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Why We Should Be Cautiously Optimistic About Shaneil Jenkins

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Sign Defensive End Shaneil Jenkins

With the Dallas Cowboys defensive line catching a ton of flack all offseason, the team decided to sign former Denver Broncos defensive end Shaneil Jenkins just a few weeks ago.

Considering he was signed on August 7th, it was reasonable to expect him to not have much of an impact during the preseason opener on August 13th. Despite these low expectations, Jenkins excelled, playing better than just about anyone else on the defensive line.

Tallying one sack and two quarterback hits, Jenkins showed quickness off the ball and good hand play, something that was lacking from many of the other defensive linemen. Surprisingly, the Cowboys moved Jenkins inside, playing him at defensive tackle instead of end. Maybe this move inside is exactly what Jenkins needs to reach his full potential of sorts.

Jenkins possesses both power and quickness, and showed them both off during his sack of Rams' quarterback Jared Goff at the end of the first half. With the Rams driving into field goal range, Jenkins came up with a huge sack to eliminate the scoring threat and preserve the 17 point lead. jenkins goff

As good as Jenkins was in game one, we do need to be cautiously optimistic about how consistent he will be.

According to Bryan Broaddus of, the Broncos let Jenkins go after impressive OTA's and Minicamps because "when the pads came on, he wasn't the same player." While Jenkins might just be more comfortable at defensive tackle due to his size, and maybe even more comfortable in the Cowboys' defensive scheme, this is still something to keep an eye out for.

In the past, the Cowboys have had defensive linemen shine in a game or two, but then not even make it onto the final 53 roster.

Cowboys Nation on Twitter

By August 17 2014, fans could see Minter getting 20 sacks and solving our DLine woes. Minter was cut on August 30 2014.

As the tweet mentions, defensive lineman Zach Minter emerged early in the 2014 preseason with an impressive performance. 2 sacks, 2 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble made Minter look like a stud who had arrived to solve any defensive troubles the Cowboys might've had.

Instead, Minter failed to make the final 53 man roster and is now a free agent.

Shaneil Jenkins had a very impressive game against the Rams, but we must remain cautiously optimistic about both he and the entire defense until they show us more.

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  • Gio Rugby

    Well, maybe Minter was released because of the inept staff to evaluate talent, use his talent/strengths or maybe because they simply hold on to players they drafted or acquired because they just won’t admit their mistakes? Look at their their draft picks in rounds 2 & 3 the last few years or the players acquired via FA. If Jenkins continues to strive then let him continue to compete for a spot over one who’s already been there but hasnt progressed or is under contract. Put the best 53 on the roster, especially if they’ve earned it.

    • Kevin Brady

      I am definitely with you here, but it has only been one game. Let’s see Jenkins do it for a few games in a row first before those decisions are made.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



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.

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