The Eagles Adding Bennett & What That Means for Cowboys Fans
It was announced on Wednesday, March 7th that The Seahawks traded defensive end, Michael Bennett Jr., to the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition to Bennett they’ll be sending a seventh-round pick in exchange for a fifth-round pick and wide-out Marcus Johnson in return.
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Bennett, a three-time pro bowler, signed with the Seahawks back in 2012. He has been a solid and intimidating piece to their defensive line ever since. In fact, despite his age (32) and despite pestering injuries, Bennett was still a force to be reckoned with this past season with a total of 24 quarterback hits and an average of 8.5 sacks in the 16-game season.
Not only will he add a strong pass-rushing presence to the Eagles, but he’s in no hurry to retire and ready to contribute to whatever team he is playing for.
“I think I’m in my prime. I want to play as long as I can,” he said via NFL.com. “There are so many great players on this team and it’s a great organization.”
So what does this mean for us?
It’s no secret our offense struggled this past season. Zeke was out for a significant chunk, Dak and Dez couldn’t connect, and we ended the season 9-7, with no post-season play. So adding a weapon like Bennett to the Eagles’ defense, the reigning Super Bowl champs, an NFC East rival, a team we’ll play at least twice next season, are all components that would make any Cowboys fan a bit anxious.
But, so what? This is yet another opportunity to show the world what we already know: that we’re the team to beat. We already have the tools. Here’s some quick insight on why Cowboys fans needn’t worry:
Ezekiel Elliott to Reclaim his Throne as NFL Leading Rusher
If Elliott wasn’t suspended six games this year, the likelihood of him being the NFL rushing leader for the second season in a row, was probable. In fact, having played just 10 games this past season, Zeke was only 17 yards from posting 1,000 yards in rushing. He is just outside the top ten of NFL rushers despite playing nearly half the games of the others on the list. And word on the street is, he’s out for blood.
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Dak Prescott to Resurface as Champ his Junior Year
I’m a firm believer that Dak Prescott’s 2017 struggles will inspire his third season with the Cowboys. Despite missing his buddy, Zeke and despite not being able to connect with Dez, he did more than well. He still had 22 touchdown passes – just 2 less than his outstanding rookie year. So by re-adding his partner in crime, Zeke, to the lineup, I think it’s safe to expect great things.
Rod Smith Continued Success
In Zeke’s absence, Smith finished the regular season with 232 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns on 55 carries. He had 19 catches on 23 targets for 202 yards and a touchdown through the air. Those are great numbers for someone who began the season deep on the RB depth chart.
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Over the course of the season, Smith scored five TDs over a four-game stretch! Sounds pretty promising to me.
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Switzer’s Bright Looking Future
As Kristi Scales wrote a few weeks back, “Switzer ended his 2017 rookie campaign on a high note. Playing the slot during the regular season finale in Philly in place of Cole Beasley (illness), Switzer led all receivers with 4 catches, three of which came on key 3rd down conversions.”
And last but certainly not least, April is quickly upon us. And you know what that means: A New 2018 Draft Class and whomever that may bring.
So fear not Cowboys fans, and get ready Eagles and every other team in the NFL. The ‘boys are back.