This off-season has been nothing short of stunning. This will be the first season that the Cowboys go into without a #1 wide receiver to install fear onto opposing teams. While Dez Bryant might not have been as productive as we’d hope, he was still a player that other teams had to take notice of. Having a star receiver makes it difficult for teams to stack the box against the run game. However, just because Bryant is no longer a Dallas Cowboy, that doesn’t mean the team will be inefficient. Here are 5 new offensive weapons that will help make this a top 5 offense in 2018.
Cameron Fleming (OT)
Bringing in Fleming during the free agency period was a crucial play. This gave the Cowboys insurance going into the draft in case the team decided not to draft an offensive lineman. Fleming coming on board is also helpful since Tyron Smith has been dealing with a back injury. Most will remember the Falcons game in 2017 where missing Smith really showed the bad depth quality. Having a starter caliber backup is essential to this team that so heavily relies on their run game.
Allen Hurns (WR)
Adding Hurns to this wide receiver core was another insurance move made by the Cowboys. At the time of his signing Bryant was still part of the team, but the team hadn’t had any talks with him since the end of the 2017 campaign. Hurns has shown flashes of a #1 wide receiver along with the ability to out jump defenders. Being a veteran receiver will be beneficial considering the amount of young talent on the offensive side of the ball. Allen is also playing with a chip on his shoulder wanting to prove the Jaguars made a mistake by cutting him.
Connor Williams (OG)
Throughout the last few drafts the Cowboys have come out with great sets of players. This year wasn’t any different when Connor Williams fell to pick 50. Williams was regarded as the best tackle in 2016 before his injury. Last season may have been rough, but he showed his dedication to his team by playing through his pain. After the departure of Ronald Leary there has been a hole at the left guard position. Now it’ll be filled by the 2nd round pick Connor Williams. His special ability he showed in college leads everyone to believe his transition from left tackle to left guard will go smoothly. Having him plug up the middle will help the run game immensely while also giving Dak plenty of time to distribute the rock.
Michael Gallup (WR)
When you talk about getting a bang for your buck, remember the name Michael Gallup. Colorado State did a tremendous job in coaching up Gallup while putting up over 2,600 yards along with 20+ touchdowns in just 2 seasons. We’ve already heard it from Gallup himself that he doesn’t like “body catching” which is something Cowboys fans are excited to hear. Gallup is out to prove he is deserving of the #1 receiver spot no matter who stands in his way. His ability to catch and run will be something he showcases all season long.
Dalton Schultz (TE)
Losing Jason Witten this off-season was a tough loss considering he only missed 1 game since being drafted in 2003. Schultz may not be Witten 2.0, but he will play a role in this offense that no other tight-end can offer. While he isn’t the flashiest at his position, he can definitely block better than he’s given credit for. The Cowboys have proven to be a “run first” team which is Dalton’s specialty. Look for Schultz to be crucial in short distance situations whether it be a pass caught for 3-6 yards or erasing a linebacker out of Zeke’s way. One way or another Dak is going to benefit off the 5th round pick.
Bo Scarborough(RB): Having a short distance running back will be useful in allowing Zeke to take less hits. Bo and Rod Smith will provide a solid power/speed combo during the drives Zeke is resting.
Mike White(QB): Mike brings an element of competition to the quarterback position. Cooper Rush made great plays last year, but that won’t stop White from bringing his “A” game day in and day out. If anything this makes the preseason worth watching.
At the end of the day these new players will have a great effect on this team that will cause trouble for opposing defenses. Dak will be wanting to redeem himself after last year’s season which will bring out the best out of him. We also can’t forget about Zeke wanting to shine brighter than ever after being suspended last season. This offense has an amazing opportunity to become offensive juggernauts for many years to come.