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Cowboys News and Notes: 5/14/10 (Martellus Bennett, Patrick Crayton, Keith Brooking)

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The Cowboys averaged an impressive 5.5 yards-per-carry out of two tight end sets.  They also tallied 43% of their total yards with two tight ends on the field.  This success comes despite the team’s decreased efficiency when running plays out of “Double Tight Right Strong Right.”

You can find our 2009 overall tight end grades here.

We fully expect Bennett to win the #2 tight end spot.  Still, with the addition of Dez Bryant and the likelihood of an increased workload for Felix Jones, Bennett’s opportunities figure to be limited. 

We previously wrote about Bennett’s uncertain future in Dallas.

We disagree.  Barring injury, expect the Cowboys to retain six wide receivers.  We see Sam Hurd’s departure from Dallas as more likely due to Crayton’s experience in the slot.

More on the Williams vs. Bryant battle

If Buehler wins the job, the roster spot Dallas would save could go a long way in adding depth to another position.  Right now, we would put the odds of that happening at about 50/50.

Assuming Brooking is able to return healthy, this could be a blessing in disguise for the Cowboys, as youngsters Jason Williams and Sean Lee will acquire more reps with the first team. 

We actually expect Williams to win the nickel linebacker job.  We view Lee as the eventual successor to Brooking, however.

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3 Responses to Cowboys News and Notes: 5/14/10 (Martellus Bennett, Patrick Crayton, Keith Brooking)

  1. john coleman says:

    Well supposedly Marty B has had a standout offseason, whatever that means. So hopefully this year it makes to the field. Now concerning Crayton, is he going to be allowed to be a progress stopper. Dez or Miles could play in the slot if need be. But Ogletree has the look of a slot guy IMO. Put the guys out there and play them. Cut Hurd and Crayton and be done with it. Take your pick of Ryan,Holley, and Johnson, to round out the six WRs. I’m not against P.C. it’s just that he is already all he is going to be. Finally, I’ll go with you on Williams and the nickel. I don’t know enough to question that one. I would like to see some sort of rotation with the four players at ILB. Also the same thing to a lesser degree at OLB. It’s hard to take guys like we have at OLB off the field.

  2. Yeah I heard about Marty B’s standout offseason, but that really means nothing to me since they haven’t really done much stuff directly related to football. Perhaps what they are seeing is more of a mental focus, though, which would be really nice.

    I don’t think Williams can be a slot guy. He is by no means a quick-twitch player and the slants an in-breaking routes at which he excels are more difficult to run from in there.

    I do think Ogletree has some potential in the slot though. I would love to see him get some preseason reps there, and I’m sure he will.

    I would say your idea of a four-man roatation at ILB is likely, but not so at OLB. Yes, Ware and Spencer have GOT to get some sort of rest at some point, but how difficult is it to take players like that off of the field? On run-downs, Butler has shown to be vulnerable. On pass downs–where Butler flourishes–it is just unrealistic to take your best players off the field in crucial situations.

    I definitely see your point and would like to see them get rest too, but it seems better in theory than in practice.

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