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Cowboys WR Signings Aren’t About Dez, Could They Draft Another at 19?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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A Case For Dez Bryant Remaining a Dallas Cowboy in 2018 1
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What started off as a boring Dallas Cowboys offseason sure has gotten a bit interesting in the last few days, especially for the wide receiver position. Ever since the 2017 season ended quite before it should have, Dez Bryant and the future of the receiving corps in Dallas has been one of the most discussed topics among Cowboys' fans.

With the recent free agent signings, inevitably questions arise. Specifically when talking about the former Jaguar Allen Hurns, one naturally wonders whether or not it will affect Bryant's position on the team.

It certainly doesn't appear to be the case, judging by comments from the team's front office, who appear to be convinced that Dez will be throwing up the X while wearing the Star on his helmet next season.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Garrett said any speculation about Dez's contract, etc. is irrelevant relative to the recent signing of WRs Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson. "We love Dez Bryant. Dez has been a great player for us for a long time." #cowboyswire

However, a talk between the Dallas Cowboys franchise leader in touchdown catches and the team still needs to take place. Dez will have a huge cap hit of $16.5M in 2018 and with him failing to justify his salary over the last three years, that's something that should probably change.

Although we know about the mutual love that exists between the franchise and the player, it's a very intriguing story. Allen Hurns is now on the team, the Cowboys are hosting multiple wide receiver Draft prospects and well, Bryant did say "Hell no" when asked about a potential pay cut back in December.

Sure, it looks like Dez is staying, but Cowboys Nation should really be keeping an eye out for the outcomes of the much-awaited meeting.

"I certainly have not had a thought about talking with him that did not anticipate him being with us." Jerry Jones on future meeting with Dez Bryant.

Last week, I wrote about how the Cowboys nailed the wide receiver position by signing Allen Hurns and (seemingly) deciding to keep Dez on the roster. With both on the field, your offense is clearly improved. However, replacing Bryant with Hurns undoubtedly downgrades the team's passing game.

Say the Cowboys are indeed keeping Dez... the WR room will be loaded. Terrance Williams' and even Cole Beasley's jobs in Dallas will be put at doubt. Both could be valuable trade assets.

Should the Cowboys consider taking another wide receiver in the first round in a class full of quality guys at the position?

Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Set to Meet with Alabama WR Calvin Ridley 1

Alabama Crimson Tide WR Calvin Ridley (John David Mercer / USA TODAY Sports)

Before getting Allen Hurns aboard, WR had to be among the team's top needs. However, now there are other positions that feel more urgent, such as linebacker, defensive tackle and even left guard (although I wouldn't be a fan of taking a linemen at 19).

Dallas should still be looking for a good receiver in the Draft, but a Day 1 pick shouldn't be worth the investment. There are many good prospects who'll be available in later rounds, and now that it isn't a pressing need, the Cowboys should be fine with waiting.

Allen Hurns is only 26 years old and with an inexpensive two-year deal in Dallas, he looks like the answer right now at WR. If Dez has yet another down year, Hurns could be the heir to Bryant's role on the offense in 2019.

The Cowboys have a lot of money invested in receivers, giving the WR room the "most intriguing position" title on the team for the rest of the offseason.

With Dak Prescott going into the third year of his contract, things better work out for a team that must take advantage of its young fourth-round quarterback.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys WR Signings Aren’t About Dez, Could They Draft Another at 19?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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  • Mr. Jaguar

    Here comes Ridley

  • Hector Espindola

    Don’t think WR at 19. Hurns is our WR2 (an excellent upgrade). There are good receivers to be taken at day 3. Even thinking on BPA at 19, there are better players at LB, S, OL an DL. However, LB at 19 seems the call, to replace Hitch and eventually Lee.

    • Mr. Jaguar

      I rather have dj moore, with Garrett headed to Alabama. There is a good chance that the Cowboys trade up pass the Ravens to get Ridley.
      Also historical trends to lean on offense when Garrett visits college campuses.
      In 2011 Smith USC- 2016- Elliott-Ohio State.
      With the Cowboys hoisting the Draft Imo Jerry makes a splash.
      Same can be said regarding LB, in 2nd round where the LB Leonard South Carolina State imo is better than Evans who has been injury prone during his time@ Alabama. Just my two cents worth.

  • Travis Diggs

    Trade beasley, drop T will on the depth chart, and draft 1 of 3, Ridley, Kirk, or Moore

    • Russ_Te

      Agree – get a top WR who scares defenders, if the chance to do it is available.

  • Russ_Te

    D.J. Chark, WR, LSU

    Height: 6-2. Weight: 199. Arm: 33. Hand 9.25.
    40 Time: 4.34.
    Projected Round (2018): 2-3.

    3/10/18: Chark had 40 receptions for 874 yards and three
    touchdowns in 2017. Once again, LSU’s limitations in the passing game
    restricted the roster’s receiving talent. Some sources say they are
    grading Chark as a mid-rounder. Others think he will go higher on the
    second day of the 2018 NFL Draft. Chark had a solid week at the Senior
    Bowl, where he pushed the defense vertically, showing quickness and
    athleticism to make plays downfield. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Chark
    notched a superb 40 time to illustrate his deep speed for the NFL.

    Read more: http://walterfootball.com/draft2018WR.php#ixzz5BCG67WOV

  • Russ_Te

    Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, South Florida

    Height: 6-4. Weight: 206. Arm: 32.25. Hand: 10.
    40 Time: 4.37.
    Projected Round (2018): 5-7.

    3/10/18: In 2017, Valdes-Scantling made 53 catches for 879
    yards and six touchdowns. He is a tall receiver with mismatch height. In
    his previous three seasons, Valdes-Scantling had 22 receptions in each
    year. He recorded an excellent 40 time at the combine to help himself.

    Read more: http://walterfootball.com/draft2018WR.php#ixzz5BCGl3wwP

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Can Jaylon Smith Challenge Vander Esch For Starting MIKE Role?

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In Season For Youth, Cowboys Must Make Tough Decision On Jaylon Smith

When the Dallas Cowboys selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the whole world basically assumed he would be the starting MIKE linebacker week one of the upcoming season.

After all, the Cowboys lost Anthony Hitchens to free agency and none of the injury replacements had much success during the 2017 season.

Now just a couple of months shy of that week one match up with the Carolina Panthers, a battle for that middle linebacker spot appears to be occurring.

Former 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith has seemed to find his health, and his movement skills and agility look like they did back when he was at Notre Dame. Whether or not these offseason hype videos will actually mean anything on the field remains to be seen, but just the fact that Smith is working out and playing without the knee brace is obviously a good sign.

Unlike Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith did play for the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Sure Smith had his share of growing pains, but he seemed to find his groove late in the season. It probably isn't a coincidence, though, that Smith's best games came when coming off the bench in a limited role and when playing beside veteran Sean Lee.How Will LB Jaylon Smith Best be Utilized in 2018?

During the offseason activity thus far Jaylon Smith has gotten the majority of snaps at middle linebacker, but Vander Esch has also been sidelined with an injured ankle. Leighton Vander Esch clearly fits the mold of a MIKE both physically and athletically, but at his best Jaylon Smith does as well.

Despite the resurgence of Jaylon Smith and the injury to Leighton Vander Esch, I still do expect Vander Esch to snag that MIKE role moving forward. While showing glimpses of productive play, Smith did not impress enough to earn him the unquestioned starting job last season, and may best fit as a SAM backer and situational pass rusher/blitzer in the current scheme.

Allowing Jaylon Smith to conserve his energy and provide a boost off the bench is the best way for the Cowboys to structure their defense. Of course, this is only true as long as Vander Esch becomes the player they expect him to be, though.

If Jaylon Smith does return to the player he was at Notre Dame prior to his horrific injury, the Cowboys will possess three incredibly rangy, athletic, and talented linebackers on their roster.

Of course, that if is a very big if at this point, however.



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Will Cowboys’ Performance VS NFC South Define 2018 Season?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott Weighs in on Cowboys "Dak-Friendly" Offense Approach

When thinking about how the Cowboys' 2017 season came to an end the day before Christmas after a disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, we often forget the team needed some extra help in order to get to the playoffs. The NFC was a tough conference to play in last year... but it will only be tougher in 2018.

The NFC is way stronger than the AFC right now, at least in terms of depth.

The Cowboys will be sharing a division with the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that only got stronger this offseason and will try to make a run for the NFC East title once again.

As good and promising as the Cowboys' roster is, it's only fair to admit that trying to get to the postseason this year might implicate running for a wildcard spot. Many teams will be fighting for a playoff berth late in the year but fortunately for Dallas, they will be able to control their destiny against a handful of this teams.

The Cowboys will play against the entire NFC South this season. Except for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, every team in the South division was fighting for a chance at January football heading into week 17.

The Saints, Falcons and Panthers all finished the season with double-digit wins last year, and there's little reason to believe they won't come back as strong as they were in 2017.

If the Cowboys are not able to beat the Eagles in the NFC East race, we'll be hearing about a lot of different playoff scenarios that will be needed in order to play in the postseason. Certainly, having the head-to-head advantage against the NFC South teams would go a long way, even if the team will play the Saints, Falcons and Panthers before December comes around.

If the Cowboys do manage to get back to their 2016-selves, no team in the league should be an "impossible" challenge for a powerful running-game based offense and a defense that can rush the passer consistently.

Of course, the NFC South is not the only challenging division in the conference. The NFC West will feature another three football teams that will be winning tons of games. The Rams, 49ers and Seahawks are all very likely to have winning records and be in the hunt once December comes around.

In a season that promises to be a "comeback" year for America's Team, the NFC promises to be a threatening conference from every direction. If the Cowboys will be able to overcome or not remains unknown and will stay that way until the season actually starts.

Tell me what you think about "Will Cowboys’ Performance VS NFC South Define 2018 Season?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Cowboys en Español: 3 Escenarios Para el Futuro de David Irving

Mauricio Rodriguez

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- David Irving, #95

En la NFL, la falta de noticias en Junio generalmente significa buenas noticias. Los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys saben esto mejor que nadie y en caso de que lo hayan olvidado, David Irving se aseguró de recordarle a Cowboys Nation el porque de esta frase.

La semana pasada, se anunció que David Irving recibirá una suspensión de cuatro partidos por haber violado la política de abuso de substancias de la liga. Es la segunda suspensión que Irving recibe en años consecutivos y lógicamente, esto es preocupante para el equipo de los Dallas Cowboys.

Las últimas dos temporadas hemos visto a Irving convertirse en una pieza de suma importancia para la defensiva. El año pasado, Irving consiguió siete sacks (capturas) en sólo ocho juegos y se convirtió en un caza cabezas muy efectivo.

Demostrando ser uno de los jugadores más talentosos de su posición en la NFL, es difícil imaginar el futuro del #95 en la liga. Tras recibir un tender de segunda ronda hace unos meses (explico que es eso aquí), el futuro de Irving es muy incierto. Por eso, esta semana en Cowboys en Español, exploraremos tres escenarios posibles para el defensivo de 24 años.

#1 David Irving se va de Dallas prematuramente

Hace unos días, me dediqué a defender mi posición de que los Cowboys estarían cometiendo un error al cortar a David Irving. A pesar de que realmente despedirse de un defensivo como Irving parece muy poco probable, es un escenario que debemos discutir.

Irving ha sido un dolor de cabeza para el equipo en más de una ocasión. Dos suspensiones en años consecutivos no es una buena imagen para un jugador que busca un contrato jugoso al terminar el año.

Si Jason Garrett y la administración quieren "dar un mensaje" cortando a David Irving, ¿qué tanto serviría? Esta idea de enviar un mensaje, a la hora de pensarlo fríamente, parece una idea romántica de parte de nosotros los fans. Al final de cuentas, estamos hablando de un locker room lleno de jugadores adultos y profesionales, no de un grupo de niños.

Además, bien sabemos todos que Irving no es el único Cowboy que ha tenido problemas. ¿Será el hecho de que ha ocurrido dos años seguidos razón suficiente para dejarlo ir? Personalmente, no lo creo. Los Cowboys dejarían ir a un jugador muy bueno en una posición de necesidad.

Datone Jones, Jihad Ward y Maliek Collins podrán ser suficiente. Pero David Irving es especial en el campo. Mejor tenerlo por 12 juegos a tenerlo cero.

#2 Irving se queda para el 2018, pero no más allá

David Irving recibió un contrato de un año que le pagaba (antes de ser suspendido) 2.91 millones de dólares. Si hubiera demostrado que no era problemático y que podía mantenerse al 100% toda la temporada, probablemente hubiera recibido un gran contrato de los Cowboys o de otro equipo en la NFL.

Sin embargo, el dicho lo dice todo. "En la NFL, la disponibilidad es la mejor habilidad." Irving no se ha terminado de ganar la confianza necesaria para una gran extensión.

En este punto, Dallas puede esperar a que su tackle defensivo regrese de su suspensión, juegue doce juegos con ellos y les consiga un sack por juego por menos de tres millones de dólares. Después de eso, el equipo pude darse el lujo de dejarlo ir sin una extensión y verlo convertirse en un agente libre.

Does DT David Irving Have a Future With Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving (Albert Pena / CSM)

#3 Irving se queda por más de un año

En este caso, hay dos "sub-escenarios." Suponiendo que, efectivamente, Irving regresa y juega como sabemos que puede hacerlo, no será tan fácil dejarlo ir. Si llega a sorprender y demuestra que realmente es quien creemos que es y consigue diez capturas en sólo doce juegos, ¿realmente no le dará el equipo una oportunidad?

La primera opción sería asignarle la etiqueta franquicia y obligarlo a jugar un año más para un equipo que busca desesperadamente un Super Bowl.

Si se sienten cómodos dándole el salario de una etiqueta franquicia para evitar perderlo, ¿podríamos culparlos después de que les dio por ejemplo, diez capturas? Yo, personalmente, no podría hacerlo.

La otra opción, y una que podría ser la más realista, es más simple. La inmadurez y los problemas de Irving le costarán la confianza y el interés de otros equipos y es posible que en un punto, Dallas sea el único equipo que le pueda brindar seguridad de trabajo.

De esta manera, Dallas podría ofrecerle una extensión de dos, tres o más años a un precio mucho más barato que el de cualquier DT que consiga dos dígitos de sacks.

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David Irving sin duda tiene un futuro incierto delante de él. Realmente sería una sorpresa verlo fuera de Dallas en el 2018, pero más allá, quien sabe lo que pueda pasar. Por ahora, esperemos que una vez que vuelva de la suspensión, esté en forma para ir detrás de los quarterbacks oponentes.

Con un poco de suerte, quizá nos olvidaremos de esto en Noviembre.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: 3 Escenarios Para el Futuro de David Irving" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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