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Breaking Down The Top 5 Wide Receivers On The Cowboys’ 2018 Schedule - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
Broaddus focuses his scout's eye on opposing wide receivers the Cowboys' will face in 2018, starting with the most mercurial receiver in the league, Odell Beckham, Jr.

From the very beginning, Beckham as always been able to run. Outstanding playing speed and initial quickness. Plays with a burst.

He catches the ball easily the majority of the time. There are snaps where his eagerness to run gets him in trouble. He shows natural hands and will extend them to grab the ball.

Rare sideline awareness and body control. Works well in a very small area. One of the best in the league when it comes to change of direction.

Explosive quickness with the ball in his hands. Smooth route runner. No wasted motion or movement. Master of the double-move. He can really sell it. This is a hold your breath type of a player and a home run hitter.

Why do former Cowboys keep getting all the good NFL TV jobs? - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Machota brings up a question I've been pondering... why do Cowboys keep getting the best NFL TV gigs? Jason Witten and his new broadcast partner give their thoughts:

Anthony "Booger" McFarland, field-level analyst: "I was hoping one of you brought it up. I was kind of preparing my list of all the Bucs over here. I think when people look at Dallas -- I grew up in northeast Louisiana. I was a Cowboys fan more than I was a Saints fan, so we all recognize the history and the intrigue of being America's team. I think when you're around the spotlight, when your team is winning as much as they've won, when you have an owner with a personality like Jerry Jones, you'd better be good in the spotlight or else you're going to get exposed."

Witten, TV booth analyst: "I also think that certainly playing for the Dallas Cowboys has provided opportunity. But when you look at those guys like Troy and Daryl, I mean, they've earned it. They've been really good. That definitely provided opportunity, but they've been taking it to another level with the way they've performed and called the games."

Predictions for the Dallas Cowboys 2018 running backs - Matt Holleran, Fansided
Ezekiel Elliott will enter the 2018 season as the no-questions-asked engine of the Cowboys' offense. Holleran looks into his crystal ball to see how he, and the rest of the Cowboys' running backs, will perform next season.

In just 10 games that he played in Elliott fell just 23 yards shy of a 1,000 yard season, scored seven touchdowns, and still finished in the top 10 in the NFL in rushing yards. In 2018, expect the Cowboys to rely on Elliott even more than they did in previous season.

With the losses of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant on offense, the Cowboys are going to have to be able to run the football even more to make their offense go. Expect Elliott to get about 25-30 touches a game consistently this year.

Behind their star studded offensive line, and motivated to make people forget about last year, I think Elliott is going to have an outstanding year, and put himself right in the middle of the MVP conversation in the league.

Prediction: 348 rushes, 1,725 yards, 15 touchdowns, 30 receptions, 300 yards, 2 touchdowns.

Cowboys' Cole Beasley's rap album soaring up the charts - Alysha Tsuji - Shreveport Times
Cole Beasley's recently released rap album has climbed the charts and elicited opinions far and wide. Tsuji has the details.

After announcing he was going to launch his rap career in January, Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley released a rap album called The Autobiography on Saturday. Beasley tweeted about his 13-track album throughout the day. He noted that at one point, it climbed up the iTunes charts to within the top 20 and later the top 10.

The wide receiver told TMZ Sports that his goal for this album is to show people that he’s not just another athlete trying to rap, he’s more like “a rapper who just happens to play football.”

Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting - Adam Liptak and Kevin Draper, The New York Times
The Supreme Court's long-awaited decision on whether to allow widespread legalized sports gambling came down yesterday and gambler's can rejoice.

The Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law on Monday that effectively banned commercial sports betting in most states, opening the door to legalizing the estimated $150 billion in illegal wagers on professional and amateur sports that Americans make every year.

The decision seems certain to result in profound changes to the nation’s relationship with sports wagering. Bettors will no longer be forced into the black market to use offshore wagering operations or illicit bookies. Placing bets will be done on mobile devices, fueled and endorsed by the lawmakers and sports officials who opposed it for so long. A trip to Las Vegas to wager on March Madness or the Super Bowl could soon seem quaint.

The law the decision overturned — the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act — prohibited states from authorizing sports gambling. Among its sponsors was Senator Bill Bradley, Democrat of New Jersey and a former college and professional basketball star. He said the law was needed to safeguard the integrity of sports.

Who wants to join me on the Rico Gathers/Randy Gregory bandwagon? - VAfan, Blogging The Boys FanPost
Former front-page writer VAfan challenges readers to put a stake in the ground on two promising but thus far unproven players on the Cowboys’ roster.

What gets me about so many of the doubters is they say that Gathers hasn’t proven himself. Yet they place Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin ahead of him, even though they have done even less to prove themselves. What’s up with that? Sure, Geoff Swaim has caught a few passes in real games, but has he ever looked like Gathers did in the pre-season? And before you question pre-season, remember that’s what they said about Dak Prescott before his rookie year.

Here are Tyrone Crawford’s first impressions of Kris Richard, Leighton Vander Esch - Staff, SportsDay

Veteran Tyrone Crawford gives his impressions of new defensive coach Kris Richard.

Tyrone Crawford: Ah, man. Kris Richard. I’ve had a great impression of him since the first day I met him. First time I met him it was right before captain’s workouts and I was in there working out. He comes in with this high energy and I didn’t know who he was. He came and introduced himself. We had a good conversation about the defense and how he wants some things to go with him coming in and everything. I loved the conversation and it’s been great ever since.

He’s definitely a high-energy coach. He’s out there with us sometimes running around. He’s just an amazing guy, an amazing person. Just to have that as a part of our defense and right under [Rod] Marinelli is amazing.

Jets work out former Cowboys OT Byron Bell - Steven Taranto, 247Sports

Cowboys free agent Byron Bell is finally taking a visit to another team.

In 2017, as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Bell suddenly found himself thrust into the national spotlight. When All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith was forced to miss time due to injury, swing tackle Chaz Green was called up to replace Smith in a game against the Atlanta Falcons. Green’s substitute performance, however, was an unbridled disaster, as he gave up five sacks to Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn. Green was benched for Bell, who played the rest of the game and gave up a sack of his own. Bell would move firmly into the role of a substitute for Smith, and Bell started the final two games of the Cowboys’ season in relief of Smith.