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Where Does Dallas Cowboys’ Chris Jones Rank Among NFL Punters?

When the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Bryan Anger with the 70th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, Rich Eisen coined a phrase that changed all of our lives for the better. Punting is a serious element to a football game. It falls under the umbrella of one third of the game’s primary phases: offense, defense, and special teams. What makes the latter special isn’t its title, it’s the finesse involved in its artistry.

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When the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Bryan Anger with the 70th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, Rich Eisen coined a phrase that changed all of our lives for the better.

Eisen NFL Draft

Rich Eisen Went Berserk When The Jaguars Drafted A Punter

The Jacksonville Jaguars stupidly picked punter Bryan Anger in the third round last night, a pick that shocked experts and Jags fans alike.

Punting is a serious element to a football game. It falls under the umbrella of one third of the game's primary phases: offense, defense, and special teams. What makes the latter special isn't its title, it's the finesse involved in its artistry.

There's a lot of art involved in kicking a football. The Dallas Cowboys are fortunate enough to boast one of the NFL's premiere booters in Dan Bailey, the Greatest #5 in Dallas Cowboys History in my assessment, but what about the other Cowboy boot that puts some toes on the ball? put out an article over the weekend that made me go back so fast I almost moonwalked. The way it made me feel was like I wanted to be startin' somethin', an appreciation for Chris Jones!

The premise for this article is to understand exactly how to evaluate punting in the NFL. It's a fantastic breakdown and I highly encourage you to read it. Going simply off of total yards or net yards are misleading indicators of success in punting which is where PurplePTSD's analysis comes in.

Through some hand-dandy math they determined that Chris Jones averaged 47.5 Adjusted Net Yards/Punt (the breakdown of math in that metric is available in the post). That makes him 22nd in the NFL and is a half yard shy of the league average. What does this mean?

When Chris Jones lines up on fourth down with the objective of booming it downfield, he doesn't do as well as the rest of the legs in the league. 47.5 yards is still a pretty decent chunk of yardage (that's like what, 37 Kellen Moore throws?), but ultimately he's not that good at kicking the molasses out of a football.

Cowboys Headlines - Where Does Dallas' Chris Jones Rank Among NFL Punters?

Where Chris Jones shines is the realm Dan Bailey dominates - precision. PurplePTSD came up with another metric called Field Percentage Gained which aims to address exactly where the punter is placing the ball relative to where they are on the field. For example, if you're on your own 40 you have 60 yards to work with before the goal line... you want to put the ball as close as possible to it.

Chris Jones' FPG is 75.34%. Say Romo, more like Cassel, and Co. stall at midfield. Chris Jones can come out and cover 38 yards, pinning the opponent on their 12-yard line. Say it with me - wow!

In terms of FPG he ranks in the Top 10 at what the kids are calling a Romo, Number Nine. That's some exquisite precision coming off that golden left foot. Slap it next to Dan Bailey's right and we could really dance, couldn't we?

What we can discern from Chris Jones' stark differences in these two respects is that when it comes to pure distance he's not that great, but he's concise and stealth-like with his precision. He's like Arrya from Game Of Thrones. Talk about stark differences!

The Cowboys netted Chris Jones in the same UDFA class that Dan Bailey came from. He's not regarded in the same breath of greatness as Bailey, but perhaps he needs to be. Considering the high-quality production Dallas is getting from him (while paying him almost average punter money) we need to be less sad when fourth downs appear. He's got them under control.

Special thanks again to for the interesting analysis and evaluation on the players that are, without a doubt, people too.

What do you think of Chris Jones and his supreme precision? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position

Mauricio Rodriguez



Questions Surround Cowboys WR Position After Deonte Thompson Signing

UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live. 

Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.

However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.

This week, they even signed one.

Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.

He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.

His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.

But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.

According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room.

It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.

Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.

Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.

Cowboys en Español: Nuevas Contrataciones, ¿Podría Ser Allen Hurns la Siguiente?

It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.

They'd possibly have to decide among these:

  • Dez Bryant
  • Terrrance Williams
  • Cole Beasley
  • Ryan Switzer
  • Allen Hurns
  • Deonte Thompson
  • Noah Brown
  • A drafted rookie?  

This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract. 

Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.

Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.

As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.

Tell me what you think about "What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position" 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 Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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