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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.

David Moore on Twitter

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.



I was born and raised in New York state's Hudson Valley and now attend school in New Jersey. Although I live in Montclair, my heart will always have a soft spot for Dallas, Texas. As an intern for Inside the Star, I now have a legitimate reason for the Cowboys to consume my life. Before, I was just a Cowboy fan with no life ... and very concerned parents. When I'm not writing about the Cowboys, I enjoy reading, seeing plays, creative writing, watching TV, and making my friends and family laugh. Follow me on Twitter, so we can connect on all topics related to America's Team. How 'bout em!

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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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Which Cowboys Benefit From David Irving’s Suspension?

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While losing David Irving for the first four weeks of 2018 is a bad thing for the Dallas Cowboys defensive line, it does create opportunities for some of the other defensive tackles. Who has the most to gain from Irving's suspension?

Because he was mostly going to be used inside as the 3-technique DT, David's absence will naturally benefit the guys who are best suited to play that role. Thankfully, Dallas isn't lacking for those types of players.

Veteran Tyrone Crawford can use all the playing time he can get. As a likely salary cap casualty next year, Crawford doesn't want to get buried on the depth chart as Dallas focuses on their younger players who project to stick around beyond 2018.

With Irving out, Dallas will likely lean on Tyrone as they often do when someone is missing on the defensive line. With more talent now at defensive end, Crawford was going to be competing with Irving, Maliek Collins, Jihad Ward, and other younger guys for work at tackle.

But now there's a problem, and it's easy to slide Crawford into the 3-tech role that Dallas once envisioned him being a star at. Remember, it was their projection of Tyrone as a breakout DT that got him his big contract to begin with.

Yes, Irving's only gone for four weeks. Dallas will still be giving him work in camp based on the role he should fill for the majority of the season. But that's why a veteran like Tyrone Crawford is a great temporary plug-in, because he doesn't need all of the practice reps to step in and perform.

Maliek Collins

Dallas Cowboys DT Maliek Collins

Another key beneficiary could be third-year DT Maliek Collins. Last season, Collins got stuck playing 1-technique and not getting the same opportunities to make plays and get noticed that he had his rookie year.

But now Dallas has several guys in Jihad Ward, Richard Ash, and Brian Price who can play the 1-tech role, which will hopefully get Collins back where he belongs. Maliek's athleticism belongs a little further away from center, letting him try to take on guards in single coverage.

Collins is dealing with a foot issue now but should be back for the preseason. That's enough time for him to be where he needs to be Week One, provided he's healthy.

How Dallas would balance playing time between Collins and Tyrone Crawford could be a matter of how much they play certain schemes. One could see Collins, the bigger guy, playing more in the base defense and then Crawford being used in passing situations.

There is always a lot of rotation in a Rod Marinelli line, so discussions about playing time can get a little silly. Unless you're a true stud like DeMarcus Lawrence who you don't want to take off the field, the Cowboys like to keep guys fresh.

But that's why this is a big opportunity; David Irving has that stud potential. He's the kind of talent who could keep solid players like Crawford and Collins out of view if he hits his stride.

For the first four weeks, though, Irving will be in the NFL doghouse and Dallas will likely lean on its two most experienced defensive tackles to fill the void. There will be more reps for guys like Datone Jones and Jihad Ward too, but Crawford and Collins have way more skins on the wall

That trust should keep them on the field more while David Irving's suspended, and perhaps beyond.



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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

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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.

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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.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" 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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Cowboys Offense Finds Rhythm to End Minicamp, Hurns and Gallup Stand Out

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The Dallas Cowboys are back in offseason mode, concluding their OTAs and minicamp from The Star. With a hiatus until training camp, it was important for several high-profile players to make a strong first impression on the 2018 season. From the start of mini camp, these impressions were left mostly by Rod Marinelli's defense and -- more specifically -- Kris Richard's young group of cornerbacks.

Still working through significant change on the offensive side of the ball, the Cowboys did rally on day three under Quarterback Dak Prescott to put out a better performance. The Cowboys coaching staff should love their lasting memories of both FA acquisition Wide Receiver Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup.

There is a strong chance that these two receivers will be the Cowboys starters in Oxnard for training camp. We have heard a lot about the impact new WR Coach Sanjay Lal has had on his group, slowing the game down to focus on route running. This will give the team's rotation of unproven receivers a chance with Prescott, as he can focus on throwing to a 'spot' more often.

One spot that Prescott has struggled to hit in two seasons as the starter in Dallas is the back of the end zone for fade routes. A red zone go-to under Scott Linehan, free agent WR Dez Bryant was often the intended target on these missed passes.

Cowboys Offense Finds Rhythm to End Minicamp, Hurns and Gallup Stand Out

Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns

Less of a route running technician and closer to the mold of a physical player like Bryant, Allen Hurns emerging as the Cowboys #1 option would solve a lot of uncertainty at the WR position. In yesterday's practice, Hurns was able to haul in a perfect ball from Prescott on the fade as he beat Byron Jones.

It's going to take some time for Jones to readjust to playing cornerback, but the vision for Kris Richard of him and Chidobe Awuzie starting on the outside is a great one. In a battle of proven players, Hurns got the best of Jones to spark the Cowboys offense at the right time.

Overall, there should be no reason to panic about (well, really anything from mini camp) the Cowboys offense right now, and plenty of reasons to be excited about what this defense will develop into.

Once the pads come on at training camp, the players the Cowboys are paying to play at an elite level will start to shine, including their newly re-signed Guard Zack Martin -- the highest paid guard in the league now. There are no doubts that the bread and butter for this offense will be handing the ball to Ezekiel Elliott behind this wall of an offensive line.

From this increase in competition in the trenches, we'll also get more meaningful battles along the defensive line. In shorts and helmets for now, the Cowboys secondary was given their chance at mini camp, and came out solid early.

Another player they've struggled to truly corral though is Michael Gallup. Perhaps pressing a bit thanks to his limited opportunities thus far, Jourdan Lewis was taken across the field by Gallup on a misfire from Cooper Rush.

This is nothing new for Gallup however, who's been ahead of the curve on creating the desired separation as a "violent" receiver on the outside.

A steal with the 81st overall pick in this year's draft, Gallup has a long way to go in beating out the likes of Terrance Williams, Cedrick Wilson (limited through this portion of the offseason with injuries), and even Cole Beasley, who's received some reps on the outside.

With both Hurns and Gallup making plays on the Cowboys final practice until late July, it's easy to let the mind wander with possibilities of the Cowboys offense playing at full strength against a defense that might be up for the challenge better than ever compared to year's past.

As always, the practice fields of Oxnard will serve as a battle ground for a young but deep Cowboys team to earn their spots on the 53-man roster, one that surely won't have room for all of the wide receiver hopefuls seen this week in mini camp.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Offense Finds Rhythm to End Minicamp, Hurns and Gallup Stand Out" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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