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.