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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?



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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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Cowboys Defense is Ready to Win Now, Time for Offense to Prove the Same

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The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East at 1-1, and have a favorable schedule ahead of them. With such an inexperienced roster, early season growing pains were expected, and likely should be still as the team comes off their first win to play in Seattle on Sunday.

Through a season opening clunker in Carolina and hard-earned divisional win against the Giants, the Cowboys have exceeded already high expectations on defense.

With the currently 0-2 Seahawks, Lions, and Texans awaiting Dallas, the time is now for Scott Linehan's offense to hit their stride. It will take more than a five week assessment to determine if the Cowboys are truly playoff contenders for 2018, but it could take even less than that for Cowboys Nation to realize this team is fighting an uphill battle at QB and WR.

Following Dak Prescott's 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin against the Giants, the Cowboys punted on four of their remaining seven drives. The Cowboys did a better job mixing up their early down play calling to remain ahead of the chains for most of the night, but even still their execution was lacking. Finishing three of ten on third downs, the Cowboys didn't sustain the type of originality on offense that earned them an early cushion.

Thankfully, the Cowboys turning back the clock to 2016 on a clinching touchdown drive of 14 plays would be all the defense needed. Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott would both convert a pair of first downs on the ground. The Cowboys took a 20-3 lead, and more importantly the game clock down to 5:45 with an eight minute and 23 second march.

As such, the Cowboys offense is an enigma. With the return of Brice Butler, the team is currently carrying seven wide receivers and four tight ends.

On defense, the Cowboys are expecting reinforcements in Xavier Woods, Randy Gregory, and David Irving to further bolster this aggressive, blitzing unit in the coming weeks. For the offense, Dallas must make the most out of the unknown depth they have, without any drastic change in style around the corner.

The Cowboys record under Prescott proves they're at their best when Dak is efficient. The ceiling for a new-look Cowboys offense built for Dak is not as high for this reason. Through just two weeks, it's clear that the Cowboys offense will be as good as the sum of its parts - instead of relying on any individual talents.

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Cowboys' record when Dak Prescott ... Doesn't throw an interception: 20-4 Records at least a 100.0 passer rating: 15-1 Commits no turnovers: 18-1

After a strong preseason from rookie Wide Receiver Michael Gallup, the third-round pick has played less than half his team's offensive snaps through two games. Cole Beasley has seemed to regain his connection with Prescott, snagging a team high nine catches so far. Terrance Williams has been a non-factor, and the same is surprisingly said about FA acquisition Allen Hurns.

Regardless of what the Cowboys do over the coming weeks, a few narratives and lingering questions about the team feel evident. With the defense set to tee off against the Seahawks sub par OL this week, Rod Marinelli's unit will still likely not receive the credit it deserves heading into week four.

With the task at hand being maintaining their standing atop the division, the Cowboys must also be out to prove they can sustain success without a consistent passing game.

All of this to effectively say, the Cowboys are going to Seattle expecting to control the game on defense. To finish off Russell Wilson in his home opener (already at 0-2), it will take a sharper performance for a full four quarters on offense too.

A win at the Seahawks might not mean as much as it has in past seasons, but in improving the Cowboys record to 2-1 on the way back to AT&T Stadium, it could be all the confidence they need to understand the NFC East is theirs for the taking while continuing to truly find their identity.

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Cowboys Defense So Far So Good as Seahawks Up Next

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Dallas may only be 1-1 on the season, but the Cowboys are officially tied for first-place in the NFC East, and fresh off a workmanlike victory over divisional rivals, the New York Giants. It was a game they should have won, and did win, but the takeaways so early in the season are that, although the offense has not clicked on all cylinders, the defense is getting high praise.

The Cowboys sacked New York’s Eli Manning six times and limited the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Saquon Barkley, to a mere 28 yards rushing. It was also a night in which Dak Prescott not only out-gained Barkley by 17 yards on the ground, but torched the Giants’ secondary on a 64-yard touchdown strike to Tavon Austin which proved New York’s Safety Landon Collins wrong when leading up to this game he remarked that the key to a Giants’ victory would be getting Prescott to throw. When Prescott was made aware of the comment in a midweek interview he replied, "…challenge accepted," and the third-year veteran made good on his word leading to the 20-13 victory.

However, Prescott ended the night with just 160 yards passing yet the ankle injury he sustained in Week 1 showed no signs of rearing its head as Prescott moved seamlessly in the pocket and ran the ball well.

As we move ahead to the Cowboys meeting in Seattle, we take a quick check over to one of the most reputable online sportsbooks in the industry - Intertops according to the reviews - where we can monitor the line on this pivotal NFC clash as the week progresses.

Seattle boasts a talented quarterback of their own in Russell Wilson but one who will find the sledding tough if the Dallas defense continues to shut down All-World wide outs like Odell Beckham Jr. and contain future rushing stars like Saquon Barkley. Outside of Wilson, Seattle is not loaded offensively, with their biggest target, Doug Baldwin, ailing with a knee injury and a backfield which consists of two young rushers in second-year man Chris Carson and a first-round rookie in Rashaad Penny who dealt with nagging injuries throughout the preseason and looked unsettled in Seattle’s 27-24 loss to the Broncos.

The Cowboys defense has already proven its worth in Carolina with Cam Newton under center and again last week against New York. The unit is surrendering an average of 14 ½ points per game and is incorporating more blitz packages than we’ve come to expect.

The difference this year is that the players they have on defense are capable of getting to the quarterback quick enough so that the coverage linebackers and secondary aren’t alone on an island for too long. The one concern is the status of Linebacker Sean Lee, who checked out of the game in the fourth quarter Sunday night and brought to mind his hamstring issues of a year ago, but apparently it was in fact cramping, and not straining, of the hammy which allowed Lee to return.

The bottom line in terms of the Cowboys' upcoming matchup on Sunday afternoon is that they will get the Seahawks coming off a short week, as Seattle played on Monday night and should be relatively healthy for the contest.

Dak Prescott may not have the formidable offensive line that he has had in the past, nor a top-tier arsenal of receivers, but he does have the elusive Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and is capable of extricating himself from pressure situations when no target is available.

If the Dallas defense continues to play at the current level, it will not only be limiting the opposition on the scoreboard but putting its offense in good field position throughout. So check out Intertops, one of the most trusted and reputable online sportsbooks, to see where this line goes because a Dallas win and an ATS cover are just days away.



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Taco Tuesday: Cowboys DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?

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Taco Tuesday: DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?
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There has been quite a bit of talk about what a bad decision it was for the Dallas Cowboys to draft Taco Charlton with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Nearly everybody wanted someone different, not a player that needed time to develop.

Well, fast forward a year later and it looks as if the Cowboys made the right decision.

Don't look now, but Defensive End Taco Charlton is starting to live up to that first-round pedigree. In the first two weeks of the 2018 season, Charlton has already looked like a much improved player from what we saw a season ago. Imagine that, a little bit of time to develop and he's turning into a solid player.

I know I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself, especially suggesting that he is starting to dominate, but I can't help myself. I'm that excited about how much he has improved in one offseason. I may be alone here, but I have high hopes he could turn into something special.

In 2017, Taco Charlton failed to start a single game for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie. That's not really what you want from your first-round draft pick. To makes matters worse, in 16 games he only registered 25 total tackles, four QB sacks, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. As you can imagine, it didn't sit well with most Cowboys fans.

Luckily, it looks as if Charlton's offseason in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program has paid off. Already in 2018 he has accumulated six total tackles, one QB sack, one pass defensed, and recovered a fumble. If he keeps this pace up, we could be looking at #97 reaching double-digit sacks this year.

Taco Charlton

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton

Now, I wouldn't call what Taco Charlton has accomplished so far this season dominating, but he is proving to be a starting quality DE along the Cowboys defensive line. It's a unit that has looked really good in the first two weeks of the season and is expected to be even better once Randy Gregory and David Irving are able to return to the field.

In the meantime, the Dallas Cowboys are happy to get plays like this from Taco Charlton.

Taco Charlton Eli Manning sack

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This is a play Charlton is expected to make. He was left unblocked, but we've seen players left unblocked before not make the play. So, it may not be as impressive as some QB sacks. But, I'll take the routine tackle any day over someone trying to make a splash play and failing.

If you're looking for an impressive play from Taco Charlton, take a look at what he was able to do against Odell Beckham Jr. in the passing game.

Taco Charlton covering Odell Beckham Jr

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In case you're wondering, that's Taco Charlton in OBJ's hip pocket 15 yards down the field in pass coverage. It looks as if that's where Eli Manning was wanting to go with the ball, but tight coverage by the Cowboys, and Charlton, across the board ended up resulting in a QB sack.

If you don't find that impressive, I don't know what will. A 275 pound DE covering arguably the best and highest paid wide receiver down the field is almost unheard of. I would count that as impressive.

What do you think of Taco Charlton's play so far in 2018?



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