FA S Keanu Neal reportedly deciding between the Cowboys and the Jets – Tom Ryle, Running a blog the Boys
Might the Cowboys FINALLY add a security?
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Dallas Cowboys have been inquisitive about Keanu Neal to attempt to improve their protection. Now it has been reported that the curiosity is mutual.
This not solely confirms the stories that Neal was a goal for the Cowboys, the reported swap to WILL linebacker additionally tracks with what was being stated earlier. Neal has a status as a tough hitting participant, and may have the ability to change positions so long as he’s not overwhelmed up in run protection. The current signings for the Dallas line of defense ought to do quite a bit to assist that.
After all, this raises an apparent query as to what the plan is for the incumbent WILL, Jaylon Smith. Does this presage a demotion for him, or maybe a swap to the SAM spot? Both would cut back his snaps, as would utilizing him and Neal in a rotation at WILL, with the bigger Smith dealing with operating downs whereas Neal is available in for passing conditions.
It’s security galore in Dallas.
The Cowboys have a gap at security. They usually lastly appear to need to fill it.
Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning Information is reporting that free agent free security Damontae Kazee is predicted to go to the Cowboys subsequent week. Kazee was most lately with the Atlanta Falcons, the place he performed underneath former head coach Dan Quinn.
As famous within the hooked up tweet, Kazee is coming off a torn achilles damage in 2020, however his familiarity with new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn makes this an clear connection. Kazee is clearly comfy in Quinn’s scheme, and would match a right away want for this Cowboys protection.
Damontae Kazee is a former fifth spherical choose from the 2017 draft, who had an unimaginable 7 interception season again in 2018. He performed in all 16 video games his first three seasons, earlier than lacking virtually the whole thing of 2020 because of the aforementioned achilles damage.
Report: Dallas Cowboys to go to with free agent security Malik Hooker subsequent week – RJ Ochoa, Running a blog the Boys
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Whereas Kazee and Neal each have a former connection to the brand new Cowboys defensive coordinator the group is now set to go to with somebody who has a connection to a coach that used to occupy that seat. ESPN reported that Dallas is about to go to with security Malik Hooker subsequent week.
The Cowboys are scheduled to go to with free-agent safeties Damontae Kazee and Malik Hooker subsequent week, in accordance with a number of sources. Each gamers are coming off Achilles’ tears suffered final season. Kazee performed for brand new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in Atlanta and led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2018. Hooker had seven interception in his first three seasons with the Colts however has battled accidents.
Hooker has certainly been enjoying for Matt Eberflus and the Indianapolis Colts so we all know that he has gotten some nice teaching. He is without doubt one of the higher safeties available on the market and somebody that many Cowboys followers have been crossing their fingers for by way of a possible choice.
We all know that the Cowboys aren’t going to interrupt the financial institution in terms of including gamers, however somebody of Hooker’s skills doesn’t come round quite a bit. Indianapolis declined to select up Hooker’s fifth-year choice a 12 months in the past which made this previous season, one during which he tore his Achilles in September, his final with the group.
Who else might be added?
The Chicago Bears could very properly have gifted a stud cornerback to the Cowboys. With the Bears seeking to release some cash this offseason, they shockingly opted to half methods with high cornerback Kyle Fuller on Thursday.
Positive, the Cowboys did re-sign Jourdan Lewis to a multi-year deal and are in place to draft one of many high cornerbacks within the first spherical of this 12 months’s NFL Draft in Caleb Farley or Patrick Surtain. However let’s not overlook that proprietor Jerry Jones desires to win one other Tremendous Bowl, and Fuller may put the Cowboys over the sting.
Final season, Fuller recorded 65 tackles, eight defended passes, one interception and one compelled fumble. Moreover, Fuller allowed a completion proportion of 55.4 (46 catches on 83 targets) whereas surrendering 527 passing yards and 5 touchdowns, per Professional Soccer Reference.
Fuller ought to be a goal for the Cowboys this offseason, however they are going to have some heavy competitors from the Denver Broncos, per NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.
3 Most Seemingly Free Agent Locations for Geno Atkins – Michael Obermuller, Fan Duel
Geno Atkins, anybody?
As long as the value tag is manageable, the Dallas Cowboys may nonetheless use some assist at defensive sort out. There have been rumors that they could convey again defensive sort out Gerald McCoy, however Atkins could be a extra dependable choice. McCoy missed your complete 2020 season with a quad tear, and the Cowboys have made efforts to get larger up entrance since Mike McCarthy joined as head coach final offseason. This transition is smart for Dallas.
What are the specialists saying?
The NFL Draft isn’t till subsequent month, and this week has been overshadowed considerably by the beginning of free company. However you’ll be able to make certain that the entrance workplace evaluations are properly underneath means, which implies the prognosticators are exhausting at work as properly. Nobody is aware of precisely what is going to occur when Dallas is on the clock, however one factor is for positive: The Cowboys want to return away from the draft with some gamers who might be able to contribute prior to later.
So, with specialists all a around the nation making an attempt to forecast the primary spherical of the NFL Draft, we’ll periodically check out who a few of these specialists slot in for the Cowboys No. 10 total choose in our mock draft roundup.
This week, we polled 19 totally different mock drafts and got here up with eight totally different decisions with a robust emphasis on the identical place.
Was Tarell Basham worth signing?
The Dallas Cowboys continued their busy Thursday, inking edge defender Tarell Basham to a two-year deal value as much as $6.5 million, per DMN’s personal Michael Gehlken.
Basham was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts within the third spherical of the 2017 NFL draft, however was waived in October the 12 months after. Basham was shortly picked up by the New York Jets, the place he was capable of finding a greater footing, beginning 12 video games in his 2.5 seasons with the group. Over his profession, Basham has 84 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 4 compelled fumbles.
Basham spent his time in New York enjoying as an out of doors linebacker in its 3-4 scheme, however until Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is secretly planning on implementing a 3-4 base protection, he’ll be a defensive finish for almost all of his snaps in Dallas.
Listed at 6-4 and 269 kilos with 34 1/4-inch arms, Basham is a robust, well-rounded edge defender with middling athletic traits who ought to bolster Dallas’ depth at defensive finish.
As a cross rusher, Basham doesn’t have the pace or cornering skill to emphasize an offensive sort out’s cross set vertically; subsequently, he should resort to utilizing totally different footwork patterns to place stress on the OT’s cross units. When mixed with well-timed and coordinated palms, Basham has a few of the prettiest pass-rush wins I’ve seen within the NFL.
A, B, C, D, or F? How would you grade the Cowboys free agent acquisitions?
Ty Nsekhe, OT – Grade: C-
The Cowboy misplaced offensive sort out Cam Erving to free company this week. So, in flip, Dallas provides Ty Nsekhe in response. The largest knocks on Nsekhe is the very fact he’s 35-years previous and he’s began only one sport over the previous two years.
Nsekhe performed a complete of 54 offensive snaps for the Buffalo Payments in 2020. As compared, younger Cowboy tackles Terence Steele (began 14 video games) and Brandon Knight (9 begins) gained priceless expertise final 12 months and supply far more upside.
Carlos Watkins, DT – Grade: D
The Cowboys wanted so as to add extra high quality defensive sort out depth to assist their ailing rush protection. The group already has younger disruptors on the place in Trysten Hill and Neville Gallimore.
In Carlos Watkins, Dallas signed a participant who began a career-high 11 video games for the Houston Texans in 2020. But, Houston was the worst group within the NFL final season in opposition to the run, permitting a whopping 160.3 speeding yards per sport.
If Watkins can’t show to be a worthy run defender, what are his possibilities advancing on the depth chart previous former high-draft picks in Hill and Gallimore?
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