Other noteworthy observations and questions
- Fifteen Pro Bowlers on the team?! Wow!
- The Cowboys have Pro Bowlers at each of the offensive skill positions of quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. Not bad!
- Prescott was a Pro Bowler in both 2016 and 2018. If that pattern holds, he should be in the honor game this season too. Let’s hope the tradition continues.
- Despite falling stats, Ezekiel Elliot was in the Pro Bowl in 2019. Will his play continue to slide, or will he rebound in 2020? Will he get a fourth invite?
- Offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Zack Martin both have unbroken streaks of Pro Bowl appearances, seven for the former, and six for the latter. Can the aging stars keep their excellent play and their streaks alive this year?
- All four defensive line positions will be manned by Pro Bowlers in 2020. Even if most are past their primes, this is still a much better lineup than Dallas has fielded for most of the last decade. And if some of these players imbibe from the fountain of youth this offseason, watch out!
- All three starting linebackers are also Pro Bowlers. And while Lee’s star is obviously fading, both Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith are in their prime.
- Adding this up reveals that every single position in the front seven of Dallas’ defense will have Pro Bowlers in 2020. Has this ever been the case before? It’s pretty amazing.
- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is the only Pro Bowl player in the entire Cowboys’ secondary. He was also named to the NFL top 100 twice, (according to Pro Football Reference) in 2017 and 2018. And yet he never gets any respect. The free-agent safety appears to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL. Why all the hate for Ha Ha?
Well, that’s about it for now. But let me leave you with a tease. After scrutinizing this list, perhaps the biggest question of all is how many Dallas players might win postseason honors in the coming season. That’s my question anyway, and the subject of my next column. Stay tuned!
But in the meantime, did you notice anything interesting from this list that I didn’t? If so, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.