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Five positives Dallas can take into 2021

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Five positives Dallas can take into 2021

Dak will be back

The Dallas Cowboys week 17 loss against the New York Giants brought to an end a disappointing season that was highlighted by the loss of quarterback Dak Prescott during their week five division game againt the Giants.

Time to begin the next pursuit: Contract negotiations with Dak Prescott. By rule, a team with a franchise-tag player cannot negotiate during the season. But now, Dallas’ NFL season is over.

Both Jerry and Stephen Jones as been adiment that Prescott is the quarterback of the future.

Potential in the Secondary

There aren’t many positives you can attach to the Cowboys’ defense for the majority of their 2020 campaign, but Dallas was allowed to see what could become building blocks for a youth movement in their secondary.

Rookie Trevon Diggs and safety Donovan Wilson flashed potential at being reliable defensive backs for the Cowboys moving forward.

Diggs offered something Dallas hasn’t seen in a while: the ability to turn the ball over. He finished the season with three interceptions and had several more opportunities at more earlier in the year.

Wilson, in just 10 starts, finished the season with 52 tackles, three forced fumbles, three sacks and an interception.

CeeDee Lamb was a hit

It’s unfortunate CeeDee Lamb was robbed of a better rookie season with having to see his starting quarterback go down just five weeks into his rookie campaign.

If not for Dallas’ inability to string wins together there would be for sure more attention on his impressive first year.

He finished the year with 74 receptions, 935 yards and five touchdowns. We saw the impressive jump Michael Gallup made from year one to his sophomore year, so excitement should be high for the Oklahoma product.

Randy Gregory

It appears the Cowboys’ 2015 second-round draft choice is finally paying dividens.

After a productive 2018 campaign where Gregory collected 25 combined tackles, seven tackles for loss, 15 quarterback hits, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 14 games, it appeared his career was finally on track.

However, another violation of the substance abuse policy the following offseason cast another shroud of doubt over his NFL career.

After a year off, Gregory’s career day came on Dec. 27 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Facing a dynamic quarterback in Jalen Hurts, the Cowboys, who had been easy marks for dual threat quarterbacks earlier in the season, needed a credible pass rush to threaten the athletic rookie.

Gregory rose to the occasion with six tackles, 1.5 sacks, two quarterback hits, a pass breakup, and three forced fumbles.

He finished the season with 3.5 sacks.

Cowboys Draft Pick

The Dallas Cowboys are expected to draft No. 10 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, based on the results of Sunday’s games in Week 17.

The draft is set for April 29 through May 1 and is expected to be held in Cleveland. The 2020 NFL Draft was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cowboys have never selected No. 10 overall in the NFL Draft. This will also mark the first time the Cowboys have picked in the Top 10 since the 2016 NFL Draft, when the Cowboys selected running back Ezekiel Elliott No. 4 overall.

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