Dallas Cowboys Bye Week Stock Report


After dropping three games in a row, the Dallas Cowboys stock market is in turmoil. While the market as a whole is trending down, there are some bright spots on the stock exchange…

In this special Bye Week Edition of the Dallas Cowboys stock report, we identify the Bulls (good), the Bears (bad), the hottest IPO (top rookie), and even an underappreciated penny stock (cheap with potential)

Note: Not making the list are the injured and/or clear Blue Chip stocks: Tony Romo, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Travis Frederick.

Cowboys Bull Stock

Greg Hardy

Could it be anyone else? Greg Hardy, fresh off his four-game suspension, played like a man possessed on Sunday. He was relentless in his pursuit and managed to collect two sacks and three hits on Patriots QB Tom Brady. His dominating play subsequently opened things up for his teammates as the Cowboys sacked Brady five times in the first half.

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Hardy came out on running downs but he’s hardly a one dimensional player. Hardy has a track record of being a complete player and thrives against the run nearly as much as against the pass. Hardy certainly isn’t going to average two sacks per game but he will continue to be a difference-maker on this defense and the primary focus of the offenses attention.  That means big things for Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Randy Gregory.

Hardy was having problems regaining form in training camp and many wondered how long it would take for him to get on pace this season. Wonder no more.

Cowboys Bear Stocks

Terrance Williams

It’s difficult to believe how much Terrance Williams is struggling without Dez Bryant. It seems like just yesterday I was catching flak for questioning if Williams is even a #2 receiver in the NFL. Now I wonder if he’s even a #3.

Consider this – The past two weeks, opponents have been single covering Williams on a consistent basis. Both New England and New Orleans played primarily a cover 1 defense that gave either outside receiver ample opportunity to get over the top.

Jason Witten and Cole Beasley have drawn the majority of attention from defenses, yet despite all of this, Williams can’t get open. Some of this falls on the QB but watch the film and you’ll see, Williams is struggling.

Brandon Weeden

Not much to say here. Weeden stares down receivers and rarely goes through his progressions. Weeden throws short as a first read rather than as a check down. Weeden hates throwing on the left half of the field. Weeden…you get the point.

Weeden is benched.

Also Deserving of Bear Shout-outs: Darren McFadden and Ronald Leary

Cowboys Hottest IPO

DB Byron Jones

For the first time this season, Byron Jones has been named the Hottest IPO. In the early part of the season, Jones struggled playing at an NFL speed. He clearly had the physical ability but he wasn’t yet comfortable enough to play instinctively. That changed on Sunday.

The lanky Jones was given the toughest of draws – cover Rob Gronkowski all day. Jones shadowed the NFL’s biggest mismatch all over the field. Gronk may have caught four passes on Jones but the Cowboys (and anyone else in the NFL) consider themselves blessed only allowing four completions for 67 yards to Gronk.

Cowboys Penny Stock

DB Corey White

Corey White, one of the Cowboys preseason stars, finally received an opportunity to showcase himself this past week, replacing Tyler Patmon in the slot. White, a big bodied and versatile defensive back, was targeted a team-high, five times on Sunday (tied Bryron Jones). Despite the extra attention, White held Tom Brady to a 64.6 QBR (As per PFF) and allowed only three competitions for 13 yards (12 of which were YAC).

Corey White held up on the outside and in the slot. He held Julian Edelman catchless, and while he did allow two receptions to former Cowboys Danny Amendola, he only allowed a combined three yards. Corey White has huge potential and based on his performance, increased playing time is ahead.

Next: Cowboys Week 5 Film Review: Notes

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