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Has Cowboys QB Mike White Really Had a Fair Opportunity?

Jess Haynie

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After two unproductive preseason games, some are already clamoring for Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Mike White to lose his roster spot. I would ask those folks if the fifth-round pick, playing mostly with guys who aren't going to make this team come September, is really getting a fair opportunity to show his skills?

I get the mentality; you don't want to see talented players at other positions lose a job unnecessarily. That's fair. That was the argument my fellow Inside The Star writer Kevin Brady made earlier this week.

But cutting White means more than just opening a roster spot. It pretty much means admitting failure, just four months later, on a mid-round draft pick.

Dallas didn't spend a seventh or a sixth on White. They spent a fifth. In terms of sheer trade value, a fifth-round pick is generally worth more than your sixth and seventh rounders combined.

Many felt Mike White was a steal when the Cowboys got him where they did. Some thought he had second-day talent. And I promise you that almost everyone calling for his head now was delighted with the pick right after the draft.

If nothing else, cutting White means losing his four-year rookie contract as a drafted player. You also open him up to poachers on the practice squad, and I doubt he'd last long given his value back during the draft.

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But beyond all that, let's get real about how he's played so far in preseason. We also need to take a serious look at the talent around him and what chance he's really had to succeed.

Even the second-team offensive line play has been rough for Dallas in these last two games. Chaz Green has been abysmal, per usual, but other guys have also struggled. We've seen both White and Cooper Rush under duress on the majority of their passing plays.

Let's also remember who White is throwing to. Mekale McKay and Ricky Jeune aren't going to be on this team in a few weeks.

I know what you're thinking; "But Jess, the defense has its scrubs out there, too." And while that's true, offensive execution requires more precision, timing, and mental acumen. The defense has an inherent advantage late in preseason games.

So no, Mike White hasn't thrown a touchdown yet. And he's only a combined 14/27 for 139 yards. I get it.

But you know what he hasn't done? Turned it over; not a fumble or interception yet despite the pressure he's been under. That's a stat you can't ignore.

Again, I understand the overall argument. Nobody wants to see a guy like Lance Lenoir not make the roster just to keep a third quarterback.

But Dallas didn't draft Mike White four months ago for nothing. They saw value at a position where, arguably, they didn't really have to take anybody last April. The Cowboys want to start a new model for developing QB talent.

You won't get there if you give up on guys after their first few preseason games.



Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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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 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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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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