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Injury Plagued Cowboys: How to Win with Brandon Weeden



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Contrary to what social media and fans around the league might say, Brandon Weeden is not a helpless QB.

Weeden is at his best when he is able to drop back quickly, and make a quick decisive throw. Weeden has all the tools to drive the ball into tight windows, when given time to throw.

He is a veteran in the league, and while he is not at Romo's level calling the protection, he is satisfactory.  

Where Weeden will struggle is when the blitzes get home. Unlike Romo, Weeden struggles to avoid the rush and extend plays. However, in last year's Arizona game, on a couple of plays Weeden was forced to slide left or right in the pocket, he was able to maneuver around the rusher, reset his feet and deliver a strike.

While limited in his escape ability, he did show an ability to slide in the pocket and make a play.

Another common knock on Weeden is that he makes premeditated decisions. This was evident in last year's game against the Cardinals where he seemed to force the ball to Dez Bryant too often. It will be interesting to see how he adapts this year, without a true number one target. In the past, he has relied on his tight ends and running backs and I expect that trend to continue.

The key to winning with Brandon Weeden is to win on First down.

Where Weeden tends to get in trouble is when he is forced to make up a 2nd and a long distance. Creating favorable third downs is key for any quarterback, but especially a backup.

Weeden, in his limited time with the cowboys, has been a "quick read then hit the checkdown" type quarterback.

This makes it primarily difficult to move the ball down the field without getting ahead of the chains. A successful running game will be key to slow down the pass rush and also allow Weeden to utilize the Play action. While the running game will be key, the receivers need to help Weeden by getting yards after the catch.

Weeden is not going to be the same QB as Romo. With that said there is no reason why Weeden can not win games as the starter.

If Weeden does not try to do too much, limits his turnovers, and allows the run set up the pass, he will be successful. He will not be asked to be much more than a game manager, and I believe he has the tools to be just that.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

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Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

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Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

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Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
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There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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