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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?

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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.

https://twitter.com/drobalwaysopen/status/979892194197819392

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?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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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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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

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Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2
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Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

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Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

https://twitter.com/TheSupremeTaco/status/1072203745868554240

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.



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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.

Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.

The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.

Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.

The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.

For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.

Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to  square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.

For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.

Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC" 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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Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.

Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.

Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.

T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.

Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.

Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.

Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.

Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lo más importante de este partido...

Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.

Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.

Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival" 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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