5 Interesting Developments From The Cowboys Training Camp: Pair Of D Linemen Among The Best Stories Yet – John Owning, Dallas Morning News
A recap of some of the interesting storylines that have come out of the Cowboys camp so far in 2020.
Darian Thompson outclasses Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The most interesting development of Sunday’s practice is that the Cowboys have a real competition between Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Darian Thompson for the starting safety post against Xavier Woods, and the clubhouse leader is probably not. not the one you expect.
Shortly after training ended, Gehlken revealed that Thompson had outperformed Clinton-Dix throughout camp and Watkins tweeted that Thompson had the reps next to Woods on the first team defense. It’s a huge surprise considering the Cowboys signed Clinton-Dix to start ostensibly alongside Woods. It’s not like they just plugged Clinton-Dix into the starting lineup without a movie to back it up. Clinton-Dix was a solid starter for the Chicago Bears last season, while Thompson couldn’t even beat Jeff Heath for a starting gig.
The question now is whether Thompson outclasses Clinton-Dix because of improved play or because Clinton-Dix is disappointing. If it’s the latter, the Cowboys should be very concerned about their safety game this season. That could put them back on the line for Earl Thomas, who was released Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens “for personal conduct which harmed” the team after battling a teammate in practice Friday. Keep an eye out for updates regarding the Cowboys’ safety stance ahead of the regular season.
Cowboys: 3 players Dallas could trade ahead of season – Greg Patuto, NFL Analysis Network
The always interesting debate on trades involving Cowboys players.
Joe Looney … Longtime Cowboys center Travis Frederick decided to call it a career during the offseason. It’s never easy to replace an All-Pro player on the offensive line, but that’s what Joe Looney or Connor McGovern were supposed to do. As the season approached, it was Looney who was expected but that could have changed after the draft.
Dallas made a big effort to trade in the fourth round and push Tyler Biadasz out of Wisconsin. It wreaks havoc on Looney’s plan. He is a player who adds leadership and experience to an offensive line. It’s something that might interest other teams. It would also allow McGovern to replace Frederick at center and Biadasz could play the role of replacement.
The Cowboys are known for having a great offensive line led by Zack Martin and Tyron Smith. In 2020, they will have one of the best units again, although it will look a little different. Don’t be surprised to see Dallas take a step up the offensive line ahead of the season.
Cowboys WR Noah Brown Recovering As List Contender – Jess Haynie, Inside The Star
After missing all of 2019, Noah Brown is looking to make an impact in 2020.
The top four receivers for 2020 appear to be stuck already: Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb and Cedrick Wilson. Injury is probably the only thing troubling this group right now. There are other receivers in the camp right now that intrigue us all. Devin Smith is a former 2nd round pick who we hoped would thrive on last year but never really delivered. Ventell Bryant was a late addition to the 2019 roster that reminds you of Brown with his size and special team work. And then there’s Jon’Vea Johnson, Aaron Parker, and other prospects we’ve been discussing this offseason.
But as of today, it’s Noah Brown who seems to be parting ways with the field for one of the last places on the depth map. While Smith may be a more polished offensive weapon, and Bryant brings similar skills to special teams, it seems Brown is doing just enough in both areas to get noticed.
This will be the final year of Noah’s rookie contract, surprisingly still intact despite his humble beginnings and recent adversities. He needs to keep that positive momentum going and ultimately stay healthy long enough to be a part of the team and contribute in the regular season.
McCoy taught Gallimore to ‘trust the process’ – Jonny Auping, Dallascowboys.com
It looks like the veteran taught the rookie defensive tackle some lessons.
On the night that Gallimore was drafted, he told media he saw himself as an “unfinished product”. The plan seemed simple enough: to develop this product at a reasonable rate thanks to the mentorship of players like McCoy, who could start in the meantime. The Cowboys are sure to stick with that plan, but following McCoy’s departure, it would certainly be nice if Oklahoma’s youngest product could accelerate his development.
Still, Gallimore has a patient and self-aware mentality. He claims McCoy and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula even have a word for him. “They say I’m very conscientious,” Gallimore says. The rookie knows he has to make sure he knows how to play in the NFL before he dominates it.
“One thing I’ve learned from being here is that you definitely pay for the little mistakes,” he said. “You can’t get away with what you do in college. I love the process. It’s been fun so far. I enjoy. I see where I can improve, but I also see the results of when I do things right. It’s about being consistent. “
The Dallas Cowboys’ most valuable group of positions in 2020 is .. – Anthony Penna Jr, FanSided’s The Landry Hat
What do you think is the Cowboys’ most valuable post group?
Football starts right off the bat in the trenches, whether you have a top quarterback, running back, or base receivers, none of it matters if the offensive line can’t make it. job. Ditto for defense. A dominant trio of linebackers is completely neutralized if the big players up front can’t penetrate holes, eat blocks, and allow those supports to move freely. More effective is the high school, you just can’t cover forever in the NFL today. The quarterback and the receivers are just too talented.
Defense wins championships, right? With Griffen signing to team up with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys will have a chance to wreak havoc up front on a consistent basis and it will not only improve the entire defense, but put quarterback Dak Prescott and attacking from a formidable position on the pitch more consistently.
Add in other key acquisitions such as defensive end Aldon Smith, who I think will be a pretty hard-hitting player for Dallas this year as he’s turned heads at camp so far, and defensive tackle Dontari Poe and you yourself have a very improved Cowboys defensive line.
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