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What’s Next For Jason Hatcher & Anthony Spencer?

Brian Leatherman

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One of the many questions floating around Valley Ranch these days is what to do about Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer. Since it’s been reported that the Cowboys have reached out to both players agent, let’s ask the question ourselves...

Starting with Jason Hatcher:

PROS:

Hatcher is coming off his first pro-bowl season while leading the team in sacks and the entire league at his position in sacks. He went from playing a DE in a 3-4 defense his entire pro career to playing 3-tech in a 4-3 scheme (versatile). Not only did he have a tough job learning a new position, but a new scheme as well. And physically, many wondered if the switch would work.

At 6’6 and coming in around 300lbs the coaches and front office thought he was too tall and would have trouble getting any leverage at the snap of the ball. Well, he proved that wasn’t going to be a problem from day 1 in training camp. Just on the pros, there shouldn’t be much of a question why we should sign him up. Ahhh, but wait, let’s get to the cons.

CONS:

Hatcher is coming off his best season yet with career numbers that are hard to ignore, however there’s another number that is hard to ignore as well. That’s Hatcher's age. He’s 32! That’s getting on up there in football years and as of right now, he refuses to see that as a problem. The problem with that is he isn’t the one that will be signing his checks.

Another issue that comes up is that Hatcher has always been a serviceable player - a guy that would come in and do his job and you could count on - but where was this type of production in the past? Which leaves the question, did he let the last year of his contract motivate him to put out this type of year? It’s happened in the past with other players.

And finally, the contract he’s looking for. Hatcher is looking to get paid one last time, and you really can’t blame the guy for wanting that. I haven’t heard it for a fact, but I would think he would be looking for a 4 to 5 year deal somewhere in the 35 to 40 million dollar range. And while the league did help out by bumping up the salary cap, Stephen and the crew would still have to renegotiate other deals to get him there.

And then Anthony Spencer:

PROS:

2012 - Spencer was slapped with a Franchise tag and put up a Pro-bowl year with a career high in sacks, and he’s always been a beast against the run. He just never put up the sack numbers prior to that season. He was dubbed "Almost" Anthony because of it.

So After the 2012 season he was given the franchise tag once again. This meant another cool 10 mil in his pocket. In my opinion he was one of the most underrated players at his position in the entire league since he took over for Greg Ellis, but the unthinkable happened for him and the cowboys...

CONS:

2013 - He tweaked his knee at mini-camp, which was originally thought to be a 3 week treatment plan and back to work he would go. Three weeks turned to 4 and so on and he missed the entire preseason and everyone was told he would be back to play in the opener against the Giants. That never happened either.

Spencer ended up playing the next week in KC and had 2 tackles. After that game, he didn't suit up for the Cowboys again in 2013. In October, Spencer had the dreaded micro-fracture surgery on his knee.

To players of today, it's equal to what a torn ACL back in the 70’s and 80’s was to players - players just don’t seem to be the same after having that kind of surgery done on their knee. Reports coming out of Valley Ranch are that Spencer was seen on crunches just about a month ago. And like Hatcher, his age is a question; he’ll turn 31 this season. However, all this could work in favor of Jerry & Co. if they're able to get Spencer at a very reduced price, but even still, would you be willing to risk it?

So there you have it.

If you were the General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, what would you do?



Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.

A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.

Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.

Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.

Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.

Robert Quinn

¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?

Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.

Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.

Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.

Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.

Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb" 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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

https://t.co/9H9xfApFqe

In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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