Clowney to the Cowboys?
FRISCO - At the March opening of NFL free agency, I asked a Dallas Cowboys source about the team’s interest level in defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. My question came shortly after the former No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft all-but-announced his desire to “break the bank’’ - meaning a desire to make $20 million a year.
“No,’’ I was told.
And then a pause.
“Unless the price comes way down.’’
Clowney has worked through an injury situation while tossing out trial balloons (or made-up stories by writers; it’s hard to tell which is which) that have attached him to the Seahawks (where he enjoyed playing last year), the Giants, the Ravens, the Titans, the Eagles, the Giants and the Browns. And more, we suppose.
It is our understanding that the Seahawks made him an early-on offer to remain in Seattle - something in the range of $15 million for one year. He turned it down ... causing the Seahawks to turn the page and spend their pass-rush money elsewhere.
It is also our understanding that Clowney was offered a one-year deal in Cleveland that exceeded the Seattle offer. Amid rumors that that offer was $18 million, he also turned that down.
Now along comes a report from Tony Pauline from a site called “Pro Football Network’’ that alleges that Clowney has two targeted teams: The New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys.
Is Blake Jarwin a deep sleeper to target on the loaded Dallas Cowboys offense? - Yahoo Fantasy Football Staff
Blake Jarwin could be due for a breakout year.
There is a lot to like about the Dallas Cowboys offense in 2020. Like, A LOT.
There’s Dak Prescott, who finished second in fantasy quarterback scoring. There’s Ezekiel Elliott, who has represented a top-five running back option for what seems like forever. His backup, Tony Pollard, showed out last year too.
But could Jarwin actually represent an underrated fantasy sleeper on this team?
Fantasy analysts Dalton Del Don and Matt Harmon discuss his chances in the video above.
Matt definitely sees Jarwin as a deep sleeper, and a lot of it is because of the aforementioned Witten.
Witten led Dallas in red-zone targets, finished 8th among TE receptions, 10th in targets, 13th in air yards, 13th in expected fantasy points per game in 2019. Now imagine what Jarwin could do with that workload, especially considering his current draft cost (ADP 13.8) is so cheap.
Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott sued by pool cleaner after alleged dog attack; his attorney responds - Patrik Walker, CBS Sports
Ezekiel Elliott is in the news again.
Ezekiel Elliott is on the receiving end of a 2020 lawsuit that alleges his dogs attacked a pool cleaner at his residence, per TMZ Sports, and the plaintiff is seeking sizable financial recompense for what she describes as “immense pain” that sent her to a local emergency room in March, after she claims the animals bit her “multiple times.” The documents allege each of Elliott’s three dogs were involved, and it occurred when the plaintiff attempted to clean the pool as the running back’s home in Frisco, Texas.
Additionally, the plaintiff complains of continued mental and physical pain stemming from the alleged attack, and is asking for judgment of more than $200,000. Frank Salzano, an attorney for Elliott, issued a statement affirming no wrongdoing on Elliott’s part and hinting at details that have yet to be made public.
“Ezekiel was in no way negligent in connection with the alleged incident,” Salzano said. “And [he] intends to vigorously defend the lawsuit.”
The receivers blocking abilities could make or break the Cowboys running game success in 2020.
If you go back to the final days of DeMarco Murray with the Cowboys and early days of Zeke, the wide receiver group opened up lanes and took out cornerbacks. I feel that in recent seasons, the coaching style and game plan kind of went away with down-the-field run blocking. How skilled is this wide receiver group in run blocking or was it not emphasized the past few years? — SONG NGUYEN
Nick: Another good question. I do think the receivers were better blockers a few years ago than what you saw the last couple of seasons. Dez and Terrance Williams were both pretty strong and did a nice job in that department – probably better than Gallup and Cooper. But CeeDee Lamb is a willing blocker and supposedly very good at times last year at OU. So maybe that’s a plus as well. But don’t forget, for the receivers to be doing some blocking, it means the backs have to get down the field. That’s something we need to see more of in 2020, whether it’s schemed that way or the running lanes are opened up better.
Examining what the Cowboys are looking for to round out their wide receiver position group - Dan Rogers, Blogging the Boys
Who will be WR4 in the Cowboys offense?
The Dallas Cowboys have one of the top wide receiver trio’s in the NFL. You’d be hard-pressed to find three wideouts in the league as good as the Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. Both Cooper and Gallup are coming off 1,100 yard receiving seasons, and the rookie Lamb enters the league as one of the best receivers in college after two-straight 1,100 seasons himself. This group is going to be electric.
After these three ascending stars, there is a huge drop off in talent as the Cowboys have an overabundance of humdrum candidates looking to earn a spot on the roster. But which of these players have the best shot?
Before we take a look at what each of these guys have to offer, it’s important to get a feel for what the Cowboys actually need from the two, maybe three players who land one of the final receiver spots on the squad. Let’s start things off by taking a look at who they relied on last season. Here is a week-by-week breakdown:
Who will get the start at center?
There seems to be this nonchalant attitude following Travis Frederick’s somewhat surprise retirement – at least to all of us, but not necessarily to the Cowboys – that all will be just fine and dandy in the middle of that stout offensive line.
If there is a position of concern, one that could most jeopardize the functionality of this team, to me, it’s the center position.
Especially now that the Cowboys will not have that fifth preseason game to further prepare under this new coaching staff with the elimination of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, pushed back until next year. Worse, the talk circulating that the preseason could be trimmed to just two games instead of the normal four.
And in of all years, with the coronavirus wiping out the entire offseason, and now with this fifth preseason game gone, wiping out those extra six days of training camp for the Cowboys, pushing their start day back to July 28 with most everyone else, this was the last thing a team with a new staff needs.
Look, you can sit here and worry about backup swing tackle or the right defensive end position or tight end or cornerback or kicker. Whatever.
But face it, there is only one position on the team, other than the kickoff dude, that must start that unit’s every play.
It was quite the week for Dallas Cowboys storylines. We discuss on the latest episode of Girls Talkin ‘Boys.
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