Just when the Cowboys were being taken out of the "contending teams" conversation by many fans around the country, they are becoming one of the best teams in the NFL. They're 3-0 since their bye week and are coming off of a quality win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
This team is real, people. Although doubts inevitable came after a painful 2-3 start, this is a different team. These are not the guys who were destroyed on the road by the Denver Broncos. This is not the team that got stunned by the Rams at home.
A lot of things have changed since then. The linebackers are healthy and ready to go, the secondary is getting better every week, and the offensive line looks like another unit after Jonathan Cooper was named the starting left guard over Chaz Green.
The 2017 Dallas Cowboys are a Super Bowl contending team. I have no doubt about that at all. But there's one small problem. Ezekiel Elliott might be serving a six-game suspension anytime now, and the Eagles are still rolling, ready to take over the NFC East.
The Cowboys will probably have to earn a Wildcard spot to make it to the playoffs, leaving Dallas with little chance to lose. Every game is a must-win game.
Fortunately, the Cowboys have the right guy at the most important position in football. They have a player that can put the team on his shoulders and keep winning even if Elliott ends up sitting for six games.
That guy's name is Dak Prescott.
The sophomore who was supposed to regress during his second year in the league, is doing the opposite. Dak Prescott has improved a lot since last season and is becoming a better quarterback every week.
He's making throws he didn't make last year, his awareness is improving, he is taking control over this offense in a way we hadn't seen before. He's picked up this team in moments where they've needed it the most.
He's accounted for 20 total touchdowns this season, which ranks him only behind Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the NFL. Wentz has played one more game but is currently on his bye week.
Carson Wentz is the front-runner on the MVP race and rightfully so. Even as a Cowboys fan, it's difficult not to recognize what the Eagles are doing as they're ready to visit Dallas in week 11 with an 8-1 record.
Even still, don't count Dak Prescott out. He's got a unique chance to put himself in the MVP conversation and perhaps end the season as the front-runner for the award. The Cowboys have two games versus the Eagles and if they end up shocking the world by defeating Philly twice, look out.
Ever since they became starters for this team, Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott have been part of an interesting debate. Some will say Zeke is the reason why Dak has been so successful. While this is in part true, it's impossible to take credit away from Prescott and what he's done.
We still don't know if Zeke will be suspended or not this season, but if he is, Prescott has the perfect opportunity to prove what he's all about. Without a premium rushing attack, the offense will rely heavily on the passing game.
Dak has been able to get the ball to all of his receivers and will continue to do so going forward.
He's on pace for 32 passing TDs, and that's including a rainy game in Washington in which he didn't throw a single touchdown pass. At least two of his four interceptions weren't really his fault.
With this receiving corp, and this offensive line, Dak Prescott has everything he needs to put himself in the MVP conversation and even become the front runner in a few weeks. Picture it, the Cowboys finish the season with a record of 11 wins, they beat the Eagles at least once and Dak Prescott surpasses the 40 touchdown mark. No Cowboys QB has ever done that, and Prescott is in fact on pace for 40 total TDs.
I strongly believe Dak Prescott could take everyone by surprise and win the MVP Award this season. He's got work to do though. Meanwhile, he should be in the conversation.
Your turn, 4.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line
The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.
The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.
After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.
So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.
What exactly is that role, though?
I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.
Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.
Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.
If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.
This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.
New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF
On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.
Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.
In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.
This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb
Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.
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