Dallas Cowboys 2019 Season Preview

Russell S. Baxter

Dallas Cowboys 2019 Season Preview

By Ryan Drab

Special to Pro Football Guru

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of firepower to make a deep playoff run in 2019. But will it all come together this season? Can Jason Garrett’s team overcome injuries and player contract concerns? What is the future of running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is not with the team as of this writing? This was a club that rallied from a 3-5 start this past season to win the NFC East for the third time in five years. But it’s been more than a decade since the Cowboys have reached the playoffs in consecutive seasons. It’s going to be another fascinating year for this franchise.

Offense: Looks like they have their Big 3 in Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper. But will they all be in Dallas for the long haul? They added new weapons in wideout Randall Cobb while tight end Jason Witten is back after a year in the broadcast booth. The return of center Travis Frederick is a huge plus. With Elliott gone for now, rookie Tony Pollard has shown his versatility this summer in the mode of an Alvin Kamara-type media. Meanwhile, the depth of the offensive line is being tested these days with due to injuries. What will be interesting is the impact made by new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. There is a lot of talk about Dallas using more pre-snap movement and personnel groupings within the same offense.

Defense: The defense looks fast and young. Dallas could possibly have the best linebacking corps in all the league with Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Sean Lee and Joe Thomas in reserve. Free safety Xavier Woods has impressed this summer and was fueled by all the Earl Thomas talks this past offseason. He is looking every bit of the part right now. But most of the secondary seems to be playing and practicing well right now even with Byron Jones out right now. Guys like Anthony Brown and Jordan Lewis are making plays. The defensive line depth is looking really scary in a good way, with guys like Maliek Collins being healthy and showing it. There’s also Chris Covington, Robert Quinn and Dorance Armstrong. As for the questions, did the Cowboys capably address the safety position? Is Woods going to make a jump? Could injuries, suspensions (Quinn for the first 2 games) from injuries prevent this unit from reaching its full potential?

Special Teams: Brett Maher is an enigma. The placekicker can hit from 50 yards and behind with the best of them. But when it comes to the shorter field goal attempts – hold your breath. Chris Jones is a solid punter. And the return game with names such as Pollard, Cobb and Tavon Austin make for a lot of excitement.

Prediction: It looks like a two-team race in the NFC East between the Cowboys and Philadelphia. Dallas will struggle early and fall short of defending their division title. However, look for Garrett’s team to knock off Philadelphia in the playoffs and the Cowboys to make a deep postseason run – all the way to the conference title game for the first time since 1995. And coming up one game short of the Super Bowl will make the team hungry going into next season.

Win-Loss Record: 10-6 (2nd Place, NFC East, reach NFC Championship Game)

Ryan Drab (@ab_wizard) writes for Dallas Cowboys Scouting. Find him on Facebook as well.

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