The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game was everything that I expected. I knew we would see a hard-fought battle by both ball clubs and that the outcome would ultimately be determined in the final few plays.
That just seems to be the way things go when these two teams face off against one another. Unfortunately, things just didn't go the Cowboys way this time.
In all honesty, I think the Cowboys should have probably won this game, and that has nothing to do with how things ended with Terrance Williams in the final seconds of the game.
A lot of people will lay the blame on what Williams did at the end of the game, but the truth is the Cowboys offense had several opportunities to get in the end zone instead of having to settle for field goals.
It isn't really fair to lay the blame on one individual player when you take into account that this is a team sport. The fact of the matter is the Cowboys had their opportunities they were just unable to capitalize when it mattered the most.
Having said all of that, let's take a look at who's stock is up and who's is down after the loss to the New York Giants.
Who stock is up?
The Dallas Cowboys have a tremendous weapon in Dan Bailey. He was the sole reason why the Cowboys were in a position to win the game at the end.
How many teams are in the league would love to have a kicker like Bailey?
Someone they can send out on the field to attempt a 56 yard field goal and have the faith that it is pretty much a guarantee that he will make it.
That is exactly what the Dallas Cowboys have in Dan Bailey and the sole reason why they had a chance at the end if there would have been even a second left on the clock.
When it comes to making clutch plays in key situations, it seems that's when offensive coordinator Scott Linehan dials up a play that puts Cole Beasley a best position to convert.
Beasley is a mismatch problem for just about any defensive back in the NFL that has the unfortunate task of covering him out of the slot. His quickness and route running ability makes him virtually unrecoverable, which makes him the quarterback's best friend.
I previously wrote an article about who benefits most with Dak Prescott at QB,in which I explained why Cole Beasley is the answer.
Beasley made some key third-down conversions and should of had a walk-in touchdown if not for an overthrow pass by Dak Prescott. I expect more of the same from Beasley for the rest of the 2016 season.
Dak Prescott did everything in his power to help the Dallas Cowboys come away with a victory Sunday afternoon against the New York Giants.
He was able to put together several long clock eating drives against the Giants defense, but was unable to finish them off with a touchdown.
He showed the poise in the pocket of a veteran QB and was able to work through his progressions finding the open receiver.
He did have a few overthrown passes, but was pretty accurate for the majority of the night.
Prescott seems to be the real deal and didn't make any rookie mistakes. That's good news for the Dallas Cowboys organization. He gives them a chance to win ball games and could possibly be the future franchise quarterback once Tony Romo calls it quits.
Who stock is down?
Was it just me or was anyone else confused by the way Dez Bryant was used in this ballgame?
I would've thought that the coaching staff would have gotten Bryant involved early with may be a few short passes to help set the tone for the offense, but that didn't happen.
He was only targeted a handful of times and those were mostly deep passes that put him in a jump ball situation. Normally, he's able to make those contested catches, but unfortunately things didn't go his way against the Giants.
That's why Bryant's stock is down. I don't know if it's that he still a little rusty or the fact the coaching staff failed to put him in more favorable situations.
It is something that is definitely worth paying attention to as the season progresses.
Terrance Williams makes this list because the only time he really showed up in the game was the reason why a lot of Cowboys fans were left screaming at their television yesterday.
Mistakes happen in the NFL, but unfortunately Williams' mistake might have cost the Cowboys a win yesterday in the final seconds of the game against the Giants.
It looked as if Williams had enough room to make it to the sideline and stop the clock, thus giving Dan Bailey the opportunity to kick another 50+ field goal. For some reason or another he thought he had enough time to get up the field and gain a little bit more yards, but unfortunately that just wasn't the case.
Who knows what was running through his head? He made a split-second decision and unfortunately it was just the wrong one.
It was fairly obvious that the New York Giants were going to do their best to take Ezekiel Elliott out of the game, but I was really surprised that they would be so effective.
It's not entirely Elliott's fault, but I think his stock is down slightly more due to the fact that Alfred Morris looked like the better of the two running backs Sunday afternoon.
Honestly, I think Scott Linehan could've put Elliott in better situations to showcase his skill set, but that didn't happen, thus Elliott's stock falling a little bit.
Hopefully, things will come together and we will see improvement for the rest of the 2016 season.
Do you agree or disagree with the Dallas Cowboys players on this list?
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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.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
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.
David Irving to be Present at Dallas Cowboys Minicamp
David Irving has been a notable name throughout the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, for both on the field and off the field headlines. First, his RFA tender had fans and analysts wondering just what the Cowboys would do with him. Many, myself included, thought placing anything lower than a first-round tender on the stud defensive tackle would mean he was collecting sacks for someone else in 2018.
Thankfully, the Dallas Cowboys' gamble paid off and they were able to save some money by only having the second-round tender applied to 2018.
Then came the accusation of domestic violence from his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, catching us off-guard just before OTAs began in May. Which was then retracted not long after the initial report.
After all of that had quieted down, most of the talk revolved around David Irving not being in shape for OTAs. Not having been around for much of the offseason work the last several weeks before OTAs would keep Irving from working out.
He's had a lot going on in his life lately away from the game of football, and understandably so. As a father to a young child, I can see how you'd get distracted from your job when family stuff comes into play that affects the well-being of your child.
On the football side of things, at least, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Today, it's being reported that David Irving will in fact be present for this week's mandatory minicamp.
Also, the Cowboys expect DL David Irving to participate in the 3-day mandatory minicamp that begins today at The Star, a source said. The Cowboys could have both Irving and RG Zack Martin back on the practice field if Martin's contract extension gets finalized this morning.
You may be asking yourself, "what's the big deal? Irving isn't Aaron Donald."
Well, you're mostly right.
Perhaps next to Donald, David Irving was the most disruptive interior player in the NFL last season. David Irving had seven sacks in the eight games he played in.
Read that again. Seven sacks in eight games. That would be 14 sacks over the course of the season if that pace were to continue to play out.
Aaron Donald had 11 sacks in 2017.
Pro Football Focus rated David Irving as its third best pass rusher among interior defensive linemen.
Dominant interior defenders.
To go along with Irving's seven sacks in eight games -- every time I read that I'm floored -- he recorded six passes defended. That was good for second in the NFL at the defensive tackle position and was second on the Dallas Cowboys.
Again, in only eight games played.
Even if you were to pace out his tackle numbers over 16 games, they aren't very spectacular -- 26 solo and 18 assisted -- but he'd still finish in the top 30 among defensive tackles.
Only two other players in the NFL had seven or more sacks and six or more pass breakups; New Orleans Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan and Cincinnati Bengals Defensive End Carlos Dunlap. Both of those guys played in all 16 games and, while I hate to keep bringing this up, Irving only played in eight.
He's an elite interior defender who has only gotten better since joining Rod Marinelli and the Dallas Cowboys.
If he's able to get his personal life in order -- and that most assuredly comes first -- he's going to be a wrecking ball for the Dallas Cowboys defensive line.
Getting Zack Martin's contract extension completed was probably the most important task of the summer, but getting David Irving back into the practice fold is a close second.
With him and DeMarcus Lawrence coming off a tremendous 2017, the sky is the limit for those two in 2018.
With all the improvement that was made on the defensive side of the ball, I can't help but think of the sign that Greg Hardy paid for several years ago.
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