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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 @MauNFL 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 @MauNFL.

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  1. Mr. Jaguar

    March 28, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Here comes Ridley

  2. Hector Espindola

    March 28, 2018 at 9:47 am

    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

      March 28, 2018 at 10:17 am

      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.

  3. Travis Diggs

    March 28, 2018 at 6:38 pm

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

    • Russ_Te

      March 29, 2018 at 9:44 pm

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

  4. Russ_Te

    March 29, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    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

  5. Russ_Te

    March 29, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    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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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

The 2018 season was a two-part tale for the Dallas Cowboys. The first is the story of a mediocre 3-5 team that couldn't get it going offensively. The second part is about a football team that turned its season around, made the playoffs, got a win in the postseason and ultimately lost to the team that ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams.

Surely, 2018 didn't go as planned. The storylines leading to last season are actually very different from the ones we're hearing today. Let's take a look at a few examples of how the tables have turned for the Dallas Cowboys.

The need for a true WR1

Last season, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys preached the philosophy of not needing a #1 wide receiver. While that could've sound encouraging at the time, once the season began the team was proven wrong. They did need a WR1. Fortunately, this season we won't have to worry about it. This year, Dez Bryant shouldn't be a discussion topic among Cowboys' fans.

Amari Cooper is in the house. And he's been pretty good since he started playing with a Star on his helmet. If we have conversations about the WR position, they will not be about who's the #1 guy. With Michael Gallup showing up late in the season, it probably won't be about who is #2 either.

How Cowboys Set up High-Stakes Division Meeting with Eagles at Home

Back on top of the NFC East

Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were not really the favorites to win the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had just made history by winning their first Super Bowl ever and it seemed like the Cowboys would have to get a wildcard spot to play in January. Now it's the Cowboys back on top after sweeping the Eagles and turning their once 3-5 season around.

That of course, means a tougher schedule next season. However, it's nice to be back on top of the division. These two teams will surely have an intense race for the division title next season. Maybe we even see them both in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Sean Lee's uncertain future

I'm pretty sure no one expected Sean Lee to be considered a potential cap casualty for the 2019 season. Even if he was, it would've probably been anticipating an injury or something like that. No one would've imagined that Leighton Vander Esch would be so good to take Sean Lee's job.

The Cowboys' first round rookie truly earned the starting role as the defense's weak linebacker and he should keep it. With Sean Lee set to return to the field, I'm sure we didn't expect him to be a backup by now. We'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys decide to part ways with him. As a fan, it would certainly be painful. But we can't deny it would be a move that makes sense.

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It's a crazy franchise on a crazy league. Who knows how things will go from now on, but the Dallas Cowboys certainly look like a promising team heading into the 2019 offseason. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you with the latest on your favorite NFL team.

Tell me what you think about "How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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El año pasado, Earl Thomas fue uno de los temas de conversación más frecuentes para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Después de que los Seattle Seahawks no le dieran su deseada extensión de contrato, Thomas se convirtió en un candidato a ser intercambiado de su equipo. Entre los favoritos estaban los Cowboys, quienes tenían una necesidad en su defensiva secundaria. Ahora que la temporada 2018 llegó a su fin, la misma necesidad por un safety de calidad está presente en Dallas.

Sólo que en esta ocasión, Earl Thomas no está bajo contrato con ningún equipo. Su último momento con el uniforme de los Seahawks fue en un carro de lesiones, donde salía lesionado en dirección a su vestidor. Esto mientras se despedía de su equipo con el dedo de en medio extendido hacia sus entrenadores y compañeros. Así concluyó su temporada y su carrera en Seattle.

Ahora, listo para cumplir los 30 años en mayo, Earl Thomas probará la agencia libre cuando comience en marzo. Y sin lugar a dudas, uno de los equipos candidatos a firmarlo serán los Dallas Cowboys. Es un equipo que a pesar de tener una de las mejores defensivas la temporada pasada, se vería muy beneficiada con la llegada de un profundo del calibre de Thomas.

A pesar de su edad y las lesiones, Thomas continúa siendo uno de los mejores en la liga. Su talento es innegable y tendrá toda la disposición de demostrar lo que vale cuando tome el campo la próxima temporada. Cuando llegue el momento, podríamos ver una guerra de ofertas entre varios equipos de la NFL para llevarse al veterano a sus respectivas ciudades.

La pregunta es: ¿estarán los Dallas Cowboys en esa guerra de ofertas?

Los Cowboys tienen espacio en el tope salarial. Sin embargo, este no durará mucho considerando que DeMarcus Lawrence está esperando su merecida y cara extensión después de jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia en 2018. Además, jugadores que aún están bajo contrato también estarán buscando ofertas este offseason.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, y Byron Jones están en la lista de quehaceres de la administración. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley, cuyo contrato ya expiró y podría llegar a la agencia libre en marzo.

A pesar de esta complicada situación, los Dallas Cowboys deberían buscar conseguir a Thomas. Siendo sinceros, la defensiva tiene mucho talento y podría mantener su nivel en 2019. Pero hace falta un jugador en la posición de safety para llevar a esta unidad a otro nivel. Un nivel realmente capaz de ganar en postemporada enfrentándose a cualquier tipo de ofensiva. Sin importar que tan explosiva sea. Y además de esto, un jugador que sea capaz de robar el balón y hacer jugadas de impacto constantemente.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a Seahawks en temporada regular, Thomas dio un buen ejemplo de esto interceptando en dos ocasiones a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.

A pasos de un equipo de campeonato, un movimiento agresivo para obtener a Earl Thomas sería algo genial para Dallas. Vimos como los Rams de Los Angeles fueron agresivos al construir su equipo y llegaron hasta el Super Bowl este febrero. Quizá es tiempo de que Jerry Jones y compañía sean igual de agresivos y vayan por ese safety elite que la afición lleva pidiendo desde el offseason del año pasado.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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