What we learned from the Cowboys’ opening press conference in training camp
What we learned from Tuesday’s press conference. – Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
What was your biggest takeaway from Tuesday’s press conference?
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones didn’t wait for the question – he attacked the ‘elephant in the room’ topic regarding his commitment to head coach Mike McCarthy amid swirling speculation that he would consider other options at the end of the season. “He wouldn’t be sitting here today if I didn’t think he was the man to take this team to the Super Bowl,” Jerry Jones said. “I have choices. That’s a fact. The guy to my right is the guy I’m convicted of and I’ve been. I think we’ve managed to build a staff that absolutely gives us the chance to achieve ultimate success.”
McCarthy responded to Jones’ comments and said “I’m going to focus on the football”, which is in line with the commitment he asks of his players and coaches. “If I’m going to ask them (to stay focused), then I have to do the same.”
Jerry Jones says Dallas Cowboys ‘have to be viable’ in playoffs for season to be successful – Todd Archer, ESPN.com
It’s as if we’ve been hearing this same story for a decade now.
Jones said he felt better about the Cowboys, who have not made playoff appearances in consecutive years since 1998-99, when training camp opened in 2022 than he did in last July. The Cowboys finished 12-5 last season and won the NFC East, but lost in the playoff round to the San Francisco 49ers.
During the offseason, they traded Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns, released right tackle La’el Collins, and lost passing thrower Randy Gregory to the Denver Broncos in free agency without making any big-name or expensive additions.
“I knew we were going to have adjustments with this team this year. You always do,” Jones said. “But I knew we had some of our best moves financially last year. And so even before we started the season last year, I knew we were going to make some adjustments with our players this year. We had prepared it pretty good and in my mind I had a hell of a race. We were disappointed, but we had a race.”
1 trade every NFL team should offer before the start of the 2022 season – Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report
Let’s take a look at some potential trades we saw during boot camp.
Dallas Cowboys: DT Trysten Hill to Raiders. The Cowboys apparently lost a second-round pick when the organization selected defensive tackle Trysten Hill in the second round of the 2019 draft. Hill played in 18 games in his first three seasons. He was fined, suspended and injured throughout his tenure with no semblance of becoming anything more than a spinning piece.
Dallas is set at defensive tackle with starters Neville Gallimore and Carlos Watkins. Osa Odighizuwa also found a 3-technique home. Hill really has no place in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme. Perhaps the Cowboys could take advantage of the fact that Hill is only 24 and an excellent athlete instead of releasing him outright.
Beggars can’t choose, and the Las Vegas Raiders could use more help along the defensive interior. New general manager Dave Ziegler has reassembled a ragtag team by re-signing Johnathan Hankins, adding Bilal Nichols, Kyle Peko, Andrew Billings and Vernon Butler through free agency and drafting Matthew Butler and Neil Farrell Jr.
What the current NFL market tells us about Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s next contract – Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News
The price of top quarters continues to rise.
The payday made Prescott the second highest paid quarterback in the league behind Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City. Now he’s the seventh-highest-paid quarterback after Allen grad Kyler Murray just signed a five-year, $230.5 million deal, averaging $46.1 million a year with arizona.
Murray is the eighth quarterback to average over $40 million a year. That number will surely increase over the next two years as young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson of Baltimore, Joe Burrow of Cincinnati and Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers finish their rookie contracts and sign long-term deals.
It’s not that Prescott is a bargain at $40 million a year. It’s that $40 million, right now, is the cost of doing business for a tier I or tier 2 quarterback. Hopefully Jerry and Stephen Jones really understand that the price of quality players doesn’t ever drop (never).
Predicting which of the 2023 Cowboys free agents will stay or leave – Randy Gurzi, The Landry Hat
It’s never too early to plan ahead.
Anthony Brown, BC. One of the most underrated players in Dallas high school, Anthony Brown has gone from a sixth-round pick to a solid starter. He is also coming off his best statistical season after recording 71 tackles, 17 pass defenses and three picks in 2021. He is best remembered for his poor performance against Las Vegas where he was flagged four times for pass interference, but apart from that game he has played well overall on the year.
Brown is currently playing on a very team-friendly deal after signing a three-year, $15 million deal in 2020, but if he has another campaign close to what he showed last year, he will. will win more than one other team. Prediction: Departures in free agency
Donovan Wilson, S. Another local talent, Donovan Wilson was added in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by Texas A&M. He became a starter in the second year and had 71 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two picks. He was expected to take another step forward in 2021 but injuries have slowed him down as he has only played nine games.
This year, he will be the third safety with Malik Hooker and Jayron Kearse. He should still be an efficient player, but could accept a short-term deal next season and try to put in a few consistent campaigns before cashing in on a long-term deal. That could work in favor of Dallas. Prediction: Remains on a one-year contract.
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