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Jourdan Lewis Remaining Unsigned Shouldn’t Be a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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This year's Draft Class is very good. The Cowboys hauled in a lot of defensive players, along with a steal for the offense in Ryan Switzer, but more than a month later doubts inevitably come.

Did the Cowboys address the team's pass rush need correctly?

Is Taco Charlton going to be our new RDE, or just another LDE?

How many of these rookie DBs are actually going to be starters?

And...

Why Haven't the Cowboys Signed Jourdan Lewis Yet?

Out of their nine selections in 2017, only one remains unsigned: third round pick Jourdan Lewis. The Cowboys are not the only team in the league with unsigned draft picks, but this is a bigger story for two reasons.

First of all, this is the Dallas Cowboys. The spotlight is always on.

The second reason though, is a serious one. Jourdan Lewis is facing domestic violence charges. He probably would've been a second round pick if he wasn't involved in an issue like this.

This article is not to discuss what he is being accused of, or whether he'll be found innocent or not. Lots of fans are concerned about Lewis remaining unsigned in June. That is 100% reasonable and I completely understand it.

Some think that he hasn't signed a contract because of his legal situation. This has been a concern for a lot of fans and it really doesn't look to be that big of a deal. Stephen Jones mentioned that third round picks were a bit more tricky regarding guaranteed money. That makes a lot of sense, though I'll admit I was skeptical of this at first.

So I did some research.

Comparing to Other Team's Situations

I decided to analyze the entire third round from the 2017 NFL Draft and compare the Cowboys' situation with the rest of the league.

There are eight third round picks who have yet to sign their contract with their respective teams. It's worth noting that several other picks from the third round only recently signed in June.

Something interesting is that of those eight unsigned third round players, five of them are the last of their team's draft picks to sign. Included in those five, of course, is CB Jourdan Lewis. It's fair to assume that, in comparison with the rest of the NFL, the Cowboys are not in a bad situation, let alone a concerning one.

We don't even have to look at other team's situations to feel better about Lewis remaining unsigned.

Maliek CollinsLast year, Maliek Collins (third rounder) was the last to sign. He didn't even sign in June; the Cowboys waited until July.

A year before, in 2015, the Cowboys didn't sign the whole draft class until June 11th.

I'm not saying the Cowboys shouldn't be a bit worried about Jourdan's legal situation, I'm just saying I don't think him still being unsigned is a reflection of it. We won't know what will happen regarding the charges he is facing until at least July.

For now, let's hope he is innocent. Let's wait for his contract without panicking. And let's wait to see him wear that Star on his helmet.

What do you think of Jourdan Lewis remaining unsigned?

Let us know 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  live show Primero Cowboys!

Tell me what you think about "Jourdan Lewis Remaining Unsigned Shouldn’t Be a Concern" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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  • Franklin Jones

    The fact that his case is even going to trial is disconcerting to me. For the prosecution to feel like it has a case, there either needs to be credible witnesses, strong evidence or a past history of similar damning behavior.

    I want to believe that the front office learned a lot from Greg Hardy’s whole dramatic chapter. They should have known what to look for and what questions to ask this time. Is it likely that I am worried for nothing?

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Totally agree with you. That’s why I wanted to point out that with this article I didn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned, but that him remaining unsigned probably isn’t a reflection of his situation. I agree with you, we don’t want any Deja Vu of that kind. Thanks for reading, Franklin.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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