Who is your favorite all-time Dallas Cowboys football player?
I know the answers will vary depending on how long you've been a Cowboys fan or what decade you may have grown up in, but to me fullback Daryl Johnston is probably my all-time favorite.
I was just six years old when the Dallas Cowboys decided to select Daryl Johnston in the 1989 NFL Draft, with their second round selection (39th overall). I was just beginning to get a really good grasp on the game of football and started paying closer attention to what was going on when I was watching the games on TV.
I remember distinctively how my attention continued to gravitate towards #48 as the years progressed and the Cowboys began their journey to becoming one of the most dominant organizations during the early 1990s.
It just seemed like Johnston was always making plays and you would always know exactly when he was making those plays because the stadium would erupt with "Mooooose" chants. He quickly became not only a fan favorite, but someone I would learn to appreciate more and more because of all of the different ways he contributed to the team.
Honestly, I think he was one of the unsung heroes during the 1990s Cowboy dominance and Super Bowl victories.
By the way, do you know how he received the nickname "Moose"?
Well, it was given to him as a rookie by the backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg because of his large stature compared to the rest of the running backs on the roster. The name not only caught on among his teammates, but as we all know, among Cowboys fans as well.
It's funny how these things can catch on and last through a player's career.
Johnston played his entire career with a star on his helmet (1989-1999) and during that time he was a valued member on both offense and special teams up until a neck injury ended his career.
Here is a look at his contributions on offense.
Over 2000 receiving yards from the fullback position? That's just crazy!
Also, his 294 receptions is the third highest among Cowboys running backs.
In fact, Johnston was such a dominant fullback, the NFL decided to add to the position to the Pro Bowl. He was the first Pro Bowler as a fullback in 1993 and would once again be voted into the Pro Bowl in 1994.
"Moose" Johnston is exactly the type of fullback I think head coach Jason Garrett is looking for and one of the reasons why he is weighing all options to fill that position.
I think Garrett is looking for a player that can contribute all over the field just like Johnston did during his time with the organization.
Tyler Clutts has been the Cowboys fullback since 2013, but he didn't really contribute very much on offense or on special teams. In 2015, he played in only 13% of the offensive snaps (133), and played only 79 snaps on special teams.
It's pretty obvious that the organization is looking for more production from the fullback position.
If you look closely at the way Garrett has started to build this team once he took over as head coach, you can see that there are a lot of similarities to the 90s team both he and Johnston were a part of.
During the 90s, the Cowboys had the benefit of a dominant offensive line and The Triplets, also known as Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith.
Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott could possibly be the new Triplets and we all know that the Cowboys current starters along the offensive line make up one of the best units in the entire NFL. Of course, this will likely come down to the health of Romo and Bryant.
So, finding a Johnston type fullback could be the missing link to make this offense one of the best in the entire NFL once again.
The fullback position has been somewhat diminished around the NFL, but finding the right player that can be a threat as a receiver the way Johnston was and also help open up running lanes for Elliott could be huge for this offense. Oh yeah, let's not forget about being a key member on special teams as well.
I know I will be ecstatic if they can find that type of player, and although Johnston was a rarity, I think it could possibly happen again.
Do you agree or disagree?
Please feel free to use the comment section below or hit me up on Twitter @bmart0204 so that we can discuss this topic further.
Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.
The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.
"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."
The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.
However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith
The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.
ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...
Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.
Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.
And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.
Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List
Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.
"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."
Todd Archer - ESPN.com
This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.
It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.
While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.
With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.
With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.
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