As far as of our defensive backfield goes, the unit has nowhere to go but up. They had a total of 8 interceptions last year (Marcus Peters of the Chiefs had 8 interceptions). The only team to have less interceptions than the Dallas Cowboys were the Baltimore Ravens with 6.
Jeff "The GOAT" Heath was the Cowboys’ interception leader with two. Yeehaw.
Now the Cowboys are hosting FA Patrick Robinson in hopes to sign him and improve the backfield.
This is not the first time this offseason the ‘Boys are looking to build up the Cornerback position. Leon Hall visited Valley Ranch but is still in the ether of Free Agency and likely to sign with the Bengals. There was Nolan Carroll who said visiting Dallas felt "weird." Recent reports say that Al Yankovic hosted Carroll’s visit - more on this weird story still to come.
And now, Patrick Robinson is in the building. The Cowboys tried to lure Robinson in last summer as well but he opted to sign with the Chargers.
28-year-old Patrick Robinson had 49 tackles, eight pass deflections, and an interception with the Chargers. His best season of his career was in 2012 with the Saints when he posted 53 tackles, 18 pass deflections and three interceptions.
That same year, the Saints played the Cowboys. Dez Bryant had nine catches for 224 yards, including a pair of 58-yard touchdown receptions, all with Robinson in coverage. Of course, it was just one game and he was covering Dez Bryant.
If Robinson signs, he would join Orlando Scandrick, who we hope is set to make a comeback after tearing his ACL, Byron Jones who played corner but is a better safety, and Morris Claiborne, who just signed a one-year "prove it" deal of $3.75 million.
There’s also Brandon Carr who remains on the roster with a $13.8 million cap figure at age 29. The last time I got to use the term “Carr Jacked!” was Thanksgiving 2013, the date of his last interception. You guys use that term too, right?
Last year, Carr had 76 tackles, six pass deflections, and zero interceptions. To compare to Robinson’s best season, in 2012, Carr had 53 tackles, 11 pass deflections, and three interceptions.
Brandon Carr's 40-time was 4.44. Robinson's? 4.46. Brandon Carr stands 6'0" 207 pounds. Robinson is 5'11" 190 pounds. Carr's vertical jump:35.0 inches. 39.0 inches for Robinson.
Signing Robinson would make him a solid CB2 - perhaps a pretty good CB3 - but won't solve all of the Cowboys’ cornerback woes. If the Cowboys sign Robinson they are more than likely still looking for a CB in the draft, maybe with multiple picks. But will the Cowboys let Carr play out the final year of his contract or will they let him walk if they sign Robinson?
Perhaps a better question would be: Is Robinson better than Carr?
Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.
The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.
"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."
The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.
However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith
The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.
ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...
Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.
Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.
And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.
Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List
Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.
"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."
Todd Archer - ESPN.com
This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.
It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.
While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.
With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.
With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.
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