The Dallas Cowboys spent the off-season building one of the best rosters in the NFL.
The 'Boys are having an outstanding offseason gathering talent. However, there are three areas that stand out in giving the Dallas Cowboys concerns for the upcoming season.
Through free agency and trades, the organization was selectively aggressive in acquiring talent to add depth and to fill their biggest holes. The draft then came along to bolster the roster.
It was the best off-season the team has had in a long time and they are ready to compete for a spot in the NFC title game, a place they haven’t been since the turn of the century. The Cowboys solidified their defensive and offensive lines, as well as getting better at wide receiver.
However, despite all their improvements, the team still has some areas of concern.
Dallas Cowboys Concerns
The Cowboys have depth essentially across the board, even if it’s a weaker position overall, except at back-up quarterback. There’s Dak Prescott and nobody else. Cooper Rush and Mike White will get a chance to earn a roster spot this summer, but the Cowboys should be looking for another option behind Prescott. Neither Rush nor White is capable of holding the fort for a few games if Prescott went down for a short period of time. Back-up QB is definitely a place where the Cowboys need to find a real player, it's the biggest hole on the roster.
Jason Witten returns to help boost the position, but it remains to be seen just how much he has left in his body. The future Hall of Famer looks like he slimmed down in his year off and he’ll be an asset in the TE room, but we still don’t know how much Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and possibly Rico Gathers have to offer. Jarwin provided some preview of his potential late last year and Schultz got better as the season went on, but the jury is still out on anyone from this group making a difference.
Every season it all seems to come back to safety, where the Cowboys still need help. George Iloka was an OK addition, but the team didn’t address the position high enough in the draft, despite having the opportunity to take anyone they wanted. Xavier Woods is an ascending player, but there is little else behind him. Jeff Heath and Iloka are average players who can make the occasional play, but the Cowboys are still missing a difference maker, or at least a good enough player to pair with Woods. The team feels like it is a safety short.
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