Dallas Cowboys: Three Breakout Players For 2014

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Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys J.J. Wilcox (27) runs with the ball after an interception against the St. Louis Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Despite a fourth consecutive year of mediocrity in 2013, the Dallas Cowboys organization was given hope for a bright future with several players who exceeded expectations. Key contributors like center Travis Frederick, defensive end George Selvie, and wide receiver Terrance Williams could have easily been considered breakout players last season with their individual performances.

If the Cowboys are going to enjoy success this season, they must be able to call on their young talent to rise to the occasion. The team has a plethora of young talent on both sides of the ball, and several players are poised and ready to have breakout seasons.

J.J. Wilcox - Safety 

J.J. Wilcox was a player who had a strong training camp as a rookie in 2013. Sadly, the unfortunate passing of his mother along with several nagging injuries throughout the season seemed to stall his early success. He was able to regain some ground toward the end of the season, and recorded 38 combined tackles in thirteen games.

Wilcox figures to be the leading candidate in the search for a starting safety opposite Barry Church this season, likely competing with fellow safeties Matt Johnson and Jeff Heath for the starting gig. If he can stay healthy and get off to another fast start in training camp, expect Wilcox to not only start, but become a key contributor in an underachieving secondary.

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  • Earl Robertson

    All 3 of theses guys this year could break out making the draft real special

  • David

    Wilcox and Escobar need to be the players that breakout seasons just for the mere fact of where they were drafted. Escobar as a 2nd round pick should have been a walk in starter on this team desparate for talent. But no he was a TE and was brought along slowly. If the Cowboys were an SB team and loaded at every position then spending a 2nd round pick on him is not that big of an issue.
    In regards to Wilcox I am already reading he is not exactly lighting it up in OTA’s with coverage issues. I hope this gets fixed in training camp because the Cowboys spent a 3rd round pick on him. This becomes even more magnified because of the lack of talent at the safety position. Church is above average but not great in coverage and lacks range to consistently help out the corners. I dont see him being great this year but I hope I am wrong. Eventually this team is going to have to draft one of the top two safeties if the chance and value is there.
    I like Holloman and only have him last because of where he was drafted. I really liked his game last year and if Carter struggles could see him pushing him to the bench. I am very curious to see how the LB starting lline up shakes out. Right now it could go in a ton of different ways. I think Holloman will be there somewhere because like the safety position there is not one very good or great player there right now. This is why I think their defense will struggle again.

  • SmartThinking

    The truth is, every player on the defensive team needs a breakout season. They all need to have Super Bowl games every Sunday. Marinelli was right a few days ago when he made, pretty much, the same statement.

  • Old Frog

    Claiborne should probably be part of this discussion.