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

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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.

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3 Comments
  • 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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Cowboys Defense is Ready to Win Now, Time for Offense to Prove the Same

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East at 1-1, and have a favorable schedule ahead of them. With such an inexperienced roster, early season growing pains were expected, and likely should be still as the team comes off their first win to play in Seattle on Sunday.

Through a season opening clunker in Carolina and hard-earned divisional win against the Giants, the Cowboys have exceeded already high expectations on defense.

With the currently 0-2 Seahawks, Lions, and Texans awaiting Dallas, the time is now for Scott Linehan's offense to hit their stride. It will take more than a five week assessment to determine if the Cowboys are truly playoff contenders for 2018, but it could take even less than that for Cowboys Nation to realize this team is fighting an uphill battle at QB and WR.

Following Dak Prescott's 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin against the Giants, the Cowboys punted on four of their remaining seven drives. The Cowboys did a better job mixing up their early down play calling to remain ahead of the chains for most of the night, but even still their execution was lacking. Finishing three of ten on third downs, the Cowboys didn't sustain the type of originality on offense that earned them an early cushion.

Thankfully, the Cowboys turning back the clock to 2016 on a clinching touchdown drive of 14 plays would be all the defense needed. Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott would both convert a pair of first downs on the ground. The Cowboys took a 20-3 lead, and more importantly the game clock down to 5:45 with an eight minute and 23 second march.

As such, the Cowboys offense is an enigma. With the return of Brice Butler, the team is currently carrying seven wide receivers and four tight ends.

On defense, the Cowboys are expecting reinforcements in Xavier Woods, Randy Gregory, and David Irving to further bolster this aggressive, blitzing unit in the coming weeks. For the offense, Dallas must make the most out of the unknown depth they have, without any drastic change in style around the corner.

The Cowboys record under Prescott proves they're at their best when Dak is efficient. The ceiling for a new-look Cowboys offense built for Dak is not as high for this reason. Through just two weeks, it's clear that the Cowboys offense will be as good as the sum of its parts - instead of relying on any individual talents.

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Cowboys' record when Dak Prescott ... Doesn't throw an interception: 20-4 Records at least a 100.0 passer rating: 15-1 Commits no turnovers: 18-1

After a strong preseason from rookie Wide Receiver Michael Gallup, the third-round pick has played less than half his team's offensive snaps through two games. Cole Beasley has seemed to regain his connection with Prescott, snagging a team high nine catches so far. Terrance Williams has been a non-factor, and the same is surprisingly said about FA acquisition Allen Hurns.

Regardless of what the Cowboys do over the coming weeks, a few narratives and lingering questions about the team feel evident. With the defense set to tee off against the Seahawks sub par OL this week, Rod Marinelli's unit will still likely not receive the credit it deserves heading into week four.

With the task at hand being maintaining their standing atop the division, the Cowboys must also be out to prove they can sustain success without a consistent passing game.

All of this to effectively say, the Cowboys are going to Seattle expecting to control the game on defense. To finish off Russell Wilson in his home opener (already at 0-2), it will take a sharper performance for a full four quarters on offense too.

A win at the Seahawks might not mean as much as it has in past seasons, but in improving the Cowboys record to 2-1 on the way back to AT&T Stadium, it could be all the confidence they need to understand the NFC East is theirs for the taking while continuing to truly find their identity.

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Cowboys Defense So Far So Good as Seahawks Up Next

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Dallas may only be 1-1 on the season, but the Cowboys are officially tied for first-place in the NFC East, and fresh off a workmanlike victory over divisional rivals, the New York Giants. It was a game they should have won, and did win, but the takeaways so early in the season are that, although the offense has not clicked on all cylinders, the defense is getting high praise.

The Cowboys sacked New York’s Eli Manning six times and limited the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Saquon Barkley, to a mere 28 yards rushing. It was also a night in which Dak Prescott not only out-gained Barkley by 17 yards on the ground, but torched the Giants’ secondary on a 64-yard touchdown strike to Tavon Austin which proved New York’s Safety Landon Collins wrong when leading up to this game he remarked that the key to a Giants’ victory would be getting Prescott to throw. When Prescott was made aware of the comment in a midweek interview he replied, "…challenge accepted," and the third-year veteran made good on his word leading to the 20-13 victory.

However, Prescott ended the night with just 160 yards passing yet the ankle injury he sustained in Week 1 showed no signs of rearing its head as Prescott moved seamlessly in the pocket and ran the ball well.

As we move ahead to the Cowboys meeting in Seattle, we take a quick check over to one of the most reputable online sportsbooks in the industry - Intertops according to the reviews - where we can monitor the line on this pivotal NFC clash as the week progresses.

Seattle boasts a talented quarterback of their own in Russell Wilson but one who will find the sledding tough if the Dallas defense continues to shut down All-World wide outs like Odell Beckham Jr. and contain future rushing stars like Saquon Barkley. Outside of Wilson, Seattle is not loaded offensively, with their biggest target, Doug Baldwin, ailing with a knee injury and a backfield which consists of two young rushers in second-year man Chris Carson and a first-round rookie in Rashaad Penny who dealt with nagging injuries throughout the preseason and looked unsettled in Seattle’s 27-24 loss to the Broncos.

The Cowboys defense has already proven its worth in Carolina with Cam Newton under center and again last week against New York. The unit is surrendering an average of 14 ½ points per game and is incorporating more blitz packages than we’ve come to expect.

The difference this year is that the players they have on defense are capable of getting to the quarterback quick enough so that the coverage linebackers and secondary aren’t alone on an island for too long. The one concern is the status of Linebacker Sean Lee, who checked out of the game in the fourth quarter Sunday night and brought to mind his hamstring issues of a year ago, but apparently it was in fact cramping, and not straining, of the hammy which allowed Lee to return.

The bottom line in terms of the Cowboys' upcoming matchup on Sunday afternoon is that they will get the Seahawks coming off a short week, as Seattle played on Monday night and should be relatively healthy for the contest.

Dak Prescott may not have the formidable offensive line that he has had in the past, nor a top-tier arsenal of receivers, but he does have the elusive Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and is capable of extricating himself from pressure situations when no target is available.

If the Dallas defense continues to play at the current level, it will not only be limiting the opposition on the scoreboard but putting its offense in good field position throughout. So check out Intertops, one of the most trusted and reputable online sportsbooks, to see where this line goes because a Dallas win and an ATS cover are just days away.



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Taco Tuesday: Cowboys DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?

Brian Martin

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Taco Tuesday: DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?
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There has been quite a bit of talk about what a bad decision it was for the Dallas Cowboys to draft Taco Charlton with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Nearly everybody wanted someone different, not a player that needed time to develop.

Well, fast forward a year later and it looks as if the Cowboys made the right decision.

Don't look now, but Defensive End Taco Charlton is starting to live up to that first-round pedigree. In the first two weeks of the 2018 season, Charlton has already looked like a much improved player from what we saw a season ago. Imagine that, a little bit of time to develop and he's turning into a solid player.

I know I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself, especially suggesting that he is starting to dominate, but I can't help myself. I'm that excited about how much he has improved in one offseason. I may be alone here, but I have high hopes he could turn into something special.

In 2017, Taco Charlton failed to start a single game for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie. That's not really what you want from your first-round draft pick. To makes matters worse, in 16 games he only registered 25 total tackles, four QB sacks, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. As you can imagine, it didn't sit well with most Cowboys fans.

Luckily, it looks as if Charlton's offseason in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program has paid off. Already in 2018 he has accumulated six total tackles, one QB sack, one pass defensed, and recovered a fumble. If he keeps this pace up, we could be looking at #97 reaching double-digit sacks this year.

Taco Charlton

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton

Now, I wouldn't call what Taco Charlton has accomplished so far this season dominating, but he is proving to be a starting quality DE along the Cowboys defensive line. It's a unit that has looked really good in the first two weeks of the season and is expected to be even better once Randy Gregory and David Irving are able to return to the field.

In the meantime, the Dallas Cowboys are happy to get plays like this from Taco Charlton.

Taco Charlton Eli Manning sack

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This is a play Charlton is expected to make. He was left unblocked, but we've seen players left unblocked before not make the play. So, it may not be as impressive as some QB sacks. But, I'll take the routine tackle any day over someone trying to make a splash play and failing.

If you're looking for an impressive play from Taco Charlton, take a look at what he was able to do against Odell Beckham Jr. in the passing game.

Taco Charlton covering Odell Beckham Jr

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In case you're wondering, that's Taco Charlton in OBJ's hip pocket 15 yards down the field in pass coverage. It looks as if that's where Eli Manning was wanting to go with the ball, but tight coverage by the Cowboys, and Charlton, across the board ended up resulting in a QB sack.

If you don't find that impressive, I don't know what will. A 275 pound DE covering arguably the best and highest paid wide receiver down the field is almost unheard of. I would count that as impressive.

What do you think of Taco Charlton's play so far in 2018?



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