Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made his weekly appearance on Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan Dallas on Tuesday morning and had quite a bit to say about his team going forward.
Among the topics discussed were the possibility of signing Odell Beckham Jr, the play of quarterback Dak Prescott, and the areas Jones thinks need to improve for Dallas to make a real run in the playoffs.
The Cowboys’ interest in Beckham has been widely publicized as the former All-Pro receiver looks for a new home, but Jones suddenly does not seem confident that OBJ will join the team.
“The reality is though that time is moving down the road relative to playing in the playoffs, and so every day diminishes our chances of going forward,” he said in the interview.
Beckham Jr. is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered (and continued to play with) last season, and Dallas was reportedly planning to put him on injured reserve, meaning he would have to miss a minimum of four weeks. With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, that timetable becomes more and more of a problem.
The Cowboys also made a recent addition at receiver by signing veteran T.Y. Hilton last week. Although Hilton did not play in Sunday’s loss in Jacksonville, the team has been impressed with his impact.
“I can’t tell you how remarkable it is to see a guy show up in December in the NFL and show up and be able to handle a system the way he has,” offensive coordinator Kellen Moore told ESPN. “I think he’s awesome for that room and… he’s going to be an awesome contributor to it.”
Hilton spent the first ten years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, where he amassed over 1,000 yards in five different seasons and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 2016 and is 58th all-time in career receiving yards.
As for the play of quarterback Dak Prescott, Jones is pleased with what he saw from him in the Cowboy’s loss to the Jaguars on Sunday. Prescott was 23-of-30 for 256 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions.
“We can win with him playing like that,” he told The Fan. “I thought he played outstanding. As we see, he wasn’t playing against chopped liver out there. I thought he did really well. I thought he made good decisions. Overall, if he’ll play like that we can win most games.”
As for the rest of the team, Jones told the show he thought the Cowboys were “exposed” on Sunday.
“That game exposed several areas for us to work on, on defense as well as offense. So after the dust settles, I look at it and go to work, use these next three weeks to basically look at it,” he explained.
Jones also mentioned looking into how personnel is used and managing the return of injured players, namely linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, who was injured last week. Jones has said Vander Esch will not play against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he is expected back this season.
The Cowboys play the Eagles on Saturday in a crucial game for the NFC East. Dallas is currently the top wild card team in the NFC and would play the division winner with the worst record,