Film room: Cowboys position battles to follow when football resumes, including a possible shakeup at cornerback - John Owning, Dallas Morning News
John Owning takes a look at some of the corners at the top of the depth chart.
The competitions at left guard and center will be fierce, but they will likely pale in comparison to the battle coming down the pike at cornerback.
While McCarthy has preached a more inclusive process in player acquisition, the new staff certainly appears to have a type at corner, as each one signed by this regime stands at least 6-1 with Anthony Brown (5-11) being the lone exception. The team has seemingly taken previous defensive backs coach Kris Richard’s proclivity for tall/long corners to the next level.
When asked by 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] during draft weekend about the type of corners the Cowboys are looking for, cornerbacks coach Al Harris said: “The type of cornerbacks we’re looking for? Big bodies that can run... I’m a fan of the bigger guys. If you look at the receiver trends, they’re not getting smaller... They’re getting bigger and faster.”
So, even though Chidobe Awuzie, Brown and Jourdan Lewis are the incumbents at corner, don’t be surprised if the secondary looks significantly different in 2020 as newly signed Daryl Worley or rookies Trevon Diggs and Reggie Robinson II earn playing time. Further evidence of major changes coming to the secondary are reports that Awuzie could transition to safety.
If Awuzie moves to safety, it creates a really interesting competition for the corner spots. Given Brown’s new three-year, $15.5 million contract, it’s probably safe to assume he will be the starting slot corner although Lewis won’t make it easy on him. Outside of that, it’s anybody’s guess as to who will fill the other two spots.
How will the Cowboys cornerback room shake-out?
Every position on the roster has some kind of question mark, especially during this unique offseason that has the players doing virtual meetings with their coaches and teammates.
Throw in the fact that nearly the entire coaching staff is new and it causes for every more uncertainty.
And then there’s the cornerback position, where your guess is as good as ours in terms of where to slot these players on a depth chart.
So as we sit here in the middle of May, that’s exactly what we did. The writers of DallasCowboys.com took a guess at trying to rank the cornerbacks and how it could shake out for the regular season.
Los Angeles’ shutdown could land the Dallas Cowboys an extra home game - Tim Colishaw, Dallas Morning News
More home games you say?
You can call it “The California Problem” and it exists in just about every major sport right now. It’s also one the Cowboys could benefit from in their season opener if the NFL is able to start the 2020 season as scheduled.
In 2005, the New Orleans Saints played their first scheduled home game at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Hurricane Katrina had forced the Saints out of the Superdome, and while they would play the rest of their home schedule at San Antonio’s Alamodome or LSU’s Tiger Stadium, the Saints caught a bad break early while the Giants picked up a ninth home game.
No one complained with any authority because a city digging out from the ravages of a hurricane was slightly more significant than arguing sites for football games.My guess is the NFL will reach a similar conclusion about moving games because of stay-at-home orders. It will only make sense if a team can’t host a scheduled home game that the event be moved to the road team’s stadium (first choice) or a neutral site (second choice).
Dallas is scheduled to open LA’s new SoFi Stadium against the Chargers in a preseason game the weekend of Aug. 15. The Cowboys are set to start the regular season there Sept. 13 in a Sunday night game with the Rams.
So Gerald McCoy is going to lead the league in sacks, huh?
There are a lot of new players on the Dallas Cowboys to be excited about and Gerald McCoy is undoubtedly one of them. It’s nice to see the team finally investing at the defensive tackle position (Dontari Poe and Neville Gallimore on top of McCoy sure is great) as that has been a spot that they have ignored in recent memory. Hopefully, adding some presence along the interior will pay off substantially.
McCoy is someone that has already spoken publicly several times since joining the Cowboys and he has talked about a variety of things. We have heard him discuss the change in his diet but he shared a photo on social media recently so now we can see exactly what he looks like.
Gerald McCoy has lost 20 lbs this offseason
In an interview with the mothership McCoy noted that he has lost 20 lbs this offseason. He is obviously working out but he is doing more than that; he told ESPN’s Marty Smith that he has shifted away from a purely vegan diet as an example.
When he spoke to the mothership, McCoy noted that he was at 295 and said that was the lowest that he had been since his rookie season (2010). On Thursday, he shared a photo of the 20 lb loss on his Instagram story.
How COVID-19 Plays an X-Factor in NFL’s Salary Cap, Prescott’s Negotiations - Mauricio Rodriguez, Inside the Star
The current climate is affecting a lot of things.
As you may very well know, 2020 hasn’t been a normal year. Just like our personal lives have changed due to the current coronavirus outbreak, so has the sports world. Right now, few sports are back in action and none of the major sports leagues are back in the United States. And as far as changes go, we’re still trying to figure out what will happen and how it will happen.
For instance, right now MLB is trying to reach an economic agreement with its ballplayers since league revenues will take a hit because fans won’t be able to attend the stadiums if the season starts. Although baseball is aiming to start in the summer instead of the fall, one has to question if fans will be in attendance when the NFL kicks off in September.
If there are none, one has to wonder what will happen next for the NFL? More specifically, what will happen to its salary cap?
Things clearly won’t remain the same. Heck, earlier this week, reports emerged on the league’s teams agreeing to raise their debt limits because of the financial hit they might be forced to take.
The NFL economics work on a revenue-sharing system. That’s how the salary cap is determined every year. Based on the league’s revenue, 48% of the money goes to the players (according to the new CBA, with the percentage set to increase when a 17th game is added in the near future).
CeeDee Lamb and missing something are two things that don’t go together.
When CeeDee Lamb fell into the Cowboys’ lap with the No. 17 pick, his college head coach says he was selfishly “thankful.”
Not only was he happy that his star receiver was headed to an offense surrounded by talented players, but Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley knew Lamb wasn’t going to be too far down the road.
“It’s always unpredictable with twists and turns,” Riley said this week in a virtual interview with DallasCowboys.com, “but I’m thankful that CeeDee got to go to a great organization. He’ll play with a really good quarterback and really good offensive staff. He’ll have some other weapons around him. So, selfishly we’re happy he’s only going to be a few hours away from us – both him and Neville.”
Yes, Riley has a couple of former players headed just a few hours south from Norman, Okla., to The Star in Lamb and third-round pick Neville Gallimore. In fact, the Cowboys have added four players that went to OU this offseason, along with two veteran free agents: Gerald McCoy and Blake Bell.
How man former-Cowboys land on this list?
3. Terrell Owens
It is a sin that Owens was not elected to the Hall of Fame during his first year of eligibility. It was a childish move by the selection committee. Owens was not the classiest player but all he did on the field was deliver. He currently ranks third all time in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He was named First Team All-Pro five times.
Owens saw great success for three teams. He did not spend much time in Philadelphia but he did play in a Super Bowl for the Eagles with a broken leg. Owens is known for his touchdown celebrations and is seen in a negative light by the media, but his play and presence is something that we may never see again.
What exactly are the Cowboys getting in their new offensive lineman Tyler Biadasz? We sat down with The Athletic’s Jesse Temple on the latest episode of Girls Talkin ‘Boys to find out.
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