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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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Cole Beasley Key to Cowboys Passing Game Productivity?

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Jaguars 1

What most of us already knew was confirmed last Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide Receiver Cole Beasley is the Dallas Cowboys best receiver and is the key to the passing game productivity. He is not only the most productive, but the most consistent.

Cole Beasley isn't the tallest or the fastest and definitely doesn't look like a prototypical NFL receiver, but he showed last week against the Jaguars why opposing defenses have to account for him on every single play. He torched Jacksonville's top-ranked passing defense for 101 yards on nine catches and added two touchdowns, and it's that production that could help open up the entire passing game for the Cowboys.

It's painfully obvious Cole Beasley has been Dak Prescott's favorite target in the passing game since he took over the starting duties in 2016. Once opposing defenses figured that out they started to make things extremely difficult by bracketing Beasley in coverage and the passing game hasn't been the same since. But, that could be changing if the Jaguars game was an indication of what we might see moving forward.

Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan did a much better job of moving Beasley around to create favorable matchups against the Jaguars. I think we will see much more of that moving forward, but that likely means opposing defenses will once again try to take away Prescott's favorite target. That actually could end up helping the Cowboys passing game though.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

If opposing defenses indeed try to contain Cole Beasley like they've done in the past, it should help provide more opportunities for Dallas' other pass catchers. Spreading the ball around to several different receivers would not only help Prescott and the passing game, but also open up the entire offense.

We haven't really seen much of Allen Hurns or Michael Gallup this season, but both are more than capable of being more productive if they are seeing single coverage more often. That's what's likely to happen if defenses bracket Beasley in coverage once again. Both WRs need to be more involved anyway and Beasley's recent spike in production could help do just that.

Now, if defenses decide to try and cover Beasley one-on-one like the Jaguars did quite a bit of last Sunday, the Cowboys would be wise to take advantage of that mismatch. He simply can't be covered by a single defensive back because of his precise route running ability. He is that good.

Regardless of how opposing defenses try to handle/contain Cole Beasley, he is without a doubt key to the Dallas Cowboys passing game productivity. Just the threat of him on the field changes a defenses approach, which is why he is Dallas' #1  WR in my book. He absolutely has to be more involved moving forward, even if it is as a decoy.

Do you think Cole Beasley is the key to the Cowboys passing game productivity?



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How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7

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How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7

Well, what do you think now of America’s Team? Anyone who foresaw Dallas’s evisceration of the league’s No. 1 defense hailing from Jacksonville is a downright soothsayer. In case you were in a coma this past weekend, the Cowboys obliterated the Jaguars’ vaunted defense to the tune of a 40-7 massacre in which Dak Prescott tossed for 183 yards, two passing touchdowns and ran one into the end zone for good measure. When the dust settled Prescott had chewed up 82 yards on the ground and Ezekiel Elliott surpassed the century mark in rushing with 106 yards and a touchdown of his own.

It was a glorious day to be a Cowboys fan and it’s safe to say that America’s Team is back!

Or are they?

Dallas is in a three-way logjam for the top spot in the NFC East with the Redskins and Eagles, but the way they made mincemeat of the Jacksonville defense gives us all hope that more good things are in the cards soon.

Seventh-year WR Cole Beasley blew the doors off of the Jags secondary by catching nine passes on 11 targets for a pair of touchdown receptions and 101 yards. It was a season-high for Beasley and the fact that Prescott has no real top-tier targets after the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten makes it even more special.

This is a team that was not supposed to be able to move the ball through the air and, to be fair, hasn’t done much of it this season as evidenced by their 29th ranked passing game. But a little creative game planning by Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan paid dividends and the lingering specter of their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Texans in Week 5 was exorcised by the dominating victory.

What has gotten lost in the euphoria of Dallas’s week 6 win is their defense, as the Cowboys had three sacks, seven quarterback hits, and an interception by Jeff heath.

Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles was under siege and did not respond well to the pressure after establishing career highs in passing yards over the last two weeks leading up to this contest. But his opportunity to become the fifth NFL QB with three consecutive games of 375 passing yards or more evaporated in the heat of a blistering Dallas defense. Bortles ended the day with 149 yards, a TD and a pick.

As the Cowboys move on to Washington, we see that their success at home is only equaled by their struggles on the road. Dallas is now 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the highway. Buoyed off their stunning blitzkrieg of the Jags, we see that one of the most respected and trusted online sportsbooks in the industry, BetOnline has the Cowboys as 1 ½ point underdogs which is most likely a few points below what they would have been had they not won so convincingly last week.

Those who like to back up their football prognostications with cold, hard cash understand that Dallas is not only losing on the road but losing money for their backers in those contests. In those three losing games, Dallas is 0-2-1 against the spread but this week could be different. Against their divisional foes this week, Dallas is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 ATS versus Washington over the last two seasons.

The way this Cowboys defense is playing and the sudden explosion of Cole Beasley as a focal point of the passing attack, we could very easily see their first road win of the year.



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Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?

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Should the Cowboys Make a Trade for These Oakland Raiders?

The trade deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the Dallas Cowboys, then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.

On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.

Amari Cooper is a good wide receiver, but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.

Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a tight end and a running back. Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.

Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your offense this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.

Jared Cook - Tight End

You've heard the adage, "if you can't beat em, join em." Well, this is the reverse of that. "If he always beats you, acquire him."

That's what Oakland Raiders Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.

Game Winning Jared Cook Catch Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

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That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in Cowboys Nation. It was a perfectly thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.

Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFC with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than Jon Gruden's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a Seattle Seahawks team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the playoffs.

At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.

No offense to Geoff Swaim, who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make Rico Gathers your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.

Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.

Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver

I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.

At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.

His numbers -- 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns -- would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.

Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.

Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the Miami Dolphins.

Jordy Nelson Can't Be Stopped w/ 173 Yards & 1 TD vs. Miami!

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Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past offseason so if you cut him in the 2019 offseason, you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 salary cap, but would get $7.2 million in savings.

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Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.

What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?

 



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