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Xavier Su’a-Filo Doubtful: Connor Williams Key for Seahawks Matchup

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The Dallas Cowboys have had to adjust their offensive line for much of the season due to injuries or quality of play.  With Xavier Su'a-Filo doubtful for today's game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Cowboys will be forced once again to make an adjustment along their offensive line. Connor Williams will likely get the start agains the Seahawks and he's a key to what the Dallas Cowboys would like to do on offense.

Connor Williams has had some struggles this season, but he's gotten better as the season has gone along. While Su'a-Filo has had his moments as the starting left guard, he's also been an issue, particularly in pass blocking.

According to Pro Football Focus, Xavier Su'a-Filo allowed 20 pressures on 269 pass blocking snaps, or one pressure every 13.45. Connor Williams has been slightly better, allowing a pressure every 14.21 snaps. Su'a-Filo also allowed a sack at a higher rate than Connor Williams allowing a sack every 44.83 pass plays. While Williams has only slightly been slightly better than Su'a-Filo on pressures allowed, Williams has nearly doubled his sack rate. Williams is allowing a sack every 79.6 pass plays, on average.

Over the last five games especially, Williams has been much better at keeping Dak Prescott clean. On 156 snaps over the last five games, Su'a-Filo has allowed 5 sacks and 14 pressures. On 110 snaps, Connor Williams has only allowed two sacks and nine pressures.

Whoever starts at left guard, whether it's Su'a-Filo or Williams, will have their hands full tonight facing off against a powerful interior tandem in Jarran Reed and Poona Ford. Jarran Reed has double-digit sacks for the Seattle Seahawks this season. Poona Ford has been excellent as a run defender. Pro Football Focus has rated Ford as the third best interior defensive lineman in the NFL over the last five weeks.

Connor Williams may not have played well early in the season, but he was making a transition to a new position and having to deal with players that he may not have been prepared for quite yet. Well, with a little more seasoning, Williams has been performing well enough to possibly keep his starting spot at left guard. How well he plays tonight will go a long way in determining which team advances to the divisional round and the waiting arms of the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams.

For the offense to keep humming the way it's been, they'll need Williams to step in on that left side without missing a beat.

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."

The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

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Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith

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The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.

ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

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The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...

Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.

Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.

And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.

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Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List

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Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.

"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."

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This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.

It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.

While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.

With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.

With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.

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