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FRISCO Ryquell Armstead Jersey , Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have gambled in the second round a couple of times in recent NFL drafts, taking Randy Gregory knowing off-field issues could affect the defensive end’s availability and getting Jaylon Smith when it was almost certain the injured linebacker would not play as a rookie.Without a first-round pick this year because of the midseason trade for receiver Amari Cooper in 2018, owner and general manager Jerry Jones isn’t sure his tendency to reach with his second choice is the best idea this year.“I think you’re operating without a net a little bit,” Jones said last week. “If you start going into the second pick with a real question mark as to this coming year’s contribution, I think logic would dictate for me slowing down a little bit there.”The Cowboys have the 58th overall pick in the second round and the 90th choice in the third Friday night. At the moment, Dallas has four picks in the final four rounds Saturday.There’s been a lot of talk about safety since the Cowboys weren’t serious bidders for Earl Thomas in free agency. It’s the position that most sorely lacks a young potential playmaker.But defensive line could still be a priority even after that spot was involved in the two biggest moves of the offseason. Dallas made star pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence the highest-paid player in franchise history and acquired Robert Quinn from Miami in a trade.Executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones has said the club thinks defensive line is one of the deepest positions in the draft.Among the top prospects remaining after the first round were safeties Chauncey Gardner-Johnson of Florida and Washington’s Taylor Rapp. Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’mont Jones was still available, along with edge rushers Christian Miller of Alabama and Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson.“You hope you’re drafting, there in the second round, a plug-in starter,” Stephen Jones said. “It doesn’t always work out that way, but you’re hoping to find a player there in the second round that can step in and make a big difference.”The gamble on Smith in 2016 appears to have paid off significantly. After a sluggish debut in his second year coming off a devastating knee injury in his final game at Notre Dame, Smith looked like a future Pro Bowl player last season.Gregory is on his fourth suspension for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, although the Cowboys are optimistic about his reinstatement before the season. The 2015 second-rounder missed 30 of 32 games in 2016-17 before setting career highs with 14 games and six sacks last season.It hasn’t always been about gambling in the second round for Dallas.Guard Connor Williams started as a rookie last season, a year after the Cowboys took cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, who appears to have established himself as a starter. Dallas traded up to get Lawrence early in the second round five years ago.The Cowboys believe their offseason moves will allow them to avoid drafting for need in the second round.“That’s typically when you draft the worst players because you see this blatant need and unfortunately consciously or subconsciously that can impact the whole evaluation process http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-gardner-minshew-ii-jersey ,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I think we’ve done a really good job deciding what kind of team we want to have.” It’s probably fair to compare the opening of the NFL’s business season with the wildness often seen on the stock market floor. A frenzy of bidding and trading and changes of mind — all involving millions of dollars.Several trends already have appeared during the two days of the “legal tampering” period, and once moves became official:DISENCHANTMENT WORKSAntonio Brown didn’t want to be a Steeler anymore. Nor did Le’Veon Bell.Odell Beckham Jr., was unhappy with his quarterback in New Jersey.So Brown, whose antics at the end of the 2018 season pretty much guaranteed he would be leaving Pittsburgh, landed in Oakland, where he presumably is thrilled with a new contract that guarantees him $30 million; he had no guaranteed money remaining on his Steelers deal. How long he will be happy with Derek Carr after becoming dissatisfied with Ben Roethlisberger depends on how often and accurately Carr gets Brown the ball.Bell, who sat out the entire 2018 schedule rather than sign another franchise tag, saved a year of wear and tear, always a consideration for a running back. Then he got a megadeal from the Jets that satisfies his demands for financial security: $52.5 million for four years, with more than half of that pretty much guaranteed. He also has some attainable incentives that could increase the total package.The Beckham trade echoes the Brown situation only in that his shenanigans — and criticisms of Eli Manning — made his team tire of him despite all of his electrifying skills. Where the Giants prospered and the Steelers didn’t was in the value of compensation: Cleveland parted with a first- and third-round draft pick and Jabrill Pepper, who should start at safety.But Beckham also got out of a place that didn’t totally please him.BUILD THE TRENCHESWhile defensive linemen tend to come into the NFL and make an early impact, it’s far more rare for blockers to do so. Thus, teams are turning more and more to free agency for guys to protect their most valuable commodity, the quarterback, and open holes for runners.The Raiders led the way here Marquise Brown Jersey , grabbing left tackle Trent Brown, who was a major contributor to New England’s title run, for $66 million over four years.Buffalo, whose 2018 season in part was destroyed by problems up front, got Chiefs center Mitch Morse for four years and $44.5 million, and tackle Ty Nsekhe ($14.5 million for two years).Recognizing how its O-line had regressed, Atlanta spent nearly $40 million for two guards, James Carpenter and Jamon Brown.Carolina, San Francisco and Seattle also dived in with huge sums for huge men on the O-line.And Baltimore re-signed what coach John Harbaugh calls “the best blocking tight end in the league,”Nick Boyle, for $18 million over three years.GUARANTEED BUCKSEarly returns indicate players are getting more guaranteed money, in total and percentage-wise. A fully guaranteed contract such as the deals hundreds of baseball players negotiate, remains extremely rare in the NFL. But there’s progress being made, and perhaps Kirk Cousins’ megadeal in 2018 (three years, $84 million) eventually will be a bellwether.TRENDING UPNo question the Browns http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/jaylon-ferguson-jersey-authentic , Raiders, Jets, Bills and 49ers all took major steps in upgrading their rosters through trades and free agency. What do those five have in common, though? How about lots of losing in recent years?Certain units that needed improving, aside from the aforementioned offensive lines, got an influx of talent: Kansas City’s and Green Bay’s defense; Washington’s secondary; and Jacksonville’s quarterbacking with Nick Foles.TRENDING DOWNThe Steelers, long the measuring rod in the AFC North, look severely weakened — and they already did so too often in tight games last season.Giants fans might be wondering why they should show up at MetLife Stadium this year. Well, there’s the sensational Saquon Barkley.Miami, which traded starting QB Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee on Friday, is in full rebuild mode. Carolina could wind up there, too.

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