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Cowboys en Español: Proyección Final del Roster de 53 Jugadores 2018

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Por fin se acabó la pretemporada. Es hora de ver a los Dallas Cowboys y al resto de la NFL jugar partidos de verdad y enfrentamientos de impacto. Pero antes de eso, todos los equipos tienen que hacer una gran cantidad de recortes para llegar al número 53 de jugadores.

¿Quiénes se quedan? ¿Quiénes se van? Aquí mi proyección de como se verá el equipo este año:

Quarterback (3)

Cambios: ninguno

A pesar de tener una muy mala pretemporada, no creo que este equipo esté listo para dejar ir a Cooper Rush. Sin embargo, Mike White hizo lo suficiente para meritar un puesto en el roster y no se irá a ninguna parte. Los Cowboys se quedarán con ambos.

Traer a alguien externo podría ser una opción pero si quieren a alguien que realmente pueda contribuir, tendrán que gastar bastante, lo cual es algo que no veo a esta administración haciendo. Creo que la posición de queda igual y siendo honesto, me parece una buena decisión.

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Running Back (4)

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

Cambios: ninguno

Ezekiel Eliott y Rod Smith tienen sus puestos aseguradísimos. Lo mismo puede decirse de Jamize Olawale ya que fungirá como el fullback del equipo. Sin embargo, la pelea por el tercer puesto de corredor tomó lugar entre el novato Bo Scarbrough y el joven Darius Jackson.

Jackson volvió a los Cowboys después de pasar un rato en Cleveland e inesperadamente, dio batalla a Scarbrough. Mi predicción es que Bo se queda. Jackson tuvo una buena pretemporada, pero no sé si lo suficiente para arrebatarle el puesto al novato, quien no tuvo un mal agosto.

Offensive Tackle (4)

  • Tyron Smith
  • La'el Collins
  • Cameron Fleming
  • Kadeem Edwards

Cambios: Chaz Green fuera, Kadeem Edwards dentro

Cameron Fleming es claramente el banca #1 de Tyron Smith y La'el Collins. En la edición pasada deje a Chaz Green por darle el beneficio de la duda. Al final de cuentas, en el 2016 no se vio tan mal como en el 2017. Pero después de verlo jugar esta pretemporada, sería una enorme sorpresa (y para nada grata) ver a Green en el equipo.

Offensive Guard / Center (5) 

Cambios: Marcus Martin fuera, Parker Ehlinger dentro

Los Cowboys se llevan un golpe muy duro con la condición en la que Travis Frederick se encuentra. A pesar de que se teme la posibilidad de que Travis se pierda la temporada, el equipo podría no meterlo a la reserva de lesionados si sabe que puede volver pronto. El equipo seguirá adelante con Joe Looney como centro.

La novedad en el puesto de guardia es Parker Ehlinger, quien le brindará al equipo una profundidad que urgía. Lo mejor es que Parker vino a cambio del CB Charvarious Ward, quien probablemente no hubiera terminado en el roster de todas maneras.

Wide Receiver (6)

Cambios: Noah Brown y Cedrick Wilson fuera, Terrance Williams y Deonte Thompson dentro

Lo siento, Lance Lenoir. A pesar de tener un excelente training camp y una pretemporada decente, dudo que el receptor de 23 años se gane un puesto con los Cowboys. Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley y Michael Gallup serán los futuros titulares para Dak Prescott, seguidos de un cuerpo que podría considerarse una profundidad bastante decente con Williams, Thompson y Austin.

Otra ausencia notable es la de Noah Brown, quien creo que será designado a la reserva de lesionados.

Dalton Schultz

Tight End (3)

  • Geoff Swaim
  • Blake Jarwin
  • Dalton Schultz

Cambios: ninguno

Una vez más, mis disculpas a los aficionados de Rico Gathers. Mientras Swaim, Jarwin y Schultz progresaron y demostraron lo que tenían que demostrar, no creo que Gathers haya logrado lo que tenía que hacer. Para él, destellos de talento no serán suficientes.

Dudo muchísimo que en un esquema corredor como el de los Dallas Cowboys Gathers se salve del recorte. No todos los proyectos tienen que funcionar.

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Defensive End (5)

Cambios: Kony Ealy fuera

Los Cowboys sabían con quien contarían en esta posición, pero no esperábamos que demostraran lo que hicieron. Gregory parece listo para ser titular y tanto Taco Charlton como Dorance Armstrong dieron de que hablar.

Tyrone Crawford verá el campo jugando en dos posiciones distintas y eso ayudará mucho a la línea.

Defensive Tackle (5) 

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

Cambios: Antwaun Woods dentro

Una de las sorpresas más grandes de la pretemporada fue el éxito de Antwaun Woods con los Cowboys. Parece que ha garantizado su puesto en el roster. Además de eso, Price, Ward, Jones y Collins serán excelentes piezas como DT.

Eso sin mencionar el retorno de David Irving en la semana 5... que línea defensiva.

Linebacker (6)

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

Cambios: ninguno

Joe Thomas demostró que tendrá un rol mucho más importante de lo que creíamos pero tampoco olvidemos el valor que él, Wilson y March-Lillard traerán en equipos especiales. Todos queremos ver más del novato Vander Esch y sin duda lo haremos pronto.

Pero el show en la posición de LB será Jaylon Smith. Este es su año.

Cornerback (5)

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

Cambios: Kam Kelly a safety

No veo cambios en esta posición. Si bien el desempeño de Anthony Brown y Jourdan Lewis ha sido preocupante, esperemos que los titulares se mantengan sanos para cubrirlos. Chidobe Awuzie y Byron Jones podrían llegar a ser un duo de cornerbacks sorpresa en la NFL. Awuzie se ve como un Pro Bowler.

Cowboys Can't Afford Injuries to Travis Frederick or Jeff Heath

Safety (4) 

  • Jeff Heath
  • Xavier Woods
  • Kavon Frazier
  • Kam Kelly

Con Woods lesionado y Frazier un poco tocado, Kam Kelly se gana un puesto en el roster. Su versatilidad lo hace saltar entre los demás. Con Ward fuera del equipo, Kelly tiene su puesto un poco más seguro, pero los Cowboys podrían optar por otro defensivo joven como él. Woods y Heath serán los titulares, y serán mejores de lo que se cree.

Equipos Especiales (3)

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

Dan Bailey estará bien y Chris Jones es discretamente uno de los mejores punters en la liga. L.P. Ladouceur continuará con su racha de ningún mal centro.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Proyección Final 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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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