The Dallas Cowboys have one of the top rosters in the NFL, but what part of it is the most valuable to the team?
The Dallas Cowboys come into the league with arguably one of the most stacked rosters in the league. With an already talented roster from a year ago, Head Coach Mike McCarthy began to add even more potential superstar power with the likes of rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and defensive end Everson Griffen.
When you take a closer look at the Cowboys on paper you notice a perennial, dominant, offensive line over the last several years, arguably the best trio of wide receivers in the NFL, a solid linebacking corps, and, of course, an overwhelming one-two punch at running back.
But which positional group on this Dallas roster is the most valuable to the team in 2020? The Boys’ offensive line may see a step-back with the loss of center Travis Frederick, an injury plagued left tackle in Tyron Smith, and a hole that needs to be filled at left guard.
The wide receivers may be a fan favorite with a potential dominant trio of wide receivers in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. We saw Cooper discuss how he believes all three of them can eclipse 1,000 yards receiving. But in order for them to be the most valuable, you’re going to have to talk that offensive line and the quarterback.
With a healthy Leighton Vander Esch, a positional change for Jaylon Smith, who has looked great so far in camp, and a veteran leader in Sean Lee, the linebackers could make for a valid argument as the most valuable, but you’re going to need those down guys upfront to make a huge impact in order for these backers to make some plays.
This brings me to the most valuable positional group on the 2020 Dallas Cowboys.
Why the Defensive Line is the Dallas Cowboys’ MVPG
Football starts upfront in the trenches, whether you have a top tier quarterback, running back or core receivers, none of it matters if the offensive line can’t get the job done.
Same for the defense. A dominant trio of linebackers is utterly neutralized if the big boys up front can’t penetrate gaps, eat up blocks, and allow those backers to roam freely. More effected is the secondary, you simply can’t cover forever in today’s NFL. The quarterback and receivers are just too talented.
Defense wins championships, right? With the signing of Griffen to pair up with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys will have a chance to cause havoc up front on a consistent basis and this will not only make the entire defense better but put the quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense in tremendous field position more consistently.
Add in other key acquisitions such as defensive end Aldon Smith, who I think is going to be a fairly impactful player for Dallas this year as he has been turning some heads at camp so far, and defensive tackle Dontari Poe and you have yourself a very improved Cowboys defensive line.
Again, not necessarily the best or most talented was the question, but the most valuable to this team. If this defensive line can play at a high level and I think they will this year then the Cowboys will be in every game, win a lot of games and who knows how far they can go this year.