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Has Anthony Brown Lost His Spot in Dallas Cowboys Secondary?

Sean Martin

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Has Anthony Brown Lost His Spot in Dallas Cowboys Secondary? 1

The Dallas Cowboys commitment to turning over their secondary was realized fully at last year's NFL Draft. With the team grabbing two starters in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, the two second-year players are now set to play with Byron Jones at cornerback in Kris Richard's defense. This retool unexpectedly began the year before though, as the Cowboys stole Purdue's Anthony Brown with the 189th overall pick.

Brown was a sensation in his first year, providing the hope that the Cowboys could find more young cover players like him. Brown defended eight passes as a rotational cornerback, playing with the type of ball skills and speed that the Cowboys defense had been missing.

Regressing a bit to his draft status in 2017, Brown was frequently turned around on the outside and beat over the top. It was his struggles that opened the door for Awuzie to earn a starting outside CB spot after returning from injury.

New Passing Game Coordinator and Secondary Coach Kris Richard has already earned plenty of respect on the Cowboys staff. His experience speaks for itself, as Richard was the architect to the Seahawks 'Legion of Boom'.

A Super Bowl winning defense built with size and length on the back end, the prospects of Awuzie and Jones lining up on the boundary for Dallas is incredibly exciting. For a defense that will still pride themselves on keeping passes in front of them, these two outside cornerbacks are hard to run away from or stretch the field against.

Has Anthony Brown Lost His Spot in Dallas Cowboys Secondary?

Dallas Cowboys CB Anthony Brown

Where Anthony Brown was able to regain some confidence last year was in the slot. As an inside defender, Brown trusted his quickness and technique more to give the Cowboys value down the stretch. This is also where Jourdan Lewis has a chance to become one of the best players at the position across the league, starring as a Nickel player at Michigan.

Lewis' play on the outside may have caused Cowboys Nation to forget about just how much better he sticks to slot receivers, with the beloved "position flex" to line up anywhere and compete.

With so much depth to address elsewhere on the roster, Lewis and Brown may be competing for the same spot - with Jourdan's already secured. While it is still very possible that Richard sees enough in Anthony Brown to keep him around for 2018 and beyond, roster spots in Dallas are only getting harder to earn.

As we begin the incredibly long process of projecting the Cowboys eventual 53 man roster, Anthony Brown feels like one of the bigger names that could miss the cut. There is plenty of promise left in Brown's game, but in two off seasons worth of work the Cowboys have found more blue chip players in the secondary.

Considering the numbers the Cowboys keep at CB could be a direct reflection of the depth they want at DL and LB, Rod Marinelli's defense is going to look better on paper than it likely ever has in Dallas.

Whether or not this includes third-year Cornerback Anthony Brown is going to be something I'll be very interested to keep track of.

Tell us what you think about "Has Anthony Brown Lost His Spot in Dallas Cowboys Secondary?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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5 Comments
  • Saul Molina

    I think they will give him a shot as the fourth man but if he struggles early they will go a different route

  • Randy Martin

    I think it’s fair to say that he “hasn’t” lost his spot, but that he possibly could. One clear message I’ve seen through the draft and the players they have brought in, is that there will be all out competition at some spots and everybody has an audition. Roster spots are not to be handed out like participation trophies but will be earned as medals of war. In the case of CB, you can probably throw Marquez White’s name into that mix as well. Furthermore, Duke Thomas is in consideration too. Of course we know Jones, Lewis, and Awuzie are safe, with the rest vying for snap counts and roster spots. It’s also going to be fun to watch the competition along the D-line and the WR position where there is a gluten of players.

  • Patrick Bowhay

    This article questions whether he could stay on the team as a 4th corner but mentions no one that would take his spot. It almost implies that they would only keep 3 corners on the roster. Cutting an inexpensive backup corner on his rookie contract would be dumb. We will keep at least 5 cornerbacks so I do not understand this article.

  • EverybodyTalks

    Not even close. He will easily be on the roster. Brown has a bad habit of depending on his speed. He takes chances. Keep his eyes on the opposing QB and the result is he gets burned. With some coaching up from Kris, Anthony should be able to correct it. There is a big difference between not starting and not making the roster.

  • Travis Diggs

    His spot is slot where it always shoulda been. Him and Lewis will both play Nickel and Dime packages. He aint lose no spot, the coaching staff needs to understand he’s no outside corner, its ok to accept him as a solid slot corner, keep him there

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#DALvsCIN: Can WR Lance Lenoir Continue To Impress?

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Lance Lenoir

Entering training camp projecting who would make the final roster from the Dallas Cowboys wide receiving room was a crapshoot. The combination of misfits from other teams, unproven young guys, and a couple of Cowboys veterans makes this position group the most questioned across the entire roster.

But while Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Michael Gallup were stealing headlines, Lance Lenoir was making a name for himself among the Cowboys faithful.

After serving on the practice squad for the Cowboys a year ago, Lenoir seems to have entered 2018 with one goal in mind: to make the official game-day roster. And even if he falls short of this goal, it won't be due to any fault of his own.

Day in and day out Lance Lenoir has been a consistent wide out, catching nearly everything thrown his way and running some of the crisper routes on the team. Under new receivers coach Sanjay Lal, Lenoir has become a technical route runner and dangerous receiving threat.

Maybe most importantly for his future with the team, Lenoir has developed an obvious chemistry with starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has continued to compliment Lenoir throughout training camp, and you know that the Cowboys front office is well aware of Prescott's trust in Lenoir on the field.

During the preseason opener against the 49ers, Lance Lenoir caught his first touchdown of the season, dazzling with his toe-tap ability. If he is going to steal a roster spot away from one of the more seasoned wide outs, however, he will have to remain that consistent target.

This Saturday, Lenoir gets another shot to prove why he's not only deserving of a roster spot, but of a starting spot. Sure, it might be a bit of a stretch, but if he continues to play like he has during camp and preseason, Lenoir could find himself working with the 1's more frequently.

Look out for Lance Lenoir against the Bengals this week, as he makes it harder and harder for the Cowboys to cut him by the second.



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Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Tavon Austin, Cowboys Best Playmaker Not Named Ezekiel Elliott?

Cada vez más cerca de la verdadera acción en la NFL, tuvimos una oportunidad de ver a los Dallas Cowboys en el campo contra los San Francisco 49ers hace una semana. Francamente, a pesar de perder la ventaja en los últimos segundos del partido, la actuación del equipo dio una muy buena señal a los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria.

Todavía quedan tres partidos por jugar, empezando por el enfrentamiento contra los Cincinnati Bengals este sábado. Hay muchas cosas que ver de parte de los Dallas Cowboys y quizá algunas de ellas las veamos este mismo fin de semana.

Una de las cosas más interesantes esta semana fue la conversación de los wide receivers (receptores abiertos). Lance Lenoir se ha mostrado como un candidato real al roster de 53 jugadores, pero esa es sólo una pequeña fracción de la conversación de receptores.

Hay muchos receptores de que hablar, y el día de hoy, eso haremos en Cowboys en Español.

¿Cole Beasley es realmente el receptor #1?

A lo largo de todo el offseason, se ha manejado la narrativa de que "los Cowboys no tienen un buen WR." A pesar de que Dez Bryant es un nombre difícil de olvidar, esta aseveración sobre los receptores en Dallas me parece errónea.

Si bien es cierto que Bryant es uno de los mejores WRs en la historia de los Cowboys, también es cierto que Jason Garrett y compañía tienen un mejor grupo de lo que la afición considera. Si somos sinceros, un trío titular de Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley y Michael Gallup no suena mal.

La pregunta será: ¿quién es el #1? Comentarios de Dak Prescott han hecho referencia a Cole Beasley como el dueño de dicho rol. ¿Realmente puede fungir como el receptor líder del equipo siendo un jugador de 1.73 metros?

Se ha hablado mucho de Beasley jugando fuera de los números e intentando vencer a los defensivos por fuera. Es intrigante, pero sin duda un poco difícil de creer.

Tavon Austin: ¿Es un arma más importante de lo que creemos?

Los Cowboys dejaron ir a Ryan Switzer y obtuvieron a su aparente remplazo con el ex-WR de los Rams por una selección de sexta ronda. Tavon Austin ha tenido un viaje extraño con el equipo. Fue listado en el roster como un corredor pero utilizado como un receptor.

Lleva poco tiempo en Dallas pero ha sorprendido en training camp y ha sido utilizado como más de lo que esperábamos. Desde que llegó al equipo, empezamos a compararlo con Lucky Whitehead y Ryan Switzer. Ambos talentosos, pero destinados a ser un jugador "gadget" que fueron utilizados casi exclusivamente en jugadas "en movimiento" o los famosos "jet sweeps."

Pero Austin puede ser más que eso y lo ha demostrado en training camp. No parece que Tavon vaya a tener el mismo destino que Switzer, sino que tendrá un rol mucho más involucrado en la ofensiva constantemente. Bien puede ser un factor sorpresa para la ofensiva en Dallas.

¿Puede Terrance Williams perder su trabajo?

A pesar de que el coraje puede llevar a los aficionados a criticar a Terrance Williams un poco más de lo que merece, la verdad es que Williams está en riesgo de ser cortado por los Cowboys antes de que inicie la temporada en septiembre.

Es uno de los WRs con más experiencia, sí. Pero durante su estadía en Dallas, cada vez que Dez Bryant ha caído lesionado, Williams ha tenido la oportunidad de surgir como un receptor #1 capaz y preparado. Y nunca lo ha logrado.

Con un roster lleno de talentos jóvenes como el de Lance Lenoir y Noah Brown, es probable que la administración y los coaches opten por el potencial joven en vez de Williams, quien ha tenido problemas para demostrar que puede ser un jugador constante.

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Los Dallas Cowboys tienen que conseguir que su ofensiva sobreviva las pérdidas de Jason Witten y Dez Bryant y tendrán que comenzar en la posición de WR. A pesar de que Williams esté en el equipo, Cole Beasley será el único en repetir titularidad del año pasado en Dallas esta temporada.

Dak Prescott tendrá un rol enorme cuando la ofensiva trate de emprender su marcha y definitivamente será responsable del éxito de esta. Es ahora o nunca para Dak.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?" 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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#DALvsCIN: Bengals DL Gives Cowboys OL Formidable Test

Kevin Brady

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The Star News - Bengals At Cowboys: ITS Staff Picks And Notes
Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

During their preseason opener, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line faced its first test of the season. The young, athletic, and downright talented defensive line of the 49ers gave the Cowboys starting five a chance to gauge their offseason progress thus far.

I'd say the starting group passed the test, while the backups and depth players looked a bit more shaky. The good thing about football, though, is that they get a shot to do it all again this Saturday.

This week's opponent, the Cincinatti Bengals, feature some serious talent upfront. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins is one of the best interior defenders in all of football, terrorizing centers and guards since he entered the league.Carl Lawson, Auburn

On the edge is one of my 2017 draft favorites, Carl Lawson. Lawson was a draft target of mine for the Cowboys, but it appears the entire league missed on the stud edge rusher during that draft. During his rookie season a year ago, Lawson racked up 8.5 sacks and looked like the best rookie rusher in all of football. It's rare that a rookie defensive end tallies the sack total that Lawson did in 2017, but then again, Lawson is a rare type of player.

Opposite of Carl Lawson is veteran pass rusher Carlos Dunlap. Together, Atkins and Dunlap have been one of the more dangerous pass rush duos for quite some time, but the additions of Lawson and Jordan Willis make them an incredibly impressive group.

During the Bengals' preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, their defensive line looked to be in midseason form.

Though Geno Atkins had the team's only sack, the trio of Atkins, Lawson, and Dunlap looked as prolific as ever.

This deep and talented defensive line is a more-than worthy test for the Cowboys this Saturday. Rookie Connor Williams will likely have to block Geno Atkins at some point, and though he looked promising against the 49ers, this week presents a whole different challenge.

Many now expect veteran center Travis Frederick to miss Saturday's game as well, due to his shoulder troubles during training camp. If Frederick were to miss the start, Joe Looney would be thrown into the first against this first team defensive front of the Bengals.

A rookie at left guard and Looney at center might not be the best ingredients against Geno Atkins and company, but it'll be what they have to roll with.

Still, Saturday will give us another chance to see what the 2018 Dallas Cowboys offensive line is all about.



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