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19. DALLAS COWBOYS (9-7)
LAST SEASON: Cowboys slid from NFC-best 13 wins to out of playoffs for several reasons Jordan Staal Jersey , some likely to be addressed in draft. QB Dak Prescott couldn’t match numbers from NFL Offensive Rookie of Year season in 2016. Offensive line was inconsistent because of injuries, and left guard is need with Jonathan Cooper leaving in free agency. Star WR Dez Bryant had third straight subpar season since signing $70 million contract and was released to avoid big salaries and cap hits in final two years. Team didn’t get many big plays from receivers. Because Prescott and OL weren’t as good, Cowboys couldn’t overcome star RB Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension for domestic violence allegations. Cowboys were playing their best when 2016 NFL rushing leader’s legal options ran out eight games into season. Dallas lost first three without him, couldn’t recover to make postseason. Defense was again solid but lacking dynamic playmakers beyond DE DeMarcus Lawrence, second in NFL with 14 1/2 sacks.
THEY NEED: WR, LB, S, OL Ryan Getzlaf Jersey , DT, TE
THEY DON’T NEED: RB, CB, QB
POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama; G Will Hernandez, UTEP; S Derwin James, Florida State; T Kolton Miller, UCLA; WR D.J. Moore Authentic Ryan Johansen Jersey , Maryland; WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama; WR Courtland Sutton, SMU; DT Vita Vea, Washington.
OUTLOOK: If Cowboys don’t go WR in first round, they will be counting on free agent Allen Hurns to replace Bryant as No. 1 receiver. Hurns flashed potential in four years at Jacksonville, but never big numbers. With Sean Lee’s history of injuries and lingering uncertainty over Jaylon Smith’s recovery from bad college knee injury, LB remains priority. Cowboys let steady, versatile Anthony Hitchens go in free agency. Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith’s injury issues exposed lack of depth on OL Buccaneers Game Jerseys , so fourth first-rounder in eight years wouldn’t be shock. Could be tackle or guard because Cowboys might consider moving La’el Collins back to LG from RT. If Prescott and Elliott find rookie form again, outlook brightens considerably with right help in draft. If not and Cowboys miss playoffs, franchise could end up in transition with firing of coach Jason Garrett and cloudy future for Prescott two years after Dallas turned to him by releasing Tony Romo, who retired.
There was no shortage of discussion about the shortcomings of the Bills offense this summer and the decision to go with Nathan Peterman as the starting quarterback hasn’t put them to bed.
Whether it is Peterman’s inexperience, the shaky offensive line or thin receiving corps, people have reasons to think the Bills offense is going to have a hard time once the regular season starts this weekend. That extends to members of the team’s defense as well.
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander added it all up and said the defense needs to carry the team until the offense can take on a bigger share of the burden.
“Our goal is always to win and to do that you have to take the ball away. We want to be a top five defense,” Alexander said, via the team’s website. 鈥淲e want to be the leaders of this team as far as giving our offense advantageous field position Cardinals Cheap Jerseys , short fields. The main reason why is because we understand we鈥檙e going to have a young quarterback in terms of experience. So, we need to help the offense out as much as we can. It鈥檚 going to take time until Nate is able to develop and really take the reins of the offense and make it his own and become that guy. So right now, we feel defensively we have the pieces in place to be the bell cow of this team and lead the way.”
Such an arrangement leaves little margin for error for the defense and safety Micah Hyde said the unit needs to “be more consistent and it starts with us not beating ourselves.” Sunday’s trip to Baltimore will be the first test of that approach to the 2018 season.
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