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May 29, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:00 PM)

What's up? I'm on the 10th floor of the ESPN Studios as we continue to bring the best chat in DFW from all over the metroplex. Sometimes, I make myself laugh. Rangers, Cowboys, Mavs. It's all wide open. We can even talk about the Stars new logo. let's do this!!

James (Dallas)

Whatever happened to Nick Calathes I haven't heard his name in a long time, is he ever going to play for the Mavs?

Jean-Jacques Taylor
  (1:04 PM)

Good question. You can find him at @nick_calathes15 on Twitter. He has 12,001 followers, so there's still time to get in on the ground floor of his fan club. He was MVP of something called the EuroCup. No idea, if we'll ever see him playing for the Mavs. Will ask Cubes next time I see him. Ya know what? I'm gonna text a source and see if there's any chance. If I hear back, I'll let you know

jack wichita, ks..I am a lifetime Dallas Cowboys' fan [via mobil

because of their draft picks this year, and talks of giving Tony Romo more responsibility in the offense (whatever that means) lol, I am getting a big impression that the Cowboys are going to surprise alot of ppl with a no-huddle offense this season. your thoughts on this, please.

Brandon, Denver [via mobile]

Who, in your opinion, is going to be the biggest key to the Dallas Cowboys' having a successful 2013-2014 campaign besides TR9??

JJT
  (1:09 PM)

And besides moderate health. I'd say keeping DeMarco Murray healthy for 14 games. When he plays, he gives them a legit running threat that makes their entire offense a lot better. On defense, they need Matt Johnson to be what scouts think he can be

Keanu (Honolulu)

Hi JJT, who on the Rangers have you most been pleasantly surprised about and who have you been disappointed with?

JJT
  (1:12 PM)

Mitch Moreland has been huge surprise. Glove is good and bat has been superb since middle of April. Tanner Scheppers is probably the biggest surprise since NO ONE say him having an ERA of less than 1.00 two months into the season. Murphy has been biggest disappointment, but his bat is starting to come around and at end of the season he's going to hit 265-275 with 16 homers and 65 RBI

JJT
  (1:12 PM)

Checked in with one of my Mavs sources. Calethes can't play in NBA, so don't look for him

Dave (Novato)

JJT, I can't keep track of who is starting for the Rangers? After Darvish and Holland, who are the other 3 now?

Adrian (Australia) [via mobile]

Are the Angels still a threat to the Rangers? Thanks for the chat!

Mel (Colorado Springs)

Hi, when are Kinsler and Ogando most likely back?

JJT
  (1:17 PM)

Sorry, the internet up here on the 10th floor is a joke. So it's kind of difficult to get into a chat rhythm because I keep having to reset the ))(*(%^*^( internet (that was me cussing).@Adrian: The Angels remain a threat because they've used a hot streak against the dregs of the league to regain their confidence and now Weaver is retiring this week. They'll be within striking distance when september begins.@Dave: Yu, Holland, Nick Tepesch, Justin Grimm and Martin Perez. Ross Wolf is long man in the bullpen.

JJT
  (1:19 PM)

Kinsler and Ogando are each scheduled to return from the DL on time. I don't have exact dates but you can look it up pretty easily when they went on DL

Derrick (Garden City)

Do you think Scheppers could handle the closer job if Nathan went down and what do you think of Cotts so far?

JJT
  (1:21 PM)

Physically yes. But talk to any player or manager and they'll tell you pitching in the 9th is a lot different than pitching in the 8th, which is why some dudes can't do it. Nathan has proven he can do it - even if he doesn't have his best stuff anymore. The pressure never bothers Nathan. It's not a reason he succeeds or fails. We won't know whether Scheppers can handle it until he does it

Adrian (Australia) [via mobile]

Never heard this asked before but who's the second best player whose played for the Mavericks? Jet, Finley, Kidd, Nash, Blackmon, Aguirre?

JJT
  (1:22 PM)

Good question. maybe we'll talk about it on ESPN Game Day on Saturday from 11-2. I think it has to be Aguirre or Roy Tarpley. Blackman and Harper in top five, I think. Need some more time to think about it

Finn Kelley (Boston, MA)

Do you think Tony Romo's injury will effect him this season?

JJT
  (1:23 PM)

nope

steve (texas)

after speaking to cuban on your radio show are you convince mavs will get either howard or paul to come to town..

JJT
  (1:24 PM)

Nope. He gave me some reasons - some legit, some not - but I just never see dudes turning down a GUARANTEED $25-30 million

JJT
  (1:25 PM)

not for a lottery team. Maybe, for a title team. Not for a lot of hopes and dreams

Shawn (TX)

Does Matt Johnson have a legit shot to be the starting free safety?

JJT
  (1:25 PM)

Absolutely #jasongarrettvoice He's going to get every opportunity to prove he belongs on the field. Barry Church is one safety. The other spots are wide open

Jean (Florida)

Do you think the transition to defensive in will hard for spencer and ware? and will it him there sack totals go up or down?

JJT
  (1:44 PM)

The transition won't be that difficult. Whether they can actually do the job as undersized defensive ends against the run is the bigger question to me. Only time will tell.

Aaron (Houston)

Not asking for predictions. You seem to be a realistic/tough, depending on which one of your followers you listen to, voice. I'm a fan of yours for the record. Are you excited, optimistic, weary or concerned for the Cowboy's 2013/2014 season?

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

I'd be optimistic because this team has talent. We just never get to see it for an entire season because they've had some injuries at the wrong spots. I'd like to see what a healthy Cowboys' team could do. That said, romo needs to play his best football in the most important games this season

don (IA)

Which rookies have impressed the staff during ota's?

JJT
  (1:46 PM)

They're not wearing pads right now, so everyone looks pretty good

michael (New york)

Do you trust the depth behind murray if he were to get injured, because i dont trust a rookie and the guys from last year were suspect

JJT
  (1:47 PM)

I would trust a rookie RB. If you run, you can run whether it's flag, HS or college. RBs tend to transition easiest to NFL

Nick (Dallas)

Whats Cuban 2 year plan exactly?

JJT
  (1:48 PM)

Get Howard or CP3 this summer or get a bunch of quality role players and hope to add a star the next summer

Damon (Houston TX)

Whats the mavs draft needs? and player inparticular u like?

JJT
  (1:49 PM)

They need stars. You win with stars in today's NBA. Unless you're the pacers and you have a bunch of really good players kind of like the Mavs in 2011, who surrounded Dirk with a bunch of really good players

james H (Brooklyn ny)

do you think Ronald Leary can beat out one of the guards and will costa be giving the opportunity to compete to start?

JJT
  (1:50 PM)

I think Leary will start at RG. Costa will compete but he shouldn't be able to beat out Frederick

shane (jersey city)

Is this the year we see a probowl from dez and tyron?

JJT
  (1:50 PM)

dez yes. Smith no

B-Ezzy1963 (Maryland)

Do you believe the Cowboys are in a cost cutting mindset such that they are starting to draft at positions where they feel they have unwarranted contracts they need to rid themselves of? (i.e. Miles Austin - Terrence Williams, Orlando Scandrick - B.W. Webb)

JJT
  (1:52 PM)

Not really. Those picks made sense to me based on what they're trying to do with this season's team. Now, if they can move out Scandrick or Miles next season and replace them with younger, cheaper options then it allows them to spend that money elsewhere

John (New Jersey)

JJT - know it's EXTREMELY early but care to offer a prediction on O line left to right?

JJT
  (1:52 PM)

nope. too early and they big boys haven't even put on pads yet. PLENTY of time to do that once camp starts

John (New Jersey)

How does DWare make it through 16 at DE when he begins to wear (forgive pun) down in last 4 games at OLB?

JJT
  (1:53 PM)

he didn't wear down, he was hurt with an injury that required surgery. That's different than wearing down

Corey (VA)

it may be early and I know we are looking good but do you see the Rangers moving anyone around the trade deadline?? (ahem... Profar)

JJT
  (1:54 PM)

The question is whether they add a bat or a front line starter - that's what I would do - come the deadline. You win with pitching. Period.

jose (dc) [via mobile]

Is sean lee practicing with the team ?will Anthony hargrove be a positive for the boys this year or another headache ?

JJT
  (1:55 PM)

lee is practicing. Hargrove could be a good rotation player

jose (dc) [via mobile]

And if Sean lee gets hurt will we be calling urlacher?

JJT
  (1:55 PM)

nope.

Ed (DFW)

Do you think Todd Archer is wrong for saying that Dallas doesn't have one of the most talented rosters in the league? Can you name 3 teams that are - on paper - more talented than Dallas'?

JJT
  (1:56 PM)

how can we say a team that has missed the playoffs the last 3 years has this uber talented roster? They don't. A bunch of teams have better rosters than teh Cowboys. Start with every team that made the playoffs

Brian (San Antonio)

Who are the Stars looking at for their new potential head coach?

JJT
  (1:57 PM)

no idea. I haven't paid much attention to the stars since it has been forever since they were in the playoffs. I'd say Vancouver's former coach will get a sniff. Then again, considering they hired a GM with long-term ties to Detroit I wouldn't be shocked to see someone with a Wings' connection on the bench

Big J (Austin)

Who gets a deal done first..Spencer, Lee, or Bryant

JJT
  (1:57 PM)

Lee, bryant. No deal for Spencer

PL (SC)

Mr. JJT, I know it's late may, but something just don't feel right with the boyz, especially Mr. Jerry running his mouth already!!!I just don't think it's going to happen as long the GM is there!!

JJT
  (1:58 PM)

then give up and find a new team cause he's going nowhere

JJT
  (1:59 PM)

great chat today. I appreciate the questions. My chat is going on vacation for a few weeks. I'll check back just before training camp begins. be blessed