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Should Cowboys Take A Chance On QB Johnny Manziel?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Take A Chance On QB Johnny Manziel?

The decision by the Dallas Cowboys to re-sign Kellen Moore likely means that he is the backup quarterback to Dak Prescott for 2017. I actually don't have a problem with the move because I doubt there is another QB in the entire NFL that knows offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's offense as well Moore. But, at the same time I believe in creating competition, which led me to the thought of whether or not the Cowboys should take a chance on QB Johnny Manziel?

My fellow Staff Writer, Jess Haynie, wrote an article earlier this week about whether or not the Cowboys should keep looking for a QB talent. If you haven't read it yet, then I definitely recommend it. In the article, he mentions several available free agent QBs that could be of interest to the Dallas Cowboys, but Johnny Manziel wasn't one of them.

You see, like Jess, a lot of people have completely forgotten or written off Manziel ever playing in the NFL again, let alone for the Dallas Cowboys. But, it is really starting to look as if the young troubled QB is serious about resurrecting his career.

At the beginning of March, Manziel rehired his agent Eric Burkhardt. That started a few rumors that there were teams around the NFL that could be interested in bringing him aboard. But, that's all there was were rumors. That is until Ian Rapoport identified via twitter one of Manziel's potential suitors.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

FA QB Johnny Manziel has kept a low-profile as he trains for a return. #Saints coach Sean Payton appears to have taken an interest in him.

It's not all that surprising the New Orleans Saints could be one of his suitors with QB Drew Brees getting up there in age. The Saints currently don't have his successor on the team and could probably use an upgrade at the backup QB position as well.

I'm sure by now you're thinking to yourself why should we as Cowboys fans care if the Saints have an interest in Johnny Manziel? Well, I think it all comes back to Owner/GM, Jerry Jones.

Jerry Jones/Johnny ManzielJerry Jones has always had an infatuation with Johnny Manziel. Jones was all set to draft Manziel with the Cowboys first-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Fortunately, that never happened, but you can bet that JJ has been keeping up-to-date with the goings-on involving Manziel. This recent news of the Saints interest in the former Texas A&M star has probably only reignited that fire.

You see, Jerry Jones and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton have a very good relationship with one another. You can bet that if Sean Payton has an interest in Johnny Manziel, then Jerry Jones shares that interest, especially with his prior infatuation.

I think Johnny "Football" is like an itch that Jerry Jones just can't scratch. The only way for Jerry Jones to ever get rid of that pestering itch is to finally add Johnny Manziel to the Cowboys roster and see if the young QB still has any of that magic left in his tank that made him a Heisman Trophy winner.

I'm personally a little intrigued by the idea as long as the Dallas Cowboys protect themselves just in case Johnny Manziel reverts to his partying ways. It would definitely have to be a team friendly/prove it kind of contract, but I think that's what he would likely receive from any team.

I would just like to see what Manziel could do if he actually focused on his craft. I think he would do that with the Cowboys. They have a strong locker room full of leaders and they are all players that hold each other accountable. That could be exactly what he needs.

Manziel hasn't really proven he can be a starter in the NFL. He has only started eight games in his career throwing for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions. But, he would be nothing more than a QB3/scout team player for the Dallas Cowboys and he could create competition for Kellen Moore, possibly becoming the backup to Dak Prescott.

This could be one of those risk/reward situations we have seen the Cowboys take in the past.

Do you think the Cowboys should take a chance on Johnny Manziel?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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