Team: Dallas Cowgirls
2018 Record: 10-6
Notable Off-Season Moves:
Lost slot receiver Cole Beasley to the Bills
Replaced Beasley with Randall Cobb from Green Bay
Lost David Irving to the Cheech and Chong convention
Added veteran safety George Iloka
Coaxed Jason Witten out of retirement
Traded for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn
The mid-season trade that landed Amari Cooper revitalized the Cowgirls offense. But now the task of having to pay Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper seems daunting.
A return to health, hopefully, of all pro center Travis Frederick will go a long way towards restoring the offensive line’s stature to the glory it enjoyed in the fairly recent past. Connor McGovern was selected in the 3rd round out of Penn State to provided a layer of insurance.
The thought in the spring was that the deals for the Cowgirls’ new Big 3 were forgone conclusions. As training camps are now upon us, there is some growing concern. Cooper proved his worth based simply upon how they performed with him versus how the performed prior to his arrival. And that was before he had a full off-season to get acclimated to the system.
Ezekiel Elliot is on the very short list of candidates to wear the moniker of the league’s best running back. The question is, how much is a running back worth now a days. Especially when you consider the quality of the offensive line. Would it be difficult to get value out of a cheaper alternative. The continued knuckle head off the field stuff does little to inspire confidence in shelling out the big bucks as well.
Which brings us to Dak Prescott. A quarterback who isn’t the most skilled thrower, but does possess the leadership skills that make him a franchise quarterback. His development is reminiscent of how I saw Russell Wilson develop. Which is certainly what the Cowboys are hoping for, and for sure what Dak’s agent will present in contract negotiations.
Overall the skill positions received an influx of talent. The wide receiver grouping contains talent outside of Cooper as second year pro Michael Gallup showed flashes of being able to stretch the field. And there is hope that at least one of, if not both of Allen Hurns and Randall Cobb have something left to offer. Throw in the return of veteran and team leader Jason Witten and putting points on the board shouldn’t be difficult for the Cowgirls. And of course technically Tavon Austin is a wide receiver.
Also, keep an eye on a couple of rookies, Ohio State running back Mike Weber should prove to be a capable back up to Zeke. But the real prize could be fourth rounder Tony Pollard out of Memphis who is on the fast track to be the next big swish army knife for Sean Payton and Kellen Moore to play with, and could be a cheaper alternative to Tavon Austin, with CHEAPER being a big consideration moving forward.
The pair of Tyrone Crawford and Antwaun Woods performed well enough plugging the middle last year, but depth is now available with the drafting of 300 pounder Trysten Hill, the return of Maliek Collins, along with the addition of former Lion Kerry Hyder. On the edges Tank Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Randy Gregory (for the one or two games a season he isn’t suspended for) form an above average pass rush trio. If Taco (I’m a disgrace to my kick ass name Taco) Charlton, a recent first rounder out of Michigan can ever deliver on the promise they saw coming out of college, or 2019 draftee Joe Jackson develops quicker than anticipated, then this could be an elite group.
Speaking of elite, there aren’t many position groups better than the Cowgirls linebackers. They took a chance of Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith following a catastrophic bowl game injury, and boy oh boy has it paid off. It took him a while, but the kid is fulfilling all the promise that had him looking like a top 5 pick in college. When you add in the steady 9 year vet Sean Lee, and 2018 first round pick, Leighton Vander Esch, and the only thing lacking is maybe some quality depth.
The secondary has been the weak spot for the defense. But that sore spot was strengthened with the move of Byron Jones from safety to corner where he excelled. Its still an area where youth truly has been served, and a reason why signing veteran George Iloka was a big move for them. There had been the assumption that Dallas would be the landing spot for Earl Thomas, and to that end Iloka is a consolation prize, but they could have done worse.
If the pass rush can perform as hoped, it should help ease any deficiencies the secondary may have.
It seems the Cowgirls are poised for not only a run at the division, but an appearance in the conference championship game or even the Superbowl isn’t just a fantasy. They can play defense, and they can score points. If the contract situations of their stars don’t cause strife in the locker room, then this could be the season Dallas has been waiting about 25 years for.
Names to know for your Fantasy Drafts:
- Dak Prescott
- Ezekiel Elliott
- Tony Pollard
- Mike Weber
- Jason Witten
- Amari Cooper
- Michael Gallup
- Randall Cobb
- Allen Hurns
- Brett Maher