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Tweet Break – Ezekiel Elliott Feasts In Ohio Return, Dez Bryant Enjoying Wins

Sean Martin



The Star News - Tweet Break - Ezekiel Elliott Feasts In Ohio Return, Dez Bryant Enjoying Wins

My first published article here at Inside The Star came on July 17th, 2015. As a lifelong Cowboys fan, this means the 4-12 season of a year ago served as a rough inauguration for me into the land of Cowboys blogging.

Now, in my second season, things are obviously much happier around here - and I was even able to cross off another personal goal yesterday in Cleveland. In attendance for my first ever Dallas Cowboys game, America's Team improved to 7-1 on the season (with plenty of their fans in attendance), bringing us yet another #VictoryPoloMonday!

Sean Martin ✭ on Twitter

I don't know if I'll ever belong to a better group than #CowboysNation. First #DallasCowboys game - win #7. ✭

As your guide through this Monday, here is a weekly collection of the best tweets surrounding #DALvsCLE:

First-Place Mannequins?

Dallas Cowboys on Twitter

That 7-1 feeling #mannequinchallenge

One of the best things about the Cowboys seven game winning streak is that they are being led by young players all over the field. This youthful team has been a joy to watch not only on the field, but off the field as well, with moments like these that sum up the chemistry and bond these players have.

Did the Cleveland Browns actually lose to a bunch of mannequins? The world may never know.

Charlotte J Anderson on Twitter

@dallascowboys 7-1 victory feeling.. #mannequinchallenge #DallasCowboys

Can Anybody Let Dez Bryant Enjoy Winning?

Dez Bryant on Twitter

Dez Bryant on Twitter

If you are a die-hard Cowboys fan, you know all too well about the narratives that national media members try to push about this team - especially when they are leading the NFC. One such narrative that has gone on since Dez Bryant came into the league is that Dallas' star WR is not a "team player", or that he is a "distraction" and "unhappy diva".

Bryant played in his second game back from injury in Cleveland, and was visibly frustrated with himself along with the officials for the overall lack of an impact he was able to make.

Bryant put out this tweet after the game in an attempt to slow down the hot takes machine that is Skip Bayless, who consistently takes the approach of a "Cowboys fanthat paints Bryant as a negative on a team full of other positives.

Doug Adams on Twitter

S/o to @DezBryant on being the best weapon we had today, all those triple teams made everybody else look amazing @_NateHiles

Bryant also retweeted fans like these, who understood the impact he had in freeing up other players on offense in this victory. Cole Beasley's wide open touchdown was the perfect example of this.

David Irving's Costly Ejection

Looking at the final score, the Cowboys loss of David Irving early in the first quarter of this game didn't mean much, but it will cost the young defensive linemen about a week's pay.

Charean Williams on Twitter

The fine for a first offense for fighting is $30,387.David Irving makes $30,882 per week.

On top of that, Irving will have to face Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli, who our Staff Writer Kevin Brady named as "The Most Important Man To The Cowboys Success".

Jon Machota on Twitter

David Irving said after the game he had not yet talked to Marinelli about getting thrown out: "I'm a little nervous, I'm not going to lie.

The talk out of Cowboys practices has always been that Irving has more than enough skill to succeed in Dallas - which we have seen numerous times - but is far too inconstant from a motor and technique standpoint.

This ejection costed him a chance to put in work against an Browns offensive line that had all kinds of problems with the Cowboys interior defenders.

Ezekiel Elliott Returns Home to a Feast

Zeke Elliott is always hungry. The rookie running back sensation is constantly eating up yards as the best player at his position in the entire league - doing so for two big scores in Cleveland yesterday.

Sean Martin ✭ on Twitter

21 knows what we're here for. 7-1. ✭

Here is a great look at Zeke going in for six from another Cowboys Nation member in attendance.

Rick Ferguson II on Twitter

@rjochoa @ShoreSportsNJ @CowboysNation @DemBoyz_News Nice view of Zeke eating for six more ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ #howboutthemcowboys

Never stop eating, rookie.

Sean Martin ✭ on Twitter

Someone's hungry

NFL on Twitter

FeedZeke #DallasCowboys #FeedZeke #DallasCowboys #FeedZeke #DallasCowboys #FeedZeke #DallasCowboys #FeedZeke #DallasCowboys

Victory Polo Monday

As always, we'll conclude this edition of Tweet Break by taking a look at how you guys are celebrating #VictoryPoloMonday!

Yesterday was a day that I will not soon forget, witnessing the Dallas Cowboys continue to put together a magical season. As we approach a week 10 meeting in Pittsburgh with the Steelers, make sure to let me know what you want to read about!

Tweet at me anytime @ShoreSportsNJ, or email

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Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break – Ezekiel Elliott Feasts In Ohio Return, Dez Bryant Enjoying Wins" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Sean’s Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Cowboys D

Sean Martin



Sean's Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Dallas Cowboys Defense 1

It took some time, but the Dallas Cowboys have their first outside free agent of the offseason, signing Linebacker Joe Thomas to provide depth at a position where Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber have already signed elsewhere.

The fifth-year pro has played exclusively with the Green Bay Packers, but the Cowboys do have some familiarity with Thomas as he spent part of 2015 on their practice squad.

Joe Thomas has served as a core special teams contributor and sub-package LB for the Packers out of South Carolina State, and will now look to bring these services to a Cowboys team in need of play making ability on both defense and special teams.

Using film from this past season, here is Joe Thomas' full scouting report.

LB Joe Thomas: Strengths

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Joe Thomas lined up at all three LB positions for the Packers, taking the majority of his snaps on defense at MIKE or WILL. The WILL position is where Thomas should fit best in Dallas.

Not overly physical with a shorter but square frame, Thomas is a rangy player with light feet and fluid movement ability. Shifting laterally along the line of scrimmage to "pick through trash" is not a problem for Thomas, nor is flipping his hips and running to the football.

It may take Thomas more effort than it should to get in position on most plays, with false steps and late reads being an issue, but once he establishes his sight on the point of attack this is a downhill missile of a player.

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Joe Thomas uses his length well to disengage from blocks and finish off plays, doing a nice job of not allowing blockers into his chest consistently.

With Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith expected to be the Cowboys' primary starters at WILL and MIKE respectively, Thomas could supplement these two physical, well-rounded players extremely well given his athleticism.

LB Joe Thomas: Weaknesses

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There is a reason a player with the raw traits of Joe Thomas goes un-drafted, and in this case it is because of awareness and anticipation issues in Thomas' game.

Far too often on tape, Thomas is forcing himself to recover from false steps against the blockers in front of him. I would have loved to see a player with this movement ability get more clean opportunities to finish at the football, but it was simply not there for Thomas.

When Thomas wasn't late to the ball against the run, he was getting caught flat-footed in space trying to compensate for this reactionary ability. This led to Thomas' fair share of missed tackles, where the LB failed to break down correctly.

Overall, Thomas did a decent job of avoiding blocks and disengaging, and does play with better-than-expected stopping power. The strength and technique to shed blocks was rarely seen though, relying on his quickness to outrun opponents to the spot.

LB Joe Thomas: Summary

Sean's Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Dallas Cowboys Defense

This is a player that should help the Dallas Cowboys in two phases of their game this season.

Signed for both 2018 and 2019, the Cowboys have clearly seen enough from their former practice squad linebacker in Green Bay to bring back an athletic ST ace with upside on defense.

Joe Thomas shouldn't be taking Lee or Smith off the field regularly this season, but at his best he will factor into Rod Marinelli's defense on passing downs.

Thomas gives a unit predicated on flowing to the ball even more speed on the field, and is an ideal depth signing with the versatility to cover punts and kickoffs.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: Linebacker Joe Thomas Brings Speed, Range to Cowboys D" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Could a Special Coach Help Dez Bryant’s Route-Running?

Brian Martin



Could Special Coach Help Dez Bryant's Route Running?

Dez Bryant's career with the Dallas Cowboys may be in limbo, but that's not stopping him from trying to improve his game and on-field performance.

Bryant will reportedly train with personal wide receivers coach David Robinson, who specializes in route-running, according to reporter Jane Slater of NFL Network. This should come as good news to a lot of Cowboys fans, because Dez Bryant has often been criticized throughout his professional career for his route-running.

If anything, this news should indicate that Dez Bryant is more determined than ever to rebound from his disappointing 2017 season and prove his critics wrong that he is no longer one of the top receivers in the league. I for one am not going to bet against him.

Bryant's work ethic and passion for the game have never been questioned. His desire to be the best is evident anytime you turn on his film, whether it is in a game situation or on the practice field. He takes the "practice like you play" mantra to heart.

Everybody should be encouraged that at this point in his career, Dez Bryant is still looking at ways to improve his game and seek help. Hopefully, working with a well-known receivers coach like David Robinson can take Bryant's game to the next level.

Dez Bryant

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

You may not know who David Robinson is (I certainly didn't), but he is well respected around the league and has helped other receivers under his tutelage. Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Reed, and even Cowboys former WR Brice Butler have all benefited from Robinson's coaching.

Dez Bryant has always been regarded as one of those types of receivers who is always open regardless how tight the coverage is around him. His ability to go up and snag the ball out of the air is arguably his best trait, but he could become more dangerous if he can create separation on his own with better route-running.

Unfortunately, Bryant is entering the stage in his career where age becomes a factor and some regression is to be expected. This is why improved route-running could improve any deficiencies Bryant maybe dealing with.

But, what exactly will David Robinson be working on with Dez Bryant?

Robinson told Jane Slater that in his workouts with Dez Bryant, he will concentrate on the expansion of Bryant's route tree, shaking defenders at the line of scrimmage, and improving footwork technique to compensate for any natural loss of speed due to age.

I don't know about you, but I'm actually looking forward to seeing how Bryant responds to Robinson's coaching, hopefully still as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

We all know that Bryant's status with the Cowboys is unknown, at least to those of us on the outside looking in, but I don't see him going anywhere in 2018. There just aren't any vet WRs or rookies who I can see replacing his production. Of course, I could be wrong.

One thing is for sure though, Dez Bryant isn't going to sit on his hands while he waits to find out what his future holds.

Do you think improved route-running will help Dez Bryant's game?

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Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Reunite Shea McClellin With Rod Marinelli?

Since becoming the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Rod Marinelli hasn't had too many of his former players follow him to Dallas. In fact, I can only think of one… Henry Melton, and we all know how that turned out.

I don't know about you, but I found that a little strange. It's pretty common for coaches to try to bring some of their players with them when they accept a new job. Familiarity goes a long way in the NFL and former players can also help make the transition easier for everyone.

Strangely enough, Rod Marinelli hasn't really been afforded that luxury, whether it was his doing or not. But, there is a free agent who played under Marinelli's tutelage in Chicago who might make sense for the Dallas Cowboys, linebacker Shea McClellin.

Rod Marinelli was the defensive coordinator in Chicago when the Bears decided to draft Shea McClellin 19th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Marinelli likely had a big say in that decision, and if he still feels the same, a reunion could be in order.

Shea McClellin started his career in the NFL as a 4-3 left side defensive end playing opposite Julius Peppers, but was also viewed as a potential Brian Urlacher replacement. He showed flashes of becoming a solid defensive end his first few years in the league, but was eventually moved to linebacker, where he seemed to find a home for himself.

Shea McClellin

New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin

After his contract expired with the Bears, the New England Patriots decided to bring him aboard to help with their linebacker depth. He only ended up starting four games for them in 2016, but made some memorable plays to help the Patriots become the Super Bowl champions.

Unfortunately, the 2017 season wasn't very kind to him. His entire year was wiped out due to a concussion, which probably had a lot to do with why they recently released him.

This of course could be good news for the Dallas Cowboys. They currently need some depth at the linebacker position and Shea McClellin could provide that, if he's healthy. The healthy bit here is key, because he has had problems with concussions in the past.

If McClellin is indeed healthy, he could bring a versatile skill set to the Cowboys defense. His best spot is probably at strong side LB (SAM), but I think he could play middle linebacker (MIKE) as well. He also could provide depth at defensive end, the position he played to start his NFL career.

With the LB depth a concern, Shea McClellin makes quite a bit of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, his past history with concussions is a red flag, but it also drives down his asking price. I think he would definitely fall into that "bargain shopping" mentality the Cowboys have been using these last few offseasons.

He probably wouldn't be viewed as a very important signing, but you still need these types of players on your team in order to succeed in the NFL. Let's see if the Dallas Cowboys agree.

Do you think a Rod Marinelli and Shea McClellin reunion is in order?

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