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Season Finale Against Washington Flexed to SNF

Bryson Treece



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Could it be that we’re in for another nail-biting season finale? But of course we are, this is the Dallas Cowboys.

Long gone are the days of dominance held by the Trio of Aikman, Smith, and Irvin. Instead we have Romo, Murray, and Bryant and it’s not always the stuff of Champions that this new trio brings onto the field.

You get clutch fumbles on the ground, gut-wrenching interceptions when we’re already playing from behind, and key drops and missed routes when we have a shot to lock it up for the win. But this time around may be different for these ‘Boys.

Mr. November has almost made an art form out of close second place finishes in his aging tenure here at The Ranch, and no I’m not going to get into the numbers. Football isn’t about the numbers anymore. It’s not about stats and figures written on some sports statisticians note pad and it hasn’t been for a long time. If that were all it’s about then Romo would be leading the fiercest team in all of football with his stats and that of DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, and even the young DeMarco Murray.

Tony Romo didn’t live up to his “Mr. November” moniker this year. In fact, he all but shot it dead and left it to rot forever. This team has had its share of injuries and bad beats this year, like many before, but Romo himself just didn’t play the way we all have come to expect him to play in November.

His errant throws were massively increased, plus the interceptions. His TD’s were few and far between if not fought for tooth and nail. His awareness on the field left him all too aware of the texture on the ceiling, and his play certainly seems to have infected the stars around him.

But what I find most compelling this year over years passed is that while he tarnished his good name for the third quarter of the season, he is on a track to right the ship for December – the all too important final stretch of every season that this team has lacked the ability to close. This Cowboys team has momentum building at the right time of year for the first time in over a decade, almost two actually.

Sure the loss to the Saints hurt. It was the third game to be decided by 3 points in as many weeks, and the second to go into overtime for the kick. It was against a team that we all knew going in would be a challenge not because of their stunning defense, because the Saints don’t have that, but because they still have Drew Brees and he’s a pistol with a football in his hand. Even still, we fought back to a tie to force it into overtime and give us a chance for victory.

Was it too little, too late? Yes. But it was a great learning experience for what lies ahead in week 17 against the Redskins.

You will not win if you don’t pressure the quarterback! And RGIII is anything but an exception.

That’s what all our hopes come down to this year, beating Washington next Sunday night. And oh yes, it’s been flexed to the Sunday Night Football game due to its hefty playoff implications. The winner of the game will win the NFC East Division title and lock up one playoff contest.

We learned in the first outing against the Redskins that all this hype about RGIII isn’t just overblown excitement. It’s the real deal and so is Robert Griffin III.

Look for Coach Ryan to step up the pressure with Ware and Anthony Spencer to force an errant throw from RGIII. Expect more of the same by way of play calling from Coach Garrett as he’s been able to limit offensive mistakes by sticking to what works more often than not lately.

But also look for another slow start from the trio as they seem to need the first half to experiment and get comfortable with the game tempo and planning before they really get anything done. And with any luck, we won’t be playing from two scores down before the end of the first half leaving Romo feeling like he has to take something that just isn’t there to be had.

Let’s go Cowboys!

Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position

Mauricio Rodriguez



Questions Surround Cowboys WR Position After Deonte Thompson Signing

UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live. 

Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.

However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.

This week, they even signed one.

Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.

He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.

His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.

But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.

According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room.

It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.

Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.

Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.

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It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.

They'd possibly have to decide among these:

  • Dez Bryant
  • Terrrance Williams
  • Cole Beasley
  • Ryan Switzer
  • Allen Hurns
  • Deonte Thompson
  • Noah Brown
  • A drafted rookie?  

This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract. 

Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.

Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.

As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.

Tell me what you think about "What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position" 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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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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