Things to look for on the Cowboys special teams unit in 2021
By Riley Donald
The Dallas Cowboys have a high-powered offense, a defense with question marks, and a lot of hope. But what about the third part of the game, special teams?
These units seem to have an impact on a few games every year, good and bad. Let’s see what the 2021 Cowboys special teams units can bring to the table.
I don’t believe there is any player on the Dallas roster more electrifying and dangerous in the punt return game than wide receiver, CeeDee Lamb. The former Oklahoma Sooner was back deep for the Cowboys in the 2020 season and proved steady with averaging nearly a first down per return. Lamb is fast, elusive, and has a little extra wiggle in his game that can spark some serious game-changing momentum with punt return touchdown.
Kickoff returns were a little shaky for the Cowboys in the 2020 season. Running back, Tony Pollard, has shown flashes of brilliance in his returns but unfortunately has shown a tendency to make some questionable decisions bringing the ball out at inopportune times.
Fans have seen Pollard’s vision and speed in the open field multiple times throughout his career which makes him a likely candidate for this position. The Memphis Tiger returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns before becoming a Cowboy, likely a large part of the reason the front office took him 128th overall in 2019.
I do believe the kick return spot is Pollard’s job to lose but I would keep an eye on wide receiver, Cedrick Wilson. While Pollard has manned the spot, I wouldn’t mind Wilson getting some touches. He brings steady hands, an innate ability to find open grass as he did with a couple of touchdowns in 2020, and could be a calming force to make smart decisions.