Tony Romo has no doubts about his old friend Jason Witten’s return to the Cowboys.
“He’ll pick up right where he left off,” Romo said on the Ben and Skin show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] Wednesday. ”I don’t think it’s a big challenge for Jason.”
“If you know the game the way he does, there are certain positions - he plays one of them at tight end - he’s always going to have the nuance to get open,” Romo said.
”He’s very intelligent with the game of football. I think you’ll see the same guy.”
2019 NFL preview: Good or bad, Cowboys won’t be dull - Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports
As always, the Cowboys are never dull.
Just another calm offseason for Jerry Jones and his Dallas Cowboys. In between getting name-dropped in Post Malone songs, quarterback Dak Prescott wants to get paid a fortune. There’s probably a debate about Prescott’s contract extension happening in Dallas right this moment, because it hasn’t stopped all offseason.
Amari Cooper wants to get a huge extension as well. Ezekiel Elliott would like that, too, though yet more off-field controversy and another meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t great for his case. Then this week there was a report that Elliott could hold out in training camp over his contract issues, putting the pressure on the Cowboys to stop procrastinating on his extension. Oh, that’s not all. Offensive tackle La’el Collins is angling for a long extension. Linebacker Jaylon Smith wants a deal too.
Cooper ready for an All-Pro year?
The Cowboys aren't just Amari Cooper or bust at the wide receiver position. Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb provide more challenges for defenses on a weekly basis. Gallup has firmly locked down the number two spot on the depth chart. It took a while for him to establish chemistry with Dak Prescott, as they would misfire on several big plays during the first half of the season. Nonetheless, by seasons end things started to pick up, and he finished with 33 receptions for 507 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the playoffs, he scored a touchdown in the Cowboys Wild Card win over Seattle. The next week against the Rams he performed well even in defeat, with 6 receptions for 119 yards. He's got speed, size, and versatility. Now with a full season and two games of playoff experience under his belt, I look for even more production from Gallup, as a possible breakout star.
Randall Cobb is a much-needed upgrade in the slot for the Cowboys. Unlike former receiver Cole Beasley, Cobb can line up inside or outside. Giving new Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore a bigger bag of tricks at his disposal. Now, he can lineup Cooper inside or outside and play with a plethora of different looks, keeping defenses off balance because of the uncertainty of how the Cowboys will attack through the air.
Then, of course, there's Ezekiel Elliott. The two-time rushing champion is the tone-setter on offense and dictates how defenses will attack. With Cooper being such a threat in the air you basically have to pick your poison. 8-9 man fronts against the run can make you vulnerable to play action down the field or quick slants with Cooper's exceptional route running. The more productive Elliott is the more honest it keeps opposing defenses, opening up more opportunities in the passing game. Averaging 101.2 yards per game for his career, second all-time to Hall of Famer Jim Brown, Elliott can make create even more opportunities for Cooper in 2019 with a full season of playing time together.
6 NFL RBs who proved second contracts can be worthwhile investments - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire
Is Zeke worth a second contract?
With all of the negative energy being hurtled into the ethos over giving running backs second contracts in 2019, specifically the Dallas Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott, one would think the position is not only short on value but short on talent. Some of the most brilliant brains in football analytics have done the research and concluded the position’s use no longer matches what is most efficient in the league anymore and thus, paying a back for typical workloads in a waste of money.
It is completely true that the usual use for running backs, to run through the line on first and 10 and hope to gain four yards, and in the Cowboys case to maddeningly run on second and long is misguided. That doesn’t mean backs have no value, especially ones as talented as Ezekiel Elliott, it just means their coordinators are using them incorrectly. However some have latched on to the tediously tended to studies and attached nonsensical conclusions. One that reared it’s head recently is that there aren’t any teams who have been rewarded for signing star RBs to second contracts.
Can Devin Smith make the team in 2019?
Smith was drafted by the New York Jets in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft. An NFL career riddled with injuries, Smith has debated retirement, but feels at this point in his career, he still has more to give. He played receiver at Ohio State from 2011-2014.
A high second-round draft pick in 2015 turned for the worse for Smith. Injury after injury broke him down, not only physically with two ACL tears, but mentally. But he says his love for the game has pushed him back to this point with the Cowboys to continue the journey. Coming from the fraternity of Ohio State football, Smith hopes his hometown of Akron sees him as an example.
Dallas Cowboys: 3 bold predictions for the 2019 season - Chris Hill, FanSided's The Landry Hat
Randall Cobb primed for a 100 catch season?
Bold Prediction #1 – Randall Cobb will have 100 receptions It was five years ago when the Dallas Cowboys newest receiver had his best season with 91 receptions from Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The parallels between that team and this year’s Cowboys were the weapons available on offense.
Wide receiver Randall Cobb benefited from being surrounded by explosive talent in running back Eddie Lacy, plus wideouts Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, and a relatively minor contributor at tight end, Andrew Quarless. A workhorse running back, Lacy gained over 1,100 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving, and two explosive outside threats with Nelson and Adams, gave Cobb plenty of space to haul in the 91 passes for over 1,200 yards.
This year, the Cowboys have a similar skill set at running back, wide receiver, and tight end. The wild card is the play of quarterback Dak Prescott, but in this prediction, he plays at a high level all season and the results show in Cobbs’ return to his Pro Bowl form in 2014 as chronicled in John Clay’s Kentucky.com piece.