For the second time in three years, the Dallas Cowboys go into the season as the favorite to win the NFC East. Unlike past years, however, there are clear contenders and competition which could bring the Cowboys down.
Of course, the NFC East is always a highly competitive division. Rarely do we see teams sweep divisional foes, and it is common for teams under .500 to upset their normally dominant rivals.
Because of this parity, it sometimes becomes hard to nail down who will take the crown before any given year. While two teams seem to be the clear favorite to do so in 2017, there is one team who could sneak up and surprise some people once the games kick off.
That team is the Philadelphia Eagles.
A year ago, it was the New York Giants who gave Dallas their biggest fits. Due to a stingy interior defensive line, two dangerous edge rushers, and a top-tier secondary the Cowboys just could not solve the Giants during either match up.
Offensively, the Giants remain a rather dangerous threat as well. At least through the air, that is. With arguably the best wide-out in football, Odell Beckham Jr., a shift slot-man in Sterling Sheppard, and an interesting rookie tight end in Evan Engram, New York poses the biggest problems to the Cowboys on paper.
Their offensive line, however, leaves much to be desired. They simply have not been able to protect Eli, and feature the worst starting left tackle in the NFC East. The Giants running back stable is also comparatively weak in the division, even though I do love the possibilities for Paul Perkins.
Then, of course, there is their quarterback. Eli Manning may have two Super Bowl rings, but the decline in his play recently cannot be forgotten. The emergence of Beckham and these elite receivers has helped save his career, but without an offensive line or running game, the Giants may have some offensive issues.
This all brings to me why the Eagles could pose the realest threat to the Cowboys NFC East supremacy. With Lane Johnson and Jason Peters, Philadelphia has arguably the best tackle tandem in the entire league. They also feature a strong interior offensive line, and added running back Legarrette Blount behind them to punish defenders.
Defensively, the Eagles have the best defensive front in the NFC East, and a capable linebacker corps behind them. The problem for Philly lies within their ability to both pass the ball, and stop opposing teams from passing on them.
Second year quarterback Carson Wentz may take some steps forward, but I have no reason to believe that "year two Wentz" will be nearly enough to overtake the NFC East. On the outside, the Eagles are rather questionable as well. The addition of Alshon Jefferey is solid, and they still have two good tight ends, but I wonder how much they can rely on guys like Nelson Agholor or Jordan Matthews.
In the end, the quarterback and cornerback positions may be the downfall of the Eagles this season. And, with all of this being said about how dangerous Philadelphia could be, the Cowboys are still the most complete and talented team in the NFC East.
When it's all said and done I still expect Dallas to be on top. But, there is no denying it will be a competitive race all the way to the end of the season.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line
The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.
The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.
After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.
So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.
What exactly is that role, though?
I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.
Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.
Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.
If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.
This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.
New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF
On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.
Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.
In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.
This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb
Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.
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