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.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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