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 email@example.com.
Is Kavon Frazier Fighting a Losing Battle With the Dallas Cowboys?
Dallas Cowboys Safety Kavon Frazier has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but may not see the end of it with the same team who drafted him. In fact, it really looks as if he is already fighting a losing battle in Dallas.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Free Agent George Iloka and drafted Donavan Wilson out of Texas A&M in the sixth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft in the hopes of upgrading the safety position. That doesn't bode well for Kavon Frazier, especially after seeing his defensive snaps take hit in 2018.
After the arrival of Defensive Backs Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard, Frazier saw his playing time on defense go from 21.24% in 2017 to 18.07% in 2018. It's not a huge difference, but it's pretty obvious the Cowboys value his special-teams ability, not his defensive play.
The way I see things, Kavon Frazier is a longshot to make the Cowboys final 53-man roster this year. At best, I have him fifth or sixth on the depth chart right now. Since Dallas typically only carries four safeties on the roster, it's looking as if Frazier could inevitably be the odd man out.
I personally have Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, and George Iloka ahead of Kavon Frazier right now on the depth chart. That means he's competing with Darian Thompson, who is also playing on a one-year deal, and rookie Donovan Wilson for that fourth and final roster spot at the safety position. Unfortunately for Frazier, it looks as if the odds are against him.
Donovan Wilson has already had to step into Frazier's shoes while he was out in OTA's after having his knee scoped, and has been pretty impressive doing so. He has supposedly picked up the defensive scheme pretty quickly and is becoming a vocal leader on the backend. Being a younger, cheaper option, Wilson has a better chance of sticking around on the final 53-man roster over Frazier.
As you can see, Kavon Frazier is fighting an uphill battle with the Dallas Cowboys. It of course is nothing new for him. He's had to fight his way onto the roster ever since he joined the Cowboys, but this year just seems a little different in my opinion. It just looks as if the odds are more against him this time around.
I have no doubts Frazier will continue to fight with every ounce of his being, but if I'm being completely honest I think he's fighting a losing battle. It's going to be really interesting to see how this roster battle at the safety position plays out in training camp and preseason.
Do you think Kavon Frazier is fighting a losing battle with the Dallas Cowboys?
Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019
It's been a few years since things around the Dallas Cowboys felt this good prior to a season. Coming off a 10-6 year in which Dallas won both the NFC East and a home playoff game before losing a one possession road game to the future NFC champions, Cowboys Nation is expecting some big things in 2019.
After all, the Cowboys went out and improved their roster in multiple ways this offseason and brought in some new blood on their offensive coaching staff. Spirits are high among Cowboys Nation, and just about everyone is anticipating a two team race for the NFC East.
But some numbers indicate we should be thinking "not so fast."
The details of the 2018 season are not as pretty as the total picture. Rarely are they ever, of course, but these particular details point towards possible regression for the Cowboys in 2019.
Basically, their point differential a year ago spells out impending doom. (That was dramatic, but let's discuss).
The Cowboys were +15 in 2018, and by pythagorean wins expectation, they were about as strong as an 8-8 team (8.53 wins to be exact). This means they won nearly 2 more games (1.47) than would be expected, fourth most in the entire NFL.
This point is furthered when looking at their record in one possession games. Dallas went 8-2 when the game was decided by 7 points or less, winning close games at a rate that is simply not sustainable year to year.
These numbers make the Cowboys a prime candidate for regression in 2019, as they were in 2017.
Back in 2016, the Cowboys outperformed their pythagorean expectation by a whole 2 wins. The following season? Dallas finished the year 9-7. The model also indicated that the 7-9 Eagles performed 2 wins under expectations in 2016, meaning they would get back on track in 2017. As we know, they ended up winning 13 games and the Super Bowl the following season.
Of course, this isn't set-in-stone, and the Cowboys very well could outperform these expectations and avoid regression. This would mainly hinge on their coaching staff and quarterback performing at an elite level, carrying them through close games and winning more games by greater than one possession.
Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations
Winning games in the NFL typically comes down to accomplishing two goals. One, being successful when passing on offense. And, two, stopping the opposing team's passing game.
The Cowboys set out to accomplish that second goal this offseason, re-signing defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and trading for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn. Quinn, who tallied 6.5 sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins, is one of the leagues more feared rushers when at his best. The former All Pro has multiple 10+ sack seasons under his belt, including a whopping 19 in 2013.
And, as expected, the Cowboys coaching staff is ecstatic to have such a respected pass rushing specialist on their roster.
“He’s got that first step. He’s an established pass rusher in this league, so he’s going to bring some good stuff for us.” - Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
The Cowboys acquired Robert Quinn for a 2020 6th round pick, which could end up being the steal of the offseason. Quinn has played with some top-notch pass rushers in the past, and each time they have brought out the best in his own game.
Back with the Rams in 2017, when Aaron Donald was on the same defensive line, Quinn got to the quarterback 8.5 times. And, last season, he remained consistent in his sack totals playing alongside Cameron Wake. Now he joins a DeMarcus Lawrence who has 25 sacks over the last 2 seasons.
"I think it was kind of one of those where I get to have fun, pin my ears back and just disrupt the backfield, which is what they want us to do." - Robert Quinn told NFL.com.
Quinn and the always dominant Lawrence will form an impressive defensive end duo on passing downs, with the potential to be one of the best in all of football. Dallas is also hoping to add Randy Gregory into this mix, a piece which could prove vital late in football games if he is able to return from his current indefinite suspension.
Whether or not Gregory finds his way back onto the field, though, this defensive front will be in good hands. The edge combo of Quinn and Lawrence, combined with a plethora of skilled interior rushers such as Maliek Collins, gives the Cowboys a fearsome defensive line which should keep quarterbacks uncomfortable every Sunday.
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