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.
Past, present, and future.
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.
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...
...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.
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!
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
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?
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:
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!
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
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.
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.
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.
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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