3 Dallas Cowboys who received votes of confidence this offseason

Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Blake Jarwin, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys sent an unspoken vote of confidence to these three players following free agency and the draft this offseason.

The Dallas Cowboys looked to upgrade several positions of need this offseason. And they did so through a trade, free agency signings, and the draft.

The trade for defensive end Robert Quinn certainly helped to solidify the defensive end position in Dallas. The signing of veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb fills the void left by Cole Beasley in the slot. And the second round selection of UCF defensive tackle Trysten Hill added some much need talent to the interior of the Cowboys’ defensive line.

But possibly just as interesting are the moves Dallas opted not to make. Here are three players who received a vote of confidence this offseason when the Cowboys chose not to upgrade their positions.

Jeff Heath, Safety

The Cowboys showed their confidence in Heath when the team opted not to take a safety until the sixth round of last month’s draft. Dallas had an opportunity to choose from three of the top safety prospects in this year’s class with their second-round selection.

But the team opted to draft Hill instead. Although free agent signee George Iloka could challenge Heath for a starting role, the drafting of a safety on Day Two would have guaranteed his eventual replacement.

Blake Jarwin, Tight End

Despite the return of Jason Witten from retirement this offseason, the Cowboys did nothing to challenge Jarwin’s prospects of taking the eventual throne as Witten’s successor. With Geoff Swaim leaving Dallas for Jacksonville as a free agent, Blake is now the clear favorite to become the Cowboys’ tight end of the future. And after his seven-catch, 119-yard, three touchdown explosion against the New York Giants in the team’s final regular season contest last year, who could blame them.

Michael Gallup, WR

Ending his rookie season with a stat-line of 33 receptions for 507 yards and two touchdowns, some might wonder if Gallup is the right player to be the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart. But the Cowboys didn’t add a single real challenger to their roster this offseason outside of Cobb, who is expected to play in the slot.

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The Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 third rounder finished the season strong after a slow start posting 15 catches for 203 yards and a score in the final five regular-season matchups. Michael Gallup also had eight receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ two playoff games.