Packers step up defense, reportedly signed Jaylon Smith after Cowboys surprise release – Chris Cwik, Yahoo Sports
Looks like the former Cowboys linebacker has a new home.
Another veteran joins Aaron Rodgers in what could be his final season with the Green Bay Packers. The team reportedly finalized a deal with former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Smith – who was surprisingly released by the Cowboys on Tuesday – didn’t stay in the market for long. He reportedly wanted to sign with the Packers and had conversations with the team on Wednesday.
Still have questions about why the Cowboys decided to quit Jaylon? A little background.
Dallas signed [Keanu] Neal in the offseason for more money than any other free agent acquisition in a frugal offseason, then spent his first overall draft pick and a fourth round on the job.
The impact was immediately felt. Smith’s four-game snaps count in 2021 had fallen to just 120, or 61.9% of snaps. It’s with Neal who missed the last two contests due to a positive COVID test and Micah Parsons playing long defense. In the two games Neal was available, Smith only played 51.4% of available linebacker snaps.
As for how well he played, that’s a mixed bag. The least amount of shots seems to be better for him as he hasn’t been credited with a missed tackle all season. Still, Smith has been seen to shoot the incorrect spreads, waving backers without making any real effort to make a play and has generally been more of a hindrance than an assist so far in 2021. He has certainly made a few plays, But the limits are clear to see and Dallas has better solutions for less money and more importantly, there is a financial risk in 2022 in continuing to put Smith in the field when better options are available.
La’el Collins has filed a complaint for his suspension.
Cowboys tackle La’el Collins has filed a lawsuit against the NFL to attack the remainder of his five-game suspension, based on arguments that drug addiction policy does not allow suspensions for failed tests and that the NFL misrepresented to a referee that Collins previously had been suspended for four games.
Both sides have issued statements regarding the situation.
The NFL said, “The lawsuit is without merit, as two impartial NFL-NFLPA jointly appointed arbitrators who have reviewed it have already determined. We will seek to have this matter closed as soon as possible. “
Collins’ lawyers naturally took a very different tone.
“La’el duly filed this action to defend his name and reputation,” said Peter Schaffer, an NFLPA-certified agent and lawyer who represented Collins in the case. “We hold the NFL in the highest regard and believe it should be held to a high standard of ethics before imposing ultimate discipline,” that is to say a suspension. The NFL statement is a perfect example of their bullying tactics. The NFL wants to defend itself against an action in which it made false statements to suspend La’el by making false statements in the press response. The answer is riddled with misrepresentation. For example, there was one referee and not two. We look forward to getting La’el back on the field as quickly as possible.
Collins has requested a temporary restraining order, aimed at immediately ending his suspension.
The Cowboys have received reinforcements in defense.
While the Cowboys defense has played fantastically in recent weeks, it has nonetheless been crippled by injuries and absences from the Reserve / COVID-19 roster. This week, a few key pieces from Enfin are back.
On Wednesday, the Cowboys announced that they have activated Reserve / COVID-19 linebacker Keanu Neal and defensive end Bradlee Anae, meaning both will be available for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. The move comes a day after the team freed linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Neal returned to training on Wednesday after missing the Cowboys’ last two games due to testing positive for the virus.
Twelve players have landed on the roster with a positive test or close contact for the Cowboys this season. This does not include defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who also contracted the virus even though he was vaccinated.
Trevon Diggs was a revelation for the Cowboys high school in 2021, leading the league in interceptions for four weeks with five. Along the way, he accumulates many prizes and distinctions.
With two interceptions last Sunday in the Cowboys’ convincing win over Carolina, Diggs also picks up some honors this month.
Diggs was named the league’s NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance on Sunday in the 36-28 win over the Panthers. After securing the interceptions in the third quarter, the Cowboys were able to pull away and then hold on to the win, despite Diggs missing the fourth quarter with a tight back.
He became the first Cowboys player in 60 years to start a season with an interception in each of the first four games. His five picks in 2021 lead the entire NFL.
Diggs becomes the first Cowboys player in any position to earn the defensive honor, joining Xavier Woods in 2019. Diggs is the first cornerback to win the award in nine years (Brandon Carr, vs. Pittsburgh, 2012).
Updates: Michael Gallup out on Sunday, likely longer – Nick Eatman, Rob Phillips, David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
If you were anticipating Michael Gallup’s return this week now that he’s technically eligible, you should probably temper expectations. The often overlooked, but talented catcher is not quite ready to dress yet.
The Cowboys will continue to do without wide receiver Michael Gallup in their next game against the Giants, although they are eligible to return under NFL rules after spending four weeks in the injured reserve. Gallup injured his calf in the second half of the Cowboys’ opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Mike McCarthy didn’t look like the playmaker was particularly close to dressing in a game.
“He’s making progress,” McCarthy said. “I’m not going to give you a deadline. It will not be available this week. I would have a hard time thinking that it will be available [the following week] in New England.
After the Patriots game on Oct. 17, the Cowboys have a week off before returning to the field in Minnesota on Oct. 31.
Despite the eruption of injuries and absences on the reserve / COIVD-19 roster, things have largely gone well for the Dallas Cowboys, as evidenced by their 3-1 start. However, as they stand ahead of a three-game streak between New York, New England and Minnesota, they’ll need to stay grounded and focused.
DeMarcus Lawrence’s injury continues to haunt the Dallas defense. Over the course of four weeks of play, the Cowboys have nine sacks, but are among one of the most tame teams in the league.
They are also one of the more conservative teams in the league when it comes to lobbying. Dan Quinn’s crew are 22nd in pressure percentage (22.2%) and 22nd in blitz percentage (21.2).
Last season the Falcons nearly blitzed 10 percent more under Quinn than what he’s doing with the Dallas defense this year.
In Lawrence’s absence, Micah Parsons has become the team’s main threat. He has 11 total presses and 2.5 sacks, while Randy Gregory has eight presses and two sacks.
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