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Will Dez Bryant Make Cowboys’ Ring Of Honor?

Kevin Brady

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All of Cowboys Nation was taken back Friday afternoon when news broke the team was releasing beloved veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant. While this is a business, and Bryant's production dropped off in 2017, the news still hit many fans hard.

Of course, there is a lot to analyze about the current and future Dallas Cowboys roster, but I wanted to reflect back on Dez Bryant's career before doing so. The former first round pick of the 2010 NFL Draft is arguably the best receiver in the history of this vaunted franchise.

At the very least, over 500 receptions, nearly 7,500 yards, and 73 touchdown receptions make Bryant the most productive receiver the Cowboys have ever had. The peak of his career came in 2014, though it's now jarring to realize that was most likely the last time we saw Dez Bryant play like himself.

During that 12-4 2014 season, Bryant caught 88 balls for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was a first team All-Pro selection, and the Cowboys' offense looked poised to take over the league over the coming seasons. Before 2015, Dez Bryant re-signed with the Cowboys and claimed he would be a "Cowboys for life." And if it were up to him, he would've been.

Then Tony Romo went down week two of the following year, and Dez Bryant battled a severe foot injury all season long. Bryant's production dropped off, but his leadership and passion for the game remained the same.

Now Dez Bryant enters free agency for what is functionally the first time in his career. The unceremonious exit leaves Bryant's relationship with the Cowboys in doubt, and makes me wonder how long it will take for the wound between the two parties to heal.

And, if it ever does heal, will Dez Bryant make the Cowboys Ring of Honor?

There is no doubt that he deserves to, as his numbers are some of the best the Cowboys have ever seen, but the way this ended between Bryant and the organization leaves me wondering how much bad blood there really is. On merit alone, Dez Bryant should be in the Cowboys' Ring of Honor, but I do have to think there will be some fences to mend when the time comes for his induction.



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  • Mr. Jaguar

    Kevin I have to disagree with you, regarding both Dez, and Romo, for the Cowboys ROH

    First , Romo, if Romo, is allowed to enter the Cowboys ROH, and NOT Danny White, it would be political. Why? Simply because Romo is Jerry Jones adapted son, who never even sniff the NFL championship game, during his tenure at quarterback for the Cowboys organization. While White, under Tom Landry, took the Cowboys to the NFC championship game three years in a row, 1980-1971 and 1982, IN addition White playoff record is better than Romo’s. White playoff record was 4-5, while Romo’s was a pathetic 2-4, during his tenure at quarterback for the Cowboys.

    Yes Dez, was a member of the # 88 club, but for his 8 years of being a representative of that prestigious club, he doesn’t have the bling. The rings. Pearson-1, Irvin-3, total = 4.

    So without the hardware on the fingers, both was very good, but NOT good enough to be honored , if the Cowboys organization, uses the criteria, that was used for the following:
    Staubach-Aikman-Pearson-Irvin, all four was clutch, when it mattered the most. That is why they deserved to inducted into the the Cowboys ROH. Romo and Bryant have the stats, and some glorious moments during their time with the Cowboys, but couldn’t reach the high standards to achieve the ultimate goal, bringing home the coveted Lombardi Trophy. Which is what’s it All About regarding the Cowboys. At least Meredith and D. Perkins was able to get the Cowboys organization to the NFL championship game against the hated Packers, when the Cowboys organization started the tend of being an elite organization , in the mid 60’s.
    I’m hoping Stephen Jones don’t award mediocrity and being stuck in NFL Purgatory, as the criteria to be inducted into the the Cowboys ROH. If the bar is lowered because of political purposes, then the Cowboys organization need to change the name of the ROH , to the Ring of the Very Good.

    Now Kelvin , if you’re not old enough to remember the glory days of Landry, Schramn, Brandt, I understand why you would think Romo and Dez deserves to be in the ROH, but you’ll be doing Cowboys Nation a disservice by ignoring those that pave the way for Romo and Dez, before they could ever wear the vaulted Star.
    I would honor Tony Hill, before Dez, he has something that Dez doesn’t a ring. Just my two cents worth.

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CIN 21, DAL 14: Dak Prescott Continues Strong Preseason in Loss

Jess Haynie

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The games may not count yet, but Dak Prescott looks ready for the 2018 season. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback continued his strong preseason play in the team's 21-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Prescott played three series, going 10/15 for 86 yards and a touchdown. He got the offense out of trouble a few times with his feet, avoiding sacks and ultimately getting the scoring pass off on a redzone scramble.

Dak's strong play has coincided with shutdown performances from the starting defense. The Cowboys' first-team defenders have yet to allow a score in two preseason games. Tonight, the Bengals were forced into four punts and two turnovers on their first-half possessions.

Overall, the Cowboys are a combined 24-7 in the first halves of their first two preseason contests.

The second half has been the problem, and for two weeks now Dallas' reserves have squandered halftime leads and given up losses. Thankfully, most of the responsible players will not be on the final 53-man roster.

Other Notes

  • There were several concerning injuries for the Cowboys tonight. None was scarier than when All-Pro guard Zack Martin went out with a knee injury, but it does not appear to have been serious. Starting defensive backs Byron Jones and Xavier Woods also got banged up; Byron returned to the game but Woods did not. Defensive lineman Datone Jones also left with a knee injury.
  • Even more concerning was the play of the second-team offensive line. Chaz Green was typically awful, but we also saw swing tackle Cam Fleming struggling and just an overall lack of protection for the backups quarterbacks. Green got benched in the second half and may have finally played his way off the team.
  • Credit to Terrance Williams for getting open in the endzone to give Dak Prescott a receiver for the touchdown throw. Even with his warts, Williams' two years of experience playing with Dak can't be ignored in deciding who makes the team.
  • Tight end Blake Jarwin continues to run with the starters on offense and may have quietly taken the job away from Geoff Swaim.
  • Darius Jackson took advantage of some extra playing time tonight after Bo Scarbrough left with a hip injury. He broke off a few nice runs to amass 42 yards on just six carries, plus had four receptions.
  • We finally get to see Dan Bailey kick a field goal again, and it was an easy 35-yarder with no issues.
  • Shout out to Chidobe Awuzie for one of the pretty interceptions that a Cowboys DB has made in some time. Awuzie had to bend like Beckham (Odell, that is) to get a hand on the ball, then tipped it to himself for the pick.
  • Preseason fun continues for the Cowboys next Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals on NBC's Sunday Night Football.



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#DALvsCIN: Can WR Lance Lenoir Continue To Impress?

Kevin Brady

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Lance Lenoir

Entering training camp projecting who would make the final roster from the Dallas Cowboys wide receiving room was a crapshoot. The combination of misfits from other teams, unproven young guys, and a couple of Cowboys veterans makes this position group the most questioned across the entire roster.

But while Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, and Michael Gallup were stealing headlines, Lance Lenoir was making a name for himself among the Cowboys faithful.

After serving on the practice squad for the Cowboys a year ago, Lenoir seems to have entered 2018 with one goal in mind: to make the official game-day roster. And even if he falls short of this goal, it won't be due to any fault of his own.

Day in and day out Lance Lenoir has been a consistent wide out, catching nearly everything thrown his way and running some of the crisper routes on the team. Under new receivers coach Sanjay Lal, Lenoir has become a technical route runner and dangerous receiving threat.

Maybe most importantly for his future with the team, Lenoir has developed an obvious chemistry with starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott has continued to compliment Lenoir throughout training camp, and you know that the Cowboys front office is well aware of Prescott's trust in Lenoir on the field.

During the preseason opener against the 49ers, Lance Lenoir caught his first touchdown of the season, dazzling with his toe-tap ability. If he is going to steal a roster spot away from one of the more seasoned wide outs, however, he will have to remain that consistent target.

This Saturday, Lenoir gets another shot to prove why he's not only deserving of a roster spot, but of a starting spot. Sure, it might be a bit of a stretch, but if he continues to play like he has during camp and preseason, Lenoir could find himself working with the 1's more frequently.

Look out for Lance Lenoir against the Bengals this week, as he makes it harder and harder for the Cowboys to cut him by the second.



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Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Tavon Austin, Cowboys Best Playmaker Not Named Ezekiel Elliott?

Cada vez más cerca de la verdadera acción en la NFL, tuvimos una oportunidad de ver a los Dallas Cowboys en el campo contra los San Francisco 49ers hace una semana. Francamente, a pesar de perder la ventaja en los últimos segundos del partido, la actuación del equipo dio una muy buena señal a los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria.

Todavía quedan tres partidos por jugar, empezando por el enfrentamiento contra los Cincinnati Bengals este sábado. Hay muchas cosas que ver de parte de los Dallas Cowboys y quizá algunas de ellas las veamos este mismo fin de semana.

Una de las cosas más interesantes esta semana fue la conversación de los wide receivers (receptores abiertos). Lance Lenoir se ha mostrado como un candidato real al roster de 53 jugadores, pero esa es sólo una pequeña fracción de la conversación de receptores.

Hay muchos receptores de que hablar, y el día de hoy, eso haremos en Cowboys en Español.

¿Cole Beasley es realmente el receptor #1?

A lo largo de todo el offseason, se ha manejado la narrativa de que "los Cowboys no tienen un buen WR." A pesar de que Dez Bryant es un nombre difícil de olvidar, esta aseveración sobre los receptores en Dallas me parece errónea.

Si bien es cierto que Bryant es uno de los mejores WRs en la historia de los Cowboys, también es cierto que Jason Garrett y compañía tienen un mejor grupo de lo que la afición considera. Si somos sinceros, un trío titular de Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley y Michael Gallup no suena mal.

La pregunta será: ¿quién es el #1? Comentarios de Dak Prescott han hecho referencia a Cole Beasley como el dueño de dicho rol. ¿Realmente puede fungir como el receptor líder del equipo siendo un jugador de 1.73 metros?

Se ha hablado mucho de Beasley jugando fuera de los números e intentando vencer a los defensivos por fuera. Es intrigante, pero sin duda un poco difícil de creer.

Tavon Austin: ¿Es un arma más importante de lo que creemos?

Los Cowboys dejaron ir a Ryan Switzer y obtuvieron a su aparente remplazo con el ex-WR de los Rams por una selección de sexta ronda. Tavon Austin ha tenido un viaje extraño con el equipo. Fue listado en el roster como un corredor pero utilizado como un receptor.

Lleva poco tiempo en Dallas pero ha sorprendido en training camp y ha sido utilizado como más de lo que esperábamos. Desde que llegó al equipo, empezamos a compararlo con Lucky Whitehead y Ryan Switzer. Ambos talentosos, pero destinados a ser un jugador "gadget" que fueron utilizados casi exclusivamente en jugadas "en movimiento" o los famosos "jet sweeps."

Pero Austin puede ser más que eso y lo ha demostrado en training camp. No parece que Tavon vaya a tener el mismo destino que Switzer, sino que tendrá un rol mucho más involucrado en la ofensiva constantemente. Bien puede ser un factor sorpresa para la ofensiva en Dallas.

¿Puede Terrance Williams perder su trabajo?

A pesar de que el coraje puede llevar a los aficionados a criticar a Terrance Williams un poco más de lo que merece, la verdad es que Williams está en riesgo de ser cortado por los Cowboys antes de que inicie la temporada en septiembre.

Es uno de los WRs con más experiencia, sí. Pero durante su estadía en Dallas, cada vez que Dez Bryant ha caído lesionado, Williams ha tenido la oportunidad de surgir como un receptor #1 capaz y preparado. Y nunca lo ha logrado.

Con un roster lleno de talentos jóvenes como el de Lance Lenoir y Noah Brown, es probable que la administración y los coaches opten por el potencial joven en vez de Williams, quien ha tenido problemas para demostrar que puede ser un jugador constante.

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Los Dallas Cowboys tienen que conseguir que su ofensiva sobreviva las pérdidas de Jason Witten y Dez Bryant y tendrán que comenzar en la posición de WR. A pesar de que Williams esté en el equipo, Cole Beasley será el único en repetir titularidad del año pasado en Dallas esta temporada.

Dak Prescott tendrá un rol enorme cuando la ofensiva trate de emprender su marcha y definitivamente será responsable del éxito de esta. Es ahora o nunca para Dak.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Es Tavon Austin Más Importante de lo que Creemos?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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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