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.
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.
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.
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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