On Thursday, the Cowboys played their first game of the 2017 season, defeating the Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game. This kicked off a weekend of celebration for Jerry Jones, who was inducted in epic fashion to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Now, it is back to business for the Cowboys as they prepare for their second of five preseason games - visiting the Rams on Saturday with LB Jaylon Smith potentially making his Dallas Cowboys debut.
The Cowboys were back to business yesterday from Oxnard, California after remaining in Canton for Jerry's enshrinement, and Stephen Jones wasted no time dropping the biggest team news of the summer regarding Jaylon Smith.
"...he could play, it's just getting him in that football shape and doing things the right way." - Stephen Jones from Cowboys camp on Monday
The stance from the Cowboys, and particularly the Jones' family since he was selected with the 34th overall pick out of Notre Dame in 2016, has always been that Jaylon Smith is the Jason Garrett patented "right kind of guy" to one-day become a cornerstone piece to this team's defense.
Not only did Stephen reinforce this immense belief in Jaylon, but he did so while finally adding the all-important designation that #54 is ready to help this team on the field Monday.
"I think Jaylon's going to be around here the next 10 years. We don't want to do anything that's not taking care of Jaylon. So we got to protect Jaylon, at the end of the day, from Jaylon."
Before Jaylon Smith can be with the Cowboys for a decade, he needed to be here for a rookie season that was unsurprisingly red shirted due to the leg injury he suffered in his final collegiate game at Notre Dame against Ezekiel Elliott and Ohio State. The prototypical NFL middle linebacker will now enter a second season that appears on track for him to greatly help along a defense with many new faces on all three levels.
Protecting Jaylon from Jaylon has not really been a concern for Dallas, as he's been a participant in five of the seven fully padded practices the Cowboys have held so far. Looking better by the day, "Jaylon watch" has been in full effect.
Along this lengthy road towards a full recovery, Smith has taken to Twitter consistently to share his gratefulness for the opportunity America's Team presented him.
The Sky's the Limit~
Simple tweets like these have been put under the microscope by Cowboys Nation in a search for clarity that the team has never truly provided until today regarding Jaylon Smith and his NFL debut. Any signs of optimism were always met with some retracted statement telling us to collectively pump the brakes on Smith being a real game changer in 2017.
With the Cowboys just four days away from returning to the stadium that began their magical 2016 run - the same LA Coliseum that put Dak Prescott under the lights for the first time - the time is now for the Cowboys to go full speed ahead with Jaylon Smith as their potential starting MIKE linebacker come week one.
Jaylon Smith didn't play Thursday night, but it was his first game in a Dallas Cowboys uniform
If Saturday's game against the Rams is Jaylon Smith's Cowboys' debut, it is going to be a long-awaited moment for so many involved - and a sign of relief for Jerry Jones who took the risk on Smith.
There's a reason they gave that man a gold jacket and permanent home in Canton, Ohio this weekend, and it is because of Jerry's return on risks similar to that of Jaylon Smith's throughout his career.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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