Oh yes, the running back position for the Dallas Cowboys. A position that has been talked about non-stop since DeMarco Murray's dominant 2014 performance - only to see him leave for 1 bumpy season with Chip Kelly and the Eagles - until now, where the Dallas Cowboys are coming off a 4-12 season in which Darren McFadden rushed for 1,089 yards without the aid of Tony Romo for the majority of the season.
It's fair to say that DMC was a very pleasant surprise in a season that had so few for Dallas, but that did not stop Will McClay and Co. from continuing their look at the position this off season. On Tuesday, they landed former Washington Redskin Alfred Morris, who will immediately come in and see a significant workload as a back that fits the Cowboys run scheme.
Like many in Cowboys Nation, I was very excited when Morris signed, but at the same time found myself stunned by the large amount of fans that made the connection that the addition of Morris meant the subtraction of McFadden for 2016.
Darren McFadden should not only be on the Cowboys roster for next season, but should open training camp as the #1 running back.
Jason Garrett is all about competition. It was a theme for this team this past summer, as the build up for a Super Bowl run got underway. Of course, that dream was derailed quickly, but it appears Dallas has the pieces in place to enter training camp once again with enough hope to allow us to discuss that sixth Lombardi trophy being raised in Houston.
By starting Darren McFadden as the lead back, it would introduce Morris to a high level of competition right away. While the expectation for the 27 year old Morris is that he will have a large resurgence behind the Cowboys offensive line, the reality is that he has seen his yards per carry decline in each successive year he has been in the league.
It would simply be foolish to trade away McFadden, who has built some continuity with the offense, to start the process over again with Morris.
With virtually no downside, this team can instead pair McFadden AND Morris to create a 1-2 punch in the backfield that will actually, you know, gain yards. (Barber, Jones, and Choice anyone?).
Throw in the re-signed Lance Dunbar, and the Cowboys garage of toys looks pretty good. They have their dream bike in Morris (thanks to his experience in the zone blocking scheme), as well as a nice reliable Honda in McFadden sitting next to a blazing BMW in Dunbar.
Whatever that dream bike may be for you, the point is that you wouldn't sell the Honda and BMW just because you own it. Instead, you and your friends will take all three of them out to NRG Stadium in February to watch the Dallas Cowboys play in the Super Bowl.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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