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Signing This Veteran DT Could Help Cowboys Run Defense

Brian Martin

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It's no secret that the Achilles' heel for the Dallas Cowboys over the past several seasons has been the neglect to improve things on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, even though they devoted most of their draft resources to improve things, the Cowboys defensive performance so far in 2017 has been pretty abysmal, especially the run defense. But, I think the Cowboys run defense could improve if they signed veteran defensive tackle Arthur Jones.

Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys currently have an open roster spot because of the decision of Stephen Paea to retire due to reoccurring knee problems. Paea was one of the few Cowboys free-agent signings during the off-season, and he was expected to come in and add depth to the middle of the defensive line. Unfortunately now there is a need at the 1-tech and I believe Arthur Jones could possibly be the solution.

In case you are unfamiliar with Arthur Jones, he is the older brother of UFC fighter Jon Jones and current Arizona Cardinal OLB/DE Chandler Jones. Arthur probably doesn't have the same kind of name recognition as his brothers, but I believe he can help the Dallas Cowboys nonetheless.

DT Arthur Jones

DT Arthur Jones

Arthur Jones would provide the beef in the middle of the Cowboys defense that they are currently lacking. At 6'3", 320, Jones would be the biggest 1-tech the Cowboys DL have had in some time. But, he is a free agent for a reason.

Unfortunatelly, injuries and a suspension for PED's ended up cutting his time with the Indianapolis Colts short. He never really lived up to the contract he signed with the Colts in 2014, and as a result ended up on the street.

Now, I know what you're probably thinking. Why would the Dallas Cowboys want to sign a player who is currently on the street? Well, let me enlighten you.

Arthur Jones is currently the best option available to step in and help the Dallas Cowboys run defense at the 1-tech. I know there is a belief that the Cowboys will sign either Richard Ash or Lewis Neal from the practice squad for depth purposes, but Jones is better than both.

DT Lewis Neal

DT Lewis Neal

If Arthur Jones is indeed healthy, we could see the player that helped a dominant Baltimore Ravens defense win the Super Bowl a few seasons ago. Injuries unfortunately robbed him of his explosiveness during his time with Indianapolis, but if he is back to 100%, it's definitely an area of his game that would upgrade the Cowboys defensive line.

I honestly believe he fits the exact mold defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli looks for in his 1-tech. Jones is equally effective holding up in the run game or providing inside pressure to the QB. His last two seasons in Baltimore when he was healthy, Jones accumulated at least four QB sacks in back to back seasons. That is the type of player the Colts thought they were getting when they signed him as a free agent, but injuries never allowed that to happen.

Now, I have no way of knowing if the Dallas Cowboys have any interest in Arthur Jones, but to me it actually makes a lot of sense to see if he has anything left in the tank. I believe he could make an instant impact in the middle of the Cowboys defensive line.

Should the Cowboys take a look at Arthur Jones?



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17 Comments
  • Charles

    Not what we need another player that never quite lived up to his potential and has issues with drug suspensions. I would pass.

    • Brian Martin

      Unfortunately, he’s probably the best free-agent DT available. But, the Cowboys will probably pass on him because of the issues you mentioned. I would personally bring him in for a tryout to see if he would be an upgrade or at the very least a good depth player.

  • nick

    Couldn’t hurt to sign him for this year and see what happens, we need a true 1 tech big enough to clog holes and get some push at the same time.

    • Brian Martin

      I would bring him in for a tryout to see if he could add depth and possibly be an upgrade. They need to do something.

  • Hobbes49

    I would be all for it. Give me a horse in the middle of the line. If he plays well, it helps everyone, Collins, Lee, Hitchens, and Wilson especially. We need a big body to clog those inside running lanes. Of course, we most likely won’t see it happen. It will be Neal or Ash.

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t really like the idea of signing Lewis Neal from the practice squad. They don’t need another 3-tech, especially in undersized one like Neal. I think Richard Ash gets what they need more, but he hasn’t really done anything since coming into the league a few years ago. That’s why taking look at Arthur Jones make sense to me. But, it probably won’t happen unfortunately.

      • Hobbes49

        I totally agree with you. Guess we will see on Saturday. Should make the decisionby then

  • Travis Diggs

    Dont hold your breath. This team has showed us time and time again that anything to improve this defense is always way to far fetched. Last week it was Navarro Bowman, Kinda Sorta had a chance to trade for Sherman, no action in free agency(1 retired and 1 released). This defense is atrocious and it’s gonna stay that way. Who is the second best player on this defense….anybody?????

    • Brian Martin

      I honestly think the Cowboys would’ve signed Bowman if he would’ve actually made it to Dallas. I’m honestly not too upset it didn’t happen though. And I was against trading for Sherman also. It would simply cost too much in not only money, but draft capital as well. The only thing we can do as fans is continue to remain patient and hope the Cowboys continue to make it a priority in the draft.

  • Russ_Te

    I’d like to sign him for DT and also LG… ;^)

    • Brian Martin

      Russ, I completely agree with you there. I think Arthur Jones could be an upgrade and the Cowboys could definitely use a better LG.

  • Russ_Te

    Roy Green was the last true 2-way player that I know of in the NFL. 1980’s…

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Green

    • Brian Martin

      I believe the Cardinals also used Patrick Peterson sporadically at times on offense as a WR. Much like the Cowboys did with Deion Sanders.

  • Mr. Jaguar

    Brian:

    I noticed the deadskins just released DT AJ Francis. He is 6-5 350 and 3 years removed from Maryland.
    The falcons also released DT Tanelo Tipetu, from Washington, 6-1 285, 1 year in the NFL.
    Maybe McClay take a look?

    How old is Jones? How many years in NFL? Like you said in your article, ” it’s a reason Jones is on the Street and not playing.”

    • Brian Martin

      I’m sure the Cowboys will explore all possibilities. Arthur Jones is 31 and has played seven years in the NFL. He was a member of the dominant Baltimore Ravens defense when they won the Super Bowl.

  • EverybodyTalks

    Truly, Stephen Jones has said repeatedly that they want to get their players through the draft. Jerry Jones was interviewed today and stated that they use free agency to fill in the bottom part of the 53 man roster. Example: Carroll was a bridge or insurance for Lewis to gain experience. Bene is still here because of all the hammy problems with Chidobe. Ash came from the practice squad to fill in for Paea. I’ll admit they were burned by Cedric, but you’re not going to get them all right. Dee Moore was insurance for the front four. He goes and Taco is getting more reps or Moore’s reps. Kellen was insurance for Cooper and now Kellen goes to the practice squad to save Blake Jarvin from a rumored grab by Philly. Again, that shows their view of going through the draft and their regard for Blake.. Zeke’s status has meant carrying 4 RBs. Depending on what goes down next week, could mean that one of our veteran RBs will become the insurance policy the Cowboys no longer need.

    • Brian Martin

      You laid out their roster strategy perfectly. I think this is what we will continue to see despite fans wanting the Cowboys to sign a big FA. The Cowboys will only do that if they believe that player is the missing link.

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Could NY Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Could Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?

The NFC East is a wild, wild division. Since 2004, the division that hosts some of the most popular franchises in the NFL hasn't seen the same team winning the NFC East title two years in a row. It's crazy! Who expected the Dallas Cowboys to become the #1 seed in the conference in 2016 after seeing Tony Romo go down during the preseason? Who was able to predict the Philadelphia Eagles' amazing run for the Super Bowl last year?

It's an unpredictable league, but the NFC East side of things can really amaze you on a yearly basis.

Heading into 2018, it all seems to be about the Eagles and the Cowboys. Being the last two teams to win the title, it's only logical to expect them to be the only teams in the division that have what it takes to own the NFC East crown.

But maybe, just maybe, we are overlooking the New York Giants.

Coming from a 3-13 record in 2017, the Giants have quite a bit to prove if they want to become a winning team once again and return to playoff contention. With Odell Beckham missing most of the season and with good ol' Ben McAdoo calling the shots, the team was never able to get a break.

Listen, we all know Eli Manning has been struggling lately. Many thought the Giants should've drafted a quarterback when they held the #2 overall pick back in April. But whether we like it or not, New York seems to have a plan: take advantage of Manning's last years on the field.

Instead of taking a young QB for the future, they drafted the best player available to take the load off Manning's shoulders. Saquon Barkley will probably be able to do what Ezekiel Elliott was able to do in 2016: lead the offense by running the football 20 times a game and have several 100-yard performances.

Could NY Giants Be a Surprise Threat in the NFC East?

New York Giants OG Will Hernandez

Not only that, but the front office did make an effort to re-build a disastrous offensive line by bringing in a talented left tackle in Nate Solder and by stealing the UTEP product, Will Hernandez in the second round of the draft. If the Giants are able to finally groom Ereck Flowers into a decent starter at right tackle, this could be a pretty solid offensive line.

Of course, Manning will not only be benefited from the running game, but his superstar wide receiver will be back on the field. Beckham is one of the NFL's best wide receivers and will surely be back at terrifying opposing secondaries week in and week out.

The Giants are bringing in Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher, who did a nice job for the Arizona Cardinals' defense over the last few years. With some talented defensive players, the team might not have the best squad in the league, but it doesn't seem like a defense that will struggle throughout the season.

Last but not least, the Giants will have a new head coach in form of Pat Shurmur. He's had some success in the league, lately as an offensive coordinator for a Minnesota Vikings team that managed to get to the NFC Championship with Case Keenum at QB. It was a good hire for the team, and I'm pretty sure it will be easy to do a better job than McAdoo's work with the Giants.

If I was to make a prediction, I'd say the Giants will have a handful of wins in 2018. However, I don't see them getting back into the postseason just yet. An 8-8 record sounds about right. Having said that, though, it really seems like a team that could surprise everyone and emerge as a surprise contender in the NFC East.

Do you think the New York Giants could be a surprise threat in 2018?

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Where Cowboys CB Marquez White Fits In 2018

Kevin Brady

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Dallas Cowboys Draft CB Marquez White at #216

In the 2017 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys selected four new defensive backs, three of which saw significant playing time during their rookie season.

Those three, of course, are Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Xavier Woods. That fourth defensive back, however, should not be forgotten about as we enter the beginning stages of the 2018 season. That player is former Florida State cornerback Marquez White.

Rather than playing alongside his rookie counterparts in the secondary, White spent time on the Cowboys practice squad in 2017. The former sixth round pick was signed to a futures contract at the end of 2017, however, and now has a chance to compete in camp once again.

Entering their sophomore seasons the starting secondary already appears to be taking shape. Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones are just about locked in to the outside cornerback jobs, Xavier Woods is expected to start at safety beside Jeff Heath, and Jourdan Lewis is battling with now third year player Anthony Brown for the slot corner role.

So where does Marquez White fit into all of this?

Cowboys CB Marquez White Could Emerge in 2018

Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White

Well, the aforementioned players are locks to make the 53-man roster, but Marquez White should be the favorite to win the 5th cornerback spot going forward. White's raw talent is undeniable, and he has the ability to play under both man and zone responsibilities.

The main reason we should be optimistic about Marquez White's chances to land on the final roster, however, is his athletic profile. At 6'0" tall, just under 200 pounds, and long arms White fits the mold for what new secondary coach and passing game coordinator Kris Richard tends to look for in his cornerbacks.

And, for better or for worse, Richard clearly values these measureables highly. This is evident in how second year corner Jourdan Lewis has been used thus far in mini camp and offseason activities; being relegated to second team and the slot rather than allowed to compete for an outside cornerback job with Awuzie and Jones.

So with the arrival of Kris Richard, the departure of Orlando Scandrick, the underwhelming play of Anthony Brown, and the raw talent he already possesses, Marquez White has a very strong chance of making the final 53-man roster in Dallas.



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Can Jaylon Smith Challenge Vander Esch For Starting MIKE Role?

Kevin Brady

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In Season For Youth, Cowboys Must Make Tough Decision On Jaylon Smith

When the Dallas Cowboys selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the whole world basically assumed he would be the starting MIKE linebacker week one of the upcoming season.

After all, the Cowboys lost Anthony Hitchens to free agency and none of the injury replacements had much success during the 2017 season.

Now just a couple of months shy of that week one match up with the Carolina Panthers, a battle for that middle linebacker spot appears to be occurring.

Former 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith has seemed to find his health, and his movement skills and agility look like they did back when he was at Notre Dame. Whether or not these offseason hype videos will actually mean anything on the field remains to be seen, but just the fact that Smith is working out and playing without the knee brace is obviously a good sign.

Unlike Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith did play for the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Sure Smith had his share of growing pains, but he seemed to find his groove late in the season. It probably isn't a coincidence, though, that Smith's best games came when coming off the bench in a limited role and when playing beside veteran Sean Lee.How Will LB Jaylon Smith Best be Utilized in 2018?

During the offseason activity thus far Jaylon Smith has gotten the majority of snaps at middle linebacker, but Vander Esch has also been sidelined with an injured ankle. Leighton Vander Esch clearly fits the mold of a MIKE both physically and athletically, but at his best Jaylon Smith does as well.

Despite the resurgence of Jaylon Smith and the injury to Leighton Vander Esch, I still do expect Vander Esch to snag that MIKE role moving forward. While showing glimpses of productive play, Smith did not impress enough to earn him the unquestioned starting job last season, and may best fit as a SAM backer and situational pass rusher/blitzer in the current scheme.

Allowing Jaylon Smith to conserve his energy and provide a boost off the bench is the best way for the Cowboys to structure their defense. Of course, this is only true as long as Vander Esch becomes the player they expect him to be, though.

If Jaylon Smith does return to the player he was at Notre Dame prior to his horrific injury, the Cowboys will possess three incredibly rangy, athletic, and talented linebackers on their roster.

Of course, that if is a very big if at this point, however.



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