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Linehan Says “Butler Has Had a Good Camp”, But Will He Stay?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Linehan: "Butler Has Had a Good Camp", But Will He Stay?
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Wide receiver is one of the positions we really shouldn't be worried about. The 2016 Cowboys starters were a very good group and heading into 2017, the Cowboys have that same squad... and more.

After Terrance Williams decided to stay with the Dallas Cowboys, WR stopped being a position of need. He will remain -- along with Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley -- as a starter on Dak Prescott's offense.

Behind these three, the only player who really has a guaranteed spot is rookie Ryan Switzer. He was a fourth round pick, has a place on special teams, and has had a good camp so far. Lock.

After these four, no one is guaranteed anything so they'll have to fight for it.

Lucky Whitehead is probably gone. He hasn't produced on special teams and now that Switzer is here, the Cowboys can let him go. Trust me, they'll find a way to run a jet sweep without him if they wish.

Noah Brown has a good shot of making the team; he's an excellent blocker. Maybe he can bring a little bit of what Vince Mayle did in 2015, plus some upside as a receiver. He'll have to fight Brice Butler for the spot.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the possibility of the Cowboys keeping six wide receivers on the roster. This may happen, but let's talk about Brice Butler.

This is what Scott Linehan said of him after the second day of Cowboys minicamp via Dallas Cowboys. 

“Brice has had a good camp. We felt like since he’s been here, since we brought him in two years ago that he gives you that big-time needed outside insurance. And now that he’s got such a good background in our offense he’s able to be more versatile and move around. So he creates matchups for us.“

It's good to hear that from Linehan, but remember what time of year it is. It's June, all around the league we see these kind of comments about any other player.

Having said that, I think Brice Butler has a very good chance of staying. And it all hinges on what Linehan said about him being "outside insurance." That is what he brings to the table.

We have a good WR2 in Terrance Williams, but if Dez has an injury somewhere in the season, he should stay as WR2. Butler replaced Dez in 2016 when he was injured and while it wasn't ideal, it was this team's best option.

In 2015 -- with or without Dez -- we were still destined to have a bad season after losing Tony Romo. In 2016 we made it through the first part of the season without problems. But looking at the 2017 schedule, games won't be as easy.

And if Dallas loses Bryant this season, even if it's for just one game, they can't afford not to have an option at outside receiver.

It is an uphill battle for Butler. Since outside insurance is probably the only thing he brings to the table that another player can't, it will be difficult. But I feel he has a very good chance of making the cut.

Do you see Brice Butler making the roster for 2017?

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!

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4 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    They might be forced to keep 6 receivers. If Noah Brown and Brice Butler show out in preseason, You keep both and go 6. Why not?? You gotta account for Dez injury history. We’ll be good with 6

  • Russ_Te

    Take 2, to see if it’s deleted again ~

    No way Butler is even with Brown, behind Switzer and it’s an uphill battle for him to stay on the team. Just wrong.

    Butler has produced in games, they have not. They have to have big camps to not get cut. If Butler has a big camp – more likely than not since he knows the system totally now – Williams will lose his starting spot to Butler, who is taller and faster.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Hi Russ, I disagree with you in Butler being better than Williams as a WR2. Not as an outside insurance as I say in my article though.
      Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown haven’t produced in games, you’re right about that. Because they are rookies. Brown is not a clear-cut player to make the cut but Switzer most certainly is. I truly believe Butler has an uphill battle. You mentioned the rookies need to have big camps to not get cut. The way I see it, Butler must have a BIG camp to not get cut too.

      PS: I didn’t get the “to see if it’s deleted again” part of your comment, I did not delete any comment from you or anyone else. Thanks for reading!

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Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room

Sean Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off their most impressive win of the season, keeping playoff hopes alive on the road with a 27-20 victory at the Philadelphia Eagles. Entering the hostile home of the defending Super Bowl champions with three previous road losses already on their record, the Cowboys performance on Sunday night was truly about getting back to their roots. In their second week with Marc Colombo as the Offensive Line Coach, the Cowboys rushed for 171 yards and protected Dak Prescott very well. It was revealed after the game that Frederick was on a coaches headset with Colombo and his new assistant Hudson Houck.

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Travis Frederick just told @BenRogers on @1053thefan that Marc Columbo has him on a coaches headset now helping him and Hudson Houck. That's a smart move from Columbo. Smartest guy on the line

The anchor of the Cowboys offensive line since being drafted in 2013, Frederick is regarded as the smartest linemen on the team. It's his mental edge that's made up for a slight lack of size at the position, regarded as one of the worst first round picks in his draft because of this oversight.

Not only is Frederick a welcome addition to the Cowboys brain trust at offensive line, but he did receive some great news on his battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) that's kept him out this season. Frederick was placed on injured reserve on October 6th, announcing publicly his GBS diagnosis on August 22nd.

Frederick has a long way to go before he's playing football again, not eligible to do so until week 14 at home against the Eagles. Regaining feeling in his hands is about the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee getting as healthy as possible away from football. If a return to the Cowboys is possible through his recovery, the team would of course welcome Frederick.

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Travis Frederick regains sensation in his hands: "There is some light at the end of the tunnel" https://t.co/wvQhB6KUQp

What Frederick has gained in upper body strength, he must remain patient for in the lower body. While pointing out that over 95% of patients make a full recovery from GBS, Frederick is still waiting to feel sensations in his feet.

The Cowboys have been optimistic that Frederick's condition was caught early enough for a full recovery to be probable.

Dallas' schedule doesn't get any easier following their uplifting win. Returning to the site of last year's demoralizing loss at the Falcons, Frederick likely wishes he could make a miraculous return just a bit more this week.

To make matters worse, Left Tackle Tyron Smith did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms. It's unknown if rookie Connor Williams will reclaim his starting left guard spot on Sunday, or if Xavier Su'a-Filo has earned another opportunity.

Despite the patchwork nature of a Cowboys offensive line once regarded as the best in the league, and still vital to the entire team's success, Dallas has an abundance of hope that Sunday in Atlanta can be much better than 2017. This starts with Frederick's strength to fight GBS and attempt to rejoin his teammates, wisely given some added game day influence on them by Colombo.

If elevating their level of play up front was all it took for the Cowboys to play up to their potential and pull off an upset on prime time last week, the NFC East is certainly still within reach for a team that must now sustain the level of play on offense to match what this defense has given all season.

Tell us what you think about "Travis Frederick Regains Strength in Hands, Influence in Cowboys OL Room" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys LB Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week Against Eagles

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You already knew that Leighton Vander Esch, the Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker, had a great night last Sunday in Philadelphia. Apparently the rest of the football world agreed, and now he's been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

The award is the first of what could be many for Leighton, who has emerged as a defensive leader for the Cowboys. He's been playing more in the absence of veteran Sean Lee, who has been battling hamstring issues all season.

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THE. WOLF. HUNTER. Congratulations to #DallasCowboys rookie LB @VanderEsch38 on being named NFC Defensive Player of the Week! → https://t.co/XeSTt2tIpX

This is the second Player of the Week award for a Dallas Cowboys this season. Kicker Brett Maher won the Special Teams version in Week 4 after going 4-for-4 and hitting a game winner over the Detroit Lions.

The Defensive Player award hasn't gone to a Cowboys since Week of 2017, when DeMarcus Lawrence put up three sacks against the Arizona Cardinals.

Leighton's recognition is also well-earned. He led Dallas with 13 tackles and an interception in a pivotal road victory against a division rival. In what was arguably a "must-win" game for the Cowboys, their first-round pick stepped up and stood out.

A few more games like this, and Vander Esch could be in the running for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. But even above personal accolades, Leighton's play could help the Cowboys make a push in the NFC East.

If nothing else, he's making that first-round pick look smarter every week.



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Legendary Cowboys Quarterback Backs Dak Prescott

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Takeaway Tuesday: Prescott's Legs Give Offense a Much Needed Spark

Things have not gone well for Dak Prescott this season. His play has been up and down and he hasn't given the team or Cowboys Nation much reason to believe that he's the future at the quarterback position for the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking to 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas today, Legendary Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Roger Staubach offered support for the Cowboys current quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Staubach had this to say when asked about Dak Prescott.

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Roger Staubach on @1053thefan said #Dak is a part of the problem with the #Cowboys offense, but he is not the problem.

Roger Staubach didn't start in the NFL until the third year of his career and thinks that's a good time for the quarterback to make the jump. At this point, we are 40 games into Dak Prescott's NFL career and we can see some of the things that he's good at as well as some of the things that he struggles with.

As Staubach points out, Dak Prescott has the intangibles that you look for in a quarterback, even if his play hasn't been what you'd want at the position. Roger admits that Dak shoulders some of the blame for the offensive woes of the last 16 games, but realizes that there are  many reasons for the Cowboys offensive failures this season.

Roger Staubach believes that the Dallas Cowboys can win with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback despite some of the flaws that have crept up over the last 16 games. He's not wrong.

Staubach's pretty accurate in his assessment that there's been more good than bad. If you look at the first 24 games of Dak Prescott's career, he was really good. Through the last 16 games, he's struggled at times. So technically there's been more good than bad. The problem is that over the last 16 games, there's been more bad than good. The NFL is a "what have you done for me lately" league and lately Dak hasn't done much. We can debate all day on how much of the struggles Prescott's faced are on him, but everyone should be willing to admit that some of the struggles are on him.

It's plausible that the confidence in Prescott that Jerry Jones has comes from Roger's belief that the Cowboys can win games with Dak Prescott at quarterback; and they have. In Prescott's career, the Dallas Cowboys are 25-15. Though wins are a team stat and not a quarterback stat, it just goes as evidence that Dak Prescott can be a winning quarterback in the National Football League.

Dak has some flaws, but the offense and its play caller haven't helped Prescott much this season. We should be critical of Prescott because he has a big pay day coming, if you believe Jerry Jones. While Dak has some flaws, he also has some traits that can make him a good quarterback in the NFL with the right coaching situation behind him. 2018 may be running out of time for the Dallas Cowboys and their playoff prospects, but the Cowboys have time before they have to make a decision on Prescott.



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