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Like most Cowboy fans I watched the game Saturday night expecting a Dallas victory. What we got however was another uninspired offensive outing, and more questions, rather than answers. This offensive unit continues to not know how to utilize the weapons they have. Why did we make the trade for Roy Williams? Why do we never run a slant? Why can Romo not understand how to manage a game? Did the Cowboys offense not practice last week?

For three quarters the Dallas offense did absolutely nothing, relying completely on the defense, and for three quarters the defense kept them in the game. The Ravens gave Dallas the middle of the field. The Ravens unlike the Jason Garrett and the Cowboys took away what their counterpart liked to do. Jason Garrett was out coached by Rex Ryan all night. Rex Ryan knew that Jason Garrett would not change his game-plan, that he would not do what good coaches do and take what the other team gives you. Jason Garrett insisted on staying with going for the big play, instead of just simply taking the short passing game!

The Ravens dared the Cowboys to shorten their passing attack, they blitzed on almost every play making it extremely difficult on Romo to wait for the double and triple move routes to open up. Yet still Garrett refused to shorten the attack! WHY! Can someone please tell me WHY? I cannot understand the thought process behind this! Is it just me that sees this? Yet we continue to send three and four receivers out on routes that take time to develop, meanwhile our QB is running for his life! or forced to throw to the check-down (which is always the tail back in the flat). What would be so wrong about having Roy Williams run a slant, T.O. running the seam, Crayton running an out, and Bennett and Witten running a hook,and an out? We went and got Roy Williams (who by the way is great across the middle) to relieve the pressure from T.O. yet all we seem to throw the guy is a screen and or a triple move down the field! and what good is the guy if we are not going to throw him the ball more than once a game! This has been a problem all year so I don't suspect it will change the rest of the year!

I would really like for someone to answer something for me! How do you not know the snap count? Please tell me someone! How do you not know the snap count? Every week at least twice in the game the entire offensive unit forgets the snap count! How the hell does that happen? You got a PRO BOWL center leading the charge with this! So either the line is forgetting the count or Romo is! Oh Yeah and let me not forget, SOMEBODY BLOCK #52 PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He will be the one running directly to Romo without being touched, just in case you were curious!

I do not have the energy nor the want to, to speak about the defense and their lack of killer instinct, and loss of the ability to tackle. So after a complete and utterly disgusting performance against the Ravens I thought it was all over, to my surprise though the Bucs and Eagles let us back in the race, and the Cowboys still control their own fate. Win and your in! So now the question becomes which team shows up in Philly this week? The one that beat the Giants? or the one that refuses to adapt to game situations? If I knew the answer to this I would be in Vegas!


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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."

The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

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Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith

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The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.

ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...

Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.

Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.

And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.

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Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List

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Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.

"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."

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This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.

It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.

While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.

With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.

With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.

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