The Dallas Cowboys are what some might call a “top-heavy team.”

They have plenty of star power on a roster that is headlined by Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and Demarcus Lawrence.  But, the players who will determine the success of this team are not the stars.

It’s the players that are rarely talked about that could make or break the Dallas Cowboys season next year.


Here are five guys who could have sneaky good seasons for Dallas.


RB Tony Pollard

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Tony Pollard was one of the many weapons on the Cowboys’ high-powered offense last season, but he did not see a ton of touches.  When he was on the field, he was effective.  Pollard is a Swiss-Army knife kind of player.

During his college days at Memphis, he saw the most snaps as a receiver, but he transitioned to a running back when he entered the league.  Obviously, Pollard has to backup one of the top running backs in the NFL in Ezekiel Elliott so the Cowboys need to find a way to give him a larger role.

One way to maximize his production might be to slide him into the fourth receiver spot. Under new coaches with a new system hopefully, Tony Pollard will get to see the field a little bit more as a sophomore.


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CB Jourdan Lewis

Jourdan Lewis has not seen a ton of playing time so far in his young career, but that will change next season.  The Cowboys lost their top defender in Byron Jones during free agency, so the younger cornerbacks, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis, will all see more time on the field.

There are rumors that Awuzie could potentially play safety, meaning that Lewis, Brown, and Diggs will all have big roles. Lewis may not play much, but when he does play, he makes plays.

Two seasons ago, he came into the game and picked off Drew Brees to upset the Saints. Jourdan Lewis has been ready for an increased role for a long time and this year he will get his opportunity.


LB Randy Gregory

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This one is a little bit complicated.  Technically right now, Randy Gregory is still suspended.  Gregory has not played a snap since 2018, but when he is on the field, he is effective.  Gregory has loads of untapped potential he just needs to find ways to stay on the field.

It is likely that Gregory will be reinstated before the start of the season which would be big for the Cowboys because they lost Robert Quinn, their most productive pass rusher, in free agency.


TE Blake Jarwin

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A lot of people are probably familiar with Blake Jarwin, but he is not a star yet.  Last season he was the most skilled tight end on the roster, but for whatever reason, the Cowboys did not recognize that.  Jarwin broke out two years ago in the season finale against the Giants where he caught for 119 yards and three touchdowns.

He broke out two years ago and the Cowboys still have not used him like they need to use him.  With Jason Witten gone, Jarwin will become a big part of the Cowboys’ already high-powered offense, making the team even harder to cover.


S Darian Thompson

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Darian Thompson saw some time as the starting safety after Xavier Woods was injured last season.  If either Woods or Ha-Ha Clinton Dix gets hurt next season, Darian Thompson will be the next man up.

He is the third most experienced safety that Dallas has, and when he was on the field he was solid, so if he needs to play at any point next season, the Cowboys should be alright.


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