Amid all the talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys, their resurgence after the Amari Cooper trade, and the three game win streak, is the missed new “tight end”, Noah Brown.
Before the New Orleans Saints game Stephen Jones was on 105.3 to talk Dallas Cowboys. One of the questions was surrounding Noah Brown. Of course, it seemed a lot of people missed what was said, and it was rather important.
With the recent injury to Geoff Swaim, the marginal play of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz and the lack of supposed play ability from Rico Gathers, the Cowboys have decided to play an unlikely player at tight end, Noah Brown.
Jones said on 105.3 that he thought Noah Brown’s role could increase. Since becoming activated in week 9, Brown’s snap count has gone from 9, 10, 20, 21. Sure, Jarwin and Schultz are still seeing in the 40s, and Gathers is hanging around 10, but Brown has been something different for the Cowboys. With the look of things, he could see his snaps grow, or at least he could be used from here on out.
Brown will not be used as an in-line blocker, that is not what I am saying here. Rather, he is being used split out from the line and is working the seams. Something none of the Cowboys tight ends have really done this season. His strength and hands as a receiver makes him an instant threat where the Cowboys have not had one. It is something teams now have to account for, something they didn’t have to worry about until Brown was activated.
Brown can block, catch, run routes, catch the ball, and break tackles. If you look around the league, this is the new style of tight end. Sure, it would be nice if he could line up on the line and do all of this, but for now, he is being used to spread out defenses. His stats may not show a lot of yards or even catches, but watching him on tape, it changes the way defenses are defending the Cowboys.
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In the last two games, Brown has been targeted three times, caught two, and has 31 yards. During that same time, Jarwin and Schultz have been targeted three times each, and Rico has zero. Slowly but surely the Cowboys are using Brown more, and it is helping. Maybe not as much as Amari Cooper, but it certainly helps more than many are realizing.
With games coming up against the Eagles, Colts, Buccs, and Giants, and a potential playoff run, Brown should slowly see more playing time, more targets, and potentially more stats. If he can take a step forward before the end of the season, he could play a vital role come playoff time. He may not be the tight end the Cowboys wanted, but he is the tight end the Cowboys needed.
- Published on 12/01/2018 at 18:59 PM
- Last updated at 12/01/2018 at 18:59 PM