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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Packers

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly For Cowboys Against Packers

The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately let yet another close game slip through their fingers in the final minutes yesterday afternoon against the Green Bay Packers. They just left too much time on the clock that allowed Aaron Rogers to lead his offense down the field for the go-ahead touchdown and secure the 35-31 Packers victory.

This was back to back weeks where the Cowboys looked to have the game secured, but failed to do enough to come away with the victory in the end. These are close games that they would’ve won a year ago, but have failed to do so so far this season. There is plenty of blame to go around, but in the end they win and lose as a team.

Losing to the Packers seems to hurt a little bit more for some reason. Maybe it’s all of the controversial calls that have happened to the Cowboys in the past when these two teams meet or something else. But, one thing is for sure. The Packers seem to come out on top more times than not.

Before I get too far off track, let’s jump into this week’s edition of The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly for the Dallas Cowboys against the Green Bay Packers. As always, please feel free to provide your own thoughts and opinions in the comment section at the end of the article.

QB Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

The Good

When the Dallas Cowboys lose, the blame typically lands on the shoulders of their starting quarterback. But, for all the criticism Dak Prescott has received this season, he had a fantastic performance against the Green Bay Packers Sunday afternoon.

That is why I think he is the good for this week.

Prescott accounted for four total touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers yesterday afternoon. He threw two TDs to Cole Beasley and another to Dez Bryant. He also rushed for a TD to put the Cowboys ahead with a little over a minute left in the game. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.

I honestly believe Prescott was the better of the two QBs on the field yesterday afternoon, even though Aaron Rodgers got the victory.

Prescott threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and also accounted for 37 yards and a TD on the ground. It should’ve been enough to win the game, but the Cowboys defense continues to struggle.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

The Bad

It would’ve been way too easy to go with the Cowboys defense this week for the bad, but I think they actually did enough to win this game. Yes, you may think I’m crazy, but they actually didn’t play too terribly bad. That is why I think Terrance Williams’ tipped ball that resulted in an interception return for a touchdown for the Packers defense is the bad for this week.

We hear it preached by every coach around the NFL that whoever wins the turnover battle typically wins the game. Well, that’s true for the Dallas Cowboys in back to back weeks, because turnovers likely resulted in them losing two close games they probably should’ve won.

Last week it was the muffed punt by Ryan Switzer, and this week it is Terrance Williams’ inability to catch the ball with his hands.

I honestly believe if those two plays don’t happen, the Dallas Cowboys end up winning both games. And yes, I do believe that one single play can have that much of an impact on the outcome of any game.

Anthony Brown

Dallas Cowboys CB Anthony Brown

The Ugly

The ugly for the Cowboys vs Packers for me was Anthony Brown’s performance. While watching the game, I began to notice that whenever Aaron Rodgers needed a big play in the game, he tended to look Anthony Brown’s direction. Unfortunately, it usually paid off.

I don’t know what the deal is, but to me it looks as if Anthony Brown has regressed a little bit in his second year with the Dallas Cowboys.

His technique hasn’t quite been as good as it was a season ago and he’s just not playing with the confidence he showed last year. I think teams have noticed that as well, which is why he has been targeted more often.

The Cowboys coaching staff and Anthony Brown really need to analyze things during the bye week to see what the problem is. I don’t know if he should lose his starting job just yet, but a healthy Chidobe Awuzie might be a better option if he can remain healthy.

What is your Good, Bad, and Ugly for the Cowboys against the Packers?

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29 Comments
  • Daniel Bollman

    Could
    n’t get a consistent pass rush, they need a true speed rusher to run down qbs like Rodgers. They had 4 sacks, but they don’t get pressure on most passes.That’s why teams keep converting on third down.
    Can’t stop the run, even though GB had a terrible o-line. Another ugly thing was the call on Mayowa after the sack by Lawrence. That was either a terrible call or just stupid play by 93

    • Brian Martin

      Daniel, I agree with everything you said. Lawrence has been pretty dominant, but wasn’t really as effective against the Packers. And I think the Mayowa call was a little of both…
      a terrible call by the referees and a stupid play by 93. There was no need to lead with his helmet there.

  • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

    I was really impressed with Prescott in this game. I’ve seen flashes of it before but not until yesterday has he been so present the whole game, not this season. You could say he was against NYG but I’m placing less and less on that entire game after seeing just how badly the Giants are playing since then.

    One thing I’m seeing consistently with Prescott this season is his accuracy on deep balls. I think that may be his weakest ability right now. Either that or he and his wide outs are not on the same page, still. He overthrew Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley when both were open 30+ yards downfield, and under threw Williams deep. But he’s made similar throws to Brice Butler that were on target.

    But overall, good game by Dak. Should’ve been a W.

    • Brian Martin

      I completely agree about Prescott. I think we’ve only seen flashes so far because of the caliber of CBs he’s had to face thus far this season. I think he’s kind of hit and miss on his deep passes because of where he is when he throws them. I may be wrong, but I think the missed deep passes to Bryant and Beasley were thrown from the pocket, but the ones to Butler have been outside of the pocket.

      I would really like to see him have more opportunities to throw the ball outside of the pocket, where he will also be a threat with his legs. I think that is where he is at his best, but unfortunately he’s been asked to throw inside the pocket more this season. I’m really hoping Linehan will realize this and move the pocket more for Prescott once they return from their bye week.

  • Hector Espindola

    We badly need back Sean Lee and accept the growing pains of our DB’s. Don´t know if Irving´s return is enough, but with this defense no lead can last…

    • Brian Martin

      Sean Lee in the lineup would definitely make the defense a little bit better, but I don’t know if it would have changed the outcome of the last two games for the Cowboys. And unfortunately, we as a society have grown accustomed to instant gratification. A lot of Cowboys fans have failed to realize that this defense will take some time and there will be some bumps and bruises along the way. It’s still a work in progress.

      • Hector Espindola

        You are right and Lee wont be there that long with 31 years old and all his injuries. Hope in the meantime, Smith and/or Hitchens will fill his shoes. I would not discard the team drafts another LB.

        • Brian Martin

          The Dallas Cowboys are definitely going to have to draft a LB next year. Sean Lee isn’t getting any younger and Smith still needs more time to recuperate/develop. And unfortunately, Anthony Hitchens is a FA after the season. It wouldn’t surprise me if they draft one in the first few rounds.

  • Marvin Ferrell

    I think we are forgetting that after all this LInehan decided to pass the ball on 3rd down the drive before Rogers killed us. That was one of the worst play calls I’ve seen in terms of managing the game clock. He should have run the ball there. That would have left rogers with significantly less time to drive down the field and would have more likely than not resulted in the game going to at least OT. I think Scott is great and is my favorite offensive mind aside from maybe Andy Reed but this was a bad call in my opinion that contributed to the loss.

    • Brian Martin

      Marvin, if you have read any of my work before, and then you know that I’m not a big fan of Scott Linehan’s playcalling. I think he’s far too predictable. He has far too many weapons at his disposal to be that way and I’m really hoping he changes things up coming out of the bye week.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      It was second down and that was a run-pass option, sir. That decision was on Dak. But I agree with you wholeheartedly otherwise; Linehan’s playcalling leaves much to be desired, including just how often he leaves Dak to call the play on run-pass options. Sometimes, the playcaller just needs to issue a play, you know?

      • Marvin Ferrell

        On run pass option plays my coach would always give us the option of making a read but he would still call the play. I’m assuming the Cowboys do something similar especially considering Garretts post game comments on the matter. Yes it was second down not third thanks for correcting that part.

  • Ray Smith

    Flakey coaching, bad defense and the tipped ball for TD doomed us.

    • Brian Martin

      I can’t disagree with any of that. I think the defense will get better as the season goes along, but I don’t think there is any fixing the flaky coaching or tipped ball for the TD.

  • Ray Smith

    Garrett and his staff have been out-coached for too many times especially by lack of poor half time adjustments.

    • Brian Martin

      It certainly seems that way. To me, I think it looks as if once I get the lead they kind of start coasting instead of keeping their foot on the gas.

  • Hobbes49

    Dak was the good, with a shout to Zeke in the 4th quarter. (maybe back to himself finally?)

    Terrence Williams was the bad, he has two perfectly good hands, using them to make catches in traffic would be a good plan.

    Linebackers were the ugly, they were terrible from start to finish, got gashed run after run, did not help contain Rodgers at all, and HItchens (although first game back I hate to judge too harshly) had a terrible penalty that extended a drive. Truly amazing just how much Sean Lee means to this defense.

    Anthony Brown is looking bad right now, and I did not hear Maliek Collin’s name once yesterday, that can’t happen. I know you can only get so far without great players, but it really seems to me that Marinelli is at the end of his rope in Dallas. He has some guys that can play now, but the level of the defense never seems to change from year to year. I understand a young secondary is a major issue, but we have at least the semblance of a pass rush now, although still inconsistent, and guys like Brown, and Damien Wilson have regressed. Some of that has to be on Marinelli, right? Not saying a new DC instantly makes things better, I am just starting to think a new direction might be better for now and the future.

    • Brian Martin

      I agree with you about Prescott and Elliott. Elliott is finally starting to look like his old self, but he’s not quite there yet.

      I completely agree with you about the LBs. Smith just doesn’t look right and isn’t ready to start right now. Sean Lee being out really hurts the entire defense. It’s sad how much the defense relies on a 31-year-old. I’m going to give the benefit of the doubt to Hitchens that he was just rusty, but his play needs to improve and quickly.

      Anthony Brown certainly looks like he has regressed and I could say the same thing for Collins. But, D Lawrence has credited Collins’ play for why he has been free to get after the QB. So, who knows?

      And I’m starting to agree with you about Marinelli. I don’t know if his scheme is just too simplistic or if the game has passed him by, but something definitely needs to change. Hopefully he will use the bye week to analyze the entire defense.

  • Fatfan

    Anthony Brown was bad…has been struggling all year; but it was EXTEREMELY noticeable this game, even worse, the right side of the D Line…can they stop the run AT ALL?! ridiculous! That;s really where they lost this game.
    Terrance Williams…gee whiz man. I’ve always been behind him…Baylor U favoritism on my part; but we cannot have yo (and Dez) as the primary wideouts dropping high-school catchable passes. time to see Noah Brown on a more regular basis…and I cannot wait to see Rico Gathers. Use either of them as pass receivers, I don’t care IF rico is officially designated as a TE. I have a feeling that most cbs right now will not dominate them.

    • Brian Martin

      Anthony Brown has been pretty bad this season. I thought I was just reading too much into it, but it really showed up this week. The WRs really do need to step up their game. Way too many dropped passes. I would also love to see more of Noah Brown.

  • Fatfan

    Oh, and the wrong DE got hurt, it should’ve been Taco, he needs a red-shirt year anyhow. I sure was hoping to see Tapper get some playing time. Maybe he could hold the edge on the opponents run on that side… no one else could. Dadburn Ridiculous!

    • Brian Martin

      I agree with you about Tapper. I thought he would be a difference maker this season.

  • Charles

    I think everyone is quick to immediately blame the defense. No one is talking about the fact that in the last 2 weeks that we have scored 6 and 10 second half points. Way to many 3 and outs this year.

    • Brian Martin

      It’s true that the Cowboys offense hasn’t been as effective in the second half as they have been in the first, but they are still putting up 30+ points a game which should be enough to win. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but the offense is the least of my concern.

  • http://Inside%20The%20Star Fatfan

    It’d be nice if the O would score more in the 2nd half of games. that might be more likely if the D could get a stop, get off of the field, and get the ball back to the offense

  • Guy Charles

    Good… offensive is getting better each game. Bad… Terrance Williams had an awful game. The Ugly… Jeff Heath is killing this Bend and Always Broken old antiquated Marinelli defense. How could he not know to cheat to the outside and help #27 on Rodger’s 2nd back shoulder fade attempt.

    • Brian Martin

      Guy, I completely agree with you about Jeff Heath. I was dumbfounded that they were allowing Lewis to cover Adams one-on-one without anybody playing overtop down there in the red zone. It was a huge mistake that cost them the game.

  • Russ_Te

    Shakeups are ahead for the bye week, almost certainly. While Irving portends for a boost in the pass rush, this secondary still has to start turning corners. Lewis and Woods have earned more reps. Heath has earned fewer, and I’ll have to take your cue Brian on Anthony Brown. But the unit has to get better if there is any chance for contention this year.

    As I mentioned I did not like Terrance Williams’ effort at all on the 4th down play against the Rams where – 3 of them, not the 2 it should have been – stopped Elliott a yard short. Anyone can muff a pass catch, but I’m looking at how Butler is getting open deep and I’m ready to exchange TWill for commensurate value.

    The team can go either way now. It’s a bad moon and that’s all on Garrett to turn the tables on. I don’t know if this team is 6-10 or a 10-6 playoff team.

    • Brian Martin

      I agree with everything you said Russ. I think there will be some roster shakeups when the Cowboys take on the 49ers after their bye week. Butler certainly deserves more playing time and if it was up to me I would get Noah Brown on the field more often also. I think Brown can do all of the dirty work Williams gets credit for and also possibly be a more reliable WR.

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Film Room: WR Ryan Switzer Showed Flashes Vs. Eagles

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There’s no doubt the Dallas Cowboys passing game faltered in 2017. Though never expected to throw for many yards, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys failed to maximize their attempts down the stretch. The passing game was simply inefficient and ineffective.

One reason the passing game took a step back was the disappearance of slot receiver Cole Beasley. Whether you blame defenses adjusting their coverages on third downs towards Beasley, Beasley growing another year older, or quarterback Dak Prescott, Beasley simply didn’t look like the same player in 2017.

In the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Cowboys selected a wide out who many anticipate could replace Beasley, in time. Rookie wide receiver Ryan Switzer rarely got chances to make an impact on offense this season, designated as the return man for much of the year. With Cole Beasley out for the season finale, however, Switzer got his chance to make a name for himself.

While the numbers were far from gaudy, Ryan Switzer showed some things we should be excited about for the future.

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Ryan Switzer’s first target came on a third down — something Cowboys Nation should get used to heading into 2018. Switzer is lined up inside in trips on the near-side of the formation. The Eagles show man coverage pre-snap, and with just one safety over top and the other rotated down on top of Jason Witten, it is clear to Dak Prescott they plan to bring some pressure.

As soon as Prescott gets the snap, his eyes go to Ryan Switzer.

The cornerback plays Switzer with inside leverage, refusing to be beat with a hot slant route. Switzer instead keeps the defender on his back hip and creates separation with an out-breaking route.

Prescott delivers the ball towards the sideline where the defender can’t catch up to it, and Switzer comes away with the first down.

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Later in the game, we once again see Ryan Switzer targeted from this inside-alignment.

Switzer is a pretty prototypical slot receiver, and if used correctly he should win in man coverage situations often. The cornerback attempts to maintain inside leverage on Switzer and get physical at the top of his route. Ryan Switzer does a nice job of fighting through that physicality and crossing the defender’s face over the middle. He flashes open pretty quickly, and Prescott delivers a strike for the completion.

If Switzer can create this type of separation often, I see no reason why he shouldn’t be a focus of the offense in 2018.

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Switzer’s third target is actually an incompletion, but it is worth studying, regardless. Switzer is in the slot on the far side and the Cowboys once again are in trips alignment. The cornerback over Switzer is in man coverage, but gives him room to breathe at the line of scrimmage.

Switzer exploits the cornerback — who is cheating to the inside — with his footwork and route running. He gets to the sticks, breaks to the outside, and creates enough separation for a first-down completion. Prescott delivers the ball a bit late and behind Switzer, causing an incompletion instead.

I’d still like to see Switzer adjust to the ball and make this catch, but I put more of the blame for this play on Prescott.

With a full offseason to work within the offensive system, as well as to develop chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott, Ryan Switzer will prove to be an important piece to the 2018 Dallas Cowboys.

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Takeaway Tuesday: Datone Jones Should Be Back, Switzer’s Good Game

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The Dallas Cowboys put an end to a long, long season last Sunday after they defeated the Eagles in Philadelphia in a game that had absolutely no meaning for either team. Surprisingly, the Cowboys played with their healthy starters most of the game, but were barely able to put six points on the board, which were enough to take the win home.

The Cowboys might’ve lost more than what they actually won, and most of the fans were unhappy with the victory. Despite it being a pretty boring football game, we still learned a few things about the Dallas Cowboys.

The season’s finally over. It wasn’t easy, but we’re still here. Here’s to 2018. Let’s hope it’s a good one for our Cowboys. Here’s this week’s edition of Takeaway Tuesday!

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Coaching Staff Didn’t Help Its Cause

It’s more than fair to say that a lot of us want to see changes in Dallas. And specifically, changes in the coaching staff. After the Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention, Jerry Jones said Jason Garrett’s job was not an issue. Now, Jerry’s even talking about Rod Marinelli and Scott Linehan being back in 2018. Who knows if it’s true.

While I don’t think we’ll see a new head coach anytime soon, I’d dare say that after the horrible game versus Philadelphia the front office at least got to thinking.

Dak Prescott, Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, HC Jason Garrett

Coming into this game, the team had a choice to make: play with the starters to win it, or let guys like Cooper Rush in the game and see what happens. A loss would’ve meant a better draft position for the Cowboys and a chance to see what rookies and other young players could bring to the table.

But they decided to manage the game like it was a “real action” game. Being conservative. Not going for it when there was nothing to lose. They did so after a team that, with the NFC’s #1 seed secured, basically played with its B team. Not only that but for the Eagles, most of the game was played by a third string QB.

Despite all this, the Cowboys could hardly beat the Eagles 6-0. Poor execution and all, I can’t help thinking about the coaches.

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Cowboys Should Keep Datone Jones for 2018

In late November, the Dallas Cowboys signed Datone Jones after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers. The former Packers’ first-round pick made an impact when he was given the chance. His play at DT was pretty solid and he showed very promising flashes.

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Jones will be under contract in 2018 and I’d be surprised if the Cowboys don’t keep him another year. Per Over The Cap, he’ll be paid $790,000 next year which isn’t at all expensive for a 27-year-old player.

The Cowboys would add depth and even a potential starter at DT for next season.

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Ryan Switzer Can Play as a Wide Receiver

With Cole Beasley missing the game because of an illness, we finally got to see Ryan Switzer at WR. We had already seen good things from him as a kick returner, but on offense, he hasn’t been as involved as Cowboys Nation expected him to be.

Last Sunday though, Switzer was used for more than a jet sweep.

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He still has a long way to go, but I was impressed by his ability to create separation. I really hope he’s used more next season.

At the end of the day, he’s a fourth-round pick. He should be playing more on offense, not just on “gadget plays” or special teams. Could Ryan Switzer be Dak Prescott’s best friend in the future? Only time will tell. Right now, it’s too optimistic to expect something like that.

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Dan Bailey’s Confidence is Shattered

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey’s 2017 season hasn’t been easy at all. We’ve seen him miss kicks we never imagined he would, including extra points. One of the most painful moments of the Cowboys’ season came late in the season finale when he lined up to kick a simple 20-yard field goal.

The ball went up, but failed to split the uprights. Dan Bailey stood in complete disbelief, with a blank look in his face. His confidence, shattered.

For kickers, it’s all about confidence.

For years, we referred to Dan “Automatic” Bailey as the most accurate kicker in NFL history. Now we’re not sure about calling him “Automatic” anymore. Bailey will have a lot of time to pick himself up though, and will probably be back at it next year.

Let’s hope that’s the case.

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For now, the only thing left to say is one of the most encouraging, yet sad phrases in sports… Maybe next year. We’re on to the offseason.

Tell me what you think about “Takeaway Tuesday: Datone Jones Should Be Back, Switzer’s Good Game” 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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Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Starters Uninspiring in Week 17 Win

Sean Martin

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Playing more than enough of their starters in hopes of ending this 2017 season on a high note at the Eagles, the Cowboys produced a lackluster 6-0 win that will surely leave a bad taste in the mouths of Cowboys Nation – despite it being a victory.

The win put the Cowboys at 9-7 on the season, and it is a shame they had nothing to play for in this regular season finale. Once again in week 17, it was the offense holding back another fantastic performance by Rod Marinelli’s defense.

We’ll discuss both units in this final 2017 Dallas Cowboys version of Sean’s Scout.

  • You have to love the way Chidobe Awuzie was able to bring physicality to a young Cowboys secondary that had another solid game. 

There were times earlier in this season when it seemed the Cowboys’ second-round pick would have a lost season due to multiple hamstring injuries, but Awuzie quickly tuned around his rookie campaign by coming in and playing with exceptional technique and awareness.

With enough length to turn and run, Awuzie thrived in this zone scheme by keeping everything in front of him, as he did on his interception of Nick Foles. With Dallas in Cover 2 on the play, Chidobe read Foles’ eyes the whole time to the boundary and was in position to cut off the pass.

This is a topic we’ll now have much more time to discuss, and it is a hollowing one considering it was truly the Cowboys offense that kept them from the playoffs this season. The need for new talent at WR is clear, but the need for a target that better suits Prescott’s strengths going into year three is even more important.

His pass catchers, along with inconsistencies in pass protection, were the main reasons Prescott struggled in 2017, although in this game it seemed like the only time he was affected in the pocket was when forcing the ball late to Bryant.

Coming from a spread system in college, Prescott simply does not have experience throwing his receivers open — relying on route combinations and separation ability to hit open targets. Dez Bryant hasn’t been that type of player through his career, and certainly isn’t now that he’s lost a step.

  • 9 wins for a team unlike their usual selves up front offensively is still pretty impressive. 

The Cowboys got nearly no impact from any of their free agent signings this season, which is why the depth of the team held them back once again. Veteran Byron Bell was brought in as a backup swing tackle, but he is simply not a scheme fit at tackle here.

Dak Prescott should not have been playing with Bell as his LT, and eventually Joe Looney at LG after Jonathan Cooper went down.

Bell lacks the quick-twitch ability and athleticism needed to be successful on every down, and it showed as he was again beaten by both speed and power against the Eagles.

The Cowboys have proven their acumen drafting young OL talent that performs at a high level early and often. So, instead of relying on more free agents, like Bell and Looney, drafting talent up front to spark the running game and give Prescott adequate protection is likely the best answer.

  • Ryan Switzer’s ability to separate late in the down really stood out, as he finally got his chance at WR without Cole Beasley

Growing calls for more of Ryan Switzer on offense will surely take root this offseason after he caught four passes for 32 yards in the absence of Cole Beasley yesterday. More of a one-speed player at North Carolina, Switzer’s spacial awareness and smoothness in giving Prescott somewhere to throw the ball as plays developed was really impressive.

In order to be a great team at the NFL Draft, you have to accurately scout your own roster. It will be fascinating to see just how the Cowboys feel about their current pass catchers, with not only Ryan Switzer but the likes of Lance Lenoir and practice squad addition K.D. Cannon in the fold as well.

  • The Cowboys found themselves a valuable addition to their rotation at DT with Datone Jones. 

Jones was able to push the pocket throughout this game in Philadelphia, and has done so consistently since getting here, at both the 1T and 3T positions. Using his hands to generate power as a down-the-line player, Jones plays with great pad level. That allows him to shoot gaps when needed, or anchor the line of scrimmage.

The Cowboys have not prioritized adding premier talent at DT in recent years, and may forego it again this offseason as well. The Cowboys expect Maliek Collins to contribute further with another season at 1T and David Irving back at 3T.

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To everybody who made this 2017 season at Inside The Star as enjoyable as ever, I would like to thank the readers of Sean’s Scout. All this aspiring scout can ask for is to enhance the fan experience through both wins and losses, and your feedback on this series helped me to confidently do just that.

As we prepare for an even better 2018, Sean’s Scout won’t be going anywhere! I’m shifting my full attention towards the NFL Draft, looking for prospects that could help the Dallas Cowboys reach the playoffs again next season.

Thank you for another roller-coaster ride we call football season, Cowboys Nation. Truly the best fans anywhere.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Starters Uninspiring in Week 17 Win” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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