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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!

Tell me what you think about “Linehan Says “Butler Has Had a Good Camp”, But Will He Stay?” 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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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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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

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80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

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“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” 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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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

Sean Martin

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With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

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In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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