Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys, draft these hidden gems

For several years, the Dallas Cowboys have been building their team through the draft, and they can continue to do that by drafting these hidden gems.
Since the Dallas Cowboys are now allergic to signing impactful free agents, their belief system is to build a successful team through the draft.

As much as I agree with building a team through the draft, the key is to draft the right players who can be contributors sooner rather than later. The franchise can only hope players reach their full potential in or around their third year.

The Cowboys did the unimaginable last offseason when it allowed most of their veteran secondary to walk into free agency. Then the Cowboys took it a step further when it drafted four rookies to man the secondary.

The Cowboys drafted Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods, and Marquez White in the 2017 draft. Awuzie, Jourdan, and Woods played in several Cheap Jerseys games as rookies and showed flashes of their playmaking abilities.

Although White was on the Cowboys’ practice squad, the coaching staff sees him competing for a starting cornerback position. They have high hopes for him. That’s a good thing moving forward because this team needs as many playmakers as possible in their defensive backfield.

Since most of those rookies will be major contributors next season, let’s look at a few hidden gems in this year’s draft that could be impactful for the Cowboys next season. Ironically, these players are from a non-football powerhouse school, but they’ve produced plenty of football players who are starring for several NFL teams.

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In fact, one of their teammates, Bradley Chubb, will more than likely be the first overall pick in April’s draft.

Samuels is the most versatile player in the draft. He can play running back, fullback, slot receiver, and tight end for the NC State Wolfpack.

Whenever the Wolfpack needed a big play, they called upon the versatility of Samuels to score a touchdown, either running the ball or catching it on a wheel route into the end zone.

Standing only 5’11 and Custom Dallas Cowboys Jersey weighing 223 pounds, the dynamic runner will be a mismatch for opposing defenses. For starters, Samuels is a threat catching the ball out of the backfield. He caught 76 receptions for 597 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Further, he rushed for 403 yards on 77 carries, averaged 5.2 yards a carry, and rushed for 12 touchdowns. If you’re counting his touchdowns, that’s a total of 16 touchdowns with almost 1,000 yards of receiving and rushing yards.

Samuels would be one hell of a third down back because of his ability to run the ball on short yardage and lining up in the slot. This will cause nightmares for opposing defensive coordinators.

Scouts have Samuels going in rounds 3-4. If he’s there for Dallas in the third round, they should select him. Samuels can flat out play. Think of a bigger and more athletic Darren Sproles.

Baltimore Ravens Reportedly Release Veteran Wideout as NFL Free Agency Gets Underway

The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly split ways with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin after just one season in Baltimore.
The Baltimore Ravens reportedly have released eight-year wideout Jeremy Maclin, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As a result, Maclin joins the list of prominent wideouts on the move this offseason as he enters NFL free agency for the second straight year.

Moments after the Ravens news surfaced of his release, Maclin responded via Twitter:

Baltimore saved a total of $5 million by releasing Maclin and frees up salary cap space for the Ravens to add more pieces to strengthen their 2018 roster.

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The veteran wideout’s release comes shortly after the Ravens added wideouts, Ryan Grant and John Brown.

Former Washington Cheap Jerseys Redskins, wide receiver Grant earned a four-year, $29 million deal with 14.5 million guaranteed from the Ravens. In addition, Grant receives a $10 million signing bonus, per Ian Rapport.

The #Ravens are expected to sign #Redskins FA WR Ryan Grant, source said. It’s a 4-year deal worth $29M with $14.5M guaranteed, source said. He gets a $10M signing bonus.

Brown inked a much shorter one-year, $5 million deal, along with incentives worth $6.5 million, per Adam Caplan of ESPN.

The flurry of Ravens free agency moves transforms their group of wide receivers with both Maclin and Mike Wallace off to find new teams in the free agent market. Not to mention, the Ravens also released running back Danny Woodhead on Tuesday.

Entering the first official day of NFL free agency, who might the Ravens sign next? According to Evan Massey, the Ravens are among the Custom Baltimore Ravens Jersey most interested in acquiring former Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson.

However, new reports show the interest between Nelson and the Ravens aren’t quite intimate with Nelson scheduled to visit three teams, per Adam Schefter, none which include the Ravens.

Houston Texans: Why Bob McNair’s alleged hiring practices are plausible

The Houston Texans are dominating the headlines once again but this time it’s for yet another allegation in regard to the way they select their players. Their peculiar racial overtones has come into scrutiny once again. The latest report indicates as such and let’s take a look to examine further.

The Houston Texans try their hardest not be at the center of controversial news but I believe with the way things are handled in the organization — particularly with its ownership — affords the opportunity for these allegations to occur. The problem is not with the organization itself but with its owner that seems to be out of touch of today’s concerns about racial equality.

This country is Custom Houston Texans Jersey melting pot of culture and its roster should be made of such. The fans that continue to pour in billions of dollars to elevate the financial success of the franchise reflect that as well. Have you been to Houston Texans home game? It’s a panacea of what America should like, upholding the epitome of diversity. No matter what race, color or creed, we all band together on Sundays, wherever that may be, to support our team through the good or the bad.

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But the latest report in regard to the Houston Texans hiring practices of its players DOES have some plausibility. Jerome Solomon, a long-time, damn good columnist with the Houston Chronicle, has indicated in his piece that the team specifically does not want to bring in players that have protested for the national anthem by taking a knee.

He said that he spoke with two agents to affirm this notion and although it’s not something that’s a direct order from leadership, it’s a symbolism that has been understood within the front-office organizational tree. That falls under the wing of new general manager Brian Gaine to which I hope he’s selecting players based off their ability to perform and to help this team win football games. It shouldn’t be based off a person’s ability to exercise their First Amendment right.

I’ve read Solomon’s columns since I was a kid and I know he wouldn’t move forward with this story unless he had conceivable evidence to do so. I applaud it because it’s a journalist’s oath to seek the truth and to report it as fully as possible, especially toward the lunacy that we’re actually talking about this in the year 2018.

Amy Palcic, the Houston Texans Senior Director of Communications, issued a response denying the allegations:

I’m skeptical in regard to the validity of this statement and that it’s not another “about face” that they’ve been having to do countless times as of late. It’s saddening, disheartening and it makes me look at the Houston Texans ownership quite differently than I did in the past.

I used to have high regard for McNair as a successful businessman who brought pro football back to Houston for good after a five-year hiatus without a team. Now his legacy will be tarnished —

as it should be — for such socially regressive views that are pulling our sovereign nation in the same direction, just like the current president of the United States.

He even won a lifetime Cheap Jerseys achievement award with the Texas Sports Hall of Fame recently. But you know what? I wasn’t motivated whatsoever to write about it because all I could think of in the back of my mind was the “inmates running the prison” comment at the owner’s meetings back during the 2017 season.

I’m sure there are many good, honest and decent people that work for the Houston Texans. Some are likely beside themselves in regard to their boss continuously being at the forefront of the headlines for the wrong reasons.

I personally have a feeling of distrust because no matter how educated or successful that I am, I’ll continued to be viewed as a lower-class citizen in his eyes, despite myself spending my hard-earned money on tickets that go into his pockets with each upcoming season. Why? Because of the color of my skin.

Although I have no evidence to connote the preceding assertions, I know in my heart that there’s credibility to them. I would love to see the Houston Texans do a full-on media blitz to combat this matter but I’m afraid that it will be business as usual, with just a whole bunch of reacting and denying.

Shaquem Griffin, twin brother of Seahawks’ Shaquill, becoming the breakout star of the NFL Combine

Maybe you were hoping that Shaquem Griffin — the twin brother of Seahawk cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who initially was not even invited to the NFL Combine — would remain under the radar enough that Seattle would be able to pretty easily get him and create a pairing that not only would be as feel-good as possible off the field but potentially as dynamic and interesting as possible on it.

Throw that thought out the window, though, after Shaquem Griffin continued his lighting-up of the Combine on Sunday with a spectacular 4.38 time in the 40 on Sunday morning, by far the fastest of any linebacker here, and according to the NFL the fastest of any linebacker since 2003 (watch it below).

the fast first time (regarded as his official time), paired with his electrifying 20 bench press reps of 225 pounds on Saturday — Custom Seattle Seahawks Jersey pretty much made Griffin the star of the weekend.

“What a show he has put on at the Combine,’’ said NFL Network host Rich Eisen.

The 40 time put Griffin in rarefied air, as NFL analyst Warren Sharp pointed out, noting on Twitter that Griffin is the only defensive player since 2000 to weigh in at more than 225 pounds (Griffin weigh 227) and run a sub-4.4 40.

The bench press was a story of its own.

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Griffin does not have a left hand, having been born with amniotic band syndrome, which prevented his hand from being fully formed. It was eventually amputated when he was four (he used a prosthetic for his bench press Saturday).

He didn’t let that stop him from becoming a defensive leader on a Central Florida team this year that went undefeated. But it also didn’t stop some NFL scouts from apparently wondering if he can make the jump to the next level, which resulted in Griffin initially being left off the list of the 330 players invited to the Combine.

Griffin made a joking reference to that perception when he stepped to the podium for his official interview at the Combine Saturday, saying “I thought I was going to walk over here and there were going to be like three people here.’’

Instead, there were maybe 10 times that number as Griffin’s profile appears to be rising as high as his draft status.

Like his brother, Shaquill, who impressed Seahawks teammates and coaches from day one with a maturity regarded as beyond its years coupled with an infectious enthusiasm, Shaquem Griffin has checked as many boxes for intangibles at the Combine as he has for his performances in drills.

“I can’t tell you who but I had somebody tell me they had met (college basketball coaching legend) John Wooden before and that the Customized Jerseys feeling they got sitting down with John Wooden for five minutes was the same feeling they got from him,’’ Seahawks general manager John Schneider said on Friday. “He’s a special dude.’’

At that time, Schneider said he hadn’t really met Griffin but that he planned to as Griffin was on the list as one of the 60 players the Seahawks can bring in for an official 15-minute visit with Seattle having obvious interest in reuniting Shaquem and Shaquill.

And it hardly needs to be said the Griffin twins would love that, too.

As Shaquill told The Seattle Times last season, “They’ve (the Seahawks) been looking at him. But at the end of the day, it’s not my choice. If he does his part, he’ll get his chance. And hopefully, they’ll take him here. That would be awesome.”

But what happened in Indy won’t make it any easier. Griffin’s performance caught Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s attention.

NFL coaches not talking about Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron at the combine

McCarron, who won his grievance against the Bengals to become an unrestricted free agent is still a Bengal until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. on March 14. So until then, mum’s the word.

Any public comments about a player currently on another team could be considered tampering.

“Yeah, I don’t want to comment on that at this point,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said.

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But both Jackson and Joseph – former Cincinnati Bengals Jersey Bengals assistants who saw McCarron up close during his starts in 2015 – did discuss what they would look for in a free agent quarterback that only has a handful of starts on film.

“You look at the system, you look where they come from, who do they play for,” said Jackson, who was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator for McCarron’s first two seasons in Cincinnati. “I think there’s a lot of different, other variables that you can look at, and then obviously it’s projecting. Can a guy come in and play for you and do the things that you need him to do to help you win? I think you have to go through all of those different scenarios and play them all out to see what fits for you.”

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Joseph submitted a similar thought.

“It’s about fit,” he said. “You have to find a guy that fits your football profile. It’s not about the numbers or the names. It’s about the perfect fit. The best teams win. You have to have a guy that fits your football mindset. In Denver, we want to play great defense all the time and run the football. Who fits that formula for us? I’m not sure yet. It’s all about fit.”

The one person allowed to speak freely about McCarron was Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin.

All Tobin would allow on the independent arbitrator’s decision on McCarron’s free agent status was that it was a disappointment to the club, but said he believes the 27-year-old can be a starter in the league.

“I do,” he said. “Being around him, his mental makeup is what you want, his competitiveness is what you want. Only time will tell. With quarterbacks, it’s situation, opportunity, what’s around him, what you ask him to do. So I think any quarterback needs all of that to align to be ultimately successful. But we’ve got a lot of belief in AJ McCarron. That’s what I’ve said for the years he’s been with us. And we still believe that.”

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther checks his playcard during the third quarter of the NFL Week 17 game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. At halftime the Bengals led 17-10. (Photo: Sam Greene)

Jon Gruden drew one of the bigger Cheap Jerseys media contingents during his turn at the podium Wednesday, the first time he’s had to attend the event in a coaching capacity in a decade.

The new Oakland Raiders head coach was asked about adding Paul Guenther to his staff as defensive coordinator this season.

Guenther had served in that capacity for the Bengals from 2014-17.

“It goes back from my days visiting Jay (Gruden) in Cincinnati, getting to know that coaching staff. (Mike) Zimmer was the defensive coordinator, Guenther was the linebacker coach,” Jon Gruden said. “I thought that was an excellent staff that Marvin Lewis had and every time I had the Bengals on Monday Night Football, I was always impressed with the way he coached, on the field, taking advantage of the time in pre-practice, post-practice, and what he got done with Vontaze Burfict, Vinny Rey, very impressive. We’re excited to have him.”