The Cowboys are not looking to ease second-round pick Trysten Hill into things.
Role/Roster Chances: One of the determining factors in taking a player in the early rounds is his availability to contribute. While there are always exceptions to the rule (Jaylon Smith), usually the Cowboys have high hopes for the top picks because they can step in immediately. That is the plan for Hill, who should be a rotational player early and often, especially in passing-situations. The Cowboys have a few question marks right now at tackle, considering health of Antwaun Woods, who had shoulder surgery after the season, and the status of Tyrone Crawford for Week 1. Maliek Collins has battled injury issues but has looked great this offseason. Still, there’s always a spot for a high-motor energy player such as Hill.
Sources: Cowboys Randy Gregory to petition for reinstatement in the hopes of taking part in training camp - David Moore, Sports Day
Could Randy Gregory be available for week one, possibly even training camp for the Cowboys?
Gregory was suspended in late February for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement. This marks his fourth suspension under the league’s substance abuse policy since the Cowboys selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft.
There’s no guarantee commissioner Roger Goodell will fully reinstate the defensive end before the end of the month. Given Gregory’s history, it appears unlikely the league would levy a fourth suspension that would result in no missed games.
But the commissioner has an option other than denying or granting reinstatement. He could allow Gregory to take part in camp and preseason games with an understanding he will still miss a specified number of games once the season begins.
Gregory’s camp wouldn’t apply for reinstatement if he hadn’t adhered to the program’s requirements. A source said Gregory hasn’t failed or missed a test during his latest suspension.
With the addition of George Iloka and Donovan Wilson, will there be any drastic changes to the Cowboys starting safety position?
Do you think Jeff Heath keeps his starting job and why? - VINCENT VINCI / LAURENCE HARBOR, NJ
Bryan: He’ll be your starter against the Giants in Week 1. Coaches know what he can do and they trust him. That goes a long ways in their eyes.
Rob: At this point, I fully expect Heath to be the starter again with Xavier Woods. Quietly, he has been this team’s interception leader over the past four seasons (7 since 2015). The coaches love his toughness. But we’ve seen the Cowboys use a bit of a three-safety rotation at times in recent years, so it’ll be interesting to see if someone else (Kavon Frazier, George Iloka, Darian Thompson, rookie Donovan Wilson) can earn snaps, too.
Why the Cowboys could finally put together back-to-back playoff seasons - Dave Halprin, Blogging the Boys
Do the Cowboys have the horses to make back-to-back playoff appearances?
The Cowboys do seem to have a deeper roster this year, with quality backups on the offensive line, at wide receiver and linebacker, and the defensive line and cornerback spot also have a chance at quality depth. But if you want to look at the possible trouble spots, quarterback and running back are worrisome. Running back has a better chance of being okay if the Cowboys depth is tested. Tony Pollard may be able to hold it down with the help of Mike Weber. Darius Jackson would also be a possibility. At quarterback, though, the Cowboys are really playing with fire. Cooper Rush and Mike White will not inspire confidence in anyone if they are called on to replace Dak Prescott for any amount of time.
Of course, the loss of a quarterback at any franchise is usually a big problem (unless you got Nick Foles in reserve). So the Cowboys are betting on Prescott and throwing caution to the wind there.
The Cowboys roster does seem deeper than in year’s past. One of the most important positions where they have that depth is the offensive line. With Travis Frederick returning, Joe Looney, Connor McGovern, and Cameron Fleming are an outstanding bench.
There’s a new big three in Dallas.
While the Cowboys don’t have players with their achievements or accolades just yet, they do have a trio of players that could be capable of getting close to that level of success. With Dak Prescott at the helm, Amari Cooper split out wide, and Ezekiel Elliott set up in the backfield, the Cowboys could possibly strike gold twice. Even if they don’t live up to the hype and careers of the original Triplets, they are still one of the most combustible trinities in the entire league, if not the best.
When looking around the NFL for competition though, there are a few groups of guys that come to mind. The most immediate thought revolves around the three-headed beast that resides in New England. Although he is a very young player in the NFL, Sony Michel showed his stuff during last season, and to a tune of almost achieving a 1,000 yard rushing rookie season, falling short at 931 rushing yards on 209 attempts.
That is okay though, because he has arguably the greatest quarterback ever at the helm in Tom Brady, while Julian Edelman is also beastly in his very own right. You can say what you like, but if the Super Bowl jewelry from just last season isn’t enough to make the case, then just keep your eyes open this season.
Kellen Moore’s success as a play-caller could be the make-or-break ingredient to the success of the 2019 Dallas Cowboys.
Predictable. The most commonly used word regarding the Dallas Cowboys offense the past few years under former Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan. It had gotten to the point that fans worldwide on all social media platforms would display their displeasure with the offensive scheme weekly, rather if the team won or lost. Instead of looking outside of the organization, the Cowboys instead looked within and promoted Quarterback Coach Kellen Moore to offensive coordinator.
His communication skills are a big reason why he’s in the position to take the Cowboys offense to the next level. “At the end of the day, work together with everyone. I think that includes the coaching staff, obviously coach Garrett and the rest of the staff. I think you also got to get some input from the players. It doesn’t mean you have to go down those roads all the time, but I think it’s important that when a player believes in something and they’re pretty convinced on it, usually they find a way to make it work,” Moore said.
A very wise approach from the first year captain of the offensive ship. The more involved your players are in the preparation aspect of the game the more confident they’ll come to be on Sunday’s. Let’s face it, everyone likes to feel they’re a part of something right?