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What’s the expectations in Dallas for the slot receiver position now that they ahve Randall Cobb.”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsCowboys slot receiver: Randall Cobb’s job or slot-receiver-by-committee? New Kavon Frazier Jersey Stitched ,65commentsWhat’s the expectations in Dallas for the slot receiver position now that they ahve Randall Cobb.CDTShareTweetShareShareCowboys slot receiver: Randall Cobb’s job or slot-receiver-by-committee? Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsThere was once no question about who would be manning the slot receiver position for the Cowboys. The sauce was covering it. Cole Beasley had his up years and his mediocre ones, but there he would be lining up in the slot and converting those third downs. Now, he’s left for greener pastures in Buffalo. The Cowboys had a hole to fill. Just a week ago, a jump-the-gun Cowboys writer put up Allen Hurns as the logical candidate to replace the Bease. There are some decent arguments for Hurns being a better slot receiver that outside guy, and he’s done the job before in Jacksonville. Despite not looking the part of a prototype slot receiver, his route-running skill-set lies in that direction.But that was so last week. Since then, the Cowboys have re-signed Tavon Austin and have now agreed to a deal with Randall Cobb. The wide receiver room is filling up fast. So what’s the plan. Is former star receiver Randall Cobb going to be the guy? Or has his game fallen off enough that there is going to be a committee?Randall CobbIt’s been since 2014 when Cobb had his massive year. 91 receptions, 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. His 2015 follow-up was a 79 catch, 897 yard effort with six touchdowns. That was also the last year Cobb played 16 games. In 2018, Cobb bottomed out by playingonly nine games with 38 catches and 383 yards and two touchdowns. He posted the second-lowest catch rate of his career at 62.3%. He also didn’t have a single rushing attempt for the first season of his career.So, can we write last season off as a bust because of injury and a Packers team that fell on hard times? Or has Father Time started to win the battle? As has been noted, on a per game basis last season, Cobb was similarly productive to Beasley. So writing off Cobb might be a little premature. Sure, his volume numbers have decreased over the years, but when on the field and healthy he can still produce. Can he stay healthy? And how will he do with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys run-oriented offense versus the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers? Allen HurnsBecause of his body-type Youth La’el Collins Jersey , many observers don’t associate Allen Hurns with the slot role. That’s a mistake, one the Cowboys probably made last year when they used Hurns on the outside and his production took a nose-dive. The Cowboys talked a good game about the versatile Hurns and how he could play any of the receiver spots, but with Beasley firmly entrenched in the slot, Hurns never really got a chance to exploit that area. One problem with Hurns is that his catch-rate has never been exceptional. Last season it was only 57.1% and he’s only had one elite year in that metric when he posted a 69.6% in 2017.If you want to read more about why Hurns is possibly better as a slot guy, you can see that here. Of course, Hurns is coming off the gruesome ankle injury that ended his 2018 season, but he is already working out and claims he will be ready to go once the season starts. The Cowboys picked up his option, but his money is still not guaranteed until the season begins. The Cowboys could still cut him with minimal dead money. But Hurns is a solid teammate, he is versatile and has had productive seasons in the past. Don’t count him out yet.Tavon AustinAustin is the wild card in all of this. With his diminutive size and his electric quickness, he certainly seems like the ideal slot receiver. He’s just never been that. He’s always been more effective either as a runner or catching passes on screens or other gadget type plays, or using his speed to get deep on the outside. His real value, when used correctly, is keeping the defense guessing as to what he will do on any given play, especially if he’s lined up in the backfield, and then using his home-run ability in the open field to make things happen. Being the safety net for a quarterback that a slot receiver usually is doesn’t seem to be particularly suited to his skill-set. Certainly they can line him up there occasionally and work a variety of plays off of that, but filling the role that Cole Beasley performed is not really what Austin does regularly. His size and quickness has fooled many an observer La’el Collins Jersey Stitched , but traditional slot receiver have never been Austin’s strong suit.As things stand right now, you would have to guess the Cowboys plan to roll out a lineup of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb as their wide receiver starting trio. We still don’t know if they will try to add more talent in the draft, and we still need to see how someone like Cedrick Wilson performs, but for now it certainly appears that the Cowboys have settled the wide receiver position for 2019. Besides the starting trio, you would expect Austin to be used as a reserve/gadget guy, and Hurns will battle guys like Noah Brown, Cedrick Wilson and Lance Lenoir for primary reserve duties. The Los Angeles Lakers made a blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Pelicans to acquire superstar Anthony Davis. While the Lakers got their man, the team panicked. That’s a position Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows all too well.” />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal – WhiteBlogging The BoysBlogging The Boys, a Dallas Cowboys fan communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryCowboysOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal – WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Dallas Cowboys NewsFiled under:Dallas Cowboys GeneralThe Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers is the exact reason we should appreciate Jerry Jones’ evolutionNew,63commentsSlow and steady wins the race.CDTShareTweetShareShareThe Anthony Davis trade to the Lakers is the exact reason we should appreciate Jerry Jones’ evolutionPhoto by Harry How/Getty ImagesI don’t know if you heard or not, but on Saturday – the Los Angeles Lakers made a blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Pelicans that sent superstar Anthony Davis to the West Coast. The Lakers have been trying to land Davis for a while now, and they finally sweetened the pot enough for the Pelicans to agree. And boy what a pot that was. In return for Davis the Lakers sent three young players to New Orleans – Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. Two of those players were selected no. 2 overall in recent drafts. The Lakers also gave the the Pelicans three first-round draft picks, including the no. 4 overall pick in next week’s NBA Draft.Sure Youth L. P. Ladouceur Jersey , pairing Davis with Lebron James makes for quite a combo, but the Lakers sold the farm to get him. It’s very reminiscence of the Herschel Walker trade back in 1990 that ultimately provided Jimmy Johnson with the draft resources to build the Cowboys dynasty. Even though the Cowboys ended up finishing 1-15 that season, Johnson knew the team was severely lacking in talent and that giving up their best player was the only solution. Of course, it wasn’t just the quantity of picks the Cowboys received, but rather what Johnson did with them. The team used those draft picks to select Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, three-time All-Pro Darren Woodson, and key starters like defensive tackle Russell Maryland and cornerback Kevin Smith. It was a nice haul.When you want something bad enough, you pay a hefty price. That’s what the Minnesota Vikings did to acquire Walker and that is what the Lakers did go get AD. Los Angeles had a nice group of young players to build around, but they also had a 34-year-old NBA legend on their team, whose window for success was dwindling. Love it, hate it, or indifferent – they made a move.And for years, it’s that same haste that has gotten Jerry Jones in trouble. Success came too quickly for Jones as the Cowboys went from the worst team in the league to winning the first of back-to-back Super Bowls in just three years. Maybe Jones thought this football GM gig was a piece of cake because when ego’s started clashing in big D, Jimmy Johnson’s time in Dallas came to an end. Jerry would find that winning Super Bowls don’t come so easy over the next 25 years. Sure, he did win another Super Bowl with Barry Switzer, but that was with the team Jimmy built. Switzer faded fast and with it -the Cowboys dynasty.Jones had a tough time accepting that his “team of the ‘90s” was slowly vanishing L. P. Ladouceur Jersey Stitched , so he made one last attempt at greatness. After Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending neck injury, Jones looked to replace his star receiver with the 29-year-old former first-round pick from the Seattle Seahawks, Joey Galloway. It cost Jones two first-round picks to acquire Galloway, but the veteran receiver never came close to living up to his price. Over his four-year tenure with the Cowboys, Galloway averaged just 38 catches and 585 yards.And just like he did to attempt to salvage the talent of Troy Aikman, Jones made a similar trade to acquire Roy Williams so Tony Romo would had a nice arsenal of receiving weapons. The Cowboys gave up three draft picks, including a first- and third-rounder. Jones immediately locked him down with a five-year, $45 million extension. Williams lasted two-and-a-half seasons before being released.The impulsiveness of Jones has hurt this franchise over the years. Yes, Jerry loves to take risks, and he knows you have to take chances in live if you’re ever going to amount to anything special. But fortunately, the old knee-jerk ways of Jerry appear to be fading. These days, he trusts the people around him. People like his son who is more cap savvy than his father, which has allowed the team to have a fighting chance year in and year out. People like his trusted head coach, who has the attention of his soldiers and has built a new culture in Dallas. And people like Will McClay, the de facto GM, who Jones has surrendered control to for the most part Youth Anthony Brown Jersey , even though it doesn’t come with the title.The Cowboys are in a good place right now and Jones deserves a lot of credit for not acting in haste and making big moves for the sake of making moves. At 76-years-old, one might think his window is shrinking as well, but it hasn’t caused him to deviate from the process. The team is not without their struggles, but their mentality is just keep battling. In Jason Garrett’s senior photo, he uses the old Chinese proverb, “Fall down seven times, get up eight.” That’s the epitome of this current Cowboys football team. They don’t panic. They don’t look for shortcuts. They just keep putting in the work to get better. And ultimately, when the long journey is over, we’re hopefully going to have a championship team we can all be proud of. A team where we’ve developed emotional connection to players we’ve watched developed into stars.Some owners don’t have that kind of patience, and it wasn’t that long ago when Jerry himself fell into that category, but let’s be thankful that he now goes about it the right way.
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