Dallas Cowboys: 5 Reasons they will be better in 2015

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Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders performs during a timeout from the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have multiple reasons for optimism this season. Here are five reasons they will be better in 2015.

The Dallas Cowboys have undergone numerous changes this past offseason, some for the better, and some for the worse. Gone is the NFL’s 2014 leading rusher DeMarco Murray, in comes the dynamic pass-rushing defensive end Greg Hardy. Gone is top defensive back Orlando Scandrick, in comes rookie 1st round pick Byron Jones.

Like all NFL teams in the salary cap era, there was plenty of churn on the Cowboys roster this offseason. Churn is usually a good thing on 4-12 football teams, but on 12-4 teams, it’s worrisome at best. The Cowboys find themselves in the difficult realm of upgrading in some areas, while maintaining in other areas.

There’s clearly no bigger change this season than the subtraction of DeMarco Murray. But even that loss comes with some advantages. Will the Cowboys improve on their surprising 12-4 record from last season?

Probably not, but they have a chance to build a better team, and even be a more legitimate contender in the NFC this season. Here are five ways the Cowboys improved their team from last season…

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