What is going on, Cowboys Nation? In terms of America's Team, although it is the off season, the answer to that is plenty of exciting things! The countdown to the draft is on, as is the one to the start of the preseason!
With that, welcome to our newest form of Cowboys content here on Inside The Star! This article will take a look at some of the best tweets throughout the week provided by fans, players, coaches, and media members that relate to the Dallas Cowboys.
Enjoy, and be sure to follow our very own Twitter account right here @CowboysNation!
In case you needed a good laugh today, we begin with a tweet that should make every Dallas fan turn their heads:
Titans #Seahawks & #Cowboys checking out OL Ronnie Stanley at Notre Dame Pro Day. All three teams need to upgrade offensive line
Notre Dame's Pro Day featured a number of talented prospects like running back CJ Prosise and WR Will Fuller, both of which could be targets for the Cowboys based on their skill sets and the positional needs for this team. While Ronnie Stanley is a great prospect as well, he certainly does not fill a need for the Cowboys - despite what "Football Drafting" wants to tell you.
The Cowboys own the best offensive line in the NFL, and it is laughable to even see them linked to the Titans and Seahawks fronts.
No longer interested in Ramsey at No.4. He's a safety with some CB skills and he's not much of a playmaker, tho he's great athlete
Knowing that the team won't be needing to draft an offensive linemen with the fourth overall pick, fans can turn their eyes to much more exciting prospects. Jalen Ramsey certainly fits that model, as a dynamic corner/safety hybrid out of Florida State.
He's become a fan favorite when it comes to who the Cowboys should come calling for on April 28th, but don't tell that to Jean-Jacques Taylor, who does not see the play making ability in Ramsey.
While Ramsey had just three interceptions in his FSU career, he consistently makes plays like this that jump out from his film immediately:
LMAO Jalen Ramsey is savage. https://t.co/cMNYo3sjPS
Any questions? No? Ok, let's move on.
New #Cowboys RB Alfred Morris looking like Emmitt Smith on this play... https://t.co/56B2h5QTlz
While we still have a few weeks until we can all get excited about the newest Cowboys' rookie, the time to get excited about running back Alfred Morris is now! Dallas absolutely stole Morris off of the free agent market, and now we get to look forward to more plays like the one above - especially thanks to this offensive line.
Who invented fried Oreos? I need to know who I will be selling my soul to.
Another guy that has already excited plenty of fans is Byron Jones, who had a tremendous rookie season for the Cowboys in 2015! Rightfully so, he's enjoying his off season with some fried Oreos. While those are undoubtedly a terrific snack, he may want to pay more attention to his calendar before selling his soul, because guys are already rolling back into the Valley Ranch facilities!
First day back at the facilities. Great to see some of the guys! Gonna be a GREAT year!! #CowboysNation
If these last few tweets don't have you stoked for some Dallas Cowboys football, you should at least appreciate the awesome fan community that is Cowboys Nation. We will get through this off season together, since Cowboys fans are simply the best. Fans of other team's just can't relate to representing Cowboys Nation, and must resort to things like this:
Giants are the state's most popular NFL team & third most popular sports team in NY behind the Yanks & Mets, per recent Siena College poll.
Oh yes, our good friends the New York Giants. The very team that, thanks to some epic clock mismanagement by their QB Eli Manning, allowed Tony Romo and the Cowboys to deliver us the team's play of the year for 2015.
There are 3 NFL teams in New York. One of them is coached by Rex Ryan, the other has gone without a playoff appearance since 2010 (with their last Super Bowl coming in 1968), and the other is the Giants. It appears that Big Blue doesn't have much to brag about here, considering they also failed to beat out either of the local baseball teams.
Again, we'll cut NY fans a bit of a break, they just don't understand what a fan base like ours is capable of.
In fact, their best player, WR Odell Beckham Jr also took to Twitter this week to join in on a thread that ended in some Cowboys hating. The thread began with Cardinals' DB Tyrann Mathieu and a fan:
When the Cowboys fan dropped some logic on Mathieu as to why the team likely didn't draft him, Mathieu could do nothing but laugh. The fan referenced Tyrann's off the field drug issues while also bringing up Byron Jones - who's play style is similar to Mathieu's.
OBJ joined in on the laughter and praised Mathieu's response. The Cowboys didn't even need Byron Jones (or Mathieu) to slow down OBJ this season in the two meetings against the Giants, as Morris Claiborne locked him down to the tune of 69 yards on 9 catches, none of which went for touchdowns.
We'll let these guys worry about their own teams until next week. Thank you for reading this first Tweet Break post on Inside The Star! You can find myself on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ! Also feel free to leave a comment below this article with your thoughts or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cowboys’ Patience With DE Randy Gregory Finally Paying Off?
Say what you want about Randy Gregory and his past struggles, but he might just be turning into the player the Dallas Cowboys envisioned when they drafted him in the second-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. All I can say is, it's about time!
Randy Gregory is just one of many players Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones has gone out of his way to help in the hopes of improving his football team, but very few have received as much patience and personal attention as Gregory. Jerry has continued to stand by him through all of his off the field issues and suspensions, despite not getting much in return.
It's been somewhat confusing for a lot of Cowboys Nation. Many fans have been ready to move on from the troubled defensive end, but not Jerry Jones. This was his pick back in 2015 and he was bound and determined to see it through. That's exactly what he's done and he might actually see some return on his investment.
Randy Gregory isn't exactly blowing things up like Linebacker Leighton Vander Ecsh or some of his other defensive teammates, but he's quietly strung together some good games these past several weeks. In the last four games he has three quarterback sacks, three quarterback hits, and a tackle for a loss. That's not even mentioning how he's consistently applying pressure to the QB as well.
I know it doesn't look like much from the outside looking in, but to me he's starting to look like a player who's finally finding his groove. I don't know about you, but I will take any silver lining I can get when it comes to Randy Gregory. Even if it is the small sample size.
We all knew it might take him a while to get things going after missing all 2017 and parts of 2016 due to suspensions. That's a lot of football to miss for a young player and it's kind of hurt his development. That's probably one of the reasons the Cowboys brought him along a little slowly this season.
I don't think there's any reason to pull back the reins any longer though. Gregory looks as if he has acclimated to the game once again and is ready, willing, and able to start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence from here on out. The Cowboys defense is just better with him in the lineup.
Randy Gregory has had to overcome a lot of personal demons to reach this point in his career, and for that I commend him. It couldn't have been an easy road to go down, but the work he has put in is paying off and he can finally see the fruits of his labor for himself. That could pay huge dividends not only from a confidence standpoint, but also as a sense of validation.
Now, he just needs to keep his nose to the grind stone and continue to do what he's been doing. I think everything else will work itself out and both he and the Cowboys will be better for it.
Do you think Randy Gregory is finally hitting his stride?
QB Dak Prescott Continues To Come Through In Clutch Situations
Dak Prescott is possibly the most criticized quarterback in all of football.
Of course, this comes with the territory of being the Cowboys starting quarterback, but each throw Prescott attempts is placed under an intense microscope, even by NFL standards. We analyze every snap of every game, looking to find where Dak was right or wrong with this reads.
There's no question, though, that Prescott has been inconsistent throughout his young career. Week to week, drive to drive, and even play to play, we seemingly have no gauge on just how Dak Prescott will perform.
One scenario where we can say with confidence he will come through, however, is when it matters most. Last Sunday, in yet another must-win game for the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott orchestrated a game winning drive to lead his team over the favored Atlanta Falcons.
The Cowboys offense was pedestrian for much of the afternoon, but when Prescott got the ball in a tied game, I felt confident he would give Brett Maher a chance to win the game. Even on the road, and even after the offense had struggled a bit through the air all day.
Prescott got the ball late in the fourth quarter, looking to answer former NFL MVP Matt Ryan's game tying touchdown strike to Julio Jones. Dak went for it all on the first play, looking for Michael Gallup deep down the sideline, but the ball fell incomplete. After that throw, Prescott went 4/5 for 45 yards, including a huge completion to Cole Beasley, putting Dallas in game winning field goal range.
This confidence in Dak Prescott is justified, as is shown by his numbers in late game situations. Prescott now has 12 game winning drives, tying him for the league lead over the last three seasons. For comparison sake, Eagles starter Carson Wentz has just 3 game winning drives over that same stretch.
Overall the box score shows a rather quiet day for Prescott, but it was exactly the kind of Sunday they need from him. He completed over 60% of his passes, ran for a touchdown, and avoided the key turnover which could have sung this close game.
He played efficient football, and gave the Cowboys a chance to win it late. Then, he did what he does best, making plays in clutch situations and coming through in the 2 minute drill.
For all of Dak Prescott's flaws, those end-of-half and end-of-game situations have been a clear strength for the young quarterback, and continued to be this week.
Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración
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?
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.
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.
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