Connect with us

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys: 3 Best Plays of the 2017 Season

Kevin Brady



Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys' Defense Silently Shined, Jeff Heath Saved The Season 1
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, I talked about three plays which, in a way, ruined the 2017 Dallas Cowboys' season. We will always look back at 2017 as a disappointing and frustrating year, but there were some exciting moments along the way. Especially as the Cowboys fought for their playoff lives, week in and week out.

Here are the three best, and most impactful, plays from the 2017 season.

Dez Bryant Makes His Mark

dalvsnyg dak to dez td - Streamable

Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.

It seems like all anyone wants to talk about with the Cowboys is the lack of chemistry between quarterback Dak Prescott and the team's highest paid receiver, Dez Bryant. They failed to consistently hook up all season long, but on this day against the New York Giants, Bryant took matters into his own hands.

After a sluggish first half offensively, the Cowboys needed a spark. Their playoff hopes were on the line, and after recognizing and calling out the blitz pre-snap, Prescott found Bryant quickly on a slant route. Then, Dez Bryant shoved away the cornerback and did the rest with his legs.

The Cowboys would go on to win this game in blowout fashion, 30-10.

Dak Prescott Provides the Spark

poty2018 dak az - Streamable

Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.

Back in September, and coming off a blowout loss to the Denver Broncos, the Cowboys were at risk of falling under .500 just three weeks into the season. Their offense failed to move the ball at all against the lowly Arizona Cardinals, and things were looking bleak for Dallas.

Then, on this read-option play, Dak Prescott turned the game around with his legs and his heart.

Diving head first into the end zone and flipping over defenders, Prescott scored the first touchdown of the game for the Cowboys. They would go onto win the game and get to 2-1 on the year.

I could've also chosen Dez Bryant's touchdown against Arizona, where he carried defenders into the end zone, but this Prescott touchdown is the play which started it all.

Jeff Heath Saves the Season

poty2018 jeff heath - Streamable

Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.

I mean, this has to be the play of the year, right?

Even though we now know the next week wouldn't go as planned, the Cowboys had to escape Oakland with a victory in order to make Ezekiel Elliott's return from suspension meaningful.

They had to beat the Raiders on the road if they wanted to have any shot to sneak into the postseason as the sixth seed. And after a pass interference penalty set Oakland up with great field position, it wasn't looking too good for the Dallas Cowboys.

Luckily for them, they employ safety Jeff Heath, who chased down Derek Carr and forced the fumble. The ball would roll out of the end zone and result in a touch-back, a first down for the Cowboys, and a key victory.

Jeff Heath's stop in Oakland is the play of the year for the 2017 Dallas Cowboys.

Do you have a play you'd like to nominate?

Do you think a certain play got snubbed? Let us know how you feel in the comment section below.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

Player News

Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, 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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

Continue Reading

Player News

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Continue Reading

Player News

Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker 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:

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.

Continue Reading

Reader Survey

Want to help make Inside The Star better?

We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device.

> Take the survey now

Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.).

Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! Get started here