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Is Daryl Washington An Option For Cowboys After Damien Wilson’s Arrest?

Brian Martin



Dallas Cowboys: Is Daryl Washington An Option After Damien Wilson's Arrest?

Damien Wilson was expected to take on an increased role on defense for the Dallas Cowboys this season, but unfortunately that doesn't look as if it's going to happen now after his recent arrest. But, that could now open what seemed to be a closed door for the Cowboys to add linebacker Daryl Washington.

The Dallas Cowboys kind of find themselves in a precarious situation after the recent arrest of Damien Wilson. Wilson is likely looking at a lengthy suspension, which would be a big hit to the depth the Cowboys currently have at the linebacker position.

Wilson was looking to be the favorite to start at the SAM linebacker position when the season got underway, but now the Cowboys will have to explore other options. Unfortunately, the options seem to be somewhat limited according to what the Cowboys currently have on the roster.

Kyle Wilber would likely be the starting SAM LB if the season was to start today, but he is really best suited as a backup and core special-teams player. The next logical option would probably be Mark Nzeocha, but he has mostly been practicing at middle linebacker. Nearly all of the other LBs don't really fit the criteria the Cowboys seem to like in their strong side linebackers.

So, the Dallas Cowboys could decide to look outside their current roster and possibly set their sights on the talented, yet troubled LB Daryl Washington.

LB Daryl WashingtonDaryl Washington has been very openly pleading his case to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys this off-season after he was reinstated by the NFL back in April. Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears so far. But, that doesn't mean Cowboys' fans haven't noticed and expressed their interest in bringing him to Dallas.

Washington would without a doubt be an upgrade over Damien Wilson and would make the Cowboys' linebackers all that much more talented. In his four years starting at MLB for the Arizona Cardinals, Washington accumulated 394 combined tackles, 6 INT's, 3 forced fumbles, and an amazing 18 QB sacks. But, despite the talent, there are quite a few red flags.

Daryl Washington first felt the wrath from the NFL in 2013 when he was suspended four games for violating the substance abuse policy. The NFL brought the hammer down once again in 2014 by suspending him an entire season because he violated these substance abuse policy for a second time. He has been out of the NFL ever since until his recent reinstatement.

Unfortunately, those substance abuse suspensions aren't the worst of his red flags. In May 2013, Washington was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault in Phoenix, Arizona. The incident was over a custody battle involving his ex-girlfriend, who he shares a daughter with.

It was reported that Washington pushed her down with both hands and the result was a broken collarbone for his ex-girlfriend. He ended up pleading guilty to the accusations in March of 2014 and was subsequently sentenced to a one-year supervised probation.

Daryl Washington's red flags should without a doubt be a concern, especially for the Dallas Cowboys. They have had their fair share of trouble players who have let them down, which could mean he may not be even a consideration to replace Damien Wilson. But, never say never.

Should the Cowboys bring Daryl Washington to Dallas?

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  • Jess Haynie

    Don’t see Washington as a SAM. If anything, he’s more of a WILL or a MIKE at the most. However, if Wilson is going be lost for extended time, he could be a useful backup and much in the same mold as Justin Durant.

    • Brian Martin

      I agree. Washington is much better suited to play MLB, but he has the size and athleticism to play SAM. He would definitely give the Cowboys more options because he could probably start at any LB position. The only concern is his past history and his time away from the game.

  • Randy Martin

    I think we all know Washington isn’t going to be the solution. I think they will stand pat with what they have until and if Wilson comes back from suspension. If not I think Zach Orr is the guy we should look at

    • Brian Martin

      Randy I tend to agree with you about Washington, but Zach Orr is too small to be a SAM LB. He’s listed at just 225 lbs and that’s too small to play outside LB in a 4-3 defense. I would love to have him for depth at MLB and WLB though.

      • Randy Martin

        I guess I should have clarified. Of course you can’t read my mind. I am not sure Jaylon Smith is going to be ready to play every down at MLB so I would like to see Orr at MLB and move Kyle Wilber to Sam if Wilson is going to miss significant playing time. We know Dallas doesn’t give up on their guys very quickly so I don’t think Wilson is going anywhere.

        • Brian Martin

          Randy, I agree with you. Orr would provide valuable depth behind Hitchens or Lee if Smith isn’t ready to go. And, I agree with you about Smith. Training camp is going to be big for him to determine just how ready he is.

  • Corey

    It really couldn’t hurt to sign Daryl Washington to a 1 year contract to show what he can do, and to see if he is still the same player he was in Arizona. I think this could be a good thing in the long run. We all know he can rush the QB so I would give him a shot. Honestly I think Damien Wilson will be released for this incident.

    • Brian Martin

      Corey, the Cowboys might not even be considering Washington because of his past history. I’m personally on the fence about adding him. I would be okay with whatever the Cowboys decided to do. It is intriguing to speculate what he might be able to do after so much time away from the game though.

  • Emilio Gonzalez

    Bring him on don’t need to read the whole article Cowboys should look at him sign him n let him play what do they have to lose nothing really, Damien Wilson is not going to play anytime soon that’s 4sure. Thanks

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Emilio. There are quite a few Cowboys fans that would agree with you. I’m a little bit on the fence because of all of Washington’s past red flags, but I do this a lot like the situation that brought Rolando McClain to the Cowboys a few seasons ago. There’s certainly a need to address the LB position and Washington is arguably the best free agent

  • John Williams

    He’s the first name that popped into my mind when the news about Wilson came out. That being said, would the Cowboys be willing to take the PR hit by adding a guy like that.

    I’ve wondered a bit about Jaylon Smith playing SAM. I know in College Notre Dame used him to rush the passer from the EDGE at times and so it makes me wonder if he would have the strength to set the edge in the run game.

    Otherwise, it seems like we are looking at Wilber or Hitchens at SLB.

    • Brian Martin

      John, Jaylon Smith first has to prove himself healthy enough to take on blockers before he can even be considered playing anywhere. I don’t have him a part of the equation right now because of that fact. I also view the Cowboys adding Daryl Washington a lot like the situation that brought Rolando McClain to Dallas. Both players had plenty of red flags, but the lack of depth at the LB position kind of forced their hand. I don’t think they will make a move anytime soon because I think they will wait and see what they currently have on the roster. But, I wouldn’t rule out Washington just yet

      • John Williams

        Absolutely no doubt on Jaylon. Can’t even bet on him suiting up for the team in 2017.

        What looked like to be a strength on the team now looks like the weakness of the defense.

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Time to see What Darius Jackson can do as Zeke’s Backup?

Brian Martin



Will RB Darius Jackson Stick With Cowboys Second Time Around?

I hate to say it because I really like Rod Smith, but I think it may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to reevaluate the running back position as it pertains to Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup. Smith just hasn't been good this year, which is why I think it may be time to see what Darius Jackson can do if given the opportunity.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting the Dallas Cowboys move on from Rod Smith or demote him right now, but I would promote Darius Jackson from the practice squad to the active roster as insurance in case something were to happen to Zeke. It just seems the right time to make that move after #21's injury scare Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles.

You may have forgotten, but Ezekiel Elliott had to spend some time in the medical tent Sunday against the Eagles. He was luckily able to return to the game not long after, but it did shine a spotlight on Rod Smith and the lack of depth behind him.

Despite how much I like Rod Smith, and I do, he just hasn't been the same player this season as he was last year as Zeke's fill-in. He is just not running with any kind of authority and has been too apt to run east and west instead of north and south. I think it's one of the reasons why the Cowboys have continued to give Zeke such a heavy workload, despite him being banged up.

Rod Smith

Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith

Now, Rod Smith did look a little better against the Eagles, but I still believe it would be wise for the Cowboys to promote Darius Jackson to the active roster. Having more depth at such a physically demanding position is just smart football.

With the Dallas Cowboys playoff spot all but secured, it might be time to start thinking about lightening Ezekiel Elliott's workload just a little bit. Whether it's Rod Smith or Darius Jackson, the Cowboys have to find someone who can step in and be productive.

Rod Smith has had his opportunities this year, but hasn't really been able to capitalize like we believed he could. It might be time to turn to Darius Jackson, a fan favorite, who unfortunately just hasn't been able to prove what he can do as of yet in a meaningful game. I think it's time we change that.

As much as I like Rod Smith, I might like Darius Jackson just a little bit more. I think he is kind of like a poor man's Ezekiel Elliott. He is just as athletically gifted and can be a threat as both a runner and a receiver out of the backfield. He just needs the opportunity to prove it.

There's really no way of knowing if I'm right or wrong about this, but I believe he is worthy of a roster spot on game day if nothing else. I'd rather have him and not need him then need him and not have him.

Do you think it's time to see what Darius Jackson can do?

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Cowboys Lassoing NFC East Title as NFC Dark Horse



Cowboys Lassoing NFC East Title as NFC Dark Horse

Well don’t look now but the Dallas Cowboys are in control of their division and anything short of a catastrophic collapse will see them hosting the first round of the playoffs. Dallas strengthened their grip on the NFC East by knocking off a divisional rival and the reigning Super Bowl champions with a 29-23 overtime win over the Eagles.

Those who have a favorite online sportsbook and wagered on the Cowboys were ecstatic to see Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper for a 15-yard touchdown pass in overtime, thus covering the 3 ½ point impost that oddsmakers hung on Dallas.

The Cowboys have now won five consecutive games, with three of those over divisional opponents Philadelphia (twice) and Washington. But before we celebrate, we must consider that there's still a mathematical possibility of either Philadelphia or Washington stealing the division crown away from the Cowboys.

The Giants' only hope is an outside shot at a wildcard berth if they win outright but they've been eliminated from contending for a division title due to their 1-4 record against NFC East teams.

Essentially, all the Cowboys must do is win one of their three remaining games in order to celebrate a division crown. If Philadelphia or Washington loses any of their three games they will be out due to tie breakers that go in the Cowboys’ favor.

As of this moment, the Redskins are a disaster with no one under center to captain their rudderless ship, and the Eagles must defeat the Rams in LA, which would be considered a stunning upset seeing as any reputable online sportsbook is offering the Rams as 9 ½ point favorites as of this writing; then they must win at home against Houston and on the road against the Redskins.

Of course, the Cowboys are counting only on themselves to reel in the division title and with games at Indianapolis, home against the Bucs, and wrapping their season in New Jersey against the Giants, at least one win seems likely.

The addition of Amari Cooper to the Dallas offensive arsenal has been a game-changer as the former Oakland Raider hauled in 10 of 13 targets for 217 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner last Sunday against Philadelphia. He was the top-tier receiver Prescott had been lacking and his presence on the field improves both the passing game and running game by virtue of his dynamic playmaking abilities. Ezekiel Elliott has eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards in four of the six games since Cooper has been on the Cowboys roster.

Furthermore, Dallas has averaged 24.4 points per game over their last five wins with Cooper in the lineup, which is more than five points improved from where they were prior to their winning streak without him in a Dallas uniform.

In addition, Prescott has morphed from a game manager at 202 passing yards per game to a game breaker as evidenced by his 285.7 passing yard average in six games with his new target at his disposal.

Ultimately, the Cowboys will be tasked with turning all of this good mojo into a deep run into the postseason. We can now confidently say that there is one other team to consider besides the Rams, Bears, and Saints as this year’s NFC entrant into the Super Bowl. However, Dak Prescott will need to eliminate turnovers and interceptions if Dallas is truly going to contend against the powerhouses they will face in the playoffs.

Last Sunday, Prescott caught fire in the fourth quarter and ended with 455 yards passing, connecting on 42 of 54 passes with three touchdowns, but his two interceptions were converted into nine points by Philadelphia. As we move forward, Prescott will need to lead right from the get-go and understand that one poor decision can cost his team what is now a realistic shot at a championship season.

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Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys' Revenge Against Atlanta Hinges on These 3 Key Matchups 1

Cuando los Dallas Cowboys sorprendieron a la NFL mandando una selección de primera ronda por el receptor Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, la respuesta fue muy dividida. Al final de cuentas, Cooper estaba pasando por una temporada bastante mala junto a su equipo. Sus números iban en decline y muchos habían perdido la fe en la ex-estrella de la universidad de Alabama y cuarta selección global en el NFL Draft del 2015.

Pero sorpresa, sorpresa. Desde que se unió a las filas de los Dallas Cowboys, Amari Cooper ha demostrado que la decisión que tomaron los Jones fue una muy buena.

En esta liga, es muy complicado justificar el deshacerse de un pick de primera ronda.

Estamos hablando de la oportunidad de tomar a un novato joven con muchísimo potencial para convertirse en un jugador calibre All-Pro en algún punto de su carrera. No es fácil renunciar a una posibilidad así en esta liga. Sin embargo, Amari Cooper no ha hecho más que justificar el trade por parte de los Cowboys. Si continúa así, al final de la temporada podríamos estar hablando de que Dallas pagó de menos por él.

Es importante recalcar que Amari Cooper tiene 24 años de edad. Para el NFL Draft del 2019, los mejores prospectos en esta posición tienen a lo mucho cuatro años menos. A.J. Brown de Ole Miss tendrá 21 años cuando pise el emparrillado por primera vez en la NFL.

Y no, ninguno de estos receptores está cerca del nivel de talento con el que cuenta Cooper.

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¿Qué tan grande ha sido el impacto de Amari Cooper?

Desde la semana 9, cuando los Cowboys consiguieron a Cooper, este ha tenido 30 recepciones. 23 de las cuales han resultado en un primer down o en un touchdown. Es el receptor con más atrapadas en tercera oportunidad. Podríamos hablar de las grandes estadísticas que el wide receiver ha conseguido vistiendo la estrella individualmente. Pero realmente, ha tenido un impacto en la ofensiva entera.

Desde su llegada, los Cowboys son el tercer mejor equipo en porcentaje de pases completos, el segundo en yardas después de la recepción y el tercero a la hora de convertir terceras oportunidades y mover las cadenas.

Simple y sencillamente, ha tenido un impacto que ningún otro novato del 2019 hubiera tenido en este equipo. Si, los Cowboys tendrán que pagarle una extensión cara en el futuro, pero cuando este sea el caso, lo habrá valido.

Amari Cooper es el ejemplo perfecto de porque la NFL es un deporte de equipo. Con los Raiders, todos lo tachaban como un jugador que ya no era bueno e iba para abajo. Pero bajo los Dallas Cowboys, se ve como un jugador que promete mucho para esta joven franquicia que necesitaba un verdadero #1 en la posición de wide receiver.

La ofensiva de los Cowboys tiene mucho talento. Es cuestión de mejorar en zona roja para que Dallas sea una amenaza bastante considerable en los playoffs de la NFL.

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