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Cowboys en Español: Proyectando el Roster de 53 Jugadores

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Roster: Lista de jugadores que conforman el equipo. El límite es de 53 jugadores. 

La agencia libre, el NFL Draft poco a poco quedan detrás de nosotros. Los equipos parecen estar listos para llevar a cabo todos los entrenamientos que ocurren antes del inicio de la temporada de la NFL.

Para los aficionados esta espera siempre parece interminable y puede hacernos sufrir un poco. Para los entrenadores es una época ver como harán funcionar a su equipo. Y para los jugadores, todos están intentando ganarse un lugar en el roster de 53 jugadores en la NFL. Mientras algunos veteranos o algunas estrellas ya tengan sus lugares básicamente asegurados, hay muchos puestos que están disponibles.

Esta es mi proyección, muy temprana, a como se verán los 53 puestos de los Dallas Cowboys. No me cabe duda de que algunas situaciones resultarán polémicas, pero el objetivo de esta proyección es explorar un poco algunas opciones. Me encantaría saber lo que piensan ustedes en los comentarios.

Quarterbacks: 2

Es un poco raro no ver el nombre de Tony Romo aquí. Después de verlo tantos años, tenemos algo diferente. Quizá ver nada más a dos nombres aquí nos causa un poco de preocupación y probablemente Dallas busque añadir a alguien más antes de que inicie la temporada.

El problema es ¿quién? y ¿cuándo? Por eso creo que con Dak Prescott como titular, los Cowboys se dirigirán a Septiembre con él y con Kellen Moore como un suplente. Quizá Moore no nos parezca ideal, pero tendremos que contar con la salud de Dak.

Running Backs: 4

Sinceramente, antes del NFL Draft pensé que Dallas buscaría un corredor en las rondas tardías. Incluso se habló que antes de seleccionar a Ryan Switzer en la cuarta ronda, Donnel Pumphrey, RB de San Diego State, estaba en consideración. Los Eagles se lo llevaron una selección antes.

Eso nos deja con puros corredores que ya conocíamos. Lo que más resalta en esta posición, sin duda es la ausencia de Alfred Morris. Por mucho tiempo se ha sabido que los Cowboys buscaban deshacerse de él y no lo han logrado. Con Darren McFadden como el clarísimo #2, Morris muy probablemente no permanezca en el equipo. Incluso su cambio de agente hace poco es un indicio de esto.

Rod Smith ha estado entrenando como corredor y puede traerle profundidad a la posición. Keith Smith será el Fullback del equipo... quizá lo veamos muy poco este 2017, pero estará ahí.

Wide Receivers: 6

Y probablemente, aquí llegue la parte más polémica de mi proyección. Seis WRs puede parecer mucho. Quizá no sea muy probable, pero explicaré porque creo que es bastante posible ver algo así.

Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams y Cole Beasley seguro estarán ahí. Ryan Switzer fue una selección de cuarta ronda así que también tendrá su puesto asegurado.

Normalmente, aparte de ellos cuatro, lo lógico sería pensar que hay solamente un quinto lugar en disputa. Pero, ¿qué si este año en realidad hay dos puestos?

En la edición pasada de Cowboys en Español, hablé de que no creo ver a Lucky Whitehead en los Cowboys la próxima temporada. Lo que nos deja con Brice Butler y con el novato Noah Brown. La razón por la que creo que pueden cargar con Butler durante este año, es que Williams no ha demostrado ser un buen receptor X, cuando Dez Bryant se ha lesionado. Butler hizo un trabajo decente el año pasado cuando se le pidió.

Noah Brown puede resultar ser el robo que muchos creen que fue. Y de ser así, realmente veo la posibilidad de ver seis receptores el próximo año en el equipo.

Tight Ends: 3

  • Jason Witten
  • Geoff Swaim 
  • Rico Gathers

Normalmente, el equipo cargaría con cuatro TEs. Jason Witten como titular. Si los Cowboys creen que Rico Gathers está listo, y parece que lo están, entonces estará en el roster. Geoff Swaim hizo un muy buen trabajo el año pasado antes de su lesión.

El cuarto sería James Hanna, que toda la temporada estuvo inactivo, así que este equipo básicamente contó con sólo tres miembros en esta posición. Por lo mismo, no lo incluyo en mi proyección.

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Tackles Ofensivos: 4

Del lado izquierdo, lógicamente, sería Tyron Smith. Tras el retiro de Doug Free, el lado derecho es el que queda en duda. La'el Collins ha estado entrenando como Tackle derecho, así que no sería una sorpresa verlo tomar ese lugar.

Chaz Green demostró que puede hacer un excelente trabajo jugando en el extremo. Quizá cuando este sano pueda demostrarlo y ganarse un lugar. Supliendo a Tyron Smith, probablemente el mejor Tackle de toda la NFL, hizo un excelente trabajo, así que no veo porque no darle la oportunidad.

Emmett Cleary puede pelear por el puesto también y Byron Bell si se queda, será como banca.

Guardias: 3

Zack Martin en el lado derecho es algo seguro. La'el Collins sería mi preferencia y si el equipo decide mover a Collins al lado derecho, Jonathan Cooper sería excelente para llenar el puesto de guardia izquierdo.

Centros: 2

No hay mucho que decir aquí. Frederick es de los mejores en la NFL en su trabajo. Looney podría ser un comodín para usarse en caso de que las lesiones se acumularan.

Cornerbacks: 5

  • Nolan Carroll
  • Anthony Brown
  • Jourdan Lewis
  • Chidobe Awuzie
  • Orlando Scandrick

Es muy incierto que posición en la secundaria tomarán cada uno de estos. Sin embargo, sin duda serán estos los que conformen el grupo de Cornerbacks. Será muy interesante verlos desarrollarse en la NFL siendo que tendrán que tener un impacto inmediato. La profundidad es buena, falta ver la calidad de los que serán titulares. Carrol y Brown me parecen los favoritos por pelearse los trabajos de los extremos como titulares.

Marquez White, novato seleccionado en la sexta ronda del Draft podría llegar a ganarse un puesto, pero lo veo complicado. White es un proyecto y para cargarlo, probablemente se tendría que llevar sólo a cuatro profundos.

Safeties: 5

  • Byron Jones
  • Robert Blanton
  • Xavier Woods
  • Jeff Heath
  • Kavon Frazier

Byron Jones, de quien se tenía la duda de que posición iba a jugar (S o CB) se debería quedar como Safety después de que los Cowboys seleccionarán tanto esquinero. ¿Quién se quedará junto con Jones?

Creo que al final la pelea será entre Jeff Heath y Xavier Woods. Woods probablemente termine siendo el titular, aunque quizá no desde el inicio de la temporada. Blanton, siendo que tiene experiencia, podría obtener acción al inicio de la temporada, o Jeff Heath. De todos estos, Frazier me parece el menos probable de conseguir tiempo en el campo.

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S Byron Jones (31) (James D. Smith via AP)

Linebackers: 6

Suponiendo que Jaylon Smith esté realmente sano, me parece suficiente profundidad para los LBs. De no ser así, probablemente veamos a un séptimo miembro en esta posición.

Con Lee, Smith y Wilson, quizá veamos la mejor unidad de LBs en años para los Cowboys.

Defensive Tackles: 5

  • Maliek Collins
  • Stephen Paea
  • David Irving 
  • Cedric Thornton
  • Tyrone Crawford

Es importante notar que a Rod Marinelli le gusta jugar con la línea defensiva y que incluso a DTs los podemos ver jugar de vez en cuando en los extremos. Irving apenas está agarrando vuelo, Collins ha hecho un excelente trabajo. Y Tyrone Crawford junto con Stephen Paea pueden traer un muy buen impacto al equipo.

De todos estos, Thornton me parece uno de los que menos impacto puede tener.

Defensive Ends: 4

Nombres interesantes. Charlton y Tapper no han jugado en la NFL y bien nos pueden sorprender. Lawrence ha dejado mucho que desear, pero quizá manteniéndose sano nos puede llegar a sorprender. Mayowa  y Moore podrían encontrar un rol como veteranos y entrar en la rotación de Marinelli.

La línea defensiva sigue siendo el problema más grande para el equipo debido a la gran falta de certeza que hay.

Equipos Especiales: 3

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

No mucha sorpresa aquí. Los Cowboys están en una buena situación. Jones y Ladouceur están en año de contrato lo cual puede causar dudas para el futuro, pero no por ahora.

Me siento cómodo con cómo se verán los Cowboys al comenzar la temporada. Espero que hayan disfrutado la columna de la semana.

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Neutral Perspective: Dak Prescott is NOT a 1-Man Army

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It doesn’t take a lot to cause an overreaction in the NFL, and fans and the media alike can be very fickle. Thus, when the Dallas Cowboys were beaten by the Carolina Panthers in week one the discussions surrounding their title credentials began, and even more so because Dak Prescott and his Cowboys offense was only able to score 8 points. He left the stadium still looking for his first touchdown pass of the season and wondering what went wrong.

By all accounts, Prescott wasn’t great, and his quarterback rating of 81.1 reflects that. His performance left the fans concerned and some asserting there were no shades of the Prescott of 2016. Nonetheless, a quarterback has to be helped by his offensive line, and allowing him to get sacked six times shows that improvement is needed up front.

In week 2, against the New York Giants, Prescott started the game with a booming 64-yard touchdown pass to WR Tavon Austin on the first series of the game. It was a play four whole quarters of football in the making and made fans explode in celebration following the lackluster performance against CAR. Prescott's rating jumped to 95.4 and he wasn't sacked during the contest. Even still, he threw the ball for 10 fewer yards than in week 1 and was 1.5% less on his completion percentage too.

Prescott’s best defense is the Cowboys' lack of stand-out wide receivers. The loss of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant – neither of whom has adequately been replaced – is the biggest cause of this perceived fall from grace. Those departures have undeniably created a problem, but one that many great quarterbacks over the years have managed to overcome.

While the doom and gloom felt by Cowboys Nation after week 1 has abated some with a victory over New York, for a franchise that has enjoyed the often wow-worthy play of Tony Romo, Dak Prescott has a way to go yet, to say the least.

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The current situation is difficult for the Cowboys, but there are also psychological mitigations. One of these is their presence in a division with the reigning Super Bowl winners, the Philadelphia Eagles.

This has long since put the Cowboys on the back foot in the futures betting markets, with an average moneyline price of +210 that makes them the least likely team to win the NFC East division. Unlike betting on individual games themselves, the futures market is a starker reflection of a team's form, rather than the more reactionary moneyline prices on individual games.

Criticism, from experts and fans alike, always intensifies after a defeat, and starting the season off at 1-1 isn't always enough to overcome said criticism. So too will the moneyline price of the Cowboys besting the Eagles lengthen, although the rewards for keeping faith in the Cowboys to do that – if they somehow do – will be all the more greater if they proceed to underachieve.

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The likes of Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns aren’t going to be reaching the Hall of Fame, but they are more than capable of helping Dallas score more than 8 points in a game. Take away the opening-drive shot from week 2, the only TD pass Dak has thrown in 2018, and the Cowboys scored just 13 points against the Giants. It's hardly confidence inspiring, yet.

There have been numerous points so far where the Prescott of 2016 would have found the receiver, but for whatever reason, those throws just aren’t being made with any consistency right now. That is especially bad considering the breathing room that is given by an elite level running back, which can be found in the form of Ezekiel Elliott.

Zeke got the ball 15 times for 69 yards against CAR and 17 times for 78 yards against NYG, both of which have to be less than he would have liked. Yet, the Panthers were out to stop him, specifically, and the Cowboys offensive line couldn’t cope, which allowed Elliott to lack effectiveness and their quarterback to be put to the ground half a dozen times. The opening drive against the Giants certainly helped alleviate pressure on Prescott, but it's clear that the defense beat the Giants, overall.

These, however, are problems that an offensive coordinator needs to overcome, and Scott Linehan didn’t cover himself in glory either.

Ultimately, above all else, there seems to be a bit of disunity within the offense. The receivers feel unloved, the running backs face a lot of defenders on each play, and the quarterback must improve his accuracy.

These situations are where you need creative play calling and a unique approach.

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Spirit of 2016 Can Still Make an Impact

With every defeat, the next game is hugely important, in the mind if not on paper. If the Cowboys can step up and convincingly rack up some wins, then – as ever – it will start to go quiet.

One aspect that sometimes goes overlooked is the defense. Conceding 16 points against Carolina and 13 against New York should usually be more than low enough to secure a win. Thus, if the Cowboys keep up that level of performance, then they should win a lot more games than they lose. But that's because most offenses in the NFL are capable of scoring 20-or-more points a game. With the Cowboys defense performing as they have been thus far, the onus is on the offense the close out games.

There's a reason the quarterback position is regarded far above all others, and Prescott needs to carry the team with him to keep that winning feeling in the Cowboys’ locker room.

He needs to give the opposition’s defensive line more to think about, and make them fear the pass as much as Elliott’s or his own rushing ability. That will give his receivers more confidence and Elliott more space. If his offensive line isn’t doing its job then he and Linehan need to think of ways to get the ball out quickly and on target.

Doom and gloom often surrounds any first loss of a season, but if Prescott and Elliott can work together as they did in their first win of the season, then it’s going to be very hard to beat them, especially if their defense keeps playing to such high standards as they have.

Regardless, the Super Bowl is anything but a lock at this point, and the problems need to be fixed quickly, before "distant" becomes mathematically "impossible."



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Can WR Brice Butler Help Improve Cowboys Passing Game?

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In a somewhat confusing move, the Dallas Cowboys decided to re-add Wide Receiver Brice Butler to the roster in order to get something more out of the passing game, which to be honest has been pretty putrid in the first two games of the 2018 season. Something needed to be done, but I'm not sure that Butler is the answer.

I'm going to agree with my fellow Staff Writer, Jess Haynie, in saying that the Cowboys decision to reunite with Brice Butler makes no sense. Jess is actually much more polite than I would've been when I initially found out about this transaction. I personally hate the move and I'm not afraid to say it. But ultimately, it wasn't my decision to make and the only thing that really matters here is whether or not Butler can help improve the passing game?

With all of the questions surrounding the Cowboys receivers, Butler's addition just adds another one. Unfortunately, we are two games into the 2018 season and the receiver position still remains the biggest unknown. No one has really stepped up their game and with the exception of Tavon Austin's touchdown catch last week, there hasn't been any big plays in the passing game.

I don't really know how Brice Butler is supposed to improve things. Is he supposed to be the "go to" receiver now? Is he any better than what the Cowboys already have on the roster? Or, will he end up being more of a progress stopper? Like I said, he just adds more questions to be answered.

I for one don't see any upside in adding Butler. Yes, Quarterback Dak Prescott has a bond with him, but nothing ever really materialized there when #19 was here previously. He showed flashes, like he has at all of his stops in the NFL, but his inconsistencies couldn't convince the coaching staff to play him more. So, what's changed?

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Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler

The obvious answer here would be the subtraction of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in the passing game. That's quite a bit of production missing that has yet to be accounted for. But again, I am still not buying into the Butler addition as a solution.

I know it sounds like I'm slamming Brice Butler pretty hard, but there was a time when I wanted to see him on the field more. Like many of you, the past few seasons I wanted to see him receive a promotion over Terrance Williams, but unfortunately that never happened. But, that was then and this is now.

Personally, I would much rather see Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, or Michael Gallup be worked more into the offensive game plan. I just feel that we have already seen what Brice Butler has to offer and it just wasn't good enough for him to stick around before. It's time to move forward, not back.

There is a reason Butler was a free agent. I mean, he wasn't even good enough to stick with Arizona Cardinals, who probably have more problems at WR than the Cowboys. But who knows? Maybe I'll end up being wrong and he'll finally play up to his true potential and talent. Wouldn't that be great?

Now, this is just one person's opinion, but I just don't see Brice Butler improving the passing game for the Dallas Cowboys. I think the only way that happens is if Dak Prescott reaches the next phase in his development. Until then, I don't see things improving much. But, that's an article for another time.

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Despite Seattle’s Record, Sunday Is No Cakewalk For Cowboys

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As Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a game-ending pick six on national television Monday night, all of Cowboys Nation was suddenly giddy.

Somehow, the team which looked completely lost and inept offensively to open the season was now staring down a chance at a 3-1 start if they could take care of back-to-back winless teams.

The first of those winless foes being the Seattle Seahawks.

Though the last 5 years or so have conditioned us to believe that Seattle is a defensive minded, physical football team, more recent history suggests they’ve fallen off quite a bit. No longer are prime Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor patrolling their secondary, or are waves of top tier defensive linemen cycling through during the game.

Now, the Seahawks are defined by a shaky offensive line, a lack of playmakers on the perimeter, and Russell Wilson hero-ball.

It’s an odd, and typically ineffective formula for winning games, but it’s the one the 0-2 Seahawks are currently stuck with.

Despite all of this, however, Sunday’s game will be an important test for the Cowboys. Though they were favored by 3 points last week, this game is the first time in 2018 that Dallas is truly “expected” to win. Ironically, they come in as Vegas underdogs, but it’s difficult to find informed football analysts who are on Seattle this Sunday.

This, of course, has more to do with how poor Seattle has played to open their season, but they’ve still been incredibly competitive in both losses, losing both games by just one possession.

Going to Seattle and getting a win is a task teams have dreaded for years, even before Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom brought the Seahawks back to relevancy.Earl Thomas, Seahawks

Now when you add in factors such as this being Seattle’s home opener, and that they will be desperately fighting to avoid a potential season-killing 0-3 start, this is shaping up to be a very tough test for the Cowboys.

The young Cowboys need to handle their business the next two weeks and take advantage of 0-2 conference foes. These games will be huge down the stretch for potential playoff tie breakers and give them a chance to “fatten up” before entering the more challenging parts of their schedule.

Like two match ups with the Philadelphia Eagles, and running the rest of the NFC South gauntlet during the later months of the year.



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