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Cowboys Re-Sign Quarterback Kellen Moore

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The collective world of the National Football League has been on pins and needles awaiting the decision regarding a quarterback on the Dallas Cowboys roster not named Dak Prescott. We finally have some news on someone who fits that description... the Dallas Cowboys have re-signed quarterback Kellen Moore!

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@DallasCowboys announce they have re-signed QB @KellenMoore_11.

Kellen Moore has had quite a ride as a member of America's Team. He played in relief - severe relief, I might add - of Matt Cassel near the tail end of the 2015 season. Entering 2016 Kellen was slated to be the team's primary backup to Tony Romo, but a broken leg during the first days of Training Camp changed that plan and the course of Dallas Cowboys History forever.

You see, it was Kellen's injury that elevated rookie quarterback Dak Prescott to number two on the team's depth chart, leaving Dak as the starter when Tony Romo was injured a few weeks later. It seems as if the Cowboys are trying to recreate a certain portion of that in 2017, with cemented starter Dak Prescott in place and needing a backup.

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Kellen Moore unknowingly gave birth to the legend that became Dak Prescott. Now he'll be backing him up in 2017.

Kellen Moore has been a favorite of Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan since their time together with the Detroit Lions. Many close to the organization have praised Kellen's abilities to digest film and all sorts of football information, serving as an added cerebral advantage on the sidelines where the team wears blue and silver.

One of the more unique traits belonging to Kellen Moore is his left-handedness. There aren't many, if any, quarterbacks active in the National Football League that throw a pass with their left hand. Amazingly enough, not only was a pass thrown but a touchdown was thrown by a Dallas Cowboy in 2016 when Dez Bryant hooked up with Jason Witten against the aforementioned Detroit Lions.

Hopefully Kellen Moore can provide some great veteran leadership for Dak Prescott. He's already cemented in the history books for opening the door for Dak in the first place. The two as a tandem should be something special.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Re-Sign Quarterback Kellen Moore" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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2 Comments
  • Russ_Te

    The 2 factors being the leg, and what veteran QB’s are available.

    The Cowboys apparently believe Moore’s leg will be fine, and rate him ahead of or about even with McCown, vis-a-vis Linehan’s offense.

    After the adventures of 2015 with Cassel and Weeden, I have a skepticism for the McCown’s of the league.
    Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna – on and on.

    In 1993, signing Bernie Kosar mid-year after Cleveland – where he had won – released him, turned out gigantic in the NFC Title Game. Aikman went out with a knee to the helmet, Kosar delivered. Textbook case for why a contender should have an experienced backup QB.

    So I think they’ll go veteran for the right QB (only), but otherwise if Moore’s leg is good I believe he can move the ball and win games in spot duty. He makes very quick reads and gets the ball out. Downfield offense is an issue because of his size – but then again if he was a tall QB with the same smarts he’d be starting somewhere.

  • Russ_Te

    And I see where Sanchez is a F/A with nobody backing up the wheel barrel of cash for him. He does have the playoff W’s, but if he’s in camp I think he has to outplay Moore to stay on the team.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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