There are plenty of things that can go wrong for a football team during training camp. The worst thing that can happen is when several key players get injured. That is what has happened at the Dallas Cowboys’ training camp so far.
Thankfully it doesn’t look like any of the injuries are too severe besides the torn Achilles of Tyrone Crawford, an injury that ended his season before it really even started. Although Crawford is just one player, his injury could severely affect this defense if other players don’t step up.
The defensive line could be in trouble because, at the moment, Spencer is out for four weeks with a knee bruise. Jay Ratliff is out with hamstring issues again, and Ikponmwosa Igbinosun has a hurt foot. In addition to Crawford, that means the Cowboys are missing four defensive linemen that were all expected to contribute.
Spencer will be ready to play when he steps back on the field but the fact that Ratliff is dealing with hamstring issues again is cause for concern amongst Cowboys’ faithful. That worry is well founded based on the fact that if he goes down with a serious injury or misses as many games as he did last year, the line could struggle.
Crawford is important because he is a player that the coaching staff believes could play both inside and outside along the defensive line. Essentially if Ratliff’s hamstring keeps him out, the Cowboys will have lost two of their best defensive tackles.
The good news is that Ratliff’s injury doesn’t seem to be too serious at the moment, and hopefully he’ll be 100 % by September. Still depth could be an issue, and that is why the Cowboys brought in George Selvie and Landon Cohen for workouts.
Both Selvie and Cohen have bounced around the league a bit, but the team is looking to sign a young player for cheap and work on developing them, so either of these guys might be the perfect fit.
Now the Cowboys will really start to miss having a player like Josh Brent. Thankfully it is still very early which gives the team a chance to bring in new guys to add depth, and also gives players the opportunity to get healthy.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
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