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Rushed Away: Cowboys Release QB Kellen Moore

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In one of the most surprising moves of their 2017 cut day, the Dallas Cowboys have released quarterback Kellen Moore. Unless someone else is signed, this means Dallas will carry just Dak Prescott and undrafted rookie sensation Cooper Rush on the Week One roster.

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The #Cowboys are releasing QB Kellen Moore, sources say. Could be back at some point, though.

As Rapoport proposes here, Moore could be back. Dallas may re-sign him in Week 2 so that his salary is not guaranteed. He also is still practice squad eligible and will likely land there if another team does not sign him.

Many felt that the Cowboys, particularly Scott Linehan, would not part with Moore despite the ascension of Cooper Rush. Even if no longer the primary backup, Kellen still has value as a strong game preparation guy and voice in the QB room. Don't be surprised if he's back in a coaching capacity one day.


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  • Travis Diggs

    Finally there’s a god!!! While a bunch of writers on here suggested we keep three qb’s, fans were wondering if yall ben watching the same games we’ve ben watching, this guy doesnt derserve to be in the league, he’s 100% bum, Kyle Boller sorry!! Smart move Stephen and Co, extra spot for Noah Brown or Marquez White or someone meaningful

    • George_Johnson

      Your not much of a fan and don’t know a lot about K Moore. The games I watched he looked pretty good especially considering the circumstances until the Rams and Colts games in preseason this year. When K Moore played in Detroit as an example K Moore was C Rush lite. He also looked pretty good in his 2015 season play per S Linehan considering the circumstances. He should be better now so It was disappointing in the Rams and Colts games. He did look good in the Cardinals game to start the preseason. The Rams and Colts games must be what you are t

      • Travis Diggs

        Dak & Cooper Rush qb rating in preseason were both over 140. Kellen moore 74. Thats whats on the roster if Dak gets injured and your cool with that??? but im the one not the fan. How many seasons do you have to see with cowboys qbs getting injured and we have nobody to steer the ship. Do you feel 100% ok with kellen moore against starters when he struggled against 2’s and 3’s in preseason?? and you call yourself a fan Cmon man

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      Actually, writers here have said repeatedly the Cowboys will keep him on the 53-man roster, not that they should. In our private conversations (you’re welcome to join us on Discord btw), we are not fans of KelMo. Hopefully, the move today stays final, whether KelMo ends up on the practice squad or another team, but sounds like the coaches are going to carry him at QB3 once Rico Gathers is moved to IR in the next few days (they had to make room because they want Rico back at mid-season, and that IR status requires he be on the 53-man roster within the league’s week 1 time frame). Again, rather see KelMo on the PS and available if needed, but doubt the coaches will give up the experience on the sideline.

      Thanks for reading, Travis!

  • Lorin Floyd

    Hey kellen! I had the great privilege, of meeting you at an Optimus football dinner, in Nampa, Idaho, a few years back! You are a outstanding stand up man! You are The Winningest Quarter Back in NCAA HISTORY! I watched every game you played, while you were Boise State University! Man it was AWESOME buddy! Thanks so much for Every Minute of Every Game! When you began your career in the NFL, I have been there for in all of that, as well! ITS THE COWBOYS LOSS! NOT YOURS! You ARE a GREAT QUARTER BACK, Kellen! PLEASE! Come back to Boise State, be OUR offensive coordinator! WE ALL LOVE YOU HERE, and would LOVE to see that happen! You gave me , and I’m sure, all of the Boise State fans, 4 of the most exciting, football years of our lives! COME BACK KELLEN! WE NEED YOU HERE! Thanks so much Kellen, for all of the exciting games!

  • Russ_Te

    Week 2 might be correct – no news today that anyone signed Moore. If still unsigned, I think he will take the practice squad slot. Not sure the Cowboys are planning on offering it however.

    What a job by Cooper Rush. Seeing someone come out of nowhere & play his way into the NFL, is the best part of pre-season. Rush has poise, can read defenses (will get harder for regular season), and he is aggressive looking downfield. Can’t believe he fell through the entire draft.

    Romo, Russell Wilson, Dak, now maybe Rush – strong arguments for not spending high picks on QB’s, but rather try to find a diamond in the rough. They are out there.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.


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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!


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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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