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Why We Should Be Cautiously Optimistic About Shaneil Jenkins

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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 DallasCowboys.com, 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.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

Jess Haynie

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.



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