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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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