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Reel Talk: Is Byron Jones The Cowboys Best Defensive Player?

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Unlike 2016, the Dallas Cowboys were forced to pick late in the first round of the 2015 Draft following a 12-4 season. However, just as they did in 2016, the Cowboys made the absolute most out of their first round pick in 2015.

By selecting UCONN defensive back Byron Jones, the Cowboys knew they were getting an athletic monster. After his impressive day at the NFL Combine, Jones grabbed the attention of fans and draft pundits all over the football world.

What those people didn't know, however, was how good of a football player that athletic defensive back was.

Jones has been a rock for the Cowboys secondary over the last season and a half. Last week in Pittsburgh, Jones continued to impress by playing possibly his best game yet. Byron Jones made plays all night, but there were three plays which stood out the most from his performance.

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The first time Big Ben and the Steelers tried Byron Jones would be one of their last. On their first two-point conversation attempt, Roethlisberger tries to throw a fade over Jones' head. To create some confusion in the defense, the Steelers cross the two targets at the bottom of the screen, before throwing the fade to the same side.

Byron does an excellent job in coverage here, staying right on his man and not allowing him any room to breathe. Then, once he realizes the ball is away, Jones goes up and breaks up the pass to save the Cowboys a point. Textbook pass defense from Byron Jones.

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On the Steelers next trip to the red zone, they decide to let Le'veon Bell run it in for a touchdown. Byron Jones has different plans though, coming hard off the edge and stopping Bell for a two yard loss.

In designing this play, the Steelers figure if they can get the front 7 blocked, and get Bell one on one with the safety, they should have an easy score. Instead, Byron does a fantastic job of setting a hard edge, and now allowing Bell to get by him. This is just an incredible tackle by Bryon Jones to once again save the Cowboys points.

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Last but not least, Byron Jones makes a subtlety great play to force Antonio Brown out of bounds.

It looks like Pittsburgh had a run play called here, based off of the low-hats of the offensive linemen. Ben has the option to throw the quick screen out to Antonio Brown if he likes the match-up, however.

Seeing Brown one on one with Brandon Carr, Ben decides to give his All-Pro receiver a chance to make a play. At the top of the screen, Byron Jones reads and diagnoses the quick pass perfectly, and makes up about 15 yards of ground, getting downhill quickly and making the tackle.

Sure, it would've been nice to see Carr make the tackle for loss here, but the fact the Jones could get downhill and stop that receiver at the line of scrimmage is insane.

So far in his career, the interception numbers haven't been there. This lack of interceptions gets perceived as a lack of big plays from Jones, which hurts his public perception among fans.

But Byron Jones is arguably the single most consistent player on the Cowboys entire defense. Week in and week out he plays incredibly, consistently being right in his coverage and making sure tackles. Hopefully, more fans around the league will realize just how good Byron Jones is.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

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REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday

According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.

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Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...

Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.

Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.

This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.

Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.

This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?



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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder

The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.

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Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation

Kerry Hyder provides more depth at the defensive end position and as a chance to become the starter opposite DeMarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory is out serving his suspension.

Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.

He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.

Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.



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Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?

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As the Dallas Cowboys still have a glaring need at the safety position, a new name has appeared on the available free agents list, and it's a well known name. The Kansas City Chiefs just released one of the best at the position, Eric Berry. The move by Kansas City is likely salary cap related. The Chiefs had just signed Tyrann Mathieu for a three-year $42M deal. The five-time Pro Bowler will have to find a new home in the NFL.

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Chiefs released five-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry. Had Berry been on KC's roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary would have become fully guaranteed.

The question in many Dallas Cowboys fans minds' right now is pretty obvious. Will the Cowboys be interested? 

Eric Berry is one hell of a football player but injuries have plagued his career lately. Since he suffered a torn Achilles in 2017, Berry hasn't been the same player as before. In the past two seasons, the 30 year old safety has played in only three games.

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Eric Berry's tenure with the Chiefs: * 88 games played * 445 tackles * 50 PBU * 14 INT * 5 TD score * 5X Pro Bowler * 3X First Team All Pro More importantly: a cancer survivor who returned to the field and inspired countless people along the way.

Berry would be a nice fit for the Dallas Cowboys' defense to pair with Xavier Woods. However, the front office has already passed on many available safeties. For Berry to come to Dallas, the price would have to be right. It's tough to imagine where Berry's value would land in such a busy safety market. Both Landon Collins and Earl Thomas have signed big time contracts.

Age and injury history could be factors that drop Berry's price to a number that the front office would be interested in. I honestly would be surprised if he got top money today. A contract with little guaranteed money could get the Cowboys involved.

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Chiefs cut S Eric Berry. I'm told #Cowboys will investigate ... but recent serious health issues and inactivity - Berry is great story as a cancer survivor - mean LOTS of research is merited.

Mike Fisher took to Twitter to say the Cowboys will investigate the newest safety in the market.

The Cowboys have already seen Earl Thomas and others sign contracts elsewhere and while their free agency philosophy is clear at the moment, I believe it'd be a mistake to leave the need for a safety unattended until late April. There are quite a few options out there the team should explore.

Whether it's Eric Berry or another player such as Tre Boston, Andrew Sendejo or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Cowboys should sign a starting safety and leave the draft picks for other positions.

Tell me what you think about "Chiefs Release Eric Berry, Should Cowboys Be Interested?" 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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