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What Does Packers Game Mean for Dak Prescott, Tony Romo?

Jess Haynie

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If not for Trump and Hillary, "Tony Romo versus Dak Prescott" would be the hottest debate in America right now. It's become a headline topic on every national sports show.

While Cowboys remain very split on the question, more and more national personalities are throwing their vote to Prescott. Today on Fox NFL Sunday, all four of their analysts said Prescott should keep the job. Earlier this week, Cowboys legend Roger Staubach said he would stick with the rookie sensation.

 - Dak Prescott, #4That's right; Jimmy Johnson and Staubach are now behind Dak Prescott. They join Michael Irvin, who has been pushing for Prescott for almost two months.

No word yet on what Troy or Emmitt think.

Wherever you are now on "Prescott vs. Romo," the question today is just how much this afternoon's game can change your position. Dallas travels to meet the Green Bay Packers, with a 5-1 record just one win away.

Like those supporting their favorite political candidate, some will not be swayed by anything that happens against Green Bay. If Dak has a horrible game, his biggest fans will say that Tony Romo has had his own horrible games. If Prescott is brilliant, diehard Romo fans will argue that Tony could've been even more spectacular.

Like in politics, the impact of new events and evidence is all about what it does to the middle and the undecided. Some opinion won't change no matter what, so let's talk about the ones that will.

If Prescott has a great game and the Cowboys win, many will finally be ready to see him keep the job. Dak will have won a road game in Lambeau against Aaron Rodgers. As a rookie, he'll have led the team to 5-1; something Romo's only done twice in 10 seasons.

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If Dak has pedestrian numbers but Dallas still wins, it won't provide the same momentum. Some will argue that Romo could have given us a more convincing win, and would do better if we see the Packers again in the playoffs. There is a prevailing assumption that Romo brings "more explosiveness" to the offense.

If it's a bad day at the office for Prescott, we will likely see a strong surge in Romo support. The middle is easily swayed by recent events. With two weeks to get ready for Dallas' next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, even some of Dak's current fans will run back to Romo for the big division game.

At this point there's no irrefutable argument. Those who believe in Romo's big play potential can't deny he brings increased risk of turnovers. Those who like Dak's ball control and running ability can't hide from his lack of chemistry with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, and how that's hurt Dallas in the redzone.

With the team at 5-1, or even 4-2, it will be hard to take issue with Dak's results. The question really comes more to issues such as loyalty, long-term vs. short-term goals, and how much you think with your heart over your head.

Today's game will not change things for many fans in the Prescott-Romo debate. However, for a very large group who can still be affected, it is a huge day for the rookie under center and the veteran on the sideline.

Are Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett among those who can still swayed? We're about to find out.



Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

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The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

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The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

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Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

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Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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