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Kerry Hyder Will get More Reps With Robert Quinn’s Injury

Matthew Lenix



Kerry Hyder Should get More Reps With Robert Quinn's Injury

The Dallas Cowboys dipped their toes into the defensive line pool heavily back in March. They acquired Robert Quinn via trade from the Miami Dolphins. Christian Covington was signed to a one-year 2.5 million dollar deal after spending four years with the Houston Texans as a very underrated rotational player. Lastly, the organization brought in Kerry Hyder, who spent a year on the New York Jets practice squad and four years with the Detroit Lions. Setting up a very formidable defensive line rotation in 2019.

Hyder was an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2014 before being signed by the Jets. He wouldn't survive the final 53-man roster cuts but was brought back as a practice squad body. Eventually, he was signed off the practice squad on January 2nd, 2016 by the Lions. After 3 sacks in the final preseason game of that year, he made the 53-man roster and hit the ground running. He would play in all 16 games with 2 starts, but more importantly, he racked up 8 sacks, proving that he was much more than just a practice squad-level player.

Unfortunately, in the first preseason game in 2017 Hyder tore his achilles and was placed on the injured reserved list which ended his season before it ever took off. He would sign a one-year extension in 2018 but was dealt another blow when the Lions defensive scheme shifted from a traditional 4-3 to a 3-4. Only seeing action in 7 games due to poor mismanagement of his skill set, he only totaled 1 sack and 6 tackles.

There's always light at the end of the tunnel, though, as now he's back in a 4-3 scheme under the guidance of Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and Assistant Defensive Line Coach Leon Lett. He didn't waste time getting to work in OTAs as he dominated the majority of his reps, showing flashes of his 2016 form.

Now that training camp has started Hyder continues to show his a very interesting piece to the Cowboys pass rush for the upcoming season.

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Kerry Hyder vs. Tyron Smith

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Kerry Hyder beats La'el Collins for a pressure.

What's very encouraging about Hyder is that yes he's been in the NFL for five years, but he's only played in 24 games, less than two seasons worth. Meaning, there's still plenty of tread left on these tires. At 28 years old, and limited NFL game experience, his ceiling is still rather high. When healthy, he's proven he can be a very disruptive force rushing the passer from the perimeter. Now with Quinn sidelined for the next month, Kerry Hyder is a name to keep an eye on once preseason games for the Cowboys kickoff on Saturday against the 49ers.


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Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

John Williams



Cowboys' Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

With only two preseason games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The Dallas Cowboys have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz appear to have the depth chart locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and probably won't play against the Houston Texans tonight.

Enter Marcus Lucas.

Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding penalty that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the 53-man roster and was released and placed on the practice squad. In 2015, he was on the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the Seattle Seahawks signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks again, and the San Francisco 49ers. He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.

At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

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With Jason Witten getting a day of rest, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Codey McElroy injured, the Cowboys have one tight end practicing today: Marcus Lucas, who has been with the team for about two weeks.

It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the "next man up" as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas Cowboys front office or another front office around the league take notice.

Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

They say "preseason games don't matter," but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.

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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

Jess Haynie



Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

Kevin Turner on Twitter

BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?

Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

Matthew Lenix



Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.

Ed Werder on Twitter

Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.

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