The Dallas Cowboys play a football game tomorrow. THE DALLAS COWBOYS PLAY A FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW! While it may just be the preseason opener, any resemblance of the 2016 Cowboys taking the field for a game should have Cowboys Nation excited - especially with so many players fighting for positions at the bottom of the roster.
In this week's Tweet Break, we'll take a look at some more updates from the Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, as they prepare for this first preseason game against the Rams.
Dez Bryant Doing Dez Things
See how much @DezBryant really brings to the @dallascowboys offense when Ds respect the run. https://t.co/5NQ4vSGeiO https://t.co/meBlxakRxF
With the Cowboys offense expected to do great things this season thanks to their offensive line and running game, Dez Bryant should surely be in a prime position to reclaim his dominance after being held back by injuries in 2015.
These injuries forced Bryant to have to shake off some rust at the start of camp, but as you'll see in the next tweets, #88 is gearing up and ready to go.
Not only can Bryant burn defenses on both long and short passes, but he is fully embracing the presence that rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott will bring to this team.
Dez Bryant on Ezekiel Elliott: "I love his confidence. I love his swagger. I just think he's going to be real good for us.
Tony Romo - Captain of America's Team
With the 2016 season officially getting underway with its first game tomorrow, now is as good of a time as ever to show some love for starting QB Tony Romo. Not only has Romo been preparing for his own return from injury, but Tony even recently gave us this epic appearance in a new NFL Sunday Ticket commercial.
Michael Irvin: Tony Romo has the ability to lead and get a team to the Super Bowl.
Well, Michael Irvin, who is staying at NFL Network, visited Cowboys camp and had some pretty bold observations - such as this one about Romo. Of course, Irvin does have a history of defending #9 for the Dallas Cowboys on the biggest stages:
Tony Romo, along with Dez Bryant and now even Ezekiel Elliott, is part of the reason why the Cowboys are such a talked-about team. Love or hate anybody that wears the star, the truth of the matter is that NFL fans know all about what the Cowboys' star represents - which is the greatest and most valuable sports franchise in the world.
Adding to this praise was Colin Cowherd, who listed the Cowboys on his list of eight total teams in all of American sports that can maintain popularity through all circumstances.
The 8 sports brands in America according to @ColinCowherd. #HerdHere
The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers were the other two NFL teams to make this list along with the Dallas Cowboys, and both teams will host Dallas in their buildings this season.
It's Time for Football, Rico Gathers
Sixth-round pick Rico Gathers is quickly becoming a fan favorite for Cowboys' fans - as the converted Baylor basketball player has been outspoken on Twitter about his process in trying to earn a spot on the team as a tight end.
Last week, we checked in on him running through strange Mike Pope drills, and now just hours before his first NFL game he is going back to his roots and discussing who he would take as his starting five for a basketball game out of the Cowboys' roster.
Two of Gathers' five picks were players covered here on Tweet Break - WR Dez Bryant and QB Tony Romo.
Let's hope that not only Rico Gathers, but all of the Cowboys making the trip to Los Angeles are ready to go tomorrow night! The spotlights will be on as the game is airing on ESPN, with the Rams making their return to Los Angeles in style.
Enjoy the game, and be sure to send in any tweets that you may see while watching it or throughout the week to be featured here by emailing Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com!
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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