5 Dallas Cowboys that should not return in 2021

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#3 – Chris Jones, Punter

You never want to be the player who loses their job due to injury. But for quite some time fans have believed the Cowboys could upgrade at the punter position. And a recent season-ending core-muscle injury (sports hernia) suffered by punter Chris Jones has proven them to be right.

Through eight games this season, Jones struggled to post an average of 42.6 yards per punt. That would rank him 27th in the NFL right now. His replacement, Hunter Niswander, has an average of 47.3 yards per punt through three games, which is almost a five-yard per punt improvement. That ranks Niswander in the top ten, coming in with the ninth-highest average in the league.

And the Cowboys may not be done upgrading the position. The team recently worked out former All-Pro punter Marquette King. The 32-year old last played four games for the Denver Broncos back in 2018, averaging 44.1 yards per punt. King spent the previous six seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

The fact the 31-year old Chris Jones has never averaged anything higher than 45.9 yards per punt during his entire 10-year career in Dallas, 1.4 yards lower than Niswander’s current average, likely means he’s played his last game for the Cowboys.