The Dallas Cowboys have the potential for a huge season. In order for that to happen, here are the players that have to be among the best of their units.
In every major North American sport, the sum of the whole is greater than any of the individual parts. As the old saying goes, teamwork makes the dream work, and that is definitely the case in professional team sports. In NFL professional football, the game that the Dallas Cowboys play and where each individual phase of the game is executed by totally different players, that is especially the case.
Although every player on every unit needs to maximize their opportunities and performance for the team to succeed at the highest possible level, there are those in particular that this is especially true for. Here are the Dallas Cowboys most important players for each unit of the team.
Offense – Dak Prescott, QB
Although this answer could have easily gone another way, this is absolutely the case. The “other way” or other player in question would be running back Ezekiel Elliott. Although Zeke is absolutely and extremely important in relation to the success of this team, Dak Prescott is still the most important player on the offensive unit for the Cowboys.
During their rookie season, and perhaps even during their second season where there weren’t a ton of people who knew exactly what Dak could do under center, Elliott may have been the one holding this title. However, after three full seasons and some semblance of playoff success and although not title type success, Dak has become that guy.
On top of being on the cusp of a new deal that will see his salary eat a large chunk of the salary cap, Dak also has to prove to the rest of the league that he has the tools necessary to beat all defensive schemes, specifically those such as stacking the box against the run.
Dak Prescott has played really well across his first three seasons, especially when you consider the expectations, but we are approaching that time where he is expected to be able to carry the team if need be. He has to continue to progress as a passer on all levels, which is not only to justify his deal to the team but to ensure success for his Cowboy team. This is why Prescott is the most important player on the offense this season.