While we would all rather them be readying for Super Bowl 51, many of the Dallas Cowboys star players and coaches are currently in Orlando, Florida preparing for the Pro Bowl this Sunday.
But no matter what you think about the Pro Bowl, I have always found it enjoyable to follow as the league's best players get together one last time before the season finally breaks. It is also always awesome (little alliteration for you guys) to see how first and second time Pro Bowlers enjoy their first time in the league's all star game.
For this year's Cowboys, there are a few guys who are experiencing one of their earliest Pro Bowl appearances. And to put it simply, they seem to be enjoying themselves.
Zeke The Pass Rusher
Everyone knows the Cowboys need to add a pass rusher this offseason, but maybe the answer is already on their roster! Also, be thankful that Dak Prescott doesn't have to protect himself from defensive linemen in the pocket, because that's some ugly form from our franchise quarterback.
Zeke the corner!
@DezBryant vs. @EzekielElliott at the first #ProBowl practice for NFC! https://t.co/w99YCe2yMf
Yeah, Dez Bryant is pretty tough to cover. His teammate and other third of the new-looked triplets, Ezekiel Elliott, found out just how difficult it is this week at practice. Zeke might be a better edge rusher than he is cornerback, based on these videos (I'm not serious, guys).
Piesman Trophy Finalists
Travis Frederick and Zach Martin catching balls and running routes at Pro Bowl practice like they do before games https://t.co/nYzEak8A8d
Our man Clarence Hill Jr. might have spelled Zack Martin's name wrong, but this video is still pretty awesome. As they did before just about every game this season, Martin and center Travis Frederick were out running routes and catching balls at the Pro Bowl, getting ready for the game on Sunday.
Offensive linemen playing receiver is also one of my favorite things in this world, so this video is great.
The Whole Squad
Team #DallasCowboys #ProBowl
Enjoy this, Cowboys fans. I know it hurts to not be representing the NFC in the Super Bowl next week, but there is something special brewing in Dallas. And while they are taking a pit-stop in Orlando this week, the Cowboys will be excited and ready to go as soon as the 2017 season opens.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
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