When teams turn in your draft card in the first round, you're looked at as an impact player with an immediate return on the investment, sounds good right? Unfortunately, things don't always pan out in that manner, such is true with the underwhelming start to the career of Taco Charlton, the 28th pick in the 2017 NFL draft.
Taco's size and athleticism got him into the league, and with those traits came a lot of expectations, which the Dallas Cowboys are still waiting to see. Charlton appeared in all 16 games his rookie year but was unable to crack the starting lineup, and his production wasn't much to swoon over either, with only 19 tackles and 3 sacks.
2018 started with some promise as Charlton had a sack and a fumble recovery in the teams first home game against the Giants in week 2, but that would be his only sack of the season. Even though he managed 7 starts, a shoulder injury limited him to only appearing in 11 games, not ideal when you're still trying to live up to being a first-round selection.
Surgery to fix the nagging shoulder injury was successful in late January and had Charlton on track to be at all of the team's offseason activities, that was until a setback that occurred in May. He posted a picture on Twitter showing himself in a walking boot just after having arthroscopic surgery on his ankle. With an expected recovery time of 6-8 weeks, he'll be on track for training camp later this month. This is critical considering his missed OTA's and mandatory minicamp. There's no shortage of confidence from Charlton, though, saying this post surgery. " Another minor setback but we working to get back right over here, no let(ting) off the gas, " Charlton said. Underperforming is one thing, but once you add an inability to be available to your teammates, your chances of proving yourself become that much harder and frustrating to deal with.
Unless unfortunate circumstances arise, the Cowboys have their starters at defensive end with DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn. Kerry Hyder was brought in during free agency to provide some veteran experience to the group. Randy Gregory is often unavailable himself with what seems to be regular suspensions, but once on the field, he has proven to have a lot more upside than Charlton. Lastly, there's Joe Jackson, the defensive end from Miami the Cowboys took in the 5th round, who is looked at as another potential building block for the defensive line.
So where does that leave Taco? If 2019 is as disappointing as his first two years, it could be his last in a Cowboys uniform. Some say the NFL really stands for "Not For Long". Having said all that, if Taco Charlton doesn't want that to be his destiny, this upcoming season has to be treated as the most important of his career.
Report: Cowboys’ Travis Frederick Ready for Start of Training Camp
With the Dallas Cowboys opening training camp with their first practice on Saturday, July 27th in Oxnard, California, a lot of information is coming out regarding who will be available when they report.
It was already reported that Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will be placed on the physically unable to practice (P.U.P.) list to start training camp. Now, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that Travis Frederick will avoid the Non-Football Injury list (NFI) and be ready to report for the starting of training camp.
Very good news for the #Cowboys: All-Pro C Travis Frederick, who dealt with Guillain-Barré syndrome last year, is expected to be active for the start of training camp. He avoids NFI and is ready to go.
Frederick has been out of action for a year after being diagnosed with Guillen-Barre Syndrome during last year's training camp. Guillen-Barre is a disorder that can affect the peripheral neurological system. Basically, the neurological system that doesn't consist of the brain and the spinal cord, which is the central nervous system.
There was talk that Frederick might have been ready to go for the playoffs at the end of last season, but the team continued to hold him out in order to get him back 100% for 2019. It looks like the time has come for Frederick to regain his spot as the leader and lynch-pin of the offensive line.
While Joe Looney was effective in 2018, there's no doubt the team suffered a drop off from All-Pro Travis Frederick to career backup Looney. Getting Frederick back in the middle of the offensive line is the most significant upgrade the Dallas Cowboys could have made this offseason on either side of the football.
Frederick is one of the smartest players on the team and does a lot for Dak Prescott and the offensive line in terms of setting protections. For Dak Prescott, he'll be able to have a little more faith that the front of his pocket will hold up if he needs to step up to make a throw. Frederick will also help Connor Williams as the two work combo blocks against opposing interior defenders. Frederick will immediately improve the Dallas Cowboys red zone offense as they'll be able to get more of a push on the interior.
It was almost expected that this would be the case, but hearing it for certain should give the Dallas Cowboys and their fans a lot of optimism for what's to come in 2019. Travis Frederick returning to the starting lineup is a huge addition for a Dallas Cowboys offense that looks ready to roll in 2019.
Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence and CB Byron Jones to Start 2019 Camp on PUP
The Dallas Cowboys will be missing two of their defensive leaders when they open 2019 training camp this Saturday. Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and Cornerback Byron Jones will both start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List as they recover from offseason surgeries.
Lawrence, who got a new five-year contract in April, immediately underwent shoulder surgery once his deal was finalized. DeMarcus reportedly was waiting for contract negotiations to be completed before he had the procedure.
Jones had hip surgery in late May. He is playing 2019 on the fifth-year option from his original contract, and is no doubt hoping for his own long-term extension sometime in the near future.
Sources: DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones will open Cowboys camp on PUP and won't practice in California https://t.co/jzWV5FjBO6 via @sportsdaydfw
Neither Lawrence or Jones, who are both coming of Pro Bowl seasons in 2018, are expected to be absent once the regular season starts in September. But either participating in this year's training camp is doubtful, and even preseason appearances are in question right now.
With DeMarcus out at DE, newcomers like Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder will get plenty of chances to show their stuff. It's also a nice opportunity for Taco Charlton, assuming he's recovered from his own offseason surgery, to get some work against the first-team offensive line.
No Byron at CB will give Jourdan Lewis a nice opportunity to work with the starters as well. He was likely stuck at the 4th spot behind Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown but should now get more time on the field and against the best competition.
Breaking News: Allen Hurns Released
The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Wide Receiver Allen Hurns after just one season with the team according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Cowboys releasing WR Allen Hurns, per source.
Hurns was brought in as a possible replacement for Dez Bryant considering they had a similar skill set, but that never quite worked out. He only managed 20 receptions for 295 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 starts. He's coming off a horrific leg injury suffered in the Cowboys playoff win against the Seahawks last season.
This saves the Cowboys 5 million in cap space putting them around 24 million overall heading into the 2019 season currently. This now opens up snaps for some of the younger receivers on the Cowboys roster.
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