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Will Cowboys Be Able to Carry 3 QBs Once Again?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Will Cowboys Be Able to Carry 3 QBs Once Again?
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Dak Prescott's job is more than safe as far as the 2018 NFL season is concerned. There won't be any "quarterback controversy" going on when discussing who will receive Travis Frederick's snaps every week. The same cannot be said for the backup position, though.

As impressive as Cooper Rush was last preseason, Mike White's arrival will put his job in danger.

Last year, the Cowboys began the season with three quarterbacks on the roster. Rush beat Kellen Moore for the QB2 spot and eventually, Moore was released in October. Now a QB coach, Moore will try to develop and figure out who'll back up Prescott in 2018.

But the Cowboys might not be able to do what they did in 2017. While last year they took the position battle into the season, giving three quarterbacks a roster spot could be tougher to achieve with such an uncertain offense.

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The Cowboys' wide receiver group is deep, but clear-cut starters will be tough to define. Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley sound like the most likely guys to start when week 1 comes around. But young guys like Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown and even Lance Lenoir are talented enough to fight to be one of the 53 Dallas Cowboys.

Especially since we're talking about a whole new set of wide receivers which might see tons of changes throughout the season.

Not to mention the tight end position, in which the Cowboys will have a hard time defining who is the first Jason Witten succesor in the franchise. Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers will be battling in training camp to make the team.

On the defensive side of things, the coaching staff might want to go deep along the defensive line given they have tons of guys who could contribute to a strong, solid rotation. Dorance Armstrong, Taco Charlton, Datone Jones, Kony Ealy and more guys are very likely to get snaps. They might also go heavy in the secondary, since the safety position doesn't seem very... well, safe.

The Dallas Cowboys will have to decide between going heavy at these positions with players that are more likely to contribute on the field in 2018 and keeping a third-string promising young player at the most important position of all: the quarterback position.

It's a tough call and one that will add some extra flavor to the position battles in training camp. The Cowboys have a deep roster and that will show in July and in August, when the preseason comes around. Surely, the QB battle between Mike White and Cooper Rush will manage to be one of the most intriguing ones, given that they won't only be fighting to be Dak Prescott's backup, but to be on the 53-man roster in September.

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I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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    I love what I’m hearing about Mike White
    I remember how Cooper Rush impressed us all
    I’d love to keep all 3 active but it if the questionable position groups are all well decided on clear options

    We’re too thin and/or unproven right now to go heavy anywhere that not absolutely necessary

    Then like ’16, Prescott felt the fires of competition which some felt the kids if Romo would cause him to lose his edge

    The edge Dak lost was Romo’s literal voice of advice and literal presence moreso than competition

    Coaching failed him at the most inopportune time,
    (Zeke’s susspension, Tyrones injuries, Dez’s decline/tandrums, poor to no adjustments ,etc)
    And just when teams schemed away his primary targets to force him to beat them alone
    Although careful film breakdowns have discounted Prescotts int’s down to 6-8 being his fault,
    (not tipped/defected at the line or him being hit as he threw, hitting his targets but not secured),
    Some were obviously poor decision making
    But the best makes the worst reads & throws, even vets in the SB, (hint hint)
    13 int’s vs 30 TD’s is much better than most megastar Qb’s to date
    (factoring in Dak’s total rushing TD’s / although 23-13 isn’t horrible either)

    Hopefully by the end if preseason an obvious backup will be determined & we can relinquish the third to the practice squad

    We need to have balance in strength of position groups, yet to be so well established elsewhere that allows us to keep all 3 active will be just fine with me

    Heck, we might even become a football manufacture type franchise, spitting out Jimmy Garapollo’s, David Irvins & Rod Smith’s, etc
    Increasing trade values like Bill Bellichek & kicking the can of progress down the road vs kicking the salary cap curse down the road as in recent times past should be

    Thiscshould be a welcoming turn of events due to drafting & developing such great prospects that teams look to us for our leftovers

    Competition does breeds excellence

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Will DeMarcus Lawrence Be Franchise Tagged Again in 2019?

Mauricio Rodriguez



DeMarcus Lawrence, Franchise Tags and Realities for Dallas Cowboys
Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for extending players under the franchise tag has come and gone last Monday, in a day in which none of the remaining tagged players reached an agreement with their respective teams. That includes Dallas Cowboy Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence, who's set to earn $17M in 2018.

The front office and the 26-year old defensive end failed to agree to a new contract before the season's start, but we saw that coming. After all, there was never a point in which we had the classic "X player and his team are close to a new deal" headline.

All of this makes the future of the Cowboys' promising "War Daddy" very uncertain. What lies a head of the player that put on an impressive show in 2018?

Since 2017 was Lawrence's breakout year, racking up 14.5 sacks trough the season, we have leaned towards the narrative of last season being his only good one. His performance last season was impressive and clearly his best one yet, but we tend to overlook 2015.

In his sophomore season, the only other year in which he has played 16 games, he finished the campaign with eight sacks and 35 tackles (55 combined). Really, the idea of 2017 being his only good year is not as accurate as we might think.

That being said, I think it's more likely that we see another great year from him this upcoming season than seeing a disappointing one. This, of course, will end up being the main thing that determines his future in Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

The Dallas Cowboys front office really took a risk by tagging Lawrence this offseason. #90 was reportedly asking for an average of $17M per year in his long-term contract, which is Olivier Vernon kind of money.

So what if he puts a similar season or an even better one? Lawrence and his agent could end up asking for even more money. Perhaps in the 18 or 20 million dollars per year range. If that ends up being the case, the team will find itself in a tough position when trying to reach an agreement with its promising pass rusher.

Which leads us to the possibility of seeing the Cowboys franchise tagging Lawrence for the second consecutive season. Dallas will already be negotiating a contract extension with QB Dak Prescott, and things will get complicated. Even more if they decide to pursue a big-time free agent in March, such as Earl Thomas.

It would make sense, from a financial perspective, to hand the tag twice in consecutive years to D-Law. However, it shouldn't be the priority. If he plays like he did in 2017, the front office will be more than wise to extend him for good.

According to, the Cowboys will have approximately $50.6M. Seemingly, the team's cap woes will be over soon.

Fortunately, Lawrence didn't become a headache by threatening to holdout for offseason programs and even training camp. However, don't expect that to happen if he finds himself under the tag next year.

Careers in the NFL are short, so DeMarcus will surely want to get paid. If he keeps it up, he'll deserve it. As much as he deserves it, though, football is a cold business. If the Jones need to tag him, they will.

Do you think the Cowboys will franchise tag Lawrence in 2019?

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Without Looming Suspension, RB Ezekiel Elliott Should Shine In 2018

Kevin Brady



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NFL Films typically does a good job of exposing some truths around NFL teams. Whether through "Hard Knocks" or Amazon's new "All or Nothing" series, these documentaries do an excellent job of giving fans an inside look of their favorite teams.

If anything was revealed through the Cowboys' All or Nothing series on their 2017 season, it's that Ezekiel Elliott's suspension weighed heavy on his mind all year.

The Pro Bowl running back did not look, act, or play like himself while awaiting decision on his incoming suspension. And, once it was finally announced he would serve the six games, the entire team collapsed in Atlanta.

Despite the clear and detrimental effects Elliott's suspension had on the Cowboys' season, Zeke still put up more-than-respectable numbers; rushing for almost 1,000 yards and averaging a league leading 98.3 yards per game.

Now, Ezekiel Elliott enters a season with no doubts about his own availability. Scott Linehan gets to coach an offense that knows they will have their best player for the entire season barring major injury. And, Jason Garrett can lead his team without addressing questions about Elliott's future day in and day out.What Workload is Ezekiel Elliott Prepared for in 2018? 1

Of course, these effects aren't quantifiable. We can't sit here and say that without the pressure of court appearances and suspensions that Elliott will be worth "X" amount of more yards and "Y" more touchdowns.

But I do believe we can say, without question, that playing with a clear mind and without a looming suspension will breed the type of production we saw from Zeke his rookie year.

We can say that Elliott has had a weight lifted off his shoulders, and could be looking for revenge on a league he feels did him wrong.

And, for the Cowboys sake, I hope this is true. Because they are going to need Ezekiel Elliott to be even better than he ever has been if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl in 2018.

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Cowboys en Español: El Regreso de Randy Gregory

Mauricio Rodriguez



Randy Gregory, Eagles
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A sólo días de que los Dallas Cowboys aterricen en Oxnard, California para dar inicio a su training camp como todos los años, el equipo recibió excelentes noticias respecto a la selección de segunda ronda del 2015: Randy Gregory. Después de pasar todo el 2017 suspendido, el ala defensiva ha sido oficialmente reintegrado por la NFL.

Gregory, quien tuvo muchos problemas debido al uso de marihuana, ha pasado los últimos meses rehabilitándose para poder volver a vestir la estrella y volver al emparrillado. Los Cowboys, quienes siempre apoyaron a su joven jugador, sin duda estarán felices de verlo de vuelta en el equipo por motivos más allá que el football americano.

Sin duda alguna, antes de estar emocionados y felices por verlo en el campo intimidando a quarterbacks rivales, deberíamos estar alegres por el logro personal de Randy como un ser humano. Realmente hizo un esfuerzo consciente en un lugar en el que muchos se hubieran rendido y dejado sus sueños de ser parte de la NFL. Pero no lo hizo, y ahora, todos sus esfuerzos han valido la pena.

El siguiente paso en su lista por-hacer, es volver al campo y poco a poco, ganarse su puesto en el equipo y después, la titularidad. La última vez que vimos a Gregory en el campo, fue contra Philadelphia, en el final de temporada del 2016.

En este juego, Gregory mostró muchos destellos de lo que sería capaz de hacer semana tras semana en la liga y porque valió la pena nunca dejarlo ir, lo cual no hubiera tenido sentido hacer, dado que los Cowboys no les costaba nada (literalmente) mantenerlo en el equipo.

Sean Martin escribió un artículo recientemente en el que analiza este partido a fondo.

El potencial de Gregory es inmenso, suficiente incluso, para aventurarse a decir que se convertirá en el defensive end (ala defensiva) derecho antes de lo esperado. El reto más grande para el jugador de 25 años será regresar a una condición física óptima para la NFL.

Afortunadamente, a diferencia del 2016, Gregory no estará regresando a media temporada. Su llegada toma lugar justo a tiempo para el training camp, dándole tiempo para regresar a la forma en la que tiene que estar.

Una vez ahí, ¿qué tanto le tomará ganarse un rol más importante que el de Tyrone Crawford y Taco Charlton? A pesar de que prácticamente no lo hemos visto jugar en Dallas, sabemos el potencial que tiene para convertirse en un defensivo de suma importancia para los Cowboys.

Un año después de ver la mejor temporada en la carrera de DeMarcus Lawrence, los Cowboys tendrán el potencial de una estrella similar en el lado derecho de su línea defensiva. Gregory tiene una montaña que escalar para cumplir las expectativas de los aficionados, pero no será una sorpresa si lo logra.

Vaya, no olvidemos que si no fuera por sus problemas fuera del campo, hubiera sido seleccionado en el Top 10 del Draft del 2015. Tiene el potencial de conseguir diez sacks por temporada.

Con un poco de suerte, no nos equivocaremos en tenerle fe al jugador que ha tenido un gran viaje para llegar a este punto. El punto de ponerse el casco e ir a trabajar con su equipo.

Incluso si sólo llega a ser un jugador de rotación, sin duda será importante para el éxito del equipo. Entre DeMarcus Lawrence, David Irving, Randy Gregory y el resto del talento que los Cowboys tienen en la línea defensiva, el equipo podría tener un frente de muy buena calidad.

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