Should the Cowboys sign Vikings free agent Anthony Barr as an assistant to Micah Parsons? – Mike Fisher, Cowboy Maven
Will the Cowboys look to make a splash in the post-free agency draft?
FRISCO – Considering the fact that the Dallas Cowboys recently flirted with the idea of repeatedly signing Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner before he lands with the Rams, should they give another Pro Bowl linebacker in their 30s another shot?
Anthony Barr has been a star caliber player for the Minnesota Vikings defense, and he’s now 30…with a connection to the Dallas coaching staff…and still unsigned.
Can there be an adjustment?
First, of course – as always – is the money. Barr played $10 million last year. Even though the Cowboys appear to have around $13 million in wiggle room, a lot of that is earmarked for the NFL Draft classroom.
So the Cowboys’ offer to Barr could be closer to the Vet’s minimum, as we believe it was for Wagner. It probably won’t fly.
Then there is the question of where he plays. The Cowboys linebacker room is led by Micah Parsons, and Dallas re-signed Leighton Vander Esch, with Jabril Cox returning from injury. Parsons is best used as a chess piece; if there was another linebacker available, that would free him up to be more of a passing thrower.
Aaron Hansford could make the 53-player roster with an impressive offseason.
Good: His build and athletic qualities are ideal for the position. For someone 6-foot-2 and almost 240 pounds, he moves exceptionally well and is fluid in his movements on the second level. Good tackler and will cross a running back. Hansford also excels in its durability and engine. He will always find a way to play on the whistle and extend his coverage range for a teammate who has been beaten at the line of scrimmage.
The project: Seems to hesitate on its first step, or to be completely moved, more often than you would like. His speed is good, but not enough to compensate for his missteps along the way. Also doesn’t have overwhelming strength and wouldn’t manage to finish good runners in a few SEC games, especially in the open field.
What role will Dante Fowler play in 2022?
Since being the third overall pick in 2015 NFL DraftFowler had a very checkered career, but recorded an 11.5 sack season as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 2019, but has only been able to muster 7.5 in the past two years in Atlanta.
The Cowboys will have plenty of options to explore when trying to replace Gregory’s 6.5 sacks last season.
Only time will tell though, Fowler seems interested in one goal and that is to do whatever the Cowboys need him to win football games, and if there is a coach who could pull off the best away from him, it would be Quinn.
The Cowboys need their OL draft picks to hit, this stat gives them hope.
Three needs stood out above the rest for the Dallas Cowboys heading into the 2022 NFL Draft: offensive line, defensive line and wide receiver.
A turbulent offseason that saw starters Amari Cooper, Randy Gregory and La’el Collins leave town opened up holes on the roster. The Cowboys tackled several needy positions throughout the seven rounds.
Dallas added an offensive lineman in the first round, a passing thrower in the second round and a wide receiver in the third. This certainly corresponds to the resolution of important shortcomings.
However, there was a certain decline in the first two selections. The Cowboys nabbed Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith 24th overall. Then Dallas added Ole Miss edge rusher Sam Williams at No. 56. Based on the draft consensus rankingsthe Cowboys could have gotten best value on both selections.
Nonetheless, the Cowboys have come out and identified prospects they believe can fill critical roles on the team. Smith is expected to fill in at left guard early in his career with the potential to slide to left tackle on the road.
More turnover than usual for the Cowboys in 2022.
It’s the season of workforce projections! Now that the draft is over, we can watch the players Dallas Cowboys have under contract and start making our predictions on who will be on the roster of 53 players to start the season. Most years there are only about six or seven spots that cannot be cast with confidence. There just aren’t many meaningful camp battles – usually.
It seems to be a little different this year for the Cowboys. The list of easily identifiable “locks” is a bit shorter this year. Here is my list of players who are almost certain to make the team this year.
3 Words: Legendary TE Cowboys grandfather Jake Ferguson’s advice will guide his future – Todd Brock, Cowboys Wire
Jake Ferguson will have to make an impact in the first year.
Growing up in Wisconsin, football was in Jake Ferguson’s blood. Literally. What the tight end learned there in his first 23 years he will now bring to the Lone Star State as the Cowboys’ fourth-round draft pick in the 2022 draft.
Midwesterners are known to be people who tend to let their actions speak for themselves. So perhaps it’s fitting that Ferguson’s personal mantra boils down to three simple words, a motto taken from Fergsuon’s family tree.
His grandfather is Barry Alvarez, a man who achieved gridiron royalty status in a state that already has a Mecca stadium named after a Packers coach and where another lends his name to the ultimate prize of the game.
So suffice it to say that during his time in Green Bay, Mike McCarthy had a good idea of who and what Alvarez was.
“Hey, he has a statue in front of the stadium [in Madison]” McCarthy said last week. “I think that says it all.”
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