Things to look for on the Cowboys special teams unit in 2021

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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Jake McQuaide, Dallas Cowboys
Long snapper Jake McQuaide #44 of the Los Angeles Rams (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images) /

Long Snapper

The ultimate position where the less you hear about this player, the better. L.P. Ladouceur was a model of consistency for the Cowboys for 16 seasons as he executed snap after snap. His consistency and professionalism deserve all the credit in the world.

The Cowboys decided to part ways with Ladouceur after the 2020 season. Special teams coach John Fassel likely had a say in the next move as the Cowboys signed former Los Angeles Rams long snapper, Jake McQuaide. The tie between Fassel and McQuaide is evident as they spent time together on the Rams.

McQuaide has proved to be just as consistent as one would want. I believe there is something to be said for a sense of familiarity with these skilled special teams positions and like what Dallas has done here. I hope McQuaide falls on a few fumbles on punt coverage, but the less we hear his name, it likely means the more consistent he is performing.

These units are just as important as the offense and defense on Sunday. The Cowboys have continuity within the kicking and punting game to provide a layer of comfort when the game is on the line, which often happens to these units.

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The special teams units for the Cowboys should prove to be an area they excel in. The offense will give Zuerlein the chance to convert drives into a lot of points. The punting game can become the defense’s best friend pinning opposing offenses deep. Throw in Lamb or Pollard creating a spark a few times and the Cowboys’ special teams units could provide immense value.