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News: ESPNDallas: Ranking the Cowboys as season starts

Discussion in 'News Zone' started by Risen Star, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Calvin Watkins
    ESPNDallas.com


    The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a 6-10 season in which their defense ranked 31st in scoring. There was only one big change on defense, however, with Rob Ryan taking over as coordinator.

    The offense underwent big changes. The entire right side of the line is gone and there is a new starter at running back and one of the wide receiver positions. The Cowboys got younger, but does it necessarily mean they got better?

    We rank the roster heading into the 2011 season. (Note: Derrick Dockery is listed in our rankings but hasn't officially signed. When that happens, a player will be cut to reach the 53-man limit.)

    Top 10

    DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff are considered elite players at their positions, with Tony Romo moving toward that level if he pushes his team into a deep playoff run. Orlando Scandrick and Felix Jones were tremendous in training camp and the preseason, and their stock has never been higher. Kyle Kosier's leadership and abilities are vastly underrated.

    1. DeMarcus Ware, OLB
    2. Jason Witten, TE
    3. Jay Ratliff, NT
    4. Tony Romo, QB
    5. Dez Bryant, WR
    6. Miles Austin, WR
    7. Felix Jones, RB
    8. Doug Free, OT
    9. Kyle Kosier, G
    10. Orlando Scandrick, CB

    Nos. 11-20

    Abram Elam and Kenyon Coleman make their first appearances in our rankings. Coleman took over the starting job at defensive end for Igor Olshansky, and Elam is the calming presence in the secondary. Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins enter the regular season coming off injuries, and how they play in the opener could dictate how the season goes for them. Anthony Spencer is slipping and needs to get better quickly.

    11. Abram Elam, S
    12. Mike Jenkins, CB
    13. Marcus Spears, DE
    14. Bradie James, ILB
    15. Terence Newman, CB
    16. Anthony Spencer, OLB
    17. Keith Brooking, ILB
    18. Kenyon Coleman, DE
    19. Mat McBriar, P
    20. Sean Lee, ILB

    Rest - http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/_/id/6923454/calvin-watkins-ranks-dallas-cowboys-2011-roster
  2. JonJon

    JonJon Injured Reserve

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    Interesting that Watkins rated Scandrick as the top CB of the group with Newman third. I wonder if the team thinks the same? If so, Scandrick and Jenkins could be primary this year with Newman coming in on Nickle situations. It would definitely help prolong him for the season with his injury concerns.
  3. LeonDixson

    LeonDixson Illegitimi non carborundum

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    Newman's ranking is probably based primarily on him missing all of training camp and not being as prepared. He and Jenkins were both pretty bad last year so OS may be rated 1st based on his performance in the last half of last year. At any rate, it's just one man's opinion.
  4. pancakeman

    pancakeman Well-Known Member

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    McBriar is too low.
    But who really cares.

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