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?
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.
Last 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?
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Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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