May 21, 2019 at 5:40 am #2888
The Cowboys corner will be a free agent after this season. How much is he worth?”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys GeneralIs Cowboys cornerback CDTShareTweetShareShareIs Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones worth $14 million a year?Troy Taormina-USA TODAY SportsOnce the Dallas Cowboys decided to move Byron Jones back to corner on a permanent basis in 2018 Ezekiel Elliott Jersey 2019 , his career took off. A first-round pick in 2015, Jones had started out as a corner but was shifted over to safety where he stayed for a few years. His time at safety was marked by inconsistency as his instincts and skill-set never quite matched up to the position. Kris Richard took one look at his size and skill-set and knew that corner was the place for Jones in his defensive secondary. It turned out to be the right move. Jones had a Pro Bowl year in 2018. The first two thirds or so of the season he was playing among the best cornerbacks in the league. The final third saw his play drop off a little as he started to give up more catches and touchdowns, while accumulating penalties. Turns out Jones had picked up an injury that was affecting his play.Not only did it affect his play, but it had a two-fold impact on this offseason. One, the major one for the short-term, is he had hip surgery which will likely keep him on the sidelines throughout the offseason. His being available for Week 1 is still in question. The other result of the injury is the Cowboys are in no hurry to extend him. He was already in line behind some of the other stars the Cowboys need to sign, but he’s now likely pushed until the 2020 offseason for a new contract.With that in mind, Jones shows up in an article about free agents who are likely to cash in during the 2020 offseason. Of course a lot can happen between now and then. How Jones recovers from his hip surgery and plays in the 2019 season will obviously have a lot to do with the money he can make when he hits free agency. Bleacher Report went ahead and took a stab at what kind of contract Jones could get.That would put Jones at an average of $14 million per year. He would be tied for fifth among corners with Kyle Fuller, trailing Josh Norman ($15 million), Trumaine Johnson ($14.5 million), Xavier Rhodes ($14.02 million) and Patrick Peterson ($14.01 million). The Cowboys will have some decisions to make about their corners in 2020 if they don’t extend Jones before that. He will be a free agent, as will Anthony Brown. After that, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis will be free agents the following year. So BTB, would you give Byron Jones $14 million a year for five years? The Alabama running back could reshape the Cowboys offense.”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsDallas Cowboys 2019 DraftCowboys draft prospect: Running back Damien HarrisNew,73commentsThe Alabama running back could reshape the Cowboys offense.CDTShareTweetShareShareCowboys draft prospect: Running back Damien HarrisMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsName: Damien HarrisSchool: University of AlabamaHeight: 5’10”Weight: 216 lbs2018 stat line: 15 games, 150 carries, 876 rushing yards White Dak Prescott Jersey , 5.8 ypc, 9 touchdowns, 22 receptions, 204 receiving yards, 9.3 yprCombine results: 4.57 40-yard dash, 16 bench press reps, 37” vertical, 121” broadEveryone at this point pretty much assumes that the Cowboys will look to draft a running back to serve as the primary backup to Ezekiel Elliott for the foreseeable future, after basically saying so in their pre-draft press conference. Even before that, they didn’t bring one in during free agency and never re-signed Rod Smith. Then they sent out some pre-draft visits to running backs, perhaps the most surprising name there was Alabama’s Damien Harris. Harris has been a consistent contributor for the Crimson Tide in all four of his years in Tuscaloosa, and because of that he’s one of the more highly thought of running back prospects in the draft. Many projections have him going in the middle or end of the second round, which means if the Cowboys were to draft him, they’d likely have to use their 58th overall pick on him. If that happened, it would certainly change a lot of things. Perhaps it would be with the idea to groom Harris as the successor to Elliott to avoid having to pay the running back a massive contract. Or maybe it would be for the purpose of creating the Cowboys’ own version of the Mark Ingram-Alvin Kamara duo that was so successful in New Orleans. Whatever the plan may be, the Cowboys have some interest in Harris; but what kind of player would they be getting?First of all, they’d be getting a powerful running back. Harris is a physical Dak Prescott Jersey 2019 , downhill runner who can wear down a defense and becomes tough to stop in the fourth quarter. Harris also has a well-rounded skill set. Harris saw a lot of power running concepts at Alabama and displayed good timing and patience in his runs. He is able to wait for his blocks to get set and make good decisions when cutting through holes. Harris isn’t the most explosive running back out there, and it does somewhat limit his ability to be an every down back in the NFL. That said, he never had less than 135 carries in his final three seasons at Alabama, which shows he can share a load with a more explosive or dynamic player. At the same time, it’s encouraging that Harris never carried the ball more than 150 times in a given year, as that leaves plenty of tread on the tires for him. Unlike with another former Alabama running back, Derrick Henry, there aren’t questions about Harris’ durability. Quite the opposite, actually, as Harris has a full frame that he uses to pummel defenders. When going for short yards, Harris gets in great position with respect to pad level, earning the necessary leverage to smack into defenders and earn the tough yards. He has a tendency to gain an extra yard or two falling down as well, which makes him extra valuable in short situations. Harris also possesses above average balance, which helps him break tackles in the open field as well. He has some solid ability to change direction quickly, but Harris rightly uses his strength more than his agility. He wasn’t used as a true receiving threat out of the backfield, but he’s good enough to where he can’t be forgotten about. Alabama mostly used him on screens, where he was effective enough Dallas Cowboys Tony Pollard Jersey , averaging over nine yards per reception in 2018. However, it seems as if those basic screen routes were the extent of his receiving ability. He would need to expand his route tree to truly be effective as a receiver at the next level.Harris is also an above average pass blocker, and he uses his frame and upper body strength to more or less hold his own against pass rushers. There are times where he gets sloppy in his footwork and it exposes him, but when he has his feet right he’s not a liability in pass protection. He’s good enough to where if a team asked him to take on blitz pickup, it’s not a real risk to the team, which is almost as good as you’ll get from a rookie. With Harris, though, it all comes back to his rugged play style. He probably compares best to Marion Barber in a lot of ways, though if he reaches his full potential he could draw some Frank Gore comparisons. Either way, Harris would make for an incredibly exciting running back tandem with Zeke. I don’t know how exactly it would work out, but it would at the very least be interesting. The lack of wear and tear on Harris is even more appealing. If the Cowboys take Harris, they’ll have to use a high pick, but Harris is such a good prospect that he just might be worth it.
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