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Tweet Break: Dez Bryant’s Progress, Other Camp Sights as Cowboys Prepare for LA

Sean Martin

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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

Inside the Pylon on Twitter

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.

https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/763813838072401921

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.

Jon Machota on Twitter

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. 

Drew Davison on Twitter

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:

//insidethestar.com/cowboys-headlines/michael-irvin-silences-critics-with-animated-defense-of-romo/

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.

Herd w/Colin Cowherd on Twitter

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.

https://twitter.com/kinggatz2/status/763839829817700352

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!

You can follow Inside The Star on Twitter @CowboysNation for live-game analysis, fan interaction, and articles. 

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Dez Bryant’s Progress, Other Camp Sights as Cowboys Prepare for LA" 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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