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NFL Announces Cowboys Preseason Kickoff Times

Around the 32 teams in the National Football League right now, there is a sense of hope and anticipation for what lies ahead with a new slate of 16 games standing in their way on the path towards Super Bowl 51. Before teams can focus on the regular season though, they must first get through the rest of OTAs and minicamp, followed by training camp, then finally four preseason games. The Dallas Cowboys preseason schedule has been known for some time (and you can click here to view it on Inside The Star), but the kickoff times were not released until earlier this week. Here is exactly when our Cowboys will be playing football during the preseason – tuning up for what hopes to be an exciting 2016 season. Week Opponent Time (CT) 1 @ LA Rams 7 PM 2 vs.

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Around the 32 teams in the National Football League right now, there is a sense of hope and anticipation for what lies ahead with a new slate of 16 games standing in their way on the path towards Super Bowl 51.

Before teams can focus on the regular season though, they must first get through the rest of OTAs and minicamp, followed by training camp, then finally four preseason games.

The Dallas Cowboys preseason schedule has been known for some time (and you can click here to view it on Inside The Star), but the kickoff times were not released until earlier this week.

Here is exactly when our Cowboys will be playing football during the preseason – tuning up for what hopes to be an exciting 2016 season.

Week Opponent Time (CT)
1 @ LA Rams 7 PM
2 vs. MIA Dolphins 7 PM
3 @ SEA Seahawks 9 PM
4 vs. HOU Texans 7 PM

The Cowboys will be opening the Rams new Los Angeles home on the night of August 13th, with the game being televised on ESPN. While week 1 of the preseason may not be the full game-day experience for either fan base, there is going to be a lot of excitement in the building and plenty of on-the-field story lines.

Dallas will be fresh out of their training camp in Oxnard, California, which is sure to feature tons of competition for playing time and roster spots. This 7 PM kickoff time against the Rams will mark the first time these players get to suit up in the star and show these coaches what they can do against live competition.

After evaluating the roster in a spotlight game at LA’s Memorial Coliseum, the Cowboys next opportunity to do so will come in a week 2 return to AT&T Stadium against the Dolphins.  Of course, Miami was one of the few teams Dallas managed a win against last season, thanks to the short-lived return of a healthy Tony Romo.

While we don’t know how much of Romo we will see in this game, or any of the preseason schedule, it will still be fun to see that moment from 2015 come full circle as the Cowboys use this game as merely another stepping stone towards the regular season.

If playing the Dolphins at home is a stepping stone, traveling to Seattle for a late-night date with the Seahawks is the equivalent of being forced to dive right off the docks into treacherous waters. Known as the “dress rehearsal” game by many, this point in the preseason is often used by coaches and teams to play their starters in the most action before week 1 of the regular season.

If this is the case, young players like Ezekiel Elliott, La’el Collins, Ryan Russell, and a host of other key offensive and defensive contributors will receive much needed reps against a stout defense with the “12th Man” crowd noise also playing a factor.

With this match up, both teams win, as Pete Carroll and Jason Garrett should both walk away from the game knowing a lot more about their football teams.

Garrett will then take the Cowboys back home to end the preseason against the Houston Texans. Last year, the Cowboys found themselves in the same situation, earning a home win against Houston to end the preseason at 1-3.

No matter what the record is for the Cowboys coming out of the 2016 preseason, the important thing to keep in mind is these kickoff times. As coaches and scouts piece together the final roster, we now know when to tune in to do so alongside them from our living rooms.

Of course, throughout the preseason, you can follow us all here on Inside The Star for tons of news and analysis! Be sure to interact with our fan account on Twitter as well by following @CowboysNation!

Tell us what you think about “NFL Announces Cowboys Preseason Kickoff Times” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Should Cowboys Pursue Veteran Backup at Quarterback?

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The Dallas Cowboys only have two quarterbacks under contract right now, starter Dak Prescott and backup Cooper Rush. With only three years of combined experience between them, one could argue that a veteran presence would be useful. Should Dallas make a veteran QB a free-agent priority in the 2018 offseason?

Of course, there’s plenty of other QB experience on the Cowboys staff. Head Coach Jason Garrett played professionally from 1989-2004, and started his coaching career with quarterbacks.

Scott Linehan has been coaching offense with an emphasis on the passing game for 30 years.

Kellen Moore, who is taking over for the departed Wade Wilson as quarterbacks coach, has played very recently and will bring a fresh perspective.

However, losing Wilson’s experience from the room, and the lack of any veteran player at QB, shouldn’t be dismissed.

Dak Prescott has said veteran Mark Sanchez — who was with Dallas in 2016 — was a major help during his whirlwind rookie season. Tony Romo enjoyed veteran advice from guys like Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, and Kyle Orton throughout his playing career.

This isn’t to say Dallas would want to bring in a veteran to knock Cooper Rush down the depth chart. After a surprising preseason, Rush took the backup job from Kellen Moore and certainly has intriguing upside.

If the Cowboys were to add a veteran, that player would have to come in with the understanding he’s competing with Cooper and may not be guaranteed a job.

The good news is that it’ll be a buyer’s market for veteran quarterbacks this offseason.

Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and Matt Moore could all be available. Even a player with more pedigree, such as Sam Bradford, may have trouble finding starting work with many jobs taken among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Dallas could even consider bringing back Mark Sanchez, given his previous relationship with Dak Prescott. He only had a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Given Prescott’s seeming durability, Dallas will likely only keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in 2018 and for years to come. Because of that, they may be content to focus on Dak and Cooper Rush, and just get through the offseason with training camp bodies.

However, the case can certainly be made for adding another veteran player with the desire to teach to help these young quarterbacks develop. Prescott was not the same guy in 2017 that we saw as a rookie, and perhaps the absence of guys like Sanchez and Tony on the sideline had something to do with that.

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Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal is a Good Hire for Cowboys

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Why WR Coach Sanjay Lal Is A Good Hire For Cowboys

Yesterday, it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys will hire Sanjay Lal to be their new wide receivers coach. Lal spent 2017 with the Indianapolis Colts in the same position, but has made multiple stops around the NFL prior to joining the Cowboys staff.

Most recently and arguably most notably, Sanjay Lal was the receivers coach for both the New York Jets (2012-2014) and the Buffalo Bills (2015-2016). This means he coached on Rex Ryan’s staff for two different teams, with two very similar offensive philosophies.

Run the football.

As seen in the video below, Sanjay Lal has experience working as the wide outs coach for an offense with a run-first philosophy. He even says himself that their offense in New York was “ground and pound,” but notes that “without a pass game there’s no pound.”

Cowboys fans became all too familiar with the truth behind that statement during the 2017 season, as even solid efforts in the run game were rendered meaningless by their lack of explosion through the air.

Jets Nation Inside Camp: Sanjay Lal Mic’d Up

Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal is mic’d up during training camp, and also discusses trying to play pro football before becoming a coach in the NFL.

A lot has been made of Sanjay Lal’s lack of 1,000-yard receivers during his time as a coach. The offensive philosophies of the teams which he coached for, however, show why this criticism is flimsy.

It’s quite possible the Cowboys will once again be without a 1,000 yard pass catcher this season, but if Ezekiel Elliott and the run game are clicking, and Dak Prescott is spreading the ball to different targets, this stat won’t mean a thing.

Lal was also the coach in Buffalo when Sammy Watkins had the best years of his career, including a 1,000-yard season.

During that stint he coached Robert Woods to productive seasons as well. Now Woods is a dangerous target for the Los Angeles Rams after being coached by Lal for multiple seasons.

These were also the same years that quarterback Tyrod Taylor was at his best.

While in New York, with the Jets, Lal’s most productive receiver was Jeremy Kerley, who finished with 827 yards in 2012 and 523 in 2013. What’s important to note here is that Kerley played as a slot receiver for much of his time as a Jet.

The Cowboys lacked any type of production from the slot in 2017, but maybe Lal can change that by getting the best out of Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer, as he did with Kerley.

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Know that some believe he had a real shot to be an OC in this league one day. https://t.co/1s21w2jZGR

All indications from those “in the know” suggest Sanjay Lal is on his way to becoming an offensive coordinator soon. Many believe he has the smarts and the football IQ to command an offense himself, as soon as he gets the right opportunity.

Maybe that opportunity will come down the line in Dallas, where he can continue to coach within that “ground and pound” style, which he has done for many years while also implementing elements of his own passing game expertise.

Everyone has been critical of the Cowboys’ inability to bring in external hires, and to spark up new/creative offensive ideas. Lal has spent time among some of the smartest offensive minds in football.

Maybe he’s the man to bring in that outside creativity this offense seems to lack.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

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Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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