Enough Dallas Cowboys Negativity! 5 Reasons for Optimism

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With Dak Prescott at Quarterback and Micah Parsons seemingly everywhere on defense, the Dallas Cowboys have two incredibly strong pillars. While they stand alone on each side of the ball, there’s plenty more to be excited about.

Here we look at the good we can expect from the Dallas Cowboys offense and special teams unit:

  • The Running Back room

Ezekiel Elliott (pictured above in his Mighty Morphin Cowboy helmet) is going to be a pivotal piece to this team whether you like it or not. Even if the numbers haven’t quite reached the same heights that they did early in his career, Zeke is still a phenomenally well rounded player.

Many wonder how the Cowboys will replace Amari Cooper? Perhaps the answer is in the backfield with Tony Pollard. Think less about the player’s position and more about production. There isn’t a soul living in Cowboy Nation that doesn’t think Pollard could be utilized more.

Rico Dowdle and perhaps even Malik Davis at some point or another offer great RB3 options who play well on special teams. Running Back is one of this teams deepest positions. Why? They intend to run. Again, whether you like it or not.

  • CeeDee Lamb

The current version of 88 is filling the jersey out a little more these days. Lamb has bulked up and intends on being, not just Dak’s top target, but a guy who can take over games. Year three is prime for Lamb to take the next step.

  • Zack Martin

Even if the rest of the offensive line is highly questionable there is one man we can all count on. He’s regularly the Cowboys most high achieving and consistent player. You want a fun fact about Martin that we often forget? He was runner-up as Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014. An offensive lineman, a guard no less, finished 2nd behind Odell Beckham Jr. and ahead of Mike Evans. He was his regular incredible self last season with no signs of slowing down.

  • Punt, Punt Return and Kickoff Return Units

Bryan Anger was a weapon last season for the Dallas Cowboys. You could even say it was a career year for the veteran Punter. Which does leave room to wonder whether he can duplicate last season’s performance or not, but Cowboy fans can definitely rest easy knowing the position is in good hands.

KaVontae Turpin could be bringing something to the table the Dallas Cowboys haven’t had since Dwayne Harris left the team after 2014. A threat to break one on any kickoff or punt return. Turpin has lots of lost football time to make up for. So he’ll be looking to make plays as often as possible and that could make for some exciting Special Teams football.

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OFFENSIVE HONORABLE MENTIONS: The Tight End room and Kellen Moore have potential to be great positives. Dalton Schultz is now a reliable veteran, but can the notable preseason showings from rookies Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot translate to the regular season? It’s too early to tell. As far as Moore goes, this is his prove it year. He’s got an incomplete OL to overcome, but other tools to use.