As we hit the middle of OTA’s, or offseason team activities, in the National Football League, we begin to learn more about what to expect from all of the league’s 32 teams.
Free agency and the NFL Draft have come and gone, allowing teams to add fresh new faces and some veteran presence.
For America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, the main outlook for this upcoming season will be how the offense will perform with Kellen Moore officially taking over as offensive coordination from Scott Linehan.
The Cowboys have been about resigning their own players in recent years, but they managed to pick up some veteran names.
The secondary was in need of a playmaker or two that could consistently force turnovers after Dallas has finished in the bottom-quarter of teams in combined turnovers for the past few seasons.
They settled on a one-year deal with former Cincinatti Bengal safety George Illoka to lead in the backfield with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Iwuzie after they decided to pass on All-Pro safety Earl Thomas when his demands were too high and he signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
They also added wide receiver Randall Cobb and defensive end Robert Quinn in free agency for some depth at those positions after Cole Beasley left for Buffalo, David Irving quit football and Randy Gregory was suspended again.
The team managed to lock up Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus “Tank” Lawrence to a long-term deal in April as he is no doubt the cornerstone of this stout defensive line.
The young linebacker duo of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch return as well as Sean Lee.
In the draft, Dallas took defensive tackle Tristen Hill from Central Florida in the second round to be a three-way technique player and to potentially add depth to the tackle position as they will probably not resign the often-injured Malik Collins, who will be a free agent.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott prepare for their fourth season leading the offense as All-Pro center Travis Frederick returns to lead the best offensive line in football and Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup will be the one-two punch at receiver.
Head coach Jason Garrett is on the last year of his contract and anything less than the NFC Championship will likely spell the end of his time in Dallas.
2019 should truly be something special for the Cowboys with the many names that are returning plus some new faces. They will be a fun team to watch.