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he Oakland Raiders a first-round draft pick to acquire Amari Cooper. You can say a lot about the decisions the front office has made over recent years Womens Travis Frederick Jersey , but one thing they could always hang their hats on it how remarkably good they’ve been at selecting talent on Day 1 of the draft. In the Jason Garrett era, the Cowboys have picked three All-Pro offensive linemen, an All-Pro running back star in Ezekiel Elliott, and two young defensive stars in Byron Jones and Leighton Vander Esch who could be on their way to earning All-Pro status as well. That is just some gold-star drafting right there.So naturally, it’s a little disappointing to realize that the team won’t have a crack at landing another star next April.But the Cowboys brain-trust doesn’t see it that way. They believe that Amari Cooper has all the talent of a first-round player (after all, he was selected fourth overall) and possesses the traits they are looking for help their offense be successful. It’s still early, but it appears they might have gotten this one right. With two games under his belt, let’s examine what Cooper brings to the Cowboys.The separationThe ability to create space from the defender is one of the things Cooper has done best, even going back to his college days at Alabama. His route-running has been praised quite a bit, but Cowboys fans are now witnessing what that can for the offense. Dak Prescott is still figuring things out and one of his problems is that he tends to shy away from targets that aren’t wide open. I don’t know if it’s a lack of trust he has in himself or his receivers, but Prescott will pass up on certain targets and settle for something shorter around less traffic. Laying up short all the time will get you nowhere.With Cooper, we don’t have to worry about that. He’s one of the best in the business when it comes to creating separation, which is just what his new quarterback needs.Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby tore his ACL on that play.Cooper had a modest six catches for 75 yards, but it could have been even more if Prescott was on target with more of his throws. There were a handful of times where Amari had his man beat, but Dak missed him.The chain-moverNot only does Cooper give his quarterback an open target to fire at, he makes his receptions really count. Bob Sturm pointed out how he’s been a first-down machine.And our own Michael Strawn gives us a nice little statistical before and after.Cooper’s space between the defender gives him more room to run, but watch how he goes north for the sticks.And even when it looks like he’s going to be stopped short, he still finds a way to get the first down.The right kind of guyIt’s cliche http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/geoff-swaim-jersey-authentic , I know - but we can’t undervalue what it means to have a player who approaches the game the right way. The guy is humble, he’s not flashy, he’s just an all-around great guy.Players like this are not only dependable, but they are able to keep their focus even when things aren’t going so well. Cooper is not going to be throwing a fit on the sidelines or bark about how he wants the ball more. All these attributes paint a picture and that picture was apparently beautiful enough to sway the front office to do something they haven’t done in a while - surrender that coveted first-round draft capital. Instead of being disappointed the team doesn’t have a shot at another first-round gem in 2019, we should embrace that we get our gem a little early. It might have looked like a panic move because the Cowboys needed some big help at the wide receiver position, but from what we’ve seen so far - they’re getting what they paid for.He’s a talented player, a good teammate, and he just goes out there and does his job. And so far, he’s doing it pretty well. Nice to have you aboard, Amari.Cowboys news: Ezekiel Elliott vs. Saquon Barkley is big-time, Jerry Jones still believes in Dak Game Day Sunday is here! Now, we’ve just got to find something to occupy us until Sunday night rolls around. Maybe knock off a few items from your honey-do list? Stock up on some cold beverages? And it’s not too late to save a bunch of money on your car insurance by switching to Geico. Well, whatever you do with your time, just remember - this is coming...New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys Prediction and Preview - Tom Bowles, Athlon SportsAll eyes will be on the two star running backs, but which one will have a bigger game? Athlon Sports gives the nod to the rookie.With Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley living in the spotlight, are the Cowboys and Giants living in the past? Tim Cowlishaw, SportsDayThe Cowboys and Giants have both made some pretty hefty draft investments in their running backs http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/tyrone-crawford-jersey-authentic , but are they doing it all wrong? Cowlishaw weighs in.Of course, all people have been talking about this week is stop the run, stop the run... it seems like the running game might be kind of important. Pay close attention to this matchup of the big run-maker vs. the big run-stopper.Landon Collins has already said the Giants will focus on stopping Zeke and challenge Dak Prescott to beat them. Dak has accepted the challenge, but is he up to the task?Jerry Jones still believes in Dak Prescott, says he's 'one of the strengths of our team' - Cody Benjamin, CBS SportsCowboys owner Jerry Jones isn't blinking when it comes to the faith he has in his young quarterback.Here are 14 quarterbacks better than Cowboys' Dak Prescott as of right now - Matt Mosley, SportsDayComing off a bad season debut, the Prescott stock has dropped and many are just foaming at the mouth to tell you all the quarterbacks in the league that are better. Mosley gives us his list.The names may be different, but that’s right where Marcus Mosher has Dak as well.I don’t see Eli Manning making anyone’s list so I guess they’re legit.Cowboys’ Stephen Jones clarifies comments on Troy Aikman as a ‘misuse of words’ - Staff, SportsDayFormer Cowboys quarterback and FOX analyst Troy Aikman was critical of the Cowboys offense against the Panthers last Sunday by saying, “I’m not seeing any creativity.” Executive VP Stephen Jones responded to the criticism saying, “Anyone can play armchair quarterback.” Jones would later clarify his comments about the armchair Hall of Fame quarterback that helped his team win three Super Bowls in the ‘90s.Jones would then come back to a different word - instead of “creativity,” he used the better choice of “execution,” or lack thereof.Five things we’re looking for in Cowboys-Giants - Calvin Watkins, The AthleticThe Cowboys offense needs to do a 180 from what we saw last week and that means being quick out of the gate.Jason Witten: Cowboys passing struggles, Jones influence on retiring - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys WireBTB Alum K.D. Drummond had the distinct privilege in speaking with future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten. The two discussed the Cowboys struggles on offense and what the team was missing.Behind Enemy Lines: 5 questions with Giants Wire ahead of Week 2 fight - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys WireSpeaking of explosive plays Womens Joe Looney Jersey , the Cowboys defense will need to keep the Giants new playmaking running back from running wild.Cowboys cling to overnight hope 'doubtful' Gregory plays vs. NY - Mike Fisher, 247 SportsWhile Randy Gregory is listed as doubtful, the team hasn't abandoned the idea of him being available on Sunday night.In case you missed it...Cowboys vs. Giants: Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr. present unique challenges for Dallas defense - Cole Patterson, Blogging The BoysWhile Saquon Barkley will be the new focus for the Cowboys defense, they can't lose sight of the other offensive playmakers the Giants have. Cole Patterson explains.Fantasy Football rankings 2018: Your “Magnificent 7” for each position in week 2 - Blogging The BoysNeed some last minute fantasy advice? Make sure you're starting any players that fall on Sisemore's "Magnificent 7" list, including a surprise team for defense.Hmm, let’s see...Eli Manning getting sacked five times, a pick-six, and a Tavon Austin punt returned for a touchdown. How’s that for racking up some fantasy points from the Cowboys defense?Cowboys facing doomsday scenario no one imagined - Greg Joyce, NY PostNobody wants to start the season 0-2 and for Cowboys fans, this feels like a must-win game. Of course, don't tell that to head coach Jason Garrett as it's just business as usual for him.If the Cowboys start 0-2, optimistic fans will remind people that the Cowboys won a Super Bowl in the '90s after a bad start. Of course, the last time the team started off losing the first two games, the head coach got fired that year.Super Bowl win or Garrett gets fired? For a lot of fans, that sounds like a win-win.