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Who Benefits Most With Dak Prescott At Quarterback?

Brian Martin

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Cowboys Headlines - Who Benefits Most With Dak Prescott At Quarterback?

Dak Prescott is the starter. Dak Prescott is the starter. Dak Prescott is the starter.

You know, as much as I repeat that sentence it still seems a little surreal that the Dallas Cowboys will be starting a rookie quarterback Week 1 at AT&T Stadium against the New York Giants.

Prescott has performed extremely well on the field thus far in preseason games, but we all know that these games mean next to nothing. Prescott's first true test in the NFL will be an entirely different experience than what he has encountered so far.

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I think we can all pretty much agree that the Dallas Cowboys offense will look a little different with Prescott now in the driver seat while Tony Romo recovers from his back injury.

I mean it's pretty much a given that Prescott doesn't know offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's offensive scheme nearly as well as Romo.

That doesn't mean that Prescott isn't the right man for the job, it just means that Linehan would be wise to play to his strengths.

Fortunately, I think the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff will do exactly that.

The coaching staff for the Cowboys will do everything in their power to make things as easy as possible for Dak Prescott until he gets a little bit more comfortable with the NFL game.

Prescott has some of the best offensive weapons in the NFL at his disposal, so that should help him out immensely.

Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Brice Butler, Cole Beasley, Lucky Whitehead, and of course Jason Witten are his options to throw the ball to, and not bad options at that. Then, you add Ezekiel Elliott to the equation, running behind that offensive line that everybody seems to be so impressed with (myself included). WHAT!!!

If I'm Dak Prescott I'm licking my chops and counting down the days until kickoff. Right!?

But all of this talk about the offensive weapons at his disposal made me wonder who might just benefit the most with Prescott now at quarterback?

To me, I think it comes down to one person, #11 Cole Beasley.

Cowboys Headlines - Who Benefits Most With Dak Prescott At Quarterback? 1Cole Beasley has not only carved out a nice little offensive role for himself during his time with the Cowboys, but he is a quarterback's best friend with the way he runs routes and creates mismatches. Beasley can make Prescott's job a lot easier.

I predict that opposing defenses will try to put as much pressure as possible on Prescott using exotic blitzes and disguising their coverages. This means he will likely have to get rid of the ball quickly, which by the way is where Beasley comes in.

Cole Beasley seems like a more well-rounded player than what we have seen in the past. Maybe that has to do with the fact that he spent part of his off-season training with Randy Moss. I don't know if that is true or not, but I like what I've seen so far and hope it carries over into the season.

The majority of Beasley's routes are of the short to intermediate nature and those are the types of quick throws that Prescott will want to make if he's got pressure bearing down on him.

Plus, let's not forget that Prescott is still a rookie. Although he might be confident in his skill set now, that confidence level can reach new heights if the Cowboys coaching staff can find ways to get him a few completions early in the game.

Which makes more sense to you? Throwing a quick short pass to Cole Beasley in the slot or throwing a pass to the outside to Dez Bryant?

To me, the short quick passes are the confidence builders that Prescott could use to get going early in games and hopefully carry that confidence throughout the ballgame.

I may be in the minority here, but I think Cole Beasley will not only benefit the most with Dak Prescott at quarterback, but he will also go a long way in helping the young rookie find success at the NFL level.

Do you agree or disagree?

Please feel free to take advantage of the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.



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  • https://insidethestar.com Brian Mack

    Agree to disagree, yes I agree that he has a lot of options at receiver and Cole will see the ball early and maybe often. But…Elliot and the run game might edge him out as the beneficiary.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian, Ezekiel Elliott and the run game will definitely benefit with Prescott at quarterback, but I think teams are going to try to stack the box and force Prescott to make plays with his arm. That’s why I decided to go with Cole Beasley as the player that might benefit the most. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Have a Championship Defense

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Have a Championship Defense

The Dallas Cowboys are not only breathing in playoff contention, but they're now the favorites to crown themselves as the NFC East champions in 2018. It's pretty impressive how the tables can turn so quickly in the NFL. Dallas played very well against the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday and we learned quite a bit from them as they bounced back to .500. Here's this week's Takeaway Tuesday! Enjoy it as much as you did Brett Maher's game winning field goal a couple of days ago.

Cowboys Have a Championship Defense

Despite taking steps in the right direction, it's impossible to compare this offense to units like the Chiefs, Saints and Rams. However, it's the Cowboys' defense that could be labeled as a championship unit. Facing an offense with such a strong WR core, allowing only one touchdown on the road is impressive.

The Cowboys sacked Matt Ryan three times and were constantly causing pressures. Byron Jones was great once again, allowing only two catches in passes thrown in his direction. And of course, the kid who's been impressing us all, Leighton Vander Esch continued to play out of his mind. He should be the Defensive Rookie of the Year front runner at this point.

The Cowboys' defense is one of the best in the NFL right now, and any offense will have a tough time facing them. It'll be intriguing to see if they can take the next step and stop a high-powered unit like the Saints in a few days.

Offensive Line Woes Are Gone

The offense has improved a lot the last couple of games. Although there is still a lot to work on, they're not struggling as they were in the first half of the season. The offensive line is a huge part of this. With Marc Colombo at OL coach, things have looked very different in Dallas.

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Ezekiel Elliott: "I feel great. I feel fast. I feel physical. I feel very comfortable with the running schemes. We just got to keep rolling. That's what's important. We just got to keep rolling.

Ezekiel Elliott has been on a roll the past two weeks and his comments regarding how he feels about the running schemes shouldn't go unnoticed. The offensive line wasn't playing as well as they are right now earlier in the year. Dak Prescott is noticeably more comfortable in the pocket.

It's intriguing to know what will happen at left guard for the Cowboys. With Connor Williams injured, Xavier Su'a-Filo has done a good job filling in for him. Williams has the upside, but should Dallas mess up the mojo this OL has lately?

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Dak Prescott: Clutch QB

Dak Prescott continues to be criticized by fans while he keeps proving us why it's not that easy to move on from him. The guy is far from the perfect passer, yet he's been clutch time and time again. This time he did so on the road on an impressive two minute drill.

With 1:46 on the clock, Prescott marched his team down to the Falcons' 24 yard line. He managed to give his team another game winning drive in consecutive weeks. The Cowboys' young quarterback needed a confidence boost and this is perfect for him. He needs to keep it up if the team is going to finish the season as the NFC East champions.

Since entering the NFL, Dak has 12 game winning drives. As frustrating as his play is at times, he will not be easy to replace if the Cowboys decide to move on from this guy down the road. Hopefully, they don't have to. I, for one, believe Dak can be way better with a proper coaching staff. But that's a discussion for another day.

Now, it's time to celebrate the Cowboys' victory and get ready for a short week as the Cowboys play the Washington Redskins on Thursday.

Tell me what you think about "Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys Have a Championship Defense" 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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Geoff Swaim Needs Surgery, Should the Cowboys even use a Tight End?

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Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim Quietly Exceeding Expectations? 1

Well, the injury woes continue to mount for the Dallas Cowboys with news coming down this evening that Tight End Geoff Swaim broke a bone in his wrist in the 22-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The injury will need surgery which will mean Swaim will be out a while, if not for the rest of the season.

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Geoff Swaim broke a bone in his wrist yesterday and is going to need surgery. Sounds like it might not be season-ending, but he won't be available Thursday #cowboyswire

In previous seasons this wouldn't be much of a blow to the offense, but Geoff Swaim has been the only tight end that the Cowboys have ben able to rely on this season. Dalton Schultz is a rookie, Blake Jarwin's been inconsistent, and Rico Gathers still isn't fully trusted. With the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan's insistence on using a tight end, it seems there's a huge hole at the position heading into Sunday's first place showdown with the Washington Redskins.

But in reality, is there?

For weeks, I've been screaming for this team to use more 10 personnel (one running back and zero tight ends) as its primary passing formation because it gets their best pass catching weapons on the field at the same time. Swaim has been solid and consistent in his first year as a starter, but the rest of the tight end group has disappointed. So why even run a tight end out on the field.

The Dallas Cowboys have options that could replace the tight end in the passing game without actually using a tight end.

First, they could use Noah Brown as the de facto tight end. He's been one of the best blockers on the team in his first two seasons with the team and this is the type of role he's made for. Split him out wide and motion him in tight when you want to run. He can be a threat down the seem and in the red zone with his athleticism. He'd be a mismatch for the linebackers that try to cover him and could open space underneath for Cole Beasley. Brown is also a really good run blocker, so having him on the field doesn't negate what you want to do in the run game.

The other player the Cowboys coaching staff could work into more of the tight end route responsibilities is Allen Hurns. Hurns is a really good route runner, especially in the middle of the field, where the Dallas Cowboys haven't received a lot of production. You can put Hurns in as the fourth wide receiver and split him a couple of yards off the tackle to give him a cleaner release than a TE might get and have him run "Y-option," shallow post routes, or drags. He can be a threat in the passing game if put in situations where he can excel. See below for something Allen Hurns does really well.

Film Review: What's Up with Allen Hurns?

In fact, by going four wide receivers with Brown or Hurns on the field, it's possible the opposing defense is forced to run more of dime packages against the Dallas Cowboys 10 personnel.

Why would you want to get teams into dime packages?

Most NFL teams have two pretty good linebackers that they can deploy in nickel situations, but teams rarely have four corners that they can put on the field and feel really good about. So, if you can force teams to remove one of their 11 best players for a backup corner back or safety, you are already winning that matchup.

That matchup would also get you into much more favorable defensive fronts to run against. Even if the opposition put seven or eight in the box, it would be against smaller personnel like corners and safeties instead of a second linebacker.

Running 10 personnel as their base offense moving forward would be unconventional, but with an opportunity to take control of first place in the NFC East on Thanksgiving, now is not the time for conventionality.



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Cowboys WR Michael Gallup on Personal Leave; Team Offers Support

Jess Haynie

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Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Michael Gallup suffered a personal tragedy on Sunday, being informed that his brother committed suicide. He is now on personal leave away from the team, and both Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have given their full support to Gallup during this difficult time.

According to reports, Gallup was unaware of his brother's death until immediately after the Cowboys' win over the Atlanta Falcons. Michael did not return with the team to Dallas and remained in Atlanta to be with his family.

A formal statement was made by owner Jerry Jones yesterday regarding Gallup:

“Our team and our entire organization are deeply saddened by the news of Michael’s loss. His family is our family. We share in the grief and pain that comes with something so personal and tragic. We offer our support, care and comfort for Michael, and we ask that all of those who have sons and daughters and brothers and sisters join us in keeping Michael and his wonderful family in their thoughts and prayers.”

Throughout his time owning the Cowboys, Jerry has built a reputation for personal loyalty and compassion with his players. His head coach is no different.

As he addressed the media Monday, Jason Garrett did not get into football matters when addressing Gallup's situation:

“This is a very challenging time for him. We’ll take it moment by moment, day by day, and give him all of our love and all of our support.”

While Michael is certainly dealing with something far more important than football, his availability for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins does come into question.

The Cowboys have a short week to prepare for Washington, and Gallup has started their last five games. If the rookie has to sit, which seems probable given the timeframe, we can expect more playing time for Allen Hurns and Noah Brown.

Whatever happens happens on that front. Our focus is on Michael Gallup during this sad time, with him and his family in our collective thoughts as Cowboys fans and fellow humans.



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