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What Could Quarterback Austin Davis Bring To The Dallas Cowboys?

RJ Ochoa

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202 miles separate AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, from the city of Austin, TX. 202 miles is 1,066,560 feet. If you'll allow me to put that in proper football terms for you - that's 355,530 yards.

That's the amount of yards Tony Romo is going to throw when his adamantium body is ready to go he makes his triumphant return to the Dallas Cowboys, but in the mean time America's Team needs some insurance for their Star QuarterDAK.

The City of Austin might be 202 miles away from the Cowboys Brain Trust, but they're looking at bringing in an Austin for that wee bit 'o insurance. In the hit tv show Friday Night Lights there was once an insurance salesman from Austin so this is obviously fate.

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter

If you listened to @CowboysBreak this morning I said "No" to a question asked about Austin Davis - was wrong. Team workout on Wednesday.

Who Is Austin Davis?

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Should the Dallas Cowboys sign Austin he would be, counting Kellen Moore who was recently placed on Injured Reserve, the fifth signal-caller to be employed by the club. What's amazing about this is that four of the five (Romo, Moore, Showers, and Austin should he sign) all went undrafted. 4/5! 80%! What!

Yes, Davis went undrafted out of Southern Mississippi in 2012. Yes, Southern Mississippi is where Brett Favre went to school. No, the rumors about the Cowboys bringing Favre in to back up Dak Prescott are not true.

Austin originally latched on to the St. Louis Rams before getting the boot from them and making the Miami Dolphins Practice Squad. He'd have a second stint with St. Louis, which is when he really got cooking.

After his second Rams stint Davis signed on with Cleveland, where he's been since being waived on Monday. Will Dallas be next?

What Exactly Does Austin Davis Bring To The Cowboys?

Look, I'm always honest with you guys. You know that I call a spade a spade.

That being said, Austin Davis does not bring an enormously impressive skill set. The best thing that can be said about his quarterback-ing is that he's at the NFL level. He doesn't make big throws downfield, usually reverting to a checkdown. Considering the checkdown options in Dallas (Zeke, Alfred Morris aka The Butler, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten, etc.) that might not be such a bad thing.

Cowboys Nation was subjected to the continual checkdowns from the likes of Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel in 2015, but the checkdown talent is far superior just a season later. Should Davis sign, and play hypothetically, and revert to the same style of play it would likely yield far better results this time around. Keep in mind that this is not at all a result of any talent that Davis brings to the table, but the surrounding variables.

In looking at Austin Davis' track record I noticed something particularly interesting that certainly qualifies as valuable as far as what he brings to this table - experience. I'm not talking about the generic type of experience that all veteran players have, I'm talking about legit stuff here! Hear me out.

Austin Davis has thrown for over 200 yards seven times in his career:

Austin Davis +200-Yard Games Completions Attempts Yards TDs INTs Result
*9/14/14 @ TB 22 29 235 0 0 W
*9/21/14 v. DAL 30 42 327 3 2 L
*10/5/14 @ PHI 29 49 375 3 0 L
*10/13/14 v. SF 21 42 236 1 1 L
*22/9/14 @ ARI 17 30 216 1 2 L
^12/6/15 v. CIN 25 38 230 0 1 L
^1/3/16 v. PIT 24 46 240 0 2 L

*St. Louis Rams, ^Cleveland Browns

What's interesting about this, class? Does anybody know? Bueller?

Is it really sad interesting that six of these seven, not to mention the last six in a row, are losses? Sure, but that's not what we're here to talk about. I'll give you one more try.

Any guesses? Seriously? Fine I'll tell ya.

Austin Davis has thrown for over 200 yards, a relatively simple mark of success, seven times in the last two seasons. Five of those opponents (Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh) are all teams that the Cowboys play this year. Considering that Philly is a division rival that group in total allots for 6/16 games... 38%.

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What's even more interesting is the games in the first half of the Cowboys season. Why? Well it's been widely speculated that that's exactly how long Tony Romo will miss. Among the first Cowboys eight opponents are San Francisco, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Cleveland (who Davis was just waived by). Add this all up and you come to the conclusion that Austin Davis has a fair amount of knowledge and experience over the past two seasons with 50% of the teams that the Cowboys will play in the first half of the season.

So what can Austin Davis bring to the Cowboys? Great mechanics and pocket awareness? In all honesty, not to a degree that's going to drastically improve their quarterback situation behind Dak Prescott.

What Austin Davis could bring is a brain full of knowledge that can potentially be of extreme value to the Dallas Cowboys. That's smart business, just ask Austin who majored in business at Southern Miss (they should really call that degree plan BusMiss).

Boo-ya.

What do YOU think Austin Davis would bring to the Dallas Cowboys? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • Mike Fuggedaboutit

    So I guess Matt Cassell doesn’t count as one of Dallas’ recent quarterbacks? I wish I could forget him as easily as you did. Otherwise good piece!

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Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Have a Championship Defense

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Have a Championship Defense

The Dallas Cowboys are not only breathing in playoff contention, but they're now the favorites to crown themselves as the NFC East champions in 2018. It's pretty impressive how the tables can turn so quickly in the NFL. Dallas played very well against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday and we learned quite a bit from them as they bounced back to .500. Here's this week's Takeaway Tuesday! Enjoy it as much as you did Brett Maher's game winning field goal a couple of days ago.

Cowboys Have a Championship Defense

Despite taking steps in the right direction, it's impossible to compare this offense to units like the Chiefs, Saints and Rams. However, it's the Cowboys' defense that could be labeled as a championship unit. Facing an offense with such a strong WR core, allowing only one touchdown on the road is impressive.

The Cowboys sacked Matt Ryan three times and were constantly causing pressures. Byron Jones was great once again, allowing only two catches in passes thrown in his direction. And of course, the kid who's been impressing us all, Leighton Vander Esch continued to play out of his mind. He should be the Defensive Rookie of the Year front runner at this point.

The Cowboys' defense is one of the best in the NFL right now, and any offense will have a tough time facing them. It'll be intriguing to see if they can take the next step and stop a high-powered unit like the Saints in a few days.

Offensive Line Woes Are Gone

The offense has improved a lot the last couple of games. Although there is still a lot to work on, they're not struggling as they were in the first half of the season. The offensive line is a huge part of this. With Marc Colombo at OL coach, things have looked very different in Dallas.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Ezekiel Elliott: "I feel great. I feel fast. I feel physical. I feel very comfortable with the running schemes. We just got to keep rolling. That's what's important. We just got to keep rolling.

Ezekiel Elliott has been on a roll the past two weeks and his comments regarding how he feels about the running schemes shouldn't go unnoticed. The offensive line wasn't playing as well as they are right now earlier in the year. Dak Prescott is noticeably more comfortable in the pocket.

It's intriguing to know what will happen at left guard for the Cowboys. With Connor Williams injured, Xavier Su'a-Filo has done a good job filling in for him. Williams has the upside, but should Dallas mess up the mojo this OL has lately?

Dak Prescott Continues To Be Money In Clutch Si

Dak Prescott: Clutch QB

Dak Prescott continues to be criticized by fans while he keeps proving us why it's not that easy to move on from him. The guy is far from the perfect passer, yet he's been clutch time and time again. This time he did so on the road on an impressive two minute drill.

With 1:46 on the clock, Prescott marched his team down to the Falcons' 24 yard line. He managed to give his team another game winning drive in consecutive weeks. The Cowboys' young quarterback needed a confidence boost and this is perfect for him. He needs to keep it up if the team is going to finish the season as the NFC East champions.

Since entering the NFL, Dak has 12 game winning drives. As frustrating as his play is at times, he will not be easy to replace if the Cowboys decide to move on from this guy down the road. Hopefully, they don't have to. I, for one, believe Dak can be way better with a proper coaching staff. But that's a discussion for another day.

Now, it's time to celebrate the Cowboys' victory and get ready for a short week as the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

Tell me what you think about "Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Have a Championship Defense" 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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Geoff Swaim Needs Surgery, Should the Cowboys even use a Tight End?

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Well, the injury woes continue to mount for the Dallas Cowboys with news coming down this evening that Tight End Geoff Swaim broke a bone in his wrist in the 22-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The injury will need surgery which will mean Swaim will be out a while, if not for the rest of the season.

David Helman on Twitter

Geoff Swaim broke a bone in his wrist yesterday and is going to need surgery. Sounds like it might not be season-ending, but he won't be available Thursday #cowboyswire

In previous seasons this wouldn't be much of a blow to the offense, but Geoff Swaim has been the only tight end that the Cowboys have ben able to rely on this season. Dalton Schultz is a rookie, Blake Jarwin's been inconsistent, and Rico Gathers still isn't fully trusted. With the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan's insistence on using a tight end, it seems there's a huge hole at the position heading into Sunday's first place showdown with the Washington Redskins.

But in reality, is there?

For weeks, I've been screaming for this team to use more 10 personnel (one running back and zero tight ends) as its primary passing formation because it gets their best pass catching weapons on the field at the same time. Swaim has been solid and consistent in his first year as a starter, but the rest of the tight end group has disappointed. So why even run a tight end out on the field.

The Dallas Cowboys have options that could replace the tight end in the passing game without actually using a tight end.

First, they could use Noah Brown as the de facto tight end. He's been one of the best blockers on the team in his first two seasons with the team and this is the type of role he's made for. Split him out wide and motion him in tight when you want to run. He can be a threat down the seem and in the red zone with his athleticism. He'd be a mismatch for the linebackers that try to cover him and could open space underneath for Cole Beasley. Brown is also a really good run blocker, so having him on the field doesn't negate what you want to do in the run game.

The other player the Cowboys coaching staff could work into more of the tight end route responsibilities is Allen Hurns. Hurns is a really good route runner, especially in the middle of the field, where the Dallas Cowboys haven't received a lot of production. You can put Hurns in as the fourth wide receiver and split him a couple of yards off the tackle to give him a cleaner release than a TE might get and have him run "Y-option," shallow post routes, or drags. He can be a threat in the passing game if put in situations where he can excel. See below for something Allen Hurns does really well.

Film Review: What's Up with Allen Hurns?

In fact, by going four wide receivers with Brown or Hurns on the field, it's possible the opposing defense is forced to run more of dime packages against the Dallas Cowboys 10 personnel.

Why would you want to get teams into dime packages?

Most NFL teams have two pretty good linebackers that they can deploy in nickel situations, but teams rarely have four corners that they can put on the field and feel really good about. So, if you can force teams to remove one of their 11 best players for a backup corner back or safety, you are already winning that matchup.

That matchup would also get you into much more favorable defensive fronts to run against. Even if the opposition put seven or eight in the box, it would be against smaller personnel like corners and safeties instead of a second linebacker.

Running 10 personnel as their base offense moving forward would be unconventional, but with an opportunity to take control of first place in the NFC East on Thanksgiving, now is not the time for conventionality.



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Cowboys WR Michael Gallup on Personal Leave; Team Offers Support

Jess Haynie

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Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Michael Gallup suffered a personal tragedy on Sunday, being informed that his brother committed suicide. He is now on personal leave away from the team, and both Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have given their full support to Gallup during this difficult time.

According to reports, Gallup was unaware of his brother's death until immediately after the Cowboys' win over the Atlanta Falcons. Michael did not return with the team to Dallas and remained in Atlanta to be with his family.

A formal statement was made by owner Jerry Jones yesterday regarding Gallup:

“Our team and our entire organization are deeply saddened by the news of Michael’s loss. His family is our family. We share in the grief and pain that comes with something so personal and tragic. We offer our support, care and comfort for Michael, and we ask that all of those who have sons and daughters and brothers and sisters join us in keeping Michael and his wonderful family in their thoughts and prayers.”

Throughout his time owning the Cowboys, Jerry has built a reputation for personal loyalty and compassion with his players. His head coach is no different.

As he addressed the media Monday, Jason Garrett did not get into football matters when addressing Gallup's situation:

“This is a very challenging time for him. We’ll take it moment by moment, day by day, and give him all of our love and all of our support.”

While Michael is certainly dealing with something far more important than football, his availability for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins does come into question.

The Cowboys have a short week to prepare for Washington, and Gallup has started their last five games. If the rookie has to sit, which seems probable given the timeframe, we can expect more playing time for Allen Hurns and Noah Brown.

Whatever happens happens on that front. Our focus is on Michael Gallup during this sad time, with him and his family in our collective thoughts as Cowboys fans and fellow humans.



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