There hasn't been a whole lot lacking from the collective resume of the 2016 Dallas Cowboys, so it's a good thing we left a lot of room in the trophy case during the 2015 season.
America's Team boasts five Pro Bowlers, two MVP candidates, two Rookie of the Year candidates, and the NFL's likely Coach of the Year. While it remains to be seen if any - it's likely a few - Cowboys make the All-Pro Team, we have a slight indication of that with the 2016 PFF All-Pro Team.
Announcing PFF's 2016 All-Pro team: https://t.co/dlhloZz9pi
Pro Football Focus is among the elite when it comes to football analysis across the web. This season they deemed four members of the Dallas Cowboys worthy of their All-Pro Team:
- Ezekiel Elliott, First-Team
- Travis Frederick, First-Team
- Zack Martin, First-Team
- Sean Lee, First-Team
I trust that you watched the 2016 Cowboys so you can understand why these Cowboys made the list. Zeke is one of the two we referenced that is in contention for MVP/OROTY, so his status isn't shocking. Travis Frederick and Zack Martin also saw their names among Zeke's when it came to the Pro Bowl, so again it makes sense that two of the best at their respective positions would be featured.
Sean Lee Finally Shown Love
When the 2016 Pro Bowl Rosters were announced, we saw five Dallas Cowboys make the list... Sean Lee's name was not among them.
Despite playing every game this season - save for Week 17 when his health was prioritized - "The General" didn't miss a single game in 2016. He wasn't only present, but he was dominating across the season.
It made no sense for Sean Lee to not be named to the Pro Bowl, except for the notion that the Pro Bowl is weird, and it's great to see that someone finally recognizes the quality season that he put together. The Cowboys Defense isn't regarded as one of the top units across the league, but they definitely have one of the finer defensive players in Lee.
Where's Tyron Smith? Dan Bailey? Dak Prescott?
As loyal members of Cowboys Nation we want the accolades for all of our top players. This leads to some confusion/frustration that guys like Tyron Smith, Dan Bailey, and Dak Prescott were left off of the list.
In terms of Tyron Smith... while he's certainly still the best left tackle in the game, it's fair to say that he didn't have the best season of his career. This speaks to the incredible quality of play Tyron's had since 2011, but it doesn't at all diminish just how great he is.
The legendary foot of Dan Bailey is one that we all bank on week in and week out, but honestly he did have a down Dan Bailey season. During the regular season, Dan posted an 84.4% completion percentage which is - amazingly - the lowest one of his career. Similarly to Tyron Smith, Dan Bailey fell victim to not living up to the ridiculous standards set by his otherwise sparkling consistency.
It is a bit puzzling to see that quarterback Dak Prescott was left off the list, but you have to consider the evaluating that goes into this. The quarterbacks to make the list were Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, who are more conventional and prolific pocket-passers. While Dak Prescott hasn't necessarily been a "mobile" quarterback as far as that definition implies, those two have had more statistical success this season.
It's worth noting that the only two quarterbacks who posted better passer ratings than Dak Prescott in 2016 were Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, so it is somewhat understandable. Still, the four Cowboys who made the list certainly deserved it and should be celebrated.
Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?
This will hardly be the last article written about the wide receivers of the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2018 season. However, we can only hope it's the last off-field incident that will factor into the difficult decisions the Cowboys will make on their final depth chart at WR. Yesterday, veteran Wide Receiver Terrance Williams was arrested for public intoxication after leaving the scene of a crash involving his Lamborghini.
Cowboys WR Terrance Williams released a statement on his recent arrest detailing several facets of the incident: "I have always been an upstanding citizen and handled the situation the best way I know how.
Details concerning the severity of the incidents that led to Williams arrest remain somewhat unclear. His on-field production certainly has not been though, putting himself in an expendable position by failing to catch a touchdown in 2017 and only going for over 100 yards once.
Handling this Terrance Williams situation in whatever the "right way" is will be yet another critical decision the Cowboys make under Head Coach Jason Garrett. A team that has clearly valued continuity under Garrett, there is precedent for the Cowboys keeping a now-troubled player like Williams if the void he'd leave behind is too large.
It is widely believed that this is a Cowboys coaching staff working to keep their jobs in 2018. Losing Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams in one offseason may very well be too much.
Already dealing with a broken foot that expects to keep Terrance Williams out of football activities until training camp though, it is becoming increasingly easier for Williams to become forgotten about in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.
New additions to this unit include FA signings Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, along with rookies Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Joined by the likes of KD Cannon, Lance Lenoir, and Malik Earl, all of these receivers are going to stake their claims for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys before Williams even catches another pass from Dak Prescott.
Once perceived to be fighting for positions below Hurns, Williams, and Cole Beasley as locks on the final 53 man roster, Williams' arrest is the epitome of "next man up" in Dallas. Even if Williams remains with the team in 2018 - as cutting him would only make moral sense for the Cowboys, not financial - his days as a starting receiver may very well be numbered.
As mentioned, this won't be the first look we have at the status of the Cowboys receivers. I'm already on record having high expectations for Michael Gallup, and believe Cedrick Wilson was one of the steals of the draft for the Cowboys in the sixth round. The unproven nature of this pass catching unit (through to TE with rookie Dalton Schultz) is going to make for fascinating training camp battles, competing for spots in an offense that could still be one of the league's best.
BREAKING: Terrance Williams Arrested For Public Intoxication After Car Accident
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is in jail after crashing his car, a Lamborghini, into a light pole, per the Star Telegram. The incident occurred approximately at 3:00 AM, according to the reports and Williams, who fled the scene was arrested two hours later. He was arrested for public intoxication and was also charged for leaving the scene.
According to Clarence Hill, Williams was still in jail as of 11:30 AM.
Kate Hairopoulus, from SportsDay, reported that according to Frisco Police, the Lamborghini was found without a driver. After determining that the car belonged to the Cowboys' wide receiver, they proceded to arrest Williams near his residence, where he was riding an electric bicycle.
This certainly explains why T-Will wasn't arrested for DUI instead of public intoxication. Hairopoulus also reported that Williams has been released on a $369 bond.
Without much more details, Terrance Williams' future with the Cowboys doesn't look very promising as of right now. After hauling a lot of receivers during the offseason, the WR room in Dallas will feature a lot of competition.
Williams, who's recovering from a fractured foot and missing the offseason programs, has something to prove. Certainly, an accident like this doesn't help much his cause.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with more details about Terrance Williams' arrest.
Last updated at 2:20 PM CDT.
WATCH: LB Jaylon Smith Moving Without Brace
When the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world and selected linebacker Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, most could not picture a day where he would be going through drills without a brace on his injured knee.
Well, as has been previously reported, that day is now.
New footage has emerged of Jaylon Smith moving laterally without the brace, posted to Youtube by "Cowboys Fan Club." And to say he looks smooth doing so would be an understatement.
Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.
The 50 second video clip above shows Jaylon Smith looking rather explosive laterally, something we feared he may never be able to do again. When at his best Smith was able to utilize his athleticism and range, and if he can get those attributes all the way back the Cowboys linebacker group will be in very good shape.
Combining him with the athletic Leighton Vander Esch and consistent Sean Lee would be a solid trio of linebackers in 2018. Of course, there is a lot of time between now and the opening game against the Carolina Panthers, however, but it's okay to be excited about his progress.
Let's hope Jaylon Smith continues to progress as the offseason moves along and we inch closer to the 2018 season.
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