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Tweet Break: Celebrations, Reflections, & Focus From The Dallas Cowboys

YO YO YOOOO! DJ R TO THE J IS IN DA HIZZ-OUSE AND I AM TAKING OVER THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF #TWEETBREAK!

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YO YO YOOOO! DJ R TO THE J IS IN DA HIZZ-OUSE AND I AM TAKING OVER THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF #TWEETBREAK!

I know that you're loyal to Inside The Star, so I also know that you know ("They don't know we know they know we know!") Staff Writer Sean Martin usually captains this ship.

Well as fate would have it, Sean is currently inside the locker room at Valley Ranch taking a swing at playing Middle Linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys. Rolando McClain doesn't seem to want to, so somebody's gotta do it... right? Ba-dum-psh.

Seriously though, you open Tweet Break for games (Four Games being the sentence that DeMarcus Lawrence will officially serve alongside RoMac AND Randy Gregory) and it's time to get down like Jay Sean did circa 2008.

Just Another Manic Monday

The 1980s were great because they gave us Back To The Future. 1986 was particularly saucy, because it was when The Bangles dropped the album Different Light.

Among many other great tracks was the classic ballad "Manic Monday." It seems that we're all wishing it was Sunday these days, missing our 'Boys more and more by the second. The NFL took the opportunity to combine Sunday greatness with their "I don't have to run" day using someone who knows a thing or two about running.

NFL on Twitter

MondayMotivation

Ezekiel Elliott Loves Life

Speaking of people who are really awesome at running... Ezekiel Elliott, ladies and gentlemen!

Katy Perry once told us that she was going to get our hearts racing in her skin tight jeans, and while Zeke is going to make our aortic pumps go wild Sundays this fall, it was his skin tight jeans last weekend that caught our attention.

Parisa Michelle on Twitter

Fun shooting @EzekielElliott on the red carpet 4 the 1st time. Hope I wasn't 2 annoying of a fan 😉 #BETAwards2016

That jacket is so... mustard-y? Is that a word? Can I use it? Too late.

On Wednesday Zeke traded in the mustard yellow for a ketchup red top that made him look like The Flash... against some little kids! Ezekiel Elliott, 4th Round Draft Pick and All-Around Superstar, is out here schooling kids like they're the New York Giants (they do kinda look like the G-Men to be honest).

Tote Nation tOSU on Twitter

Zeke did NOT take it easy on the campers! #GOATcamp @EzekielElliott #SCtop10 https://t.co/qMrLnfuA88

You do you, Zeke. You do you.

You know who else said "I do."? Dallas Cowboys Guard Ronald Leary. At his wedding. It wasn't the Catalina Wine Mixer, but it sure looked nice.

Q Clothier on Twitter

Congrats to @RonLeary75 of the @DallasCowboys on your recent nuptial! Looking good in your @QClothier tuxedo. #tux

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Ron Leary from Inside The Star!

The Cowboys Remember A Legendary Enemy

The NFL Family lost one of its most beloved members this past Tuesday when Buddy Ryan, the architect of the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champion Chicago Bears Defense, passed away at the age of 85.

This was a topic that I hit on this week's RJOShow, but Dallas Cowboys from multiple generations took to Twitter to share their thoughts and condolences on one of the game's more legendary and colorful figures.

Troy Aikman on Twitter

As a QB knew you were in for a long day & a lot of bruises when facing a Buddy Ryan coached defense...a defensive genius. Prayers w family.

Tony Dorsett on Twitter

Buddy Ryan was a defensive mastermind who changed the game. RIP Coach. #BuddyRyan

Cowboys Nation on Twitter

I hate to share anything with their logo but I'll be damned if he wasn't dead on with this.

Staying Focused

Focus, the mental state not that awful Will Smith movie, is tough to have this time of year.

Between last week's Game Of Thrones season finale and Big Brother being back in my life, I've been all over the place! Thankfully, I've put on my best focus face for the good of Inside The Star.

The Dallas Cowboys are remaining focused as well. Mark Nzeocha, who we might need to lean on this year due to the McClain suspension, had this to say.

Mark Nzeocha on Twitter

What you do speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you say #grind

This feels like one of the riddles from Saw. How can what I do speak so loudly that you can't even hear it?! What are you talking about, Nzeocha? Either way you're the man, go be good at football please, thanks, alright!

While I forgive #53 for omitting the "o" before the "a" in his last name (Nzeochoa would be so much better obviously), Marky Mark has the potential to be a stud in 2016. One of the members of the fun bunch who is a stud, even on a bad day, dropped some focus of his own this week.

Dez Bryant on Twitter

Nothing bold about me it's going down #x https://t.co/27d5SQN2ZV

X marks the spot. Throw it up. Except don't actually throw up an x. That would hurt. A lot.

Make sure to follow Inside The Star on Twitter at @InsideTheStarDC and let us know what you want to see in next week's #TweetBreak!

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Celebrations, Reflections, & Focus From The Dallas Cowboys" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Is Kavon Frazier Fighting a Losing Battle With the Dallas Cowboys?

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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.

Kavon Frazier

Dallas Cowboys S Kavon Frazier

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?



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Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019

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Predicting Dallas Cowboys Roster Locks, Pre-Training Camp Edition
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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.

Why The Numbers Expect Regression, But Success For Cowboys 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.



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Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations

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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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