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June 12, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:01 PM)

Let's roll. The Cowboys have OTA practices, the NBA Finals start today and the Rangers are in a free fall.

jfb (dfw)

What are your thoughts on Perry Jones III? He was supposed to be the next big time forward in the Big 12 following Durant, Beasley, and Griffin, but he never lived up to the hype.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:03 PM)

I'm probably not the right guy to ask. I didn't see anything from PJIII this season on TV or in person - I attended the Kansas game in Waco - that made me think he was a lottery pick. He's a finesse player and he disappeared in so many big games down the stretch it was ridiculous. I don't care about his skill set. If I was a GM there's no way in the world I would draft him unless I was at the back end of the first round where the risk reward is a lot greater

jfb (dfw)

Various mock drafts have the following guys going to the Mavs: Terrence Ross, Jared Sullinger, Arnett Moultrie, Kendall Marshall, Moe Harkless, Terrance Jones, Perry Jones, and Austin Rivers, who would you want the Mavs to take?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:04 PM)

I haven't given any thought to it at all. Sorry. I've been consumed by baseball and the NBA playoffs. And the NBA draft - unless you;re picking in the top 5 - rarely seems to produce players who are significant contributors as rookies.

Chuck (D.C)

Are the minicamps open to the public/media?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:05 PM)

media: yes. Public: no

Ed (Georgia)

What are the needs next year for the Cowboys in the draft ? Do you see them going all line ?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:06 PM)

Really, bro? Can we play THIS season first. We don't even know what the guys they drafted in April look like because they haven't put the pads on yet. I appreciate your passion, but you're a little ahead of the game

Greg Popovich (AT)

Are the Thunder who we thought they were? Should we crown'em? Are they who we thought they were, and we let'em off the hook?Maybe we are just old...Thunder or Heat, who wins?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:06 PM)

I like the Thunder in 7. I think it'll be a fantastic series full of athleticism and big plays. It should be a blast

JAY (CA)

How much longer will it be until we see Claiborne in practice??

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:07 PM)

training camp has been the plan all along

Reg (chi town)

Did you see the fight this weekend? SMH

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:07 PM)

No idea how you could watch that fight and think Bradley won. I watched it the replay with the sound down and still couldn't figure out how you could give Bradley a W

daryl (jersey city)

Bruce Lee? like the inside linebacker duo nickname

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:07 PM)

They chop down opponents?

Shawn (TX)

Whats the deal with Victor butler, what does he have to do to be in the longterm plans of the cowboys?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:08 PM)

They view him as a niche pass-rusher. He'll get some opportunities on 3rd down. This is a make or break year for his long-term future in Dallas

Sean (Elburn IL)

Hey JJT Whats your opinion on demarcus ware showing up in criticial situations in games? Would you say he's clutch?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:10 PM)

I wrote a column about that this week. The Cowboys didn't have a dude with 10+ sacks from 1996 to 2006, when Ware started his streak of 6 straight 10-sack seasons. Now, we're really going to complain about a dude who has been All-Pro - much better than Pro Bowl - 4 times and had NINETEEN sacks last year? C'Mon man!!!!!

fran (georgia)

Do you think Mike has the ability to play the slot?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:10 PM)

Mike who?

Plamen (texas)

Do you think dirk is the type of star that other stars want to come to dallas and play with?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:10 PM)

yes. But guys want money more than they want great teammates.

hov (da crib)

If Williams doesnt come to the mav's will they have any interest in steve nash?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:10 PM)

sure, but all he can do is lead the mavs to a first-round exit

Brad (ny)

The cowboys runningbacks only had 4 rushing touchdowns last year, how can they improve on that this year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:11 PM)

Murray will help it. The interior OL must be better because that's where you run the ball in in the red zone. Garrett has to trust it more, which he will if it's more successful

Naquan (long island)

Do you think the run game can replace the number 3 receiver, because bill had the ground and pound with the jets?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:11 PM)

no. You need a real No.3 WR

Pete rock (FL)

Thunder or Heat tonight??

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:11 PM)

Thunder

Thomas (VT)

Is vicker a upgrade over fiametta? because i know fiametta and demarco had good chemistry last year

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:12 PM)

yea. He stays healthy. Fiametta often hurt

Vic (tx)

Does Jenkins have a Chance at starting this year besides an injury?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:12 PM)

a small chance. But there's no reason he can't beat out Scandrick for the 3rd cornerback and be on the field much of the time

MOOKIE (HOUSTON)

What do expect from jay ratliff this year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:13 PM)

I imagine he'll continue to slow down as age and double-teams affect him more and more. He plays one of the most difficult positions on the field and he;'s undersized. There's no reason to think he'll improve as he gets deeper into his 30s

Mike (california)

hey jt, do you think all the surgeries and injurys will catch up to demarco murray and should dallas be concerned yet?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:14 PM)

dude has played one NFL season.It's too early to worry

darren (bronx ny)

better back emmitt or barry?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

better runner: barry. Better all-around back: Emmitt. If I'm a GM, I'll take Emmitt. The shoulder game sold me. Barry doesn't have that in his resume. The first drive of 3Q in 2nd SB sold me too.

Michael J (virginia)

At 23 do you think durant has a chance to be a all time great?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

only think stopping him is time

Jaevon (dallas )

how many allstars will the rangers have this year?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:15 PM)

5-6

stephen (jersey)

Who has a chance to be a break out player this year for the cowboys?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:16 PM)

Sean Lee. Dez Bryant. Bruce Carter. Demarco Murray.

jr(mp) [via mobile]

whats wrong with the rangers they got that cowboy fever and starting to believe the hype

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:16 PM)

Baseball is about ebb and flow for most teams. They're ebbing right now. They will flow again.

mel (nyc)

Should T.O give it up?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:17 PM)

not if he wants to play. I have no idea why any team would sign him. He not good enough to help good team win title or bad team get over the hump, and he eventually causes drama wherever he is

Ben (ATL)

I feel like its been ages since a good ol' chat! I hope all is well JJT. Question: If Jenkins outplays Scandrick for the slot CD position, do you see the Cowboys signing Jenkins even though Scandrick has a deal?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:17 PM)

no. If they wanted to sign him, he;d already be done

wes (huntingdon, Pa)

Do you think the Cowboys should try to make Claiborne a safety

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:18 PM)

uh no.

Danny (PA)

What do you think about Sean Lissemore being a breakout player this season?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:18 PM)

he can be solid player, but he not talented enough to be dominant breakout player

Mark (Alexandria, VA)

Hey JJT, was wondering how you evaluate the Cowboys' off-season moves and what you think might be their biggest need(s) at this time on both sides of the ball? What chance do you give them to win the East this year? Thanks!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:18 PM)

on paper fine. I don't really start paying attention until training camp and they practice for real

Jan (California)

Is Ware Overrated?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:18 PM)

next question...lol

Nathan (Tx)

Can KG fit with the mavs?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:19 PM)

if he plays, it'll be in Boston

Marty (Dallas, TX)

Don't you love how people try to phrase their questions so it doesn't come out as a flat-out "Who should I draft in my fantasy league" question?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:19 PM)

lol

DMurray (Dallas)

Hey JJT, with an improved OL, hopefully, and a better FB, do you think 1500 rushing yards or 2000 AP yards is a good bet for me this year - providing I stay healthy?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:19 PM)

nope. 1,100 yards 4.3 and 9 TDs would be outstanding

Kevin (DFW)

DO you think the Mavs should draft a big man or point guard in the draft and which player?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:21 PM)

the best player. No matter the sport. U never go wrong with the best player. besides, Dirk is the only dude u know for sure will be on team next season

Courtney (Bham, AL (Roll Tide!))

JJT, do you think Mike Jenkins will struggle adjusting to playing in the slot?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:22 PM)

it's a different position. The action is faster. Obviously, you can;t use bump and run techniques. The route combinations are different. It's a whole different deal. It will take a minute for him to adjust

George (Camp Hill, PA)

What is the organization's opinion on Matt Johnson? Is he here for ST and to grow this year, or is he here to compete with Brodney Poole?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:23 PM)

ST first and compete. They like his ball skills

wes (huntingdon, Pa)

so do you think that there is pressure on Mark Cuban to make a move for Dwight Howard

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:23 PM)

with what? Mavs have ZERO assets

Tony (Richmond, CA)

JJT, which quarterback will disappoint his fans more this season, Tony Romo or Matt Schaub?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:24 PM)

Romo cause he can never meet expectations except by winning a SB - and that ain't happening this year

wes (huntingdon, Pa)

Which Division in the NFC can have 3 playoff teams this year

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:24 PM)

North. GB, Chi, Det

DMurray (Dallas)

1100 yards?!?!?! I had almost that in 7 games last year! I'll take it for sure, but that would be far from OUTSTANDING JJT! Like the 9 TDs though!

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:24 PM)

sorry, I don't expect another 250+ game

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Will the Rockets make the playoffs, or become a factor again, with Kevin McHale as their coach?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:25 PM)

not until the stink enough to get in the lottery and draft a difference-maker

jfb (dfw)

Will the Mavs end up buying out Odom's contract or do you think they will be able to move it for something?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:25 PM)

they'll move it for something

Courtney (Bham, AL (Roll Tide!))

Hey JJT, what are you thoughts on the 3rd Receiver postion? Coale or Holmes?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

can't possibly tell you anything until TC begins. I t should be a good battle though.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

I'm looking forward to seeing Holmes in the preseason

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Was Arlington Stadium that the Rangers Used to Play in Before they moved to Rangers Ballpark is now Cowboys Stadium?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

nope

William (CT)

Are you a fan of the MLB playoff rule, that the wild card team has the homefield advantage?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

nope

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:26 PM)

nope

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Does Dez Bryant stay healthy and out of trouble this year to help the Cowboys at least make the playoffs?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:28 PM)

I have Cowboys as 8-8, so I guess the answer is no. I'm down with them proving me wrong

jfb (dfw)

Why are more and more people jumping on the Heat bandwagon, OKC had the tougher path to the Finals and did it in convincing fashion? Matchups look better for OKC. No way Wade w/ a bad wheel can keep up w/ Westbrook, Ibaka/Perkins protect the rim and cancel out Bosh, Durant will stay in front of Lebron and LBJ has no low post game to take him down low, OKC in 5 and this is coming from a Mavs fan.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:29 PM)

i haven't heard anybody jumping on the Heat bandwagon

Chuck (North Carolina)

Does Roy Oswalt have enouhg left in the tank to help the Rangers to the Series? Also do the Rangers resign Hamilton for over $100 million?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:35 PM)

The rangers hope so. He doesn't have to be an ace or a savior. He just needs to eat innings and keep them in games. He can do that

Evelyn (South Beach)

Does Chad settle down and find a how with Dolphins? Will Miami be the final stop of his career? If so, do you think he can play multiple years in Joe Philbin's offense?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:35 PM)

I think he's done. Cool dude, but he fell off a cliff.

jfb (dfw)

You bring the exact Mavs team back from last year, i.e. Stevenson, Barea, Chandler, Brewer, and a healthy Butler, you still think OKC takes them down?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:36 PM)

yep. 5 instead of 4. OKC is younger, bigger, stronger and faster and now they're smarter.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Did Cowboy legend Drew Pearson place the final nail in Terrell Owens coffin with his recent comment about TO's sporadic behavior off the field?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:36 PM)

i don't think he was breaking news. TO has always been like that

Greg (Pgh)

Who are you picking out of the East this year? I can't see the NYG's making it again with their OL, but seems like I feel that way every year.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:36 PM)

as of today, I'd say the Eagles

wes (huntingdon, Pa)

which Dallas Cowboys rookie will make a run for rookie of the year

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:37 PM)

none

Derrin (Plano, TX)

Which is the bigger obstacle to the Heat winning the title, a lack of an inside presence to block the paint, or Erik Spoelstra on the sideline?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:38 PM)

OKC has more good players. Chalmer and Battier total 1 good player. OKC has Ibaka, Perkins, and the defensive-minded guard and Derek Fisher, who's a .5 good player.

Tony (Richmond, CA)

Does Derek Fisher retire if OKC closes the deal, giving him a fifth ring?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:42 PM)

i would think so either way. He's had a great run

Todd (Pa)

Really do like the direction this team is going n what Garrett is doing but with that being said interior Oline n lack there of pass rush worries me. Watched many games last year even ones they lost the 2 Giants games' probably the most and too many times DWare is the only one even close to putting pressure on the QB. Yes I like Carr n Claiborne additions but as a realist still think the Boys are one pass rusher away from the defense being elite. With your blunt and honest opinion from watching some OTAs tell me something to make me be a bit more optimistic like some of my fellow cowboys fans boasting on twitter how good this team is or dominant this defense will be.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:44 PM)

i don't really get caught up in the underwear olympics. I've been around this team since 1995 and I just know there's a difference between doing it now, when it doesn't mean that much and doing it in training camp when real jobs are on the line. There are a lot of guys I really want to check out and I can't wait for TC so I can do it. That will have to do for now, my friend

Thomsa (Fort worth)

Should the Ranger trade Josh Hamilton?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:44 PM)

no.

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:45 PM)

Thanks for participating in the chat, I certainly appreciate all of the thoughtful debate and the quality questions. Remember, you can always hit me on twitter @JJT_ESPNDallas with questions. Take care.