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Moose Season: Daryl Johnston Owns #48

RJ Ochoa



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If you’re feeling some frustration that Monday is back in our lives then you should follow the lead of Arts and Craftsy Tony Romo and channel it with paper mache.

When you’re back to your normal Tony Romo self you’ll be able to see clearly that Dallas Cowboys football is upon us! …sort of. The first practice of the 2015 season will take place this Thursday, but the first game of the season will take place 48 days from now. Get into the Cowboy mood by celebrating the Greatest 48 in Dallas Cowboys History.

The Following Players Have All Worn 48 For the Dallas Cowboys:

  • Mister Alexander, LB
  • Micheal Barrow, LB
  • Tim Dobbins, LB
  • Isaiah Greenhouse, LB
  • Daryl Johnston, FB
  • Terry Witherspoon, FB

You all know the story. Jerry Jones buys the Cowboys, Jerry brings in Jimmy Johnson, and in 1989 the franchise selects Troy Aikman with the 1st overall pick in the draft…happily ever after, right?

While that’s totally true a huge cog in the machine of the 1990s Dallas Cowboys was taken in the 2nd round of that 1989 draft.

Daryl Johnston

Cowboys Blog - Moose Season: Daryl Johnston Owns #48

Teamed up in the 1989 draft with Troy Aikman and the Greatest 53 in Dallas Cowboys History, Mark Stepnoski, Johnston helped lay the foundation for success. The former Syracuse Orangeman was a fullback if there ever was one. Daryl began a streak of 149 consecutive games played in 1989, but an even bigger phenomenon began that year.

The Birth Of Moose

Backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg, now a color analyst on the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, noticed that Daryl was a tad bigger than the other running backs. He said that Johnston looked like “a moose in a herd of deer” and Daryl was Moose from then on.

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“Mooooose” became a rallying cry heard around Texas Stadium whenever Daryl Johnston made a big play, which was often. Johnston has 22 career touchdowns off of 294 receptions (3rd in franchise history among running backs) and 2,227 yards receiving - as a fullback!

48 + 22

While Daryl Johnston is remembered by fans as an incredible, and arguable Hall of Fame, player he is remembered most dearly by the NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher - Emmitt Smith. To be a fullback in the Dallas Cowboys system meant sacrificing a great deal both emotionally and physically. Moose served as the lead blocker for a majority of the yards that Emmitt gained en route to his historical 18,355.

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Daryl Johnston and Emmitt Smith celebrate in Super Bowl XXVIII

The backfield duo of Johnston and Smith, along with a few other offensive components, helped the Dallas Cowboys win three Super Bowls in four years…establishing themselves as an NFL Dynasty. Emmitt Smith shared an emotional bond with Daryl, which he recounted in his Pro Football Hall of Fame speech in 2010.

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Daryl Johnston and Emmitt Smith embrace after Smith becomes the NFL's All-Time Leading Rusher on October 27th, 2002.

#48: The Moose Does It All

Daryl Johnston was an elite force not just for the Dallas Cowboys, but for the fullback position as a whole. Thanks to the standard that Moose set at the position the NFL established a defined fullback at the annual Pro Bowl. Johnston became the first fullback ever selected to the Pro Bowl in 1993, a distinction he earned in 1994 as well.

Some NFL players emulate football in everything that they do. This is absolutely the case for Daryl Johnston as his football career has continued long after his days as a Dallas Cowboy. The Moose now lives in the broadcast booth of Fox with his new teammates Kenny Albert and Tony Siragusa. His knowledge and passion for the game of football is readily apparent, as he applies his same sense of focus to this phase of the game.

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Canton Needs A Moose

Daryl Johnston was an extraordinary football player and leader during his days in the NFL. His contributions to his own team resulted in 3 Super Bowls, he helped the fullback position gain respect, and his primary responsibility was blocking for Emmitt Smith...whom Moose led all the way to the Hall of Fame.

Daryl deserves to be remembered forever as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and as the Greatest 48 in Dallas Cowboys History.

Check back tomorrow to find out who the Greatest 47 in Dallas Cowboys History is!

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Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?

Mauricio Rodriguez



DeMarcus Lawrence, Franchise Tags and Realities for Dallas Cowboys
Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for extending players under the franchise tag has come and gone last Monday, in a day in which none of the remaining tagged players reached an agreement with their respective teams. That includes Dallas Cowboy Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence, who's set to earn $17M in 2018.

The front office and the 26-year old defensive end failed to agree to a new contract before the season's start, but we saw that coming. After all, there was never a point in which we had the classic "X player and his team are close to a new deal" headline.

All of this makes the future of the Cowboys' promising "War Daddy" very uncertain. What lies a head of the player that put on an impressive show in 2018?

Since 2017 was Lawrence's breakout year, racking up 14.5 sacks trough the season, we have leaned towards the narrative of last season being his only good one. His performance last season was impressive and clearly his best one yet, but we tend to overlook 2015.

In his sophomore season, the only other year in which he has played 16 games, he finished the campaign with eight sacks and 35 tackles (55 combined). Really, the idea of 2017 being his only good year is not as accurate as we might think.

That being said, I think it's more likely that we see another great year from him this upcoming season than seeing a disappointing one. This, of course, will end up being the main thing that determines his future in Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys front office really took a risk by tagging Lawrence this offseason. #90 was reportedly asking for an average of $17M per year in his long-term contract, which is Olivier Vernon kind of money.

So what if he puts a similar season or an even better one? Lawrence and his agent could end up asking for even more money. Perhaps in the 18 or 20 million dollars per year range. If that ends up being the case, the team will find itself in a tough position when trying to reach an agreement with its promising pass rusher.

Which leads us to the possibility of seeing the Cowboys franchise tagging Lawrence for the second consecutive season. Dallas will already be negotiating a contract extension with QB Dak Prescott, and things will get complicated. Even more if they decide to pursue a big-time free agent in March, such as Earl Thomas.

It would make sense, from a financial perspective, to hand the tag twice in consecutive years to D-Law. However, it shouldn't be the priority. If he plays like he did in 2017, the front office will be more than wise to extend him for good.

According to, the Cowboys will have approximately $50.6M. Seemingly, the team's cap woes will be over soon.

Fortunately, Lawrence didn't become a headache by threatening to holdout for offseason programs and even training camp. However, don't expect that to happen if he finds himself under the tag next year.

Careers in the NFL are short, so DeMarcus will surely want to get paid. If he keeps it up, he'll deserve it. As much as he deserves it, though, football is a cold business. If the Jones need to tag him, they will.

Do you think the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence in 2019?

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Without Looming Suspension, RB Ezekiel Elliott Should Shine In 2018

Kevin Brady



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NFL Films typically does a good job of exposing some truths around NFL teams. Whether through "Hard Knocks" or Amazon's new "All or Nothing" series, these documentaries do an excellent job of giving fans an inside look of their favorite teams.

If anything was revealed through the Cowboys' All or Nothing series on their 2017 season, it's that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension weighed heavy on his mind all year.

The Pro Bowl running back did not look, act, or play like himself while awaiting decision on his incoming suspension. And, once it was finally announced he would serve the six games, the entire team collapsed in Atlanta.

Despite the clear and detrimental effects Elliott's suspension had on the Cowboys' season, Zeke still put up more-than-respectable numbers; rushing for almost 1,000 yards and averaging a league leading 98.3 yards per game.

Now, Ezekiel Elliott enters a season with no doubts about his own availability. Scott Linehan gets to coach an offense that knows they will have their best player for the entire season barring major injury. And, Jason Garrett can lead his team without addressing questions about Elliott's future day in and day out.What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? 1

Of course, these effects aren't quantifiable. We can't sit here and say that without the pressure of court appearances and suspensions that Elliott will be worth "X" amount of more yards and "Y" more touchdowns.

But I do believe we can say, without question, that playing with a clear mind and without a looming suspension will breed the type of production we saw from Zeke his rookie year.

We can say that Elliott has had a weight lifted off his shoulders, and could be looking for revenge on a league he feels did him wrong.

And, for the Cowboys sake, I hope this is true. Because they are going to need Ezekiel Elliott to be even better than he ever has been if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2018.

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Cowboys en Español: El Regreso de Randy Gregory

Mauricio Rodriguez



Randy Gregory, Eagles
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A sólo días de que los Dallas Cowboys aterricen en Oxnard, California para dar inicio a su training camp como todos los años, el equipo recibió excelentes noticias respecto a la selección de segunda ronda del 2015: Randy Gregory. Después de pasar todo el 2017 suspendido, el ala defensiva ha sido oficialmente reintegrado por la NFL.

Gregory, quien tuvo muchos problemas debido al uso de marihuana, ha pasado los últimos meses rehabilitándose para poder volver a vestir la estrella y volver al emparrillado. Los Cowboys, quienes siempre apoyaron a su joven jugador, sin duda estarán felices de verlo de vuelta en el equipo por motivos más allá que el football americano.

Sin duda alguna, antes de estar emocionados y felices por verlo en el campo intimidando a quarterbacks rivales, deberíamos estar alegres por el logro personal de Randy como un ser humano. Realmente hizo un esfuerzo consciente en un lugar en el que muchos se hubieran rendido y dejado sus sueños de ser parte de la NFL. Pero no lo hizo, y ahora, todos sus esfuerzos han valido la pena.

El siguiente paso en su lista por-hacer, es volver al campo y poco a poco, ganarse su puesto en el equipo y después, la titularidad. La última vez que vimos a Gregory en el campo, fue contra Philadelphia, en el final de temporada del 2016.

En este juego, Gregory mostró muchos destellos de lo que sería capaz de hacer semana tras semana en la liga y porque valió la pena nunca dejarlo ir, lo cual no hubiera tenido sentido hacer, dado que los Cowboys no les costaba nada (literalmente) mantenerlo en el equipo.

Sean Martin escribió un artículo recientemente en el que analiza este partido a fondo.

El potencial de Gregory es inmenso, suficiente incluso, para aventurarse a decir que se convertirá en el defensive end (ala defensiva) derecho antes de lo esperado. El reto más grande para el jugador de 25 años será regresar a una condición física óptima para la NFL.

Afortunadamente, a diferencia del 2016, Gregory no estará regresando a media temporada. Su llegada toma lugar justo a tiempo para el training camp, dándole tiempo para regresar a la forma en la que tiene que estar.

Una vez ahí, ¿qué tanto le tomará ganarse un rol más importante que el de Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton? A pesar de que prácticamente no lo hemos visto jugar en Dallas, sabemos el potencial que tiene para convertirse en un defensivo de suma importancia para los Cowboys.

Un año después de ver la mejor temporada en la carrera de DeMarcus Lawrence, los Cowboys tendrán el potencial de una estrella similar en el lado derecho de su línea defensiva. Gregory tiene una montaña que escalar para cumplir las expectativas de los aficionados, pero no será una sorpresa si lo logra.

Vaya, no olvidemos que si no fuera por sus problemas fuera del campo, hubiera sido seleccionado en el Top 10 del Draft del 2015. Tiene el potencial de conseguir diez sacks por temporada.

Con un poco de suerte, no nos equivocaremos en tenerle fe al jugador que ha tenido un gran viaje para llegar a este punto. El punto de ponerse el casco e ir a trabajar con su equipo.

Incluso si sólo llega a ser un jugador de rotación, sin duda será importante para el éxito del equipo. Entre DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory y el resto del talento que los Cowboys tienen en la línea defensiva, el equipo podría tener un frente de muy buena calidad.

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