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Which NFC East Team Pulled Off The Better Trade?

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Did Eagles and Redskins Pulled Off Better Trades Then Cowboys?

For a while there it looked like the Dallas Cowboys were going to be the only team to make any moves ahead of the NFL trade deadline, but the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles ended up getting in on the action as well. With nearly the entire NFC East division making a blockbuster trade, excluding the New York Giants, I thought it would be fun to examine who might have done it better?

As of right now, there is no way of knowing whether the Cowboys, Eagles, or Redskins made the better deal for the particular player they acquired via trade, so all we can do is speculate. But speculating can be fun on its own merits, so that is exactly what I want to do today.

Let's begin by taking a closer look at not only the player each team acquired, but what they had to give up to complete the trade and the future impact they could have with their new organization.

Wide Receiver, Amari Cooper (Dallas Cowboys)

Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys were the first team in the NFC each division to make a move to acquire Wide Receiver Amari Cooper before the NFL trade deadline. The move caught many of us around Cowboys Nation by surprise, but it wasn't necessarily because of who they acquired via trade, more of what they gave up to acquire Cooper's services.

Giving up their 2019 first-round draft pick was a steep price to pay, but the Cowboys had to outbid their division rival, the Philadelphia Eagles, who were offering a second-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for Amari Cooper. The Cowboys get a 24-year-old, two-time Pro Bowl WR who has about a year and a half remaining on his current contract.

Wide Receiver, Golden Tate (Philadelphia Eagles)

Golden Tate

Philadelphia Eagles WR Golden Tate

After going after Amari Cooper and failing by being outbid by the Dallas Cowboys, the Philadelphia Eagles turned their sights to other wide receivers on the trade block. On the final day before the NFL trade deadline, the Eagles pulled the trigger on Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate.

The Eagles sent the Lions a third-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft to acquire Golden Tate. Tate is 30 years old and has made just one Pro Bowl (2014) in his career. He is in the last year of his contract, meaning Philadelphia might only have his services for the remainder of the 2018 season before he becomes a free agent.

Safety, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Washington Redskins)

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Washington Redskins FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Not to be left out, the Washington Redskins decided to bolster the back end of their defense by acquiring Ha Ha Clinton-Dix via trade from the Green Bay Packers before the trade deadline yesterday. It doesn't look as flashy as acquiring a receiver like the Eagles and Cowboys did, but Clinton-Dix is a really good acquisition nonetheless.

The Redskins sent the Packers a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft for Clinton-Dix's services. The 25-year-old, one-time Pro Bowl free safety is in the last year of his rookie contract, and much like Golden Tate is on kind of a rental for the remainder of the 2018 season before becoming a free agent. Clinton-Dix could be the missing piece on an already really good Washington defense.

Verdict: Dallas Cowboys

Although I strongly believe all three of these teams will greatly benefit from the trades they made, I think the Dallas Cowboys ended up making the better deal, even though they surrendered the most.

I know many of you will disagree with me, but I think Amari Cooper was worth investing more in because of his age and the fact the Cowboys have a year and a half to see what they're getting before having to decide about his long-term future with the organization. That's just a smart business decision in my opinion.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins have basically eight games with their new players before deciding if they want to extend them long-term. With Golden Tate's age, he could be looking at one last big payday, meaning the Eagles may have to shell out some big bucks to keep him around after the season. He is definitely worth a third-round draft pick, but his future with the organization is questionable.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a pretty safe investment on the Washington Redskins part as long as he wants to stick around long term. He may not make as much as an impact as either Amari Cooper or Golden Tate, but he might be the safer and most reliable out of all of these trades. If not for his uncertain future in Washington, I might have given the Redskins the nod over the Cowboys.

Which NFC East team do you think made the best trade?



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  • ctabor21

    The trade for Golden Tate was really crap! A third rounder for 8 games with a 30 yr old WR. There is no future there.
    The Dix trade is pretty great if they lock him up to the next contract. At 25 that’s a good building block.
    I personally like the Cooper trade because of his age and his two pro bowls. That’s another good future move. It did cost more than I would have liked, but hopefully it works out.

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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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How Cowboys Could Regain a 2019 1st-Round Draft Pick

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Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Players That Could Be Traded
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The Dallas Cowboys are currently without a 2019 first-round draft pick after acquiring Wide Receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but what if I were to tell you there was a way to regain another first-rounder? Well, with a little outside the box thinking I think there could be a way to accomplish just that.

It's completely hypothetical, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly regain a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with little finagling and good luck. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly, but I think it's definitely doable.

Remember, this is completely hypothetical with a lot of "what if's" involved, but the Cowboys could regain what they lost acquiring Amari Cooper and come out of it no worse for wear. I think there are a lot of different scenarios that could accomplish this feat, but only one of them that doesn't hurt the team in my opinion and it centers around Right Tackle La'el Collins.

I know you're probably going to think I'm crazy, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly land a 2019 first-round draft pick if they decided to trade away RT La'el Collins. Trust me, I wouldn't suggest this if I didn't think there was somebody capable of stepping in and playing just as well.

Enter Connor Williams.

Connor Williams

Dallas Cowboys LG Connor Williams

I always believed Connor Williams' best position in the NFL was at right tackle, not on the inside at guard. And yes, I was one of those advocating for Williams to play RT and Collins to move back to LG before the 2018 season started. I thought that gave the Cowboys their best starting five.

Williams has been serviceable at LG this season, but has been overpowered at times. His athletic ability would've been much better served on the outside at tackle, which is where I would play him next season, making La'el Collins expendable.

Again, I know what you're thinking. If you move Williams to RT and trade Collins, there is now a void at LG. Well, that's where Xavier Su'a-Filo comes into play. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of Cowboys Nation is already advocating that he remains the starter over Connor Williams.

If Su'a-Filo can maintain the same level play he did against the Eagles, he probably remains the starter for the rest of the 2018 season. If this is indeed what happens, he could end up being the starter once again next season, making my plan of trading La'el Collins more feasible.

Were you able to follow all of that?

Keep Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard

Move Connor Williams to right tackle

Trade La'el Collins

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, but something that could feasibly happen. Now we just have to wait and see if Xavier Su'a-Filo can continue to play like he did last week, because without him sticking at left guard none of this is possible.

I told you it was some out-of-the-box thinking.

Would you go along with the scenario to regain a 2019 first-round draft pick?



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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su’a-Filo at Left Guard?

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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su'a-Filo at Left Guard? 1

Don't look now, but we may have another Ron Leary/La'el Collins situation unfolding before our eyes with Xavier Su'a-Filo and Connor Williams. Who ends up starting at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys the rest of the 2018 season is up in the air right now, but might not be for long.

Remember a few years ago when La'el Collins started the season at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys, but then had to miss time due to a toe injury. Ronald Leary took over during his absence and never looked back. It even earned him a big payday with the Denver Broncos.

Déjà vu anyone?

Yes, I'm talking about the hot topic of the hour as to whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard or reinsert Connor Williams once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup? As with any debate, there are two sides of the coin.

Honestly, I can make an argument for both sides here. These are two different players and both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Su'a-Filo isn't as agile as Williams and relies more on his strength and power, whereas Williams is almost the complete opposite. Depending what the Cowboys coaching staff wants out of their LG, either player makes sense.

Xavier Su'a-Filo

Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-Filo

I could go into a long debate as to who I believe the Cowboys should start at LG moving forward, but I think that would be a waste of our time. I think this is a situation that will work itself out one way or another this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nothing is set in stone right now, but I have a hard time seeing Connor Williams being ready to play this week after having knee surgery. It would be unwise to rush him back before he's 100% healthy, especially after the way Su'a-Filo preformed against the Eagles. And if Su'a-Filo plays well once again, Williams may not get his starting job back.

See, I told you it was looking like a Ronald Leary/La'el Collins situation all over again.

This is a situation that many of us will be following closely this week and it may not only have ramifications on the rest of the 2018 season, but it could carry over into next year. Maybe Xavier Su'a-Filo remains at LG next year and Connor Williams moves to his more natural position (right tackle), making La'el Collins expendable. But that's a debate for another time.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at LG?



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