 338 yards and the Jets handed the Cowboys their third consecutive loss. This would be Smith's most underwhelming performance of the season with a pedestrian four tackles. None of the impactful plays we saw from the previous three games showed up in this one.

Before the bye week, the Cowboys hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle for first place in the NFC East. Smith wasted no time making an impact in this game as he forced a fumble by Tight End Dallas Goedert on the Eagles first possession near midfield which set up the Cowboys first touchdown. This set the tone for the entire defense as they held the Eagles to 283 yards total yards, only allowed 10 points and forced four turnovers. Smith tied Sean Lee and Jeff Heath for the team lead with seven tackles while also registering a pass defended and a forced fumble. Just the type of performance you'd hope for from Smith after his worst game of the season.

This past Monday night saw the Cowboys return to Metlife Stadium but this time they would take on the arch-rival New York Giants. Smith spearheaded a dominant performance by the Cowboys defense as they held the Giants to 271 total yards, five out of 16 on third down, and forced three turnovers. He finished tied with Lee for the team lead with 12 tackles while also adding a half-sack and a quarterback hit. With the Eagles on the Cowboys heels for the division lead, they needed their best players to perform vs the Giants and Smith definitely delivered on his end.

Jaylon Smith is currently on pace for 136 tackles and five sacks which would both be career highs. In five of the Cowboys eight games, he's either led or been tied for the team lead in tackles. He has continued to show that he's worth every penny of the five-year 64 million dollar extension with 35.5 million in guarantees he signed in August. His "Clear Eye View" has him playing the best football of his career in 2019.

 


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