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Film Room: Tyron Smith Once Again Proved Why He’s The NFL’s Top Tackle

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Even in defeat, certain Cowboys shined through as standout performers. Per usual, left tackle Tyron Smith was one of those standouts.

When the New York Giants signed defensive end Olivier Vernon, all of us who love great line play started to get excited for this match up between two of the league's best happening twice a year. Sunday night, we got part two of their now yearly battles, and Tyron graded out as the clear victor.

Let me get this out of the way first. Yes, Vernon finished with a good amount of quarterback hurries, even though he did not record a sack. More often than not, however, those hurries occurred when he either moved onto guard Ronald Leary, or went unblocked by offensive design.

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This play went down as a QB hurry for Vernon, but it wasn't due to Tyron Smith not doing his job. The Giants brought more blitzers than the Cowboys had blockers, so the end man on the line of scrimmage to Prescott's front side becomes the hot read, and goes unblocked. In this case, that player is Olivier Vernon.

Just wanted to make sure I put that out there for all those who are doubting Tyron's ability to stop Olivier Vernon.

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When they did line up one on one, Tyron exerted his dominance over Vernon on more than one occasion. Early in the first half, we see Vernon line up in a "wide 9" against Smith. Here, he tries to use his speed and bend around the edge to beat Tyron. Instead, Smith kicks back quickly yet patiently, waiting for Vernon to get into his radius to deliver a punch.

Then, Tyron shuts Vernon down and forces him to lose his balance. Great job by Tyron Smith on this snap.

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On Brice Butler's dropped touchdown pass, Tyron once again does an excellent job on Vernon. Vernon attempts to hit Smith with a "bob swat," faking to the inside and then ripping Tyron's outside shoulder.

Smith remains strong at the point of attack, however, and refuses to allow Vernon to fool him.

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Then, of course, there was this play. No, it doesn't come against Olivier Vernon, but it is still an incredible pull and kick from Tyron Smith.

First using his great footwork and mobility to pull around the edge, Smith gets to the next level of the defense and meets a defensive back. His eyes must've gotten so wide when he saw Eli Apple just standing there, awaiting his inevitable fate.

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And then Tyron does that. Absolutely demolishing Apple with his incredible upper body strength, Smith springs Ezekiel Elliott down the sideline for his best run of the entire game. Smith is so good at the line of scrimmage when asked to zone block, but I would love to see him asked to pull more often going forward. Whether he was to pull through the line for a linebacker on a counter or power play, or simply execute a pin and pull with the tight end similar to what we see here, Tyron can do it better than just about anyone.

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line gets talked about a lot, much more than any other o-line in the league. As annoying as it must get for other fan bases, the praise is certainly justified. As good as the Giants defense is, and as lethargic as the Cowboys offense looked on Sunday night, the offensive line still did a very good job.

In particular, Tyron Smith was great on Sunday. Just like he is each and every week. After the loss, there are questions about certain aspects of the offense being asked by fans and media alike. There is absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind whether Tyron Smith and the offensive line will show up to play, however.



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 have been with ITS since 2016.

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

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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... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

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 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

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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. 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!



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

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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.

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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.



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