3 reasons to be optimistic about the Dallas Cowboys in 2024

After a disappointing end to the 2024 playoffs, Dallas Cowboys fans need something to look forward to. Here are three.
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It's tough to be optimistic for a team whose only consistency is having a disappointing result. I get that; however, that doesn't mean we should all be pessimistic, right?

Even with all of the drama surrounding the signing of running back Ezekiel Elliott and the waiting game with CeeDee Lamb's contract extension, there are some positive notes we should all keep in mind. Here are three reasons why you should be optimistic for the Dallas Cowboys in 2024.

3. Consistent growth of Cowboys' star players

Football is a team sport, yes, but it is the stars that take the team over the top. Even with significant losses to the team, those returning are getting better. So, let's take a moment to cherish what the Cowboys have right now.

The most controversial quarterback regarding value is Dak Prescott. Not only does he wear the star on his helmet, inevitably putting a target on his back, but he has been inconsistent. From jaw-dropping five-touchdown performances to being iced in Buffalo, it's no surprise Cowboys fans sit on the edge of their seat every game.

Prescott finished the 2023 season with a career-high 105.9 passer rating and 69.5 percent completion percentage and led the NFL with 36 touchdown passes. He challenges defenses all over the field, leading to another top overall offense and placing second in MVP voting. At age 31 to start the 2024 season, Dak can take another step up in playing smart football.

CeeDee Lamb is undoubtedly living up to the legendary number 88 reputation. He has been leaned upon heavily since trading away Amari Cooper and taking the reins as the Cowboys' star number-one wideout. He proved his skill with the ball in his hands early on as a returner and a great yards-after-catch receiver but struggled with some costly drops.

This past season, Lamb finished with a career-high 74.6 catch percentage and a career-low 3.3 drop percentage. His route-running continues to improve with quick changes of direction and physicality fighting through contact. With the finesse already mastered, more work as a physical receiver will solidify him as arguably the best wideout in the NFL, and the big receiver the Cowboys have needed for a long time.

Having a top pass-rusher is the key to winning in today's NFL. With the 12th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Cowboys found their guy in Micah Parsons. He is not only the best defensive player on the team, but one of the best defensive players in the league. Three seasons, three conversations for Defensive Player of the Year.

With Mike Zimmer taking over as defensive coordinator, it stands to reason that Parsons will reach another level of greatness in 2024.

Honorable mentions are deserved for cornerbacks Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland, defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa, and tight end Jake Ferguson. The stars are in place to win.