Welcome back to this week's edition of Martin's 5!
I had to dig a little deeper this week to bring out some of those lingering thoughts that are stuck in my head.
I think I'm still riding on that high from the Dallas Cowboys victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday night. How exciting was a game to watch?
This week the Cowboys take on another NFC opponent when they head to San Francisco to play the 49ers at Levi Stadium Sunday afternoon.
This match up could possibly be the definition of a trap game for the Dallas Cowboys, especially when you consider the fact that the 49ers new head coach is Chip Kelly, who should be well-versed in what the Cowboys do.
But, let's not get off track here. Below are five things I am wondering about when the Dallas Cowboys hit the road to take on the San Francisco 49ers Sunday afternoon.
One: I recently wrote an article about whether or not Terrance Williams is the most hated Dallas Cowboys player, which is based mostly on his early-season struggles. That article really made me start to wonder if Brice Butler will start to see more opportunities in the passing game? The hot topic of the off-season was if Brice Butler could beat Terrance Williams for that #2 WR position, but I guess we all forgot about Cole Beasley. Nevertheless, Williams has had a rocky start to the 2016 season and that could mean that Butler starts seeing more playing time.
Two: With the success that Dak Prescott has been having the first three games of the 2016 season, I wonder if Tony Romo is learning anything from the way Prescott has been playing? Romo is well known for tinkering with different parts of his game each off-season to try to improve as a quarterback. So, would it be to far of a reach to suggest that watching Prescott from the sideline has made him think about how he can emulate #4's success so far? Romo will take over as the starter once he's back to 100%, and I think he would be smart to study why Prescott has been so good in his absence.
Three: Linebacker Sean Lee and Navarro Bowman played alongside each other during their time at Penn State. This Sunday the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers face off against one another, so I've been wondering who will have the better game of the two? It still amazes me that Penn State had both of these players on defense at the same time and that they are both still playing at a really high level in the NFL. Whichever player has the better game might be the determining factor of whose team comes away with a victory. Let's just hope it's #50.
Four: Let's stick with the teammate theme here for just a second, because I wonder who will be the better running back Sunday between the two former Ohio State Buckeyes? As a freshman at Ohio State, Ezekiel Elliott played second fiddle to Carlos Hyde, so you can almost bet that both players want to win the bragging rights to who the best Buckeye RB really is. Elliott might just have a little added incentive after being Hyde's back up in college, but whoever has the better outing Sunday might be the deciding factor of which team wins the game.
Five: I wonder if Chip Kelly will have something up his sleeve for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday? The former Philadelphia Eagles head coach should know the Cowboys personnel really well and know how to exploit their weaknesses. Knowing your opponent is extremely helpful. It helps with the game plan and the 49ers looked at their best in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams when they had the time to prepare for that particular opponent. I wouldn't be surprised to see the 49ers do some things that are designed to catch the Cowboys off guard. We just have to hope that the Dallas Cowboys are disciplined and ready for the unexpected.
Is there anything you are wondering this week?
Let me hear what you think in the comment section below.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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