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Bill Barnwell takes a deep dive into running backs and contracts and gives some reasons why teams don’t pay guys like Ezekiel Elliott.
Other teams could consider a rotation player – the one Dolphins, Rams, Bengals or Ravens make sense — but neither team is in desperate need of a starter. Even if they were, they would be able to play these four backs against each other, which would keep their potential earnings down. If Cook or Elliott would sign tomorrow for the minimum and just want to be in training camp, they wouldn’t have a problem getting a job. Given the landscape and the few openings, it is difficult for them to land meaningful money.
The threat of being in that market also puts pressure on the rosters. Aaron Jones took a pay cut earlier this summer save his roster spot and avoid hitting this market. There is proposals The Bengals may be willing to pressure Joe Mixon to take a pay cut under the threat of replacing him with a free agent.
The best thing might actually be for them to wait. The ugly inevitability of football is that running backs will go down with injuries in training camp and during the preseason. When that opening comes, those players will have an opportunity to land a more meaningful option from teams that will be more desperate.
Questions will be answered as soon as possible, and unfortunately some goodbyes may be necessary.
In just a few weeks, Dallas Cowboys training camp will be underway and the fun will begin for the 2023 season. The off-season is almost complete, and the battle for the first 53-man roster will really be turned up.
Most roster spots on the Cowboys are likely spoken for, but camp and preseason games should determine the final few players to make the team and determine the depth chart.
Here are the top position matchups to watch for when the Cowboys arrive in Oxnard, California:
Third CB: DaRon Bland vs. Jourdan Lewis
The Cowboys found themselves with a steal in Bland, a fifth-round selection in the 2022 draft. Bland was second in the league with five interceptions as a rookie, despite playing in just over half of the team’s defensive snaps. Ironically, it was Lewis’ foot injury that opened the door for Bland to play more, and he did not disappoint.
Lewis has been one of the more underrated slot corners since being drafted as a third-round pick in 2017. With eight interceptions over his first six seasons, Lewis is second only to CB Trevon Diggs in picks on defense since he entered the league. Lewis is also a willing tackler at CB, a solid trait in coordinator Dan Quinn’s system.
Predictions from the Mothership.
Patrick Walker: I don’t know if they are on this list right now. Tristan Vizcaino got the first crack at the job in OTAs and mandatory minicamp, and he acquitted himself well, but the Cowboys are expected to add another boot at some point before camp ends. With names like Mason Crosby and Robbie Gould still out there, it’s very possible that one of them (or someone we can’t think of right now) will be flown out to Oxnard and challenge for the job. If so, Vizcaino will have his work cut out for him.
Kurt Daniels: A former football player, Brandon Aubrey’s professional football experience has helped the USFL’s Birmingham Stallions to back-to-back titles while making 32 of 37 field goals and 57 of 59 extra points over the two seasons. Tristan Vizcaino has kicked in the NFL, but after having less success — good on 11 of 12 field goals and 15 of 20 extra point attempts — Aubrey emerges as the favorite for Week 1 assignments. Either way, whoever wins will likely have a short leash. For a team in win-now mode, there will be some veteran kickers available if the Cowboys decide a change is necessary.
Mike McCarthy’s Story Suggests Cowboys Could Pursue This Out-of-Favorite Veteran RB – The Landry Hat, Jerry Trotta
Number two is still up for grabs, either purposefully or just by chance.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before since mid-March, but the Dallas Cowboys have not identified a clear path No. 2 running back behind Tony Pollard.
The Cowboys cut Ezekiel Elliott at the start of the new league year and flipped and gave Elliott’s No. 21 jersey to Stephon GilmoreWhich one ought to quelling any speculation about a potential reunion.
However, given Mike McCarthy’s history as a head coach, Falcons master specialist Cordarrelle Patterson may be the best fit.
The Cowboys should consider pursuing Cordarrelle Patterson to replace Ezekiel Elliott.
At 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds, Patterson profiles as a similar Elliott replacement in short-yardage situations, and he just so happen to be out of favor in Atlanta’s backfield that features No. 8 overall pick Bijan Robinson and 2022 fifth-round pick Tyler Allgeier, who rushed for 1,035 yards on 4.8 YPC as a rookie.
Trash talk comes from former Eagles, Giants and now 49ers…surprise surprise.
Fortunately, the legendary NFC rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers has been renewed over the past two postseasons, and two of football’s most historic teams have squared off with the season on the line.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, they haven’t been able to capture the kind of playoff magic they had in the early 1990s against the Niners over the last two playoff games. Both of Dallas’ losses to San Francisco from last season and the year before have ended in embarrassment in the final game, including January’s 19-12 loss in the divisional round.
Talking with San Francisco Chronicle, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young didn’t hold back when discussing Dallas’ chances to contend this season while questioning the team’s offensive play-calling. On the flip side, he praised 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, who led San Francisco to NFC Championship last season.
“The 49ers have a head coach who is as innovative as anyone in the league at a time when the Cowboys last year are running 2015 games and don’t have a chance,” Young said.
Ranking five NFC QBs under most pressure in 2023: Dak Prescott, Kirk Cousins to take team to next level – CBS Sports, Jeff Kerr
Well, number one at something, right?
Life as a quarterback in the NFL is certainly the most fulfilling – when that player wins. For every Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow, there are quarterbacks who must win to keep their starting jobs.
Who are the quarterbacks facing the most pressure in a wide-open NFC? These quarterbacks have already won at the NFL level, but need to advance further in the playoffs. If not, they try to win with a new team or win a starting job with their current team.
Prescott’s job isn’t on the line, but his legacy is. How many times will the Cowboys win double digit games, advance to the playoffs and not make it past the divisional round? This incident has happened four times under Prescott and twice in the last two seasons.
Prescott has won two playoff games, but those playoff wins haven’t exactly been against world beaters. The combined record of opponents the Cowboys have beaten in their two playoff wins is 18-15, which is the lowest opponent winning percentage (.545) in playoff wins among the 109 quarterbacks who have won multiple postseason games in their careers.
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