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How Benson Mayowa Fits Cowboys Blueprint

The Dallas Cowboys’ approach to this offseason has been no secret. They have searched for bargains in the open market, adding youthful and athletic players with presumably high upsides but very little production to this point in their professional careers. Defensive End Benson Mayowa fits this blueprint to a “T.” The former Seattle Seahawk, but more recently former Oakland Raider, joined the Cowboys after the Raiders failed to match the Cowboys’ offer sheet to Mayowa during free agency. The questions surrounding the Cowboys’ pass rush and defensive end situation are clear, but the addition of Mayowa seemed to not mean much for the immediate future at first.

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The Dallas Cowboys' approach to this offseason has been no secret.

They have searched for bargains in the open market, adding youthful and athletic players with presumably high upsides but very little production to this point in their professional careers.

Defensive End Benson Mayowa fits this blueprint to a "T."

The former Seattle Seahawk, but more recently former Oakland Raider, joined the Cowboys after the Raiders failed to match the Cowboys' offer sheet to Mayowa during free agency.

The questions surrounding the Cowboys' pass rush and defensive end situation are clear, but the addition of Mayowa seemed to not mean much for the immediate future at first. Fans believed the team had added a rotational player who would see occasional snaps, and would have a chance to gain more playing time week by week.

Instead, Mayowa may be asked to start as soon as week one for the team, and will be forced to fill a big role for the first time during his early career in the league.

So, the team must now figure out what everyone around the Cowboys from fans to coaches wants to know, is Benson Mayowa up to the challenge?

Of course, only time will tell if Mayowa is truly ready to contribute as a consistent pass rusher this season or at anytime during his career.

We can take an educated guess about what to expect from Mayowa from his past performances, however.

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After receiving only one offer out of high school, Benson signed on to the Idaho Vandals and made the most of his chance, finishing his college career with 10 sacks and 70 tackles.

It is important to note that Mayowa entered college just under 200 pounds, but left Idaho at a stout 6'3" 240. He turned himself into the player he had always wanted to be because he had a chip on his shoulder, and this chip has followed him into the NFL.

After leaving Idaho Mayowa was once again overlooked, this time during the NFL Draft. As an undrafted free agent, Mayowa signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 before joining the Raiders in 2014.

Mayowa entered the league as a 4-3 defensive end, the exact role he will be asked to play in Dallas. After joining the Raiders, however, he was asked to play as the 3-4 edge rushing outside linebacker at times as well. This speaks to Mayowa's versatility and athleticism, showing that he is comfortable in space, but more importantly to the Cowboys, has experience playing with his hand on the ground.

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PACKERS21 - Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) fumbles during the 2nd quarter as Oakland Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa (95) look to recover during the Green Bay Packers Oakland Raiders game Sunday, December 20, 2015 at in O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif..- Photo by Mike De Sisti /MDESISTI@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM

With the Raiders a year ago Mayowa played 376 snaps in 12 games, averaging about 31 snaps per game. In his 30 career games played, Mayowa has only recorded two sacks.

No, that is not a good number to look at if you are a hopeful Cowboys fan, but it is the truth.

Of course, it is hard to find time in Oakland as an edge rusher with all of the high draft picks the franchise has invested into the position.

He won't have this problem in Dallas, that much is guaranteed.

While he has gained over 40 pounds since entering college, Mayowa is still rather undersized for the position. This of course makes you wonder if he can be strong enough to take on offensive tackles in the 4-3 scheme, set the edge, and shed blockers to make plays.

What Mayowa does have going for him, however, is his arm length. Similar to his teammate, rookie defensive end Charles Tapper, Mayowa can make up for his lack of weight with a quick first step and getting hands-on the offensive lineman immediately. Because of these long arms, Mayowa can create separation from the offensive tackle and win the leverage battle at the line of scrimmage.

Mayowa also ran a 4.65 40 yard dash at the combine, which speaks more to his athleticism and comfortability in space. While Mayowa is certainly not a bruiser at defensive end, and is light for the position, his arm length and athleticism impress teams, and give him a chance in the league.

There are certainly more questions than answers with Mayowa's game in Dallas as of right now. What we do know, however, is that he is young, long, lanky, and athletic. All qualities which defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli seems to value in his defensive ends.

Turning just 25 years old this season, Benson Mayowa will have the opportunity early in the season to claim the starting defensive end position full time while filling in for Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence.

Benson Mayowa is yet another athletic edge rusher who fits the blueprint the Cowboys have laid out for their defensive linemen. Hopefully, he can fulfill the Cowboys needs from game one against New York.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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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.

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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.

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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: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.



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