If you watch/read/pay attention to any type of sports media nowadays, it is impossible to shake the so-called "Quarterback Controversy" brewing in Dallas.
After franchise quarterback Tony Romo went down with another injury during the preseason, rookie Dak Prescott stepped in and has performed almost flawlessly. Leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 record with key wins over the division-rival Washington Redskins and playoff caliber teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers, Dak has cemented himself as the Cowboys quarterback for the future.
The question now becomes, just how soon does that future begin?
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Cowboys will have to delay that decision for at least one more game, as rookie Dak Prescott will start for the seventh consecutive week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cowboys are starting QB Dak Prescott post-bye vs #Eagles, source said. No surprise. Tony Romo may not be ready to be considered vs #Browns
This means that the earliest we could see Romo active would be week 9, when the Cowboys travel to Cleveland to face the Browns. If this scenario were to play out, Romo could be set up for a triumphant return similar to Tom Brady's when his Patriots demolished the Browns earlier this season.
Rapoport did add, however, that the Cowboys are preparing for Romo not to be ready for that week 9 match up, which could delay his return even further. The later Romo's return is scheduled, the more time Dak Prescott will have to prove that he is either a legit replacement to the great Romo, or to falter like we haven't seen him do to this point.
Luckily for the Cowboys, it looks like they will have two very capable quarterbacks active in just a few weeks.
Cowboys, smartly, won't make a firm QB call until it's necessary. If Tony Romo isn't ready by Nov. 6 -- and he may not be -- Dak rolls on.
Now that Dak is officially the week 8 starter, we will get to see the "Battle of the Rookie Quarterbacks" in Dallas between Dak and fellow freshman phenom, Carson Wentz.
So, for at least another two weeks, the Dak vs. Romo debate will continue. I believe Jason Garrett and this coaching staff have earned enough of our trust to wait and see how they handle it, because I can almost guarantee they will go about it the right way.
No matter who the guy ends up being and no matter which side you are fighting for, we can all agree that the Cowboys continuing to win should be the number one priority.
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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