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Could RB Jamaal Charles Become An Option For The Cowboys?

Brian Martin

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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
  • Corey

    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

      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.

  • Corey

    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

      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.

  • Not your goat

    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

      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

        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

          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.

  • Rt

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

    • Brian Martin

      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.

  • Jay Hale

    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

      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.

  • ThePsychodad69

    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

      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

        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

          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.

  • Spoonydawg

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

    • Brian Martin

      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

        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

          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

          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

            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

            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

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

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QB Dak Prescott Continues To Come Through In Clutch Situations

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Dak Prescott Continues To Be Money In Clutch Si

Dak Prescott is possibly the most criticized quarterback in all of football.

Of course, this comes with the territory of being the Cowboys starting quarterback, but each throw Prescott attempts is placed under an intense microscope, even by NFL standards. We analyze every snap of every game, looking to find where Dak was right or wrong with this reads.

There's no question, though, that Prescott has been inconsistent throughout his young career. Week to week, drive to drive, and even play to play, we seemingly have no gauge on just how Dak Prescott will perform.

One scenario where we can say with confidence he will come through, however, is when it matters most. Last Sunday, in yet another must-win game for the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott orchestrated a game winning drive to lead his team over the favored Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys offense was pedestrian for much of the afternoon, but when Prescott got the ball in a tied game, I felt confident he would give Brett Maher a chance to win the game. Even on the road, and even after the offense had struggled a bit through the air all day.

Prescott got the ball late in the fourth quarter, looking to answer former NFL MVP Matt Ryan's game tying touchdown strike to Julio Jones. Dak went for it all on the first play, looking for Michael Gallup deep down the sideline, but the ball fell incomplete. After that throw, Prescott went 4/5 for 45 yards, including a huge completion to Cole Beasley, putting Dallas in game winning field goal range.

This confidence in Dak Prescott is justified, as is shown by his numbers in late game situations. Prescott now has 12 game winning drives, tying him for the league lead over the last three seasons. For comparison sake, Eagles starter Carson Wentz has just 3 game winning drives over that same stretch.

Overall the box score shows a rather quiet day for Prescott, but it was exactly the kind of Sunday they need from him. He completed over 60% of his passes, ran for a touchdown, and avoided the key turnover which could have sung this close game.

He played efficient football, and gave the Cowboys a chance to win it late. Then, he did what he does best, making plays in clutch situations and coming through in the 2 minute drill.

For all of Dak Prescott's flaws, those end-of-half and end-of-game situations have been a clear strength for the young quarterback, and continued to be this week.



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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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