Dallas Cowboys: Peeking Inside the Blue and Silver Training Camp

There is always a ton of attention and drama surrounding the Dallas Cowboys no matter what time of year it is. They have not won the Super Bowl since 1996. Dallas has only won a couple of playoff games in that time span. The Cowboys won the NFC East last season with a 10-6 record.

Dallas took down the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card Round, but they then lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Divisional Round. The Dallas Cowboys will have a ton of questions to answer once again heading into this season.

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Dak Prescott will be the starting quarterback but people will wonder if he is going to be the answer long term for this team. Prescott will need to be paid at some point if this franchise believes he is the answer to win them a Super Bowl Title one day.

Cooper Rush will be the backup and Mike White will be the third quarterback.

Ezekiel Elliott should be the starting running back, but he is currently holding out of training camp right now because of contract issues. If Elliott is not ready for Week 1, there is no clear cut starter. The other four running backs on the roster are Darius Jackson, rookies Tony Pollard and Mike Weber, and Jordan Chunn.

Jamize Olawale and Ryan Yurachek will compete for the starting fullback job.

Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper, and Randall Cobb will be the top three receivers on the roster. Cooper was acquired from the Oakland Raiders last season and Cobb signed as a free agent. He played with the Green Bay Packers last season.

Allen Hurns was released by the Dallas Cowboys. He was competing for a roster spot at wide receiver. Cedrick Wilson, Noah Brown, and Tavon Austin will most likely make the roster as the final three wide receivers.

Rookies Jon’Vea Johnson and Jalen Guyton will compete for a roster spot at wide receiver along with Reggie Davis.

Jason Witten came out of retirement and he will be the starting tight end. Blake Jarwin will be the second tight end. Therefore, Rico Gathers and Dalton Schultz will compete for the final tight end spot on the roster.

Dallas has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. The starting left tackle will be Tyron Smith. Connor Williams and rookie Connor McGovern will compete for the starting left guard job. Travis Frederick will be the starting center. Zack Martin will be the starting right guard and La’el Collins will be the starting right tackle.

Xavier Su’a-Filo will be one of the key backup offensive linemen. Cameron Fleming, and rookies Mitch Hyatt, and Brandon Knight will compete for the backup left tackle job. Joe Looney and Adam Redmond will compete for the backup center job.

The Cowboys play a 4-3 defensive scheme. Demarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn will be the starting defensive ends. Maliek Collins and Antwaun Woods will be the starting defensive tackles.

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Taco Charlton will be one of the backup defensive ends. Rookie Joe Jackson, Shakir Soto, and Dorance Armstrong will compete for the other defensive end spot on the roster.

Tyrone Crawford will be one of the backup defensive tackles. Daniel Ross, Christian Covington, and rookie Trysten Hill will compete for the other backup defensive tackle spot on the roster.

Justin March-Lillard, Jaylon Smith, and Leighton Vander Esch will be the starting linebackers. The linebacking core might be the strength of this Cowboys defense. Sean Lee will be a valuable backup. He is very good when he is healthy. However, there is more speed and strength at that position right now.

Chris Covington will be another key backup on the roster. Joe Thomas and rookies  Nate Hall, Luke Gifford, and Andrew Dowell will compete for a couple of spots on the roster.

Byron Jones is one of the most underrated corners in the league with his physicality and size. He will be one of the starting corners on the roster. Anthony Brown and Chidobe Awuzie will be the second and third corners on the roster. Jourdan Lewis will most likely be the fourth cornerback on the roster.

The battle for the final cornerback spot on the roster will be between Rookies Michael Jackson Sr and Chris Westry, Treston Decoud, C.J. Goodwin, and Donovan Olumba.

Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath will be the starting safeties. George Iloka and Kavon Frazier will be the backup safeties.

Chris Jones and Kasey Redfern will compete the starting punter job.

Brett Maher will be the kicker.

L.P. Ladouceur and Scott Drew will compete for the starting long snapper job.

Tavon Austin will be the punt returner and rookie Tony Pollard will be the kickoff returner. Jourdan Lewis could also return some kickoffs as well this season.

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The Dallas Cowboys will begin training camp on Saturday, July 27. They will once again have high expectations heading into this season. Although this could be the last season that Jason Garrett is the head coach for this football team. Especially if they don’t meet expectations. Nonetheless, Owner Jerry Jones might not need to make a coaching change anyways depending on how this season folds.

Dallas’s first preseason game will be against the San Francisco 49ers on the road on Saturday, August 10. Finally, the Cowboys will open the season at home on Sunday, September 8 against the New York Giants.

How do you see the Dallas Cowboys in 2019? Leave a comment below.

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