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Who Wins Mid-Season Awards For The Dallas Cowboys?

Brian Martin



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The Dallas Cowboys are currently leading the NFC East division with a 7-1 winning record through their first eight games of the 16 game season. Yes, that means that we are officially at the midway point of the 2016 season.

It's funny how time flies when your team is winning. It is the complete opposite of what we all experienced last year during the miserable 2015 season.

So far, the 2016 season for the Dallas Cowboys has been an enjoyable roller coaster ride that has fortunately had more ups than downs. Let's just all be hopeful that they can carry this impressive performance all the way through the second half of the season as well.

Since the Cowboys are officially halfway through their season, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you who I believe should receive mid-season awards.

Please feel free to agree or disagree with any or all of my choices.

Offensive MVP 

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It would be easy to say that Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott has been the offensive MVP so far for the Dallas Cowboys, but their transition into the NFL has gone smoothly in large part due to the Cowboys offensive line.

It may be cheating a little bit, but I'm going to make this a group award and name the entire O-line for the Cowboys as MVPs.

The Cowboys have invested heavily in the offensive line and it is paying off big time. They are opening up running lanes for Elliott, as well as keeping Prescott upright with their pass protection.

Honestly, I don't know what more you can ask of them.

Defensive MVP

Cowboys Headlines - Who Wins Mid-Season Awards For The Dallas Cowboys? 2Defensively the Dallas Cowboys have performed better than anyone could have possibly predicted through the first half of 2016 season. They have yet to allow a 100 yard rusher or a 100 yard receiver.

That's pretty impressive considering that they only have one Pro Bowl player on the defensive side of the ball. That would be none other than linebacker Sean Lee, my defensive MVP.

To date, Lee has 77 tackles and is on pace to finish the year with 150+ tackles. If that is the case, you can bet he will earn his second trip to the Pro Bowl. Of course, that all depends on if he can stay healthy the entire season.

I thought it was worth mentioning that Morris Claiborne was a strong consideration. He has been playing like one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. The time of his injury is truly unfortunate.

Biggest Surprise

Cowboys Headlines - Who Wins Mid-Season Awards For The Dallas Cowboys? 3There been quite a few surprises halfway through the 2016 season, but I don't think anyone could have guessed Cole Beasley would be the leading wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

Beasley may be one of the smallest receivers in the entire NFL, but he is making a big-time impact on the field for the Cowboys offense.

Beasley's best year in the NFL was in 2015 when he caught 52 passes for 536 yards and five touchdowns. Through eight games this year he has already caught 43 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns.

If he can keep this up, he will be close to doubling his 2015 production and will finish the year as one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL.

Biggest Disappointment

Cowboys Headlines - Who Wins Mid-Season Awards For The Dallas Cowboys? 4Being a huge Tony Romo fan, the most disappointing thing for me this season was seeing him get injured once again in the third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Don't get me wrong, Dak Prescott has been phenomenal the first part of the 2016 season, but Romo is still the better QB of the two.

I'm not going to sit here and speculate about what the coaching staff should do once Romo is back to 100%, but I do believe that he makes this offense better.

I would love to see what he could do with this dominant running game to help him out. He had his best season in the NFL in 2014 when they followed the same type of blueprint.

Unfortunately, it will remain a mystery for now though.

Rookie of the Year

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Honestly, how can I go wrong choosing either Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott?

Both players have been among the best at their respective positions in the entire NFL, and that is good news for the future of the Dallas Cowboys.

I decided to give the mid-season Rookie of the Year award to Ezekiel Elliott though.

Although Prescott has been playing above anyone's expectations, Elliott gets the nod because not only is he leading the league in rushing yards, but is on pace to break Eric Dickerson's rookie rushing record.

Elliott has been everything the Cowboys had hoped for when they drafted him #4 overall and is a HUGE reason why they have only lost one game through the first half of the 2016 season.

Who would win your Mid-Season Awards for the Dallas Cowboys?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share with all of us your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

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  • Kevin Brady

    I’m with you on basically every award. Offensively, as great as Dak and Zeke have been, they would not be clicking the way they are without the offensive line plays this well. On defense I think it comes down to Claiborne and Sean Lee.

    • Brian Martin

      Kevin, I knew you would agree with me about the offensive line, especially since you’re an offensive lineman yourself LOL. And defensively, Claiborne and Sean Lee are a huge reason why the Cowboys have yet to have an individual player have a 100 yard rushing or receiving game against them.

  • John Williams

    I agree with you that the offensive line has been the Most Valuable this season. To me, the Most Valuable defensive player is Byron Jones. He may not show up a ton in the stat sheet, but his ability to play deep center field and not get beat has allowed the corners and the other safety (Church, Wilcox, or Heath) to play more aggressively. As a deep security blanket, you can’t beat that guy. Hasn’t had an interception yet, but he’s made so many huge pass breakups.

    • Brian Martin

      John, I like Byron Jones as well. He is definitely undervalued for what he does for the Cowboys defense. I think Sean Lee and Morris Claiborne however have both had Pro Bowl caliber seasons through the first eight games of the year. That’s why they were my top two candidates for defensive MVP.

  • Jess Haynie

    Last year the Cowboys had the 4th-best RB in the NFL and couldn’t win a game with the Weeden/Cassel/Moore poo-poo platter at QB.

    This year, they’re 7-1 without Romo. Zeke is good, but Dak is the real difference-maker in terms of Wins/Losses. He’s my MVP.

    • Brian Martin

      Jess, I don’t disagree. The difference to me is that the Cowboys are a run first-team and Elliott has been producing at a high level facing eight and even nine man boxes. Neither player would be able to be as productive as they have been if not for the dominating play of the offensive line. I think the OL is the MVP, with Elliott and Prescott finishing second and third respectively.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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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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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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