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The most valuable Cowboys of 2018: #5-3 - Jeff Cavanaugh, The Athletic

Cavanaugh gives his fifth, fourth, and third most important Cowboys players for the upcoming season.

#3: Sean Lee

This one’s pretty easy.

The Cowboys played five games without Sean Lee last year. The opponent averaged 29.8 points per game.

The Cowboys played 10 games with Sean Lee last year. The opponent only averaged 16.2 points per game.

Sometimes A Whole Lot Of Change Is Not A Bad Thing At All - Mickey Spagnola,

Mickey Spagnola makes great points on how the new coaching staff could make a difference in more ways than one.

Of course, there certainly is something to be said for continuity. But there also is the looming liability of staleness when it’s same ol’ same ol’. Sometimes – and not saying this took place, but the possibility always exists – that breeds complacency. You know, heard that, tune that out.

How Dalton Schultz will fit into the Cowboys 2018 offense - David Howman, Blogging the Boys

Howman breaks down how rookie tight end Dalton Schultz could fit into the Dallas Cowboys offense after the retirement of Jason Witten.

The offensive line for Stanford was pretty talented, but Schultz was utilized as a blocker almost as often as the offensive linemen were. When he became the starting tight end as a sophomore, he helped block for McCaffrey, who accrued 1,603 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. The next year, Schultz helped block for Love, who had 2,118 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. Those are some pretty gaudy stats. When you consider that Elliott is a better running back than McCaffrey or Love, and that Dallas’ offensive line is infinitely better than Stanford’s, it would make sense to think that, with Schultz blocking, the Cowboys offense could be even better than 2016. That year Elliott had 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns en route to leading the league in rushing, being named an All Pro as a rookie, and breaking the franchise rookie rushing records set by Tony Dorsett and Herschel Walker.

What Chidobe Awuzie is on track to become after full season of workouts - Kristi Scales, SportsDay

SportsDay reporter Kristi Scales gives her opinion on who she thinks will be the top cornerback in Dallas in 2018.

Q: Who do you think is going to wind up being the Cowboys’ top CB this season?

Scales: Chidobe Awuzie has the chance to take over as the Cowboys’ top cornerback this season for several reasons. With veteran Orlando Scandrick’s departure, there’s a void at the top of the CB food chain. The Cowboys also have a new DBs coach, Kris Richard, so it’s a clean slate for all players because the new position enters the room with fewer preconceptions.

JAYLON SMITH – MEASURING SUCCESS - Steven Van Over, ProFootballTalkLine

Van Over provides optimism surrounding third-year linebacker Jaylon Smith.

Jaylon Smith improved his 20 yard shuttle time from 4.03 in 2017 to 3.98 this season. We don’t have an officially recorded 40 time for Smith at this point. Unofficial times place him in the 4.56 – 4.67 range. Now I love 40 times but give me a player who dominates the 20-yard short shuttle drill any day of the week and Smith just blows everyone out of the water in that regard with only Von Miller and Shazier having a better 20 time.

‘Stronger, faster’ Taco Charlton definitely expects more sacks in Year 2 - Drew Davidson, Star-telegram

Taco Charlton is looking to make huge strides in year two, after a disappointing rookie year.

“Going into Year 2, I’m stronger. I can hold my weight more. I’m faster. I’m more knowledgeable about the game, studying more moves and working a lot more moves. I’m ready to go and ready to prove what I can do in Year 2.”

Top 2018 FAs the Cowboys could sign with available cap space - Patrik Walker, 247Sports

With plenty of money to spend, here are a list of free agents the Cowboys could target.

When NaVorro Bowman was released by the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, many wondered if the orange still had juice in it.

The Cowboys were truly interested in finding out, having scheduled a meeting with him in an attempt to potentially add him to the roster. Unfortunately for them, he never made it out of the Oakland Raiders’ grasp, inking a deal with them that saw him return to the field and play at a high level. Now a free agent once again, Dallas has their work cut out for them if Bowman truly wants to remain in the Bay Area, with reports the Raiders having some type of interest in seeing him return for 2018.

The ship may have sailed on adding the All-Pro considering the Cowboys drafted two linebackers and signed others, but talented depth is still an issue and that’s the bottom line.

CowBuzz: What The Players Are Saying After Week 2 Of OTA Workouts - Margaux Gill,

Gill keeps us up to date with what the Cowboys players are saying on social media after week two of OTA practices.

Loving the Process

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Dallas Cowboys: Jason Garrett Watch 2018 - Daniel Ruppert, Fansided

A lot of fans think Jason Garrett is on the hot seat in 2018, Daniel Ruppert of isn’t so sure about that.

This is where I had to take pause and suspend my hope that Jason Garrett will be gone if things go poorly again. Sure, they replaced a lot of positional coaches in 2017 and implied that more changes could come if needed, but after thinking about it for a few months, the changes may not be Jason Garrett.

First, there were no changes to the offensive and defensive assistant coaches in Rod Marinelli and Scott Linehan. There have been rumors off and on, on the retirement of either, but a bad 2018 could signal the end of one or both. This could be the changes implied.

If the offense is bad this year, Linehan could be the scapegoat and Jason Garrett could reclaim play-calling. Maybe that’s what Jerry has in mind. Like it or not, this is a real possibility.

Next, on the topic of the offense, this year’s changes on offense could be another reason Jones would keep Garrett. With a complete overhaul to the wide receiver and tight end corps, the offense could struggle in the passing game. This could be seen as a reason for Garrett to keep his job (Jones likes to point to situations as excuses, instead of pointing to the head coach himself).

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