3. The offense still does not have a true number two receiver
CeeDee Lamb proved this year he is worth keeping around. He broke Cowboys' legend Michael Irvin's single-season receiving record with 1,749 yards. He also was named to his third straight Prow Bowl. Lamb established himself as the team's best offensive weapon. Unfortunately like last year, he was their only primary weapon.
Dallas sought to change that this past offseason when they traded for Brandin Cooks. While Cooks helped take some attention away from Lamb, he only had 657 yards and eight touhdowns this year. That put him third on the team in receiving behind tight end Jake Ferguson. Statistically this is almost idential to what the Cowboys faced last year. Dalton Schultz was the second-leading receiver in 2022 and this year the tight end was once again the second best option.
While Michael Gallup had a breakout 100-yard game in the playoffs, he has been dormant for much of the year, leading many to once again question why he was given a new contract after 2021. While Cooks is still under contract for one more season, he is getting up there in age.
Jalen Tolbert showed flashes but still might be a year away from making a true impact. The bottom line is, Dak Prescott needs an all-star cast of receivers to get the job done. That proves itself in games that matter. Teams will constantly double Lamb, leaving Dak no where else to go with the ball. While linebacker needs to be addressed in the draft for sure, receiver needs to be reevaluated outside of CeeDee as well.