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Could RB Jamaal Charles Become An Option For The Cowboys?

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Could RB Jamaal Charles Become An Option For The Cowboys?

I'm personally a no position to speak for everyone who makes up Cowboys Nation, but I think the possible six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott is really concerning. It's that concern that has caused me to scour over the different rosters in the NFL to try and find a running back that could possibly be an upgrade over what is currently on the roster. One option that really intrigues me is Jamaal Charles if he becomes available.

Jamaal Charles is currently a member of the Denver Broncos, but there is certainly no guarantee he makes their final 53-man roster when all is said and done. The Broncos have quite a few RB options already and finding a spot for Charles might prove difficult.

C.J. Anderson looks to be sitting atop the depth chart and if I were to guess, second-year RB Devontae Booker is probably the favorite to win the backup job. I don't know if the Broncos would keep Jamaal Charles around as their third RB, especially when those players are usually asked to play special teams.

At this point, Jamaal Charles has yet to see much action in the preseason or practices while he recovers from yet another knee injury. But, the word-of-mouth is that he is fully healthy and ready to go. He could possibly make his Broncos debut this weekend when Denver takes on the San Francisco 49ers, but that would still seem to be up in the air at this point.

RB Jamaal CharlesNow, I don't want any of you to get the wrong idea that I don't like Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris, but they just don't have the kind of explosion in their repertoire that Zeke Elliott does. They are a huge downgrade in that department, but if Jamaal Charles is indeed healthy, he could provide that element to the offense in Elliott's absence.

Of course, the key words here are "if healthy". That's been Charles' downfall as a player throughout his NFL career. The only times he hasn't reached the 1,000 yard mark as a rusher in his nine-year career has been because of injuries.

I personally believe Jamaal Charles would be an upgrade and is the type of player who can take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. I think he would be a great fit in the Cowboys zone blocking scheme, because all he needs is a slight seam and he's gone. He is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield and has accumulated 20 receiving touchdowns in his career.

This of course is all just speculation at this point because he is still a member of the Denver Broncos. But, if Denver doesn't believe that Charles is in their plans in 2017, he could become available through a trade or as a free agent. If that happens, I think the Cowboys should definitely take a look.

It's probably unlikely the Dallas Cowboys will look for outside help at the RB position, but I would never say never.

Do you think Jamaal Charles would make a good addition?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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24 Comments

  1. Corey

    August 17, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I don’t think they are going to be without Zeke for 6 games from what I am reading. It sounds like Goodell and the NFL are going to look like pretty foolish when all is said and done. I bet this suspension gets reduced to 2 or 3 games if not dismissed entirely, which I don’t see that happening

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

      I have a hard time seeing Elliott suspended for six games also. If this situation does have to be settled by the court, his suspension will be delayed until a ruling is made. But, it doesn’t do any harm upgrading the backup RB position. McFadden and Morris haven’t really looked very good so far in preseason.

  2. Corey

    August 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Your right they really haven’t really had the impact I thought they would. It would be great if Rod Smith continued running like he has. At 6’3 and something like 240 lbs. he would be a hammer on goal line and short yardage

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

      I would love to see how Rod Smith performs with the first team. He seems to be a little bit more explosive and decisive with his running. I just really haven’t been impressed with McFadden or Morris. I know it’s preseason, but I would still like to see more from them.

  3. Not your goat

    August 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    I think that is a really good idea. I could even see this as a move that would benefit the Cowboys after the Elliott suspension. He’s the perfect complimentary back to Zeke, especially since the remaining backfield for Dallas isn’t necessarily spearing the field with their speed. Charles is also exactly what the team needs if Zekes workload ever becomes a concern late in the season. Why not already have the solution on your team? Can you imagine what people would be saying about this offense if this move ever happened, especially after the first time they both hit 100 and Charles picks up a score through the air?

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 17, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. I think he would be the perfect complementary back to Zeke Elliott. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and could create mismatch problems in the receiving game. They can both be utilized at the same time on offense and give opposing defenses headaches. Of course, all this depends on his health and whether or not he is able to stick with the Broncos. But, if he becomes available via trade (as long as it’s not too expensive) or as a free agent, I would be on board making him a Cowboy.

      • Not your goat

        August 17, 2017 at 6:33 pm

        I would be willing to give a 4th rounder for him and for Dallas that usually means a starter but in my opinion if Switzer is what they say he is and LG gets locked down a player like Charles could be a final piece to this offense or even Super Bowl team.

        • Brian Martin

          Brian Martin

          August 17, 2017 at 6:48 pm

          A fourth rounder is too high for me. At most I would give a sixth. He’s not really needed and would really just be a luxury addition. If he’s on the trading block, then there’s already the possibility Denver releases him out right and the Cowboys could then sign him as a free agent.

  4. Rt

    August 18, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Throw Denard Robinson a contract if they want explosion……I’m sure the line is ALOT better than the Jags……

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 18, 2017 at 9:39 am

      They worked out Robinson at the same time as Ronnie Hillman, but ultimately decided to sign Hillman instead. That kind indicates to me that they weren’t all that impressed with him.

  5. Jay Hale

    August 18, 2017 at 10:01 am

    The Boys have a stable, not worried a bit. Obviously McFadden, Morris, and Ronnie are a downgrade from Zeke but I wouldn’t say a HUGE downgrade.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 18, 2017 at 10:20 am

      I think it’s a pretty substantial downgrade personally. I think they could get by with their current backup options for a game or two, but would probably hurt the offense if they had to rely on them for six games with Elliott out. I’m a little concerned to be honest, but not overly so. There’s no harm in looking for upgrades.

  6. ThePsychodad69

    August 18, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Wow, what makes you think, if Zeke is innocent he’s going to take a deal. Being that he’s not been arrested, only accused of something the authorities dropped like a grenade. Now we hear she was “thinking” about blackmailing him, had a website set, but was only thinking about it.

    This is a minefield for the league, basically they can suspend a player for anything, your dog wears a sweater and socks, 2 game suspension, you wore white after labor day, 5 games and fashion counseling for 3 months.

    He needs to get the policeDA involved if she made this all up and filed a bogus complaint.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 19, 2017 at 10:08 am

      I honestly have no idea what’s going to happen with the Zeke Elliott appeal. Everything I’ve read looks as if she is more at fault than he is. She was looking for a payday and trying to do everything in her power to get him to pay. But, Elliott could possibly be still looking at some kind of suspension.

      • ThePsychodad69

        August 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

        OK so if your a innocent man would you work for a company that labels you as a criminal without anything other than accusations. I say accusations because if the police had anything, even probable cause, he’d have been arrested, if she been credible at any stage the prosecutor would have had to take it on principle.

        I’ll take my dignity and good name, sir, see you in court.

        • Brian Martin

          Brian Martin

          August 20, 2017 at 7:24 pm

          That’s definitely a huge concern for Zeke Elliott if he is indeed innocent in all of this. He will forever be linked to domestic violence. And a lot of that will be because of the NFL and their so-called “investigation” that took them over a year to conclude.

  7. Spoonydawg

    August 20, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Thoughts on #7 moving into the number two slot.. he passes the eye test?

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 20, 2017 at 11:42 am

      I would give him an opportunity to go in before Kellen Moore these next two preseason games. I think Cooper Rush has clearly outplayed Kellen Moore so far, but I want to see him going against better talent instead of scrubs that likely won’t make an NFL roster. Personally, I would be okay with the Cowboys going with Rush as their QB2 this season. If anything happens to Prescott and he’s out for any length of time, the Cowboys are in trouble anyway.

      • Spoonydawg

        August 20, 2017 at 12:06 pm

        Yes,,, that would be the case with any team…once the shadow is gifted.. maybe Kapp will raise an interest as a back up… the tide seems to be changing, and he has some talents well… ur thoughts?

        • Spoonydawg

          August 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

          Yes,,, that would be the case with any team…once the shadow is lifted.. maybe Kapp will raise an interest as a back up… the tide seems to be changing, and he has some talents well… ur thoughts?

        • Brian Martin

          Brian Martin

          August 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

          I think they would go with Rush as their backup QB before they signed Kapp. I like Kapp, but the media circus he would bring to the Cowboys would be a huge distraction. So, I don’t see it happening.

          • Spoonydawg

            August 20, 2017 at 12:36 pm

            But at the same time, if the pendulum swings in the favor of Kapp for standing up, or sitting down for something to bring a light to.. ..Key word “RACIAL “..issue, then the media could be in favor.. and Jerry loves the media… it will put butts in the seats…Bottom line… “Get It”??

          • Brian Martin

            Brian Martin

            August 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

            I think the only way the Cowboys bring in Kapp is if Prescott is hurt early in the season and they need a long-term solution. I don’t see them bringing him in as a backup. I think they’re comfortable with what they have.

      • Spoonydawg

        August 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

        site won’t let me add a profile pic ???

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Has the Time Come to Bid Farewell to WR Cole Beasley?

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Has the Time Come to Bid Farewell to WR Cole Beasley?

It was inevitable that we would reach this point eventually. I warned Cowboys Nation back in May to prepare yourselves that 2018 might be the last time we see Cole Beasley in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, and indeed that could be the scenario that plays out. Now a free agent, Beasley is free to sign with any team of his choosing.

The Dallas Cowboys have however shown an interest in bringing Cole Beasley back in the mix. They supposedly offered him a contract extension before the start of the season, but it was a number Beasley scoffed at. To me, this suggests the two sides may have a difficult time mutually agreeing on the money amount it would take to keep him in a Cowboys uniform for what could be the rest of his career.

Being a fan favorite too many Cowboys fans, it would be hard for many of us to see Cole Beasley playing in a different uniform. But more than that, his productivity in the passing game and bond with Quarterback Dak Prescott would surely be missed and not easily replaced.

Cole Beasley, Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

As much as I hate to admit it, I have a hard time seeing the Dallas Cowboys extending Beasley's contract. Unfortunately, he's just not at the top of the list when it comes to handing out contract extensions. In fact, he could be at the bottom of the pecking order.

The Cowboys still have to extend DeMarcus Lawrence, Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, and quite possibly Ezekiel Elliott and Byron Jones. All of these players are probably more of a priority than Beasley due to the positions they play and their age. That means No. 11 is likely the odd man out.

I'm not ruling out his return to Dallas just yet though. He may find the Cowboys previous offer was more than fair to the way other teams value him on the open market. That would certainly increase the possibility of him staying put and not having to uproot his family to another city.

There is no denying the Dallas Cowboys value Cole Beasley and what he brings to the passing game. His value may even rise a little now that Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan is no longer in the picture. A new OC definitely adds an interesting twist in determining Beasley's future with America's Team.

What do you think? Should the Dallas Cowboys extend Cole Beasley's contract?



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Cowboys Chill While Pats & Rams Set to Thrill

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If you were to check out the line on the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, you might wander over to Sportsbook Review, where you could read a 5Dimes review and see what all the best online sportsbooks, first and foremost among them 5Dimes, are dealing on this intriguing matchup. Tom Brady and the Patriots, much to everyone’s chagrin outside the six New England states, are back in it – again – and are currently slight favorites over the emerging LA Rams.

In New England’s 37-31 victory over the Chiefs, the Patriots did what they always seem to do, which is rally late and win in dramatic fashion. It’s become almost a ho-hum experience in New England while the rest of the country bites on a bullet, cursing the embarrassment of riches and success that has been the standard of this Patriots’ franchise for two decades. But this was supposed to be the season that the dynasty would end after viewing Tom Brady’s often mediocre performances and his All-World tight end, Rob Gronkowski, hobbling up and down the field without the same reckless abandon as we’ve seen in year’s past. And then their only truly talented speed merchant capable of stretching the field, Josh Gordon, left the team under a cloud of suspicion.

Unfortunately for the rest of the nation, the Patriots' once porous defense coalesced into a rather stout unit and apparently, the two weeks between the end of the regular season and the start of the Patriots’ postseason was enough time for Brady to heal from his rumored sprained MCL that he had been dealing with in silence all season long.

Gronkowski must have also visited the same shaman as Brady because he looked as dominating as ever in ripping the Chiefs on every critical third-down throughout the final quarter. Finally, the conduit to much of Brady’s success, Julian Edelman, is now being mentioned as a Hall-of-Fame candidate when his run is done.

It’s all a bit much for everyone else, but not for Patriots Nation.

The LA Rams will be the Patriots’ latest foe on the league’s grandest stage as they have a burgeoning superstar in Jared Goff. Los Angeles tore through the regular season off of the golden arm of Goff and his Juggernauts, winning 13 of 16 and earning a first-round bye. Their first foray into the 2018 postseason was a 30-22 win over the determined but overwhelmed Dallas Cowboys. The Rams then traveled to the lair of Drew Brees and the Saints down on the bayou and came away with a 26-23 overtime victory.

However, had it not been for an inexcusable non-call, it is far more likely LA would be watching, rather than participating in this year’s Super Bowl. If you didn’t see it or hadn’t heard about it, then the question begs; why are you reading this article?

Of course, you know that LA’s cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman steamrolled New Orleans’ wideout Tommylee Lewis as Brees’ pass was descending toward Lewis inside the five-yard line. It was a penalty without a flag and that one blown call forced the Saints to settle for a field goal that pushed them ahead 23-20. Yet, there was still enough time on the clock to give Goff and his prolific Rams’ offense one last gasp at either tying the game or putting a dagger through the hearts of Saints’ fans everywhere with a touchdown in the waning moments.

It was the former and not the latter that occurred, but an errant pass by Brees in overtime sealed the deal as the Rams picked it off and ultimately ended the contest off the thunderous foot of Greg Zuerlein.

If you want to check out the line movements over the next two weeks for Super Bowl LIII then get on over to Sportsbook Review, read the 5Dimes review, and see exactly where the money is moving the spread as well as the total in the game. Buckle up Cowboys’ fans, it’s gonna get even more interesting as February 3rd draws near.



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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

Jerry Jones Delivers Vote of Confidence in "Real Deal" Jason Garrett

Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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