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Greg Hardy Back In Week 5: What To Look Forward To

RJ Ochoa

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If you spent the duration of the Greg Hardy appeal holding your breath then you might be able to give Michael Phelps a run for his money, but if you were it was certainly worth it! The NFL, Arbitrator Harold Henderson to be specific, officially reduced Greg Hardy’s 10-game suspension down to 4 games last Friday.

This means that Greg Hardy is eligible to return to the field of play in Week 5 when the Dallas Cowboys host the World Champion New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium on October 11th, 2015. That sound that you are now hearing is the waterfall coming out of Rod Marinelli’s mouth as he salivates over Hardy rushing a Tom Brady-less New England.

While Greg Hardy spent the entire 2014 season on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, entering that year he was coming off 11 and 15 sacks in 2012 and 2013, respectively. If Greg Hardy is who the front office thinks he is then my oh my are we going to have some fun. Greg Hardy can potentially line up on the interior of the defensive line with Tyrone Crawford, allowing second-year player Demarcus Lawrence and rookie Randy Gregory to be the bookend pass rushers.

All reports so far indicate that Greg Hardy has looked great and that he’s constantly challenging his teammates. The former Carolina Panther brings tenacity to the defensive line that has been missing it for quite some time, and he can help improve an overall defensive unit that only produced 27 sacks in 2014.

The Cowboys were looking at potentially being without Hardy's services until their match with his former team on Thanksgiving, the Carolina Panthers. Much is made about how critical NFL games are in November and December, but six games from September to the middle of November can make or break a team's season.

Greg Hardy's First 5 Games As A Cowboy:

  • Host the Patriots
  • Travel to New York to play the Giants
  • Host the Seahawks
  • Host the Eagles
  • Travel to Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers
  • Travel to Miami to play the Dolphins

Consider that those are some potent offenses that would have been all the more difficult to defend without somebody that has Greg Hardy's talent. It's only fair to also assume that it will take Hardy a few games to get back into his rhythm, and he should be back to his havoc-wreaking ways when DeMarco Murray and the Eagles come to town.

It’s going to be a very fun training camp to watch as Hardy and Co. go up against what many believe is the best offensive line in football every day. The Cowboys host the Giants, travel to Philadelphia, host the Falcons, and host the Saints in the first four weeks of the season. It’s very easy to believe that the Cowboys will go 3-1, at worse 2-2, or quite possibly 4-0 in that stretch. Regardless of the record that the Cowboys roll into Week 5 with…getting Greg Hardy on the field is only going to make them better.

Tell us what you think about "Greg Hardy Back In Week 5: What To Look Forward To" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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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.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

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

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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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REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn

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Robert Quinn

According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.

Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.

The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.

Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.

Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.



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