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Jim Harbaugh Believes Taco Charlton And Jourdan Lewis Will Find Success In Dallas

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The first loss Jim Harbaugh experienced as an NFL Head Coach happened on September 18th, 2011 at the old Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The winning team that day? Only the Dallas Cowboys led by a particular legendary quarterback named Tony Romo who'd suffered a punctured lung that day.

Jourdan Lewis, Taco Charlton

Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is a firm believer that the Dallas Cowboys are going to love Jourdan Lewis (#26) and Taco Charlton (#33).

It's been almost six years since that day - holy smokes - and now Jim Harbaugh roams the collegiate sidelines once again, nowadays in Ann Arbor as the Head Coach at the University of Michigan. The Wolverines have undergone a serious transformation under The One That Wears The Khakis, and two of his latest proteges have now moved on and will join the team he took his first NFL loss against.

That's right. Defensive End Taco Charlton (1st Round, 28th Overall) and Cornerback Jourdan Lewis (3rd Round, 92nd Overall) are trading in - in my opinion - the greatest helmet college football has to offer for the one NFL players covet most - The Star. They are two of the latest examples of the Cowboys coveting players from the Power Five Conferences as they both not only hail from the Big Ten, but were teammates at Michigan.

Michigan's Harbaugh Talks Taco, Lewis Drafted by Dallas

NBC 5's Pat Doney talks with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh about the Cowboys drafting Wolverine standouts Taco Charlton and Jourdan Lewis during an event in Dallas.

During a recent event in Dallas, NBC 5's Pat Doney caught up with Jim Harbaugh to discuss the two new Wolverines Cowboys Nation will be rooting hard for. Coach Harbaugh gave a lot of great insight and reflection that gives reason to be excited.

"Taco Charlton, Jourdan Lewis... two great young men because they truly want to be good. They're serious about being good and they've been put to the test. They've had to do the hard stuff." -Jim Harbaugh

Of course we all know that Taco Charlton and Jourdan Lewis will go from Jim Harbaugh to Jason Garrett in terms of who's calling the shots, and the former thinks that the latter is going to really enjoy his new toys.

"I think Coach Garrett will be really happy with the way they practice. They're gonna show up. They're gonna be on time. They're gonna work hard. They're gonna do the kind of stuff they say they're gonna do. And it's important to them to be good." -Jim Harbaugh

Playing for Jim Harbaugh is hardly a walk in the park. Both Taco Charlton and Jourdan Lewis are coming to the Cowboys with a firm idea of what it's like to be coached by an NFL-caliber top dog. Let's get to work, fellas!

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  1. Russ_Te

    May 7, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Regardless of draft position or if an UFA, each rookie has to deliver in the summer – and always surprises. Some who don’t who were supposed to, vice versa.

    Lewis could hardly have come into a better situation. He is most likely Scandrick’s heir apparent, whether this year, next, etc. He doesn’t have to start right away as an outside CB, but will get to be on the field a lot on long downs. Not much chance of a miss there unless he doesn’t apply himself.

    Charlton – I like most did not like the pick because he does not seem to be a prototype RDE, and his game was still developing on the college level – so why go that high for that? But getting Awuzie in the second offset it for me. There is more pressure this year on Awuzie than Lewis – but that was a strike in round 2.

    I think Marinelli has a plan for Charlton that can justify the #1. Maybe they will just put him at RDE and it works, but it’s more likely to me that he’ll end up at LDT next to Irving at LDE. Charlton has the size and power for it, and they both have long arms. That could give you a strong left side rush.

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

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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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