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Tweet Break: Twitter Reacts to Cowboys Releasing Dez Bryant

John Williams

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It's been almost a week since the Dallas Cowboys made the widely criticized, but potentially correct, move to release Dez Bryant. A move that was met with a bevy of emotions from fans and teammates alike is still at the forefront of conversation within Cowboys Nation.

As many are still trying to cope with the idea of 88 throwing up the X for another team in 2018, let's take a look back at the reactions surrounding this controversial news.

Current and Former Cowboys

A lot of the focus has been on his now-former teammates and their reaction to Dez Bryant no longer being with the team. Jason Witten had a lot to say on his long-time teammate.

Like this, provided by David Helman of DallasCowboys.com.

David Helman on Twitter

Jason Witten, with some introspective comments about the nature of the NFL, when he was asked tonight for his reaction to Dez Bryant's release:

Jason Garrett was in full regular-season mode when giving his thoughts on Bryant's departure.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jason Garrett: "I love Dez Bryant. He's one of the great players to ever play for this franchise. It's certainly an emotional time. It wasn't an easy decision to make. ... We're gonna move forward, Dez is gonna move forward, and hopefully we'll have a lifelong relationship.

Jon Machota, who is one of the best at gathering player reactions to storylines, found this one and provided it for the masses.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Michael Irvin on @nflnetwork: "Are the Dallas Cowboys a better football team without Dez Bryant? The absolute answer to that right now is no.

One more from Jon, this time from Dallas Cowboys' linebacker, Sean Lee.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Sean Lee said it would be "torture" to have to play against Dez Bryant in a game. "As a linebacker I always felt it was like tackling a running back with how hard he ran, how tough he was. That would be extremely tough for us.

Rob Ryan may not have worked out very well here as a defensive coordinator, but this analysis from his time with the Dallas Cowboys is pretty cool.

FOX Sports Radio on Twitter

When I was there, he was ruled out the last 4 weeks of the season, and he made himself play. You've got to tip your cap to him. He's a real competitor. I know he'll find work, and he'll be great for somebody."

Media Reaction

NFL.com provided this treasure of Dez Bryant highlights for you and me to consume instead of grief eating.

NFL on Twitter

Leaving as another legendary No. 88. And the all-time franchise leader in touchdown catches. @DezBryant's best career plays with the @DallasCowboys! https://t.co/To3MtIDP22

Pro Football Focus provided this little nugget, potentially explaining Dez's lack of efficiency over the last three seasons. Though, as Inside The Star contributor Christopher Watjen correctly wondered, what would it look like if you took away the abysmal quarterback play of 2015?

Pro Football Focus on Twitter

Dez Bryant has seen a reduction in catchable targets over the past three seasons

Ross Tucker from NBC Sports thought like many of us did, that they left a bit of a hole on the roster with the release of Dez.

Ross Tucker on Twitter

Looking through all of the depth charts the team that could clearly use Dez Bryant the most is the ... Dallas Cowboys.

The DallasCowboys.com' Talkin' Cowboys crew gives their thoughts on what led to Bryant's release.

https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/986315539705421830

Potential Suitors for Dez Bryant's Services

The race to recruit Dez is already underway and players from the Houston Texans are already making a push.

Not sure who DeAndre Hopkins got to do this photo edit, but other than Dez with a different star on his helmet, it's pretty awesome.

Deandre Hopkins on Twitter

@DezBryant

Tyrann Mathieu, who called out the Dallas Cowboys defensive backs about a week ago, has gotten in on the Dez Bryant recruiting as well.

NFL on Twitter

Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era), @DeAndreHopkins lobbying for @DezBryant to join Texans: https://t.co/WRTbh4zb00

Baltimore has become a popular destination for veteran free agents over the last several years, especially wide receivers. See Anquan Boldin and Mike Wallace, for example.

This one from Bleacher Report breaks down several places that could be options for Dez Bryant's services, including the Ravens.

Bleacher Report on Twitter

Where will he land? Dez Bryant checks all the boxes the Ravens look for in a WR. (via @SimmsandLefkoe) https://t.co/9bLdBHvCYc

If you're into Las Vegas betting lines, this one might interest you as well. The Green Bay Packers seem to be the favorite to land Dez Bryant. Lord, help us all. 

The Packers Wire on Twitter

Vegas considers Packers one the favorites to sign Dez Bryant https://t.co/qbp6d4j15f

Mike Fisher from 105.3 The Fan and 24/7 Sports had a sit down interview with Dez after the release and Bryant discussed the places he'd most like to go. Some really good quotes in there from Dez and some good insight from Fish as well.

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Deztination: Where In The NFL Will #Cowboys Ex Dez Bryant Land? Come Inside And See His Wish List https://t.co/mgbgAZNbfc

And this one from our own Jess Haynie was just funny. Sorry, couldn't not include it.

Jess Haynie on Twitter

If the last four days of sports media have taught us anything.... Even when he's not even on a team, Dez Bryant can't escape coverage. https://t.co/waUBaRoEKS

Fan Reaction

Because you, the fan, are the reason we do this, let's give you some more tweets to help you grieve the loss of the Cowboys' all-time leader in touchdown receptions.

This is a pretty pragmatic approach to the upcoming draft, and I think he's right. Getting left guard fixed is more of a priority than drafting someone to replace Dez Bryant.

jesus flores on Twitter

I think this team's need to replace Ron Leary has bigger implications on the season than their need to replace Dez Bryant.

Dez caught a lot of touchdowns during his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, but this one still sticks out to @DCBlueStar.

DCBlueStar ⚡️ on Twitter

I still get the remember the call from @DezBryant's first TD. I kid you not, it randomly pops in my head, and it plays on repeat. "There goes the rookie! Right around Maynard! Touch. Down. Dallas. No flags.

Will here captured a pretty important moment in the Dez Bryant era with this tweet. Dez felt how we all felt when the "Dez Caught It" play was overturned.

Will on Twitter

@CowboysNation Man I'd say the Dez catch game was more significant, you could see the heartbreak in @DezBryant eyes when the call was made. Potentially cost Dez, Tony, DeMarco and the rest of the 14' team a Lombardi imo

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What is one of your favorite Dez Bryant memories?



I didn't start out as a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quickly as I could. I grew up a Joe Montana fan when he was with the 49ers and followed him to the Chiefs, until we moved to Texas. I've now been a Fan of the Boys since the Dark Days of the Post-Aikman, Pre-Romo era of abysmal quarterback play, now relishing in more than a decade of franchise quarterbacking for America's Team.

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  • Saul Molina

    Look with respect dez was my boy it sucked to see him go but numbers don’t lie he is gone we need to move on instead of continously talking about this let’s talk about the guys who are here let’s talk about the draft will we draft calvin ridley,Courtland Sutton,dj moore,vita vea, will hernandez,james washington,equanimas st brown,rashaan evans,isaiah wynn the list goes on and on that’s what we should be talking about not people who are no longer on the team

    • John Williams

      While I agree with you, people are still talking about it, so…

      But for me personally, That was my last post on the subject.

      • Saul Molina

        Yea they just need to be talking about more important stuff like who is on our team the draft things that actually pertain to us

        • John Williams

          Don’t disagree/

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Can Jaylon Smith Challenge Vander Esch For Starting MIKE Role?

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In Season For Youth, Cowboys Must Make Tough Decision On Jaylon Smith

When the Dallas Cowboys selected Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first round pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the whole world basically assumed he would be the starting MIKE linebacker week one of the upcoming season.

After all, the Cowboys lost Anthony Hitchens to free agency and none of the injury replacements had much success during the 2017 season.

Now just a couple of months shy of that week one match up with the Carolina Panthers, a battle for that middle linebacker spot appears to be occurring.

Former 2016 second round pick Jaylon Smith has seemed to find his health, and his movement skills and agility look like they did back when he was at Notre Dame. Whether or not these offseason hype videos will actually mean anything on the field remains to be seen, but just the fact that Smith is working out and playing without the knee brace is obviously a good sign.

Unlike Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith did play for the Dallas Cowboys a year ago. Sure Smith had his share of growing pains, but he seemed to find his groove late in the season. It probably isn't a coincidence, though, that Smith's best games came when coming off the bench in a limited role and when playing beside veteran Sean Lee.How Will LB Jaylon Smith Best be Utilized in 2018?

During the offseason activity thus far Jaylon Smith has gotten the majority of snaps at middle linebacker, but Vander Esch has also been sidelined with an injured ankle. Leighton Vander Esch clearly fits the mold of a MIKE both physically and athletically, but at his best Jaylon Smith does as well.

Despite the resurgence of Jaylon Smith and the injury to Leighton Vander Esch, I still do expect Vander Esch to snag that MIKE role moving forward. While showing glimpses of productive play, Smith did not impress enough to earn him the unquestioned starting job last season, and may best fit as a SAM backer and situational pass rusher/blitzer in the current scheme.

Allowing Jaylon Smith to conserve his energy and provide a boost off the bench is the best way for the Cowboys to structure their defense. Of course, this is only true as long as Vander Esch becomes the player they expect him to be, though.

If Jaylon Smith does return to the player he was at Notre Dame prior to his horrific injury, the Cowboys will possess three incredibly rangy, athletic, and talented linebackers on their roster.

Of course, that if is a very big if at this point, however.



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Will Cowboys’ Performance VS NFC South Define 2018 Season?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dak Prescott Weighs in on Cowboys "Dak-Friendly" Offense Approach

When thinking about how the Cowboys' 2017 season came to an end the day before Christmas after a disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, we often forget the team needed some extra help in order to get to the playoffs. The NFC was a tough conference to play in last year... but it will only be tougher in 2018.

The NFC is way stronger than the AFC right now, at least in terms of depth.

The Cowboys will be sharing a division with the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that only got stronger this offseason and will try to make a run for the NFC East title once again.

As good and promising as the Cowboys' roster is, it's only fair to admit that trying to get to the postseason this year might implicate running for a wildcard spot. Many teams will be fighting for a playoff berth late in the year but fortunately for Dallas, they will be able to control their destiny against a handful of this teams.

The Cowboys will play against the entire NFC South this season. Except for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, every team in the South division was fighting for a chance at January football heading into week 17.

The Saints, Falcons and Panthers all finished the season with double-digit wins last year, and there's little reason to believe they won't come back as strong as they were in 2017.

If the Cowboys are not able to beat the Eagles in the NFC East race, we'll be hearing about a lot of different playoff scenarios that will be needed in order to play in the postseason. Certainly, having the head-to-head advantage against the NFC South teams would go a long way, even if the team will play the Saints, Falcons and Panthers before December comes around.

If the Cowboys do manage to get back to their 2016-selves, no team in the league should be an "impossible" challenge for a powerful running-game based offense and a defense that can rush the passer consistently.

Of course, the NFC South is not the only challenging division in the conference. The NFC West will feature another three football teams that will be winning tons of games. The Rams, 49ers and Seahawks are all very likely to have winning records and be in the hunt once December comes around.

In a season that promises to be a "comeback" year for America's Team, the NFC promises to be a threatening conference from every direction. If the Cowboys will be able to overcome or not remains unknown and will stay that way until the season actually starts.

Tell me what you think about "Will Cowboys’ Performance VS NFC South Define 2018 Season?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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Cowboys en Español: 3 Escenarios Para el Futuro de David Irving

Mauricio Rodriguez

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- David Irving, #95

En la NFL, la falta de noticias en Junio generalmente significa buenas noticias. Los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys saben esto mejor que nadie y en caso de que lo hayan olvidado, David Irving se aseguró de recordarle a Cowboys Nation el porque de esta frase.

La semana pasada, se anunció que David Irving recibirá una suspensión de cuatro partidos por haber violado la política de abuso de substancias de la liga. Es la segunda suspensión que Irving recibe en años consecutivos y lógicamente, esto es preocupante para el equipo de los Dallas Cowboys.

Las últimas dos temporadas hemos visto a Irving convertirse en una pieza de suma importancia para la defensiva. El año pasado, Irving consiguió siete sacks (capturas) en sólo ocho juegos y se convirtió en un caza cabezas muy efectivo.

Demostrando ser uno de los jugadores más talentosos de su posición en la NFL, es difícil imaginar el futuro del #95 en la liga. Tras recibir un tender de segunda ronda hace unos meses (explico que es eso aquí), el futuro de Irving es muy incierto. Por eso, esta semana en Cowboys en Español, exploraremos tres escenarios posibles para el defensivo de 24 años.

#1 David Irving se va de Dallas prematuramente

Hace unos días, me dediqué a defender mi posición de que los Cowboys estarían cometiendo un error al cortar a David Irving. A pesar de que realmente despedirse de un defensivo como Irving parece muy poco probable, es un escenario que debemos discutir.

Irving ha sido un dolor de cabeza para el equipo en más de una ocasión. Dos suspensiones en años consecutivos no es una buena imagen para un jugador que busca un contrato jugoso al terminar el año.

Si Jason Garrett y la administración quieren "dar un mensaje" cortando a David Irving, ¿qué tanto serviría? Esta idea de enviar un mensaje, a la hora de pensarlo fríamente, parece una idea romántica de parte de nosotros los fans. Al final de cuentas, estamos hablando de un locker room lleno de jugadores adultos y profesionales, no de un grupo de niños.

Además, bien sabemos todos que Irving no es el único Cowboy que ha tenido problemas. ¿Será el hecho de que ha ocurrido dos años seguidos razón suficiente para dejarlo ir? Personalmente, no lo creo. Los Cowboys dejarían ir a un jugador muy bueno en una posición de necesidad.

Datone Jones, Jihad Ward y Maliek Collins podrán ser suficiente. Pero David Irving es especial en el campo. Mejor tenerlo por 12 juegos a tenerlo cero.

#2 Irving se queda para el 2018, pero no más allá

David Irving recibió un contrato de un año que le pagaba (antes de ser suspendido) 2.91 millones de dólares. Si hubiera demostrado que no era problemático y que podía mantenerse al 100% toda la temporada, probablemente hubiera recibido un gran contrato de los Cowboys o de otro equipo en la NFL.

Sin embargo, el dicho lo dice todo. "En la NFL, la disponibilidad es la mejor habilidad." Irving no se ha terminado de ganar la confianza necesaria para una gran extensión.

En este punto, Dallas puede esperar a que su tackle defensivo regrese de su suspensión, juegue doce juegos con ellos y les consiga un sack por juego por menos de tres millones de dólares. Después de eso, el equipo pude darse el lujo de dejarlo ir sin una extensión y verlo convertirse en un agente libre.

Does DT David Irving Have a Future With Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving (Albert Pena / CSM)

#3 Irving se queda por más de un año

En este caso, hay dos "sub-escenarios." Suponiendo que, efectivamente, Irving regresa y juega como sabemos que puede hacerlo, no será tan fácil dejarlo ir. Si llega a sorprender y demuestra que realmente es quien creemos que es y consigue diez capturas en sólo doce juegos, ¿realmente no le dará el equipo una oportunidad?

La primera opción sería asignarle la etiqueta franquicia y obligarlo a jugar un año más para un equipo que busca desesperadamente un Super Bowl.

Si se sienten cómodos dándole el salario de una etiqueta franquicia para evitar perderlo, ¿podríamos culparlos después de que les dio por ejemplo, diez capturas? Yo, personalmente, no podría hacerlo.

La otra opción, y una que podría ser la más realista, es más simple. La inmadurez y los problemas de Irving le costarán la confianza y el interés de otros equipos y es posible que en un punto, Dallas sea el único equipo que le pueda brindar seguridad de trabajo.

De esta manera, Dallas podría ofrecerle una extensión de dos, tres o más años a un precio mucho más barato que el de cualquier DT que consiga dos dígitos de sacks.

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David Irving sin duda tiene un futuro incierto delante de él. Realmente sería una sorpresa verlo fuera de Dallas en el 2018, pero más allá, quien sabe lo que pueda pasar. Por ahora, esperemos que una vez que vuelva de la suspensión, esté en forma para ir detrás de los quarterbacks oponentes.

Con un poco de suerte, quizá nos olvidaremos de esto en Noviembre.

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