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Why Cowboys WR Noah Brown Shouldn’t be Overlooked

Brian Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys have focused a lot of their attention this offseason into improving their group of wide receivers heading into the 2018 season. They have already added two WRs through free agency, Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, and there's a strong possibility of using one of their premium draft picks on the position as well.

All of these new additions create quite a bit of uncertainty with how things will finally shake out with their current group of WRs. In all honesty, the only WR I'm 100% positive isn't going anywhere is Ryan Switzer. Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, and Noah Brown could all possibly be playing for another team in 2018.

The status of Bryant, Beasley, and even Williams have been discussed on more than one occasion, but the topic of Noah Brown doesn't really seem to come up at all. It seems as if a lot of Cowboys Nation have already written him off, but should he be?

Noah Brown

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

I'm personally a big fan of Noah Brown and I think he's just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Untimely injuries really stunted his development in college at Ohio State, but he showed flashes of the type of player he could turn into.

I really think he can turn into a really solid WR2 in the NFL and probably should have received more opportunities in the passing game last year as a rookie. But, what he did as a rookie can't be overlooked.

Even as a rookie, he was the best blocking WR on the entire Cowboys roster. He may look like a prototypical outside receiver, but he blocks like a tight end. It is his best trait, but he's spent this offseason trying to improve in other areas as well.

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Like Dez Bryant, Noah Brown has been working with the highly touted wide receiver coach David Robinson. Robinson is known around the NFL as being somewhat of a "WR guru", and as you can see speaks pretty highly of the former Ohio State wide out.

Noah Brown will without a doubt have to prove he is worthy of claiming one of those wide receiver roster spots with the Dallas Cowboys, but it's good to see he's willing to put in the work.

I don't know about you, but I'm not going to bet against him. I may be a little biased here, but I think it would be a mistake to give up on him so soon. I'm actually really looking forward to seeing how much of an improvement he's made from year one heading into year two.

He may have to really stand out in offseason practices to catch the eye of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, but having a brand-new WR coach with fresh eyes and an unbiased opinion could work in his favor.

Do you think Noah Brown is being overlooked?



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11 Comments
  • Stan Lamaster

    Are you kidding! He should be a tight end and be mentored by Witten.

  • Hector Espindola

    There is gonna be hard battles at trainning camp with thus guy! Looks promising!

  • Kevin Black

    There were quite a few draft gurus last year that thought he should have stayed in college. If he had, many predicted a 1st or 2nd round grade on him. They also felt he was a Dez Bryant starter kit in a lot of ways.

  • Assassin

    The kid is 6’2, 225. While he is never gonna grow two or three more inches, he could probably add 20 lbs next offseason and drop right into the TE rotation when Swaim or Hannas contracts expire and/or Witten retires.

  • Hobbes49

    Agreed, I think this guy has a chance to be a more than solid contributor in years to come. As a WR or TE.

  • Steve

    Why not keep him at his salary, he’s already better than Williams. IMO trade Williams and release Bryant and put Hurns as your #1 allow Robinson and Brown to fight it out for #2 Beasley/Switzer will be the slot and draft solid Wideout. There are diff scenarios Stephen Jones can work, I mean if Dez is willing to cut his salary in half and move frwd then I see us keeping him and then you gotta trade Williams and possibly Beasley as well and with all that happening we could save around 12 to 14 mil in cap space. With that being saved we have the money to sign E. Thomas to a 4 yr deal worth 55 mil and that way our Wr group cap cost will be down below or at 20 mil for the group instead of around 35 that it’s at now! Way to much! I like the Noah Brown at TE project as well because the Rico Gathers project isn’t working at all…

  • EverybodyTalks

    So, Noah looks like a late bloomer and as I’ve said before should be placed at TE, because of his blocking ability. We let Hanna go and gain 2.5 million in cap space. I can see Dez staying, even if we keep Noah and draft a “new” WR. Of course, Dez would be the highest paid “bridge” player on record as these newbies mature…think Nolan Carroll – ouch!

  • Russ_Te

    4.55 40, according to > https://twitter.com/Birm/status/844996801807699968

    He is a power possession WR who will get a boost if Dez were released. If Dez & Hurns are both on the roster, Brown probably will not be.

    To be able to swing inside to TE is interesting, but Brown would need to be adding bulk now for it. Then that learning curve, will detract from his present one at WR. Might be better for him to stay at WR only, focus on having the best camp he can – then if there’s no room on the Cowboys someone else will sign him.

  • Emilio Gonzalez

    Not been overlooked he’s going to get more chances and make the most out of them,good receiver just starting hope the Cowboys see the talent this guy has, you’ll see got good hands.Thanks

  • Derek Robinson

    Brown just needs a chance. With the new coaches, some fresh eyes on the players. He’ll get his shot. He’s got great hands, and good speed. I just like how Dallas is stacking their position groups. It just creates more competition. Love that concept. Only the best.

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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Defense Better Or Worse Then Last Season?

Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.

2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.

Injuries.

As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.

Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.

Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.

Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.

Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.

The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.

Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.

We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.

With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.

Tell me what you think about "Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern" 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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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin

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Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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