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The NFL is not a game that features much in the way of perfection. It is also a game that does not lend itself well to prolonged excellence. But one of the players who comes close to that almost unattainable standard is someone who is not all that familiar to most followers of the game. And it is L.P. Ladouceur, a long snapper, the most anonymous position on any football team.

Ladouceur has been a rock-solid fixture for the Dallas Cowboys since his rookie season in 2005, when he was brought aboard after being released by the New Orleans Saints. A Pro Bowler in 2014, he has been immaculate at his role without a single errant snap in his career. Entering this upcoming season, he has made clean snaps on 940 punts, 428 field goals and 592 PATs, including the playoffs.

He will be returning for his 15th year in a Cowboys’ uniform after signing a one year deal in March.

The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur’s 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Mark… https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e

— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 19, 2019

Ladouceur’s length of service with the star on his helmet puts him in rare company with the likes of Jason Witten, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei.

As a specialist at his role, Ladouceur checks all the boxes. He can clearly snap. He can block. He can tackle.

Former special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia once remarked about the traits for the position several years ago.

“They basically have to be a linebacker, but backward. Be able to snap the ball like the quarterback throws. Put all that together and you get a pretty good long snapper.”

Ladouceur’s 2018 season was the usual. No errant snaps, but it was one of his more remarkable seasons due to one moment where his name was mentioned in a football game. And as is the norm with long snappers, it is rarely a good thing when that is the case.

Against the Redskins on October 21, The Cowboys were lined up to attempt a potential 47-yard game-tying kick with three seconds remaining in the game, and then the unthinkable happened. Ladouceur was seemingly imperfect. He was flagged for a false start. The ensuing five-yard penalty made it a tougher 52-yard attempt on kicker Brett Maher. His kick ended up hitting the left upright as time expired.

Would have been good from 47.

Penalty pushes it back five yards.

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— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) October 21, 2018

“Never had that before, I do the exact same thing every time, so when that happens, that’s what I was telling the ref, ‘I do the exact same thing.’ I just adjust it down so I can put my hands on the bottom of it so I can snap it in the right direction. The exact same thing I’ve been doing for 14 years.”

“The illegal ball movement by the center in #DALvsWAS causes the defense to come across the neutral zone and contact a lineman.” -AL pic.twitter.com/Cv8Ugwb99p

— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) October 21, 2018

Even in this case, Ladouceur’s consistency came into play, mostly due to Washington’s coaching staff pointing it out to the officiating crew.

Ladouceur’s upcoming season should be much like every other, more of the same. He has lasted through three coaching eras in Dallas, playing for Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and now Jason Garrett. And it is not as if the Cowboys have not provided him competition for him to earn his role through the years.

No less than three current NFL long snappers have been in a camp battle at some point with the veteran. Since he succeeded Jon Condo, the Cowboys have had Casey Kreiter (Broncos), Charley Hughlett (Browns) and Zach Wood (Saints) in their training camps and he outlasted them all.
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This year, Dallas has Kansas State product Drew Scott as the latest “challenger” for his job. It is far more likely that Scott will be in Oxnard to provide the veteran some rest and give an audition for 2020, should LaDouceur decide to hang up his cleats.

The Cowboys have not switched long snappers since week 4 of the 2005 season when an unknown Canadian-born athlete defensive lineman out of the University of California was signed after he impressed at a tryout.

As far as 2019 is concerned, it will be a major upset if Ladouceur is not out there again, doing his thing. Flawlessly.

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The former sixth round pick out of Boise State had a year off last season due to an injured shoulder. Now he’s healthy and better than ever.
During OTAs last season, Dallas Cowboys receiver Cedrick Wilson was turning heads with his route running ability and pure athleticism. He was looking like a possible candidate to replace former receiver Cole Beasley in the slot.

His start to the NFL didn’t go as planned after injuring his shoulder which forced Wilson on Injured Reserve (IR) for the 2018 season. Now, heading into his second season, he finds himself in a competitive battle with a group of all-new receivers.

Wilson played two years at Boise State and had impressive career numbers he totaled 139 receptions for 2,640 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 26 games. He was a productive slot receiver and has the ability to make big plays down the field with his speed.

The second-year receiver has a lot of competition around him, he has to compete with Undrafted Free Agents Jon’Vea Johnson and Jalen Guyton as well as Devin Smith and Reggie Davis who have also turned heads during the summer.

The key for Wilson is staying on the field if he can remain healthy throughout Training Camp and the Preseason he may have a legitimate chance of making the roster. While the Cowboys have a very deep group of receivers Wilson’s athleticism and pure route running ability mirrors receiver Amari Cooper.

The four locks at receiver look to be Cooper, Michael Gallup, Randall Cobb, and Allen Hurns. If Wilson stays on the field, I believe he finds himself making the 53-man roster. He’s a dynamic receiver with the ball in his hands and could be a genuine playmaker in offensive coordinator Kellen Moore‘s new scheme.

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While Wilson is primarily a slot receiver he could find himself on the outside as well due to his superior route running skills. Dallas could run many four wide receiver sets that feature Cooper, Gallup, Cobb, and Wilson and that gives quarterback Dak Prescott and arsenal of weapons on the receiving end.

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With OTA’s complete and training camp on the horizon, it is now or never for Cedrick Wilson as he certainly hopes to find himself on the 53-man roster on his way to becoming a playmaker for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cowboys receiver Randall Cobb joined the Dennis and Cowlishaw show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 [KESN-FM] recently to talk about all things regarding the team. Here are some of the highlights.

On developing chemistry with Dak Prescott

Cobb: “Right now, the biggest thing is me learning the offense and trying to pick up on everything as fast as I can and communicating with [Dak Prescott] through our routes and just get on the same page as him and be on that chemistry. That takes time and I’m just trying to do it as fast as I can.

“What I love about him is his competitive nature. He’s definitely a competitor the way he comes out here and competes in practice every day. He’s in tune with the offense, he knows exactly what he wants to get to, he knows the checks that he needs to make. The protection adjustments, he does a great job with that and just making sure that we’re on page with whatever check he makes at receiver. He does a great job signaling that to us and he’s made some great throws and me and him are continuing to build our chemistry.”

On if he compares Dak Prescott to Aaron Rodgers

Cobb: “No. That’s not what I do. There’s different types of players and different things that people do. It’s like comparing receivers. You can look at the stats all you want, but the way they run the routes are differently. I’m just trying to get on page with him and continue to grow.”

On why he comes to Dallas with a chip on his shoulder

Cobb: “I’ve had a chip on my shoulder since I was a kid. That don’t change because I’m in the pros now, that don’t change because I’m on a different team. Obviously, circumstances change. This is a business, this is part of it. Things happen, you end up other places, but I’m excited for this opportunity and there’s a reason they tell you to not read the comments on Twitter and read the comments on social media, but I think there’s a lot of people out there that doubt me and I’m cool with that. I’m fine with that.

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“I’ve been doubted my whole life, from high school to college to now so I’m fine with stepping up to the plate and going to bat and doing everything I can to prove what I want to prove to myself and to know that I can do what I want to do.”

On his statistical decline in recent years

Cobb: “I only played in nine games last year so obviously my numbers aren’t going to be comparable to years before. I was used a little bit differently than I had been early in my career. It’s a lot of things that you can factor in, but at the end of the day, the only thing you can look at are the numbers and the numbers aren’t what I would like to see and the numbers aren’t comparable to somebody you would consider a top slot receiver in the league or top whatever in the league. I’m excited to be here and hopefully be able to play 16 games and prove myself.”

On his impressions of Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator

Cobb: “I’m excited to work with Kellen, I’m excited to learn from him. I think that he is showing so far here in our OTAs that he’s a multiple-formation guy and he likes to spread the ball around and get it to his playmakers and that’s one thing we have a lot of. Lots of playmakers, a lot of guys that can make a play downfield and also a couple of running backs in the backfield that can make big runs.

On his role with the Cowboys

Cobb: “You can label me whatever you want, put me in whatever box you want, but at the end of the day I’m a football player and I’m here to make plays. Whatever opportunities I get, I’m going to try and be the best I can and do everything I can to help this team out.”

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On first blush, it seems that things are going slow for Cowboys safety George Iloka, a veteran free-agent signee charged with the task of unseating Jeff Heath at strong safety.
Heath was second in the league with 22 broken tackles in 2018, according to Pro Football Outsiders. And he had 19 missed tackles, including 13 in the run game – a league-high for safeties, according to Pro Football Focus.

His tackling efficiency was second-worst in the league among those who played at least 535 defensive snaps, 63rd out of 64 eligible players, per PFF.

And this doesn’t even include the missed assignment by Heath in the NFC Divisional playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

So the Cowboys did a lot of homework in the off-season looking to upgrade the position.

They brought in Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry for visits in free agency before signing Iloka to a modest one-year deal for $930,000.

The Cowboys considered taking a safety in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft but opted for defensive tackle Trysten Hill. They eventually took Texas A&M’s Donovan Wilson in the sixth round.

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(Editor’s Note: With training camp just around the corner, let’s get to know 30 Cowboys players – from rookies to established veterans – who are new to the current 90-man roster. Today we begin the series with defensive end Robert Quinn.)

How He Got Here: This is Quinn’s third NFL team since 2018, traded each of the last two offseasons due in large part to scheme fit. A Pro Bowl-caliber defensive end with the Rams from 2011-17, Quinn was traded to the Dolphins last spring after Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips converted him to outside linebacker in his 3-4 system. Quinn posted 6.5 sacks in Miami last season, but once again, an expected scheme change this year under new Dolphins head coach Brian Flores spurred trade talks. The Dolphins gave Quinn permission to speak with interested teams, and in March the Cowboys traded a 2020 sixth-round pick for the 29-year-old pass rusher. Now he’s back in a setting where he’s most comfortable: rushing with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 system.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Quinn is one of only 19 players in NFL history to record at least 19.0 sacks in a single season since the league made sacks an official statistic in 1982. He posted 19.0 in 2013, his third season with the Rams, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Quotable: “I’m just really impressed with his work habits here. He’s a real pro, comes to work here every day: effort, details, doesn’t say much. And I’m telling you what, he’s going to be a good run defender just like D-Law (DeMarcus Lawrence). We’ve got lizards over there — racing lizards who play the run.” -Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli

Bryan Broaddus’ Take: I was excited that the front office took the opportunity to make this trade with the Dolphins for Quinn. It’s never a bad situation to target teams with a new general manager and head coach. Those teams tend to give away talented players, and in this case I believe that the Dolphins have done just that. The Cowboys didn’t have to give much in return and Quinn will be a perfect fit for a scheme that will take full advantage of his ability to attack the pocket. I am expecting a big year from him.
Role/Roster Chances: As Coach Marinelli said, Quinn is going to be a versatile lineman in the Cowboys’ defensive front. He worked at first-team defensive end throughout organized team activities and minicamp and figures to get extensive snaps in the right end rotation once Lawrence returns from offseason shoulder surgery (the Cowboys are optimistic he’ll be ready for the season opener). Adding Quinn is a significant addition in the wake of Randy Gregory’s indefinite NFL suspension; Gregory ranked second on the team with six sacks in his return to the roster last season. But even if Gregory becomes eligible to play again this year, the Cowboys now have pass rushers with Pro Bowl credentials at each edge.

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Year after year the Dallas Cowboys try to do their best to create competition at every position, especially since Jason Garrett has taken over as head coach. Creating competition throughout the roster has actually become one of his coaching mantras, which is no surprise coming from a former backup quarterback. Believe it or not, this year could be more competitive than in years past.

The Dallas Cowboys current roster is pretty deep from top to bottom. It’s one of the more impressive groups of talent they’ve been able to put together in recent memory, which is why training camp and preseason games could be much more competitive. One position though that doesn’t typically receive a lot of competition is in the kicking game, whether it is at punter or kicker. That might not be the case this year if you believe Mickey Spagnolo, a columnist with the Dallas Cowboys.

Spagnolo suggests we could have another Brett Maher situation on our hands. You know, a “camp leg” brought in to provide some modest competition, but not really expected to be a serious contender. The new Maher this year could be Kasey Redfern, who is currently listed as a punter on the Dallas Cowboys roster.

Here’s what Spagnolo recently had to say about Kasey Redfern after the most recent practice open to the media:

“Always good to have some semblance of competition this time of year, and one reason why the Cowboys signed Kasey Redfern, listed as a punter. But Wednesday he showed he is a place-kicker, too. During special team drills, he drilled all five of his field-goal attempts and then, with the first and second teams participating in play-it-out sessions, the offense needing at least a field goal to tie the score in the final 1:24, the first-year kicker with two seconds left made his 38-yard attempt and then on a fourth-and-1 with no timeouts left with the second offense, nailed a 53-yarder. Guess we should pay attention since this time last year we basically ignored backup kicker Brett Maher, only for him to win the job over Dan Bailey”.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really intrigued by what Spagnolo said about Redfern. That’s because I really wanted to see the Dallas Cowboys bring in some serious competition to compete with both Chris Jones and Brett Maher this offseason. Neither player had a great 2018 season, which is why I was hoping for a kicking competition. Maybe, just maybe, Kasey Redfern is the answer.

So far in Redfern’s career he’s been mostly a journeyman punter. He spent time on several different rosters after finishing his career at Wofford College, where he handled both punting and kicking duties. He was even involved in a trade between the Carolina Panthers and Cleveland Browns. The Panthers traded Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round pick to the Browns for Punter Andy Lee and a 2017 seventh-round pick.

It wasn’t until he landed with the Detroit Lions that it looked like his career was finally starting to take off. He was named the starter after Sam Martin sustained an injury that would sideline him for several weeks, but unfortunately Redfern had a run of bad luck himself. He sustained a serious knee injury in the season opener, tearing his ACL, MCL, and a partially torn patellar tendon.

Now with the Dallas Cowboys, Kasey Redfern is hoping he has literally landed on his feet with the chance to finally show the NFL what he can do when given the opportunity. There’s no doubt it’ll be an uphill battle for him to outperform Chris Jones or Brett Maher, but he might just be somebody that Cowboys Nation wants to keep an eye on anyways.

Do you think Kasey Redfern can provide some serious kicking competition?

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Former Pitt defensive lineman Shakir Soto signed with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The 6’3”, 300-pound tackle most recently played for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football but was displaced by the league’s abrupt closure.

During his time in the AAF, Soto stood out as a potential star in the making, as he accounted for 13 tackles, including four sacks and five tackles for losses, as well as six quarterback hits. As a result of his standout play, he was named to the Pro Football Focus AAF Team of the Week the same day the league folded.

Players were granted authorization to sign with NFL teams by the AAF last Thursday, and since then, more than two dozen have signed contracts and joined NFL teams.

Soto previously signed with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders prior to his stint in the AAF. The Broncos signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2017, but he was cut during the preseason. The Raiders signed him to their practice squad later that year, but the team waived him in 2018.

With the Cowboys, Soto will look to build on his success with the Fleet and earn himself a roster spot by impressing the staff during organized team activities. The Cowboys’ OTAs get underway on May 21.

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Dallas Cowboys DBs coach Kris Richard has long favored size in the secondary. Given that, it wasn’t surprising that the team used a fifth-round pick on Miami’s Mike Jackson Sr., a 6’1″, 210-pounder who head coach Jason Garrett raved about while speaking to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

“He certainly has all of the physical tools,” Garrett said. “He’s big, long, fast, physical, all the things we like in our guys. He’s best in press [coverage]. You’re talking about drafting a guy in the fifth round at a premium position with all the traits you’re looking for. Again, we liked him a lot. Strongly endorsed by the people in Miami on the kind of guy he is.

“All those things are very favorable.”

The Cowboys have several young talents in the secondary, but Jackson has the ability to at the very least earn some work in the dime, if not push third-year pro Chidobe Awuzie for the right to start opposite Byron Jones.

 

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FRISCO, Texas – Rookie offensive lineman Connor McGovern, the final unsigned draft pick in the Cowboys’ 2019 class, has agreed to contract terms.

McGovern, a former All-Big Ten selection at Penn State, gives the Cowboys position flexibility at guard or center. He’s not practicing at this week’s minicamp because of a pectoral strain.

Typically third-round picks take a little longer to sign because of salary language in the NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement.

The Cowboys’ other seven draft picks have already signed their rookie deals: Trysten Hill, Tony Pollard, Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson, Donovan Wilson, Mike Weber and Jalen Jelks.

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It’s been a rather exciting offseason for the 2019 Dallas Cowboys. After making quite a few splashes in free agency and the trade market, Cowboys fans seemed to be much more excited heading into the NFL draft this offseason, more so than others.

If there’s one position Cowboys Nation still seems to be concerned about it’s the talent at the safety position outside of third-year safety Xavier Woods. With Jeff Heath slated to be the starting strong safety, many Cowboys fans are ready to see some new blood take over as the starter. Heath hasn’t been a bad player for the Cowboys, but there’s no denying that if there was one position that could be upgraded on the defensive side of the ball, strong safety would likely be at the top of the list.

After not signing Earl Thomas in free agency, and not looking to make a trade for any of the names floated around on the market, Cowboys fans are left wondering who on the current roster will be giving Jeff Heath competition in training camp and the preseason?

It may just be sixth-round pick, Donovan Wilson.

Wilson is the epitome of strong safety with his big hit ability, and cover abilities out of the slot. Wilson, while lacking ideal size, plays with tremendous effort, toughness, and leadership at the safety position, and is already started to turn some heads this offseason in OTA’s and minicamp.

Wilson’s pick to end practice was easily the play of the day for me.

The rookie darted from the numbers to the sideline after reading Rush’s throw. Dove at the sideline to come down with the INT, which the ref ruled a catch.

— David Helman (@HelmanDC) June 11, 2019
While Donovan Wilson is known more for his run-support abilities and enforcing skills in the middle of the field, continuing to make plays on the football while in coverage will force Jeff Heath to bring his “A” game this offseason. Wilson is coming for the starting strong safety job.

While it’s still early, and Wilson still has a long ways to go, splash plays like this should get fans excited for his ability to stick around the next four years, and potentially play a much more valuable role in the Dallas defense than many expected when he was drafted in the sixth round by the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Donovan Wilson could push Jeff Heath for the starting strong safety role?