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With his ability to rush the passer, from both defensive end and tackle, Jack Crawford is a great signing for 2016.

But the Crawford signing does not mean the Cowboys are set on the defensive line. According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys have continued to pursue free agent defensive end Jason Jones.

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DE Jason Jones still in play for Cowboys, source says. Would need to be comparable to 1-year, $1.1 million deal that Jack Crawford signed.

In 2015, Jones recorded 4.5 sacks, 31 tackles, 13 QB hurries, and a forced fumble with the Lions. He has posted 28 total sacks since being drafted by Tennessee in 2008 and, like Crawford, can play inside as well as outside.

The Cowboys may be pursuing Jason Jones, but is it in their best interest to sign him?

Yes, because…

Despite the additions of DE Benson Mayowa and DT Cedric Thornton, as well as the re-signing of Jack Crawford, the Cowboys still need to improve their pass rush. Their defensive line was underwhelming in 2015 and served to be the tragic flaw in the season-ending playoff loss to the Packers in 2014.

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli wants to attack in “waves” of fresh-legged linemen especially at the end of games and seasons. For this to happen, the Cowboys will have to do more to build a dominant D-line, and continue to add legitimate, elite, game-changing talents. Not to mention, Randy Gregory will be suspended for the first four games and DeMarcus Lawrence is coming off of back surgery, a discectomy.

Bottom line is, the defensive front needs depth, which makes the addition of another DE, like Jones, quite attractive to the Cowboys.

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No, because…

The Cowboys have made a conscious effort to keep and obtain young players. Although they could use all the help they could get, Jones does not fit that mold seeing as he will turn 30 next month. The oldest players currently on the defensive line are Terrell McClain, Jack Crawford, and Cedric Thornton at age 27. Jason Jones would be the oldest pass rusher on the line. 

Not to mention, he just made $3.1 million over the last two seasons with the Lions and may be looking for a similar paycheck from the Cowboys. Paying a player like Jones anything near $3.1 million may not be something the Cowboys want to do.

If Jones does wear the star in 2016, it’d likely be for one year, in a deal similar to that of Jack Crawford’s. Ideally, I’d like to see the ‘Boys acquire defensive linemen through the draft; That’s young cheap talent compared to Jones’ aging and pricey talent.

But on the other hand, Jones could still add some life to the lackluster pass rush and serve as a mentor to the younger defensive linemen.

Would it be in the their best interest to sign Jason Jones? Maybe at the right price.

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  • Jess Haynie

    "The right price" is the key here. Jeremy Mincey got a 2-year, $3M deal when he signed here in 2014. I think Jones and he are on about the same level and that kind of money, with some incentives, is fair.

  • Robert Bass

    Jess– I agree i think we should sign Jason Jones…a one year deal at right price…put him in Marinelli Majic for a few months…Marinelli loves to bring them in waves…
    fresh , fast, and hungry…another reason not to take Bosa…a #4 pick that is only rotational?…makes no sense…Jess..I dont know if you have been asked this question
    yet….maybe you have…but…with all that has transpired in the last year and with the state of our pass rush…what is your honest opinion on the possibility of bring back
    Hardy?…i have an opinion on this but i would first like to hear yours…thanks for your consideration in this matter…Robert

    • Jess Haynie

      Reports are that Hardy was openly disrespectful of Garrett in the locker room and being a bad influence on some of the young DEs. Even if he'd had double-digit sacks last year, I don't think Jason would put up with that and bring him back. Given that his production trailed off during the second half of the season, there's not a chance.

  • Robert Bass

    Jess– Here is a question that i am sure Rod Marinelli is scratching his head over…back in 2014 the cowboys were 2nd in the league in take aways…with 31 i think?
    then last year 2015 essentially the same cast of players we slip all the way down to 10 or 11…now we have heard it was the lack of offense in comparison from
    2014 and 2015..which opponents were not having to come from behind and take more chances…in your opinion is that the reason the cowboys lacked in taking the ball
    away?…thanks again for your input..Robert

    • Jess Haynie

      It was certainly the biggest reason. In 2014, opponents ran the ball against the Cowboys 392 times (6th fewest in the league). In 2015 they ran it 461 times (7th most in the league). That's not just fewer attempts to intercept passes but also means time is running off the clock faster. Here's a silver lining, though. Despite few passing attempts against the defense in 2015, they increased the number of pass deflections from 48 in 2014 to 65 last year. While they weren't converting as many opportunities to interceptions, they were attacking the ball better. That could be the foundation for a turnover-heavy season in 2016.

  • Robert Bass

    Jess HaynieIt was certainly the biggest reason. In 2014, opponents ran the ball against the Cowboys 392 times (6th fewest in the league). In 2015 they ran it 461 times (7th most in the league). That's not just fewer attempts to intercept passes but also means time is running off the clock faster. Here's a silver lining, though. Despite few passing attempts against the defense in 2015, they increased the number of pass deflections from 48 in 2014 to 65 last year. While they weren't converting as many opportunities to interceptions, they were attacking the ball better. That could be the foundation for a turnover-heavy season in 2016.

  • Robert Bass

    Jess— cowboys 4-12 last year…and with some help and fortune the cowboys may very well be in the mix for a deep run into the playoffs this year….do you rememeber an NFL
    team going from the bottom one year to the top the very next year?…thanks for your time..Robert

    • Jess Haynie

      Robert, you ask a lot of great questions. How about you come join our forum community at http://www.pigskinhub.com/ and start up some conversations?

  • Blue Star

    Loved his film coming out of EMU. Not sure what he has left in the tank.

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Can Cowboys Trust Guard Jonathan Cooper in 2018?

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One of the big decisions facing the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 offseason is at left guard. Veteran Jonathan Cooper started 13 games last year and is now a free agent. Should Dallas bring Cooper back, or should they look elsewhere for next season’s starter?

With a lot of money already being spent on the rest of the starting offensive line, the Cowboys need a bargain at left guard. They didn’t re-sign Ronald Leary in 2017 for that very reason, hoping Cooper or Chaz Green would be able to handle the job for a fraction of what Leary got from the Denver Broncos.

Cooper took over for Green in Week 4 and held the job the rest of the season. The Cowboys rushing attack remained one of the league’s best, even performing well later in the year when Ezekiel Elliott was suspended. It looked like Jonathan could become part of future plans.

However, in Week 17, Cooper went out of the game with a knee injury. It thankfully wasn’t serious and he is expected to be ready for 2018. However, it was a reminder of the injury-plagued past that has caused the former first-round pick so much trouble.

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Dallas Cowboys Guard Jonathan Cooper

Taken seventh overall in 2013 by the Arizona Cardinals, Jonathan Cooper was one of the true blue-chip guard prospects in recent draft history. He seemed like a can’t-miss pick, and interior linemen don’t often go that high in the draft. The Cowboys have even said they coveted Cooper in that class.

But constant battles with injuries caused Cooper to be traded, released, and discarded by the Cardinals, New England Patriots, and Cleveland Browns over his first four seasons. While 2017 was looking like a turning point for him, Jonathan’s injury in the season finale was a sobering reminder of why he’s become a bargain-bin player.

Still, at just 28-years-old, Cooper has good years left and will now have another offseason for continuity and chemistry development with the Cowboys.

Dallas should have to pay more than a few million to keep Cooper on the roster.

If Dallas is leery (no pun intended) of Cooper, they will have options. La’el Collins could move back to the guard position, allowing the Cowboys to go find either the best guard or tackle who would fit with their existing group.

Given so many other considerations this offseason, Dallas will likely try to simplify things by giving Jonathan Cooper another chance. His history is a red flag, but sometimes you have to take those gambles and save salary cap space to handle other needs.

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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

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For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.”

Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.”

This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance.

Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced.

Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez.

Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate.

“I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant.

Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.”

Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player.

Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him.

Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott.

Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer.

“It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season.

Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause.

Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Should Cowboys Pursue Veteran Backup at Quarterback?

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The Dallas Cowboys only have two quarterbacks under contract right now, starter Dak Prescott and backup Cooper Rush. With only three years of combined experience between them, one could argue that a veteran presence would be useful. Should Dallas make a veteran QB a free-agent priority in the 2018 offseason?

Of course, there’s plenty of other QB experience on the Cowboys staff. Head Coach Jason Garrett played professionally from 1989-2004, and started his coaching career with quarterbacks.

Scott Linehan has been coaching offense with an emphasis on the passing game for 30 years.

Kellen Moore, who is taking over for the departed Wade Wilson as quarterbacks coach, has played very recently and will bring a fresh perspective.

However, losing Wilson’s experience from the room, and the lack of any veteran player at QB, shouldn’t be dismissed.

Dak Prescott has said veteran Mark Sanchez — who was with Dallas in 2016 — was a major help during his whirlwind rookie season. Tony Romo enjoyed veteran advice from guys like Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, and Kyle Orton throughout his playing career.

This isn’t to say Dallas would want to bring in a veteran to knock Cooper Rush down the depth chart. After a surprising preseason, Rush took the backup job from Kellen Moore and certainly has intriguing upside.

If the Cowboys were to add a veteran, that player would have to come in with the understanding he’s competing with Cooper and may not be guaranteed a job.

The good news is that it’ll be a buyer’s market for veteran quarterbacks this offseason.

Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and Matt Moore could all be available. Even a player with more pedigree, such as Sam Bradford, may have trouble finding starting work with many jobs taken among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Dallas could even consider bringing back Mark Sanchez, given his previous relationship with Dak Prescott. He only had a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Given Prescott’s seeming durability, Dallas will likely only keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in 2018 and for years to come. Because of that, they may be content to focus on Dak and Cooper Rush, and just get through the offseason with training camp bodies.

However, the case can certainly be made for adding another veteran player with the desire to teach to help these young quarterbacks develop. Prescott was not the same guy in 2017 that we saw as a rookie, and perhaps the absence of guys like Sanchez and Tony on the sideline had something to do with that.

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