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Free Agency Film Room: CB Patrick Robinson

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Free Agency Film Room: CB Patrick Robinson

Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys brought in free agent running back Alfred Morris and defensive back Patrick Robinson for visits - now well into the free agency process. However, both players could contribute and make an immediate impact for Dallas in 2016.

I broke down the tape of Morris in the post below, and today we will take a look at Robinson.


Patrick Robinson was a first round draft pick for the New Orleans Saints in 2010, where he played in 58 games while recording 9 interceptions. After the Cowboys showed interest in him last off season, Robinson signed with the San Diego Chargers where he started 11 games for the Bolts this past season - recording one interception while playing on a one year deal.

There is no doubt that Rod Marinelli's defensive unit needs help however they can get it in the secondary, and adding a versatile guy like Robinson could do wonders. Let's enter the film room and see just who the Cowboys may be getting in Patrick Robinson:

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While Robinson isn't a perfect model for the Dallas secondary when it comes to his size, there is something to say about a guy that locates the football in coverage and puts himself in positions to make plays.

This is what you see from his first clip, as Robinson peels away from his first assignment to drop into the area that the throw is made. Not only is this a great play by #26, but it serves as one of many examples that display his excellent footwork, balance, and speed.

Robinson's backpedal very good, and he can explode out of it in a hurry to make tackles like this:

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I would be very interested to see how Robinson transitions to the Dallas defense. When at it's best, the Cowboys secondary is built on coverages that require support from multiple players providing inside or outside help. As fans know, the team has also had it's fair share of busted plays and breakdowns in communication from this unit over the past seasons.

Robinson's tape repeatedly shows a strong understanding of his specific job on a play, and his ability to carry this trait to the Cowboys could be enormously beneficial.

We'll take a look at one more play from the Chargers game against the Denver Broncos, which goes for a catch against Robinson, but notice his burst to the ball as he forces the throw to come into a very tight window.

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Another thing that Robinson does with consistency is get his hands on wideouts at the line of scrimmage. No matter where on the field he is asked to cover, Robinson makes strong contact at the line of scrimmage that allows him to stick with the receiver through his route.

We get a sense of that while watching his only interception of 2015, as he also puts on another textbook display of keeping his eyes in the backfield to see this throw coming from Matt Stafford:

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Robinson's only INT of the season

The last play that we will watch for Robinson is likely my favorite example of him understanding the coverage that is called. The result of this play is an acrobatic interception by now-Raven Eric Weddle, but it is set up by Robinson's coverage down the field.

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Overall, Patrick Robinson is not a superstar that will completely solidify the Cowboys secondary. Instead, the addition of the 28 year old corner would add versatility, speed, play making ability and depth to the unit - which are four things they desperately need.

Should Jalen Ramsey be the first round selection for the Cowboys coming up in the draft, a secondary featuring Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick, and Patrick Robinson playing in front of Byron Jones and Ramsey should excite Dallas fans that want to see this team bounce back from a 4-12 season - in which the only two corners to intercept a pass were Terrance Mitchell and Deji Olatoye.

What do you think of Patrick Robinson? Want to see him in the silver and blue very soon? Let's talk about it! Shoot me a tweet @ShoreSportsNJ, or reply with a comment below. Be sure to also request more potential free agent targets that YOU want to see a film study of! 

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
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There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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