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Cowboys en Español: Regresa Frederick, ¿Se Reportará Elliott?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott Long-Term?

Los Dallas Cowboys están en Oxnard California para comenzar su training camp. Es en esta época del año cuando muchos jugadores se ganan sus puestos en el equipo. Por primera vez en el año se equipan por completo para jugar al 100% y prepararse para la siempre exigente temporada regular. Conforme comienza training camp, hay muchas cosas que discutir sobre un equipo de Cowboys que busca ganar la NFC Este por segundo año consecutivo y, por supuesto, tener una temporada exitosa.

El Regreso de Travis Frederick

El año pasado, el centro Travis Frederick se perdió la temporada después de que fue diagnosticado con el síndrome Guillain-Barré. El suplente Joe Looney hizo un buen trabajo tomando su lugar, pero Frederick es el mejor en la NFL estando sano y todo indica que comenzará a entrenar sin límite con el equipo este training camp.

Sin duda es emocionante ver el regreso de un líder de los Cowboys que a pesar de lidiar con tantos problemas el año pasado, estuvo presente toda la temporada del 2018 trabajando con el equipo.

La Ausencia de Ezekiel Elliott

Cuando el equipo viajó este jueves a Oxnard, Elliott no estaba en el avión. Esto causó inmediatamente preocupación entre los aficionados de Dallas debido a algunos reportes que indicaban que Zeke no se reportaría a los entrenamientos para que el equipo le diera una extensión de contrato. Ha habido reportes conflictivos al respecto, pero el jueves Zeke no hizo el viaje.

Sin embargo, tiene hasta el viernes por la mañana para reportarse. En ocasiones anteriores, jugadores de los Cowboys han llegado por su propia cuenta a entrenar.

Incluso si no aparece mañana Elliott, dudo que alargue mucho su ausencia. Sabe que aún tiene dos años bajo contrato y sólo cuenta con tres temporadas acumuladas en la NFL. Sabe que Dak Prescott y Amari Cooper son prioridades en este momento. Muchos temen que Elliott haga lo que Le'Veon Bell hizo con los Steelers el año pasado (saltarse la temporada regular), pero no deberían de preocuparse por eso. Elliott puede que se incline por el drama temporalmente, pero estará listo para septiembre.


La Batalla Entre Wide Receivers

Allen Hurns fue cortado esta semana dejando un espacio para una intensa batalla entre los receptores más jóvenes del equipo. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup y Randall Cobb tienen sus puestos asegurados. Pero es más profundo donde la batalla se pone interesante. Tavon Austin tendrá que combatir con un grupo que incluye a los novatos Jon'Vea Johnson y Jalen Guyton, quienes han sorprendido con sus actuaciones este offseason.

Noah Brown tiene dos temporadas con el equipo y se ha dejado en claro que algo ven en él. Es un buen bloqueador para el juego terrestre y tiene potencial como receptor. Con 102 snaps ofensivos el año pasado, no contaría con que lo dejen ir.

Cedrick Wilson estaba teniendo un excelente offseason el año pasado pero no terminó en el roster tras sufrir una lesión. Sin embargo, es un jugador talentoso que no deberíamos de subestimar.

Esta es una de las posiciones más emocionantes que ver este training camp y será una batalla intensa entre todos sus participantes.

Todo esto y más tomará lugar con el equipo de América reportándose este viernes por la mañana. Aquí en Inside The Star, estaremos brindándoles la información puntualmente para mantenerlos actualizados sobre todo lo que pase con los Dallas Cowboys.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Regresa Frederick, ¿Se Reportará Elliott?" 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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Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dallas Cowboys Defensive End Taco Charlton might be turning things around. The former first round draft pick didn't have a great couple of seasons to start his career off, which forced him to be in a battle to earn a spot on the Cowboys 53-man roster this offseason. Three weeks into the preseason, it looks like he's a lock to make the team. In a "Dress Rehearsal" game that went great for the Cowboys, Charlton's performance was among the best players.

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed how the Cowboys' younger defensive ends could force the team to move on from Taco. From Dorance Armstrong to Jalen Jelks, there's a handful of promising players that were participating in a positional battle that one way or another, included Taco Charlton.

However, the Michigan product showed up to play versus the Los Angeles Rams with two passes batted down. Despite making such plays, we still hadn't seen much from him in the pass rush department.

Taco Charlton

That changed against the Houston Texans last Saturday when he managed to get two sacks (one strip-sack), two forced fumbles and a recovery. This was undoubtedly Taco's best game in his career. He still has a lot to prove, but it was definitely good to see him have a "breakout" preseason game.


With such performance, it doesn't seem like he'll be going anywhere in 2019. Charlton won't be a starter for this team, but he could become a very important rotational piece for Rod Marinelli's defense. He has a great opportunity to find playing time during the first two weeks of the season before Robert Quinn returns from suspension.

One unfortunate note was that in his best game yet, Taco went out injured twice (ankle). The first time he went back to the field to get some more but had to walk off the field for a second time. Hopefully, he's able to play next Thursday but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't after having a breakout game versus the Texans.

Taco Charlton still has a very long way to justify being a first-round pick, but his play against Houston was a start. It will be very interesting to see how he plays in the 2019 regular season. He'll have to fight for playing time and he'll have to make every snap count to turn his career around.

Tell me what you think about "Taco Charlton Isn’t Going Anywhere After Strong Preseason Week 3" 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!


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Cowboys’ Taryn Christion Gets Time at QB; More Coming?

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Last night was the first time we've seen Taryn Christion, the Dallas Cowboys' fourth quarterback on the current depth chart, actually playing the position in preseason. Could we see more of Christion at QB in this Thursday's finale, and at what point should Mike White be worried?

Signed just a few days before training camp began, Christion has been tried at running back, receiver, and various special teams units while the Cowboys were in Oxnard. But last week he started getting more time at quarterback, and last night's win over the Houston Texans saw him playing a few drives at QB to close the game out.

Sure, Taryn came in fourth behind White in the rotation. But that Dallas thought to give him reps in that game, the critical dress rehearsal game, is telling.

Jason Garrett doesn't get cute with rotations and playing time. He's old school, and there's meaning in every decision he makes about when and how guys get time in preseason.

Ironically, the decision came following Mike White's best preseason game this year. He went 6-of-9 for 56 yards and a touchdown, plus avoided any sacks or turnovers.


Rather than let White keep building on that, though, Dallas pulled him for Taryn Christion in the 4th quarter. It seemed as if the Cowboys were determined to get him some time at QB.

An even better showcase will come this Thursday night. The Cowboys host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the final preseason game; we know Dak Prescott won't be playing, and the team may even protect Cooper Rush with limited time on the field.

Dallas likely intends to give Christion some significant playing time on Thursday. And to help make that easier, they played him last night to get some of those butterflies out of his system.

No, Taryn Christion probably isn't going to make the 53-man roster. Neither is Mike White, for that matter. It feels like the battle for the number-three QB is more about the practice squad now.

But whatever the case, the battle seems to be heating up. Dallas appears more invested in Christion now as a quarterback than at any other point since he arrived; some added intrigue for Thursday's final preseason game.


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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game

Matthew Lenix

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HOU 0, DAL 34: Defense Dominates in Dress Rehearsal Game 1

The Dallas Cowboys couldn't have scripted a better result in tonight's dress rehearsal game against the Houston Texans. All three phases of the game made big plays as they dominated 34 to 0.

The night belonged to the defense as they terrorized Houston's starters and reserves along the offensive line with 8 sacks. Taco Charlton, a former first-round pick turned outcast was the star of the night with 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. In my opinion, if there were any doubts about him making the roster he put them to bed tonight.

Kerry Hyder showed once again why he's one of the smartest free-agent signings of 2019. After being a lost man in the 3-4 defensive scheme with his former team the Lions, he's done a really good job applying pressure even though he hadn't recorded any sacks in the first two preseason games. However, tonight he recorded 2 sacks and reminded everyone of the player who had 8 sacks in 2016.

The young guys weren't to be left out in this defensive clinic. Dorance Armstrong, Trysten Hill, Daniel Wise, and Joe Jackson all had half sacks. Rookie Safety Donovan Wilson had one of the plays of the night with a beautiful interception as he tapped both feet before heading out of bounds. Cornerback C.J. Goodwin, who will probably make the roster on his special teams ability, got in on the interception party himself high pointing a contested pass.

Dak Prescott was only 2 for 5 (11 for 14 in the preseason) but managed to escape what looked like a sure sack and roll to his left and threw a rope to Michael Gallup for a touchdown. The two have shown a lot of growth and chemistry during training camp, something that was missing at times in 2018.


Wide Receiver Devin Smith had 6 receptions for 79 yards while Cedrick Wilson snagged 3 passes on 4 targets. Both receivers are fighting for the final roster spots in the receiver group which they'll have to continue to do next week against the Buccaneers.

Tight End Marcus Lucas had a very solid game with 4 catches for 50 yards. He will definitely be a player to watch in the final preseason game before final cuts are made. Cooper Rush went 15 for 25 and further solidified his position as the primary backup to Prescott. Mike White was also solid going 6 for 9 and tossing a touchdown.

Special teams got in on the action themselves when Linebacker Joe Thomas recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

Now the Cowboys have only one more preseason game before the 2019 season begins. All that's left now is figuring out the last few roster spots and staying as healthy as possible. September 8th is right around the corner.


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