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Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Pasará Si Ezekiel Elliott Es Suspendido?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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En julio, la falta de noticias y contenido relacionado con la NFL puede llegar a ser muy desesperante y aburrido. Estamos ansiosos por escuchar algo relacionado con nuestros equipos y jugadores favoritos. Anhelamos las noticias de los Cowboys. Pero estos últimos días, todos los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria hubieran preferido que no hubiera noticias.

El corredor estrella Ezekiel Elliott tuvo una racha de días complicada y los rumores y reportes abundaron esta semana. La conversación en el mundo de los Cowboys en estos momentos gira alrededor de Zeke y de si sufrirá o no una suspensión.

La semana pasada, Adam Schefter reportó que la investigación de la NFL sobre el caso de violencia doméstica sobre Elliott podría llegar a su fin pronto y que el RB (running back) podría ser castigado y suspendido.

Cuando los rumores se calmaron, surgieron reportes de que Zeke había estado involucrado en un altercado en un bar en Dallas. 

¿Lo suspenderán o no? Es la pregunta que todos los fans tenemos en la cabeza. Sin embargo, en esta edición de Cowboys en Español, no discutiremos si será castigado por la liga o no. La información hasta este momento no es muy concreta y no se puede más que especular al respecto.

Más bien discutiremos, ¿qué pasará con la posición de corredor si Elliott llega a ser suspendido?

¿Deberían los Cowboys Buscar Ayuda Externa? ¿O Buscar Dentro del Equipo?

Inevitablemente, los aficionados de los Cowboys se han lanzado a esta discusión. Si Ezekiel Elliott es suspendido, ¿será suficiente con los RBs que están en el roster actualmente?

La respuesta, en mi opinión, es sí.

Elliott Suspension Or Not, Darren McFadden Critical to Cowboys' Offense

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Darren McFadden #20

Los Cowboys cuentan con Darren McFadden, quien es indiscutiblemente el corredor número dos detrás de Ezekiel Elliott. El año pasado, antes de que McFadden volviera, Morris estuvo cubriendo al corredor estrella durante casi todos los segundos cuartos para aligerar la carga a Elliott.

McFadden volvió de su lesión y no tardó en tomar el lugar de Morris. McFadden es esencial para el éxito de los Cowboys este año y más aún si ocurre la suspensión que tanto tememos.

McFadden es mejor que cualquier agente libre disponible en este momento y sin duda alguna será capaz de sustituir a Ezekiel Elliott si es necesario. No será lo mismo, pero con esta línea ofensiva y con Dak Prescott entrando a su mejor año, será suficiente.

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Dallas Cowboys Running Back Alfred Morris #46

En redes sociales, en artículos anteriores y en mi programa, Primero Cowboys, he hablado de Alfred Morris. He hablado de que los Cowboys quizá deberían cortar al corredor para abrir un poco más de espacio en el tope salarial.

Sin embargo, las cosas cambian. Y con la incertidumbre alrededor de la disponibilidad de Ezekiel Elliott para el inicio de la temporada es motivo suficiente para aferrarse a Morris. Los Cowboys son un equipo que basa su ofensiva en el juego terrestre. Tener profundidad para sobrevivir partidos sin Elliott será totalmente necesario para ganar.

El novato Jahad Thomas ha llamado la atención en los entrenamientos y bien podría ser un corredor estilo Lance Dunbar. Rod Smith podría terminar en el roster si los Cowboys deciden separarse de Alfred Morris.

Hay bastantes nombres en el equipo que nos dan confianza de que la temporada no esté perdida si la NFL decide suspender a Elliott, principalmente McFadden.

En este momento, no sabemos si Elliott será suspendido dos, cuatro, seis o más partidos. Ni siquiera estamos seguro de que vaya a ser suspendido. En este momento, no es más que pura especulación. Como mencioné al inicio del artículo, estamos hablando de que pasará si llega a serlo.

Sinceramente, pienso que buscar un corredor fuera del equipo para sustituir a Zeke sería un error y dudo mucho que Dallas lo haga. Los Cowboys tienen un calendario difícil, pero viendo los primeros seis, pensar que los Cowboys pueden ganar cuatro no me parece descabellado.

  • Contra New York Giants
  • En Denver Broncos
  • En Arizona Cardinals
  • Contra Los Angeles Rams
  • Contra Green Bay Packers
  • En San Francisco 49ers

Una suspensión para Elliott seguro dolerá, pero probablemente no será nada que comprometerá la temporada si es una suspensión de seis o menos juegos. Claro, lo hará mucho más difícil. Pero afortunadamente tenemos la línea ofensiva que tenemos, el QB que tenemos y el grupo de receptores que tenemos.

¿Crees que Darren McFadden es la opción correcta para los Cowboys?

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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 @PepoR99.

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Could NY Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Could Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?

The NFC East is a wild, wild division. Since 2004, the division that hosts some of the most popular franchises in the NFL hasn't seen the same team winning the NFC East title two years in a row. It's crazy! Who expected the Dallas Cowboys to become the #1 seed in the conference in 2016 after seeing Tony Romo go down during the preseason? Who was able to predict the Philadelphia Eagles' amazing run for the Super Bowl last year?

It's an unpredictable league, but the NFC East side of things can really amaze you on a yearly basis.

Heading into 2018, it all seems to be about the Eagles and the Cowboys. Being the last two teams to win the title, it's only logical to expect them to be the only teams in the division that have what it takes to own the NFC East crown.

But maybe, just maybe, we are overlooking the New York Giants.

Coming from a 3-13 record in 2017, the Giants have quite a bit to prove if they want to become a winning team once again and return to playoff contention. With Odell Beckham missing most of the season and with good ol' Ben McAdoo calling the shots, the team was never able to get a break.

Listen, we all know Eli Manning has been struggling lately. Many thought the Giants should've drafted a quarterback when they held the #2 overall pick back in April. But whether we like it or not, New York seems to have a plan: take advantage of Manning's last years on the field.

Instead of taking a young QB for the future, they drafted the best player available to take the load off Manning's shoulders. Saquon Barkley will probably be able to do what Ezekiel Elliott was able to do in 2016: lead the offense by running the football 20 times a game and have several 100-yard performances.

Could NY Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?

New York Giants OG Will Hernandez

Not only that, but the front office did make an effort to re-build a disastrous offensive line by bringing in a talented left tackle in Nate Solder and by stealing the UTEP product, Will Hernandez in the second round of the draft. If the Giants are able to finally groom Ereck Flowers into a decent starter at right tackle, this could be a pretty solid offensive line.

Of course, Manning will not only be benefited from the running game, but his superstar wide receiver will be back on the field. Beckham is one of the NFL's best wide receivers and will surely be back at terrifying opposing secondaries week in and week out.

The Giants are bringing in Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher, who did a nice job for the Arizona Cardinals' defense over the last few years. With some talented defensive players, the team might not have the best squad in the league, but it doesn't seem like a defense that will struggle throughout the season.

Last but not least, the Giants will have a new head coach in form of Pat Shurmur. He's had some success in the league, lately as an offensive coordinator for a Minnesota Vikings team that managed to get to the NFC Championship with Case Keenum at QB. It was a good hire for the team, and I'm pretty sure it will be easy to do a better job than McAdoo's work with the Giants.

If I was to make a prediction, I'd say the Giants will have a handful of wins in 2018. However, I don't see them getting back into the postseason just yet. An 8-8 record sounds about right. Having said that, though, it really seems like a team that could surprise everyone and emerge as a surprise contender in the NFC East.

Do you think the New York Giants could be a surprise threat in 2018?

Tell me what you think about "Could NY Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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!



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Where Cowboys CB Marquez White Fits In 2018

Kevin Brady

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Dallas Cowboys Draft CB Marquez White at #216

In the 2017 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys selected four new defensive backs, three of which saw significant playing time during their rookie season.

Those three, of course, are Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Xavier Woods. That fourth defensive back, however, should not be forgotten about as we enter the beginning stages of the 2018 season. That player is former Florida State cornerback Marquez White.

Rather than playing alongside his rookie counterparts in the secondary, White spent time on the Cowboys practice squad in 2017. The former sixth round pick was signed to a futures contract at the end of 2017, however, and now has a chance to compete in camp once again.

Entering their sophomore seasons the starting secondary already appears to be taking shape. Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones are just about locked in to the outside cornerback jobs, Xavier Woods is expected to start at safety beside Jeff Heath, and Jourdan Lewis is battling with now third year player Anthony Brown for the slot corner role.

So where does Marquez White fit into all of this?

Cowboys CB Marquez White Could Emerge in 2018

Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White

Well, the aforementioned players are locks to make the 53-man roster, but Marquez White should be the favorite to win the 5th cornerback spot going forward. White's raw talent is undeniable, and he has the ability to play under both man and zone responsibilities.

The main reason we should be optimistic about Marquez White's chances to land on the final roster, however, is his athletic profile. At 6'0" tall, just under 200 pounds, and long arms White fits the mold for what new secondary coach and passing game coordinator Kris Richard tends to look for in his cornerbacks.

And, for better or for worse, Richard clearly values these measureables highly. This is evident in how second year corner Jourdan Lewis has been used thus far in mini camp and offseason activities; being relegated to second team and the slot rather than allowed to compete for an outside cornerback job with Awuzie and Jones.

So with the arrival of Kris Richard, the departure of Orlando Scandrick, the underwhelming play of Anthony Brown, and the raw talent he already possesses, Marquez White has a very strong chance of making the final 53-man roster in Dallas.



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Can Jaylon Smith Challenge Vander Esch For Starting MIKE Role?

Kevin Brady

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In Season For Youth, Cowboys Must Make Tough Decision On Jaylon Smith

When the Dallas Cowboys selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the whole world basically assumed he would be the starting MIKE linebacker week one of the upcoming season.

After all, the Cowboys lost Anthony Hitchens to free agency and none of the injury replacements had much success during the 2017 season.

Now just a couple of months shy of that week one match up with the Carolina Panthers, a battle for that middle linebacker spot appears to be occurring.

Former 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith has seemed to find his health, and his movement skills and agility look like they did back when he was at Notre Dame. Whether or not these offseason hype videos will actually mean anything on the field remains to be seen, but just the fact that Smith is working out and playing without the knee brace is obviously a good sign.

Unlike Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith did play for the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Sure Smith had his share of growing pains, but he seemed to find his groove late in the season. It probably isn't a coincidence, though, that Smith's best games came when coming off the bench in a limited role and when playing beside veteran Sean Lee.How Will LB Jaylon Smith Best be Utilized in 2018?

During the offseason activity thus far Jaylon Smith has gotten the majority of snaps at middle linebacker, but Vander Esch has also been sidelined with an injured ankle. Leighton Vander Esch clearly fits the mold of a MIKE both physically and athletically, but at his best Jaylon Smith does as well.

Despite the resurgence of Jaylon Smith and the injury to Leighton Vander Esch, I still do expect Vander Esch to snag that MIKE role moving forward. While showing glimpses of productive play, Smith did not impress enough to earn him the unquestioned starting job last season, and may best fit as a SAM backer and situational pass rusher/blitzer in the current scheme.

Allowing Jaylon Smith to conserve his energy and provide a boost off the bench is the best way for the Cowboys to structure their defense. Of course, this is only true as long as Vander Esch becomes the player they expect him to be, though.

If Jaylon Smith does return to the player he was at Notre Dame prior to his horrific injury, the Cowboys will possess three incredibly rangy, athletic, and talented linebackers on their roster.

Of course, that if is a very big if at this point, however.



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