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Biadasz’s O-Line Career Almost Never Happened - Kyle Youmans, The Mothership

The Cowboys possible center of the future was, not long ago, a defensive lineman.

The same can be said for Biadasz, a center out of Wisconsin who was, believe it or not, solely recruited as a defensive lineman out of high school. Rated as a three-star defensive end by most collegiate recruiting services, the Wisconsin native was seldom recruited with just five total offers. Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Illinois State and South Dakota State were the only programs to offer Biadasz a scholarship. That was, until he elected to attend the University of Wisconsin football camps.

“I went to the camp at Wisconsin and played defense. I did very well and competed,” Biadasz said. “They just didn’t know what I would be good at or what their needs were heading into that year.”

Despite the uncertainty, Biadasz still turned heads and caught the attention of the Badgers’ coaching staff, who eventually told him he was the ‘best lineman at the camp.’ Shortly thereafter, he received his fifth and final offer as he knew he was destined play in Madison. One thing that he didn’t know, was what position he was going to play for the program.

“A lot of colleges, besides Wisconsin, wanted me more so as a defensive end or defensive tackle,” Biadasz explained. “In high school that’s what I was known for and recruited for. … So I really didn’t know whether I was going to play defense or offense. I came in on day one and saw my locker with 61 on it, knee braces, O-Lineman shoes and I was like, “Okay, here we go!’”

The decision had been made to move Biadasz, who had never snapped a football in his career, to the center position and groom him to become the new anchor of the offensive line. No easy task for a freshman entering a program that is known for prolific running attacks that had featured backs such as Melvin Gordon and Monte Ball in recent years.

Helman: If Deadlines Make Deals, Now’s The Time - David Helman, The Mothership

Yes, we’re still waiting for a Dak Deal to happen.

Yes, it’s time to talk about Dak Prescott again – and more urgently than ever. After an endless amount of discussion, the deadline is finally in sight. By 3 p.m., Central Time, on July 15, the Cowboys must either sign their quarterback to a long-term contract or break off the conversation until after the 2020 season.

Prescott removed an element of the drama last week when he signed his franchise tender, committing to a one-year, full guaranteed contract valued at $31.4 million. Regardless of whether he gets the deal he seeks, he’s going to be the Cowboys’ quarterback when they get back to playing football.

And therein lies my point. If Dak Prescott is going to play in 2020, is his asking price going to get lower?

Think about this for a second. We have been hotly debating Prescott’s worth for a long time. We’ve heard every rumor in the book, starting with the idea that he wanted to become the NFL’s first $40 million per year player. We’ve also heard the rumor that he turned down a deal that would have paid him about $33 million per season.

Report: NFL uninterested in delaying 2021 draft even if college plays in spring - Charean Williams, PFT

If college football has to push the season back to spring, the NFL is not interested in changing the 2021 draft date.

Several college programs already have had to shut down their strength and conditioning work due to too many positive COVID-19 tests. That does not bode well for getting in a fall season.

That’s why college football could end up playing in the spring.

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour called playing in the spring “a last resort,” but it is an idea college football has considered.

Dan Wolken of USA Today reports that college football officials quietly have inquired with the NFL about whether the league would consider pushing back the 2021 draft in the event of a spring season for the colleges. The NFL, according to Wolken, made clear it isn’t interested.

The 86th NFL draft is scheduled for April 29 to May 1, 2021, in downtown Cleveland.

Dallas Cowboys keeping Kellen Moore looks brilliant right now - Randy Gurzi, SpinZone

Given his performance last year, and the continuity he will bring, keeping Kellen Moore looks better each day.

Following his first season as a coordinator (and just his second in the coaching ranks after serving as the quarterbacks’ coach in 2018), Moore was mulling his options. One was to stay in Dallas with McCarthy, who liked what he did as a rookie play-caller. The other was to join the Washington Huskies program, which is being coached by his former collegiate head coach, Chris Petersen.

In the end, Moore decided to stay put in Dallas for at least the 2020 NFL season which was a smart move on his part. Should he continue to have success, he could become one of the next big assistants looking for a head coaching job in the NFL.

As for the Cowboys, they were just as smart for keeping him — and now with the news that the NFL postseason is officially being cut down to two games, they look brilliant.

With COVID-19 cutting out all the offseason programs and now half the preseason, this gives teams even less time to get their coaches on the field with their players — which puts teams trying to install a new system into place at an extreme disadvantage.

That’s not great news for Mike Nolan, the new defensive coordinator who is trying to make big changes on that side of the ball, but for Moore, it will be business as usual. And for him, business was pretty good in 2019.

Is CB Jourdan Lewis In For A Pay Day Elsewhere In 2021? - Kevin Brady, Inside the Star

Jourdan Lewis, in Dallas or not for 2021?

The Cowboys cornerback has been a fan favorite since entering the league, winning Cowboys Nation over with his competitiveness and ability to create turnovers from the get-go. He’s had trouble finding consistent playing time, however, falling down the depth chart in part due to Kris Richard’s love for longer and taller cornerbacks.

Initially playing on the outside during his rookie year, Richard immediately moved Byron Jones down from safety and pushed Lewis to the inside of the defense. This was a godsend for Jones’ career, but not so much for Lewis’.

Lewis quickly fell behind Anthony Brown for the starting slot cornerback role, but due to injury was able to showcase his abilities during 2019. Lewis filled up the stat sheet last season with four sacks, six pass breakups, and two interceptions.

Now Lewis enters a contract year for a team which is in the process of spending a whole lot of money on other players, and just drafted two cornerbacks in the first four rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Dallas Cowboys: Rediscovering the winning tradition - Dink Kearney, SportDFW

Can the Cowboys finally get back to their dominant ways of long ago?

In 2020, the Cowboys can bring back that winning tradition because they have the pieces to make it happen. Jerry Jones is the owner, his son Stephen Jones is the next man in charge who handles his father’s ego, Will McClay is great at finding talent, and Mike McCarthy is a Super Bowl winning coach that has coached three Super Bowl winning quarterbacks in Joe Montana, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers.

From the owner to the head coach, the Cowboys have people in place to make this organization great again and return to their winning ways. Yeah, Jerry is still the “Big Boss” that calls the shots, but Jerry leans on his son, and adheres to the sage advice of McClay.

Therefore, Jerry will not draft, sign, or trade a player without consulting with McClay and Stephen. And when he consults with Stephen, its mainly about appropriating money for a player.

Hence, why do you think quarterback Dak Prescott has not been signed to a long-term contract? It’s because of Stephen. Plain and simple.

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