Let's all just calm down for a second.
It's an exciting time around Cowboys Nation considering that America's Team went through football drills while
Matt Cassel quarterbacked them to failure wearing pads for the first time in what feels like forever on Monday. It was a breath of enormously fresh air after the pollution that 2015 decorated our nostrils with.
While it has indeed been quite the delight to see the Cowboys doing their thang, it's been a precarious type of optimism as one of the team's primary Stars (no pun intended) hasn't exactly looked like the version of himself that we're accustomed to seeing.
Cowboys coaches haven't been kidding about Dez needing to knock the rust off. Three drops today, without going against DBs.
This tweet, from last Saturday, raised many eyebrows throughout the pride of blue & silver. Dez? Three drops? WITHOUT GOING AGAINST DBs?!
No way, right? Not our Dez. Sam Bradford is more likely to complete a pass to his intended target than Dez is to drop a ball. There is no way on Earth, Mars, Neptune, or that space where people who think Kirk Cousins is awesome live that Dez Bryant could have a case of the dropsies.
Much to our chagrin, Dez is indeed of some extra work. I know it feels like I just punched you in the face, but hear me out for a second.
Dez Bryant getting in some extra work after practice today.
The last time that Dez Bryant played a football game was December 19th, 2015. That was 228 days ago. This particular game was at home, on a Saturday night, against the New York Jets. Mr. Throw Up the X ended the game with 4 catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Anyone with eyeballs knows that Dez Bryant was not Dez Bryant on that fateful Saturday night. Dez was never Dez at all in 2015. We're at the point in the 2015 Process (shout out to Coach Garrett and his 17" philosophy) that we can admit that. It's time for 2016.
While Dez's 2016 might not be as spectacular at this point as it usually is... it's because it's been such an enormous amount of time since Dez Bryant was Dez Bryant. How long?
During the final three weeks of the 2014 Regular Season, Dez had 15 catches for 286 yards and 6 touchdowns. THAT is the Dez Bryant we know who loves to throw up that X. The final game in that stretch was played on December 28th, 2014... 584 days ago.
It's understandable that Dez would need some time to regain his proper form. It's just unheard of because Dez Bryant is a freak of nature who catches footballs beyond the comprehension of the weak-minded (looking at you, Dean Blandino).
Thanks to @dallascowboys & @DezBryant for the FUN today!!! #DreamBigInspireMany #DallasCowboysCamp https://t.co/oWQFnl3yl7
We know Dez Bryant, Cowboys Nation. He's the same guy he's always been that took some time after practice to hang out with Miles Brown.
He's the guy who's going to dominate the NFL in 2016 and there's nothing that rust, Dean Blandino, or Josh Norman can do about it. Throw up the X.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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