With the NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror, the attention for NFL organizations shifts to rookie minicamps. Soon, organized team activities (OTAs) will be upon us. After missing the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to return to the postseason in 2018.
Here’s a few reasons why they can return to the playoffs and dominate in 2018:
Defense, Defense, Defense:
The Dallas Cowboys have the makings of a young, talented defense heading into 2018. With pass rushers Demarcus Lawrence and David Irving, linebackers Sean Lee and Leighton Vander Esch, and defensive backs Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie, the team has depth and talent at all three levels of the defense. Led by Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard, expect the defense to be a foundation of the team in 2018.
Motivated Zeke Ready to Eat:
When the Cowboys were rolling in 2016, they were led by a run game fueled by explosive rookie Ezekiel Elliott. The run game wasn’t on the same level of play in 2017, while Elliott battled off-field drama and an eventual suspension. After the release of Dez Bryant and retirement of Jason Witten, Zeke is the lone remaining star Dak Prescott had to play with in 2016. In 2018, look for Dallas to let Zeke eat in an all-you-can-eat buffet run game that features Zeke’s skillsets. Running the ball can remove the pressure on Dak and the passing game, which may need time to adjust to incorporate new starters.
team will look for Dak Prescott to take another step forward in 2018. However, look for the defense and the running game to be the focal point and foundation of the team. By featuring Ezekiel Elliott on offense, the team can remove pressure from Prescott and the passing game. Like 2016, the team can use the run game to set the defense up with opportunities to get after the quarterback. By establishing the run game, Dallas can return to dominance in 2018.