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Morris Claiborne Faces Toughest Challenge Of Season In AJ Green

RJ Ochoa



Morris Claiborne, 49ers

When the Cowboys traded up to get Morris Claiborne out of LSU in 2012, the thought was that they were getting a lockdown type of cornerback. Now in his fifth season, and on his second contract (a one-year deal), Mo is closer to the expectation than he's ever been.

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We've seen a drastic increase in performance from Mo not just over these first four games, but over the 2015 season as well... despite all its pain and sadness. We're also coming off of a win that Morris helped ice with his late-game interception of Blaine Gabbert. Things are looking good in the Land of Claiborne.

The land an NFL cornerback inhabits is typically referred to an island, as in an island that he isolates the receiver he's covering on rendering said receiver completely useless due to outstanding coverage. The Land of Claiborne is a real thing and its recent visitors Odell Beckham Jr., DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Torrey Smith can all attest to that.

The Land Of Claiborne, Est. 2016 Targets Catches Yards TDs
Odell Beckham Jr. 8 4 73 0
DeSean Jackson 5 3 40 0
Alshon Jeffery 7 5 70 0
Torrey Smith 2 1 3 0

This is a pretty impressive resume for a corner that was only given a one-year "prove it" contract this past offseason. Proving it, is putting what Mo has done lightly.

Members of Cowboys Nation have observed The Land of Claiborne in action this season and professed that he finally is the shutdown guy we all expected four years ago. Detractors say that the quality of receivers he's faced, as listed above, aren't exactly perennial and aren't an indication of anything other than perhaps coincidence. What we need... is a litmus test.

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AJ Green: The Land Of Claiborne Litmus Test

The Cincinnati Bengals bring to town one of the NFL's most dangerous weapons in AJ Green. While news came out on Wednesday that their star tight end Tyler Eifert likely won't make his season debut this week as expected, that absence hasn't hindered AJ so far this season.

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Through four games Green is sitting on a league-leading 32 catches, 468 yards, and 2 touchdowns. His most recent performance, a home victory over the Dolphins last Thursday night, was his second-most impressive as he reeled in 10 catches for 173 yards and a score. Second-most! That's his second best performance (he outperformed this stat line in Week 1 against the Jets).

This is far and away the biggest challenge Morris Claiborne will face to date, and arguably the best individual challenge he'll face all season. Based on what we've seen through the first quarter of the season, Mo is more than up to the task.

AJ Green is more than someone who will cause Mo Claiborne distress this week - AJ Green is The Land of Claiborne Litmus Test. If Mo is able to lock down AJ Green then we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is in fact the Mo Claiborne we believe him to be.

He is that Mo. You know. I know. On Sunday, AJ Green will know. Huzzah.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin



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.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

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!

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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

Jess Haynie



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.

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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...

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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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

Jess Haynie



Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.

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