The Cowboys’ leader is not focused on his job security.
Jason Garrett sat next to Jerry Jones in the Cowboys’ opening news conference and listened as the owner addressed the coach’s contract situation. Garrett never was asked about being a lame duck that day. He was asked Tuesday, and his answer was the same as every other time reporters have asked him about it.
“To be honest with you, I never really think about that,” Garrett said. “I never thought about that as a player. I don’t think about that as a coach. I just come to work every day and try to do the best job that I can do in the position that I have. Very fortunate to do what I love to do in this great league, in this great organization with the people that we have, the coaching staff that we have, the players, and the support staff that we have. So, just come and try to embrace that opportunity each and every day and try to contribute as much as I can.”
This rookie DT is already turning heads.
The Dallas Cowboys were able to sign Daniel Wise as an undrafted free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft. It was a bit surprising that he went undrafted because most draft analysts had him somewhere in the fourth or fifth round range. So the Cowboys being able to get Wise, who is a bit undersized for a defensive tackle, without having to spend draft capital was a huge coup.
He has quick penetrating ability and could be an excellent fit for the Cowboys at the 3-technique in Rod Marinelli’s scheme where he’s asking the 3-tech defensive tackles to get upfield and disrupt the run or put pressure on the quarterback. Over his final two seasons at Kansas, Wise averaged fives sacks and 14 tackles for loss for the Jayhawks.
Second-year wideout Michael Gallup is as tough as they get.
On Nov. 17, 2018, the day before Michael was helping the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 23-year-old Andrew Gallup took his own life. No one knows why. The last person he spoke with was Michael.
“He wanted to come to the game in Atlanta,” Gallup says. “We had a great conversation. It was so typical of our talks. There was no sign. He was so excited. He was going to bring some of his cards to have signed for his friends. I was like, ‘I got you.’ “I obviously had no clue that would be our last talk. It’s tough, so tough. Just so tough to process even however many months later.”
No one would have questioned Gallup if the remainder of his rookie season became somewhat of a blur. Instead, the third-round pick from Colorado State thrived, catching 26 passes for 359 yards and two scores in the eight games following his brother’s passing. That’s inclusive of the postseason, which concluded with a monster performance in the loss to the Los Angeles Rams: six grabs for 119 yards.
If Dallas gives Dak a large deal, can they still win games?
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is about to get paid handsomely for his job. There is skepticism from some fans and analysts both near and far that centers on him being nothing more than a game-managing bus driver. That he needs an offensive line and running game so dominant that there’s nothing much for him to do. This line of thinking continued in Mike Sando’s recent quarterback tier ranking article in The Athletic that polls personnel from around the NFL.
The original piece had Prescott as the 17th quarterback and in the higher end of the third tier. Figuring out where the Dallas signal caller ranks is an argument for another day. Today’s focus will center on if the Cowboys can win with Prescott once he gets paid.
Dallas Cowboys: 3 receivers emerge as deep threat candidates - Steven Mullenax, FanSided's The Landry Hat
In the training camp wide receiver battle, Dallas has many deep threat options
The current crop of wideouts not named Cooper, Gallup, or Cobb include Tavon Austin, Noah Brown, Lance Lenoir, Cedrick Wilson, Devin Smith, Reggie Davis, Jon’Vea Johnson, and Jalen Guyton.
Of the newer faces, three names have emerged this offseason that has onlookers buzzing about the possibility of adding a legitimate deep threat to the squad. Having a speedster with the ability to get vertical separation and who is able to take the top off of opposing defenses has been a long-debated need amongst both members of the media and fans alike. Those emerging names are Reggie Davis, Jon’Vea Johnson, and Jalen Guyton. All three possess blazing speed. And all are candidates to fill the deep-threat role that has been missing on the Cowboys’ roster in recent years.
How will Michael Thomas’s deal impact Amari Cooper?
Some might quickly dismiss a comparison between Cooper and Thomas, trying to discredit Amari as not being on the same level. But before you make that mistake, consider the following.
Since entering the NFL in 2015, Cooper has been to three Pro Bowls. Thomas has been a Pro Bowler twice in his three professional seasons. Amari Cooper is 14 months younger than Thomas, still just 25 years old. Thomas joined a WR factory in New Orleans, with the privilege of catching balls from Drew Brees. Last year, Cooper was brought in and became difference-maker for the Cowboys offense.
So let's not kid ourselves; Amari Cooper can point to his resume, youth, and importance to Dallas and then point to the contract that Michael Thomas just received. It's really not an unreasonable comparison.