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Where Does CB Jourdan Lewis Fit In A Kris Richard Secondary?

Kevin Brady

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Ranking The Dallas Cowboys Rookies Through Week 8
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Much has been made over the last year about the Cowboys revamped secondary. As you probably know by now, Dallas let multiple veteran contributors walk in free agency prior to the 2017 season in favor of youthful cornerbacks and safeties.

The results through one season have been mixed, though there is a lot of reason for excitement about this rebuilt unit.

One of the major reasons fans felt excited after the 2017 season was due to third round cornerback Jourdan Lewis. The former Michigan corner was arguably the most consistent of the three rookie defensive backs who saw significant action, functioning primarily as an outside cornerback.

Lewis had his growing pains as all rookies do, but he and Chidobe Awuzie brought an attitude to the Cowboys' back-end which they haven't had in a very long time.

Things have changed a bit in the past few months, however. The hiring of former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard as well as the full time position switch for now cornerback Byron Jones points towards a different direction in the Cowboys secondary. One which emphasizes height, length, and physicality in their cornerbacks.

At just 5'10" 195 pounds, it's easy to see why some are worried that Jourdan Lewis will get lost in the shuffle a bit this season. Awuzie and Jones are now the assumed starting outside cornerbacks, and at 6'0" you can see how each fits the "Legion of Boom" prototype.

Conventional wisdom would say that Jourdan Lewis should be a slot cornerback in the NFL. But his coverage abilities and film thus far suggest that Lewis is better suited to play on the outside than he is in the slot.

In fact, it may be the taller Byron Jones which fits better in the slot than Lewis. According to Pro Football Focus, Byron Jones was a top eight slot cornerback in the entire NFL a season ago.

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How much does this really matter?

Well, according to DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus it probably won't matter at all. Broaddus wrote that Lewis "will be apart of this rotation one way or another," and added that he's off to a great start with OTAs.

Basically, while Kris Richard may have his "type" of cornerback, Jourdan Lewis is simply too good and too competitive to allow himself to fall out of this lineup. Though he excelled as an outside cornerback at Michigan and during much of his rookie season, Lewis may find his home in the slot here with the Cowboys going forward.

Regardless a cornerback trio of Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones, and Jourdan Lewis is one that can become dangerous for opposing offenses. And having too many good cover corners is a great problem for a team to have.

Jourdan Lewis had an impressive rookie season in 2017, and there's no reason to think he can't build on that heading into his sophomore campaign.



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4 Comments
  • Gbear

    Richard was fired for a reason. What’s the first thing he does? Puts one guy in a position he’s not best suited for and removes the one suited for it and places him in a slot he’s not best suited for and too stubborn to change because he just wants it that way. He was a puppet of his HC in Seattle, it’s not Richard’s system, he just brought it with him. Maybe, he’s been promoted beyond his level of competency. The way he gets on the field and runs around isn’t something an eventual coordinator or HC would ever have time to do. That tells me he’s an action teacher, he can only work within what the system already has, he can’t innovate. As long as he’s not promoted to DC or even HC, he’ll be okay, that’s why he’s not still Seattle’s DC.

  • gregoryambus

    Anthony Brown is better than both Lewis and Awuzie. He had two interceptions in 2017 after getting reduced playing time, and one interception in 2016 only playing half the season. Shouldn’t be playing Lewis and Awuzie just because they were higher draft picks. If their better than Brown, make them earn it. So far, they don’t show it, play Brown more, Cowboys will be better for it.

  • Gbear

    Never said Richard isn’t capable where he is now but expecting him to be good enough for DC or eventual HC requires a greater body of work, personally I hope he does great, certainly willing to give him a chance but he has to earn it. I don’t any more know why he was fired than I do why garrett still has a job. Richard played for Carroll while still at USC and got his coaching start with him at Seattle. Regardless of my opinion I hope the boys win it all but it’s hard to get excited about a garrett led team, been there, saw that. A team needs a good coach to advance, unfortunately we don’t have one, Jones knows it but he controls the strings, so, he’s okay with it. Just stay relevant, that’s all Jones cares about, money and recognition. garrett knows how to run a practice, he learned that from his daddy, he hasn’t learned anything sense. I had hoped he would become more instinctual but I’m afraid it doesn’t appear it can be learned at this stage of his development.

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      Point well-taken my fellow fan
      It’s just you made an analogy of sorts about cleats, sweating, etc & his coaching style in comparison to a DC/HC
      I thought you were casting shade at Richard
      But
      HC J Garrett, by your last reply, has been hamstrung by owner Jerry Jones
      Based on this assessment, & I agree as well, it’s not coaching, it’s top brass handicapping the coaching staff
      This, it’s it Garrett’s fault for remaining as HC
      I feel they all have learned much valuable yet embarrassing

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CIN 21, DAL 14: Dak Prescott Continues Strong Preseason in Loss

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Dak Prescott, Bengals

The games may not count yet, but Dak Prescott looks ready for the 2018 season. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback continued his strong preseason play in the team's 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott played three series, going 10/15 for 86 yards and a touchdown. He got the offense out of trouble a few times with his feet, avoiding sacks and ultimately getting the scoring pass off on a redzone scramble.

Dak's strong play has coincided with shutdown performances from the starting defense. The Cowboys' first-team defenders have yet to allow a score in two preseason games. Tonight, the Bengals were forced into four punts and two turnovers on their first-half possessions.

Overall, the Cowboys are a combined 24-7 in the first halves of their first two preseason contests.

The second half has been the problem, and for two weeks now Dallas' reserves have squandered halftime leads and given up losses. Thankfully, most of the responsible players will not be on the final 53-man roster.

Other Notes

  • There were several concerning injuries for the Cowboys tonight. None was scarier than when All-Pro guard Zack Martin went out with a knee injury, but it does not appear to have been serious. Starting defensive backs Byron Jones and Xavier Woods also got banged up; Byron returned to the game but Woods did not. Defensive lineman Datone Jones also left with a knee injury.
  • Even more concerning was the play of the second-team offensive line. Chaz Green was typically awful, but we also saw swing tackle Cam Fleming struggling and just an overall lack of protection for the backups quarterbacks. Green got benched in the second half and may have finally played his way off the team.
  • Credit to Terrance Williams for getting open in the endzone to give Dak Prescott a receiver for the touchdown throw. Even with his warts, Williams' two years of experience playing with Dak can't be ignored in deciding who makes the team.
  • Tight end Blake Jarwin continues to run with the starters on offense and may have quietly taken the job away from Geoff Swaim.
  • Darius Jackson took advantage of some extra playing time tonight after Bo Scarbrough left with a hip injury. He broke off a few nice runs to amass 42 yards on just six carries, plus had four receptions.
  • We finally get to see Dan Bailey kick a field goal again, and it was an easy 35-yarder with no issues.
  • Shout out to Chidobe Awuzie for one of the pretty interceptions that a Cowboys DB has made in some time. Awuzie had to bend like Beckham (Odell, that is) to get a hand on the ball, then tipped it to himself for the pick.
  • Preseason fun continues for the Cowboys next Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals on NBC's Sunday Night Football.



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#DALvsCIN: Can WR Lance Lenoir Continue To Impress?

Kevin Brady

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Lance Lenoir

Entering training camp projecting who would make the final roster from the Dallas Cowboys wide receiving room was a crapshoot. The combination of misfits from other teams, unproven young guys, and a couple of Cowboys veterans makes this position group the most questioned across the entire roster.

But while Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Michael Gallup were stealing headlines, Lance Lenoir was making a name for himself among the Cowboys faithful.

After serving on the practice squad for the Cowboys a year ago, Lenoir seems to have entered 2018 with one goal in mind: to make the official game-day roster. And even if he falls short of this goal, it won't be due to any fault of his own.

Day in and day out Lance Lenoir has been a consistent wide out, catching nearly everything thrown his way and running some of the crisper routes on the team. Under new receivers coach Sanjay Lal, Lenoir has become a technical route runner and dangerous receiving threat.

Maybe most importantly for his future with the team, Lenoir has developed an obvious chemistry with starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has continued to compliment Lenoir throughout training camp, and you know that the Cowboys front office is well aware of Prescott's trust in Lenoir on the field.

During the preseason opener against the 49ers, Lance Lenoir caught his first touchdown of the season, dazzling with his toe-tap ability. If he is going to steal a roster spot away from one of the more seasoned wide outs, however, he will have to remain that consistent target.

This Saturday, Lenoir gets another shot to prove why he's not only deserving of a roster spot, but of a starting spot. Sure, it might be a bit of a stretch, but if he continues to play like he has during camp and preseason, Lenoir could find himself working with the 1's more frequently.

Look out for Lance Lenoir against the Bengals this week, as he makes it harder and harder for the Cowboys to cut him by the second.



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Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Tavon Austin, Cowboys Best Playmaker Not Named Ezekiel Elliott?

Cada vez más cerca de la verdadera acción en la NFL, tuvimos una oportunidad de ver a los Dallas Cowboys en el campo contra los San Francisco 49ers hace una semana. Francamente, a pesar de perder la ventaja en los últimos segundos del partido, la actuación del equipo dio una muy buena señal a los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria.

Todavía quedan tres partidos por jugar, empezando por el enfrentamiento contra los Cincinnati Bengals este sábado. Hay muchas cosas que ver de parte de los Dallas Cowboys y quizá algunas de ellas las veamos este mismo fin de semana.

Una de las cosas más interesantes esta semana fue la conversación de los wide receivers (receptores abiertos). Lance Lenoir se ha mostrado como un candidato real al roster de 53 jugadores, pero esa es sólo una pequeña fracción de la conversación de receptores.

Hay muchos receptores de que hablar, y el día de hoy, eso haremos en Cowboys en Español.

¿Cole Beasley es realmente el receptor #1?

A lo largo de todo el offseason, se ha manejado la narrativa de que "los Cowboys no tienen un buen WR." A pesar de que Dez Bryant es un nombre difícil de olvidar, esta aseveración sobre los receptores en Dallas me parece errónea.

Si bien es cierto que Bryant es uno de los mejores WRs en la historia de los Cowboys, también es cierto que Jason Garrett y compañía tienen un mejor grupo de lo que la afición considera. Si somos sinceros, un trío titular de Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley y Michael Gallup no suena mal.

La pregunta será: ¿quién es el #1? Comentarios de Dak Prescott han hecho referencia a Cole Beasley como el dueño de dicho rol. ¿Realmente puede fungir como el receptor líder del equipo siendo un jugador de 1.73 metros?

Se ha hablado mucho de Beasley jugando fuera de los números e intentando vencer a los defensivos por fuera. Es intrigante, pero sin duda un poco difícil de creer.

Tavon Austin: ¿Es un arma más importante de lo que creemos?

Los Cowboys dejaron ir a Ryan Switzer y obtuvieron a su aparente remplazo con el ex-WR de los Rams por una selección de sexta ronda. Tavon Austin ha tenido un viaje extraño con el equipo. Fue listado en el roster como un corredor pero utilizado como un receptor.

Lleva poco tiempo en Dallas pero ha sorprendido en training camp y ha sido utilizado como más de lo que esperábamos. Desde que llegó al equipo, empezamos a compararlo con Lucky Whitehead y Ryan Switzer. Ambos talentosos, pero destinados a ser un jugador "gadget" que fueron utilizados casi exclusivamente en jugadas "en movimiento" o los famosos "jet sweeps."

Pero Austin puede ser más que eso y lo ha demostrado en training camp. No parece que Tavon vaya a tener el mismo destino que Switzer, sino que tendrá un rol mucho más involucrado en la ofensiva constantemente. Bien puede ser un factor sorpresa para la ofensiva en Dallas.

¿Puede Terrance Williams perder su trabajo?

A pesar de que el coraje puede llevar a los aficionados a criticar a Terrance Williams un poco más de lo que merece, la verdad es que Williams está en riesgo de ser cortado por los Cowboys antes de que inicie la temporada en septiembre.

Es uno de los WRs con más experiencia, sí. Pero durante su estadía en Dallas, cada vez que Dez Bryant ha caído lesionado, Williams ha tenido la oportunidad de surgir como un receptor #1 capaz y preparado. Y nunca lo ha logrado.

Con un roster lleno de talentos jóvenes como el de Lance Lenoir y Noah Brown, es probable que la administración y los coaches opten por el potencial joven en vez de Williams, quien ha tenido problemas para demostrar que puede ser un jugador constante.

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Los Dallas Cowboys tienen que conseguir que su ofensiva sobreviva las pérdidas de Jason Witten y Dez Bryant y tendrán que comenzar en la posición de WR. A pesar de que Williams esté en el equipo, Cole Beasley será el único en repetir titularidad del año pasado en Dallas esta temporada.

Dak Prescott tendrá un rol enorme cuando la ofensiva trate de emprender su marcha y definitivamente será responsable del éxito de esta. Es ahora o nunca para Dak.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?" 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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