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Ranking the Dallas Cowboys Top 10 Offensive Players

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Ranking the Dallas Cowboys Top 10 Offensive Players

The Dallas Cowboys will have quite a bit of roster turnover from the end of the 2017 season to the start of 2018. We are seeing some of their best players moving on, which is why I thought it would be fun to identify the top 10 on both offense and defense who are remaining on the roster. Today, I want to start on the offensive side of the ball.

I understand not everybody will agree with my rankings, but that's what makes it an interesting topic to debate. As such, feel free to provide your top 10 offensive rankings in the comment section.

#10 - LG, Connor Williams

Even though Connor Williams has yet to play a single down in the NFL, I believe he is already one of best offensive players the Dallas Cowboys have on the roster. He has the versatility to play any position along the offensive line, but is expected to make an immediate impact as the new starting left guard. He is going to make the Cowboys already talented offensive line even better.

#9 - WR, Cole Beasley

Cole Beasley isn't the biggest or fastest wide receiver the Dallas Cowboys have on the roster, but he is the best route-runner and most dependable in the passing game. The argument could be made that Beasley is the best slot WR in the entire NFL. He will once again be expected to be Dak Prescott's security blanket, but he really needs other WRs around him to step up their game so defenses can't bracket him in coverage like they did last season.

La'el Collins

Dallas Cowboys RT La'el Collins

#8 - RT, La'el Collins

Many of us had concerns about La'el Collins making the move to right tackle last season, but he proved to be up to the task. He held his own against some of the best pass rushers in the NFL last year and managed to play all 16 games for the first time in his career despite a back injury that caused him problems towards the end of the season. With a year of experience at RT, he has a chance to be even better in 2018.

#7 - WR, Allen Hurns

The Dallas Cowboys decision to sign Allen Hurns earlier in the offseason eventually made Dez Bryant expendable. Hurns is expected to be the top wideout this year and the season could depend on his playmaking ability. He may not be as physically gifted as Bryant, but he can play all three WR positions and create separation on his own due to his route-running.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

#6 - QB, Dak Prescott

Year 3 will be an important season for Dak Prescott. He was simply exceptional his rookie season, but had his ups and downs last year in 2017. His ability to be a dual threat quarterback puts opposing defenses at a disadvantage, but in order to take the next step in his development he needs to improve as a passer. If he does that, he could climb a little higher on this list.

#5 - K, Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey is technically a specialist, but anyone that's able to put points on the board and be as much of a difference maker as he has in his career for the Cowboys deserves to be in the top 10. 2017 wasn't his best season in the NFL due to a groin injury, but there's no denying how important he is to the teams success. He is after all one of the best/most accurate kickers to ever play the game.

Ezekiel Elliott

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

#4 - RB, Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott is not only one of the best Dallas Cowboys players, but is arguably one of the best running backs in the entire NFL. He is a true three-down back and is dangerous anytime he has the ball in his hands. He consistently has to run against 8 or 9 man fronts and is still able to pick up chunk yards due to his vision and hard-nosed running. The offense simply isn't the same without him on the field.

#3 - C, Travis Frederick 

Travis Frederick may be one of the most underappreciated players on the entire Cowboys roster. But, that doesn't negate just how important he is to the offense. He makes all of the pre-snap calls to identify blocking assignments, and helps keep the pocket clean for Prescott in the passing game. With Jason Witten gone, Frederick is the Cowboys new "Ironman" due to his ability to stay healthy and compete at a high level.

Tyron Smith

Dallas Cowboys LT Tyron Smith

#2 - LT, Tyron Smith 

Tyron Smith narrowly missed out at claiming the top spot on this list. He is without a doubt one of the best left tackles in the NFL, but his inability to stay healthy these last few years is concerning for not only the Cowboys, but his future as well. His importance to the offense can't be stated enough though. The team just isn't the same without him in the lineup, which we all witnessed last year. Hopefully, he can find a way to remain healthy for an entire season.

#1 - RG, Zack Martin

Believe it or not, but I believe Zack Martin is the best offensive player the Dallas Cowboys have on their roster and has all of the accolades to prove it. He has made the Pro Bowl every year since entering the NFL and has become the best offensive guard in the league. The Cowboys are still trying to lock him up long-term, but it will happen eventually. When it does, we can expect him to be the top paid guard in the league and deservingly so.

How would you rank the Dallas Cowboys top 10 offensive players?



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Cole Beasley Key to Cowboys Passing Game Productivity?

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Jaguars 1

What most of us already knew was confirmed last Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide Receiver Cole Beasley is the Dallas Cowboys best receiver and is the key to the passing game productivity. He is not only the most productive, but the most consistent.

Cole Beasley isn't the tallest or the fastest and definitely doesn't look like a prototypical NFL receiver, but he showed last week against the Jaguars why opposing defenses have to account for him on every single play. He torched Jacksonville's top-ranked passing defense for 101 yards on nine catches and added two touchdowns, and it's that production that could help open up the entire passing game for the Cowboys.

It's painfully obvious Cole Beasley has been Dak Prescott's favorite target in the passing game since he took over the starting duties in 2016. Once opposing defenses figured that out they started to make things extremely difficult by bracketing Beasley in coverage and the passing game hasn't been the same since. But, that could be changing if the Jaguars game was an indication of what we might see moving forward.

Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan did a much better job of moving Beasley around to create favorable matchups against the Jaguars. I think we will see much more of that moving forward, but that likely means opposing defenses will once again try to take away Prescott's favorite target. That actually could end up helping the Cowboys passing game though.

Dak Prescott, Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

If opposing defenses indeed try to contain Cole Beasley like they've done in the past, it should help provide more opportunities for Dallas' other pass catchers. Spreading the ball around to several different receivers would not only help Prescott and the passing game, but also open up the entire offense.

We haven't really seen much of Allen Hurns or Michael Gallup this season, but both are more than capable of being more productive if they are seeing single coverage more often. That's what's likely to happen if defenses bracket Beasley in coverage once again. Both WRs need to be more involved anyway and Beasley's recent spike in production could help do just that.

Now, if defenses decide to try and cover Beasley one-on-one like the Jaguars did quite a bit of last Sunday, the Cowboys would be wise to take advantage of that mismatch. He simply can't be covered by a single defensive back because of his precise route running ability. He is that good.

Regardless of how opposing defenses try to handle/contain Cole Beasley, he is without a doubt key to the Dallas Cowboys passing game productivity. Just the threat of him on the field changes a defenses approach, which is why he is Dallas' #1  WR in my book. He absolutely has to be more involved moving forward, even if it is as a decoy.

Do you think Cole Beasley is the key to the Cowboys passing game productivity?



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How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7

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How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7

Well, what do you think now of America’s Team? Anyone who foresaw Dallas’s evisceration of the league’s No. 1 defense hailing from Jacksonville is a downright soothsayer. In case you were in a coma this past weekend, the Cowboys obliterated the Jaguars’ vaunted defense to the tune of a 40-7 massacre in which Dak Prescott tossed for 183 yards, two passing touchdowns and ran one into the end zone for good measure. When the dust settled Prescott had chewed up 82 yards on the ground and Ezekiel Elliott surpassed the century mark in rushing with 106 yards and a touchdown of his own.

It was a glorious day to be a Cowboys fan and it’s safe to say that America’s Team is back!

Or are they?

Dallas is in a three-way logjam for the top spot in the NFC East with the Redskins and Eagles, but the way they made mincemeat of the Jacksonville defense gives us all hope that more good things are in the cards soon.

Seventh-year WR Cole Beasley blew the doors off of the Jags secondary by catching nine passes on 11 targets for a pair of touchdown receptions and 101 yards. It was a season-high for Beasley and the fact that Prescott has no real top-tier targets after the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten makes it even more special.

This is a team that was not supposed to be able to move the ball through the air and, to be fair, hasn’t done much of it this season as evidenced by their 29th ranked passing game. But a little creative game planning by Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan paid dividends and the lingering specter of their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Texans in Week 5 was exorcised by the dominating victory.

What has gotten lost in the euphoria of Dallas’s week 6 win is their defense, as the Cowboys had three sacks, seven quarterback hits, and an interception by Jeff heath.

Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles was under siege and did not respond well to the pressure after establishing career highs in passing yards over the last two weeks leading up to this contest. But his opportunity to become the fifth NFL QB with three consecutive games of 375 passing yards or more evaporated in the heat of a blistering Dallas defense. Bortles ended the day with 149 yards, a TD and a pick.

As the Cowboys move on to Washington, we see that their success at home is only equaled by their struggles on the road. Dallas is now 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the highway. Buoyed off their stunning blitzkrieg of the Jags, we see that one of the most respected and trusted online sportsbooks in the industry, BetOnline has the Cowboys as 1 ½ point underdogs which is most likely a few points below what they would have been had they not won so convincingly last week.

Those who like to back up their football prognostications with cold, hard cash understand that Dallas is not only losing on the road but losing money for their backers in those contests. In those three losing games, Dallas is 0-2-1 against the spread but this week could be different. Against their divisional foes this week, Dallas is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 ATS versus Washington over the last two seasons.

The way this Cowboys defense is playing and the sudden explosion of Cole Beasley as a focal point of the passing attack, we could very easily see their first road win of the year.



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Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?

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Should the Cowboys Make a Trade for These Oakland Raiders?

The trade deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the Dallas Cowboys, then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.

On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.

Amari Cooper is a good wide receiver, but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.

Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a tight end and a running back. Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.

Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your offense this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.

Jared Cook - Tight End

You've heard the adage, "if you can't beat em, join em." Well, this is the reverse of that. "If he always beats you, acquire him."

That's what Oakland Raiders Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.

Game Winning Jared Cook Catch Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

Uploaded by Kafin Walker on 2017-01-16.

That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in Cowboys Nation. It was a perfectly thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.

Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFC with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than Jon Gruden's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a Seattle Seahawks team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the playoffs.

At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.

No offense to Geoff Swaim, who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make Rico Gathers your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.

Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.

Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver

I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.

At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.

His numbers -- 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns -- would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.

Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.

Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the Miami Dolphins.

Jordy Nelson Can't Be Stopped w/ 173 Yards & 1 TD vs. Miami!

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Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past offseason so if you cut him in the 2019 offseason, you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 salary cap, but would get $7.2 million in savings.

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Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.

What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?

 



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