Where the Dallas Cowboys lost starters on offense this offseason in Wide Receiver Dez Bryant, Tight End Jason Witten, and Left Guard Jonathan Cooper, they hope to have made up for it with reinforcements along their league-best offensive line. The foundation of a team that will welcome back Ezekiel Elliott for a full season, the Cowboys OL has not looked this good (from top to bottom) on paper in a long time. As the Cowboys enter OTAs, the team has swapped out backup Offensive Tackle Jarron Jones for Guard Damien Mama.
Damien Mama signs with the Cowboys after spending 2017 with both the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. A UDFA addition for the Chiefs that earned a practice squad position out of USC, Mama was snatched up by the Giants but waived earlier this month.
The Giants believe they found a long-term option at guard with this year's 34th overall pick, drafting UTEP's Will Hernandez. The Cowboys feel the same way about another Texas player - keeping Connor Williams close to home at 50th overall. With Williams and Zack Martin, both starting guard positions on the Cowboys are secured, along with Center Travis Frederick anchoring the unit.
Rounding out this stellar offensive line is of course Tyron Smith at left tackle and La'el Collins at right tackle. The cohesiveness and versatility from these starting five linemen is truly unrivaled across the NFL. Helping the Cowboys further enjoy their embarrassment of riches up front is Joe Looney, Marcus Martin, Chaz Green, and Cameron Fleming.
All four backup players have starting experience. The Cowboys can't afford to expose third-year Quarterback Dak Prescott to the pressure he faced without Smith or Cooper in the lineup, which is why players like Martin and Fleming were brought in through free agency.
It is going to be incredibly difficult for Damien Mama to find his footing in this league with the Cowboys. Earning a contract with the team out of a large group of recent workout players is a great first step for Mama though. Always possessing the traits and raw size to play at the next level, Mama saw his USC Trojans shuffle through multiple OL coaches during his three seasons in the Pac-12.
This inconsistency hurt Mama, and it is something he won't have to deal with under Paul Alexander in Dallas. At least as of May 22nd, with 90 players to work with, the Cowboys appear committed to being incredibly versatile on offense in 2018.
Perhaps making up for one of their perceived weak spots at TE with additional depth along the line will give Mama a fighting chance to compete with Joe Looney as the Cowboys "Jumbo" player. With Looney being re-signed prior to the Cowboys also adding veteran Guard Marcus Martin though, Mama understandably has his work cut out for him.
The Cowboys will have plenty of difficult roster decisions to make this summer. Fortunately, they've replenished their offensive line to the point where talented players will miss the cut. Whether or not this applies to Dallas' newest addition in Damien Mama remains to be seen, as the California native will undoubtedly impress in pads out in Oxnard.
Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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