Guys that can cover--it’s the phrase we all hear on a daily basis with the way that the NFL game is played nowadays. With the recent injury to Brandon Carr, and Orlando Scandrick experiencing knee soreness, the Dallas Cowboys cornerbacks depth is going to be tested.
The front office tried to address the secondary in the offseason and through the draft, but there are still questions as we head toward the start of the 2015 season
How will Morris Claiborne recover from a torn patellar tendon?
He certainly worked his tail off to be ready for the start of training camp. He’s seemed to approach this year’s camp with an attitude and a desire to show that he is, in fact, an NFL corner.
What can Byron Jones bring?
Jones certainly looks the part. The coaching staff has put him outside, in the slot, free safety and even dime linebacker. He has looked comfortable at all positions and is proving that no position seems too big for him to be successful.
Is Tyler Patmon ready to make the jump to the next level?
The one thing that we do know, he’s ready to fight and won’t back down from any challenge, which is his biggest attribute.
What Position does Corey White play?
His best position is the slot corner but has also shown the ability to play free safety. However, you also have to remember that he was replaced in the Saints lineup after being a starter for nine games.
Is there another player currently on the roster that will jump up and make a play?
I've got to be honest, I hadn't even heard of Patmon until his pick six last preseason.
These are just some of the questions that will start to be answered with the first preseason game on Thursday against the San Diego Chargers, and they don’t even address Scandrick and Carr.
I’m going to be very interested to see the different combinations and positions that the coaching staff puts out onto the field this season.
Yes, I know it’s still early and there is time for everything to sort itself out, but the answer that we should know in the upcoming weeks:
Do the Cowboys currently have enough guys that can cover?
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.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
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!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper 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.
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... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
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.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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