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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?

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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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7 Comments
  • 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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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Defense Better Or Worse Then Last Season?

Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.

2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.

Injuries.

As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.

Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.

Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.

Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.

Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.

The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.

Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.

We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.

With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.

Tell me what you think about "Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern" 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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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin

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Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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