Power Ranking Every NFL Team’s 2016 Draft Haul 1 Year Later – Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report
Sobleski proposes a energy ranking of a 32 breeze classes from 2016 formed on a array of starts and array of games played a group perceived from rookies final deteriorate and also factors in a peculiarity of play from a rookies. The Cowboys finish in a tip spot.
Total Starts: 54
Games Played: 72
Top Performer: QB Dak Prescott
The Dallas Cowboys redefined their whole classification with a selections of using behind Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott. After blank a playoffs during 5 of a prior 6 seasons, a rookie twin led a Cowboys to a NFC’s best record during 13-3.
Which of a dual indeed achieved improved final deteriorate is adult for interpretation, yet Prescott gets a curtsy here given distant reduction was approaching from a fourth-round pick.
If not for a preseason damage to maestro Tony Romo, Prescott might have never seen a field. But he did and excelled. The immature signal-caller set rookie annals with a 67.8 execution percentage, 104.9 quarterback rating, 23-to-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio, 11 games with an over-100 NFL passer rating and 176 uninterrupted pass attempts yet an interception to start a career. As a result, Prescott was named a NFL’s Rookie of a Year.
Elliott challenged his teammate as a league’s tip rookie, though. Last year’s fourth-overall collect became a initial rookie behind to lead a NFL in rushing yards given Edgerrin James in 1999. Elliott amassed 1,631 yards on his approach to his initial Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro honors.
These dual standouts once again placed stars in a Cowboys lineup and not usually on their helmets. But they’re not a usually contributors found within a class. Defensive tackle Maliek Collins and cornerback Anthony Brown determined roles within a invulnerability and most is approaching of both as they continue to develop.
Star or complement guy? Judging Ezekiel Elliott – Bucky Brooks, NFL.com
In yesterday’s news roundup, we saw that Brooks thinks of Dak Prescott as a complement guy, mostly since Prescott “landed in a ideal conditions for a immature quarterback” in Dallas. Elliott landed in a likewise auspicious conditions in Dallas as a using back, yet Brooks sees him as a bona fide superstar.
I’ve listened copiousness of observers advise that anyone could run for 1,000 yards behind a Cowboys‘ ultra-talented descent line. And we get where that view comes from, carrying seen 28-year-old Darren McFadden strike 4 digits in Dallas behind in 2015. That said, while a Cowboys’ front line can make an normal curtain demeanour like a excellent one, it takes a special actor with unusual skills to make a run during 2,000 yards as a rookie. With 1,631 yards in usually 15 games, we trust Elliott some-more than qualifies as a star in this league.
The 6-foot, 225-pound workhorse is a energetic curtain with a multiple of strength, speed, change and physique control that allows him to play with energy or finesse. He is one of a few runners in a joining able of scooting around a dilemma with sprinter’s speed or bludgeoning defenders in a hole with fullback-like power. Although he is frequency overwhelmed in a backfield, Elliott’s ability to run by hit is accurately what descent coaches covet in chosen RB1s.
As a receiver, Elliott flashes soothing hands and discriminating route-running skills. The Cowboys haven’t entirely taken advantage of his receiving skills out of a backfield, yet he is some-more than able of being a 50-catch playmaker in an offense that will use some-more widespread formations and concepts this season. To that point, Elliott’s flexibility as a dot behind in a widespread or we arrangement separates him from others and puts him in a review with Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson as a tip backs in a game.
When we asked an NFC director about Elliott’s long-term prospects as a runner, he called him a “special player” with a intensity to put a group on his behind with his singular ability set. Having claimed a rushing pretension as a rookie, Elliott has already put a joining on notice.
VIDEO: Tale of a Tape: Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys
The mothership continues a superb story of a fasten array and has Dez Bryant and Bryan Broaddus violation down one of Bryant’s best catches from final deteriorate during a Minnesota Vikings in Week 13.
Dez Bryant explains how film investigate helped him kick Harrison Smith – Michael Smith, ProFootballTalk
PFT offers some soundbites from a Tale of a Tape video related above.
Bryant says on a video that he complicated Smith on film, saw how assertive Smith is, and knew that there was a approach to use that aggressiveness opposite Smith.
“Harrison Smith, we knew from examination film that he’s an intensely assertive safety,” Bryant said. “If we run any kind of in cuts, out violation routes, he’s prepared to expostulate on them. So we felt like we did an superb pursuit diversion formulation him.”
Bryant pronounced that before even looking behind during quarterback Dak Prescott, he knew usually from saying Smith punch on his feign that he was going to mangle a large play.
“I wish to sell him inside usually since we know he’s aggressive. we know once we sell a in he was gonna punch since that’s what he’s been display all year, pushing tough on those in cuts, and we know that he’s going to burst it,” Bryant said. “I knew we had him.”
Cowboys actor profiles: Dallas looking for some-more from DT Cedric Thornton in his second deteriorate – Brandon George, SportsDay
George expects Thornton to essentially play as a one-technique this season.
Thornton should be some-more during palliate in a Cowboys’ defensive intrigue entering his second deteriorate in Dallas. Thornton will again be partial of a Cowboys’ eight-man defensive line revolution and will be looked on to have some-more prolongation after a muted initial deteriorate in Dallas. Thornton will essentially play during a one-technique defensive tackle mark for a Cowboys, expected subsidy adult second-year actor Maliek Collins.
Cowboys actor profiles: Can reunion with Marinelli jump-start Stephen Paea’s career? – Brndon George, SportsDay
George expects Paea to essentially play as a 3-technique this season.
The Cowboys wish they can jump-start Paea’s career and get him behind closer to a actor he was in Chicago. He will reunite with Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli with whom he spent his initial dual seasons in a NFL. Paea is a most improved fit in a Cowboys’ 4-3 defensive intrigue and will get a possibility to contest for personification time during a pivotal three-technique defensive tackle spot. In 2012, his final underneath Marinelli, Paea became a full-time starter for a Bears. He started from Chicago from 2012 to 2014, totaling 10 sacks, including a career-high 6 in his final deteriorate with a Bears in 2014.
Mailbag: Value Of The Long Preseason? – Bryan Broaddus David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
Broaddus hates a additional preseason game, Helman kinda likes it.
Bryan: To be honest, we hatred a 5 preseason games for a integrate of opposite reasons. we am always disturbed about a weird damage to my players either it is my starters or backups. we can’t control who my guys are personification opposite in these games from a talent aspect. All it takes is one or dual bad players to get knocked around and afterwards tumble in a behind of one of my guy’s legs and my abyss is damaged. Another reason is elementary wear and tear. These camps are prolonged adequate and generally with a approach and a length that Jason Garrett has them practice, personification an additional diversion causes some-more issues going into a season. These players usually have so many practices and games in their bodies to start with. Two games would be copiousness to weigh my team.
David: I’m overtly flattering vehement about a Hall of Fame Game. Of march a diversion itself will be boring, yet a whole joining will be watching. It’ll be fun to be a partial of a initial loyal football diversion of 2017. Last time a Cowboys went, we got to see Larry Allen go into a Hall of Fame alongside guys like Bill Parcells and Warren Sapp. This year, Jerry Jones’ Hall of Fame initiation will be must-see TV. Other than that, though, we flattering most hatred a preseason. It’s usually a month-long wait to see if anyone is going to get injured.
How Cowboys Use Inside Zone To Dominate Defenses – Joey Ickes, Fanrag Sports
X’s and O’s master Ickes takes us by an underrated aspect of a Cowboys’ belligerent game, a inside section run.
Because of a pristine array of several schemes a Cowboys use on a weekly basis, they don’t run true adult inside section all that often. The approach they incorporate it into their using diversion gives them a energetic component that is tough to counter.
One of a team’s favorite variations of inside section is separate zone, with a upsurge of a play going one way, and a parsimonious finish or fullback operative behind opposite a arrangement to safeguard a cutback line stays clean.
The second approach a Cowboys occupy inside section is in a red section as partial of a review option/run-pass choice look.