The Dallas Cowboys will now be sending six players to the Pro Bowl, which only highlights the fact America’s Team drastically underachieved in 2019.
It’s been a busy week for the Dallas Cowboys. After announcing they decided to move on from longtime head coach Jason Garrett on Sunday, the Cowboys opted to hire former Green Bay Packer Mike McCarthy to take his place the very next day. And on Thursday, two more of the Cowboys players were added the NFC Pro Bowl roster.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper and linebacker Jaylon Smith will now join Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, right guard Zack Martin, center Travis Frederick, and left tackle Tyron Smith at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida at Camping World Stadium on Sunday, January 26.
Cooper is replacing Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans on the NFC roster. While Smith will play in place of Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.
For Cooper, this will be his fourth Pro Bowl appearance in his phenomenal five-year NFL career. A first-round selection by the Oakland Raiders in 2015, the talented 25-year old spent his first three and a half seasons in California.
Halfway through the 2018 season, the Cowboys traded a future first-round selection for Cooper. He’d go on to record 53 receptions for 725 and six touchdowns in nine games for Dallas, helping to led America’s Team to an NFC East championship and a postseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round.
in 2019, Cooper posted career-highs in both yardage and touchdowns recording 79 catches for 1,189 yards and eight scores. He was a full-16 game starter despite struggling with lower leg injuries all season.
For Smith , this is his very first Pro Bowl nomination. The Cowboys second-round selection in 2016 spent his entire rookie season rehabbing from a career-threatening knee injury that had caused dangerous nerve damage.
Smith was able to make his debut the following year and has now played in every single game over the past three seasons. He’s helped to transform the linebacker corps in Dallas to be one of the youngest and most talented in the league.
This past season, Smith recorded a career-high 142 tackles, which was tied for sixth-most in the NFL. He also posted 2.5 sacks, nine pass defends, forced two fumbles, and recorded his first interception.
The Dallas Cowboys will now be sending a total of six players to the Pro Bowl despite having recorded a disappointing 8-8 record in the regular season and landing outside the playoffs. These accolades only highlight the fact this very talented roster underachieved in 2019. And it was their head coach that paid the ultimate price for it.