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Revisiting Anthony Brown’s Rookie Season With The Dallas Cowboys

Brian Martin



Has Anthony Brown Become The Cowboys Best CB? 1

The Dallas Cowboys have some work to do this off-season filling the holes in their roster. No position may be in more dire need of being addressed then the cornerback position. And to think, things could even be worse if not for last years sixth round draft pick, Anthony Brown.

To state that Anthony Brown was a godsend is an understatement.

As a sixth round draft pick, Brown wasn't even guaranteed a roster spot in training camp, but he took advantage of his opportunities when one of the players went down with an injury.

He ended up playing in all 16 games and started nine of those contests. He finished his rookie season with 55 tackles, eight passes defensed, one forced fumble, and one interception. Those are all pretty impressive numbers, especially when you compare them to Jalen Ramsey's, who was the first CB drafted in 2016 NFL Draft.

Ramsey started all 16 games and finished his first year in the NFL with only 10 more tackles (65), six more passes defensed (14), and one more interception (2). Ramsey did however score a defensive touchdown for the Jacksonville Jaguars, something that Anthony Brown unfortunately wasn't able to accomplish.

You can see for yourself that the Dallas Cowboys received tremendous value in the sixth round by drafting Anthony Brown instead of investing their first round draft pick in a player that put up similar numbers.

Of course, both Ramsey and Brown are just getting their professional careers started in the NFL and things may change in time. But, there's no denying that #30 has a bright future in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.

Has Anthony Brown Become The Cowboys Best CB?

CB Anthony Brown

If not for Dak Prescott's impressive rookie season, then we would all be raving about the year Anthony Brown had for the Cowboys. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending how you look at it, Brown was overshadowed by both Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. That's just how good the Dallas Cowboys 2016 draft class was.

The Cowboys rookies played a total of 3,136 snaps in 2016 and do you know who played the most?

No, it wasn't Anthony Brown. It was the Cowboys future signal caller, Dak Prescott, with a total of 1,011 snaps. But, Brown did finish second with 715 snaps, ahead of Ezekiel Elliott (712), Maliek Collins (662), and Kavon Frazier (36).

The former Purdue Boilermaker cornerback may have been able to stay somewhat in the shadows his rookie season, but that will surely change in 2017 since he is projected to start at one of the CB positions. In fact, he might just be the best CB the Cowboys have on their roster currently.

As things stand right now, Anthony Brown, Orlando Scandrick, and Leon McFadden are your top three corners for the Cowboys. So, you can see why this position absolutely has to be addressed this off-season.

Fortunately though, #30 at least gives all of us Dallas Cowboys fans a glimmer of hope that the future of the CB position is getting younger and more talented. We just have to hope that continues.

What do you think of Anthony Brown's first season in the NFL?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

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  • dallas1966

    Brown was a breath of fresh air to the secondary. Despite being picked on by veteran quarterbacks, like Aaron Rodgers, in the playoffs. Brown still held his own. He reminds me of another Brown, that the Cowboys had in the 90’s, that was the MVP of Super Bowl 30, Larry Brown. If the Cowboys can luck up, on selecting another quality corner, like the corner from West Virginia, can’t think of his name, who held his own, recently in the Senior Bowl. In addition, to the Cowboys finding quality in the latter rounds, with Muhammad, of Miami, Rivers ,of Youngstown, to resolve the pass rush woes. It would be great also, if the Cowboys was able to get the safety from Connecticut, in addition to Hooker, Ohio State. Let’s not forget Fred Ross, receiver and friends with Dak, of Mississippi State. One can drwam, right? It’s time for Jerry to seal the deal.

    • Brian Martin

      The CB you are thinking about from West Virginia is Rasul Douglas. I agree with you there. I really like Douglas. He is a tall CB and has a fluidity to his game that should make him a really good player in the NFL. I also like Derek Rivers. I don’t think I would consider him a late round pick. I currently have a late 2nd/3rd round grade on him. But, Mohammed would be a good find in the later rounds. He is really talented, but the off the field issues will drop him down that far I think. I also like with the safeties you mentioned. I think Hooker will be gone before the Cowboys are on the clock in the first round, despite undergoing surgeries. Obi Melifonwu would be a good addition hopefully in the third round, but the Cowboys would probably have to take him at 60. Overall, there’s a lot of good players in this draft that can certainly help the Cowboys in 2017.

      • dallas1966

        Thanks Brian for your thoughtful comments. With Mr. Jones, induction in the PFOH, Class 2017, Dak, Rookie of the year, Zeke, co-FEDX offensive player of the year, Coach Garrett, Coach of the year, and most important of all, the Cowboys offensive line, the best of the year. The Cowboys future looks very bright. Now let’s get some that hardware for the defensive side of the ball.

        When that happens, we will finally see the Cowboys Trophy case, fill up, by bringing the Lombardi Trophies back to big d, like the Cowboys teams of the 70’s and 90’s. As a diehard Cowboys fan since 1966. I’m looking forward to years of dominance, once again.

        Especially, if yhe Cowboys, hit on those defensive player, I mentioned in aforementioned article. How About Them Cowboys Super Bowl Bound!!

        • Brian Martin

          Free agency and the draft can’t get here soon enough. I want to see the new pieces they add to this team, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

  • Nigel Forde

    great,bright future go AB…..

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Dónde Tiene Que Mejorar Dallas?

Mauricio Rodriguez



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

El mejor juego de los Dallas Cowboys en 2018 vino la semana pasada, cuando recibieron a los Jacksonville Jaguars y los vencieron 40-7. Un resultado que tomó a todos por sorpresa demostró la mejor cara en el año de este equipo que apenas tiene un récord de 3-3.

Por más dominantes que se vieron en el emparrillado el domingo pasado, esa actuación no termina de reflejar lo que realmente son los Cowboys. Son un equipo con potencial en la ofensiva y con una defensiva bastante fuerte, pero ¿pueden ganar constantemente como lo hicieron contra Jaguars?

De entrada, la respuesta a esta pregunta parece ser no. Aún en esa victoria, se vieron problemas evidentes en la ofensiva. Para empezar, la falta de ejecución en la segunda mitad en series ofensivas que incluso llegaron a iniciar en territorio enemigo. De gol de campo en gol de campo se juntan puntos, sin duda, pero en partidos cerrados eso termina costando victorias. Hace falta que Dak Prescott y compañía puedan mover el balón una vez en rango de gol de campo y convertir esas oportunidades a touchdowns.

Otra preocupación que no podemos subestimar es que el juego aéreo sigue sin funcionar apropiadamente. Cole Beasley dominó con nueve atrapadas para 101 yardas y dos touchdowns, pero el resto de los receptores se fueron sin  más de una recepción por cabeza. El único jugador que logró más de una fue el TE Geoff Swaim, quien se llevo dos en todo el juego.

Si bien Beasley tuvo uno de los mejores juegos en su carrera, más receptores tienen que involucrarse para llevar la ofensiva al siguiente nivel. La buena noticia es que en esta ocasión se enfrentaron contra una de las mejores secundarias en la NFL. Los números son malos, pero tienen la oportunidad de demostrar mucho más contra otras defensivas.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen que repartir más la bola y seguir buscando maneras creativas de utilizar a su RB Ezekiel Elliott. Pases pantallas en tercera y largo no es ser creativo. Lo vemos funcionar dos o tres veces al año pero mandan esta jugada semanalmente. En cuanto a Dak Prescott, hay mucho donde mejorar. Deberíamos estar viendo pases más arriesgados, al centro del campo y mucho mejor posicionados.

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Para la defensiva, las cosas se ven muy bien. Puede que veamos la mejor versión de esta unidad esta semana, cuando viajen a Washington. Maliek Collins, Sean Lee, David Irving, y Randy Gregory estarán jugando mucho más sanos y preparados. Este es un frente defensivo lleno de talento que intimidará constantemente a Alex Smith este domingo.

A pesar de que los Redskins no tienen una ofensiva muy explosiva, el área de oportunidad principal para la defensiva de Cowboys está en la profundidad defensiva. Tanto Jeff Heath como Xavier Woods han hecho un trabajo decente, pero tienen sus momentos en los que no logran asegurar una tackleada y permiten jugadas largas.

Hace unos meses no esperábamos que fuera la defensiva y no la ofensiva la que cargaría a este equipo a muchas victorias, pero ese ha sido el caso en las tres victorias de esta temporada. Y en las tres derrotas, la defensiva fue la que mantuvo a los Cowboys en el juego.

Sin duda alguna, lo que tiene que mejorar es la ofensiva. Los receptores tienen que desmarcarse, Prescott debe ser más preciso y tener una mejor conciencia en la bolsa de protección.

Pero sobre todo, es la inconsistencia del equipo. Esto se comienza a sentir como la temporada del año pasado, cuando los Cowboys se fueron 9-7 y nunca terminaron de establecerse como contendientes a los playoffs. Aún en una NFC East donde todos los equipos tienen récords similares y débiles, no pueden continuar perdiendo una semana y  ganando a la otra.

Ganarle a los Redskins sería la primera victoria de Dallas jugando de visita. También sería la primera vez en el año en la que tendrían victorias consecutivas. Por esto y muchas otras razones, incluyendo el potencial liderato de la división, este juego es de suma importancia.

Si ganan, podría ser el momento en el que los Cowboys terminen de darle la vuelta a la página y si pierden, podría ser un indicador de que esta temporada será igual que la del 2017.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Dónde Tiene Que Mejorar Dallas?" 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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Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

Brian Martin



Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off arguably their best and most complete offensive performance of the season after playing the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, but there is still quite a bit of improvement that can be made. The need to get more playmakers involved is apparent, which is why I think it's time to utilize Fullback Jamize Olawale's unique skill set.

I know many of you will argue that getting Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup going is a higher priority, and you wouldn't be wrong, but Jamize Olawale's playmaking ability could be a huge asset for Quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense. I know it sounds a little strange, but hang in there with me for little bit.

As things stand right now, Olawale has only played 38 offensive snaps (10%) in 2018. That's the exact amount of offensive plays Wide Receiver Terrance Williams has played this year and he's missed the majority of the season. It's not exactly the kind of production I was expecting when the Cowboys decided to bring him aboard via trade with the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason.

I don't know about you, but I was expecting Olawale to be more involved in the offensive game plan. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and isn't too shabby as a runner either. But, we haven't seen him utilized in either fashion this season and I think that's an injustice that needs to be corrected.

Now, I fully understand there are other offensive weapons ahead of him in the pecking order who need to see more targets, but I also really think he can make a difference maker, especially in the passing game. That is where his strengths lie, not as a lead blocking fullback.

Jamize Olawale

Dallas Cowboys FB Jamize Olawale

Olawale was a bit of a Swiss Army knife during his time with the Oakland Raiders. He played a little running back, fullback, tight end, and even a little slot receiver. I really thought the Cowboys would take advantage of his versatility in the passing game, but as of yet they have failed to do so.

I'd like to see the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan utilize Jamize Olawale's unique playmaking ability a little bit more on offense. I think they should try to utilize him like the San Francisco 49ers use their fullback, Kyle Juszczyk. He's much more involved and has played a total of 263 offensive snaps (63.68%) this year.

Juszczyk is a better lead blocking FB then Olawale, but that's not where he makes the most difference in the 49ers offense. He does it as a receiver and has already caught 17 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. That's some pretty solid production from a position that is being phased out in the NFL.

Now, just imagine the Cowboys offense getting similar production from Olawale and how that would help open up things for everybody else. It's not out of the realm of possibility because the 49ers offense and the Cowboys isn't all that dissimilar.

Unfortunately, I think Jamize Olawale is pretty much an afterthought in the Cowboys offense right now. It's truly unfortunate because I think he can be a difference maker if given the opportunity. And with a division foe like the Washington Redskins next on the schedule, what better time to unleash a new and unseen element of the offense?

Do you think Jamize Olawale needs to be more involved offensively?

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Cole Beasley Key to Cowboys Passing Game Productivity?

Brian Martin



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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