Yes, even those of in the DMV acknowledge that despite their lack of recent postseason success or consistent presence, the Dallas Cowboys have some talented players. As for who istheir best player, the answer offered up by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram may surprise you.Nope, not pass rushing force DeMarcus Ware. Quarterback Tony Romo or any of his pass catching targets? Wrong.Not even newly-added high-priced free agent corner Brandon Carr tops the list. The answer, Star-Telegram, if you please."Let's just call it like it is: Tyron Smith is the most talented football player on the Dallas Cowboys."Selected early in the first round last season, Smith is now transitioning from right tackle to becoming Romo's blindside protector."I think it's pretty high," Romo said of Smith's ceiling. "He takes it very serious, his job. It's great to see. "He's very committed. He has a high potential or talent level or whatever you want to call it. With his work ethic and his ability, he's only going to continue to get better and better."First rounder Cox filling Eagles defensive line needsThe Redskins gaping hole at quarterback, addressed with the fan-approved drafting of Robert Griffin III. Their division rivals in Philadelphia needed a run-stuffing defensive lineman capable of closing gaping holes created against them. With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 draft, the Eagles selected one in Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Perhaps somewhat surprising given their fickle nature, the team'susually hard to please rooters approved, according to CSNphilly. For now, anyway.If Cox goes out and makes the plays that had many a draft pundit deem him the top defensive tackle in the draft, the fans, even the Eagles prickly brood, will remain on his side.I just go out and be who I am, Cox said. Not trying to be some Superman, just go out and do what I did back in college and get better. I cant be Superman, trying to do things that I cant do.Randle's fortuitous fallWide receiver Rueben Randle went from being a college star at LSU to an NFL draft slider, falling to the end of round two after many labeled him a first round option. He ended up being drafted by theSuper Bowl champion New York Giants, a team with Eli Manning at quarterback and lost Mario Manningham in free agency.Yeah, not a bad landing spot when you think about it."It was a humbling experience," Randle said on Thursday at the Giants practice facility in the Meadowlands. "It wasn't really anything I could complain about, coming into a blessing and a home like this. Once I sat back and looked at it that way, it really wasn't a bad situation at all."With Manningham gone, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks out with an injured foot until perhaps the start ofthe regular season and the tight end position in flux, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound target is in position for some serious playing time.
When LSU fired head coach Les Miles, a lot of big-time names were suggested for the job. But what about Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay?
Albert Breer of the MMQB listed McVay as a potential candidate, along with a host of other NFL names to go with obvious college options like Tom Herman or Lane Kiffin. From Breer on McVay:
His star has risen so quickly that the 30-year-old may be an NFL head coach before colleges even get the chance to call, but he’d make a lot of sense for a program looking for energy and buzz.
Watching McVay work it's obvious he has the passion and ability to connect with young players - as he currently runs the Redskins offense that includes some players older than him. But it's worth keeping in mind the Redskins coordinator was raised around the pro game, not the college one, and with his background and offensive acumen the guess here is that McVay will stay in the professional ranks.
Even while scoring is down for Washington through three games, the Redskins offense is moving the ball well. QB Kirk Cousins is second in the league in passing yards, and the team finished 2015 with the 10th highest scoring offense.
"I’m sure he’ll be a head coach a lot sooner than people think," Washington head coach Jay Gruden said of McVay in an early August MMQB article.
It's clear McVay will get a chance as a head coach, the only question is where. Apparently that list could now include Baton Rouge.
NOTE: Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan also landed on Breer's list of LSU possibilities. From Breer, "Would Shanahan go? He’s 37 and he’s been an OC for nine years, so it’s possible he’d want to get his feet wet as a head coach. Remember, [Texans coach Bill] O’Brien went to Penn State after knocking on the door for NFL jobs, so it’s not hard to see another rising young guy doing it. Shanahan played at Texas and coached at UCLA, which means he’s not foreign to big college programs."
NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith made a visit to Redskins Park today, and the team elected their union representatives.
Kedric Golston will serve another year as the team's liason to the union. Three alternates were elected as well: Kirk Cousins (an alternate last season), Will Compton and, surprisingly, Josh Norman.
Norman was critical of Smith and the union in an ESPN piece in August. "[The NFL] is a dictatorship, and [NFLPA director] DeMaurice [Smith] is in cahoots with those guys," he claimed.
The cornerback's election today marks what would appear to be a turn of events.
"We always love to have veteran leadership as player representatives, and this team is no different with Kirk and Kedric returning," Smith told CSN Mid-Atlantic. "As for Josh, we love players who are both smart and passionate, and he, as well as the other players, fit that bill."
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