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Sean’s Scout: RB Trey Williams Potential Big-Play Candidate For Cowboys

Sean Martin

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The Cowboys' recent roster shuffle saw changes on both the defensive line and offensive backfield, as the release of RB Darren McFadden and K Mike Nugent led to the signing of DL Datone Jones and promotion of practice squad RB Trey Williams.

After scouting what Jones brings to the Cowboys right here, I decided to study Williams - who just like McFadden may very well be stuck behind Alfred Morris and Rod Smith for the time being.

Studying the journeyman running back in Williams was a struggle in itself, as the Texas A&M product carried the ball once this preseason - his first action since 2015 with the Redskins.

Trey WIlliams' preseason film with the Washington Redskins in 2015 remains the best sampling of his abilities at the NFL level, as he is now on the Cowboys' roster in his second stint with Dallas.

The Cowboys have been aware of Williams' ability for some time now, signing him off of the Redskins' practice squad in 2015 and again earlier this month, leading to his promotion now.

Here is his scouting report in another edition of Sean's Scout.

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As mentioned, Trey Williams may still be a long way from getting on the Cowboys' game day roster, but he could bring the loose play ability that is sorely missed on Scott Linehan's offense right now.

Williams, an effortless glider with quick decision-making ability, can react to holes opening up as fast as he's able to hit them and turn up the field for big gains.

While he may trust his eyes to a fault at times and not allow blocks to set or plays to develop fully, Williams has the easy speed to turn the corner on linebackers and get to the edge - even on broken plays.

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Williams runs with limited power, although he does his best to fall forward for extra yards pushing between the tackles. Where he does excel as a change of pace back is in his ability to find a second and third gear hitting the open field rapidly.

By the time Trey Williams hits the line of scrimmage in the above clip (red line), look at just how many Lions defenders are out of the play already. Even the safety coming down is losing the angle on Williams, who beats the linebacker in front of him for a splash play.

For the most part, Williams has desirable balance in the way he carries the ball, although there were some snaps where his knack to run upright forced him to square his shoulders to shake defenders - often going down on first contact in these situations.

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When he is at his best, Williams is hitting the first crease he sees and attacking with his long strides up the field. This is a player that can stop on a dime, in space, or when surrounded by defenders to find positive yards.

As a pass catcher, Williams is able to run routes with an above average understanding of the space he has to work with. Creating these "loose plays", I was also impressed with Trey Williams' ability to chip against rushers and compete as a blocker when firing out into the pattern.

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Any good scout will tell you that a player that has only speed essentially has nothing when it comes to taking their game to the next level, and there's no hiding that speed is what Trey Williams' game is predicated on.

Bouncing around to four different NFL teams along with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL following his first stint with the Dallas Cowboys, Williams has not found any footing in this league and faces an uphill battle doing so in this current Cowboys backfield.

Should they have an active roster spot for him though, the Cowboys could do well to dress Williams and look to get the ball in his hands once or twice against the Redskins on Thursday.

Without Ezekiel Elliott, watching the Dallas offense work methodically to have most of their drives stall has become increasingly and understandably frustrating for Cowboys Nation. Just maybe, Trey Williams can change that on one carry or reception.

At the very least, Williams is a more versatile replacement at the "insurance back" spot the Cowboys are holding until Elliott returns thanks to his complete game at RB and potential special teams contributions.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: RB Trey Williams Potential Big-Play Candidate For Cowboys" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  1. Suave Freddie

    November 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Anything is better than what the Cowboys have right now. You have to try different things and hope things work out for the good of WINNING games. Just CAN’T be predictable anymore. NEED to become an EXPLOSIVE team. Too many teams knows Cowboys game plans.

    • Sean Martin

      Sean Martin

      November 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you for reading, and well said all around here. This team is in playoff mode the rest of the way out now, must win Thursday to have any chance.

  2. John Williams

    John Williams

    November 29, 2017 at 1:54 am

    i wonder if he can fit in best in the two-minute drill or in passing situations where they need to dump the ball of and try and get some big plays in check downs.

    • Sean Martin

      Sean Martin

      November 29, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Nightmare flashbacks to Lance Dunbar at the Giants last year…but yes he could be that type of player

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2018 In Review: Byron Jones Emerges As CB1

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Byron Jones

Heading into the 2018 season Byron Jones was being asked to prove himself. The former first round pick had fallen out of the coaches' good graces during his third season, though many of his struggles could be attributed to those very coaches which were then questioning his ability.

Being asked to play out of position, or at least in a spot which did not maximize his natural ability, Jones struggled in 2017. Too often he was playing in the box as a safety where his lack of physicality was exposed by the opponent's run game. This was mostly due to the coaching staff falling in love with his tight-end-erasing ability in man coverage, but backfired when overused as a safety.

Once hired the following offseason, Kris Richard and company decided to move Byron Jones to cornerback full time, allowing him to utilize his excellent coverage skills and athletic ability to the fullest, rather than putting him at a disadvantage in the box.

The results? Well, Jones had one of the best seasons of any cornerback in football, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his young career.

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Byron Jones had a dominant season for Dallas

Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the sixth best cornerback in all of football last season, allowing just 0.79 yards per coverage snap. Despite not having an interception on the season, Jones still earned national recognition as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league.

Down the stretch of the season, Chidobe Awuzie started to play up to the level which fans had hoped for during the preseason. He had been sticky in coverage most of the year, but now he was making plays on the ball at a much better rate, forcing incompletions. This led to an increase in targets to Jones' side, and though the increase resulted in more catches given up by the number one cornerback, I don't think Jones' play faltered as much as some will have you believe.

The fact is, when you get targeted more you are bound to give up more catches and yards. The key is to force them into contested catches, and make things as difficult for the receiver as possible when targeted.

Byron Jones continued to do this all season long, and fans should be excited for the next step of his growth in 2019.



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Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial

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Time to Stop Making Excuses for QB Dak Prescott?

Por muchos años, el tema del tope salarial ha sido un tema sensible para los Dallas Cowboys. Entre dinero muerto y otros problemas, el equipo ha tenido una situación delicada en este aspecto. Sin embargo, para la temporada del 2019 tienen más espacio de lo que estamos acostumbrados.

Según Over The Cap, los Cowboys tendrán aproximadamente 48 millones de dólares disponibles en 2019. Es importante recalcar que este número no es definitivo y puede cambiar. Año tras año, esta administración ha sido aficionada de reestructurar los contratos de ciertos veteranos para liberar espacio salarial constantemente. Además de esto, hay varios jugadores bajo contrato que el equipo podría decidir cortar para liberar aún más dinero.

Al ver sólo 48 millones disponibles, es complicado imaginar un escenario en que el equipo logre satisfacer todos sus objetivos. Hay bastantes candidatos a grandes extensiones en el equipo, principalmente dos jugadores. En una liga en la que quarterback es la posición más importante, la segunda más importante podría ser la del caza cabezas, cuyo objetivo es ir tras el quarterback contrario.

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Pues en Dallas, hoy dos  jugadores en estas posiciones que hay que extender. El más urgente sin duda es el defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence se puso el jersey del equipo cuando este lo designó a jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia. Afortunadamente, el atleta de 26 años la hizo de soldado y jugó sin amenazar con faltar a entrenamientos ni pretemporada.

Lo que sí comentó es que no pasaría por lo mismo en 2019. Ahora, el momento está aquí y es tiempo de que los Cowboys lo extiendan. El valor de Lawrence es difícil de predecir, pero es bastante seguro que se acercará a los números de Khalil Mack. Mack hizo historia ganando un contrato que en promedio gana 23.5 millones al año. Si bien no anticiparía que lo supere, la cifra estará cerca al contrato del defensivo de los Chicago Bears.

Además está Dak Prescott, cuyo contrato probablemente estará por encima de los 25 millones anuales. Son contratos caros, pero son piezas fundamentales para el equipo. Definitivamente se les tiene que pagar a ambos. Son pilares que año tras año buscan equipos en toda la NFL.

Además de esto, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley y más podrían tener un impacto en el tope salarial. Algunos buscan un contrato nuevo, otros una extensión. Pero honestamente, me parece que habrá más espacio en el tope salarial de lo que pensamos. Sólo es cuestión de tiempo para que los Cowboys comiencen a reestructurar a sus veteranos para ahorrarse unos cuantos millones para utilizar en agencia libre.

Tyron Smith, Tyrone Crawford entre otros pueden ser buenas opciones para comenzar este proceso. Antes era Jason Witten uno de los candidatos favoritos para este proceso, pero él ya se encuentra comentando partidos para ESPN. En Inside The Star, continuaremos actualizándote con contenido al día de los Dallas Cowboys.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial" 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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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

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Super Bowl LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.

The offseason is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.

The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make improvements and solidify their place atop the NFC East and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.

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Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential free agent this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old defensive end.

Vice President Stephen Jones has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and perhaps Byron Jones being in the discussion for long-term deals.

As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of Tavon Austin, David Irving, and quite possibly Cole Beasley, among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.

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One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.

Against the Rams in the playoffs and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.

If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the Seattle Seahawks, their odds of going all the way next season will significantly increase.

Right now, the expected names of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.

Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.

The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most mock drafts, with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the passing game, which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.

As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of Ole Miss will almost certainly go in the first round, but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Marquise Brown, and Deebo Samuel could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the second round.

Improving Dallas' pass options and pass defense will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.



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