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Jersey Numbers Announced For Dallas Cowboys Rookies

For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the announcement about what jersey numbers the Dallas Cowboys rookie class will be wearing, we now know the answer. Of course, the fans aren’t the only ones who are curious about what number their favorite player will be wearing in the NFL. Several of the Cowboys rookies have expressed their interest via twitter since finally learning their NFL destination. Well, Jaylon here is the answer to your question. Player Jersey # Ezekiel Elliott 21 Jaylon Smith 54 Maliek Collins 96 Charles Tapper 76 Dak Prescott 4 Anthony Brown 36 Kavon Frazier 35 Darius Jackson 34 Rico Gathers 80 How do you like the jersey numbers that the Cowboys assigned their rookie class?

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For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting the announcement about what jersey numbers the Dallas Cowboys rookie class will be wearing, we now know the answer.

Of course, the fans aren't the only ones who are curious about what number their favorite player will be wearing in the NFL. Several of the Cowboys rookies have expressed their interest via twitter since finally learning their NFL destination.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

What number will I wear?!!!

Well, Jaylon here is the answer to your question.

Player Jersey #
Ezekiel Elliott 21
Jaylon Smith 54
Maliek Collins 96
Charles Tapper 76
Dak Prescott 4
Anthony Brown 36
Kavon Frazier 35
Darius Jackson 34
Rico Gathers 80

How do you like the jersey numbers that the Cowboys assigned their rookie class?

A couple of the new members of the Cowboys rookie class have been paying close attention and have expressed their stratification with their new numbers with the help of social media.

New cornerback Anthony Brown recently tweeted out…

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Also, the former Central Michigan safety Kavon Frazier expressed his thoughts about his new jersey number.

https://twitter.com/Kay_BlackSimba/status/727169093011431424

Well, you may not have agreed with every draft pick the Cowboys made, but it's hard to argue with the organization's decision to assign certain numbers to these rookies.

I for one try really hard not to correlate these numbers with past players. I want these new rookies to come into the league and make their own individual impact with the Cowboys and hopefully a few of these jersey numbers will become part of the history of the organization.

*Update…

Dak Prescott has decided to switch from wearing the number 10 jersey and will now be wearing number 4 with the Cowboys.

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So, which rookie's jersey will you be sporting in 2016?



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  1. RJ Ochoa

    RJ Ochoa

    May 2, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I love this kind of stuff. Can't wait to go update my Madden team!

    Sent from my iPad using Pigskin Hub – Pro Football Forums mobile app

  2. Jess Haynie

    Jess Haynie

    May 4, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    It'll be interesting to see Gathers in #80 because he's going to remind you a lot of Martellus Bennett physically. I also like #4 for Prescott, because if he's half as good as Aikman then I'll be happy, 😉

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Cowboys Sign WR Devin Smith, Former 2nd-Round Pick

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Devin Smith

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed Receiver Devin Smith, previously with the New York Jets, to a futures contract. Smith was a 2nd-round pick, 37th overall, in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before going pro, Devin was a college teammate of current Cowboys Ezekiel Elliott, Rod Smith, and Noah Brown. They were all members of the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes team that won the National Championship.

Smith's agent, Jason Bernstein, tweeting the following earlier today:

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Congrats to WR Devin Smith @dsmithosu for signing with the #DallasCowboys! Welcome back. https://t.co/hCMYoE8fEh

Thus far, Smith's NFL career has been marred by injuries. He has suffered two ACL tears in the same knee and only been able to appear in 14 games. He was waived by the Jets last summer and was not with any team last season.

Overall, the 2015 class of receivers has been disappointing. Amari Cooper has been a star and other later-round picks like Tyler Lockett, Stefon Diggs, and Jamison Crowder have been good. But the other big names of the class, such as Kevin White, Breshad Perriman, and DeVante Parker, have not lived up to the hype.

The Cowboys are known for trying to reclaim players who once had high draft status and bad starts to their careers. They are clearly hoping to cash in on Smith's previously perceived potential, which had him projected as a possible first-round talent at one time.

For both Devin and Dallas' sake, we hope it's a success!



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DeMarcus Lawrence Named Top Free Agent Of The 2019 Class

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Much has been made about the Dallas Cowboys 2019 free agent class. Dallas has a ton of cap space moving forward, but they are going to "have" to pay many of the key players on their roster over the next two offseasons in order to keep their young core together.

Of course, when you're drafting, that's the goal. To draft so well that when your own players become free agents, you go ahead and pay them to keep them around, rather than overpay on the free agent market for external players.

One of the major pieces the Cowboys will have to retain this offseason is defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. And while Cowboys Nation often thinks of Lawrence as underrated around the league, the NFL has caught onto his importance as he enters free agency this Spring.

ESPN.com ranked their top 10 free agents for 2019, with DeMarcus Lawrence clocking in at number one, over elite players like Jadeveon Clowney and Le'Veon Bell.

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ESPN's top 10 free agents for 2019 and what Le'Veon Bell should be looking to command based on previous measures. https://t.co/aJ7H1n001t

DeMarcus Lawrence is going to command big time money, likely even Khalil Mack-type money. But the fact of the matter is that he has earned it. Lawrence has been the heart and soul of the Cowboys defensive line the last two seasons, and the most consistent edge player on the team as well.

Not only has he been an effective pass rusher, but DeMarcus Lawrence also plays with a relentless motor against the run that can sometimes be rare to find in those premier pass rushers. He really is a jack of all trades at defensive end, and should be priority number one for the Cowboys this offseason.

Thankfully, I can't imagine the Cowboys not retaining DeMarcus Lawrence and extending him in the coming months.



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When it Mattered Most, Cowboys Offensive Line Protected Dak Prescott

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All-22 Notes: Connor Williams Stands Out in Wild Card Win

Throughout the 2018 NFL season, one of the major story lines surrounding the Dallas Cowboys was how frequently Dak Prescott was taking sacks. It's an area that the Cowboys will have to look at in the offseason to better protect their franchise quarterback moving forward. In the playoffs, however, Dak Prescott and the offensive line were much better at keeping their prized possession upright than they were in the regular season.

In the regular season, Dak Prescott was sacked 56 times for an average of 3.5 times a game. There was only one game where he wasn't sacked at all, way back in week two against the New York Giants. Four times this season, the Cowboys' quarterback was sacked five or more times. The New Orleans Saints got him for a season high seven times.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dak was "kept clean" -- not pressured -- on 63% of his drop backs during the regular season, which ranked 25th in the NFL. When kept clean, Prescott completed 74.1% of his passes, which was good for 5th in the NFL during the regular season. He was under pressure 37% of the time, which was the sixth highest rate in the NFL and his completion percentage dropped to 52.6%, still good for 10th in the NFL. It was better than Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Baker Mayfield.

During the playoffs, Prescott's "kept clean" percentage rose from 63% to 68% and he was only sacked once in each game. The one sack against the Los Angeles Rams probably shouldn't have been called a sack as the referee blew the whistle because Prescott was "in the grasp"...

...of his offensive lineman.

During the playoffs, the Cowboys offensive line kept the pressure off of Prescott at a better rate, allowing him to be pressured on only 31.9% of his drop backs. Meaning he was kept clean at an improved rate from the regular season at 68.1% of his drop backs. This while playing against two teams that are really good at rushing the passer. The Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks both finished in the top half of the league in sacks this season and feature players like Aaron Donald, Jarran Reed, and Frank Clark who all had double-digit sacks.

As we know, pressure rates and sacks aren't all completely on the offensive line. The quarterback, wide receivers, and the play calling all factor in, but the Cowboys are trending in the right direction with their pass protection. A full offseason for Connor Williams in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program, better health for Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and -- fingers crossed -- Travis Frederick, should all help the offensive line play at a higher level heading into the 2019 season.

It can't be overstated how important it will be to get Travis Frederick back into the fold this season. Joe Looney was good, and that might be overstating it a bit. He was not noticeable on most plays during the season, but getting your All-Pro center back will tremendously help the offense in every facet of the game. Frederick's one of the smarter players in the NFL, who helps everyone on the offense to see the blitzes and calls out the protections. Both his mental and physical ability will be a welcomed site when the Cowboys begin practicing in the offseason.

With another year of growth for the quarterback and for the young pieces along the offensive line, and with a full offseason for Dak Prescott to grow with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Blake Jarwin, the Cowboys should be better next season at keeping the quarterback clean.



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