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Cowboys en Español: Proyectando el Roster de 53 Jugadores

Mauricio Rodriguez

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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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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Each offseason tough decisions have to be made by teams around the NFL, and the Dallas Cowboys are no exception. Teams have to decide who to promote, who to demote, and who to cut ties with altogether. For the Cowboys, Terrance Williams fits into one of those three categories, but which one?

It was plainly obvious that the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers all had an extremely disappointing 2017 season.

Everybody has their own opinion as to why this happened, but one thing is for sure, the Cowboys coaching staff will definitely look at ways to get more out of their receiving core. The one player who I think could be affected most by whatever decision the coaching staff ends up making is Terrance Williams.

Williams didn’t do much to make a case for keeping his starting job in 2017, let alone sticking on the roster.

To say he had a disappointing season would be an understatement.

Williams finished the 2017 season with just 53 receptions for 568 receiving yards and absolutely zero touchdowns. The Cowboys were likely hoping for more production from someone they just signed to a four-year, $17-million contract extension back in March [2017].

Now, you can make the argument Williams took a team discount in order to stay in Dallas, but that doesn’t carry much weight when your production leaves so much to be desired. This is especially true when there might be somebody on the roster who can do just as well, and possibly be an upgrade.

Noah Brown

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Yes, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about Noah Brown.

I know I’m not alone here, but I think Noah Brown could easily replace Terrance Williams’ production. I understand that there’s not much evidence to back up that statement based on Brown’s rookie season, but he has all the tools required to succeed.

This is really all about potential, and Noah Brown simply has more upside than Terrance Williams.

We all know what Terrance Williams is as a receiver, and what he brings to the table for the Cowboys offense. I believe Noah Brown can do all the things Williams does and has the potential to be even better.

I already think Noah Brown is a better blocker, something the Cowboys coaching staff really values about Williams. I also think Brown is a better pass catcher. He is a natural hands catcher and has a large catching radius, something Williams obviously isn’t (body catcher).

Right now, Williams is only better than Noah Brown in a few areas. He is slightly faster, he’s more advanced as a route runner, and has more experience. That’s about it.

This will obviously be a tough decision for the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff to make. But, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see Terrance Williams playing somewhere else when the 2018 season kicks off.

Do you think Terrance Williams will be with the Cowboys in 2018?

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?

Sean Martin

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Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season.

On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason.

It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign.

This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense?

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though.

The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods.

With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018.

As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward.

A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out.

The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford.

With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays.

Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season.

Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan.

He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond.

This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two.

Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball.

Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever.

A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense.

The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off.

With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons?

Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”?

Brian Martin

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Rico Gathers, Rams

The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately face all kinds of questions heading into the 2018 offseason. Right now, there are no answers to those questions, which means we’ll just have to sit back and take a wait-and-see approach. But, one question that absolutely has to be answered is how to make the Cowboys offense more Dak Prescott friendly.

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys had an extremely disappointing year in 2017. Suspensions and injuries are the main culprits for the disappointment, but the Dallas Cowboys haven’t really changed things much in the scheme or personnel to help Dak Prescott succeed.

The sad truth is, the Dallas Cowboys are still operating as if Tony Romo is the starting quarterback. It’s pretty much the same personnel and scheme, but it really doesn’t suit Prescott.

It’s time for that to change. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that will happen overnight.

The Cowboys spent years putting together the personnel to help Romo. Just when they thought they had the missing piece — by drafting Ezekiel Elliott, Romo sustained a back injury, pretty much ending his career.

Anyway you look at it, the offensive personnel needs to improve in order to make this team more “Dak-friendly”.

Enter Tight End Rico Gathers.

Rico Gathers

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

The Dallas Cowboys have invested two years in Rico Gathers’ development, but with the exception of a few flashes in preseason, they haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor. The 2018 season should be Gathers’ coming-out party.

We all witnessed what the Cowboys offense looks like when they are forced to rely on the passing game. Dak Prescott struggled to find any kind of consistency throwing the ball — with the options he had at his disposal in 2017 — while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension.

Defenses decided to take Prescott’s favorite target out of the equation by bracketing Cole Beasley in coverage. Then, they also devoted extra attention Dez Bryant‘s way, making it difficult to get him the ball.

The only other option left really was Jason Witten on simple check downs.

And that is what the future Hall of Famer has been reduced to.

Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was. Yes, he is still a reliable target, but his age is starting to catch up to him, which has unfortunately robbed him of some of his athleticism. We will no longer see Witten stretch the field down the seam, or run many routes further than 10 yards.

That’s why I think Rico Gathers could be a difference maker in 2018, especially for Dak Prescott.

Prescott needs more than an outlet receiver at the TE position. No offense to Jason Witten, but that’s pretty much what he has become at this point in his career.

Rico Gathers on the other hand is not only different from Witten, but also provides a different skill set than any other TE on the Cowboys roster. He’s a big target with athleticism, who cannot only move the chains, but stretch the field and break tackles in the open field.

Gathers’ sheer size alone creates mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs and linebackers, but his athleticism should allow him to create separation, something which fits into what Prescott needs from his receivers.

There is no reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can’t find a way to incorporate Rico Gathers’ unique skill set into the offense. They may not truly trust him to be an every down player, but that’s not happening anyway, not with Jason Witten on the roster.

If it was me, I would have a few packages in the playbook specifically designed for Gathers. I not only think this will help him grow as a player, but help the Cowboys offense become more “Dak-friendly”.

Can Rico Gathers make the Cowboys offense more “Dak-friendly”?

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