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Running Game Must Improve in Romo’s Absence

Sean Martin



Cowboys Blog - Running Game Must Improve in Romo's Absence

In just two short weeks, it appears the Cowboys made the right move in letting DeMarco Murray join the dark side - reuniting with Sam Bradford in Philadelphia.

In his absence, the Cowboys have rolled with Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar. Dunbar has served as the pass catcher of the group, with Randle and McFadden combining for 50 carries thus far.

Randle has led the way with 34 attempts and 116 yards, good for an average of 3.4 yards a carry.

More importantly, 23 of Randle's carries have come on first down. His average gain on the down is 3.39 - almost identical to his yards per carry.

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ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13: Joseph Randle #21 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball against the New York Giants in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

If Randle can maintain this average, he can keep Brandon Weeden ahead of the chains and give Scott Linehan a chance to build his confidence with short passes.

As we saw with his scoring strike to Terrance Williams, Weeden can be very accurate and delivers the ball on time.

Without Dez Bryant and Tony Romo, this offense lacks the firepower to amaze on every single snap. However, they can still dominate time of possession and steadily march down the field.

The Cowboys have had the ball for 77 game minutes this season, which leads the league. Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden must be the key to maintaining that number and giving Marinelli's defense a chance to shine.

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  • Fred Goodwin

    Remember when EVERYBODY was saying ANYBODY could run behind our offensive line? Well, I’m still waiting.

    • Bryson Treece

      You and me both, Fred.

      Though I think McFadden has more to offer as things stand than Randle, and Dunbar is proving to be a great receiver (more than usual with the extra targets). Running the ball isn’t all about juking and jiving across the field, which is why I like DMC. Would be interested to see what Michael can do back there, though.

      Thanks for reading, Fred!

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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