One of the most amazing feelings in the world is peeling that little sheet of plastic off of your new phone. It's almost as great as the phone itself.
The voices of Cowboys Nation have been experiencing a similar sensation on Saturday as the Cowboys began their quest for Super Bowl LI out in the California sun of Oxnard.
This initial walkthrough practice was preceded by the Training Camp Opening Press Conference on Friday where Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Jason Garrett gave us some insight on this current Cowboys unit. Amidst all the jibber-jabber, Stephen Jones did tell us that the Cowboys had their eye on two veteran free agents, and we finally know who he was referencing.
The Cowboys are signing linebackers Darius Eubanks and Henoc Muamba to the roster. Muamba is a former CFL star
It should be noted that Stephen Jones also inferred that it was likely someone who winds up on the final Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster is likely not with them at Training Camp currently. Cowboys fans may be hoping for someone of the name-recognition level as Dwight Freeney, but for now we'll have to sink our teeth into Darius Eubanks and Henoc Muamba.
Considering the fact that Rolando McClain
doesn't care at all about his NFL career isn't currently at Cowboys Training Camp, the Cowboys are in need of bodies at the Linebacker spot. They recently brought back a familiar face in Justin Durant, but these guys who you're about to learn about can certainly help.
Eubanks played collegiately at Georgia Southern before ultimately going undrafted in 2013. He's bounced around a lot for someone with only three years of experience in the NFL, having played for the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
You got that right, Cowboys Nation. On October 20th, 2015 Eubanks was signed by America's Team. Things didn't really work out for him during his first stint in the blue & silver as he was ultimately waived on December 15th. Merry Christmas, Darius.
This is going to get your juices going. Trust me.
Henoc Muamba grew up in Ontario and played collegiately for the St. Francis Xavier X-Men. Seriously! How freaking awesome is that?!
His football life led him to the CFL where he was the Number One Overall Pick in the 2011 CFL Draft. His real contributions came in 2012 when he racked up 65 tackles and 3 sacks, with an additional 20 on special teams. A season later he had the second most tackles in the CFL (106) while adding a sack, fumble recovery, interception, and defensive touchdown. Hats off, Henoc!
That 2013 season ended with Muamba being voted as team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Most Outstanding Player, and (seriously) Most Outstanding Canadian.
Henoc left the CFL in 2014 to pursue the American version of football, the NFL duh, and spent a year with the Indianapolis Colts. He has a pedigree of excellence that the Cowboys can certainly learn from.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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