2. Dallas Cowboys
Go back to Week 1 of last year when the Cowboys opened up the season in primetime against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Dak Prescott took the field along with CeeDee Lamb and a group of inexperienced receivers.
The Cowboys had issues at wide receiver throughout 2022, which magnified the stupidity of jettisoning Amari Cooper to Cleveland. Outside of Lamb and his All-Pro campaign. Injuries and finding a number two option were a struggle.
As the team gears up for another trip to Oxnard, Dallas made a high effort to improve the unit. For starters, a healthier Michael Gallup is good news. Number 13 struggled to get into a rhythm as he came off a torn ACL in 2021 and he had arthroscopic surgery to clean up his other knee and ankle this offseason.
The biggest move, however, is the addition of veteran receiver Brandin Cooks. Consistency has been a key part of Cooks' career.
Cooks has posted six 1,000-yard seasons and five or more seasons of 70-plus receptions. Cooks spent the last three seasons in Houston, where he put up 228 receptions, 2,886 yards receiving, and 15 touchdowns, all while playing on one of the worst offenses in the league.
Now the 10-year veteran will catch passes from Dak Prescott. What Cooks brings to this offense is leadership, reliability, and availability.
While the Cowboys should be confident in their big three, we will see a battle at WR4 between last year's rookie Jalen Tolbert and third-year receiver Simi Fehoko. If Tolbert can shake off his disappointing rookie season and bounce back in year two, Dallas could field one of the best and deepest WR cores in the league.