The chemistry between Cobb and Prescott continues to grow and as the Cowboys quarterback explains, it didn’t take long to get going.
“We’ve had a fast connection. You take something, approach something, go out there and he does it right the first time. When you have a guy like that, it allows you to cut the ball loose; it allows you to anticipate. It allows you to trust he’s going to be in the right spot, and he hasn’t failed in doing that. The moment he does and even sometimes he does it’s always a consistent feedback and we’re going to talk about it. What we could’ve done, what we should’ve done and, like I said, it serves you well.”
The team has provided Dak with a group of route-running specialists.
The Dallas Cowboys got multiple players that can run every route on the tree this year!— Law Thomas (@LawsNation) June 11, 2019
My rankings on the Dallas Cowboys route runners.
6.Michael Gallup https://t.co/nHCJdb6AmZ pic.twitter.com/nnE4yvzltO
Ex-NFL scout: Here’s why Randall Cobb is an upgrade from Cole Beasley as Cowboys’ slot receiver - Staff, SportsDay
Former scout Bryan Broaddus was on 105.3 The Fan and was asked if Cobb can add more to the offense than Beasley.
Do you think Cobb will be allowed to do more things than Cole Beasley says he was able to do with the Cowboys in the slot position?
Broaddus: “(There is) a new administration at OC now. The players have all talked about this. Dak Prescott was very adamant about this. If you don’t allow Randall Cobb to do things that he’s capable of doing, then shame on you. You deserve to be fired, you deserve to be looking for another job. And I think they have to take advantage of that talent, the ability to catch the ball, to play on the move, to do all those things that give defensive coordinators problems. This guy can wreck your scheme the way he plays. Cole Beasley worked under a previous administration so he’s moved on himself. The guy who was calling plays has moved on. I feel like the Cowboys knew they had to do something and they did. They got rid of a slot receiver, they got a new one. They got rid of the offensive coordinator, they got a new one. Obviously they feel like they need to upgrade that position and I believe they have.”
While the addition of Cobb rounds out a nice starting three teamed up with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, how does the rest of the WR group turn out?
Cedrick Wilson – makes the roster
Wilson was a very productive player in college and before his injury last off-season he was showing promise as a late round pick for the Dallas Cowboys. His ability to play every position at receiver will help him make the roster.
Noah Brown – roster cut
Brown was primarily used as a blocking receiver because of his size in the Cowboys offense this season. The Cowboys this season look like they are going to use their receivers speed down the field to clear space for Ezekiel Elliott in the running game. Looks like Brown is gone this year.
Jon’Vea Johnson – makes the roster
The Dallas Cowboys came into the draft looking speed at receiver and they found it in Johnson. Majority of the talk around OTA’s and minicamp were about how fast Johnson is and his ability to make plays. He should be able to keep this going in the preseason and make the team.
Jon’Vea Johnson is a player fans are excited about, but he’s not the only undrafted player who has a shot to crack the roster.
From two-time All-American to undrafted free agent: What happened to Clemson’s Mitch Hyatt in the NFL Draft? - Grace Raynor, The Athletic
The Cowboys got a gift when one of colleges most successful linemen fell through the cracks of the draft, but why did it happen?
Benish says teams’ apprehensions stemmed from the notion that they didn’t think Hyatt was big enough to handle the power rushers in the NFL at 6-5, 303 pounds. Scouts also had questions about Hyatt’s speed and athleticism as someone who ran a 4.52-second 20-yard shuffle at the NFL Combine with a 7.72 3-cone drill time. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler, in his scouting report, had Hyatt as a projected fifth-rounder who struggles with lower-body twitch and needs technique work. But to slide this far?
Landing good undrafted free agents is a testament to the team’s scouting department, but how much will the recent changes impact their ability to find quality talent?
It’s ‘next man up’ for Cowboys’ scouting department behind Will McClay after dramatic offseason shakeups - David Moore, SportsDay
It doesn’t get brought up a lot, but the Cowboys scouting department took a bit of a hit this offseason.
The departures of Juliff, Abrams and Ciskowski dramatically shake up the Dallas scouting department. Mitch LaPoint will continue to be a national scout and assumes the title of assistant director of scouting. Chris Hall will go back to being a college scout and coordinator to make the reporting lines more clear. Ross Wuensche will now be the West Coast scout to replace Abrams. The recently hired Klein Kubiak will take Wuensche’s former spot as the Midwest scout. Bo Taliaferro from Michigan State and Eric Ellingworth from the New York Jets have been also been added.
The scouting department has been exceptional, especially in the first round of the draft, but not every pick has been a winner.
While there were many edge rushers selected on Day 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft, not many have panned out. And to the surprise of no one, Taco was identified as one of the under-performers.
TACO CHARLTON, DALLAS COWBOYS
You have to give Dallas a ton of credit for how consistently they have hit on first-round picks. I mean seriously, go look at the last 10 years of first round picks that Dallas has made and you won’t find many busts. Unfortunately, Charlton is in danger of becoming a blemish on the resume if things don’t turn around quickly. Only registering one sack in 2018, Charlton has only four sacks in his first 27 career games. A promising finish to his rookie season did not parlay into production in Year Two. A shoulder injury and rumored attitude issues played a role in his struggles as a sophomore and Charlton was a healthy inactive in Weeks 14 and 15.
Behind DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford and Robert Quinn on the depth chart, Charlton finds himself in competition with Joe Jackson and Dorance Armstrong to be Dallas’ fourth defensive end. To bring further doubt into the mix, Charlton has been blessed with top coaching for the position having the renown Rod Marinelli as his position coach. Coming off both shoulder and ankle surgery this offseason, things look bleak for Charlton. It’s truly a make or break year for him.
The Cowboys have done a good job of addressing needs to strengthen their roster, but could one position group still hold them back?
As a result of not drafting a safety until Round 6 and barely investing in the position on the open market, the Cowboys look as though they’ll be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, George Iloka and Kavon Frazier as their top four safeties in 2019. Put simply, that’s ugly. Heath and Woods had a combined three interceptions and two forced fumbles as full-time starters last year, and according to PFF, only one NFL safety missed more tackles than Heath. The 28-year-old isn’t a starting-caliber player, but Iloka barely saw the field last year in Minnesota, and Frazier has done nothing in three seasons to indicate he should play a larger role. The rest of the defense is in good shape, but for the team to finally make a deep playoff run, it’ll have to overcome two noticeable holes on the back end of that defensive unit.
There was a time when the Cowboys couldn’t seem to win games without Lee, but now things are different. And the veteran linebacker must adjust to his new role on the team.
Lee, who will turn 33 a few days before the Cowboys leave in July for the start of training camp in Oxnard, California, will need to learn a new position: strongside linebacker. In the 4-3 scheme, the strongside linebacker can play on the ball or off the ball, depending on the call or formation, but there aren’t many snaps. Last season’s starter, Damien Wilson, played only 285 snaps with the Cowboys using their nickel defense more.
“The situations, some of them are very similar to what I’ve done in the past where I’m off the ball and able to run, sometimes on the ball; try to pride myself on being versatile, being able to adapt, being able to play different positions and learn them and hopefully become an expert at it,” Lee said. “I have a ton of help. I love being out there, and I think I’ll improve as I go.”