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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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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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  1. Juan “Tecneak” Perez

    March 25, 2018 at 11:16 am

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

  2. Derek Robinson

    March 25, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    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

      March 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      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

        March 25, 2018 at 6:01 pm

        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

        March 26, 2018 at 3:32 am

        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

        March 26, 2018 at 10:37 am

        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….

  3. yamean88

    March 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    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

      March 25, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      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

        March 25, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        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.

  4. Travis Diggs

    March 25, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    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

      March 25, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      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

        March 25, 2018 at 6:20 pm

        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.

  5. Emilio Gonzalez

    March 25, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    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.

  6. Emilio Gonzalez

    March 25, 2018 at 4:56 pm

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

  7. EverybodyTalks

    March 25, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    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.

  8. Russ_Te

    March 25, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    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: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

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Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" 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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2018 Draft Class Season Review: LB Leighton Vander Esch

Kevin Brady

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Leighton Vander Esch Lands on List of NFL's Top 10 Rookies

As the first round draft pick of America's Team, any player would be under a ton of pressure from all angles. Whether it's from the fans on the outside or the organization on the inside, the expectations around being a first round pick for the Cowboys are immense. But the pressure placed upon linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, from the second he was announced as the 19th overall draft pick, was second to none.

It felt like Cowboys Nation let out a collective groan when Vander Esch was taken, with fans hoping for a more glamorous first round selection. Someone like wide receiver Calvin Ridley or edge rusher Harold Landry would've done the trick, but after Vander Esch's rookie season it's hard to imagine either of those players would have had the impact Vander Esch did in 2018.

Though he didn't start a game until week 4, and didn't become the unquestioned full-time starting WILL until week 10, Vander Esch earned Pro Bowl honors for his rookie season. Tallying 140 total tackles and 2 interceptions, Vander Esch made his presence felt week in and week out.

No counting stats can fully measure Leighton Vander Esch's impact as a rookie, however.

Prior to the 2018 season, the Cowboys defensive success often came down to the health of Sean Lee. When available and playing at his best, Lee led an overachieving Cowboys defense to solid performances each week. But, when Lee went out (as he often did), the entire Cowboys defense seemed to fall apart.5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

This year, though, that all changed. When Sean Lee was out with injury the Cowboys defense got better. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith became a versatile, hard hitting tandem the NFL immediately feared, and helped to direct the Cowboys defense to signature wins throughout the 2018 season.

There are arguments against taking any off-ball linebacker in the first round, as the value of the position has been questioned due to the new style of offense in the NFL. Nowadays linebackers are relegated to two-down players, taken off the field in favor of faster defensive backs on critical passing downs.

Leighton Vander Esch is athletic enough to be both an old school run stopper, but also a three down linebacker in today's fast paced NFL.

Despite the doubts which surrounded the pick, the Cowboys absolutely nailed their first round selection in 2018. And Leighton Vander Esch made Dallas' front office look like geniuses each and every Sunday.



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What Is The Cowboys Most Pressing Offseason Need?

Kevin Brady

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Finishing their season with a Division Round loss, Dallas Cowboys fans are getting a somewhat late start on the 2019 offseason. Of course, we'd much rather a later start, but the results are what they are.

Now Dallas must get better, and re-tool before heading into Dak Prescott's fourth season, and the Cowboys' 2019 campaign. Though they didn't feel all that close to a championship this season, looking around the roster, it's actually tough to identify one key need the Cowboys must address.

They are filled with young, talented players that they have high hopes for across the board. And in the places they are "older," such as across the offensive line, they have established veterans who aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So what is the Cowboys' most pressing offseason need?

Well, despite already using their 2019 first round pick to address it, the answer very well might be wide receiver.

Adding Amari Cooper midseason provided a massive jolt to the Cowboys previously anemic passing attack, but on his own he is not enough to take this passing game to where it needs to be to compete in this new NFL.

Third round pick Michael Gallup is going to be a very good pro, and progressed really well as his rookie season went on. I think he can play opposite Amari Cooper nicely, and be the number two option in the passing game going forward.

Though arguably their best wide out against man coverage, Cole Beasley is a free agent, and if the reports are true about Scott Linehan returning in 2019 it could very well mean Beasley will not be opting to sign back with Dallas.

Regardless of Beasley's decision, however, the Cowboys need to seriously evaluate their pass catchers heading into next season.

This is a passing league. The rules have dictated that you must be able to pass the ball efficiently if you want to compete with the best of the best around the NFL. To take the next step in their progression, and reach an NFC title game and/or Super Bowl, Dak Prescott will need to have as explosive a group of pass catchers as possible.

The Cowboys have already taken solid steps to making this a reality, but another move or two this offseason could go a long way to putting Dallas in the conversation with teams like the Rams and the Saints in 2019.



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