This post was supposed to be out yesterday but I was busy.
The Dallas Cowboys made a lot of news in Free Agency but did not do much. Early on in FA, they were on ESPN/Twitter for all of their cuts. Then it was for trying to get Nnamdi. Ultimately, I think the Cowboys got worse on paper in Free Agency but their record this year will improve because of health and better coaching.Free Agent Signings/Cuts
The Cowboys began Free Agency by cutting under-acheiving Roy Williams and Marion Barber. However, they also cut two good OL in Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo. Shortly after these cuts, they resigned star OT Doug Free. Besides the four cuts, they have lost Sam Hurd and Alex Barron. The Cowboys targeted some big names like Nnamdi and Jonathan Joseph but they failed. Now they will have to go into next season thin at CB.
I think the Cowboys will struggle at times and wow people at others. They have talent on offense with Tony Romo, Felix Jones, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten. They have a decent OL which should allow them to have a top 10 offense. However, their defense has only one playmaker and they are going to struggle a lot due to their bad CBs and safety's. I think they will win between 5 and 9 games.
Players I expect to Thrive
- Felix Jones: I think Jones is due for a breakout season if he can stay healthy. This year he should be the #1 RB and could put up a big season.
- Miles Austin: Miles should have a big season if Tony Romo stays healthy. He could definitely eclipse the 1250 yard marker.
Fantasy Players to Watch
- Tony Romo: I don't like Romo as a QB at all but he does put up good stats and therefore he is a valuable fantasy QB. I would take him in the 5th round if he was still there but he will likely be over drafted.
- Felix Jones: I think he could put up a 1000 yard rushing, 350 yard receiving season and be a huge steal in the latter 1/4 of the draft.
- Miles Austin: See above
- Dez Bryant: I am not on the Dez Bryant train but he has great talent and if he stays healthy, he could break 1000 total yards.
- Jason Witten: I expect him to have a big season. 900 yards and 9 TDs is my guess and I would take him between round 5 and round 7.
- The Cowboys might struggle this year but they also could push for the 2nd spot in the NFC East. I am leaning towards a 7 or 8 win season and more disappointment for the Cowboys fans.