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Cowboys news: New names surface as potential offseason receiving options

The Cowboys will have some interesting wide receiver options this offseason.

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The Cowboys could use an electric wide receiver to bolster this offense and there are going to be plenty of good ones to choose from in the draft. Do you have a favorite?

PFF 2018 NFL Mock Draft 2 - Steve Palazzolo, Pro Football Focus

PFF conducted their latest mock draft and has the Cowboys taking a wide receiver.

Dallas could go a number of ways here, but they add another receiving threat in Gallup, who can win with speed down the field and toughness at the catch point. He was the nation’s top-graded receiver in 2017 at 92.1 overall, and he adds another weapon for QB Dak Prescott.

2018 NFL Draft: Scouting Colorado State WR Michael Gallup - Kevin Brady, Slant Sports

Kevin Brady is a fan of the 6-1, 200-lb receiver and thinks he would be a good addition to the Cowboys offense.

When you watch the film, Michael Gallup checks nearly all the boxes. He has strong hands, is very physical, is a smooth route runner who creates easy separation, and has no fears about going over the middle to make plays. Gallup is a really tough player who is rarely brought down by one defensive back. He is strong at the catch point as well, and has some of the most reliable hands of the entire draft class.

With a name like Gallup, you would just expect to him to be off to the races.

Scout’s Notebook: Prospects To Watch As Cowboys Head To The Senior Bowl - Bryan Broaddus, The Mothership

With the current football season continues this weekend, those looking into the future will take a particular interest into next week’s Senior Bowl. With standouts like Zack Martin and Dak Prescott showing up big, the scouts will be paying close attention as they search for the next big thing. One former Cowboys scout shares who he’ll be watching.

If I had to select an athletic freak of this Senior Bowl, New Mexico State wide receiver Jaleel Scott would be my guy. Scott is going to measure right around 6-6, 215. His best games during his senior season were against Arizona State and Arkansas -- so the step up in competition should not bother him. I will be interested to see how he takes to pro coaching and quarterback play from the likes of Mayfield and Allen. I guarantee he will make one or two circus catches per practice that will have those in the crowd amazed. How he functions in 1-on-1 drills against press coverage is what scouts are looking forward to evaluating.

Free agent focus 2018: Could WR coach Sanjay Lal bring Donte Moncrief to Cowboys? - Michael Sisemore, BTB

Whenever a new position coach gets hired, fans are always intrigued by the idea that some of their former players that could follow suit and join the team as well. With former Colts WR coach, Sanjay Lal now the Cowboys receiver coach, is it possible that he brings some speed to his new offense? Our own Michael Sisemore examines this possibility in his latest installment of his free agent focus series.

Moncrief has size, but he also has good acceleration and speed which is what catches the eye immediately. One of the more impressive traits he has is his ability to create separation from the defender. The Cowboys had a hard time getting separation from their entire depth chart last season. He shot up many draftnik’s boards coming out of college, especially considering he was among the Combine’s top performers at his position in 40-time (4.40), vertical jump (39.5), and broad jump (11 feet).

How cool would it be to have a receiver who could give you the business and then blow past you like you’re standing still?

5 things to know about new WR coach, Sanjay Lal - Kristi Scales, 5 Points Blue

Don’t know much about the Cowboys new receiver coach? Let Kristi Scales help you get acquainted with five little tidbits of information.

Lal Played One of His Biggest College Games in Dallas’ Fair Park At The Cotton Bowl

He was a wide receiver for the UCLA Bruins team that won the 1989 Cotton Bowl. After transferring to Washington, he starred at receiver for the Huskies’ 1992 National Championship Team. He also was on two Rose Bowl championship teams. How good a player was he? Good enough to be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame. He has a degree from the school in Business Administration.

The Cowboys are going through a lot of changes with their assistants, but are they going to regret any of these moves?

Cowboys: Will Matt Eberflus be the next Sean Payton? - Reid Hanson, SportDFW

Many fans were upset when the Cowboys were unable to retain former assistant coach Sean Payton. Years of success in New Orleans, which includes a victory in Super Bowl 44 will certainly bring out the regret of letting the coach get away. Could the same ring true for Matt Eberflus?

If you would have asked anyone over the past few years who the most promising assistant on the Cowboys was, most would have said Matt Eberflus without hesitation. It’s been a long time since an assistant and/or coordinator sparked so much optimism around here.

The last time Cowboys Nation has been this excited about a young coach was when Sean Payton was running the offense. Once upon a time, Payton was on staff working under the guidance of the legendary Bill Parcells. But much like the situation today, the Cowboys waited too long promoting and rewarding their talented coach and lost him to an outside suitor.

Wanna Get Away? Go All In Sunday Pulling For My Man Zim - Mickey Spagnola, The Mothership

Sean Payton isn’t the only former Cowboys coach who is having success this season. Thanks to a miracle play last Sunday, Payton’s Saints were bounced from the playoffs courtesy of Mike Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings. Mickey Spagnola explains why he will be cheering on an old friend.

Somehow Zim deserved some payback on the luck meter after all that has taken place during his football career, stretching from a career-ending neck injury in college through the personal tragedies through that impossible missed field goal through the eye surgeries and through not having his perceived top two quarterbacks for the entire the 2017 season.

The job Zimmer has done in Minnesota has been amazing.

And if coaches don’t mean that much to you, Minnesota also has player who Cowboys fans know all too well.

An all-time Cowboys’ draft pick makes his first title game - Mac Engel, Star Telegram

When Everson Walls won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, that left a sour taste in my mouth, but congrats to him. Another former Cowboys cornerback may have a similar opportunity with Minnesota and at the ripe at of 39, the veteran corner still keeps on keeping on.

The irony is when first-year coach Bill Parcells and the Cowboys selected Newman with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, one of the main concerns was his age. At 25, he was an old rookie.

Newman was thought to be a cap casualty when he was released in Dallas, but I don’t think anyone would have guessed he would have been so reliable down the stretch of his career.

“I knew why the decision was made, and I knew that there were things that were correctable,” Newman said. “I knew if I could get into the right place, and with the right person, it would be OK. And that happened. When I got with Zim’, that was it. I know guys who play their best ball under Zim’.”

Who ya got in the NFL 2018 Conference Championship games? - Dave Halprin, BTB

Our own Dave Halprin breaks down each of the four teams remaining in the playoffs and provides a slew of coaches/players that may help you decide where your rooting interest should be. If there is one thing we can agree on, we will all be doing the Skol Vikings chant this weekend. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Vikings

Minnesota is the home of former Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. He’s done a phenomenal job as their head coach, especially dealing with all the quarterback injuries. He deftly handled the Adrian Peterson departure from Minnesota, and has assembled a fearsome defense.

Terence Newman plays for Zim in Minnesota, and is surely, finally, getting near the end of his career. It’s just remarkable that Newman is still playing at a position that requires such physical skill. He had a good career in Dallas, but when the Cowboys let him go they probably thought he only had a few more years left in him. Six years later, he’s still chugging along.

The Vikings also feature Andrew Sendejo in their secondary. He was in Dallas for a short time, and was not really thought of as starting material. In Minnesota, he has started for the last three years. Guard Joe Berger, who also had a brief stint with the Cowboys, starts on their line.

Why Cowboys Nation should root for the Vikings & Jaguars during NFL Championship Weekend - Kristi Scales, 5 Points Blue

We spend a lot of time talking about Jacksonville Jaguars defensive players like Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, but the entire Jags defense is outstanding. While they’ve been a big part in carrying their team, you have to give credit to their special teams unit who are lead by someone Cowboys fans might remember.

Special Teams Coordinator Joe DeCamillis: If this name sounds really familiar, it’s because DeCamillis was the Cowboys’ special teams coordinator for four seasons (2009-12) under both Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett. You may also know his name because he suffered a neck injury when the Cowboys practice tent collapsed during wind shear/thunderstorms in May, 2009. DeCamillis was able to coach that season, even after the injury.

DeCamillis is a sneaky-sneakerton as it seems like the Jags are executing a fake punt every week. That’s not quite the case, but they have an impressive highlight collection so far this season.

Will they put on their fancy pants this weekend against New England?

Predicting 2018 Vegas win totals for all 32 NFL teams - Bill Barnwell, ESPN

One thing about having a down year is that nobody expects much of you the following season. People will point to a lot of different things that didn’t go right for the Cowboys, but there are also plenty of things that should improve next season. ESPN takes a stab at predicting the Vegas win totals for next season. How did the Cowboys fair?

No number is more likely to be inflated in Vegas than that of America’s Team. The Cowboys should get a full season from Ezekiel Elliott, after their star running back was suspended for six games, but Zeke also lost a full yard per carry from his 2016 averages. They’ll have to hope for healthier seasons from Dan Bailey, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith, but there are still major questions at receiver, along the defensive line and in the secondary. With $8.9 million still on the cap for Tony Romo and most of their available cap space likely going to an extension for Zack Martin and a franchise tag for DeMarcus Lawrence, do the Cowboys get aggressive and cut Dez Bryant?