Players We Need
Dallas Cowboys are entering the new season, and they will need to fill out some of the positions as soon as possible. Otherwise, they might run into some major issues early in the season. But what are the most critical positions which need to be addressed?
The Dallas Cowboys are showing signs of a healthy team in training camp and the first two games, but there is a clear void at a tight end position. Witten is no longer with the squad and Blake Jarwin and Geoff Swain could serve in some easier matches if there are any in the NFL. But once the game is on the line, I highly doubt that these two players could be the tipping scale. They are averaging only eight yards per reception whereas rookie Dalton Schultz is at 5.8 yards.
The best solution is Rico Gathers with 13.7 yards, but perhaps Dallas needs to look outside for players. Also, let’s not forget that Bryant is gone as well and there will be more pressure at the tight end.
Chaz Green is still on the roster, but there is one more cut down day for the NFL teams. Green is not suitable for this squad, and he proved that he couldn’t protect Dak Prescott from getting hit. Looking at the other two offensive tackles, Green is still the best solution. However, if Dallas wants to enter the playoffs this year and have any real chance of going even further, they need to find a proper replacement, who will keep Prescott “intact.”
Backup Marcus Martin got injured during the training camp, but either way, he was a long shot to make the team. However, when the Cowboys’ Zack Martin got hurt in the middle of the preseason tilt, it gave everyone reason to panic. Martin is an all-pro which means that finding a replacement for him will be almost impossible. Luckily, Dallas has Joe Looney who will start at center or guard.
And after him, there is only Kadeem Edwards at guard. What America’s Team needs to do in this case is to find a veteran with starting experience that can help bridge the gap.
Two starting cornerbacks for Dallas are Chidobe Awuzie and Byron Jones and they have proven their worth up to this point. Not the same can be said for Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis who have been struggling in the preseason. In the past, these two players showed they had potential and skill to contribute for the team from Texas.
Even though they combined for four coverage penalties in just two preseason games, we have to give them the benefit of the doubt. And let’s recall that these weren’t the penalties committed by being too aggressive at the line of scrimmage, which is something the new secondary coach Kris Richard approves. These were interference penalties because they failed to locate the ball in time.
What are the players Dallas currently has for this position behind them? Marquez White was in the practice squad last year, but UDFA’s Charvarius Ward and Donovan Olumba are also some of the options as well as Duke Thomas. Another veteran might be what The Boys need here.
The Dallas Cowboys are pitching Earl Thomas at safety, and nobody can deny efforts to upgrade the defensive side of the ball and the overall team. Thomas is an impactful player, but even if they manage to bring him to Dallas, the organization faces another issue. Xavier Woods’ hamstring injury will most likely prevent his return for the regular season opener.
At this point, the team can rely on Jeff Heath who can play both spots, but he is much better in a box safety role. Meanwhile, Kavon Frazier is a box-safety only while Marqueston Huff suffered a groin injury and he was usually with the special team. The safety market has several names available, and Dallas should reach out for one.