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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!

Tell us what you think about "Jim Harbaugh Believes Taco Charlton And Jourdan Lewis Will Find Success In Dallas" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!


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  • Russ_Te

    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 TE James Hanna Retiring

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In an unexpected bit of pre-draft news, Dallas Cowboys backup tight end James Hanna will be retiring after six seasons. He was drafted by the Cowboys in sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The news of Hanna's retirement was first reported by ESPN's Todd Archer:

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys will place James Hanna on the reserve/retired list as the tight end could not get over a serious knee condition that troubled him for most of the last two seasons, according to sources. Hanna was not involved in the early part of the team's... https://t.co/45BAZ2avSC

Hanna, who turns 29 in July, missed all of 2016 with that knee issue and has had two surgeries. He was active for all 16 games last season but wasn't used much on offense, only having four catches. James did catch his first and only NFL touchdown in the team's Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Many thought Hanna would be a salary cap casualty this offseason, but a retirement has the same effect on the cap. The Cowboys now save $2.75 million off his scheduled $3.5 mullion cap hit in 2018.

James Hanna has stuck around this long thanks to being a proficient blocker and one of the standout players on special teams. Geoff Swaim, entering the final year of his rookie deal, will likely be trusted to fill those roles.

That said, tight end was already a targeted position for the Cowboys in next week's draft. Losing Hanna only give the team more incentive to add more talent.


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Optimistic Reports Emerge Around Randy Gregory

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Good news are coming to Dallas just in time. Less than a week from now, the NFL Draft will be held in the Cowboys' home, the AT&T Stadium. But the team may count with a defensive talent many in Cowboys Nation have tried to forget for a while now. Randy Gregory's comeback may just happen.

There's a lot of positions in the roster that need more help than the defensive end one, but after finding the "War Daddy" Jerry Jones has always wanted in DeMarcus Lawrence, finding a RDE this offseason would be a dream scenario.

Sure, there's a lot of young talent in this football team and they'll be coming off a season that put a chip on their shoulders. Even so, they'll need all the help they can get.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, some help could come in form of a very talented pass rusher. Randy Gregory is reportedly applying for reinstatement very soon and according to Mike Fisher and Bobby Belt, there are positive reports around the situation.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

Randy Gregory update: I'm told there is real momentum building. He is expected to apply for reinstatement in the week or two following next week's NFL Draft.

Cowboys Nation last saw the second round pick back in 2016, but his potential shouldn't be forgotten. Of course, the Cowboys shouldn't be considering Gregory for their 2018 plans, simply because there's risk of him not being available.

Even still, Dallas may get lucky at defensive end. After DeMarcus Lawrence has a breakout season in 2017, imagine the defensive line with Randy Gregory reinstated and rehabilitated to exploit his talent in the NFL.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

UPDATE: We're told Randy Gregory camp is ready to present to NFL the fact the #Cowboys DE has passed a large number of drug tests, hasn't failed one since July 2016. https://t.co/Hjgu2CqRtC

Despite some TMZ "reports", it looks like Gregory has been clean for a while. It sure should make Cowboys' fans happy and not only form a football perspective. A comeback would definitely be something amazing. He has a chance to write a unique story for himself.

Everyone likes second-chance stories. Gregory is a guy who had his share of problems. By coming back to the NFL, he's showing players and fans that change is possible. This wouldn't just be epic for Dallas Cowboys fans but NFL fans in general.

If Dallas is fortunate enough to see Gregory reinstated by the NFL, their fight in the trenches might see a big upgrade next season. Randy still has a lot to work on and he might not even be a starter right away, but the potential is right there.

The Cowboys could become a team capable of dominating the line of scrimmage both on offense and on defense.

Hopefully, Gregory is able to come back and shine as a professional player. He, and NFL fans deserve a story like that.

Tell me what you think about "Optimistic Reports Emerge Around Randy Gregory" 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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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving Reports to Voluntary Workouts

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Could Any of These 3 Cowboys Disappoint Cowboys Nation in 2017?

2018 gets better by the day as the NFL takes another step closer to the regular season with the beginning of team voluntary workouts. The Dallas Cowboys have their first voluntary workout today at The Star.

Clarence Hill Jr. is reporting that Dallas Cowboys' restricted free agent Defensive Tackle David Irving has shown up for the first day of workouts.

Clarence Hill Jr on Twitter

Cowboys DT David Irving has yet to sign his rfa tender but he did show up for first day offseason program, per source, for those questioning his commitment

Irving who was second on the team in sacks for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 with seven, while only playing in 8 games, hasn't yet signed his restricted free agent tender.

Todd Archer from ESPN is reporting that David Irving expects to sign his RFA tender after today's workout guaranteeing him the second round tender figure of $2.91 million for 2018.

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David Irving is expected to sign his restricted free agent tender today after the first workouts of the Cowboys' offseason program. Irving, who had seven sacks in eight games last season, will make $2.91 million. He is scheduled to become an... https://t.co/2EcPJ71OOe

As someone with as much production as Irving has had in the last couple of years, it's a bit surprising that teams around the NFL haven't jumped on that kind of interior presence. Teams looking for a player of Irving's caliber can still extend an offer sheet for the defensive tackle's services, but would have to give Dallas their 2018 second round pick.

The Dallas Cowboys would have the option of matching any offer sheet that David Irving signs. Perhaps they've indicated their intention to do so, given Irving's presence at the first day of practice.

It was quite a gamble, as many around Cowboys Nation believed that a team would quickly exchange a second round pick for Irving, but no one has offered him a contract to sign him away from the Cowboys.

David Irving has received criticism for his consistency after the 2016 season, but really found a stride in 2017 until a concussion derailed him toward the end of the season.

It's a great sign for the Dallas Cowboys that he's shown up ready to work for the 2018 season. David Irving is absolutely an ascending player and the sky is the limit for this defense with him as a part of it.


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