We will identify five wonders that remain unanswered about the Dallas Cowboys after the Annual NFL Meetings were concluded.
The Annual NFL Meetings is all wrapped up, but even though everyone has gone home it doesn’t stop the lasting impact these meetings will have on the 2016 NFL season.
There were some pretty significant changes agreed-upon and even a few experimental rule changes on a one-year trial basis will be implemented for the 2016 season. These new changes have already been met with mixed results and who knows exactly how much might change the game as we know it.
Year in and year out these meetings are meant to get the “figureheads” together in one place to discuss how they can figure out different ways to improve the game and make player safety a top priority. That seemed to be the main focus for this year’s meeting as well.
With all that said here are a few of the head-scratchers that might just impact the Dallas Cowboys team in 2016:
- With the new rule change that will move touchbacks to the 25 yard line, I wonder how much impact that will have on the kicking game and how it might impact how teams decide to make up their rosters. For instance, Lucky Whitehead was mainly kept around on the roster because the coaching staff of the Cowboys believe that he could possibly develop into a dynamic special-teams player as both a punch/kick returner. Do teams start to replace these types of players with someone who can contribute more instead of basically just being a return specialist? It will be interested to see how much this rule change will impact not only the kicking return game, but how teams decide to justify using a roster spot on a return specialist.
- At the Annual NFL Meeting owner/general manager Jerry Jones spoke at length about Johnny Manziel, which led me to wonder what exactly would it take for Jones to seriously consider adding Manziel to the Cowboys roster in 2016. It’s no secret that Jerry Jones has been infatuated with Johnny Football since coming out of Texas A&M and if Jerry would had his way back in 2014, Manziel would have been drafted instead of Zack Martin. I think it Manziel shows any positive signs of getting his life/career back on track Jerry Jones will hesitate to make him a member of the Dallas Cowboys.
- Head coach Jason Garrett stated in an interview that just about everyone recovery from injuries is on schedule to be ready for training camp. I wonder how much faith the Cowboys are putting into a healthy Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Orlando Scandrick can get this team back on track and competing again at a high level. Most of the blame placed on the disastrous 2015 season was placed on the injuries at key positions, so it will be interesting to see if the assumption was right or if there are deeper issues.
- While Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Jason Garrett were at the Annual NFL Meetings, it was announced that the Cowboys would be adding running back Alfred Morris to the roster. I wonder how that entire transaction took place and Jerry Jones talked to his good buddy Dan Snyder to find out what type of player they would be getting. I really believe that Jerry Jones likes being the recruiter and was little surprise that such a transaction would take place without him being entirely involved in the process.
- I wonder if cornerback Patrick Robinson would be a member of the Dallas Cowboys if Jerry Jones and Company would have been completely involved in the entire process and not allowed him to leave without a contract. It was an interesting turn of events to learn that Robinson signed with the Indianapolis Colts after hearing that terms were agreed upon in principle between the Cowboys and his agent. Personally, I think the Cowboys dodged a bullet, but it was an interesting turn of events to say the least.
Well, there you have it. Those are a few things that I have been wondering about this past week and will continue to wonder about until we get some kind of answers.
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