What a difference a year makes! Just a year ago, the Dallas Cowboys started free agency by putting quarterback Dak Prescott in a very bad spot with little to no weapons at his disposal. Now, Dak might have one of the more explosive offenses when healthy surrounding him.
Going into last year, the Cowboys’ front office went about a philosophy of shared success at the receiver position. This was done in the aftermath of the release of former All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant. Though never really giving a reason for his departure, it could be because he angered the offensive coordinator by venting to the press about the lack of creativity in the offense.
Then they tried to replace Dez’s production by signing average receivers, like Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson and many more. This clearly backfired as the Cowboys’ offense quickly became one of the worse ones in the league. Dak really had no consistent target for him to look for and the defenses just shut down any attempt to run with Zeke Elliott.
Luckily, the Cowboys saw the error of their ways and traded for a stud receiver in Amari Cooper. Cooper immediately brought a spark to the offense and even made rookie Michael Gallup a much better player down the stretch. Though it still wasn’t easy, the offense slowly started to play like an explosive offense, especially late in the divisional round against the LA Rams.
Now, going into this offseason, the Cowboys made another move that will benefit the Cowboys’ offense. The Cowboys lost slot receiver Cole Beasley, but replaced him with veteran Randall Cobb. Cobb might have declined in recent years due to injury, but there is no denying that when this man is healthy, he is one of the more talented receivers in the league. His numbers as of late don’t impress much because of his nagging injuries, but he isn’t costing you much. He can only help boost this offense to another level.
Putting him in the slot, with Gallup and Cooper on the outside would boost this passing game. Add in the fact that Jason Witten has returned and the emergence of Blake Jarwin, the Cowboys now have themselves a very lethal unit going into 2019.
Give this Cowboys team some credit for getting younger and more talented in such a quick turnaround. The draft still might add some pieces, but this offense is looking pretty. That is a far different look than the nightmare that was rolled out to play during season opener in Carolina.
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