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Dallas Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Ranked #87 On NFL Top 100

RJ Ochoa

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When you're a Dallas Cowboy you innately have a large spotlight on your game. When you're a Dallas Cowboy that's also great at what you do you're either a superstar or massively disrespected on a continual basis. It's the latter that seems to be going on with Cowboys Center Travis Frederick, who was ranked #87 on the NFL Top 100.

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Center @tfrederick72's debut on the #NFLTop100!

Travis Frederick's career is four years old - where has the time gone?! - and he has a pretty glowing resume after a Dak Prescott amount of time:

  • 2014 Pro Bowler
  • 2014 Second-Team All-Pro
  • Led the way for 2014's Leading Rusher DeMarco Murray (1,845 yards)
  • 2015 Pro Bowler
  • 2015 Second-Team All-Pro
  • 2016 Pro Bowler
  • 2016 First-Team All-Pro
  • Led the way for 2016's Leading Rusher Ezekiel Elliott (1,631 yards)

Look NFL I'm not one to tell you how to handle your business or anything, it's not like your commissioner is getting relentlessly booed in public or anything, but this is flat-out idiotic.

Travis Frederick

Travis Frederick was ranked #87 on 2017's NFL Top 100. Good thing nobody takes that thing seriously.

The NFL Top 100 is kind of an experiment in "are they serious???" every year, so nobody is exactly shocked at the non-legitimacy of it; however, having a brain makes it difficult to comprehend some of the decisions that these players are supposedly making.

Ultimately what the NFL Top 100 typically comes down to is a popularity contest. The NFL hands players a blank sheet and asks them to write down names... that's it. The polling takes place during the middle of the season - as we reported during 2016 - so players are typically in a prisoner-of-the-moment type of place.

Typically it's only the premiere/skill positions that people think of in that moment. They're the sexy ones. Centers aren't exactly at the forefront of most players' minds, Frederick is actually the only Center on this year's list, which explains Travis' absurd ranking.

Speaking of, let's get back to Travis Frederick for a second. We're talking about a player who has, in four years, experienced a variety of things:

  • Tony Romo, Kyle Orton, Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, Kellen Moore, and Dak Prescott as starting quarterbacks.
  • DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, and Ezekiel Elliott as starting running backs.
  • The addition of Zack Martin to his immediate right on the offensive line, adding to the whole unit's effectiveness.
  • The addition of La'el Collins to his immediate left on the offensive line, adding to the whole unit's effectiveness... again.
  • The changing between La'el Collins and Ronald Leary to his immediate left, never missing a beat.

There's one word to describe Travis Frederick, and it's a word that NFL personnel men want in their players more than anything - consistency. Travis Frederick is consistently great on and off the field, he was a Team Captain for the first time in 2016, and Cowboys Nation is way too smart to believe that he's the 87th best player in the NFL.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Center Travis Frederick Ranked #87 On NFL Top 100" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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3 Comments
  • Jess Haynie

    Where would you rank Frederick on the Cowboys roster? Unless you’re telling me he’s our single best player, #87 really isn’t bad when you consider that there are 32 teams. Let’s say Frederick is one of the Top 3 Cowboys….

    32 x 3 = 96

    See what I’m getting at? Maybe we should see how many other centers and guard make the list. Could be that this is more a slight on his position over him personally, or the Cowboys.

    • Heavy7602

      1st team all pro. That is the 22 best players in the league (plus some special team guys) by default I think he has to be no lower than that, right?

  • Randy Martin

    Honestly I couldn’t care less about somebody’s subjective top 100. I don’t know where he ranks and it doesn’t matter. Its on NFL Network right now and I’m watching a recorded episode of The Voice. That’s how much I care about it.

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

Sean Martin

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(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

Tell us what you think about "Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys CB Marquez White Facing Assault Charges

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Marquez White

Player news this time of year is often not the good kind, and such is true of a new development with Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White. The second-year CB is facing aggravated assault charges for an incident last October.

According to the report, White displayed a legally owned firearm during a "road rage" incident.

Marquez,  a sixth-round pick of the Cowboys last season, has made his side of the story public. The following account was released by White to The Dothan Eagle, his hometown newspaper:

Cowboys CB Marquez White Facing Assault Charges

Cowboys CB Marquez White Facing Assault Charges 1

Naturally, we're in a wait-and-see situation as to how this case unfolds and impacts White's availability to the Cowboys in 2018. He is one of several players hoping to catch on at the bottom of the CB depth chart, having spent his rookie season on the practice squad.

This latest legal issue is especially unwelcome news after other Cowboys' recent problems. The team has seen David Irving get suspended four games for illegal substances and Terrance Williams' get arrested for public intoxication in the last two months.

Last year, Linebacker Damien Wilson was charged for aggravated assault in a somewhat similar situation to that of Marquez White. Those charges were eventually dropped.

What happens in White's case remains to be seen.



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Deadline for DeMarcus Lawrence Contract Extension Nearing

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Blog - Cowboys Crossroads: Is This a Short-Term or Long-Term Team? 2

NFL teams have until July 16 to work out a long-term extension with any players currently under the franchise tag, which means the Dallas Cowboys have about a week to work something out with Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence. If deals are not signed and approved by the league by 4 P.M. ET July 16, the sides cannot agree to new contracts until after the 2018 season ends.

Along with the Lawrence, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah, and Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner have franchise tags slapped on them. All of them would love the long-term security a contract extension would provide, but they are all going to have to wait and see what the upcoming week has in store for them.

So, what will the Dallas Cowboys decide to do with DeMarcus Lawrence? Can they come to terms on a long-term contract extension before the deadline on July 16?

Luckily for Lawrence, the Dallas Cowboys seem open about hearing what he believes his market value is. That doesn't mean he will get his asking price, but the talks have to begin somewhere.

DeMarcus Lawrence

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Rumors are already circulating that Lawrence is seeking a five-year extension and wants to make more money than Danielle Hunter, who the Vikings just signed to a five-year $72 million contract. That's probably more money than the Cowboys have in mind at this time. They may prefer to wait and see if he can replicate what he accomplished in 2017.

Last season DeMarcus Lawrence turned into the "War Daddy" Owner Jerry Jones has been seeking for the defense. He accumulated a career-high 14.5 quarterback sacks and finally played an entire 16 game season. But, even that may not be worth the money he is rumored to be seeking right now.

Hunter's five-your $72 million contract extension is the going price right now for someone of Lawrence's caliber, but there are other players in line for a big payday as well. Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Jadeveon Clowney are all in the same boat as Lawrence. What kind of extensions they receive could change the going rate, which could cause some hesitance on the Cowboys part.

Fortunately, I kind of doubt DeMarcus Lawrence is going to complain much if he has to play the 2018 season under the franchise tag. He will make a little over $17 million for one year and has a chance to cash in big time if he can replicate what he did a season ago.

Would you sign DeMarcus Lawrence to an extension before the July 16 deadline?



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