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Cowboys news: How the Jamal Adams trade makes sense; is Michael Gallup in the mix?

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Jamal Adams trade rumors: Latest updates and reports, potential landing spots for Pro Bowl Jets safety - Cody Benjamin, CBS Sports

CBS Sports provides you with everything you need to know about the Jamal Adams situation.

What could the Jets get for Adams?

According to Robinson, ex-Cowboys star Michael Irvin and former Dallas and New York columnist Gary Myers, the Jets’ asking price is at least a first- and third-round pick. But it stands to reason the Jets could hold out for a lot more.

For what it’s worth - CeeDee Lamb is a first-round pick, and Michael Gallup is a third-round pick. Would you give those guys up for Adams?

Does Adams have a wish list for new teams?

You bet he does. Adams has said outright multiple times since 2018 that he’d love to play for the Dallas Cowboys, who are headquartered less than 20 minutes from his hometown of Lewisville, Texas.

That’s great that Adams would love to come to Dallas, does that really factor into a potential trade?

Are the Cowboys the favorites to land Adams?

With so many variables at this juncture of the situation, it’s probably premature to crown any favorite. But if you had to identify a front-runner, it’d be Dallas.

Cowboys not shopping Michael Gallup despite Jamal Adams interest - Matthew Lenix, Cowboys Wire

As the Jamal Adams trade news spread like wildfire, somehow the notion of trading away Michael Gallup became a thing.

Gallup is coming off of this best season of his career. His 66 receptions for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns doubled his production from his rookie season, all while playing alongside Amari Cooper who went over 1,100 yards himself. Now, with Cooper and first-round sensation CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys have two receivers who can play on the outside as well as in the slot. That will allow Gallup to be in a lot of one-on-one situations and give him a great opportunity to improve on his numbers from Year 2.

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Like with Amari Cooper, Jamal Adams is worth the high-cost trade - David Howman, Blogging The Boys

While the Jets are asking for a lot, our own David Howman introduces an element that doesn’t make it seem all that bad.

If the reports are true that New York is seeking a first- and third-round pick, then Dallas is in a great position to meet that request. If the 2020 Cowboys play up to expectations, their first-round pick should be a late selection - and if Adams is the missing piece, he should push that pick closer to the end of the first round.

Additionally, the Cowboys are projected to earn a third-round compensatory pick next year for the loss of Byron Jones this offseason, which would offset the loss of their original third-rounder they’d have to give up for Adams. From a draft selection standpoint, they’d be losing one of their two third-round picks and trading a first-round pick in the high 20’s/early 30’s for the sixth overall pick. Without considering the financial aspect, that would be a no-brainer.

More than that, though, Adams is a proven commodity in the NFL, unlike any player Dallas might select in the first round of the 2021 draft. Through three seasons in the league, Adams has made two Pro Bowls, been named both first- and second-team All Pro, and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team.

Rank ‘Em: How Many 1st-Rounders On The Roster? - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

Did you know the Cowboys have 11 first-round draft picks on their football team.

It’s a much different Cowboys roster from six months ago, but still a talented one. Even with key veterans Byron Jones (Dolphins), Robert Quinn (Bears) and Travis Frederick (retirement) moving on, the Cowboys – thanks to a few key offseason additions – still have 11 players who entered the league as first-round picks.

That includes a player that most didn’t think would make it to Dallas last month.

CeeDee Lamb (17th overall pick, 2020)

This year’s top Cowboys pick is universally viewed as a steal at No. 17. He should be a walk-in starter alongside veteran receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.

Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb is known for making ‘unreal’ catches in big moments, but it’s his ‘dog’ mentality that sets him apart - Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News

There is a lot to like about the Cowboys new first-round draft pick, including what “Footwork King” Rishad Whitfield had to say about him.

“What CeeDee does after the catch, it’s unreal,” Whitfield said. “It’s a very rare skill set. He plays like a violent runner. He runs the ball like he is angry at the world... People always say he’s like DeAndre Hopkins, but I’m like, ‘Man, y’all don’t know CeeDee like I know CeeDee.’

“When he’s lined up at receiver, running his routes, tracking the ball, catching the ball, he’s like DeAndre. But once he gets the ball in his hands, man, he turns into Dez Bryant. That’s what [the Cowboys] are going to see. The first person should not bring him down. He is very reliable. You know exactly what you are going to get from him, down by down.”

Ranking the situations for the NFL’s 2020 rookie wide receivers - Michael Renner, Pro Football Focus

How each receiver does not only depends on their own ability, but also what type of offense they inherit. PFF ranks each rookie’s situation, including the team’s first-round investment.


While this one might not seem obvious on its face, as Lamb goes to a team with two 1,000 yard receivers from a year ago in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, don’t think that will stop Lamb from producing. In Mike McCarthy’s last season with the Green Bay Packers, they ran 11 personnel (three receivers, one back, one tight end) on 76% of their offensive snaps (second-most in NFL). They also passed on 72% of their offensive snaps (most in the NFL).

As you can see in the chart below, the 2018 Packers were massive outliers compared to the rest of the league.

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The 25 most dominant NFL teams of the last 50 years - Staff, The Athletic

With five Super Bowl wins in their history, you’d think the Cowboys would be all over this “most dominant” list. Surprisingly, they don’t crack the top 10, and one of their ‘90s team barely sneaks into the top 25. The highest ranked team on this list belongs to the 77 squad.

15. 1977 Dallas Cowboys (90.76)

Record: 12-2 (.857)

How they fared: Defeated Broncos 27-10 in Super Bowl XII The pairing of Roger Staubach and rookie Tony Dorsett paid off in 1977 as the Cowboys finally ended years of frustration in their pursuit of a second Super Bowl title. Although they scored only 24.6 points per game, a pedestrian total when considering the other teams on this list, the 1977 season was dominated by defense, with teams averaging only 17.2 points per game — the fewest since the AFL-NFL merger. The Cowboys went 7-1 against teams with winning records, scoring 3.8 times as many points in the postseason as they allowed, having held all three opponents to 10 points or fewer.

1989 Bounty Bowl: Revisiting One of the Greatest Moments in Cowboys-Eagles History - Mauricio Rodriguez, Inside the Star

Speaking of memorable moments, Inside the Star takes us back to the infamous Bounty Bowl game in Jimmy Johnson’s first season as head coach of the Cowboys.

To start the second half, the Cowboys were set to kick the ball. It started off as a normal kickoff. After a return of 11 yards, the Eagles would start their drive about the 25-yard line. Things got interesting when the cameras turned to a stunned Luis Zendejas, the Dallas Cowboys kicker.

“I think he got knocked down!” John Madden said on the CBS broadcast. Zendejas, walking toward the Eagles sideline, exchanged a few heated words with his opponents. Linebacker Jessie Small had tackled him hard in the play. The hit took place very far from the actual play. By then, the game had already featured a few skirmishes on the field. But the hit on Zendejas is the reason we remember that 1989 game, and for good reason.

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