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Dez Bryant: Why Dallas Cowboys Fans Can’t Lose Faith Just Yet



Cowboys Blog - Dez Bryant: A Cowboy for Life?

Unfortunately, the 2015 NFL season went the complete opposite direction the Dallas Cowboys had hoped for. A team many predicted to go to the Super Bowl in 2016, the Cowboys are currently 4-9 in the worst division in football with three of their wins coming against teams within the NFC East. The Cowboys have won two games since September 20th, the same day Tony Romo suffered his first of two left clavicle injuries.

Week 2 actually wasn't the first major injury for the Cowboys. In Week 1, the Cowboys' star receiver, about two months off signing a 5-year, $70 million deal, broke a bone in his right foot, which caused for him to miss six weeks of football. Since his return against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8, Bryant has caught just 22 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Despite Matt Cassel at helm, Cowboys fans have been upset with Bryant's lack of production, but the hate for the former Oklahoma State product is simply absurd.

After the injury against the New York Giants in Week 1, it was originally reported that Bryant would return in 4-6 weeks. However, it was then reported that the injury timetable would be about 10-12 weeks. But after missing just five games, Bryant returned. Since returning, Bryant has dealt not only with the pain of the foot injury, but he's also been battling a knee injury he suffered while catching a 51-yard touchdown pass in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The first year of Dez's mega-contract hasn't been a good one, but you have to look at the state of the Cowboys. Really no player has had a ton of success this season and a large reason why has been who's playing at the quarterback position.

2016 will bring a ton of optimism for Cowboys fans. They'll have a high draft pick in this year's draft, they'll be bringing back a ton of key players, and younger players like Byron Jones, Randy Gregory, and Demarcus Lawrence are only to improve. Oh yeah, also a guy named Tony Romo will return to full health.

Dallas may be a laughingstock right now, but an offense with weapons like Romo, Bryant, Jason Witten, and the offensive line mean the Cowboys could be back in business atop the league in no time. It all depends on one thing, can the Cowboys stay healthy? Look at the 2014 season, that year was the healthiest Cowboys season in the past seven years. Look at the success they had and could've had if it weren't for a bogus NFL rule. The talent is there for the Cowboys to make a Super Bowl run in 2017 and if that does indeed happen, Bryant will be one of the main reasons why.

An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

  • Oscar Reyes

    I already lost faith in the Cowboys doing anything at all. The main reason is the Quarterback situation. Thank goodness that Brandon Weeden is gone. Now Jason Garrett is glued to Matt Cassel and Cassel needs to be benched. Kellen Moore needs to be given the opportunity and chance to show what he can do. If Matt Cassel starts against the New York Jets the Cowboys are going to LOSE. Everyone mark my words. With this lose it is all over till next year.

  • Juan M. Perez

    I agree with Oscar go on and give Kellen Moore a chance you guys were boasting how he knew the offense better than Weeden and Cassell….Give the guy a chance

  • James Howerton

    I'm a lifelong Cowboy's fan and will be till the day I take a dirt nap. Personally, I'll be happy if we lose out. The higher the pick, the better off we'll be. Due to injuries to Romo, Dez and our besg DB, we really never had a chance this year. A top 5 pick in the top 4 Rounds can improve what is already a pretty good team. We've finally found a FS who could be a perrenial Pro Bowler, a good, young OL, a D that will get better because we have a very good DC, one of the best WRs in the game, a HOF TE who is like the Energizer Bunny and 1 or 2 excellent LBers. We're a fairly young team with needs at multiple positions. QB, RB, DT, WR, etc. We will have the luxury of taking the BPA and hopefully the stars will align for us this off-season. We have a good owner and I think Stephen's developing into a good GM. Our HC will lead us to a Championship. I think it might be Post-Romo although I hope he wins one before he retires or is forced out so he gets to the HOF. He has given Dallas everything he has but his body is breaking down (literally) before our eyes, after taking a beating year in and year out until they drafted some excellent OL-men in the First Round. So many say Garrett's had enough time to win a SB but I had to wait 11 years for Coach Landry to win the first one. I'm glad that Clint Murchison had faith and patience with Coach Landry, although financial difficulties forced Murchison to sell the team to Bum Bright in 1984. Bum had no such faith in Landry and he sold the team to Jerry Jones after the debacle of a 3-13 record. Jones hired Jimmy but after posting a 1-15 record in '89, Jones and Johnson were the laughingstock of the League. That off-season Johnson and Jones pulled off the deal of the century with the Hershal Walker/Vikings deal and nobody was laughing 3 years later when Dallas won the SB. Jones, the great owner, and Johnson, the great coach, were never able to equal their success apart from the othef as of this season.

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Free Agent CB Orlando Scandrick Joining Washington Redskins

Jess Haynie



Orlando Scandrick

Just two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has found a new home in the nation's capitol. After 10 seasons in Dallas, Scandrick is signing with the rival Washington Redskins.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Redskins and Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a 2-year deal worth a max value of $10M, source said. From Dallas to a rival.

By joining Washington after leaving Dallas, Scandrick follows in the footsteps of many ex-Cowboys: Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and even Deion Sanders to name a few.

Last week, Orlando reportedly requested his release from Dallas. It was widely expected that he would be a salary cap casualty anyway, though, and especially with the young stockpile of cornerbacks the Cowboys currently have.

Dallas has three young corners they believe in with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown. There is also talk that Byron Jones could be moving back to CB next year.

Scandrick, 31, will get to stay in the NFC East and now cover some of his former teammates. Give the reportedly salary, he should at least be the slot corner for Washington next year if not a starter.

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Upgrading the Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Brian Martin



Upgrading Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Despite the displeasure by the majority of fans, the Dallas Cowboys continue to hold things close to the vest with their approach to free agency. It's definitely not the most popular approach and tends to drive fans crazy, but things could start heating up now that the free-agent market is starting to settle.

Looking from the outside in, we can only speculate as to which positions the Dallas Cowboys may prioritize in free agency and in the draft that matter. Earl Thomas and the safety position has been the most popular topic of discussion throughout the free agency process, but it looks as if the Cowboys are narrowing their focus on upgrading and adding depth to their offensive line.

Marcus Martin

Free-agent C/OG Marcus Martin

This is just speculation of course, but it's based on the fact that the Cowboys are rumored to be bringing in free-agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming. And on top of that, it was announced that two of the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors are also offensive lineman, Will Hernandez, who is popular among Cowboys fans already, and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.

I don't know about you, but it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys are certainly focused in on upgrading the offensive line. This absolutely makes sense after what they went through last season with the carousel at the left guard position and Tyron Smith's struggles to stay healthy.

More than anything, the Cowboys need OL depth heading into the 2018 season. There is only really one spot up for grabs at left guard, but the depth across the OL is absolutely depleted unless you want to rely on Chaz Green again.

This is where Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming make a lot of sense. Marcus Martin has the versatility to play center and guard, and has done so already in his NFL career. He could compete for the starting LG position, but if nothing else, could replace Joe Looney as the backup C/OG.

Cameron Fleming could be the more important of the two free agents the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in. At the worst, Fleming would be an upgrade as the swing tackle, something he's done with the New England Patriots throughout his career. But, he could compete to become the starting right tackle, which would kick La'el Collins back inside to left guard.

That's all speculation right now, but the Dallas Cowboys would do what's best for the entire team in order to get the right starting five offensive lineman on the field.

Kolton Miller

Cowboys Rookie prospect OT Kolton Miller

The same can be said about rookies Will Hernandez and Kolton Miller. Hernandez would likely be a plug-and-play left guard if he ended up being the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick. That would keep the offensive line from shuffling and hopefully solidify the unit for years to come.

Kolton Miller on the other hand would be a lot like the Cameron Fleming situation mentioned above. He can probably tackle on the left or right side the NFL, although some draft analysts believe he will struggle as a LT at the next level.

Of course, there is no way of knowing how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have any of these players right now. But to me, it looks as if upgrading the offensive line is certainly one of their top priorities this offseason.

Is upgrading the OL the Dallas Cowboys top offseason priority?

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Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

For die-hard NFL fans, the free agency period is as fun as any other week in the regular season. It's always a fun experience knowing what team is interested in which player and who's visiting who. Heck, there are websites with "free agents trackers" for people who don't want to miss a single thing.

Seeing the huge contracts some players get and discussing whether it's well-deserved money or an overpaid salary provides football fans all around the league with fun football conversations in the middle of March.

This is a period in which, despite not being on the field, every NFL team is doing the same thing. Trying to get better. Which is exactly why most Dallas Cowboys fans are frustrated with how things have gone for their favorite team in this 2018 NFL offseason.

Right now, less than a week after the free agency period officially began, they're the only team left in the NFL that hasn't signed a single free agent.

Surprising? Not at all.

Whether we like it or not, we know how this team likes to operate. A quiet free agency isn't out of the ordinary for the Cowboys. For many years, the NFL Draft has been the priority for them, and they've done a good job at it.

At the end of the day, waiting for the first wave of free agents to pass is smart unless you're looking for a QB or have a huge amount of cap space. When you look at what players are getting, you realize most of them are overpaid. Sammy Watkins got a $48M three-year deal, when he hasn't really proved to be worth it.

I don't think Cowboys Nation would've liked to see the Jones family bring Watkins for that kind of money. Personally, I don't mind the Cowboys' front office letting those first expensive signings occur without them participating in them.

I mean, they've already made a splash, when you think about it. DeMarcus Lawrence was the biggest non-QB free agent of the year and they managed to keep him for at least next season. It's not exactly a free agent signing, but they are paying one of the NFL's best pass rushers more than $17M to wear the Star one more year.

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Former Arizona Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu

Yes, the Cowboys' team-building philosophy is comprehensible. But when do fans like you and me stop understanding their offseason approach and get bothered by it? To me, that frustration came in the form of Tyrann Mathieu signing with the other NFL team in Texas.

If the Honey Badger had signed a super expensive contract, I'd be fine with the Cowboys passing on him. But Houston was able to get him for just seven million dollars on a one-year prove-it deal.

Mathieu is one of the best defensive talents in the league and will be just 26 years old when next season begins. Why didn't the Cowboys tried to land him, if safety is a position of need? I mean, we've been talking about a potential trade for Earl Thomas all year!

Were they hesitant just because the Honey Badger isn't your traditional safety? Are they so conservative that their reason to not go after him was he wasn't a scheme fit? When you're talking about a talent like his, I think you make things work to see him thrive along young and promising cornerbacks like Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie.

The Cowboys can still look at Tier-2 free agents such as TE Eric Ebron or S Kenny Vaccaro over the following days. It could end up working for them, or it could end up just like Nolan Carroll's horrendous game versus the Broncos in week 2 of the 2017 NFL season and his $2M in dead money for this year.

When it comes to the Cowboys' approach to free agency, there's a very thin line between comprehension and frustration. Maybe, just maybe, they make us understand next season when we see results on the field.

For now though, it's tough to stay in the "comprehending" side of things.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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