Although several Dallas stars failed to shine in the 2008-2009 season, there were a handful of guys that were bright spots in an otherwise dark season for the Cowboys. Here are a few Cowboys that had impressive seasons. Of course we had DeMarcus Ware as the most impressive on the team, and he’d be the obvious choice for all of us, so I will leave him off the list so we can pick someone who is the “other most impressive” Cowboy for the year.
Martellus Bennett: Bennett, who looked to be lazy on HBO’s Hard Knocks, proved to be anything but lazy through last season. He was another quick tight end that caused matchup problems for opposing defenses. He finished the year with 20 catches for 283 yards and four touchdowns. Not bad for a backup tight end.
Tashard Choice: Few of the Dallas faithful could have foreseen the injuries that plagued the Dallas backfield. But when starter Marion Barber was sidelined with nagging toe injuries (saying that makes me want to vomit) and first-round rookie Felix Jones’ hamstring injury landed him on the IR, rookie Tashard Choice made an impression on Cowboys fans. The fourth-rounder from Georgia Tech had 472 yards on 92 carries (5.1 ypc) and two touchdowns and caught 21 balls for 185 yards.
Montrae Holland: Rarely would a guard cut by the Broncos be up for any award, but Holland sured up the left guard spot when he got his chance. After Mike Shanahan cut the 16-game starter for being overweight at the start of training, Holland signed with the Cowboys and filled in for injured starter Kyle Kosier better than Cory Procter did.
Bradie James : While James might not have had a season with the same flair as Ware, he was a big contributor on defense. James had 116 tackles and eight sacks, both career bests for the 6-year veteran. He also probably had the only real good play in the final game of the season against the Eagles, which was otherwise a pathetic performance.
Jay Ratliff: Almost eight sacks for a nose tackle is pretty damn good. He’s become a pleasant surprise for the Cowboys, and was considered a bit undersized at just 300 pounds. But he’s a beast and the Cowboys are a better team with him.