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Which Cowboy Are You Most Excited To See In 2016?

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Which Cowboy Are You Most Excited To See In 2016?

We are now officially less than one month away from the Dallas Cowboys first preseason game of 2016.

Rejoice, Cowboys Nation, this is supposed to be a fun time. July is the time for hope, for expectations, and for excitement over the upcoming season. However the past few weeks have brought with them very little hope and excitement for us Cowboys fans. Suspensions have weakened an already weak unit, and nobody is happy about it, and rightfully so.

I think it is time to lighten the mood once again, however, and look on the bright side of things for a minute. The Dallas Cowboys have a ton of both new blood and veteran players who will be looking to make more of an impact on 2016 than they could in 2015.

Let's take a look at some of the players we are all most excited to see with a Star on their helmet this season.

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GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 11: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 and Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys react during the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

We all know what happened last year. To simplify things: Tony Romo went down, Dez Bryant went down, and the entire season crumbled.

But the injuries of last season actually give us more hope for this season.

Our captain, our leader, and our quarterback Tony Romo will be back and healthy from day one this season. The best playmaker on the entire roster, Dez Bryant, will also be back fully healthy this season. And both of them have a whole lot to prove.

Due to their injuries a year ago, we almost never see either Romo or Bryant listed with the games elite this offseason. Dez Bryant fell to number 51 of the "Top 100 Players of 2016" list done by NFL Network, and Romo failed to even make the list. Odell Beckham and Kirk Cousins are the new flavors of the month in the NFC East, but I am willing to bet that Romo and Bryant will have something to say about that once the season kicks off.

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  • Randy Naetin

    Either I'm the biggest Brice Butler skeptic or there are just far too many optimistic Cowboy media types in existence. It seems every guy that writes in any capacity for the Cowboys has been stricken with a case of BB love. It's kind of like seeing a beautiful woman and then she opens her mouth to speak and blows everything! I can only guess the only reason for having any excitement about Butler is that he will be paired with Romo. He had exactly 12 catches for 258 yards and 0 TD's last year and 8 of those came in the last two games. The rest of the season he was nursing a hammy injury and occasionally finding his way on the field. Further evidence is two seasons in Oakland where he could not secure a starting job in a team that has really nothing to offer in the way of a wide receiver and hungry to find somebody! He "looks" like a wide receiver but the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Thirty catches for 393 yards and 2 TD's in 2 seasons in Oakland was nothing to write home about. no I think Butler is going to be one of those guys whose appearance belies his results. But I hope I'm wrong and your excitement is warranted.

    • Kevin Brady

      I don't think you're wrong at this point, I just hope you end up being wrong for the Cowboys sake. When he got his opportunities I felt like he capitalized on them, but it is far too early to be certain that Butler is our number two guy for the next few seasons. My excitement comes more from the possibility of him becoming that guy.

  • http://Inside%20TheStar Emilio

    Brice Butler and Jaylon Smith when he comes back,soon I pray to God and all my prayers, full recovery, thoughts are with him . Thanks.

    • Kevin Brady

      Very good choices! I am definitely excited to see what Jaylon Smith can bring to the table once he gets healthy.

  • Jen Barber

    I think Butler can get it done. He was hurt too soon to show it. I want to see.. Tapper, Mayowa & hopefully Gathers.

    • Kevin Brady

      Gathers is definitely going to be an interesting player to watch during the preseason. Tapper and Mayowa may have to be more important than any of us expected when they first added to the roster.

  • Monte Murdoch

    SPARQS HAVE 2 fly right! Just hoping multiple players start 2 shine on both sides of the ball! Butler – NEED his stretch speed ,of course Elliott,Jackson is intriguing! Any of the defensive line & maybe the new corner Brown, also someone tall enough & stout enough 2 hold that MLB position that's NOT Lee!

  • Jess Haynie

    I have to wait until Week 5 but I'm really pumped to see what DeMarcus Lawrence brings. He finished 2016 with seven sacks in eight games. Now he enters his third year and has major breakout potential. As long as Randy Gregory, Benson Mayowa, and other guys can handle the right end position, Lawrence will be able to go up against other teams' right tackles and get better opportunities.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.

Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.

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Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of...

While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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