The Dallas Cowboys seem to keep the coffers stocked on exciting players and the networks confirm that notion yearly. With another healthy share of prime time games in 2012 and the NFL opening game Wednesday night against the super bowl champion New York Giants on NBC on September 5th, fans are almost guaranteed to be entertained by the NFLs most popular franchise. Below are the 10 most exciting Dallas Cowboys to watch in 2012.
10.) Danny Coale
I can’t help myself with the visions of our version of a Donald Driver or Wes Welker in this offense. Coale’s upside stops just short of what these two interior receiving dynamos can do. Fans shouldn’t go too crazy though because there is also a vision of Kevin Ogletree in that 3rd receiver slot and the futility surrounding the Cowboys’ baffling patience with this non-producer. Coale has the attitude, character, athleticism and smarts to be a pleasant surprise. Dream scenario: 50 catches and a lock on the #3 receiver slot.
9.) Miles Austin
Something about the backlash on his comments about not being prepared last season gives me some excitement. It doesn’t hurt that he has developed a deserved reputation for not being healthy. If he is not playing with something to prove and ready to stamp his name all over the opposing CBs, then we have seen Austin’s best and he will always be the undercard to Dez’s main event. Quietly Austin has some critics to answer.
8.) Matt Johnson
Part of the excitement of Matt Johnson is the painful reality that we could be watching Brodney Pool make few mistakes and even fewer plays. We know there won’t be plays from Sensabaugh so I’m hoping that Johnson puts some real heat on the race to the starting safety spot. He is physical enough and has good range. Mostly, he found the ball often in college and converted those chances which is more than we can say for the entire safety roster.
7.) DeMarcus Ware
Ware would be exciting to watch in a spelling bee. The guy’s floor is exciting and his ceiling is the equivalent of a football tornado. I hope he develops a taste for blood which is all that’s missing from making him the NFL’s most exciting defensive player. Watching him beat tackles has become a Sunday ritual for Cowboy fans and opponents and don’t expect that routine to change anytime soon.
6.) Tyron Smith
Admit it. Sometimes you just need to see a player go out and deliver a beat down.This is my #1 candidate to do just that. He has length, size and tenacity to dominate and I expect that in spades. He got his taste of the NFL and now the NFL is about to get a taste of Big T. Being dominant is not a goal he has to make. It’s a decision. Armed with tremendous footwork and length, I expect the Coles’, Orakpos, and Pierre Pauls of the NFL to realize it’s going to be a long decade.
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