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Deon Anderson Should Fear Team Reaction

Bryson Treece

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Of all the things to happen, why'd Deon Anderson have to land himself a gun related charge? Seriously, as if Plaxico Burress didn't make that point crystal clear for the league.

To me it seems like there are just too many dynamics in play to try to figure out what will happen with him should he be convicted, and even if he's not. I say too many because one of the key dynamics is the amount of change in Jerry Jones regarding his players and personal conduct.

We all remember the 90's—it was ugly as far as personal conduct.

But then Adam "Pacman" Jones was able to test and tread the waters before eventually sinking at the hands of Jerry Jones. And who can forget Terrell Owens, given that anyone believes the decision to release him last year was even slightly about team chemistry and "The Player's" attitude.

Jerry has possibly demonstrated a change in his own policies for dealing with players who cause and get into trouble. I use possibly because while things were really heating up with Pacman and T.O., Anthony Spencer got into some trouble and barely received a slap on the wrist.

So what will Jerry do with Deon, regardless of if he is eventually convicted or not? It's hard to say.

T.O. had become more of a problem than a producer, and Pacman could never stay out of trouble long enough to start producing in Dallas. But Spencer was viewed as the next starting OLB ready for the soon-after release of Greg Ellis.

Deon Anderson had one catch for five yards in 2009. That's it. That was all of his involvement.

It seems to me that the axe would fall swiftly if it even looked like he was facing jail time. But a guy that touches the ball only once in a whole season plus two playoff games should be very worried no matter what.

So you guys tell me what you think, should he be cut and under what circumstances? Answer in the comments.

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11 Comments
  • bigkat74

    I think he should be released but not simply because of the charges, but because of production or lack there of on the field. He doesn't seem like an effective lead blocker and as was stated had only one catch out of the backfield this past season. I think the team needs to move on and try to find the next “Moose”, a fullback who excels in blocking and can contribute by catching the ball out of the backfield..

  • JoeC87

    I disagree with bigkat in regards to lead blocker or just Deon's blocking ability in general. There was a chart somewhere comparing Deon and J. Phillips and we were more successful in all areas with Deon in the game. I don't want to see him cut because I really like his attitude in games and he is a great blocking fb. I hope JJ keeps him, but we never know what JJ is thinking or is going to do.

    Edit: And he might have only had one catch but that is not what J Garrett is using him for, and on top of that we have so many OTHER threats on the field that can handle the catches.

    • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

      In his three years, he gets 4+ touches, mixed run and pass, each year. In '09 he had one catch and no runs. You're right, he's not used as a weapon with the ball, but as a weapon to keep the ball moving.

      The problem is that when your sole function is to be an extra blocker, like a fullback, you don't have a lot of value. Guys who can block are easier to find than guys who can catch and run.

      I remember hearing about that stat comparing the blocking of Anderson and John Phillips. It's a nice stat, but being that Phillips was a rookie third string TE with more of a receiving style, the stat doesn't tell us much. A fullback of any caliber should be able to block better than him. When a TE was used in the backfield to block, it was Witten more times than not, even when Phillips was on the field. Not easy to call this one.

      • JoeC87

        True but honestly when you look around the league at the other teams how many of them are actually utilizing their fb's as both blocker and potential receiver/runner? Reason I like Deon is cuz he plays smash mouth blocking and that's harder then you think to replace. But like I said if we can find someone of equal or higher potential in the draft or via free agent then so be it.

        • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

          And that's really what I'm hoping for, to find a replacement via the draft. I've always been sort of the partial to the idea of cutting Anderson. Remember that I'm young enough that my first year as a Cowboys fan was Smith's first Super Bowl, which means it was Moose at fullback. Maybe it's an unfair model to hold him up to, but I don't think Anderson fits in the mold of a Moose.

          Most teams use the fullback position for blocking, some use it for running and a couple use it for passing. A lot of teams use a TE at FB though, and the Cowboys are one of those more and more each year. That tells me they might be losing confidence in Anderson anyway.

          • JoeC87

            Yeah but the game has changed from back in those days. I think the FB as itself is slowly getting faded out anyway, because like you said people are figuring out that TE's just fit better with what teams are trying to do. I think only FB that is still like the old school FB's is the Ravens FB McClain. I see your point though, i'm fully for sticking a TE like Witten and Phillips back their on occasion, I think Garrett could come up with some crafty plays (hopefully) with that formation. Here's to hoping big things in 2010!

  • JoeC87

    I disagree with bigkat in regards to lead blocker or just Deon's blocking ability in general. There was a chart somewhere comparing Deon and J. Phillips and we were more successful in all areas with Deon in the game. I don't want to see him cut because I really like his attitude in games and he is a great blocking fb. I hope JJ keeps him, but we never know what JJ is thinking or is going to do.

    Edit: And he might have only had one catch but that is not what J Garrett is using him for, and on top of that we have so many OTHER threats on the field that can handle the catches.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    In his three years, he gets 4+ touches, mixed run and pass, each year. In '09 he had one catch and no runs. You're right, he's not used as a weapon with the ball, but as a weapon to keep the ball moving.

    The problem is that when your sole function is to be an extra blocker, like a fullback, you don't have a lot of value. Guys who can block are easier to find than guys who can catch and run.

    I remember hearing about that stat comparing the blocking of Anderson and John Phillips. It's a nice stat, but being that Phillips was a rookie third string TE with more of a receiving style, the stat doesn't tell us much. A fullback of any caliber should be able to block better than him. When a TE was used in the backfield to block, it was Witten more times than not, even when Phillips was on the field. Not easy to call this one.

  • JoeC87

    True but honestly when you look around the league at the other teams how many of them are actually utilizing their fb's as both blocker and potential receiver/runner? Reason I like Deon is cuz he plays smash mouth blocking and that's harder then you think to replace. But like I said if we can find someone of equal or higher potential in the draft or via free agent then so be it.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    And that's really what I'm hoping for, to find a replacement via the draft. I've always been sort of the partial to the idea of cutting Anderson. Remember that I'm young enough that my first year as a Cowboys fan was Smith's first Super Bowl, which means it was Moose at fullback. Maybe it's an unfair model to hold him up to, but I don't think Anderson fits in the mold of a Moose.

    Most teams use the fullback position for blocking, some use it for running and a couple use it for passing. A lot of teams use a TE at FB though, and the Cowboys are one of those more and more each year. That tells me they might be losing confidence in Anderson anyway.

  • JoeC87

    Yeah but the game has changed from back in those days. I think the FB as itself is slowly getting faded out anyway, because like you said people are figuring out that TE's just fit better with what teams are trying to do. I think only FB that is still like the old school FB's is the Ravens FB McClain. I see your point though, i'm fully for sticking a TE like Witten and Phillips back their on occasion, I think Garrett could come up with some crafty plays (hopefully) with that formation. Here's to hoping big things in 2010!

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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

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Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

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Travis Frederick regains sensation in his hands: "There is some light at the end of the tunnel" https://t.co/wvQhB6KUQp

What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys Playoff Scenarios; Week 11 Impact Games

Jess Haynie

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We've reached Week 11 and the playoff picture is continuing to be unveiled. Most of the NFC has seven games to go, and there's still a lot of ways each week can impact the overall landscape.

The Rams and Saints are the clear runaway teams in the conference this year. After them, though, a lot of up for grabs both in division races and the Wild Card spots.

We're not including Detroit and Tampa Bay, both 3-6, given the strong unlikelihood that they will turn things around. Detroit is the worst team in a stacked NFC North and will likely keep losing, and a head-to-head loss to the Cowboys will be tough to overcome. The Bucs can't decide on a quarterback right now and are going nowhere.

If the season ended today, these would be your NFC playoff standings:

  1. Los Angeles Rams (9-1)
  2. New Orleans Saints (8-1)
  3. Chicago Bears (6-3)
  4. Washington Redskins (6-3)
  5. Carolina Panthers (6-3)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (5-3-1)
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  7. Green Bay Packers (4-4-1)
  8. Atlanta Falcons (4-5)
  9. Seattle Seahawks (4-5)
  10. Dallas Cowboys (4-5)
  11. Philadelphia Eagles (4-5)

TIEBREAKERS

  • The Bears are ahead of the Redskins thanks to a better record against NFC opponents.
  • The Falcons are ahead of the Seahawks and Cowboys thanks to a superior record against NFC opponents.
  • The Seahawks are ahead of the Cowboys thanks to a head-to-head victory.
  • The Cowboys are ahead of the Eagles thanks to a head-to-head victory.
  • The Eagles' tiebreaker loss to Dallas, because it occurs within the division, drops them below the other 4-5 NFC teams automatically. Their head-to-head win over the Falcons this year is invalidated.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how winning the NFC East would likely be Dallas only road to the playoffs. That is still the case; the Cowboys are three games behind the Panthers (they lose in a tie because of their head-to-head loss) and two games behind the Vikings for the Wild Card spots.

It will be much easier for Dallas to catch Washington, who are more lucky than good with their 6-3 record, than either Carolina or Minnesota.  The Cowboys can still hang a loss on the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day, plus Washington has both games with the Eagles left to play.

Those opportunities are further down the road, though. For now, let's see how the Week 11 schedule can help improve the Cowboys playoff positioning:

Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks

With a head-to-head loss to Seattle this year, Dallas needs the Seahawks to keep losing. Both teams are currently 4-5, and the Cowboys don't need that tiebreaker hanging over them at the end of the year.

But a Seattle loss means a Green Bay win, and that doesn't do much to help the Cowboys either. The Packers's tie gives them a slight edge on the 4-5 teams, and that advantage could keep them ahead of Dallas the rest of the way.

You could argue that the Packers are a team more likely to make a late-season push than the Seahawks, so a Green Bay loss here could ultimately benefit the Cowboys more than Seattle. It really  comes down to which team, between the Packers and Seahawks, you have more faith in the rest of the way.

Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons

This is obviously a huge game for both teams. Both are 4-5 and trying to stay in the conversation, and a loss here could be a death knell for either. It would also create a head-to-head tiebreaker for the winner over the loser; essentially a two-game swing.

The Cowboys won their first road game all season last week in Philadelphia. They have some good vibes and momentum headed into Atlanta, who are coming off an ugly loss to the Browns.

Will Dallas ride their positive wave for another week, or will the Falcons be hungrier and enjoy returning home? The answer could be season-changing for both teams.

Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins

The Texans have won six straight and the Cowboys hope they can keep it going. A Washington loss, coupled with a Dallas win in Atlanta, would narrow the gap between them to just one game. It would also make next week's Thanksgiving matchup in Dallas a chance for the Cowboys to pull even for the NFC East lead.

As I said before, the Redskins aren't as good as their 6-3 record indicates. They have only a +1 point differential in 2018, having scored just one point more than their opponents all year. Comparatively, the Cowboys are a +10 despite the losing record.

A few weeks ago, the Redskins got pounded 43-19 by the New Orleans Saints. The Texans are arguably the next-best team they've played this year. Hopefully, we'll see a similar result.

Carolina Panthers @ Detroit Lions

The Panthers' slipping would be nice for the Cowboys, though they'd have to fall hard the rest of the way for Dallas to catch up in the standings. With the Cowboys having a head-to-head win over the Lions, a Detroit win here wouldn't hurt us nearly as much as a Carolina loss helps.

Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints

New Orleans appears set on being one of the top two seeds in the NFC this year, which puts them well out of Dallas' range. As such, an Eagles loss is clearly better for the Cowboys in terms of our own playoff positioning.

Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

The Packers and Vikings are both slightly easier to catch than the Bears. The best scenario for Dallas is for Chicago to keep winning and take the NFC North, hanging losses on their division rivals on the way and making things easier for the Cowboys in the Wild Card hunt.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Rams

This one is almost irrelevant from Dallas' perspective. The Rams will probably clinch their division soon and should have a first-round bye. But the Chiefs are in the other conference, so there's absolutely nothing to be gained by them losing.



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#ATLvsDAL: Betting Preview, Trends, And Prediction

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This week's gambling preview focuses on the Cowboys week 11 opponent, the Atlanta Falcons. Dallas beat the now 4-5 Eagles last Sunday to improve their own record to 4-5. Atlanta lost on the road to Cleveland last week to drop their record to 4-5 on the season.

It's an 8-8 league, isn't it?

Dallas returns to the scene of the 2017 crime this Sunday, traveling to Atlanta where Chaz Green and Dak Prescott were destroyed almost exactly one year ago. Let's take a look at the line and the quality of these teams to see which way it could go.

The Line

Cowboys +3, O/U 48 points. 

Dallas Cowboys

Dallas saved their season on the road last Sunday night, defeating the Philadelphia Eagles and getting right back in the thick of things in the NFC East race. Still, we can't simply ignore what the other 8 games of data have told us about the Cowboys and their offensive quality.

The addition of Amari Cooper has clearly helped the offense, opening up the passing game a bit and allowing for Dak Prescott to have a reliable "number one" receiver. The team's results overall have been mixed the first two games of the Cooper-era, but he has been consistently good in both match-ups.

Defensively the Cowboys continued to impress last week, though "cornerback opposite of Byron Jones" is quickly becoming a potential need. Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith stole the show last Sunday, and both the present and the future of the Cowboys' linebacking corps is strong. It could be argued the Cowboys have yet to see a passing attack like the one Atlanta brings, however, making Sunday a big test for them defensively.

Atlanta Falcons

Similar to the Cowboys, Atlanta has been very much up-and-down this season. In a way, though, they are just the opposite-day Cowboys, with their offense putting up insane numbers most weeks and their banged up defense often letting them down.

Though it looked like they were turning it around in recent weeks, Atlanta had probably their most disappointing loss in quite some time, losing at Cleveland to the young Browns. Still, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones lead a prolific passing attack which can strike fear in any defense.

Byron Jones and company will have their hands full with the Falcons' cast of skill players on Sunday, and as usual, stopping their passing attack will all begin up front with the pass rush. Hopefully Randy Gregory can build on his week 10 performance to produce even more results this week.

Trends

  • Surprisingly, the score total has now hit the over 4 of the Cowboys' last 6 games.
  • The Cowboys are 2-5 against the spread their last 7 games against the Falcons.
  • The Cowboys are also 2-4 against the spread their last games at Atlanta.
  • Dallas is just 1-4 straight up on the road this season.
  • The score total has gone over 4 of Atlanta's last 5 home games.
  • The Falcons are just 2-5 against the spread their last 7 games.

Prediction

Who the hell knows, man.

This team is incredibly difficult to project week to week, probably about as volatile as they've been since all those 8-8 seasons. This line started at Cowboys +4.5 and has since moved down to just +3, meaning they are valued as a pick 'em on a neutral field.

Given how inconsistent, yet talented, both teams are this line feels exactly right. I'll take the Cowboys and the points because why not? I expect this to be a tight game throughout, and could come down to the kicking game in the fourth quarter.



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