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Don’t Freak Out About The Cowboys Passing Game Just Yet

Kevin Brady

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What if Dak Prescott isn't Dallas' Franchise QB?

Cowboys Twitter was set ablaze earlier this week when an irrelevant, and fraudulent, stat was put out into the world by NFL Network. The stat, if you haven't heard, indicated that Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had not yet thrown a touchdown pass in any of the training camp practices.

Even in a world where this information is true, counting touchdown passes during camp practices is just about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Yesterday in week one of my Madden 19 franchise, Dak Prescott threw for two touchdowns in a win over Carolina. That's about equally as indicative of how the real season's going to go as "training camp touchdown passes" are.

But I digress.

At the core of this internet freak out is some legitimate concern, however. The Cowboys downfield passing offense hasn't exactly been explosive, and all reports out of camp indicate that the defense has been stealing the show during team periods.

Though Prescott has been able to execute the underneath and mid-level timing throws thus far, the lack of downfield success has some fans worried. But I'm here to tell you to relax. At least for now.

With Dez Bryant gone and a whole new crop of wide receivers in, it's understandable that it's taking time to develop the downfield rapport. Prescott has to learn what receivers like Allen Hurns look like when they're open downfield, just as he had to learn to trust Bryant even when he appeared to be covered.

Not only is the personnel very new, but Dallas is also working with a brand new receivers coach in Sanjay Lal. Lal is trying to implement his philosophies and techniques with these new wide outs, while they are also trying to gel with Dak Prescott. Clearly, there's a lot of moving parts currently at camp, and it makes sense that it's taking time to get it right.

What is encouraging, though, is the success of the Cowboys' most tenured receiver, Cole Beasley. Prescott and Beasley have developed a nice connection thus far, looking like they did during Bryant's absence in 2016.

This actually reminds me a bit of what the Cowboys experienced at cornerback a season ago. Early on, their secondary struggled to find their way as young guys circled in and out looking for their home within the defense. But by the final six games of the season, guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis had settled in, and the defense found its stride.

All the Cowboys passing offense has known for nearly a decade are Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. It's okay for them to experience some growing pains early on while trying to replace them and find new targets.

And I'm willing to bet that by week 8 or so, most of these issues will be resolved.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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22 Comments
  • Matt

    So basically the same concerns as last season. Can’t throw deep, lack of TD passes like his franchise record 10 straight quarters without a TD pass. Got it.

  • Not your goat

    I’ve watched just about every clip from practice on my BR feed and Prescott is certainly not struggling. I do love when the Cowboys are underestimated though, it’s usually the years we win the division. Anyone who actually has high expectations for any QB in the NFL while their blindside is is getting run through like Courtney Love just simply doesn’t know very much about football. The 1 mistake that was made though was abandoning the run when Zeke went out, Morris was more than capable which he proved at the end of Zekes suspension and the right side of the OL was still as dominant as any in the league. The Cowboys more than fixed that problem with a fortuitous 2nd round pick and a healthy offseason from TS and we have all seen what Dak can do when he’s comfortable in the pocket. If this defense can stay healthy and perform as good as they did to end the season last year this team will be extremely hard to beat and if training camp is any indication of what’s to come, hahaha Dak isn’t going to have to score 30 a game to win and the armchair analyst can talk about why #4 only throws 25 times a game and Dallas isn’t blowing anyone out even though we control procession 40/20 and force everyone to play our game

    • Michael White

      Also to add to that they have added depth for the OL via free agency..just in case if there is an injury…so hopefully we shouldn’t have another Atlanta tragedy…

    • Melvin S Edgmand

      trying to figure out what practices your watching. yesterday 9 straight incompletions day before 3 picks and 7 straight incompletions. at what point do you consider it struggling. since the 7 straight games under 200 yards passing last year didn’t do it for ya the 10 picks he has thrown in training camp so far the less then 50% completion percentage. the lack of an kind of ball skill placement. they speak of everyday. I get you like dak and so does a lot of others. But he wont take us anywhere my money is on after game 6 garrett is fired for obviously poor performance . in steps kris Richard. he sits dak cause he hasn’t done anything for cooper rush. who by the way has been once again killing it in camp again. and we start winning. there is no scenario where dak leads us to a play off win ever. you don’t need to be a arm chair quarterback.
      its called common sense.

      • Not your goat

        Got it all figured out don’t you? I’m amazed a non Cowboy fan knows more about what’s going on than myself, your team must REALLY SUCK because I could give 2 $#!+$ about them. Your logic is up there with the rest of the millenials, ignore the fact that the report was fake and keep pretending you know what you’re talking about like it’s a fact, hahaha. Hahahaha, too funny. I guess all the clips from Broaddus, Watkins, Archer, Fisher and Slater (my 1st cousin) are all fake showing Dak lacing Gallup, Hurns, Austin, Bease and Williams over and over. The real report from people I know that are at camp is who will get the nod at the #1 receiver job because 4 of those guys are playing lights out in TC. You wouldn’t even make such an asinine comment if you actually watched a Cowboys game last year or then again your thought process is obviously questionable anyways so who knows. When the Cowboys start the season 5and1 or better I want you to think about your ignorance and sit in a corner but then again that millennial brain will convince yourself the standings are wrong or something everyone else finds absurd but you. If you have to eat a tide pod or drink Windex for acceptance you’ve already lost at life.

        • Melvin S Edgmand

          poor poor pitiful person they didn’t abandoned the run last year the defenses didn’t fear the run purbacks couldn’t handle stacked boxes forcing dak to throw which caused dak to throw less than 200 yards in 7 of the 16 games last year where he threw most of his picks concluding dak cant carry a team when the running game is down thus backs my opinion that a volume passer type QB such as cooper rush can which is what I was saying your thought process hasnow come

          • John Lindauer

            Cooper Rush is not the answer. Just stop.

            Last year was a total team breakdown: OTF drama. Critical injuries. Poorly constructed roster. Vanilla play calling. Inability to play defense w/o Sean Lee. Critical lack of team speed. The OLine playing out of sync. AND YES – a sophomore slump by a young QB.

            Thing is: they’ve corrected all of it… EXCEPT FOR TWO AREAS… They still lack a proven leader at safety. And it appears that Anthony Brown is still Anthony Brown.

            If Jourdan Lewis can work himself back into the starting line up (and they FINALLY take action at Safety (by bringing in Quintin Demps or Eric Reid or similar) they’ll be more than fine.

      • Not your goat

        So a (proven) fake report from Todd Archer of 0 for 9 in Training camp “complete period” = starting 0 and 4 + Garrett fired
        Same kind of thinking could only conclude undefeated and Superbowl champs after 3 for 3 and a Touchdown in a preseason game, right?

        • Freda Mae Delph

          oh yeah were definitely superbowl bound you idiot

          • Not your goat

            I’m pretty sure the only idiot on this post is the 1 who’s incapable of picking up on sarcasm or spell we’re. Hahaha, the logic train has left the station and you missed the bus.

          • Melvin S Edgmand

            thank you English teacher for correcting my spelling life is better now. see sarcasm idiot

          • Melvin S Edgmand

            the idiot actually would seem to be a person who corrects spelling on comments like he majored in English perhaps such words like anomaly or exasperating the latter explaining what it feels like to argue with such neanderthalistic human being such as you self. the former being a word to describe the incomparable complexity of your mental condition science has no name for it the most popular is stupid for academia’s sake stick to small words such as fart and oops

        • Melvin S Edgmand

          your still on the Todd archer thing. show me where i said Todd archer or I used the words fake report by Todd archer. your an idiot just plain and simple an idiot. I can see you sitting there in your tight whites your cowboy Jersey jerking off to old Jimmy Johnson clips of the 90s. get a girlfriend. football isn’t your thing.

          • Not your goat

            You are really slow Melvin, you are repeating a fake report 1st made by Todd Archer, obviously you just repeat anything and don’t care where you get it from, hahahah! Here we go with the gay jokes, the typical backup for ignorance. I think you thought of tha]]t 1 for a little too long picturing me though. definitely a 49er fan. Funny, you’ve got a profile pic of an old man but you argue like an entitled child and It’s rather clear you’re incapable of thinking for yourself and now you wanna picture me in tight pants rubbing one out so I’ll leave you to that, you’re a little to throwed off for me. I’d rather talk about football. Just picture me laughing at you when the Cowboys win the division this year, actually just don’t picture me at all, you have other agendas.

          • Melvin S Edgmand

            agenda is a collective term and if a gay joke got to you that much that it bothers you then one can only imagine that you are and nothing wrong with that don’t ask don’t tell right. see thing is you haven’t proved anything is fake simply saying it is fake doesnt make it true for example you are an insufferable little cunt who responds only in insult which intern causes insults. every action as an opposite and equal reaction as it has been demonstrated. let me.guess your next comment insults of intelligence, presumptions of my allegiance, and attempts to find fault in previous comments. no need for confirmation that is an accurate prediction. I repeat the story because it is fact dak is incompetent on his own and I don’t need a report for that I have 16 games of evidence 6 games in particular that he is not a franchise quarterback. the definition of which means an individual capable of creating something from nothing when the times are difficult. your inability to understand my comments doesn’t constitute idiocracy on my part but illiteracy on yours

        • Melvin S Edgmand

          furthermore 3 for 3 isn’t impressive remember Alex tanney, Brandon weedon, hell even Kellen Moore looked 3 for 3 good at some point in their career in dallas but no one asked them to be starters. dak is not exempt from the rule that if you can’t play well then you won’t start at the very least he will have this year to prove he isn’t shit but say he continues to synchronize his story with RG3 and fucks up this year as well are you gonna be the cowboys fan to continue to ask that he starts? I’ll let you continue to write the kinda comments you write but in that tiny minuscule cell-sized brain you have managed to create logic and the logical thought you have created is you have no idea what you are talking about and your only reaction is to insult me that is a psychological condition that amplifies your inability to accept defeat so continue posting we both know the better man has won the debate today

        • John Lindauer

          Exactly. You can’t take too much from Training camp and preseason stats.
          That said: I think Dallas will be WAY better than many of my fellow fans.

  • Rafe Montgomery

    Dak is going to be just fine. He did better in 16 without having to force the ball to Dez 2/3 of the time like he did in 17. Love Witten but it was time to retire. I will take spreading the ball around and pounding the defense with Zeke all day as opposed to that garbage we saw last year. The Akkmen years weren’t dominated with 3500 yard passing years and he is a HOF QB and we picked up 3 SB. Balance is the key.

    • John Lindauer

      The concept of building a “QB Friendly” team should have been born during the Aikman era.

      In year one: Troy was 0-11. Yes, Troy had Michael Irvin. But the team was just bad.

      In year two: Troy was 7-5. He had Emmitt & Irvin – but no OLine.
      Troy got injured. And Steve Walsh finished the year.
      The team finished 7-9.

      In year three: Troy was 7-5 (then got injured AGAIN).
      That year, Dallas had Emmitt & Irvin – and 1/2 of a great Oline + 1/2 a defense.
      The team finished 11-5 with a QB controversy (with Steve Pelluer – sorry for the spelling).

      THEN – in year four – the team was finally “Aikman Friendly.” (Stellar on both sides of the ball at every level). Team goes 13-3 and wins the Super Bowl.

      I can easily see Dallas going 11-5 this year (and I think much farther).

  • John Lindauer

    The Haters will never be convinced that “anybody” could replace Dak.

    Paxton Lynch, anybody?

    Dak may not be as good as Carson Wentz – but Carson’s body is already starting to breakdown.
    Dak may not be as good as Andrew Luck – but Luck is way too fragile.
    Dak may not have the hardware of Eli Manning – but Eli is fading fast.
    Dak may not have the fantasy stats of Kirk Cousins – but Kirk always finds a way to lose.
    Dak may not have the draft pedigree of Alex Smith – but I’d take Dak over Alex any time.

    Basically if the QB isn’t named Wentz, Brady, Rogers, Brees, Wilson or Ryan – I’d take Dak.
    (Because those 6 guys are demonstrably better at football than Dak.)

    Question is: can you win a Super Bowl with the 7th best QB?
    (I think you can.)

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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

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Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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Week 1 NFC East Predictions and Cowboys Season Outlook

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Let me start this article with a strong opening statement: The Cowboys will be better in 2018 than they were in 2017. There's been a lot of talk about the lack of a true No. 1 receiver. But when we break it down, the current setup will most likely play out better for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.

The Dak Stats

Certain quarterbacks shine when they have that go-to playmaker. We're talking about guys like Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Calvin Johnson, Ocho Cinco, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, and Dez Bryant. But other QBs do better at reading the defense and quickly adapting to what is given. Dak Prescott is the latter breed of QB.

Let’s do a quick numbers exercise to prove this.

When Prescott is targeting 8 or more receivers throughout the game, his passer rating jumps from 86.1 (targeting less than 8) to 104.5. He passes for almost 50 yards more per game and his touchdown to interception ratio drastically improves from 21-13 to 24-4.

Most importantly, when he targets at least 8 different receivers, the Cowboys are 14-2. When he targets less than 8, the team is just .500 at 8-8.

Without a doubt, Prescott is much better at adjusting to what the defense is giving him. He just isn’t one of those guys who can successfully "force" the ball (like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees). Not feeling the pressure of having to get the ball into the hands of the star playmaker will give this offense a new kind of depth in 2018.

Yes, losing Jason Witten hurts, much more so in my opinion than not having Dez.

Questions Still Loom

This is still the Cowboys' biggest concern on offense. There is some great depth. We have Rico Gathers, Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, and the young stud out of Stanford, Dalton Schultz. But between the three who have any NFL experience, there are only 9 catches between them. I must say that Dalton, with his 4.75 40-yard dash, has a legitimate shot at seeing a lot of playing time in his rookie campaign and could become an impact player with his size (6’5”, 244-lbs) and speed.

But despite the battle for TE being wide open, and debates about whether or not the team needs a No. 1 receiver, the Cowboys are still expected to give the Eagles a run for their money in the NFC East. Here are the odds on the defending NFC East champions and how (although early) it is expected to shake out:

  1. Philadelphia Eagles -167
  2. Dallas Cowboys +350
  3. New York Giants +650
  4. Washington Redskins +750

NFC East Week 1 Predictions

The Cowboys open the season in a difficult road game against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have been listed as 2.5-point favorites (follow the Cowboys NFL Odds here all season long) which isn’t surprising considering they are a tough team playing at home. You might be thinking, "crap, we're opening up as underdogs?" Don’t worry too much; it actually bodes fairly well because the lines-makers generally give a 3-point advantage to the home team. This means that they actually handicap the Cowboys to be a half-point favorite on a neutral field and a 3.5-point favorite in Arlington.

The Redskins open their season in Arizona against the Cardinals. The line is set at a pick ‘em (meaning there is no point spread; it's anyone's game). But, looking at the 'Skins and Cardinals, I think Washington gets disappointed in Week 1 and starts their season with a loss.

The Giants get to test their new offensive line and see if they were right in continuing to place their faith in Eli Manning against the best defense in the league. The Jags are 3-point favorites at MetLife stadium. This means the Jags are actually 6-points better. I do think that the Giants will be vastly improved this season, but they are also going to open with a loss.

The Eagles don’t have it easy either, but they will probably pull out the win at home as 4-point favorites against the Dirty Birds on Thursday Night Football. Their defense is just too good. Atlanta's road offense scored just 21 points per game last year while Philly scores 28 on average at home. The Eagles' home defense has been downright nasty, only allowing 12 points per game in Philadelphia.

This will be a two-horse race for the division between the Eagles and Cowboys. And even if the Eagles win the East, the Cowboys will wildcard into the playoffs.



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