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Tweet Break: Bryant and Bayless Dispute, Dak and Zeke by the Numbers

Sean Martin



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Watching the 4-1 Dallas Cowboys has been an immensely enjoyable experience this season, much like tweeting about the greatest football team in the world has been. Cowboys fans dominate the Twitterverse throughout the week to discuss the Cowboys' upcoming game win.

You guys make my job easy, as I feature the best tweets each week right here on Tweet Break! Let's take a look at what's in store for us prior to Dallas' visit to Green Bay on Sunday.

Dez Bryant - Good. Skip Bayless - Not Good.

Dez Bryant on Twitter

Thank you bro never thought that once.. Always dreamed of a family feel and we have it ... Skip is not a real cowboy fan #bandwagon

Dez Bryant has been vocal on Twitter about a number of topics close to Cowboys Nation, even using the platform to clear the air a few weeks ago about his MRI-turned-non-MRI-turned-circus.

Now, Bryant has had to deal with the notorious Skip Bayless, spewer of absurd Cowboys takes masked in a fake Cowboys' "fandom". As you see here, Dez used Bayless' shot at him to speak out on a much more important narrative going on at The Star - that of team unity and chemistry thanks to Head Coach Jason Garrett.

Dez Bryant on Twitter

@RealSkipBayless slow down brother I said it because you said it...

This back and forth would not end here though, as Bryant came back to elaborate on the fact that Bayless merely uses the facade of being a Cowboys fan to generate ratings and attention. Screenshot level = Zeke Elliott. So long, Bayless.

Siegfried Prescott

The Cowboys offense may be without the services of Dez Bryant again on Sunday against the Packers, but that hasn't seemed to affect rookie QB Dak Prescott.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Dak Prescott's adjusted completion percentage vs Bengals: 90.5, the best single-game adjusted completion % this year

In another surgical performance against the supposedly stout Bengals defense, Prescott earned Pro Football Focus' highest adjusted completion percentage of the season at an outstanding 90.5%.

Prescott is coming for you, Green Bay, and there is nothing you can do about it.

Prescott's Running Mate: To the Zeke-Mobile!

Ezekiel Elliott is the best running back in the National Football League. Do not @ me unless you plan on submitting a tweet to be featured here at Inside The Star next week.

Elliott has made quite the running mate for Dak Prescott, collectively keeping this offense ahead of the chains and on the field. If you think back to draft season, in the closing days prior to Elliott's selection, the only logical detriment to the Cowboys selecting Zeke was literally that he would score too quickly.


Well, Elliott scored pretty quickly against the Bengals on this 60-yard dash, as Dallas ran away with a 28-0 lead. Thanks to the NFL, you can now watch just how quickly Zeke torched the Bengals.

I've watched this about 1,000 times. You can do the same. Watch it until Sunday. Then get ready to watch it live once again.

Mo Fly Zone

How awesome is it to see a healthy and confident Morris Claiborne balling out for the Cowboys this season? The rejuvenated corner has performed as the team's defensive MVP through five games, even being recognized as the league's best CB by some.

FF Draft Stats on Twitter

Morris Claiborne is the top performing CB in the NFL in 2016, targeted 33 times, allowed 19 catches & 0 TD's #Cowboys

Morris Claiborne is awesome. Aaron Rodgers has been far from awesome this season. Cowboys Nation should expect #24 to ball out once again on Sunday.

That will do it for this edition of Tweet Break! If you want your tweets to be featured here, all you have to do is send them to me! Use the #TweetBreak, tag @ShoreSportsNJ, and tell your friends to do the same!

Feel free to also use the comments section below to discuss any of the topics in this Tweet Break, or email your thoughts to

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.


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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady



DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady



New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.

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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady



Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

nfldraft malik mcdowell 3

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.

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