With training camp set to start for the Dallas Cowboys on July 29, they know basically what their starting 11 will look like on either side of the ball. While they did lose some key players such as Amari Cooper and Randy Gregory, they have others in line ready to step up and fill in.
This doesn’t mean that every spot is deep, however. With that being the case, here’s a look at the three thinnest positions that the Cowboys should be concerned about heading into the 2022 season.
Cowboys thinnest positions entering 2022 NFL season
The good news for the Cowboys is that arguably their best defender is a linebacker. The bad news is that there isn’t much depth behind him.
Micah Parsons had a monstrous rookie season where he racked up 84 tackles (20 for a loss) with 13 sacks. His performance was impressive enough that he won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award for his work.
Again, the issue remains that there aren’t a lot of options behind him. Dallas did re-sign Leighton Vander Esch for one season, but he hasn’t been the same player the past few years who we saw when he was a rookie in 2018.
Other than Parsons and Vander Esch, Dallas has second-year player Jabril Cox, who is coming off a torn ACL, Luke Gifford, who is a special teams ace, journeyman Malik Jefferson, and rookie Devin Harper. They also drafted Damone Clark, but he may redshirt as a rookie.
While it might be top-heavy, the linebacker corps in Dallas is far from being deep.