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Cowboys To Workout Former Baylor QB Seth Russell

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One thing is abundantly clear as the Dallas Cowboys methodically build their roster heading into 2017's training camp - the team is not content with simply handing Kellen Moore the backup QB position behind Dak Prescott. Under Head Coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys have been built on competition, and Moore has seen Dallas sign journeyman Zac Dysert, retain UDFA QB Cooper Rush, and now schedule a workout with former Baylor starter Seth Russell all this offseason.

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Former #Baylor QB Seth Russell telling me via text he has a workout with the @dallascowboys on Monday. #NFL @S_Russell17

The lack of a solid backup quarterback was something that obviously plagued the Cowboys over Tony Romo's career, a spot they tried to ideally fix by drafting Prescott. With the Cowboys heading full speed into the future with Dak as the starter now - a young, healthy, and mobile QB - the time is now to consider all long-term options behind him.

Russell sat behind New York Jets QB Bryce Petty in 2013 and 2014, finally getting his shot in the Bears' pass-happy attack in 2015.

Baylor's system has not produced many NFL-ready passers (Petty has yet to get his shot with the Jets), and Russell was only able to start 17 games in his career there due to injuries. In just seven starts in 2015, Seth threw for 29 touchdowns to six interceptions.

A second straight season ending injury deflated Russell's draft stock in 2016, as he left many more questions than answers on the field and ultimately went undrafted. Now, the Garland, Texas native has earned a shot with the Cowboys.

Russell's fit with the Cowboys as a developmental backup makes sense, as a mobile quarterback that could come in and run some of the same offense Scott Linehan has designed for Dak Prescott. Russell may struggle with his overall accuracy, but shows off some nice touch and velocity from the pocket to allow his receivers to make plays.

Cowboys To Workout Baylor QB Seth Russell

In the traditional sense of the term, there will be no "quarterback competition" in Oxnard at the Cowboys' training camp. The future has never been brighter in Dallas with Dak Prescott as the starter, but the QB2 spot has still left a lot to be desired. Should Russell impress at his Monday workout and sign, plenty of intriguing arms will now be fighting for this position.

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  • George_Johnson

    Sean Martin: There is NO competition for the 2nd team QB position. Unless Kellen Moore gets hurt or really starts screwing up, K Moore is the 2nd team QB. K Moore is very unlikely to start screwing up. The Coaches are very aware that K Moore cannot make a throw that requires a cannon arm like Mathew Stafford has and don’t expect him to make these kind of throws. Not having competition at 2nd team is important to get K Moore ready to play via maximum reps and preseason playing time. One quick injury to D Prescott and the season and coaches jobs could be in K Moore’s hands. The competition for QB will be at 3rd and 4th team positions. K Moore will be the incumbent 2nd team QB because 1) he knows intimately the Dallas offense/playbook/games plans, 2) has S Linehan’s complete confidence, 3) has worked with S Linehan for long enough that he knows how S Linehan thinks and exactly what he wants, 4) K Moore makes the team better with his knowledge and mentoring of D Prescott and any other QBs, 5) S Linehan has said even though K Moore doesn’t have much experience he is like having a veteran QB because of his knowledge and maturity of play. S Linehan has recently said K Moore doesn’t need a lot of reps and is a great practice QB because he knows exactly what to do and how to do it and how to get the most out of the practice for everyone, 6) K Moore is a student of the game and he probably keeps improving. He already is an outstanding pocket passer and he will probably keep improving the finer details and nuances of being a pocket passer.

    K Moore knows his physical limitations and does not try to make throws that his limitations will not allow him to. He would just look to another receiver or throw the ball away. His physical limitations per S Linehan will not stop him from being able to play in the NFL. S Linehan has said his arm is strong enough and that he compensates for his physical limitations with his outstanding pocket passing skills/abilities. In my opinion he may be one of the best ever if not THE best at a combination of accuracy, uncanny anticipation, poise and QB smarts/instincts. His decision making, accuracy and anticipation will overcome a lot of weaknesses because of his physical limitations. A few receivers have said he almost has a sixth sense in knowing where the receiver will be. Receivers love to play with him because he spreads the ball around and if you can get open he can get you the ball right where you can catch it.

    One more thing, it wouldn’t surprise me if K Moore outplayed D Prescott in preseason play. This is because not only is K Moore good but this is his time to shine and maybe only time to play and D Prescott and the coaches are looking for Dak to work on some things, only try to get ready for the season games, not take a lot of risks of getting injured, etc.

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Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?

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Despite Late Push in Year One, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See the Field in 2018? 1
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It feels like ages ago that the Dallas Cowboys spent the 28th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft on Michigan Defensive End Taco Charlton. Perhaps this is a result of the constant distancing fans have made from this unpopular pick, or the corresponding moves the Cowboys have made at DE since drafting Charlton.

These moves include using the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence after seeing him explode for 14.5 sacks, spending a fourth round pick this year on Kansas' Dorance Armstrong, and seeing Randy Gregory reinstated in time for training camp.

Across the entirety of the Cowboys roster, there will be plenty of "odd men out" that miss the cut down to 53 players. Defensive end remains one of the most cluttered spots on the current 90 man roster however.

Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton, DT Maliek Collins (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Prior to establishing the depth the Cowboys now have up front on defense, they did Taco no favors by starting his career at right defensive end. While Gregory may still be a long way from earning the starting role here, similarly styled players like Armstrong have the edge here over Charlton.

This relegates Charlton to the strong side, where he always projected best out of college. By the time the Cowboys realized this a season ago, they also knew a franchise pass rusher was playing his way into the team's long-term plans.

Lawrence's stellar consistency off the edge reduced Charlton's role in the Cowboys rotation of pass rushers. An ideal spot for the rookie to develop with less pressure on him, Charlton's opportunities to continue playing left end may only be reduced this season.

The first-round pick is capable of kicking inside at defensive tackle, a position the Cowboys could certainly use help at. However, asking Charlton to go through another position shift would only halt the progress that took quite a bit of patience from Dallas to see.

It's far from unheard of for the Cowboys to do this with their young players, but for now Charlton remains a defensive end looking to make his impact. The Cowboys are in much better position now than they were at this time a year ago when it comes to setting expectations for him to do so.

Given everything he showed on tape at Michigan as well as in his pre-draft interviews, Charlton is a player that needs to succeed at the task at hand. When this plan is altered, the 6'6" pass rusher is much less effective -- without even considering any athletic struggles that Charlton has compared to other prototypes at defensive end.

As a unit, the Cowboys defensive line has all the pieces to be very effective this season. Taco Charlton is a piece to this puzzle, a backup left end that must find a way to flourish in this role.

For most former 28th overall picks, doing so would be considered a fall from grace. For the Cowboys, it's simply an example of strong roster building that's forced life to come at Charlton quickly. How he responds with a full season under his belt will make or break the hype this deep Cowboys defensive line has garnered, lead of course by the starter at Charlton's position in DeMarcus Lawrence.

Tell us what you think about "Despite Late Push as Rookie, Will Taco Charlton Struggle to See Field in 2018?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys OT La’el Collins Could Become Major Bargain

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When you talk Cowboys offensive line, you always think of Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin first. Right Tackle La'el Collins still has to prove he belongs in the same sentence with his elite teammates. If he does that in 2018, Collins could become one of the best bargains on the roster.

Making the move from left guard to right tackle last year, Collins improved with time and was playing his best football at the end of the year. This was despite ongoing back issues that had him on the injury report most weeks.

La'el started all 16 games at right tackle and did enough that the Cowboys committed to keeping him there in 2018, even despite a big hole back at left guard. They are hoping consistency and stability will allow Collins to really blossom this season, building on the strong progress shown last year.

For 2018, Collins has a $5.76 million cap hit. According to Spotrac, that makes him the 13th-most expensive right tackle in the NFL this year.

That middle-of-the-pack expense is consistent with where La'el currently rates among NFL right tackles. Bleacher Report ranked Collins as the 16th-best RT in football last year.

But that ranking was based on the season as a whole. If La'el plays all of 2018 the way he was playing towards the end of last year, he will have emerged as one of the better right tackles in the game.

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Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

If Collins develops as we hope, that salary suddenly becomes a major bargain. The most expensive right tackles in the NFL are making $7-$9 million this season.

But this can go a couple of ways. With his 2019 cap hit rising to $7.9 million, La'el needs to next step forward.

If Collins were to struggle this year, it could make him a potential cap casualty next offseason. Dallas can save $6.5 million in cap space if Collins is released or traded in 2019.

Dallas could elect to give Connor Williams, their second-round pick this year, a look at right tackle next season. It's the position he played in college.

They could also consider veteran backup Cameron Fleming, who will still be just 26-year-old. Fleming has two Super Bowl rings and several starts, including in the postseason, from his time with the Patriots.

While we think of La'el Collins as a first-round talent, it's important to remember that he was ultimately an undrafted free agent. Dallas did not have to invest anything to acquire him, and ultimately that makes it easier to let him go.

Naturally, we prefer the other side of this coin. If Collins builds on 2017, he will join the upper echelon of right tackles in the league. And if the Cowboys' offensive line isn't already the best in the NFL, that would only cement them as the best unit in football.

If La'el makes the leap, it could mean huge things for the Cowboys' offense and team success this year.



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How Cowboys Could Benefit From Randy Gregory’s Suspension

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Cowboys Headlines - Randy Gregory Withdraws Suspension Appeal, Cannot Return Until Week 15

Randy Gregory is back! His suspension is officially over and he will be able to join the Dallas Cowboys in Oxnard, California when training camp gets underway less than a week from now.

Speculation has already started as to what this could mean for the Dallas Cowboys defense this season, and shockingly expectations are rather high for a player who hasn't stepped foot on the field in over a year. But, that's not what I want to talk about today. Today I want to focus on Gregory's mess of a contract, because it is rather interesting.

Randy Gregory was signed to a four-year contract after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Gregory's rookie deal was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2018 season, but his multiple suspensions have now changed that expiration date.

You see, Gregory has only played in a total of 14 games in his career, 12 as a rookie and two in Year 2. His third year in the NFL was completely wiped out due to his year-long suspension. If you were to add that all up, it equates to just one accured season in the NFL. Remember that, because it could have a huge impact on his contract down the road.

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Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory

What all of this means is that the Cowboys can pretty much stretch out Gregory's contract now that they are three years in on the deal and have only gotten one accured season out of the agreement. That basically means they can push his contract back a year, meaning his 2017 salary ($731,813) gets pushed back to 2018, his 2018 salary ($955,217) gets pushed to 2019. That would essentially make him a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) in 2020.

Or does it?

Depending on how the Dallas Cowboys handled paying Randy Gregory during his suspension could actually make him an Exclusive Rights Free Agent (EFA). This is a similar situation in which David Irving found himself in after the 2017 season. The Cowboys placed a second-round tender on him in order to secure his services for another season, albeit at a $2.91 million price tag.

As you can see, the Dallas Cowboys pretty much hold all the cards when it comes to Randy Gregory's contract situation. It's all a little confusing, but that's what makes it such a unique and interesting situation.

Of course, the Cowboys could decide to extend Gregory early if he completely dominates upon his return this season. It's highly doubtful though considering his past suspensions, but still technically a possibility. If it does happen, you can go ahead and ignore everything I've written previously.



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