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Tweet Break: Cowboys Offense Ready to Roll

Sean Martin

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The 2016 Dallas Cowboys offense has a chance to be one of the most explosive and fun to watch units in the entire NFL. Operating through the most dominant offensive line in football, QB Tony Romo and WR Dez Bryant are in a prime position to make big plays in their respective returns to the field this season, along with rookie running back sensation Ezekiel Elliott.

Cole Beasley, Brice Butler, Terrance Williams, Darius Jackson, Alfred Morris, Jason Witten, and a plethora of other offensive weapons will also help put this offense over the top. In this week's edition of Tweet Break here on Inside The Star, we'll check in with some of these big offensive names both on and off the field.

Let's go!


NFL on ESPN on Twitter

Past, present, and future.

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter

He's not average. https://t.co/DaxUilHGHX

It is fitting to begin with Ezekiel Elliott, as the hype around Dallas' fourth overall pick out of Ohio State continues to grow. Here, you see ESPN not holding back at all in adding to that hype, but bringing Zeke in for part of their upcoming 2016 Monday Night Football intro.

Darren Rovell on Twitter

Best selling jerseys on NFL Shop (4/1/16-6/30/16): 1. Ezekiel Elliott, 2. Brady, 3. Beckham Jr., 4. Cam, 5. Gronk, 6. Carson Wentz

Elliott, in the flashy scarlet suit, stands proudly next to Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson and former Lions' great Barry Sanders. Talk about being in nice company as a rookie...

https://twitter.com/Dunbar_CDB5/status/755080003134431233

...elsewhere in the Cowboys' crowded backfield, Lance Dunbar is looking to keep his name in the mix while rehabbing for training camp after having his 2015 season cut short with a torn ACL and MCL.

Dunbar is apparently making great progress, and looks to be a key element to the Cowboys versatile offense once fully healthy, catching passes out of the backfield and as a receiver.

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Zack Martin on Twitter

A special thank you to @magnanni1 for the amazing footwear and customer service for our wedding day! #magnanni

Of course, you can't talk about Ezekiel Elliott, Lance Dunbar, and the Dallas Cowboys running backs without mentioning the overwhelmingly talented offensive line that blocks for them on every play. Dominating on this offensive line since his rookie year in 2014 has been right guard Zack Martin, who is now recently married leading up to 2016 training camp.

As a proud owner of an authentic #70 Zack Martin jersey, I congratulate Martin - as did my fellow Staff Writer Brian Martin. Team Martin!

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Fantasy Douche on Twitter

Dez Bryant has converted 49% of his targets inside the 10 into TDs. The highest rate for a non-TE over last 16 years https://t.co/yLr6UQOyHA

Justin Turner on Twitter

Just wanted to say thank you to @RandyMoss for your work with @Bease11. Nothing like getting work with the GOAT @NFL WR

Moving on to the Cowboys' passing attack, you'll see just another Dez Bryant highlight that will make you all the more ready for his return to action. Additionally, fans should be excited about Cole Beasley, who should not only receive a boost from having Romo back on the field, but perhaps an added element to his game due to off season work with Randy Moss.

Who's ready to watch the Cowboys put up some points on Sundays?

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ESPNDallas on Twitter

Cowboys staying patient with Cassel https://t.co/ENc0pxnmTg

WOAH SEAN WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!? ALL OF THESE TWEETS ABOUT THE COWBOYS OFFENSE HAD ME SO FIRED UP, AND NOW YOU'RE REFERENCING MATT CASSEL. HE'S NOT EVEN WITH THE TEAM ANYMORE, THIS MAKES NO SENSE!

Calm down, Cowboys Nation. To conclude this week's offensive edition of Tweet Break, I decided to have a little fun and include this gaff from ESPN Dallas - who recirculated this article to their followers. It received the reaction you would expect, considering Cassel won one game under center for Dallas, as fans tore the tweet apart.

Here is one of my favorite reactions to it, brought to you by Inside The Star Staff Writer Jess Haynie:

Jess Haynie on Twitter

Also, Emmitt Smith is questionable for next week's game against the Giants due to a shoulder injury. #CowboysNation https://t.co/iW1R2A5nBA


Thank you as always for checking out Tweet Break! See tweets throughout the week that need to be featured here on InsideTheStar.com? Email suggestions to Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or tag me in your best silver and blue related tweets @ShoreSportNJ! 

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Cowboys Offense Ready to Roll" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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 wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

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?

El Draft

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.

Decisiones difíciles

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.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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