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Should the Cowboys Consider Johnny Manziel, Again?

Brian Martin

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Should the Cowboys Consider Johnny Manziel, Again?

I kind of hate myself for writing this, but I think the topic of Johnny Manziel and the Dallas Cowboys has to be at least discussed. After all, there was a mutual interest between the two and one point, but a lot has changed since then.

Once upon a time, Jerry Jones wanted to make Johnny Manziel the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, but was fortunately convinced otherwise. The Cowboys ended up drafting Zack Martin instead, and the rest is history… Or is it?

Johnny Manziel ended up getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns, but we all know how that turned out. He pretty much did everything in his power to end his NFL career, whether it was intentional or not. I honestly don't know if I've ever seen someone dismantle their career as quickly as he did.

Johnny Manziel

QB Johnny Manziel (Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

We all know how "troubled" Manziel was since entering the league, and probably back to his collegiate days at Texas A&M. It's all well-documented and he seemed to be a regular on TMZ. With his past troubles, it didn't really look as if he would get another chance in the NFL. But, it's funny how things can change with time.

Believe it or not, Johnny "Football" is back in the headlines as he tries to make his comeback. He has already thrown passes to receivers at University of San Diego's Pro Day, and will throw again at Texas A&M's Pro Day.

It certainly looks as if he is serious about turning his life around. He is doing and saying the right things, which is a step in the right direction. But, can he be fully trusted? That's the ultimate question teams will have to answer for themselves.

With all of that in mind, should the Dallas Cowboys consider him, again?

Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel

Jerry Jones and Johnny Manziel

I don't know about you, but I'm personally on the fence. I used to love watching Manziel play during his time at Texas A&M. The argument could be made he is one of the most exciting collegiate players to play the game, at least in my lifetime.

Unfortunately, things didn't work out for him at the next level. His demons finally caught up to him and might just have ended his career before it really began.

The Dallas Cowboys don't really have a clear need at the quarterback position. Like it or not, Dak Prescott is their starting QB and their future. Behind him, Cooper Rush has shown he's worth keeping around and could become a really solid QB2.

The Cowboys will still likely bring in another QB or two as a camp arm, or someone else they think they can develop. Could Johnny Manziel be that type of player?

Well, if he's serious about making his return to the NFL, it might be his best and only shot.

He is already publicly stated he is willing to play for free on the practice squad in order to prove himself, and I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly show some interest.

This would definitely be one of those risk/reward situations we have seen the Cowboys take in the past. It's not something that needs to happen, but it could end up paying off.

Would you take a chance on Johnny Manziel?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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17 Comments
  • Stuart Brereton

    I totally disagree with bringing Johnny Manziel on to the team. The team needs no further distractions, we have two young quarterbacks that are the future of the team. If we want to bring in another arm for practice situations, we could sign a veteran back up that don’t bring the issues that Manziel would.

    • Brian Martin

      Stuart, I can see the positives and negatives of both sides. I don’t think I would personally bring Manziel aboard if I was the Cowboys, but I would understand why they would.

  • Randy Martin

    Animal cruelty is one of the chief reasons that the 3-ring circus is dying across America. Johnny Manziel is another 3-ring circus and we don’t need him to come to town. Did you draw the short straw in this one? Every team in the league has staffs that cover their team and I’m sure similar articles will appear especially after A&M’s pro day. Jerry has done some things over the years that made us scratching our head. This would make me question my loyalty. I’m happy for the man that he “seems” to be getting his life together saying all the right things but NO we don’t need the distraction he would bring. Sorry that you had to be the one to write this.

    • Brian Martin

      I didn’t draw the short straw, but I thought the topic should at least be discussed. I don’t think the Cowboys will bring in Manziel, or should, but some team may be willing to take the chance. I wouldn’t be terribly upset if the Cowboys did take a chance on him though. He’d make a good PS QB.

  • Raggedy Ann

    Hope Cowboys call Manziel and give him a shot….YES!

  • Reggie Ward

    What happened to second chances in America? Make a mistake and it is suppose to be over. No matter the sport. At least it seems that way to me. I am a TAMU fan and huge Johnny Football fan. I am also a Dallas Cowboys fan. So the idea of a QB from my favorite college team playing for my favorite pro team is a dream. But, reality is…I’d want to see Johnny play, not ride the bench.

    In turn, signing with the Boys is not ideal in my opinion. If we did and maybe our coaches can put in the good word for Manziel then it is worth it.

  • Matthew Harrell

    Mullenax!!! Stop hacking Brian’s account!

  • freeradio

    Dez is enough for any one team … let Johnny Football be someone else’s problem child.

  • ghetto eskimo

    Brian, IMO, we just don’t need those distractions, we have finally gotten the Zeke noise to die down, lets just focus on NFL, not TMZ!!!

  • KillaKlown210

    This kid is done, stop wasting time on this guy. He had his shot and blew it.

  • NastyShug

    Nope! Hell no! F#%k no! And don’t ask that again!

  • David Castle

    Jerry is known for giving players 2nd chances . We are suppose to be able to forgive and move on with our lives . we were put here to love each other and help each other if needed and have the capacity of doing so . We could use a 2nd/3rd string QB on our team but i would prefer one with a little NFL experience . But wouldn’t be shocked if Jerry see’s it as getting 1st round talent in the 6th round or 7th . Thats Jerry , a gambler !

  • David Allgood

    If people believe Dak is the answer they are clearly delusional. He is at best a backup. Take Manziel or bring Romo back if the defence is fixed and we can win now

    • Stuart Brereton

      Yeah right!
      Manziel was 3-7 as a starter. Dak is 13-3 and 9-7.
      Romo’s days are over, he’s retired, get over it!

      • David Allgood

        Teams put pressure on Dak he will turn it over . He doesn’t have the arm strength and he can’t read defences. He’s a Donovan McNabb choker By the way Romo can still play. And I would love to see Manzeil in Dallas so would the majority of the Dallas Fans. Dak is boring to watch. Scared to throw downfield. Jerry is getting and as l on the field pushes his chances further away. Understand this! He’s not a playmaker

    • Homer Price

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. Johnny Manziel leads Dallas to the Super Bowl. Crazy things do happen.

  • Homer Price

    The Cowboys have nothing to lose. Johnny Manziel had no offensive line in Cleveland and took a lot of hits. He has a better arm than Dak Prescott and he is elusive in the back field. Could be the best move they make all year. I have lost all confidence in Dak’s short passes!

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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Defense Better Or Worse Then Last Season?

Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.

2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.

Injuries.

As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.

Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.

Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.

Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.

Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.

The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.

Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.

We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.

With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.

Tell me what you think about "Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern" 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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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin

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Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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