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The Cowboys Perfectly Handled the Need for a WR

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Cowboys Perfectly Handled the Need for a WR
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Although constantly bashed, the Dallas Cowboys' front office has done a good job the last few days by adding some free agents who will really help the team's cause in 2018. They've added players to help on offense, defense and special teams.

It's hard to say they're not doing a great job by turning their offseason around in this second wave of free agency, but the biggest upgrade comes without a single doubt at the wide receiver position. One of the most pressing needs in the team was clearly in the receiving department and the Cowboys' front office handled it as well as we could've hoped.

Despite having some very well-known names in the WR room, the truth is that Dak Prescott's offense needed a new, fresh guy to provide this group a much-needed spark.

Dez Bryant has struggled to get back to his old self, Cole Beasley failed to replicate his 2016 monster season last year when he started facing double-teams constantly, and Terrance Williams has yet to prove he can be a reliable target on a consistent basis.

Now, the Cowboys are bringing in the former Jaguar WR Allen Hurns in an effort to create the "Dak-friendly offense" we've all been talking about.

Naturally, everyone in Cowboys Nation is happy about the move. Year after year, we see a conservative approach to free agency and how some big time players never even look like a target for the front office.

This time, though, America's Team stole Allen Hurns for a very friendly two-year deal that's only worth up to $12M.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Allen Hurns has officially signed the deal with the Cowboys. The two-year deal is worth up to $12 million and includes a $2.5 million signing bonus that is the only guaranteed money. Hurns will count $4.375 million against the cap in 2018. https://t.co/YMo0hMZP22

Even though many fans are convinced Hurns is the replacement for Dez Bryant, that doesn't seem to be the case. It really shouldn't be. While Bryant hasn't really justified his salary hit, the truth is the Cowboys don't get any better on the field without him.

If we stick to football here, this team's offense has the opportunity to be one of the league's best if Hurns and Bryant can be on the field at the same time. As mentioned earlier, Hurns will be the spark this team definitely needs.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant

Teams will now have a hard time double-teaming Beasley, Bryant or Hurns while also being concerned about the game-changer that the Cowboys have in the running game with Ezekiel Elliott.

Bryant's deal is definitely not team-friendly, but what was a great acquisition by the Cowboys could end up as a downgrade if they part ways with #88.

Adding Deonte Thompson didn't stop WR from being a top need for the team, but Hurns did. With this signing, Dallas gets flexibility in the NFL Draft and can now stop thinking about Calvin Ridley or DJ Moore at 19.

They could still try to find another guy in later rounds, but WR with a Day 1 or 2 pick may be out of the question now.

Terrance Williams' contract provides him with job security. Due to his contract numbers, it's unlikely to see Dallas releasing him. However, could they get something for him if they decide to trade him? Probably not much, but if he remains a Cowboy, it's tough to see him getting a lot of playing time.

Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley

QB Dak Prescott and WR Cole Beasley (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Cole Beasley, whether we like it or not, provides the team with a dilemma. Ryan Switzer may not be as productive and as good as he is, but he sure looks like Beasley's clone and a guy who could easily replace him if the Cowboys decide to trade Beasley.

With Hurns on the team, they should really be looking at both Williams and Beasley as trade ammunition. What if you get really good value out of them?

The wide receiver room will be the most interesting this offseason for the Dallas Cowboys. There are some really talented players there that will have this coaching staff making some really, really tough decisions.

However, as far as wide receiver is concerned, they should be really comfortable right now. When "decision time" comes, it'll be about who are the best guys, not the worst.

Tell me what you think about "The Cowboys Perfectly Handled the Need for a WR" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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16 Comments
  • Juan “Tecneak” Perez

    Love your article agree strongly. Just keep doing what you’re doing .

  • Derek Robinson

    The COWBOYS got Hurns because he wanted to play for Dallas. He wanted to play with Dez. This could be the best receiver Corp in the NCF East. Maybe the league. A top notch receiver at a great price. Can’t wait to see, Dez, Hurns, Beasley and T. Will. With Zeke in the back field. “Pick your poison”

    • BUDDY

      Yeah it’s good in theory and on paper but last year it was the same thing and look how that turned out. Our QB is the issue and until they get someone to compete with Dak and really give that qb a serious chance to play then it’ll be the same shit just another year. The qb is the issue!!!

      • EverybodyTalks

        To me, it is really more an O-line issue than a Dak issue. Dak will continue to grow into his position. More important than the signing of Hurns are the Fleming and Morris signings. The hope is Fleming will be better than Chaz Green. Morris is back-up for Looney. I could see them having Chaz and Morris fight it out for starting Guard. Could also see them look for a Guard in the draft.

      • pdstix78

        It’s a coaching thing. Until the QB gets the green light to put his foot on the gas, this is what we’ll continue to see. Poor coaching easily cost them @ least 3-4 games. Same on the defensive side. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to discover Byron Jones isn’t a safety

      • Ervinlang318

        Dak had you jumping off your couch with joy in 2016 and Now he’s the only issue?
        Was it Dak Fault that………
        Dez and TWILL always batted up Balls that got Intercepted?
        Dez forgot how to run Routes and get separation?
        We threw on 3 straight plays on 4th and 2?
        Chaz Green allowed 6 sacks against Atlanta?
        Witten would run 4 yard curls when we needed 7yards?
        Every Team knew what play we were running next?
        Our coaching staff makes ZERO adjustments in the 2nd Half
        Our O-Line was terrible
        Zeke Was suspended

        I Can Keep going….

  • yamean88

    I was praying for the hurns signing, then coupled with the others, I think helped us to beef up the def this year in the draft and maybe just maybe get that up grade at RB position behind zeke, say maybe sony mitchell anyone or that big guy from LSU or even scarboro from alabama, case closed!!!!

    • BUDDY

      We signed a RB from Oakland last week. We traded a 4th or 5th. We won’t be signing a RB in the draft.

      • EverybodyTalks

        It was a compensatory 5th, very late round and you could call it a 6th, for that matter. Never say never. We carried 3 RBs and a FB last year. It is not beyond the realm of possibility for the Boys to take an RB in the draft. Olawale is being called a FB and a replacement for Keith Smith. Remember. Rod Smith has also played FB, so there remains a chance we grab a late round RB in the draft.

  • Travis Diggs

    I would start back up the Earl Thomas talks, push beasley and/or williams and some draft picks on Seattle( i mean we got 10 picks, do we need all of em??)

    • Steve

      I agree with you Travis on the Earl Thomas talks, I believe JJ will trade T Will or Bees with a 5th fo Seattle for Thomas and extend his contract to another 4yr deal maybe, it seems like they may happen or a trade up in the draft for James but I believe Thomas will be a Cowboy because we have signed 2 Wr’s now and that gives us 5 and I know we need depth but I see one of them gone because of Seattle’s need after they let 2 Wr’s go in FA. Also I do look for us to draft a Rb in the draft and maybe even as high as a 4th because Morris is gone and we dont have what u would call a threat left on the roster and after Barkley which is a top 5 pick no brainer you have Guice LSU, Chubb GA, Michel GA, Jones II USC, Johnson Auburn, Scarbrough Alabama so there are plenty to pick from and we may even get one in the 3rd if those first mentioned slip.

      • EverybodyTalks

        Seattle wanted a #1 and #3 for Earl, so why not jump up an get Derwin James in the 1st, with a possible 5 year contract? When you add up draft picks and contract, Derwin is cheap money compared to Earl Thomas with a HUGE upside.

  • Emilio Gonzalez

    Mauricio I like your article very true about what you’re saying couldn’t agree more keep up the good work, writing bout the Dallas Cowboys and yourself. Thanks,Go Cowboys.

  • Emilio Gonzalez

    Please let’s keep Dez Happy and Dak Prescott accuracy even better common DAK. THANKS

  • EverybodyTalks

    Great perspective on how the WR situation has changed in just a few days. Agree that T.Will is safe due to his contract. Dez is safe also. Beasley is definitely exposed. You are already hearing from the rumor mill that he will be traded to the Patriots, since Amendola is no longer there. The draft became a whole lot more interesting on where they will go with the #19 pick. The only thing I disagree with is that the WR is wrapped up. I think these picks create a security blanket for a Calvin or DJ or whoever to develop and eventually replace Dez at the end of his contract.

  • Russ_Te

    The Cowboys have signed 2 journeyman WR’s without speed. Not the solution. It only suggests they think it is, so won’t be drafting a WR high, and aren’t worried about stretching coverages.

    Then the prospect of paying Witten for years after he’s off the team and/or a backup. Didn’t learn anything from Romo about out-years on older players apparently.

    The Jones’s have done 1 good thing, Cameron Fleming. See the article, graded the best of 4 OT’s on the Patriots last year. He should be a big depth upgrade, and if a guard should go down conceivably Collins could move inside to fill that while Fleming goes to RT during the injury. This looks like a quality signing >

    https://nesn.com/2018/02/patriots-free-agency-should-new-england-re-sign-tackle-cameron-fleming/

    Rest of this off-season is abysmal. I got the “8-8 For The Next Three Years Blues”

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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