The Dallas Cowboys 2020 X-Factor might be a forgotten player … for now
The Dallas Cowboys have a serious abundance of firepower surrounding their offense. With the offensive mindset of head coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore there shouldn’t be any excuse as to why the scoreboard won’t be lit up every week.
Although the Cowboys lost arguably the biggest piece to their offensive line in Travis Frederick, they should still be one of the best units in the NFL. Center Joe Looney and a rookie fourth-round draft pick, center Tyler Biadasz will be an interesting camp battle but I do think either will get the job done for the Boys during the season.
It’s Blake Jarwin season. Dallas will finally showcase a tight end who can get down the field, stretch the seams and press opposing linebackers and safeties vertically. No disrespect to one of the all-time greats in Jason Witten, but his time was up in Dallas. Jarwin should have seen more playing time last year.
The Boys may now also possess the best starting wide receiver core in the entire league. With the trio of wide receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and first-round draft pick CeeDee Lamb it’s going to be almost impossible for teams to lock up all three guys, four if you count Jarwin.
Let’s not forget both Cooper and Gallup just had 1,000 yard receiving campaigns. Could we see three wide receivers with 1,000 yards each? In the passing game, Dallas is loaded and we haven’t even discussed the run game yet with star running back Ezekiel Elliott. Coming off what seems like a quiet 2019 campaign, he still bolstered 1,357 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns.
The Dallas Cowboys 2020 X-Factor is …
One underrated weapon I don’t seem to see many fans and journalists talk much about is running back Tony Pollard. Whether people are just forgetting about him or think he is now seemingly going to be phased out is a mystery but he could be the potential X factor for this offense.
We saw what Pollard can do when given the touches. He showcased a 5.2 rushing yards average and 7.1 receiving average last season. He’s vital in the special teams game, primarily as a returner, but when given the opportunity on the offensive side of the ball he delivered. He showed toughness, awareness, agility and his speed gave the offense a little spark at times.
Now make no mistake about it. Elliott is the engine that drives this offense come Sunday’s, but I would like to see McCarthy showcase both players on the field, at the same time. Possibly in a 20 or 21 personnel package in which you can have Pollard in the backfield or the slot with Elliott on the field as well.
Imagine a scenario in which you have Elliott, Pollard, Gallup, Cooper, and Lamb on the field, all at once. It would be tough for any defensive coordinator to come up with a scheme to stop that personnel package. So, Cowboys Nation, who is your X factor for this 2020 Cowboys team?