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Martin’s 5: Is Morris Claiborne Next In Line For Interception?

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Welcome back to Martin's 5!

My name is Brian Martin, and I will be your unofficial host for the duration of this article.

Okay, this isn't a game show, but I will be taking advantage of this opportunity to share with you the random thoughts that I have bouncing around in my head.

Scary I know, but I will limit them to the ones that specifically relate to the Dallas Cowboys and spare you the things that go on inside my head. Trust me, I'm doing you a favor.

Last week's edition covered a number of different topics that I have been wondering about and the majority of them related to the Dallas Cowboys match up with the division rival Washington Redskins. This week will be much of the same, but with a few extras just to add a little bit of flavor.

So, below are five things I've been wondering about and the majority of them have to do with the Week 3 match up with the Chicago Bears.

One: You can call it a hunch, a bold prediction, or a gut feeling, but ever since the Redskins game I've been wondering if Morris Claiborne is the next defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys to get an interception? The Dallas Cowboys defense has two consecutive games with an interception and that streak could possibly continue Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. Brandon Carr had the first INT Week 1 against the New York Giants and Barry Church had the second against the Redskins last week. It seems as if the Cowboys secondary is going in alphabetical order in regards to who gets the INT, so that means Morris Claiborne is the next man up.

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Two: I wonder if Dak Prescott will finally throw his first career touchdown in the NFL. Prescott has been able to put together long drives for the Cowboys offense, but has failed to cap it off with a touchdown pass so far. He had two opportunities in Week 1 against the New York Giants, but unfortunately failed to connect with Cole Beasley for what would have been a walk-in touchdown because of a high throw. Then, he also had a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant overturned after the officials reviewed the play. The beat up Chicago Bears defense could possibly be the best chance for Prescott to connect with one of his receivers in the end zone for a TD.

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Three: Speaking of the Chicago Bears beat up defense, I wonder if Ezekiel Elliott will finally have his first career 100 yard rushing game in the NFL. Despite Elliott's two fumbles last week against Redskins, I fully expect him to receive the majority of the carries against the Bears Sunday night. Alfred Morris has clearly outperformed Elliott the first two weeks of the season, but the rookie RB is simply too talented to keep off the field. Elliott will improve with each repetition he receives and that's why I think he will receive 20+ rushing attempts against the Chicago Bears, possibly eclipsing 100 rushing yards.

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Four: I wonder if the recently signed defensive end Ryan Davis will make his debut for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night against the Chicago Bears. Davis was signed to help improve the pass rush for the Cowboys defense, but he didn't suit up against the Redskins last week. It was somewhat surprising, but understandable at the same time considering he might not be up to speed with Rod Marinelli's defensive playbook. The Cowboys defense could definitely use all the help they can get to improve their pass rush. So, if nothing else Ryan Davis would make a good situational pass rusher until he gets up to speed with the playbook.

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Five: I wonder if head coach Jason Garrett will continue to be aggressive the rest of the 2016 season as he was against the Washington Redskins last week. It's a rarity that we see Garrett take many chances on the football field, and that can sometimes be frustrating for us fans watching. That is why it was so surprising to see him go for a 4th and 1 and also an onside kick last week in the Redskins game. I don't really expect Garrett to continue taking many chances, but it was encouraging to see that he is playing to win. It was a breath of fresh air compared to his usual conservative approach.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to use the comment section below to share your thoughts/opinions or anything that you might be wondering about yourself.



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Tony Pollard is Just What the Doctor Ordered in Dallas

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Tony Pollard is Just What the Doctor Ordered in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys have what many believe to be the best running back in the NFL in Ezekiel Elliott. However, you can never undervalue the importance of depth at any position. When the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft came around, the Cowboys added another weapon to the backfield by selecting Tony Pollard out of Memphis.

If you’re looking for a dynamic player maker with the ability to take it to the house at any given moment, Pollard is your man. The former Tiger averaged a touchdown every 13 touches in college. That’s an absolutely insane statistic when you think about it. He also tied an NCAA record with seven kick returns for touchdowns. Long story short, he can get you six points at the blink of an eye.

The versatility in his game is outrageous and undoubtedly the reason why he was drafted. In addition to running for 941 yards on 6.8 yards per rush, he also had 104 receptions for 1,292 yards. New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has to be salivating about the possibilities with his new toy. Having a running back that can not only carry the load as a runner but also line up at receiver keeps the defense honest. You never know what angle the offense is going to come from.

This has to be a sigh of relief for Ezekiel Elliott. Now, the Cowboys don’t have to overexert him and can bring Pollard in on third downs if need be. Not just to give Elliott a breather but to change the pace of the offensive attack. You can hand the ball off, throw it to him or run jet sweeps when he is on the field. This sets up a potential combo at running back that could be the leagues very best shortly.

Speed, quickness, and agility are all wrapped up in the Tony Pollard package. The Cowboys now have a running back that can line up at multiple positions if need be. Also, this prevents a lot of unnecessary wear and tear on the body of Ezekiel Elliott. This combination has all the potential to set the NFL on fire in 2019.



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CB Byron Jones Not Expected To Return Until Week 1 Against NYG

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Coming off what was clearly the best season of his career thus far, Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones underwent surgery to hopefully fix a nagging hip injury.

While he earned both his first All Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 2018, his first season as a full-time cornerback, Jones still has a lot to prove in the upcoming season. Some still criticize him for his lack of interceptions, and there's no doubt his stellar play slowed down a bit towards the end of the year.

I'm willing to wager that the slight decline had a lot to do with his hip troubles, but nonetheless he must come up with his elite level play once again to earn himself a nice contract somewhere in 2020.

Oh, did I forget to mention it's also a contract year for Byron Jones? As it is for so many important Dallas Cowboys, it seems.

So when will Byron Jones be able to return to the Cowboys' lineup? Well, the initial date reportedly set by Jones and the team was late July, giving him a chance to practice and play a bit before the season opener in September. But, according to the Team Site this week, that date may be pushed back a bit, and we might not see Byron Jones until that season opening game against the Giants.

"As for Jones, all along the Cowboys have been targeting his return for the season opener, but hopefully at that. So, don’t expect to see much of Jones in training camp, and if so, certainly no more than individual and walk-through drills." - Mickey Spagnola

Ultimately, as long as Byron Jones is good to go when the regular season starts, that's all that matters, but the fear of rust when Jones returns is a real one.

It's tough to go from no live football straight to the meaningful games, but if anyone would be able to do it it would be the guy with the freakishly athletic traits. The guy who can get out of the bed in the morning and set athletic records at the Combine.

And, of course, that guy is Byron Jones.



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Dak Prescott: Calm Under Pressure

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Dak Prescott: Calm Under Pressure

When the 2016 NFL Draft came around the Dallas Cowboys were in search of the heir apparent to Tony Romo. Unfortunately, coming off an injury-plagued 2015 season, Romo would find himself on the shelf again after suffering a broken bone in his back during a preseason game against the Seahawks. However, the Cowboys had an ace in the hole, in the form of Dak Prescott who they drafted in the fourth round.

The idea was the groom him for a few years before taking the keys to the car so to speak from Romo, but fate had another idea in mind. Prescott would be thrust into the starting lineup against one of the Cowboys most hated rivals to start the season, the New York Giants. Added to that, was the pressure of living up to Romo's stellar resume as the franchise's all-time leading passer. After struggling in a tough 20-19 loss, no surprise there for a rookie quarterback, Prescott began to take flight.

Over the next eleven games he wouldn't suffer a single loss as the Cowboys were sitting pretty at 11-1. What made this streak more impressive was the efficiency of Prescott. He threw 19 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions over that span. In the process, he set an NFL record for the most passing attempts to start a career without an interception with 176. This broke the previous record held by Tom Brady of 162. It didn't stop there, as he also set a rookie record for completion percentage (67.8), was named Offensive Rookie of the Year and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

The Cowboys would finish 13-3 and win the NFC East. With home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and the franchise only winning two postseason games in 21 years, Prescott was definitely under the microscope. After the offense struggled to produce points in the first half and fell behind 21-3, Prescott lead a furious comeback. Helping the team storm all the way back to tie the game at 28 and again at 31. He finished with 302 yards and 3 touchdowns in his first playoff start against future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers. Even though the team lost 34-31, Prescott proved how much of a gamer he was as he basically went yard for yard and point for point with one of the NFL's elite signal-callers. It was clear the Cowboys were in good hands going forward.

2017 started off well as the Cowboys were 5-3 and firmly on pace for another playoff run. Unfortunately, All-Pro Running Back Ezekiel Elliott lost his fierce battle with the NFL over domestic violence allegations, and Dak along with the offense struggled. After a 9-7 season and falling one game short of a Wild Card berth, the pressure on Prescott heading into the next season was immense.

Once 2018 came about Prescott had more pressure than ever with Elliott back for a full season. After a slow 3-4 start the Cowboys traded for Pro-Bowl Wide Receiver Amari Cooper, providing the team with it's first true number one receiver since Dez Bryant. Putting even more expectations on Prescott to turn things around, and boy did he ever.

He would complete 71.6% of his passes in the final eight games of the season, and the Cowboys won seven to finish 10-6. Now, with another division title under his belt, came a playoff matchup with Super Bowl-winning Quarterback Russell Wilson.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were hanging on to a 17-14 lead. They faced a 3rd and 14 inside the redone with just over two minutes left. After dropping back a few steps, Prescott scrambled for 16 yards setting up a first and goal from the one-yard line. The team held on for a 24-22 victory but here's why that scramble was so important.

If the Cowboys don't convert that 3rd and long that would've set up a field goal attempt. Assuming it would have been successful, that would've only put them up 20-14. Giving Seattle a chance to more than likely win with a touchdown and an extra point or two-point conversion. Prescott essentially won the game with that 3rd down run. Proving once again there's no situation he can't handle.

He's set an NFL record for completion percentage in the first three years of a quarterbacks career at 66.1 percent. No quarterback has won more games than him since 2016 except Tom Brady. No one has more game-winning drives than him since he entered the league. His 13 primetime victories are tops in the NFL over the last three seasons. Simply put, Dak Prescott is a winner and doesn't fold under pressure, instead, he embraces it. There are no bigger lights in the NFL than the ones that shine in Dallas. With those lights come huge expectations and pressure, and it's clear this young man is made of the right stuff to handle it.



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