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Is Lance Dunbar’s Job In Jeopardy?

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - Is Lance Dunbar's Job In Jeopardy?

When it comes to the NFL, there is nothing guaranteed. Just when you think you have things figured out, you get thrown a curveball that catches you off guard.

Case in point, take a look at what happened to Tony Romo. Throughout his rehab everyone insisted that this was still Romo's team, but once he was able to return to the lineup, he finds out that this is now Dak Prescott's time to shine.

Now, it's hard to fault the Dallas Cowboys in any way for choosing to stick with Prescott, but this is one of those curveball situations that still caught a lot of us off guard.

The sad truth is that is just the nature of the NFL and nobody's job is guaranteed, no matter how long you've been with the organization.

Cowboys Headlines - Is Lance Dunbar's Job In Jeopardy? 1Job security in the NFL is iffy at best, and I think that Lance Dunbar could be looking over his shoulder now that Darren McFadden was activated from the Non-Football Injury list.

The Dallas Cowboys still have about two weeks to make a decision about when/if they want to add McFadden to the active roster, but it's hard to believe they will carry four running backs. That means someone's job is in jeopardy, and to me it looks as if Lance Dunbar is the odd man out.

Dunbar is what I would classify as a 3rd down/specialty back in the NFL. He is not someone that you want carrying the workload for your team, but he is useful in certain situations.

The Cowboys like to use him as a receiver out of the backfield because he creates a mismatch problem for linebackers. That is where he is most dangerous, but with the way Ezekiel Elliott has been playing, Dunbar's playing time has been limited to say the least.

Durability is the main concern with Lance Dunbar. It seems every time he starts to produce for the Cowboys offense, he always suffers an injury that ends his season.

It's really difficult to depend on someone when you have to worry about their availability on a regular basis. Already in 2016, injuries have been a problem for Dunbar and resulted in him only playing in eight games.

Now, don't get me wrong. I like Lance Dunbar, but I think Darren McFadden can pretty much do everything that Dunbar can and offer little bit more in the running game.

McFadden finished fourth in rushing in the NFL last season running by the Cowboys impressive offensive line and could be relied upon once again in case of an unfortunate injury occurred.

Honestly, I would feel much better with the duo of Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden backing up Ezekiel Elliott then I would with Morris and Lance Dunbar.

Give me a complete running back over a specialty RB any day.

Of course, this is all speculation. We really have no way of knowing when/if the Cowboys will add Darren McFadden to the active roster or who will be a roster casualty once it does happen. But, if I'm Lance Dunbar, I would certainly be a little bit worried that my job was in jeopardy.

Do you think Lance Dunbar's job is in jeopardy?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions about Lance Dunbar's job security.


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  • Randy Martin

    I think it’s a foregone conclusion that if McFadden is ready to play Dunbar is history. The only other option would be Darius Jackson but I really hope that doesn’t happen. This will likely be McFaddens last year and I like having Jackson as a backup to Morris.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I tend to agree with you. However, I know the coaching staff really likes Lance Dunbar. I just don’t really see a role for him on offense if McFadden is added to the active roster. It will be really interesting to see how the situation plays out.

  • http://twitter.com/Russ_Te Russ_Te (@Russ_Te)

    The way to look at this is that the Cowboys running game is the font from which all team success flows. Dak is better, the defense is better because of it. If you can dominate that aspect of the NFL game, then you stockpile as much talent as you can so that it never falls off.

    That is why I wanted Leary still on the team when Collins took his job at LG, Best backup G probably in the game in Leary, and sure enough he became needed in a big way. Same could be true for McFadden, who we know is a threat and a workhorse at RB.

    If you lost Elliott, you reload with McF and Morris and it remains the case that nobody stops you.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Russ. I agree with everything you said, especially about keeping Ronald Leary. Honestly, if I have to make a decision between having McFadden or Dunbar on the active roster, I think I would have to go with McFadden. I just think he offers more to the team overall.

  • http://twitter.com/Russ_Te Russ_Te (@Russ_Te)

    So to clarify, I would not dump McFadden just to keep Dunbar. Dunbar has enough good NFL plays that someone will bring him to camp next year.

    • Brian Martin

      Russ, I agree. There were a few teams interested in Dunbar during the off-season, but he was still recovering from his knee injury. I think somebody will bring him in.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" 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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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

Sean Martin

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Should Cowboys Start Negotiating a Contract Extension With Rod Smith?

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

https://twitter.com/thejaylonsmith/status/964606764619624453

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

Tell us what you think about "Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

Tell me what you think about "Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats" 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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