The Cowboys may have finally found their nose tackle.
FRISCO, Texas — The replacement nose tackle looked a little different. First, he was smaller. Much smaller. Second, he did not have a helmet or a jersey.
Dan Quinn, the Dallas Cowboys’ 50-year-old defensive coordinator, did what he could while Quinton Bohanna had his right shoulder quickly examined during last weekend’s rookie minicamp, but to be fair Quinn had not actually played the spot since 1993 while at Salisbury State, a Division III school in Maryland.
“You know everybody try to go back to their old glory days,” Bohanna joked, “but [Quinn] ain’t no me out there. So it’s a big difference when I’m in and when I’m out.”
The Cowboys do not have another Bohanna, whom they selected in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft. At 6-foot-4, only three other defensive linemen are taller. At 327 pounds, none are bigger. In fact, he’s the largest by 12 pounds.
It’s not by accident. The Cowboys wanted to add bulk to their interior to help Quinn’s transformation of the defense. For years under Rod Marinelli, they relied more on undersized defensive tackles to penetrate gaps.
Will Brett Hundley get the QB2 job?
FRISCO, Texas - The Cowboys are continuing their search for quarterback depth.
The club held a workout with veteran quarterback Brett Hundley on Friday afternoon, giving them a look at an additional quarterback.
Hundley’s name should make sense in Dallas. He has a logical connection to Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, given that he was a fifth-round draft pick in Green Bay when McCarthy was the Packers’ head coach.
He also played with former Packer quarterback Scott Tolzien, who is currently an offensive assistant under McCarthy.
Hundley’s resume isn’t exactly extensive, but he does have significant NFL experience. The Packers made him the No. 147th overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he has served as a backup for two other teams since then.
Micah Parsons and Jabril Cox, linebackers of the future...
It’s been a long time since the Dallas Cowboys fielded an intimidating defense. Ever since the glory ’90s, America’s team had an above-average defense at best.
After watching the defense play like swiss cheese last season, owner Jerry Jones was sure to make changes to the roster and the coaching staff. That includes drafting defensive players with eight of their 11 draft picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In 2018, the Cowboys drafted linebacker Leighton Vander Esch in the first round to complement 2016 second-rounder Jaylon Smith. Now, Dallas declined Vander Esch’s fifth-year option, and Smith is a potential trade/opt-out option after a poor 2020 season.
LVE has been a star on the field but suffered injuries that held him out of 13 games the past two seasons. A spinal condition called cervical spinal stenosis raises questions surrounding his long-term health and availability.
The Cowboys have a corner who fans have kind of forgotten about.
Maurice Canady, CB
I don’t blame you if you’ve forgotten about cornerback Maurice Canady, as there hasn’t really been a good reason to remember him up to this point.
Canady was a member of Dallas’ 2020 free-agent class, signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal to help bolster the team’s CB depth and potentially contribute on special teams. However, Canady opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And while Canady wasn’t signed by the current defensive coaching staff, he does surprisingly fit the mold of what Quinn historically values in his cornerbacks. Throughout this offseason, we’ve repeatedly talked about how Quinn covets height, length and speed in his outside cornerbacks, and Canady checks each box (6-1, 193 pounds, 4.49 40-time).
In addition, the 26-year-old has proven to be effective playing the “bail” coverage that is frequently used in Quinn’s Cover 3-heavy scheme, showing an ability to stay on top of receivers while keeping eyes on the QB and hips toward the mid-field.
Where are the Cowboys ranked in the NFL?
NFL teams around the league are starting to really get into the grind of an NFL offseason. For the Dallas Cowboys, that means rookie minicamp has come and gone. Last weekend the Cowboys rookies went through their first NFL practices as professionals.
From the reports, it sounds like Micah Parsons, Jabril Cox and Nashon Wright really stood out in those practices.
All three names are fascinating to me for many reasons. I think we are looking at a situation where we will see some surprising veteran cuts between now and when training camp concludes later in the year.
I was scrolling through NFL articles around the internet and came across ESPNs post draft power rankings. In that piece, they listed the Cowboys as the 16th best team in the NFL.
So, I wanted to go through the teams listed ahead of them and see are those teams truly better than the Cowboys as we sit here in May.
I came up with three categories for this exercise.
Identifying the toughest adversaries on the Dallas Cowboys 2021 schedule - Brian Martin, Blogging the Boys
Who wants some?
Week 1: QB Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
There’s a reason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in 2020. They are a talented team on both sides of the ball, but we all know they live and die on the arm of Tom Brady. He is the heart and soul of this team and the only reason they were Super Bowl champions last year. If the Cowboys can put enough pressure on him and make him uncomfortable, they have a chance of winning this Week 1 matchup.
Week 2: QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers aren’t talent deprived, but the Cowboys biggest adversary in this Week 2 matchup is their second-year QB Justin Herbert. He’s coming off a fantastic rookie season and should be much improved with a year of confidence and production under his belt. This is the second week in a row the Cowboys need to pressure the opposing QB as much as possible to have any chance of a victory.
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