The Dallas Cowboys have failed to make it work this season without their top player in Tony Romo. Because of the absence of Romo, the Cowboys have had to rely on Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden to man the oh-so-important quarterback position. That's brought a ton of stagnancy as well as inconsistency for the offense. That's also meant more field-time for the defense. Because of that, the Cowboys' defense has looked both good and bad this season.
Despite not being mathematically eliminated, the Cowboys have to start thinking about the 2016 season. When you're playing for nothing, the best thing to do is make decisions about your team and see who should stay and who should go.
With the offseason approaching, the Cowboys' attention also turns to the draft. One position I think the team will target is the cornerback position. I don't believe Morris Claiborne will return to the team with his contract ending this season. I think this offseason will finally be the time where the Cowboys designate Brandon Carr as a June 1st cut.
Orlando Scandrick will be coming back. The return of the Cowboys' best cover cornerback will be huge, but if Carr and Claiborne aren't here in 2016, and Byron Jones does indeed make the transition to the free safety position, the Cowboys will have their concerns at the cornerback position. Despite the chances of all of this happening, the Cowboys decided to cut second-year Tyler Patmon late Tuesday afternoon.
Given extended time this season because of injuries, Patmon hasn't played that badly in my opinion. Because of a hamstring injury to Claiborne which caused him to miss a couple of games, Jones was forced into the No. 2 cornerback position. Patmon was inserted into the nickel cornerback role, a role I didn't think he played too poorly in.
In 11 games this season, two where he in fact started, Patmon had just 13 tackles. Usually, a low tackle number for a cornerback means that you're not getting beat. In his year-and-a-half tenure in Dallas, Patmon had one interception, which came last year against the Arizona Cardinals. That interception was returned for a touchdown.
Already thin at the position, this decision raises my eyebrows. Patmon wasn't a stud, but he was a guy that didn't cost much at the age of 24 years old. With three games remaining, it will be interesting to see who the Cowboys fill with this roster spot.
Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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