5 most important Cowboys for the 2023 season, including a surprise player

Dec 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) celebrates with
Dec 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) celebrates with / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Cowboys training camp is approaching as we embark on a new season. Football is the ultimate team sport. Of course, it’s a game of inches. But, sometimes, the game comes down to certain players making big-time plays and stepping up in the important moments. 

Going into the 2023 season, the Cowboys have high expectations. Anything short of a championship is always a disappointment in Dallas as the Cowboys hope to end their title drought. To accomplish this goal, the team will need everyone on board. 

Still, we know certain players that the organization and the fans know will be heavily relied on and understand their importance to help make the title dream a reality. So let’s look at the five most important Cowboys going into 2023. 

5. Brandin Cooks

Last season the Cowboys had issues at wide receiver outside of CeeDee Lamb and his all-pro campaign.

Michael Gallup entered the year recovering from a torn ACL but has recently been injury-prone, missing 12 games in the last two seasons. Overall he was never able to get into a rhythm in 2022. 

Jalen Tolbert, meanwhile, had a disappointing rookie season for a third-round pick and hopes to play a bigger role in year two. With Gallup struggling post-ACL surgery and Tolbert being a non-factor, Dallas brought in T.Y. Hilton as added depth and help in the middle of the season.

Still, the team needed to make an upgrade, and they did just that by trading for former Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Now entering his 10th season, Cooks will be tasked with giving Dak Prescott a reliable second option in the passing game. 

The soon-to-be-30-year-old is still highly productive, as he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in two of his three seasons in Houston. This was with a lack of stability at quarterback. Now the veteran will join a Cowboys offense with CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard, and a healthy Gallup.