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Will Another Team Snag David Irving Away From Cowboys?

Brian Martin



Cowboys' Pass Rush: Who Will Be QB Sack Leader In 2017?
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It was somewhat surprising to learn that the Dallas Cowboys only placed a second-round tender on David Irving. A first-round tender would have likely dissuaded any other team from signing him to a contract and giving up a first-round draft pick, but signing Irving to a contract and giving up a second-draft pick is much more plausible.

I can almost guarantee there are teams around the league right now who are discussing the pros and cons of trying to acquire David Irving. The Dallas Cowboys likely know this which means one of two things:

  1. The Cowboys are hoping someone sets David Irving's market value with the hopes of matching.
  2. The Cowboys are willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick.

There are teams out there who have more salary-cap space than the Dallas Cowboys who could easily sign him to a contract the Cowboys can't match. And, giving up a second-round draft pick for a dominating, yet inconsistent, defensive tackle is probably better than anyone they can draft.

It's not completely out of the realm of possibility Cowboys fans have seen the last of David Irving with a star on his helmet. But, it seems like a risk Dallas is willing to take, whether fans agree or not.

David Irving

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving

In 2017, David Irving recorded 22 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble. He did this after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension and the last four due to a concussion. That's pretty impressive!

There is no denying Irving's impact when he's on the field, but it's all the other stuff that makes Dallas hesitant to commit fully to the 24-year-old DT.

I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I know what kind of person David Irving is in the locker room or off the field, but his past behavior and inconsistencies are concerning. Yes, he has immense upside, but that doesn't look as if it's enough for the Dallas Cowboys, at least not yet.

I think this ultimately comes down to the Cowboys not fully trusting David Irving just yet. Placing the second-round tender on him is more of a "prove it" kind of deal, if another team doesn't sign him away. The Cowboys probably want to see he has his head on straight and more consistency before fully committing. It's completely understandable.

It just doesn't seem as if David Irving is in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys right now. I think they would be perfectly content receiving a second-round draft pick, but that decision might not sit well with a lot of Cowboys fans.

There is really no way of knowing if another NFL team will snag David Irving away, but I think the possibility of that happening is pretty high.

Will David Irving remain in Dallas in 2018?

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.

  • winstar

    Brian, I’m still scratching my head on Irving. I’m not trying to start a new fight but……He was the only Cowboy that challenged Jerral on the kneeling by doing a raised fist. More than that is he made it public that he would challenge the owner/gm. Let’s face facts….he don’t show up every game. With his skill set, I think he could dominate more than he does.

    Diehard Cowboy Fans wanted at

    • Chuck Wright

      You just gave a great reason to let him go. . . .if he wants to wipe his ass with the flag. . .let him do so elsewhere.

      • prince

        This is a no flag or kneeling talk zone man!

        • Chuck Wright

          sorry for entering your safe space

      • Ervinlang318

        Philly Players participated in Kneeling and protesting. How did that Work Out?

        • jrcowboy49

          Super Bowl ratings were down from last year!

    • Tommy Davis

      Seven sacks in eight games is incredible, I would rate that as showing up every game. That is exactly the same rate as Demarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys placed a franchise tender on him.

  • Hector Espindola

    Seems FO is willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick. This would be a round business if after the first rounds of draft, we get 4 players ready to play at DL, LB, OL and WR.

  • Chuck Wright

    To get a 2nd rounder (in this draft) for a player who is gone most likely next year anyway. . . . .I’m in. . . .and by setting it only at a 2nd, you entice someone like Cleveland. . .who is overspending anyway.

    Add a quality 1 Tech to this D and I’ll wager Taco takes a big jump this year. Wow, an extra 2nd allows you to take a Harold Landry type round 1, gives you an OG and WR in round 2, use your 3rd for the 1 Tech.

    Or my dream. . . . at 19 if Payne, Landry, the 2 OG and DJ Moore all still there. . .trade back with the Giants, Jets or Denver (if any does not take QB in the 1st) for their 2nd and 3rd. One of your targets at 19 will likely slide to 34, say it’s Wynn so there is your OG. . . .take best WR or LB with your own 2nd, take the other with the Giants 3rd or Reid (S) Stanford.

    • prince

      I’m in!

  • Tommy Davis

    Reading these comments along with terrible decisions by Cowboys management, I can see why Dallas will always be stuck in mediocrity. Unlike the Eagles, the Cowboys don’t value talent. They and a lot of their fan base don’t understand that talent is what wins games in the NFL. As long as David Irving performs on the field, and he has, he can raise his fist all he wants, it’s his God given right.

    • Ellen Legree

      Tommy i agree with you 100%

      • prince


    • Chuck Wright

      What terrible decisions? And the Eagles weren’t over paying guys.. . . .they made some savvy moves.

      But F a POS who wants to crap on the flag. . .also Dallas’ right to let him go. . . .

      Irving reminds me of Dez, another guy who didn’t show up every play. . .get the big contract, get fat and lazy .. . .

  • Ellen Legree

    This not about money at all, it’s about a player speaking his mind which they are not allowed to do in Dallas. I’m really getting sick and tired of the front office! no one in life is perfect and David Irving is a player that will make a big impact right away if he leaves the Cowboys. It seems like a Lot of the the players leaving are doing better with other teams which makes me wonder just what exactly is going on with front office.

    • prince

      It’s not the front office. It’s the coaches. No innovation. They think it’s still the nineties.

      • Ervinlang318

        Thats True however the Nineties produced 4 Successful money plays that were ran over and over until the opponent figured out how to stop it. We don’t even have 1 money play.

    • Chuck Wright

      Of the 4 DBs who left last year, only 1 was better than the players we drafted and he was the oldest. Wouldn’t be surprised if Hitchins does well but was he worth the price? Likely not. David Ware? Yep. . . .DeMarco Murray? right move Most of those who’ve left have done nothing to warrent huge contracts

    • Tommy Davis

      Much love Ellen, your comments are right on, it too bad that there are so many folks that just don’t have a clue.

  • Russ_Te

    Jerry would kneel, hold up a fist or collude with Vlad Putin if he could get a Lombardi out of it… ;^)

    I agree with Brian and don’t think it’s politics afoot. They intend to sign Irving back and are trying to keep the cost down, but the #2 is too risky considering that the Cowboys should be contending this year. Someone could give a #2 and offer more than the Cowboys can pay. They’ve already committed $17 million to Lawrence and have a lot of other needs to pay out for.

    Better move to bump it up to a #1 tender IMO, pay a little more up front and lock him in. Out on a limb here with a player necessary for a playoff run.

    • Tommy Davis

      I agree Russ, it would have been a better move to use a #1 tender.

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How Should The Cowboys, And The NFL, Value RBs?

Kevin Brady



Will Cowboys' Offense Improve With Ezekiel Elliott's Return?
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There is no one, stand-alone "best" strategy for winning in the NFL. There are, of course, common themes and ideals which run true year in and year out among the top teams.

Strategy in the NFL is dynamic, or at least it should be. Running in place for too long under the same leadership often breeds mediocrity, and refusing to move with current trends can put you at a severe disadvantage.

Succumbing to those trends without fully analyzing the confounding factors your situation presents, however, can also ruin a team building exercise.

With that being said, should teams pay elite running backs top dollar? Or are those running backs expendable, replaceable, and often forgettable within the NFL machine?

To be honest these aren't very fair ways to pose legitimately interesting questions. You can acknowledge that a running back is important to your offense while also acknowledging that you don't want to break the bank for a position with such injury risk and high turnover year-to-year.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently facing this dilemma, as their star running back Le'Veon Bell asks to be paid like an elite "weapon," not as a normal running back. And when you examine how the Steelers deploy Bell within their offense, he clearly has a point.

Bell is not your traditional "running back." He lines up on the boundary, in the slot, and is a passing threat out of the backfield as well. On top of all of this versatility, Bell is an excellent pass protector, something which is often lost among other "versatile" backs.

Bell can quite literally do it all for an offense, but the idea of paying that position elite-level money makes teams cringe. As The Athletic's Marcus Mosher pointed out on Twitter, teams like the New England Patriots have been able to replicate Bell's production by using multiple speciality backs rather than one workhorse.

In theory, this takes away the injury risk component to a certain extent. Rather than giving one player 350-400 touches per season, you spread those touches out and allow for players to do what they do best.

Lately, the NFL has seemed to agree that this is the most efficient way to play offense. But when you have a player like Bell or Ezekiel Elliott, in what way is taking the ball out of their hands "efficient" at all? In addition, how is using three players to mimic the skill set of one efficient?

Yes, the NFL is a passing league, but when you have a playmaker who is of the caliber of a Bell or an Elliott, it is up to the offense to deploy in him ways that maximize his value. Teams should be using the Bells and Elliotts of the world as pass catching threats and as weapons all over the field. Force the entire defense to account for your running back rather than just jamming him between the tackles like it's 1975.

The movement towards "running back by committee" rather than the traditional one-back system can also be credited to the lack of workhorse-worthy backs entering the league.

Ezekiel Elliotts don't grow on trees, they are rare and special players. And when you have one, especially when you spend a premium pick on him, you should get the most out of him that you can. Playing winning offense in the NFL is about more than just "do you run or do you pass," and it often hinges on creating splash plays of 15-20 yards.

If you can get those plays through the use of an elite running back, that player becomes intrinsically valuable to your team. No matter what "position" he is labeled as. Of course you want to be able create mismatches in the passing game all over the field, so when you are able to do this with a running back, shouldn't that be deemed as highly valuable?

We can't say just yet if the Cowboys should re-sign Ezekiel Elliott once he enters free agency. After all, five seasons (and a franchise tag year) where he touches the ball more than most players in the league will almost certainly bring about some wear and tear.

But with the way the Cowboys have chosen to play offense, and the way in which they've built their roster, a workhorse back like Elliott is necessary for success.

Once again, at least it is for now.

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Is DE Kony Ealy At Risk Of Not Making Cowboys Final Roster?

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: As Late FA Signing, New DE Kony Ealy Brings Value at DE

As training camp approaches and we draw closer to the 2018 NFL season, fans are beginning to get excited for new faces, old stars, and new beginnings for the Dallas Cowboys.

One player which has been a bit forgotten about over the last few months, and even overlooked when he was first signed back in April, is defensive end Kony Ealy. Of course, some of this overlooking is justified, as Ealy's career has been filled with more valleys than peaks thus far.

With a fresh start in Dallas, though, some expect Kony Ealy to rekindle his career, and look like the player he was during the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss just a few seasons ago. The problem is, that game looks like the outlier and not the norm over his professional career.

Originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers, Ealy has had a shaky start to his career. Now joining his third team in the same number of seasons, it's certainly fair to say he hasn't lived up to his second round draft selection.

At 6'4" and 275 pounds, however, Ealy fits the mold of a 4-3 defensive end in the Cowboys' scheme. While he isn't the explosive pass rusher that other players on the roster are (and can be), he could provide solid rotational depth across the defensive line.

With fellow former second round pick Randy Gregory gaining reinstatement to the NFL this week, Ealy could struggle to salvage any real playing time with the Cowboys at all. Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and Taco Charlton all feel like locks to make the team.

Then there is 2018 day three pick Dorance Armstrong and former fourth round pick Charles Tapper providing competition as well.

Tapper and Armstrong are unproven, but have the athletic profiles to become solid edge rushers at the professional level. For both, especially Tapper, health is of the upmost concern going forward. If Tapper can remain healthy, he has a real shot of making the team and having his impact felt as early as 2018.

That "if" has been a serious one thus far, however.

When the Cowboys first signed Kony Ealy back in April, I really believed he could provide solid and cheap depth along their defensive line. Now in July, I still have those beliefs, but it's become fair to question if he will even find himself on the final 53-man roster based on the competition around him.

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Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin’s Footsteps?

Brian Martin



Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin's Footsteps?

Connor Williams has yet to play a single snap the NFL, but there are already some pretty high expectations for the rookie Guard. That's because he will be sandwiched between two Pro Bowl players in Center Travis Frederick and Left Tackle Tyron Smith. But, it's the Dallas Cowboys third Pro Bowl offensive lineman Williams should try to emulate and follow in the footsteps of.

Yes, I'm talking about Zack Martin.

Zack Martin's career couldn't have gotten off to a better start coming out of Notre Dame. He hit the ground running as a rookie with the Cowboys and put together a dominating performance his first year in the NFL, earning his first Pro Bowl bid as well as being named to the All-Pro team. He continued to play at a high level ever since and has not only turned into the best player at his position, but continued his Pro Bowl streak every season since entering the league.

To ask, or even expect Connor Williams to have the same kind of immediate success as Zack Martin is probably a little unfair, if not impossible. The kind of success Martin has had already in his career is almost unheard of. But, that's not to say Williams isn't going to try to follow in Martin's footsteps and to become the best player he can.

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys OG Zack Martin

The footsteps I think Connor Williams should try to follow as it pertains to Zack Martin is how well he made the transition from a collegiate Offensive Tackle to an NFL Guard. I think that should be Williams' main focus right now with training camp coming up.

Williams will be inserted into the starting lineup as the Cowboys new Left Guard. It will be a new position for him after playing mainly Tackle at the University of Texas, that will require an entirely new mindset and technique. But, it's in transition I believe he can make rather smoothly.

Connor Williams should benefit from Zack Martin's similar transition from college OT to an NFL OG. I wouldn't be surprised if we see the rookie shadowing Martin throughout training camp to soak up as much knowledge as possible. It's probably the best way for him to jumpstart his career.

Now, I fully expect to see some growing pains from Williams throughout the 2018 season. It's to be expected from any rookie, especially one transitioning to a new position. But, I do believe he will not only be an upgrade at LG for the Cowboys, but will make the entire OL even better.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see what kind of player Connor Williams ends up being this season.

Do you think Connor Williams can follow in Zack Martin's footsteps?

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