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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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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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As the quarterback of America's Team, Dak Prescott is faced with a level of criticism each week that few athletes have to deal with. He is constantly questioned for his play, and even when things are going well, Prescott must answer his critics. But one area absolutely no one can question Prescott is his leadership, both on and off the field.

Dak Prescott is the perfect role model for children and adults alike. He is constantly doing fantastic work in his communities and making sure he uses his platform for good to his best ability.

This week it was announced Dak Prescott was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and will be the Cowboys' candidate in the race.

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@Dak Prescott has been announced as the #Cowboys nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year - for 'commitment to philanthropy and community impact.' DAL past winners of the NFL-wide honor: Staubach, Aikman, Witten. @1053thefan

Of course, Prescott is well-worthy of the honor, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being both a finalist and the recipient of the award this year. As mentioned by Mike Fisher in the above tweet, three Cowboys have won the award previously; Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Jason Witten. Each of which is deserving, as is Prescott.

Considering the award is given out for "commitment to philanthropy and community impact," I can't think of many more worthy players around the league than quarterback Dak Prescott. We can see this impact in the locker room and on the field as well, as Prescott was voted a captain in just his sophomore season. The Cowboys clearly respect Prescott, despite some of the flaws in his game, and seem to play hard beside him every week.

Congratulations to Dak Prescott on this nomination.



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