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Sean Lee “Ready To Go” Against Giants In Week 14

Brian Martin

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Does Cowboys Defense Deserve Pass In Sean Lee's Absence? 1

Winning Sunday's game is extremely important for the Dallas Cowboys in order for them to keep their playoff hopes alive. Fortunately, after a four-week wait it's looking as if Sean Lee is on track to return to the field in Week 14 to take on the New York Giants.

The Dallas Cowboys All-Pro linebacker has missed the last four games after sustaining his second hamstring injury of the season against the Atlanta Falcons in the first half of the game. But, after a strenuous stent in the rehab process, he is expected to not only practice this week, but suit up against the Cowboys division rival, the New York Giants.

Of course, Jason Garrett prefers to take things one day at a time with Sean Lee and wouldn't go as far as guaranteeing Lee's availability Sunday against the Giants.

"Yeah, we anticipate him being able to go through everything and then practice Wednesday", said Jason Garrett. "We'll take the situation one day at a time."

It's understandable Jason Garrett would like to see Sean Lee on the practice field first before making any promises #50 is a full go for Sunday's game. Garrett also probably doesn't really want to tip his hand too much so early in the week either.

But, Sean Lee was a little bit more assertive when asked about his availability to play Sunday against the Giants stating that he was "good to go". I for one am willing to take him at his word, so I expect him to be back in uniform when the Dallas Cowboys travel to take on their division rival this weekend.

LB Sean Lee

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This is definitely good news for the Dallas Cowboys and more importantly their defense. The Cowboys are unfortunately 1-4 in the 5 of 12 games Sean Lee has missed this season, which really puts it in perspective how important he is on the defensive side of the ball. And that's probably the most frustrating thing about the entire situation.

When on the field, Sean Lee is one of the best linebackers in the entire NFL. Already in 2017 he has played to his typical standards and tallied 62 tackles and seven tackles for a loss in just seven games.

Now, if the Cowboys coaching staff determines it's best to sit Sean Lee another week, I would absolutely be on board with that. I don't think they will really need him Sunday against the Giants.

The Giants are one of the worst teams in the league this year. They currently rank 29th in the NFL in total offense and 31st in scoring offense. This is an offense the Dallas Cowboys defense should be able to handle relatively easily, even without Sean Lee in the lineup.

I don't know about you, but I would prefer to make sure Sean Lee is as close to 100% as possible before allowing him to return to the field. It's what's best in the long run in my opinion. But regardless, it's good to hear #50 is "good to go".

Do you believe Sean Lee is "good to go"?


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  1. Mr. Jaguar

    December 5, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Brian this is great news, with the shake up in the secondary and the addition of Lee, hopefully, will take the Cowboys defense to another level, towards a playoff run towards Minneapolis.
    What concerns me the most is the Cowboys offense not able to functions at a high level, especially, if Dak continues to struggle with the passing game. Hopefully, Dak will be able to snape out of his slump, passing for 102 yards per game isnt going to take a team to the promise land.

    It will take a team to the top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
    Excellent article by the way. Keep putting the Cowboys toes to the fire.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      December 5, 2017 at 11:25 am

      I think the Cowboys are still trying to figure out how to deploy the right players to get the best results out of their secondary, but that could end up being a good thing. They certainly played pretty well last week against Washington. The addition of Sean Lee should only help. And I don’t know what the deal is with Prescott. Is he struggling or does it have more to do with the playcalling? It could be a little bit of both, but something definitely needs to improve if the Cowboys want to make a playoff run.

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Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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February 20 is an important day for NFL clubs this year. Why? It's the first day in which teams can franchise tag any player. Since 2015, when the Dallas Cowboys tagged Dez Bryant before they were able to work out a long-term deal, Jerry Jones & Co. haven't used the franchise tag. In 2018, though, that will change.

DeMarcus Lawrence just played his best season yet in 2017, and he's looking to get paid big time. Through three years, he had been able to rack up nine sacks, 52 tackles and three forced fumbles. In just 2017, he sacked opposing quarterbacks 14.5 times, had 35 tackles and managed to force four fumbles.

Not only did Lawrence look like an elite pass rusher, but he also improved as a run defender a lot. The Cowboys have been looking for a "War Daddy" for a long, long time and Lawrence seems to be the answer for this football team.

After such a big year, one would expect the Cowboys to sign him to a multi-year enormous contract. But there's a catch. Lawrence failed to remain healthy early in his career and really didn't make as much of an impact until last season.

There's no question that D-Law will be wearing a star come the 2018 NFL season, but will he be doing it under a long-term deal or under a franchise tag?

David Moore on Twitter

Cowboys will not place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence tomorrow as that window opens but will do so by March 6 w/ understanding the goal is to reach a long-term deal. Both sides have until July 16 to make that happen.

For now, according to David Moore from Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence with the objective of getting a deal done in July. The tag however, is not expected to be placed as soon as possible.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

In 2015, the Cowboys didn't place the franchise tag on Dez Bryant until the final deadline day. This year's deadline is March 6th, so it may be two weeks before they make it official with DeMarcus Lawrence. #CowboysNation #DallasCowboys

What would franchise tagging DeMarcus Lawrence mean for this team?

First of all, they'd make sure he doesn't hit free agency in March. This gives the front office time to get to work and restructure players' contracts if they have to in order to open up as much cap space as they can before giving him a deal.

It's worth mentioning as well, cap savings from players who are designated as post-June 1 cuts will already be available. If you want to be more familiarized with the Cowboys' cap situation, I highly recommend you read John Williams' deep dive on the matter.

It'll continue to be a very interesting story for this offseason, as handing a franchise tag to a player tends to become a non-friendly situation for both parties. Let's hope that's not the case for the Cowboys and Lawrence this year and that everything works out fine.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue updating you and the rest of Cowboys Nation throughout the offseason.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Will Tag DeMarcus Lawrence; What’s the Plan?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

https://twitter.com/thejaylonsmith/status/964606764619624453

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

Tell us what you think about "Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats

Mauricio Rodriguez

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2017 was a season that left the Dallas Cowboys with a ton of questions to think about. Dez Bryant's contract, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith's availability, and the future of DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving are some of those questions.

But there's another more pressing question for the Cowboys. How can they get the most out of Quarterback Dak Prescott and avoid another struggling year for him?

Also, what if he has another rough year? At what point does quarterback become a position that needs to be evaluated if he continues to struggle?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that will be the case. In fact, I have a lot of faith in Dak. I think he's shown a lot to be excited about and I definitely believe there's a "quarterback curve" in the NFL. Hopefully, #4 finds a way to get back on track in 2018.

A reason to be optimistic about Prescott's future is an impressive stat from NFL Next Gen Stats. Turns out, Dak Prescott ranked first in the NFL in "tight window throws" completion percentage with 45.8%.

According to Matt Harmon from NFL.com, a "tight window throw" is defined as a pass in which the intended receiver has less than a yard of separation from the defender.

Dak Prescott is far from a perfect quarterback and he's constantly bashed about his throwing accuracy. Just recently, he took part in a passing competition with David Carr before the NFL Honors and well... it's fair to say Carr completely beat him.

Cowboys Twitter was anything but forgiving for the young quarterback, but at the end of the day, I'm not sure a casual passing competition at an event like that one is the way you judge an NFL starting quarterback who has a 22-10 record in his career.

Dak has a long way to go before being considered an excellent quarterback in the league, but a bad season like 2017 doesn't mean it's the end of his career and that the Dallas Cowboys should start Cooper Rush over him.

It's not the first quarterback who struggles one year and he won't be the last one to bounce back from one. As of right now, Dak Prescott rightfully is the Dallas Cowboys QB1. Hopefully he has a better year next season.

Tell me what you think about "Dak Prescott’s Accuracy Stands Out in Final 2017 Stats" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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