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Does Jon’Vea Johnson Have a Realistic Shot of Making Cowboys Roster?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Does Jon'Vea Johnson Have a Realistic Shot of Making Cowboys Roster?

Every summer, NFL fanbases get too excited about some young undrafted rookie that could make the football team. Cowboys Nation is no exception. In sports, it's always fun to root for the underdog. In the case of the 2019 Dallas Cowboys, some undrafted rookies have turned heads at camp and will do their best to get a spot on the 53-man roster in training camp and preseason.

The undrafted rookie with the most buzz around him seems to be none other that Wide Receiver Jon'Vea Johnson. The former Toledo Rocket has had a really nice offseason working with the Cowboys. Bryan Broaddus even said "This is a gifted player that is capable of putting good practices and games together to make the final roster."

Johnson, who ran a 4.38 40-yard dash could be a solid addition to a Cowboys offense that could use another deep threat WR. The team has clearly been interested in him for a while now with Johnson having a pre-draft visit in Dallas and visiting him on his Pro Day.

But does Jon'Vea Johnson have a realistic chance of making the 53-man roster? It seems like a very hard thing todo. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't say this because I don't believe that Johnson has what it takes to play on an NFL team.

But the fact of the matter is, the Cowboys WR position has plenty of competition. There are at least three absolute locks to make the roster before him. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb. But the competition doesn't stop there.

There are plenty of guys who should have a slight edge over the rookie. The first two that come to mind are Allen Hurns and Tavon Austin.

Prior to his injury in 2018, Austin was a contributor on special teams on the return game. His performance on offense wasn't that impressive, but the Cowboys could keep him for his skills as a special teamer. Of course, Austin has to prove he can also be an offensive weapon. After all, fourth round pick Tony Pollard could steal a lot of playing time as a returner.

Allen Hurns is also in consideration here. Even after his injury, the Cowboys have decided to keep him around and could be a potential player on the final roster.

Austin and Hurns, despite the fact that they were supposed to be some of the main contributors to the passing game in Dallas last year, were far from that. Hurns recorded 20 catches in the season and Austin eight in seven games. Now that the Cowboys have a real starting three at WR, they'll get even less playing time. They might be a lot of things, but indispensable isn’t one of them.

Aside from these two veterans, there are many young ones who could compete for those final spots at the position. Noah Brown has been on the team for a couple of years now. Cedrick Wilson didn't play last year due to injury but also turned heads during the offseason. Lance Lenoir Jr. making the team would be a surprise, but you could argue he was close to doing so last season.

Overall, I'd say Jon'Vea Johnson will have a difficult road to the Cowboys' 53-man roster but if he continues to impress on training camp, it isn't far-fetched to believe he can end up on the team. It will heavily depend on how guys like Tavon Austin fare in what rests of the offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."

The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

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The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.

ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...

Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.

Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.

And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.

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Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List

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Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.

"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."

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This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.

It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.

While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.

With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.

With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.

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