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Free Agency Day 2: Potential Targets For The Dallas Cowboys

RJ Ochoa



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It was the great poet Carly Rae Jepsen who once said, "I really really really really really really like you! And I want you. Do you want me? Do you want me, too?"

The Canadian singer/songwriter probably had NFL Free Agency on her mind when she wrote that little diddy, wouldn't you say? It's the only thing that makes sense!

There are a ton of players that teams really really like. They like these players so much that they've signed them to lucrative deals with 18 bajillion dollars guaranteed. If you'd like to see who's signed where you can at Inside The Star's Current List Of Free Agent Signings.

If you peruse that list you'll see that the only action going on for the Dallas Cowboys is the re-signing of Rolando McClain. Hooray!

Fans are starting to get a little restless. Teams are getting new toys and that's just not fair! We want new toys, too! Well we may not have shown up at the launch of said toys, but the Cowboys are certainly looking over some to add to their collection.

Chris Long, Defensive End

The Cowboys are in the market for a pass rusher.

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We've already seen the big names (Olivier Vernon, Mario Williams, Charles Johnson, etc.) find homes. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cowboys have their eyes on one who is a former Second Overall Pick.

Chris Long's NFL pedigree doesn't just come from his draft selection spot, it comes from his last name. Chris's Dad is Pro Football Hall of Famer, and FOX analyst, Howie Long. Saucy.

Long hasn't had too much success over the last two years, but a lot of that can be attributed to the fact that he only played 18 games over that time. The last time that Long played a full 16 games was 2013 and he put 8.5 sacks on the board in the process.

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Chris Long isn't exactly the most formidable pass rusher on the market right now, but he's a great leader in the locker room. Head Coach Jason Garrett is very adamant about getting the "right kind of guys" in there to lead. Perhaps the next leader of the bunch is Chris Long, we know he likes the Cowboys uniforms at the very least judging by an old tweet of his.

Matt Moore, Quarterback

Stafford. Ryan. Schaub. Flynn. Barkley. McGloin. Cassel.

It seems that the abbreviated version of the name Matthew leads most quarterbacks to becoming quite the doorMatt over their careers. Ba-dum-psh!

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The Cowboys ditched a Matt from 2015, Cassel who signed with the Tennessee Titans so he could hang out with DeMarco Murray, and are in the market for another one! It just so happens that this coincides with their need for a backup quarterback. Funny, right?

In all seriousness the Cowboys are in drastic need of an understudy to Tony Romo, who just underwent surgery on his collarbone. Moore is a familiar face to the Cowboys organization as it was America's Team who gave Matt his first shot in the NFL after he went undrafted in 2007. Moore has gone on to play for both the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins, amassing a 13-12 starting record in the process.

Perhaps the Cowboys will get their new Matt, I mean quarterback, when Moore shows up for his visit with them.

Cedric Thornton, Defensive Tackle

Rod Marinelli likes options on his defensive line and he always wants more.

In order to satisfy Coach Marinelli the Cowboys are bringing in a former Eagle for a visit who seems destined to be a Cowboy, he was born in Star City, Cedric Thornton.

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Thornton has had a pretty quiet NFL career since going undrafted in 2011. He's got four career sacks to his name, but he did score a defensive touchdown in 2014 so he's got that going for him! What's most notable about Cedric is that he's started 45/48 games over the last three seasons. That's the kind of consistency the Cowboys like.

This feels like the same sort of move that the Cowboys have been making an annual tradition in regards to the defensive line rotation. They've gotten production out of guys like George Selvie, Jeremy Mincey, Terrell McClain, and Nick Hayden. Let's toss Thornton into that mix and see what happens.

Alfred Morris, Running Back

There's no official word on anything related to Alfred Morris, I just feel this one in the 'ol gut.

The Cowboys seem hellbent on the notion that anyone can run behind this offensive line. They lost out on Lamar Miller to the Houston Texans, ugh, and even a big name guy in Matt Forte to the New York Jets.

Don't panic now, but you need to know this. The only Running Back that is currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster is Darren McFadden. That's a fact.

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Fan favorite Lance Dunbar has a visit scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers, so who knows what will happen with Chip Kelly and another Cowboy ball-carrier. Dallas could be seriously considering a big time rookie in the draft now, but they're still going to need bodies at the position.

Alfred Morris is coming off of the worst season in his young career in terms of yards, touchdowns, and yards per attempt (so basically everything important). What's important to remember here is that he's been to two Pro Bowls and is still only 27 years old.

Morris hails from Pensacola, Florida. The Cowboys have had success before with a particular Running Back from that city (Emmitt Smith aka the NFL's All-Time Leading Rusher aka WHOA). Alfred is worth considering, especially given the lack of depth at the position currently.

Which of this bunch do you think has a shot to legitimately wear the Star? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about "Free Agency Day 2: Potential Targets For The Dallas Cowboys" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

  • Emmitt..22

    Everybody know Jerry jones just be talking every year before free agency starts and when it does start ..he does nothing …!!!!

  • RJ Ochoa

    He got Cedric today!

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Which Cowboys Benefit From David Irving’s Suspension?

Jess Haynie



David Irving

While losing David Irving for the first four weeks of 2018 is a bad thing for the Dallas Cowboys defensive line, it does create opportunities for some of the other defensive tackles. Who has the most to gain from Irving's suspension?

Because he was mostly going to be used inside as the 3-technique DT, David's absence will naturally benefit the guys who are best suited to play that role. Thankfully, Dallas isn't lacking for those types of players.

Veteran Tyrone Crawford can use all the playing time he can get. As a likely salary cap casualty next year, Crawford doesn't want to get buried on the depth chart as Dallas focuses on their younger players who project to stick around beyond 2018.

With Irving out, Dallas will likely lean on Tyrone as they often do when someone is missing on the defensive line. With more talent now at defensive end, Crawford was going to be competing with Irving, Maliek Collins, Jihad Ward, and other younger guys for work at tackle.

But now there's a problem, and it's easy to slide Crawford into the 3-tech role that Dallas once envisioned him being a star at. Remember, it was their projection of Tyrone as a breakout DT that got him his big contract to begin with.

Yes, Irving's only gone for four weeks. Dallas will still be giving him work in camp based on the role he should fill for the majority of the season. But that's why a veteran like Tyrone Crawford is a great temporary plug-in, because he doesn't need all of the practice reps to step in and perform.

Maliek Collins

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Another key beneficiary could be third-year DT Maliek Collins. Last season, Collins got stuck playing 1-technique and not getting the same opportunities to make plays and get noticed that he had his rookie year.

But now Dallas has several guys in Jihad Ward, Richard Ash, and Brian Price who can play the 1-tech role, which will hopefully get Collins back where he belongs. Maliek's athleticism belongs a little further away from center, letting him try to take on guards in single coverage.

Collins is dealing with a foot issue now but should be back for the preseason. That's enough time for him to be where he needs to be Week One, provided he's healthy.

How Dallas would balance playing time between Collins and Tyrone Crawford could be a matter of how much they play certain schemes. One could see Collins, the bigger guy, playing more in the base defense and then Crawford being used in passing situations.

There is always a lot of rotation in a Rod Marinelli line, so discussions about playing time can get a little silly. Unless you're a true stud like DeMarcus Lawrence who you don't want to take off the field, the Cowboys like to keep guys fresh.

But that's why this is a big opportunity; David Irving has that stud potential. He's the kind of talent who could keep solid players like Crawford and Collins out of view if he hits his stride.

For the first four weeks, though, Irving will be in the NFL doghouse and Dallas will likely lean on its two most experienced defensive tackles to fill the void. There will be more reps for guys like Datone Jones and Jihad Ward too, but Crawford and Collins have way more skins on the wall

That trust should keep them on the field more while David Irving's suspended, and perhaps beyond.

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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

Mauricio Rodriguez



David Irving

For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

Tell me what you think about "BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys Offense Finds Rhythm to End Minicamp, Hurns and Gallup Stand Out

Sean Martin



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The Dallas Cowboys are back in offseason mode, concluding their OTAs and minicamp from The Star. With a hiatus until training camp, it was important for several high-profile players to make a strong first impression on the 2018 season. From the start of mini camp, these impressions were left mostly by Rod Marinelli's defense and -- more specifically -- Kris Richard's young group of cornerbacks.

Still working through significant change on the offensive side of the ball, the Cowboys did rally on day three under Quarterback Dak Prescott to put out a better performance. The Cowboys coaching staff should love their lasting memories of both FA acquisition Wide Receiver Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup.

There is a strong chance that these two receivers will be the Cowboys starters in Oxnard for training camp. We have heard a lot about the impact new WR Coach Sanjay Lal has had on his group, slowing the game down to focus on route running. This will give the team's rotation of unproven receivers a chance with Prescott, as he can focus on throwing to a 'spot' more often.

One spot that Prescott has struggled to hit in two seasons as the starter in Dallas is the back of the end zone for fade routes. A red zone go-to under Scott Linehan, free agent WR Dez Bryant was often the intended target on these missed passes.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Allen Hurns

Less of a route running technician and closer to the mold of a physical player like Bryant, Allen Hurns emerging as the Cowboys #1 option would solve a lot of uncertainty at the WR position. In yesterday's practice, Hurns was able to haul in a perfect ball from Prescott on the fade as he beat Byron Jones.

It's going to take some time for Jones to readjust to playing cornerback, but the vision for Kris Richard of him and Chidobe Awuzie starting on the outside is a great one. In a battle of proven players, Hurns got the best of Jones to spark the Cowboys offense at the right time.

Overall, there should be no reason to panic about (well, really anything from mini camp) the Cowboys offense right now, and plenty of reasons to be excited about what this defense will develop into.

Once the pads come on at training camp, the players the Cowboys are paying to play at an elite level will start to shine, including their newly re-signed Guard Zack Martin -- the highest paid guard in the league now. There are no doubts that the bread and butter for this offense will be handing the ball to Ezekiel Elliott behind this wall of an offensive line.

From this increase in competition in the trenches, we'll also get more meaningful battles along the defensive line. In shorts and helmets for now, the Cowboys secondary was given their chance at mini camp, and came out solid early.

Another player they've struggled to truly corral though is Michael Gallup. Perhaps pressing a bit thanks to his limited opportunities thus far, Jourdan Lewis was taken across the field by Gallup on a misfire from Cooper Rush.

This is nothing new for Gallup however, who's been ahead of the curve on creating the desired separation as a "violent" receiver on the outside.

A steal with the 81st overall pick in this year's draft, Gallup has a long way to go in beating out the likes of Terrance Williams, Cedrick Wilson (limited through this portion of the offseason with injuries), and even Cole Beasley, who's received some reps on the outside.

With both Hurns and Gallup making plays on the Cowboys final practice until late July, it's easy to let the mind wander with possibilities of the Cowboys offense playing at full strength against a defense that might be up for the challenge better than ever compared to year's past.

As always, the practice fields of Oxnard will serve as a battle ground for a young but deep Cowboys team to earn their spots on the 53-man roster, one that surely won't have room for all of the wide receiver hopefuls seen this week in mini camp.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Offense Finds Rhythm to End Minicamp, Hurns and Gallup Stand Out" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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