The Dallas Cowboys enter the bye week hoping to finish the season strong with progression from their young players; depending on the progression, several veteran players should become tradeable assets.
The Dallas Cowboys 2020 season has been everything every fan has expected and is in no way an indictment of poor roster management and questionable hires by the front office. (I don’t dislike Mike McCarthy, defensively though…) However, even in all the disarray the Cowboys somehow still have enough young talent to provide optimism into the future outlook of this team.
Last Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was the perfect example of this. The defense had one of their most exciting performances of the season against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Rookie DT Neville Gallimore had his best game in a Cowboys uniform, rookie CB Trevon Diggs continued his strong form as of late before he, unfortunately, broke his foot on a weird collision, and S Donovan Wilson started showing the range that had several Cowboys fans drooling when the team drafted him.
The team has seemingly turned the corner on its disastrous start to the season, which is encouraging, but if anything it puts into perspective which veterans are actually valuable to the team. The front office signed several veterans hoping they would play meaningful snaps but instead these veterans are either on another team or not on a team at all because they just weren’t what the Cowboys front office had hoped.
With the younger players now getting more playtime, things are starting to unfold on a more positive note. After several weeks of the run defense getting gashed, the duo of Antwaun Woods and Neville Gallimore have brought new life to this team. The departure of Everson Griffen off the edge has allowed Randy Gregory to get some meaningful minutes off the edge, minutes he used very wisely. (This also means more for Dorance Armstrong and supposedly Bradlee Anae but we know who’s getting way more minutes.)
In the defensive backfield, the departure of Daryl Worley and reduced playtime of Darian Thompson has allowed Donovan Wilson to grow, allowed Anthony Brown to play himself out of injury, and allowed Jourdan Lewis to find a niche role of a box safety/cornerback.
The defense has progressed because they have better instincts than the veterans they signed. This would be an incredibly weird observation in any year other than 2020 but here we are and we just kind of have to live with it.
However, I don’t think the moves end there. There are a few more players that will be tradeable by the year’s end on both sides of the ball. Some names might surprise you!