There are still a lot of particulars to work out before the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season officially begins. There's the whole waiting for football season to start thing, but one of the things that'll help remind us that it hasn't is who will be the captains for America's Team this year. 2016's Captains saw a new face wear the iconic "C" on his chest, and maybe if things work out a certain way Byron Jones will be 2017's new face.
Jason Garrett hosted his annual camp this weekend at Princeton. Coaches included Dak Prescott, Jaylon Smith, Byron Jones, Darren McFadden
It won't be shocking to see Dak Prescott - Jason Garrett's perfect quarterback - get the captain call in 2017. I know you're a smart cookie, so I won't waste your time with that. The new face that could be out calling the coin toss for Dallas could indeed be 2015 1st Rounder and all-athlete Safety Byron Jones.
Part of what the Dallas Cowboys - namely Jason Garrett - loved about Byron Jones when they took him in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft was who he was... off of the field. Byron Jones is a "right kind of guy" if there ever was one. Nicknamed "The Senator" thanks to his experience in the world of politics, Byron Jones checks all of the boxes in terms of what you want from your leaders.
The Secondary Is Hungry For Leadership
Byron Jones is one of the Cowboys' starting safeties - the other will be determined at a later date - and he's suddenly one of the more tenured guys in the secondary as a whole. Barry Church, JJ Wilcox, Brandon Carr, and Morris Claiborne all left in Free Agency. While the Cowboys did inject a nice crop of young talent in the Draft, there's a lot of unfamiliarity there.
If you think about it, there really isn't a strong leader on the defense - from an outsider's perspective at least - outside of Sean Lee. We all know the lack of "war daddy" along the Defensive Line, maybe Taco Charlton will change that, and the secondary is significantly different as we mentioned.
Byron Jones Would Make A Fantastic Captain
There's no denying how great of a captain Byron Jones would be for the Dallas Cowboys. He's entering his third season in the blue and silver, and he's experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.
Jason Garrett wants guys who he can trust to wear the "C" on their chest. He wants extensions of himself out there. He wants players who don't get frazzled when things get hectic. If that's the recipe for a team captain then someone needs to start sewing the "C" on Byron's jersey already.
Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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