The Dallas Cowboys have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. The Cowboys were fifth in points per game (27.4) and finished third in red zone efficiency (68.6) last season. The Cowboys are led by veterans: Tony, Romo, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant and Demarco Murray.
1) Wide Receiver: Terrance Williams, Age: 24, Experience: 1 Season.
Williams was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft and stepped in right away as target for Quarterback Tony Romo. His steady play led to the subsequent release of long time veteran Miles Austin. Williams did a nice job in his rookie year, catching 44 passes for 736 yards and 5 touchdowns. Those stats ranked him in the top 10 for rookie receivers last season. As he enters his 2nd season, look for his catches, receiving yards, yards per catch and touchdowns to all take a big jump. If all goes well for Williams in 2014, Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams will be a dominant duo for years to come in the NFL.
2) Running Back: Lance Dunbar, Age: 24, Experience: 2 Seasons.
Lance Dunbar was an undrafted free agent that signed with the Cowboys at the end of the 2012 Draft. Dunbar rewrote almost all the records at his Alma Mater, North Texas University. He caught the Cowboys eye with his speed, shiftiness and his ability to catch out of the backfield. Standing only 5’8, 188lbs, its hard for defenses to find him and even harder for opponents to catch him when he gets daylight. An injury cut his 2013 season short last year, after he rushed for a career 82 yards and gave the Cowboys a much needed spark in a 31-24 victory over the Raiders on Thanksgiving. As the Cowboys enter Training Camp in 2014, i think he’s about to breakout in a big way. New Offensive Coordinator, Scott Linehan has plans for his new toy in the running and passing game. Linehan plans to line Dunbar up in the slot and out wide. Look for Dunbar to be used in the screen game, on draws and on stretch running plays. Dunbar is exactly the kind of change of pace runner that can give starter Demarco Murray a blow and can give defenses fits.
3) Tight End: Gavin Escobar, Age: 23, Experience: 1 Season.
Escobar was taken in the 2nd round of the 2013 Draft. He spent much of his rookie campaign learning behind future Hall of Famer Jason Witten. He didn’t have much impact only registering 9 catches for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Escobar is 6’6 250 lbs and the Cowboys are hoping that he takes a step forward his development this season. All through out OTA’s and Minicamp, Escobar has stood out and made plays. Look for Escobar to line up out wide and in the slot at times. Also look for Escobar to be more a red zone threat in 2014.
4) Wide Receiver: Cole Beasley, Age: 25, Experience: 2 Seasons.
When Cole Beasley comes to mind, I think of the term ” Quarterback friendly” because that’s what he his. He just gets open, he catches the ball and he’s always on the same page with his signal caller. Beasley made the Cowboys roster as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He didn’t see much time in his rookie season but his production and snaps doubled in 2013. He caught 39 passes for 368 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has very good hands along with toughness despite being only 5’8. According to Pro Football Focus, Beasley only had a drop rate of 2.50 being good enough for sixth best among wide receivers with at least 44 targets. Going into Training Camp this year, the Cowboys have an opening at the 3rd receiver spot and I believe Beasley is ready for an even bigger role. He is a suburb route runner, don’t believe me just ask Giants safety Antrel Rolle when his ankles got broken while trying to cover Beasley on the Cowboys game winning drive back in November of last season. I think Beasley has the potential to catch at least 50-55 passes and become an X Factor for Cowboys.