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Pressure Rising: Landon Collins Wants Dak Prescott to Have the Ball

John Williams

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Dak In Time: Cowboys Need Prescott to Return to Rookie Form

The Dallas Cowboys face the New York Giants on Sunday in a game that feels important game for the Dallas Cowboys as a whole. The organization, after going 18-6 through a season and a half from 2016 to the first part of 2017 is now 4-5 in their last nine games. For Dak Prescott in particular, the pressure continues to rise after an underwhelming start to the 2018 season.

Many of us were looking forward to the beginning of the 2018 season as a way of erasing from our collective Cowboys Nation memories the mostly horrendous second half of 2018. Week one against the Carolina Panthers did nothing to help us forget some of the putrid play we saw late last season.

Week two is a huge week for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense. Many of us thought Dak was a franchise caliber quarterback. Therefore, it shouldn't be so obvious that having the ball in Prescott's hands is the key to victory for an opposing defense.

Speaking to the media yesterday, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins admitted as much.

Jordan Raanan on Twitter

Landon Collins knows the importance of stopping Ezekiel Elliott. He thinks if they put the ball in Dak Prescott's hands, "I think we have a better shot of winning." #Giants https://t.co/1uKIptk4aN

What Landon Collins said isn't necessarily disrespect toward Dak Prescott, but that he's willing to go on camera and say what everyone else is thinking is definitely a sign of what the league thinks about Dak Prescott. We all know that the key to stopping the Dallas Cowboys is stopping Ezekiel Elliott and the running game. That is their identity. What we don't know usually hear from an opposing player is that they want the ball in Prescott's hands.

Dak Prescott's doubters seem to be growing. It's a shocking turn of events from where we sat a year ago this time.

After week one last year, Dak Prescott had answered the "Can he beat the Giants?" question. He was on top of the world in the first half of the season having gone toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers in a loss where both teams scored 30+ points.

The growing chorus of "Dak isn't a franchise player" is becoming too loud to ignore and it's becoming exceedingly important for Prescott to reassert himself as the franchise quarterback that many in Cowboys Nation thought he was this time a year ago and think he is still.

The great thing about the NFL is that when things seem down, there is another chance to prove yourself right around the corner. Thankfully the NFL season is more than one game long and a team has more than one opportunity to prove itself.

However, in the NFL, teams that start the season 0-2 have made the playoffs only 10% of the time. The New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys both 0-1 heading into week two.

That makes this week two game very important to the playoff aspirations of the Dallas Cowboys and perhaps the career of Dak Prescott. Another poor showing could have this franchise beginning to look to the 2019 NFL Draft for its next signal caller.

The boo birds and the doubters are circling and the pressure is rising for Dak Prescott.

Dak, however, has always seemed to be the guy who performed best when the challenges were the greatest.

Dak Prescott stepped in as a rookie and helped lead the Dallas Cowboys to a 13-3 record his rookie season and home field advantage throughout the NFC Playoffs. He did so with five fourth quarter comebacks and five game winning drives in 2016.

In 2017, he added four game winning drives.

After the Dallas Cowboys went down 21-3 to the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFC Divisional Playoff game, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys offense went on a tear and nearly completed an improbable comeback. Were it not for an incredible Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook completion along the left sideline -- after an uncalled hold on the Green Bay offensive line -- and a big time Mason Crosby kick, the Dallas Cowboys would have been playing for the NFC Championship.

The New York Giants may want Dak Prescott to be the one to beat them come Sunday, but if we know anything about Dak Prescott, he wants to be the one to beat them. He hasn't shied away from a challenge yet and when the pressure has mounted in his short career, he's had enough moments where he's risen above the pressures for us to believe that he can do it again.

Week two of the 2018 NFL season won't be any different. The New York Giants defensive approach is probably the right one. Dak Prescott has struggled for seven of his last nine games.

However, knowing what we know about Dak, he'll rise above it and put forth a performance that helps everyone forget about week one.

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Do you think Dak Prescott has a bounce back game week two against the New York Giants?



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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension

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An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication https://t.co/3RmwQOllim via @sportsdaydfw

However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.

In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.

The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.

It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.

We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.



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Report: Dallas Cowboys to Sign Free Agent Wide Receiver Brice Butler

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The Dallas Cowboys look to be making a move at the wide receiver position as they attempt to bring some life to the position. No they aren't trading for Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon, but bringing back former Wide Receiver Brice Butler.

According to a report from Saad Yousuf from The Athletic, the Dallas Cowboys are set to resign the former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver but first have to release someone from the 53-man roster.

Saad Yousuf on Twitter

Cowboys officials are in the process of signing wide receiver Brice Butler, multiple sources tell @TheAthleticDFW. The team has to make a roster move to bring Butler onto the 53 and is trying to decide whom to release to make room for Butler before a final decision is made.

Brice Butler was signed in the offseason by the Arizona Cardinals but was released after training camp. It was a surprising move for the Cardinals. They don't have a ton of wide receiver depth aside from future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald.

Butler's caught 73 passes on 133 targets for 1,177 yards and eight touchdowns in his five career. In 36 games with the Dallas Cowboys Brice Butler caught 43 passes on 81 targets for 794 yards and six touchdowns. In his time in Dallas, he averaged 18.5 yards per reception.

He never really got a lot of playing time with the Dallas Cowboys who had Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten on the team for the duration of his time in Dallas. The Cowboys coaching staff placed a higher premium on Terrance Williams' run blocking than Butler's big play ability.

To the coaching staff's credit, Butler was never a consistent enough player to be relied upon week in and week out. In 2017, his last season in Dallas, Brice Butler was never targeted more than three times a game and he never caught more than two passes a game. Butler, however, only played 24.51% of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive snaps in 2017.

If the Dallas Cowboys do make this move it's at a curious time. Sources tell 247 Sports' Mike Fisher that the Dallas Cowboys have zero interest at the moment in Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Josh Gordon. You'd think their lack of interest would be because they still like the wide receiver room as it is.

If they do complete the signing of Brice Butler, you'd have to expect that Deonte Thompson would be the wide receiver on the chopping block. They cut him at the end of the preseason and then brought him back during week one.

This signing is unlikely to have an impact on the Dallas Cowboys week two matchup with the New York Giants, but will probably be completed early Monday to get Butler to Frisco to begin preparing for their week three matchup.

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I don't think this is a move that makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They've been down that road before and haven't received the results they wanted. Brice Butler does offer some big play ability, but it was thought that is why they brought in Deonte Thompson and Tavon Austin. Is it possible the Dallas Cowboys are already down on those two players after one game? They wouldn't be bringing Butler back if they didn't have plans for him.

Good or bad, do you think bringing Brice Butler back is the right move for the Dallas Cowboys?



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Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

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Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon's Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency

It's Sunday morning and the Cleveland Browns are expected to make a questionable decision by tomorrow, which is far from news for a Dallas Cowboys team waiting around for a crucial Sunday Night Football home game tonight. With Cleveland expected to part ways with troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon though, the Cowboys have understandably been linked to Gordon, even more so now with the talented pass catcher stating his own interest in America's Team.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

As teams discuss potentially trading for outgoing #Browns WR Josh Gordon, I'm told he's got his eye on two in particular: The #Cowboys and the #49ers.

Before looking into this any further, it's necessary to point out an all-important missing detail. Without any reports of the Cowboys own interest in Gordon, the soon-to-be free agent is simply the latest player to say he'd like to play for the Cowboys - hardly anything new for the Jones.

The Cowboys need for a player like Gordon has never been more evident though. Heavily criticized throughout the offseason for how they handled their wide receivers, the Cowboys passing game was a non-factor in the team's 16-8 week one loss.

Signing or trading for Gordon could do little to fix this, but the risk may also prove worthwhile for Dallas. The Baylor Bears product did put up 1,646 yards in 2013 with minimal talent around him, and has a career 17.3 yards per reception.

His ability to take the top off a defense is something the Cowboys are sorely missing. What they won't miss from not acquiring Gordon is the off-field trouble, taking on a player that missed all of 2015 and 2016 due to suspension.

Last season,  Gordon was reinstated for the Browns final five games.

The NFL is, at least cautiously, easing their policy on players suspended for marijuana usage. Look no further than the Cowboys own Randy Gregory to prove this, as Gregory has already become a success story for the league by being with the Cowboys this season.

Whether or not Gregory plays on Sunday night (officially listed as DOUBTFUL) after suffering a concussion in his long-awaited return last week is yet to be determined. So too is Josh Gordon's future as the latest player on his way out of Cleveland.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

From @gmfb Weekend: The #Browns plan to release Josh Gordon after he showed up late, injured his hamstring during a photo shoot, and in general completely lost their trust. https://t.co/cX2HGZPBXi

I'm of the belief that Gordon won't last long on the open market, meaning this won't be the latest Cowboys story/non-story to drag through the presses. Any fan looking to pass time between now and kickoff against the Giants could probably find me saying the same about free agent WR Dez Bryant however.

Thanks to Bryant still being a free agent along with former Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, the team has looked smarter than expected in the long-term on moves like these.

If there's a smart way to bring on Josh Gordon, Dallas should be considering that too.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys, 49ers Are WR Josh Gordon’s Preferred Teams in Trade/Free Agency" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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