Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Mason

Five-star answer: Jets won't hit mark in win

September, 9, 2011
This week's question: Can Dallas hold the Jets under their 2010 rushing average per game?

Yes, they can but I don’t think it means they win Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium.

Given the shakiness of the secondary, even if Mike Jenkins is able to play, I think Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will be able to throw the ball more than the offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has shown in the past.

With Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Derrick Mason, as well as tight end Dustin Keller, Sanchez has veteran, dependable wide receivers that will make him look better even with some inaccurate throws.

I say this knowing the Cowboys run defense wasn’t good in the preseason, but LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t exactly light it up either.

The Cowboys allowed 492 yards on 112 carries and four rushing touchdowns. Sometimes stats can be skewed in the preseason because of how much the backups play. Well, the first-team run defense took a hit on the first series of the first preseason game vs. Denver. In the dress rehearsal that is the third game, Adrian Peterson went nuts.

There is no shame in seeing Peterson put up yards but you can’t expect the Cowboys to just flip a switch when the games count. The Cowboys allowed five 100-yard rushers last year and a 90-yard rusher.

I don’t think the Jets will have a 100-yard rusher Sunday night, but it won’t be because of the run defense.

Should Cowboys add veteran WR?

July, 27, 2011

SAN ANTONIO -- With Roy Williams gone, the Cowboys appear to be short in their wide receiver depth after Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.

Kevin Ogletree will get a chance to be the No. 3 wide receiver. Sam Hurd could be an option to return. They took Dwayne Harris late in the draft and they have Jesse Holley, Manny Johnson, Troy Bergeron, Teddy Williams and some other guys in camp.

Should the Cowboys go out and get a No. 3 wide receiver?

The biggest question is Bryant’s health. He missed most of his rookie training camp and all of the preseason with an ankle injury. He broke his ankle at Indianapolis with four games to go. He always seemed to have some nagging injury.

To me, that would be the only reason to get a No. 3 wide out; insurance for Bryant.

But if you’re wanting the Cowboys to get a No. 3 wide out because you’re not sure about Ogletree, Hurd and so many others, then I think you’re off base.

With Austin, Bryant, Jason Witten and Felix Jones, you’re looking at roughly 285-300 receptions among them. A No. 3 wide receiver would get about 30 catches, maybe. Economically speaking, to me, it would not make much sense to go grab a veteran, like a Lance Moore, Steve Breaston or Derrick Mason, for that type of production.

And, yes, I say all this realizing it is a big gamble to rely on Bryant.