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Will Dallas Cowboys Disappoint Again?

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The Dallas Cowboys are promising the Super Bowl each year, but they disappointed once again last season by only going 8-8. Could this year be different? Cowboys play in one of football’s worst divisions, NFC East, with Philadephia Eagles the only threat in the division.

A big project led by a 6-foot, 2-star Oklahoma receiver, CeeDee Lamb and a former Super Bowl winner coach, Mike McCarthy, who takes over the team, are reasons to be excited about the team this year. Will the loss of star Byron Jones’ cornerback be too much to overcome?

Draft

Round 1 Pick 17

CeeDee Lamb (WR) Oklahoma

Round 2 Pick 51

Trevon Diggs (CB) Alabama

Round 3 Pick 82

Neville Gallimore (DT) Oklahoma

Round 4 Pick 123

Reggie Robinson II (CB) Tulsa

Round 4 Pick 136

Tyler Biadasz (C) Wisconsin

Round 5 Choose 174

Bradlee Anae (DE) Utah

Round 7 Pick 231

Ben DiNucci (QB) James Madison

Draft vote: B +

Dallas Cowboys Disappoint Again?
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The Cowboys probably stole the project by selecting Lamb with the 17th pick. Although Lamb ran only 4.51, 40 times, his elite run made him one of the best receivers in college. With Jalen Hurts as quarterback, Lamb collected 62 passes for 1,327 yards and 14 total touchdowns. In this rookie season, he already joins the elite company wearing the number 88 for the Cowboys. This marks the fourth player ever to wear that number. He joins three great Cowboy receivers of all time, Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin and Dez Bryant. Lamb is locked up in Dallas for four years after signing his $ 14.01 million deal.

In the second round, the Cowboys chose 6-foot-2 cornerback from Alabama, Trevon Diggs, Stefon Diggs’ brother. Diggs does not have much cornerback experience in his four-year college career. As a freshman, he started with a large receiver. After that season, Diggs turned into a cornerback. However, he was on the bench after the first week with minimal playing time. During his senior year, Diggs broke his foot six games in the season and required surgery. Last season was his first full season as an initial cornerback. Diggs scored 37 tackles, three interceptions (second in the team) and eight deflected passes (leading the team). Diggs, which has a wingspan of 6 and 5 feet, has the potential to be an elite corner.

Key additions

A team that was 24th in bags per game (2.4 p / d) and 19th in total bags (39) needed help on the defensive line. As a result, Dallas grabbed two veteran defensive tackles and a former first-team All-Pro defender to strengthen their passing race. The Panthers’ 6 foot and 3 pound linesman, Dontari Poe, is lethal when it comes to rushing. In his eight-year career, Poe has 20.5 career bags with 278 tackles. Another Carolina veteran, Gerald McCoy, brings his veteran presence and prowess to a developing line.

The biggest risk for the Cowboys was the signing of Aldon Smith with an annual contract of $ 2 million. Smith has left the NFL since 2015. Over the years, Smith has battled drug and alcohol problems. In 2015, the 49ers released Smith after his third DUI, which asked him to serve 20 days in prison.

Image courtesy of Cowboys Wire

“The first” wow “moment of training came when Smith used his length to perform a long arm tip technique,” said Brandon Tucker, Smith’s coach. “Smith was going to about 70% and he lifted the 6-4 pound 365-pound Tucker before taking it.”

However, if Smith returns to his All-Pro form, the Dallas Cowboys get a boy who had 19.5 bags in 2012. Smith has passed all drug tests since August 1, 2019.

Other signatures include: Ha Ha Clinton- Dix (SS), Daryl Worley (CB), Andy Dalton (QB), Greg Zuerlein (K), Maurice Canady (CB) and Mike McCarthy (Coach)

Key losses

The biggest loss to the Cowboys this low season was elite cornerback Byron Jones. Jones ranked seventh in allowed yards (23.4 w / d), second in target yards (5.1 w / g), fourth in allowed catch rate (47.8 percent) and only allowed three touchdowns last year. Unfortunately for Dallas, Jones’s asking price was too high. As a result, Jones signed a $ 82.5 million five-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, making it the second highest paid cornerback in the NFL.

“Byron is a guy we think about a lot,” said owner Jerry Jones. “He had a good corner race, he played really well, he played at a high level.”

Byron Jones celebrates after an incomplete pass
Image courtesy of AP Photo / Michael Ainsworth

Jones is a player that the Cowboys will miss. They drafted two cornerbacks and collected two more in a free agency, so only time will tell if they will be the suitable substitutes for Jones.

Other key players lost include: Randall Cobb (WR), Robert Quinn (DE), Travis Frederick (C), Jason Witten (TE), Maliek Collins (DT) and Jeff Heath (SS)

Record forecast

Record: 11-5

The Cowboys have added too many fantastic pieces not to win this division. It will be a close race for the division title between Cowboys and Eagles and could get to the matchup of week 16. In the end, Dak Prescott and the company will not disappoint and will bring the Cowboys to the division title.

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