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DE Randy Gregory Among Top Reasons Cowboys Can Make Super Bowl Run

Sean Martin

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DE Randy Gregory Among Top Reasons Cowboys Can Make Super Bowl Run

The Dallas Cowboys defense has been the story of this season, primed to show off their collective talents in the playoffs. As NFC East champions, the Cowboys will host either the Seahawks or Vikings in the Wild Card Round. On Rod Marinelli's side of the ball, feel good stories like Jaylon Smith's or rookie Leighton Vander Esch's have made Defensive End Randy Gregory just another guy - precisely what he needs at this point in his career, despite being one of the biggest reasons the Cowboys can contend in the NFC.

The Cowboys win over the Buccaneers last week caused a subdued reaction as the team clinched the division. It was likely Gregory's best game as a pro, forcing two fumbles that both led to touchdowns. For a player that was unsure if he'd ever see the field again after his latest suspension, Gregory is paying off the Cowboys trust in him reclaiming a starting DE position this season.

Gregory has five sacks and ten quarterback hits in his last seven games, consistently flashing pass rush skills that nobody else on the roster can match. This is even true of DeMarcus Lawrence, whose found ways to be disruptive despite just one sack in his last four games.

Considering the Cowboys offense managed just two touchdowns in two games where the NFC East was theirs for the taking, Gregory's 14 points provided off turnovers against Tampa should go a very long way with his teammates and coaches.


The last two times the Cowboys have made the playoffs, they've been eliminated by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers will not be in the postseason this year. The Cowboys consolation prize? A gauntlet of accomplished starters in Russell Wilson/Kirk Cousins, Drew Brees, and Jared Goff potentially await them.

The Cowboys pass rush will be crucial in their hopes of playing into February, and thanks to Gregory they absolutely can. Dallas has even overcome a number of costly penalties from him to see his quarterback pressures rise. With it, quality wins against the Saints, Eagles (x2), and Falcons have legitimized the entire Cowboys defense as a force to be reckoned with.

With a herd mentality  instilled by Marinelli, the Cowboys believe anyone on their defense can make a game-changing play at any time. This belief extends well into the secondary behind Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard. Starting up front with Gregory, aided by the likes of Tyrone Crawford, Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods, and Lawrence, is as good of a place as any for this play making ability to show up for Dallas and spark a playoff run.

The Cowboys are a playoff team that know opposing coaches will have to prepare for Randy Gregory off the edge. Neither are these absolutes were believable at various points this year, most recently the fact that the Cowboys could win their division. In doing so, their sights are set on higher goals, with Gregory having nowhere but up to go in a career that can take off this postseason.

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

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Cowboys' Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

With only two preseason games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The Dallas Cowboys have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz appear to have the depth chart locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and probably won't play against the Houston Texans tonight.

Enter Marcus Lucas.

Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding penalty that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the 53-man roster and was released and placed on the practice squad. In 2015, he was on the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the Seattle Seahawks signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks again, and the San Francisco 49ers. He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.


At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

Todd Archer on Twitter

With Jason Witten getting a day of rest, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Codey McElroy injured, the Cowboys have one tight end practicing today: Marcus Lucas, who has been with the team for about two weeks.

It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the "next man up" as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas Cowboys front office or another front office around the league take notice.

Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

They say "preseason games don't matter," but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.


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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

Jess Haynie

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

Kevin Turner on Twitter

BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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