Dallas Cowboys: 5 Most disappointing players at the bye

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There are no shortage of disappointments on this 2020 Dallas Cowboys team but today we highlight the top five.

2020 is a season to forget for Dallas Cowboys fans. What began as a legitimate campaign for the Super Bowl, cratered into massive disappointment before a single game was ever played. Injuries and underachievement will headline this season of sadness, and the offseason can’t come soon enough for most of us fans.

Here at the bye week, it’s the perfect time to take inventory of what’s transpired this season. And given the circumstances, it only seems fitting we highlight a handful of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest disappointments.

Note: Even though season ending injuries to Dak Prescott, Tyron Smith, and La’el Collins were arguably the most impactful thing that happened to Dallas this season, we won’t include the players themselves as top-5 disappointments. Instead we’ll look past the injuries and focus on the underachievers, in no particular order.

Dallas Cowboys disappointment No. 1

Dontari Poe, DT

The Dallas Cowboys run defense has been perhaps the most disappointing and underachieving part of the entire team this season. Which is really saying something.

2020 was finally the year the Cowboys addressed the run-stopping portion of their game. After neglecting the 1-tech spot for years, they finally bit the bullet and signed a proven free agent vet. Dontari Poe was that vet.

Poe failed in virtually every facet of the game. He was worthless against the pass, uninterested in gap responsibilities, and about as stout as a giraffe on roller skates as the 1-tech. Poe was pushed around and manipulated on the regular. Even with the rotation piece of Antwaun Woods behind him keeping him fresh, Poe looked washed on every play. There’s a reason he was a midseason cut.