5 Bucks: The QB Matters, Need For Speed & More - Bucky Brooks, DallasCowboys.com
After watching all the speed on display oat the Super Bowl, the Cowboys may need to re-think the composition of their roster, especially on defense.
Speed, speed, speed.
It doesn't take long to [see the] speed and athleticism from each team in Super Bowl LV. The Chiefs' high-powered offense features an Olympic-like 4 x 100-meter relay team on the perimeter with their wide receivers and tight ends blazing the turf with their speed and explosiveness. On the other side of the field, the Buccaneers were able to neutralize the Chiefs' electric offense with a lightning quick defense sparked by a pair of linebackers chasing ball carriers and pass catchers from sideline to sideline.
After watching Super Bowl LV, the Cowboys must compare the overall speed of the playmakers and defenders on their roster with the speedsters who took the stage on Sunday. The defense, in particular, needs more explosive athletes on the second and third level. The Cowboys must have enough speedsters on the field to neutralize some of the explosive offenses that are lighting up scoreboards around the league.
Dan Quinn wants to prioritize effort and energy from his players while utilizing a simple scheme . He needs some decathletes at his disposal to make his Xs and Os come to life. If the Cowboys want to close the gap on the title contenders, the roster needs an infusion of explosive athletic defenders this offseason.
The conclusions about percent of salary cap are arguable, but this points out how the Cowboys are not the only ones experiencing difficulties with their veteran quarterback.
• The Lions’ Matthew Stafford traded.
• The Rams’ Jared Goff traded along with valuable first-round picks for Stafford.
• The Eagles’ Carson Wentz reportedly soon to be traded.
• The Packers’ Aaron Rodgers expressing puzzling views about his future.
• The Seahawks’ Russell Wilson giving off a weird vibe when asked on The Dan Patrick Show about whether he was on the trading block.
• The Texans’ Deshaun Watson desperately wanting out of Houston.
• The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger very quickly suggesting he will take a sizable pay cut to play one more year.
• The 49ers, one year removed from a Super Bowl with Jimmy Garoppolo, involved in numerous rumors about their quarterback plans.
NFL wants to finalize new TV deals before setting 2021 salary cap in March - Jabari Young, CNBC.com
One reason that is being reportedly holding up the contract negotiations with Dak Prescott is an uncertainty about the actual salary cap this year. But for a multi-year deal, the prospects for the following years is also important. The possible size of the new deals the NFL is working on could make a blockbuster deal for Dak a lot more palatable.
The NFL is looking to finalize frameworks of new TV rights agreements in the next few weeks and wants to do so before setting the 2021 salary cap figure in March, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
The people asked not to be identified as they aren’t allowed to speak publicly about league affairs.
Network partners Fox, ViacomCBS, NBC and Disney’s ESPN pay the league roughly $6 billion per year, with AT&T-owned DirecTV adding another $1.5 billion for the Sunday Ticket package. It’s been widely rumored the next agreement could reach $100 billion via a 10-year deal. Other options include a seven-year deal at $14 billion per year or an eight-year deal at $12 billion per year.
Could Surtain reunite with Diggs? Mock draft reaction – Jon Machota, The Athletic
Dane Brugler's latest mock has Patrick Surtain II going to the Cowboys at 10. That is a name that has been linked to Dallas for some time. Jon Machota evaluates the pick, and here is part of the upside he sees.
Surtain would provide new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn with a player he could start immediately on the outside opposite of last year’s second-round pick, Trevon Diggs. Surtain (6-2, 200) and Diggs were Alabama teammates during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
“That’s my little brother,” Diggs said of Surtain in December. “He’s a great person, great player, competitive. He has everything that you look for in a corner. I’m really excited for him and what his journey is, and hopefully, I don’t know, we’ll see. But I’m really excited for him and wherever he ends up and wherever his journey takes him. He’s a real good person, a real good player, so whoever gets him is really lucky.”
Which Rookie WR Is Primed To Make Biggest Leap Next Season? | Brentley Weissman, The Draft Network
There were a lot of very good rookie wide receivers in 2020. And historically, rookie WRs tend to get better, often much better, in year 2. So which of last year's first year WRs will could make the biggest leak? You'll probably like this writer's choice.
After much consideration, I believe the receiver who has the best chance at a Metcalf-esque sophomore jump is the Dallas Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb.
To be fair, I have a soft spot for Lamb, as I had him as my WR1 coming out last year—but even if I didn’t, I'd still make him my choice. While Lamb certainly didn’t have as noteworthy of a season as Jefferson, he still produced at an extremely high level. Lamb finished his rookie season with 74 receptions for 935 yards and five touchdowns, falling just short of a 1,000-yard season. Compared to the rest of the rookie class, Lamb ranked second in receptions, third in receiving yards, and fourth in receiving touchdowns, establishing himself as one of the best young receivers in the NFL. Lamb did all of this despite not even being the No. 1 receiver on his football team. Lamb was forced to compete for snaps and targets with former Pro Bowl receiver Amari Cooper as well as Michael Gallup, who is one of the most underrated receivers in the NFL. The fact that Lamb was able to still produce at such a high level as a rookie playing next to two established veterans just shows how talented he is as a player.
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