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Does Cowboys WR Lance Lenoir Have Advantage for Final Roster Spot?

Sean Martin



Lance Lenoir

Here we are, talking about the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers again. Instead of taking a wide angled look at the entire depth chart for the Cowboys, we'll be focusing on one incredibly under the radar player that has a chance to work up this depth chart in his second training camp and make the team. This would be UDFA Wide Receiver Lance Lenoir Jr., from Western Illinois.

Lenoir is preparing for Oxnard as a battle tested player from last year's competition at wide receiver. While intense enough to force Lenoir onto the practice squad, he did well to earn this spot through the preseason. This will mean little for Lenoir given this year's increase in talent at WR for the Cowboys.

Dez Bryant may be gone, a player Lenoir compared himself to in my interview with him last summer, but new to the Cowboys receiving corps are Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson, and Cedrick Wilson.

Throw in second-year receiver Noah Brown, an equal competitor to Lenoir whose effectively already beat the undrafted receiver for a roster spot once, speedster KD Cannon, and Tavon Austin, and Lenoir clearly has his work cut out for him.

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Working on the assumption that Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Hurns, and Gallup are all roster locks, the Cowboys likely have room for only two more of these versatile pass catchers to make the final cut.

Sneaking on as much depth as possible with these spots will be of utmost importance to the Cowboys, who can find this value in Lenoir. Capable of returning punts and kicks, Lenoir's difficulties on special teams halted his progress in the preseason, but another offseason of work in this area could justify the gifted receiver earning a spot in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.

I've already written about how important new Special Teams Coordinator Keith O'Quinn will be in deciding the final spots on the Cowboys roster, and this goes without mentioning how well Lenoir is suited to impress Lal, O'Quinn, and OC Scott Linehan as well.

The Western Illinois record holder for receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns, Lenoir is a lanky receiver with polished route running ability and a tenacity at the catch point that simply can't be taught.

Lenoir was a favorite target of not only Dak Prescott in his first preseason with the Cowboys, but Cooper Rush as well. This should once again be the case for the pair of Cowboys QBs, now joined by rookie Mike White as well.

White is never afraid to test a defense vertically, something Lenoir has shown the ability to do both on the outside and from the slot, separating with ease to provide a big target to any quarterback.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Lance Lenoir (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

There are more than enough reps to go around this summer for all of the Cowboys skill players, and Lance Lenoir should start out with an edge on the rest of the field. This could be all Lenoir needs to defy the odds once again and outlast even tougher competition at WR to make a real impact in the Cowboys new-look offense.

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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 every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie



George Iloka

The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have...

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin



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.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

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!

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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

Jess Haynie



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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

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