Crank up some Glenn Frey because the heat is on this summer for the Dallas Cowboys. Last Tuesday, the team officially announced a return to Oxnard, California, to hold training camp. Last summer, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the team could not travel to the west coast like they normally do.
The Cowboys will take the field for the first time on Thursday, July 22, and it will be open to the public. To get fans ready, here are three questions that need answers when watching Dallas this summer.
1. How dominant will this offense be?
The Dallas offense was rolling right before Week 5 when quarterback Dak Prescott sustained his leg injury against the New York Giants. Through five weeks of the season, the Cowboys amassed a staggering 2,440 yards of total offense. Those numbers are a little inflated because their historically bad defense was letting opposing offenses have their way with them.
The Cowboys did add new wrinkles in an offense that was pretty predictable under former head coach Jason Garrett. Wide receiver Amari Cooper was getting at least ten targets per game, and rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had almost 500 yards receiving in that time.
The bottom line is that the Cowboys’ offense, under second-year head coach Mike McCarthy and newly re-signed offensive coordinator Kellen Moore should be better. With another year under their belts and a more normal offseason, they should be better prepared.
How are they going to maximize all of their talents on offense? Is running back Ezekiel Elliott really in the best shape of his life? When will we see tight-end Blake Jarwin and Cooper start practicing? With a healthy Prescott and his ‘pick your poison’ cast of weapons, there is no telling how scary this offense can be and where it can take them.